Scott County Jail

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Scott County Jail
Scott Co jail davenport iowa.jpg
1897 jail
Scott County Jail is located in Iowa
Scott County Jail
Scott County Jail is located in the US
Scott County Jail
Location 428 Ripley St.
Davenport, Iowa
Coordinates 41°31′28″N 90°34′45″W / 41.52444°N 90.57917°W / 41.52444; -90.57917Coordinates: 41°31′28″N 90°34′45″W / 41.52444°N 90.57917°W / 41.52444; -90.57917
Area 1 acre (0.40 ha)
Built 1897
Architect Frederick G. Clausen
Architectural style Italianate
MPS Davenport MRA
NRHP Reference # 83002502[1]
Added to NRHP July 07, 1983

The Scott County Jail is the main detention facility for Scott County, Iowa, United States.[2] Inmates are housed for no more than one year, by Iowa law.[2] It is located in the county seat, Davenport, and is part of same facility as the Scott County Courthouse.


Scott County Jail's 2007 expansion

The oldest section of the jail was completed in 1897. It was designed by prominent Davenport architect Frederick G. Clausen in the Italianate style.[3] The style, which was popular in the late Victorian Era can be found in the limestone's rusticated finish on the lower stories and then rising to a smooth finish at the attic level. Other elements include the smaller scale, round arched windows across the third-floor, the wide eaves and the tower on the building's north side.[4] It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1983.

An annex was added to the jail in 1983 to alleviate crowding.[4] It was built between the jail and the courthouse, and connected the two buildings. The jail became too small again, and in 1999 the inmate capacity was capped at 214.[5] In 2004 a bond referendum was passed by county voters to expand the size of the jail. The $29.7 million expansion was opened in 2007.[6] A new entrance pavilion that provides security screening to the entire complex was added at the same time.[7] An annex that was opened on the north side of Davenport to house inmates was closed when the main jail was enlarged.[5]

The 2007 addition is a four-story structure, and faces south on West Fourth Street in Downtown Davenport. The 75,000-square-foot (7,000 m2)[8] jail has a capacity of 354 inmates.[5][9]


  1. ^ National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ a b "Scott County Jail". Scott County, Iowa. Retrieved 2010-10-24. 
  3. ^ Martha Bowers, Marlys Svendsen-Roesler. "Scott County Jail" (PDF). National Park Service. Retrieved 2016-03-20. 
  4. ^ a b Davenport Public Library. "Scott County Jail" (PDF). Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs - State Historical Society of Iowa. Retrieved 2010-10-24. 
  5. ^ a b c Kurt Allemeier (December 11, 2008). "All of Scott County's inmates now at downtown jail". Quad City Times. Davenport. Retrieved 2010-10-24. 
  6. ^ Kurt Allemeier (November 16, 2007). "Scott County opens new jail to the public". Quad-City Times. Davenport. Retrieved 2011-02-10. 
  7. ^ Kurt Allemeier (October 23, 2007). "Scott County Courthouse security to tighten when new entrance opens". Quad-City Times. Davenport. Retrieved 2011-02-10. 
  8. ^ Kurt Allemeier (October 17, 2007). "Jail grand opening scheduled for Nov. 16". Quad-City Times. Davenport. Retrieved 2016-03-20. 
  9. ^ Kurt Allemeier (August 24, 2010). "Assault on guard spurs inspections at jail". Quad City Times. Davenport. Retrieved 2016-03-20.