The sheriff of Johnson County refers arrest warrant searches to The Gazette Newspaper’s online search engine of active warrants in the jurisdiction. The Gazette is an eastern Iowa newspaper, and its warrant database contains a listing of active arrest warrants for Linn County, Johnson County, and the University of Iowa Police Department. The site, https://www.thegazette.com/2009/07/09/outstanding-arrest-warrants, permits searches by names, addresses, and the entity holding the warrant.
The gazette site advises people who know the location of anyone listed as having a warrant out against them to keep their distance and refrain from taking any actions, except for contacting the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office. The site only shows an arrest warrant for someone and warns users that a person is presumed innocent until he or she is convicted of a crime. The site also disclaims and guarantees the accuracy and timeliness of the records published on the site. The lists are brought up-to-date every 90 days. Court deactivated warrants are deleted weekly. The Johnson County Sheriff’s Office is available for questions about or to receive information on warrants by email (warrants et co.johnson.ia.us). Their telephone number is (319) 356-6020.
However, not everyone looking at warrant lists is searching for someone else: some people are looking to see if their name is on the list. Individuals who find they have an outstanding arrest warrant against them should contact the sheriff as soon as possible at the email and telephone number listed previously. More often than not, although arrests may result, the matter may be handled more expeditiously than if the police had to execute a warrant and arrest the person.
IA Crime records of the period between 1999 and 2008 show that almost thirty thousand crimes took place in Johnson County. Most (twenty thousand plus) of the crimes were property theft matters, but nearly thirty-five hundred were violent crimes. Arrest warrants seek people with all different levels of criminal activity and arrest records. While the vast majority of outstanding warrants may be for more minor offenses, the possibility that even a few are for violent crimes is troubling.
The Johnson County Sheriff provides criminal background reports using the Johnson County Jail public information records. The request must be made in writing and should include the individual’s name and date of birth. The report contains the arrest date, the law enforcement agency involved and the charges for the arrest. However, no information as to a case’s outcome is given. All requests must include a self-addressed stamped envelope and a payment of $5.00.