Shelby County Jail
Kyle Lindberg
Jail Administrator
(712)755 -5026 Main
(712)755-2481 Fax

The Shelby County Jail is located at 1104 9th Street, Harlan, IA. and is connected to the Sheriff’s Office. The Shelby County Jail is a 14 bed facility built in 1985.  The jail processes approximately 400 - 450 inmates a year.   The facility is maintained by certified staff 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.



The IowaVINE system is a service through which victims of crime can use the telephone or internet to search for information regarding the custody status of their offender and to register to receive telephone and email notification when the offender’s custody status changes.  The toll-free number for IowaVINE is 888-7-IAVINE or 888-742-8463.  This service is provided to assist victims of crime who have a right to know about their offender’s custody status.


How To Register

To register for IowaVINE notifications or to download the VINELink mobile app, click here

To download the mobile patrol app provided by Appriss, please


Room & Board

Pursuant to Iowa Code Section 356.7 (Subsection1) the Shelby County Jail charges sentence inmates Room & Board.  The fee setup is as follows:

  • Sentenced Inmates serving straight time ($30.00 Daily Rate)
  • Sentenced Inmates serving 48 hour increments of jail time ($35.00 Daily Rate) Must pay ($70.00) per set of days at booking, prior to, unless prior arrangements are made with Sheriff or Jail Administrator by calling 712-755-5026.
  • Sentenced Inmates granted work release by the courts under the approval of the Sheriff and/or his Designee are charged ($35.00 Daily Rate)
    Sentence Inmate serving out of county jail sentences must be approved to serve in Shelby County are charge ($65.00 Daily Rate)

*Work Release days must be paid in advanced prior to leaving for work.  Payment arrangements can be setup with jail. Work Release is only granted Monday – Friday (Maximum 50 Hours a week).  No Saturdays, Sundays or Holidays unless approved by Sheriff and/or his Designee prior to arrival at the jail.    Work Release will refrain from alcohol / drug use while on release from custody of the Sheriff, and are setup to screenings on intake and randomly during the length of your sentence.  Work Release inmates will not partake in any illegal activity while on work release.  Work Release Inmates within the custody of the Shelby County Sheriff will be monitored by GPS ankle bracelet while away from the facility.


To setup your jail sentence time, or with questions, or to obtain an application for Work Release you need to call Jail Administrator Kyle Lindberg at 712-755-5026 Monday-Friday 8am – 4:30pm or email at



Visitation                    *ALL VISITORS ARE SUBJECT TO SEARCH  

Shelby County Jail staff retains the right to deny a visit when there is reason to believe that the visitor will endanger jail security or control of jail.  Person under the influence of any drug / alcohol will be denied entry.     

Female Visitation (Tuesday 1pm to 4pm)            Male Visitation (Friday 1pm to 4pm)

All Inmates are allowed a maximum of three (3) visitors, maximum thirty (30) minutes each.   Times may be shortened due to amount of visitors and jail population.   Once visitor leaves the visitation, they will not be allowed to return to visit.    All visitors will complete all information and sign the visitor registration sheet.  No one under the age of 18 will be allowed visitation, unless accompanied by an adult.  Children will not be left in the lobby area unattended, and will have to have adult supervision at all times.  Dress Code will be enforced, and must be conservative in nature.  NO see through clothing (lace, sheer, etc.), and NO low cut shirts.

  • Attorneys and Ministers will be allowed unlimited access provided the visit is at a reasonable hour.


            Letters mailed to inmates must contain the inmate’s full name as part of the address.  The jail will not accept certain items through the mail.   Restricted items include packages, obscene or pornographic materials, personal checks, and type of food.   Envelopes with writing and drawings all over, other than what is required will not be accepted and returned to sender:  

            *Mail should be addressed in the following manner:

                        INMATES NAME

                        Shelby County Jail

                        612 Court St

                        Harlan, IA 51537


Telephone Calls

Most inmates have daily access to telephones within the dayroom of the housing units:  Inmates can’t receive incoming telephone calls, and Jail staff won’t deliver personal messages unless of emergency nature.   After the booking process, all telephone calls by inmates are collect and the financial responsibility of the receiver should they accept.  The inmate may also purchase a phone card through the jail.     Inmate telephone services are provided through contact with Reliance Telephone.  Any questions regarding collect call charges should be referred to Reliance Telephone at 1-800-896-3201.  You may also visit Reliance Telephone’s website at


IPODS (Texting Device)

Shelby County Jail has provided Inmates with another form of communication while incarcerated at the Jail.  Inmates can fill out application to be granted use of IPOD texting device while in jail.   Cost is $4.00 per 30 days, and all inbound/outbound texts are $.09 Cents.  Any money left on account is not refunded upon leaving the jail.   Services are provided through Reliance Telephone, and funds can be placed on IPOD after approval and setup by going to    Shelby County Jail staff don’t have access to Inmate fund accounts, or able to answer any billing questions in reference to IPOD.  Questions should be directed to Reliance Telephone by calling 1-800-896-3201.




LEO WELSH (BAIL OR JAIL)      1-712-677-2469

LEDERMAN BAIL BONDS          1-800-564-8898

YES BAIL BONDS                         1-866-888-2734

GIBBONS                                        1-712-322-1521

GALLAGHER                                 1-712-323-3886

BILL BAIL BONDS                        1-515-243-1850

ALWAYS AFFORDABLE              1-515-953-3134

KENNYS BAIL BONDS                1-515-707-5000



If you have any additional questions, that cant be answered through our website, please contact the Jail at (712)755-2501 or email our Jail Administrator Kyle Lindberg at