The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and Augsburg Fortress have collaborated to develop a new prayer book as part of the implementing resolutions of the ELCA Social Statement, The Church and Criminal Justice: Hearing the Cries.

It is a book of reflection, Bible study, and prayer for those in jails, prisons, detention centers, and halfway houses, those facing arrest and sentencing, those serving time, as well as families and friends of those who are incarcerated.

The team of writers includes currently and formerly incarcerated persons and those involved in various prison and re-entry ministries.

You can read more at Hear My Voice: A Prison Prayer Book

The book is available at Augsburg Fortress.

Local congregations may want to purchase the prayer book and get it into the hands of prisoners, either directly or via prison chaplains.

Augsburg Fortress also has a downloadable resource for suggestions when it comes to distributing and using Hear My Voice.  Getting this book to those “on the inside” can be challenging; each correctional facility or center, jail or detention center has different rules and policies on the use and distribution of printed material.

Policies regarding distributing publications vary from facility to facility.  You must check with the specific institution for their policies. 

Below is a list of all the correctional facilities in the counties in the Northeastern Iowa Synod.

Allamakee County Sheriff

Black Hawk County Sheriff’s Office

Bremer County Sheriff’s Office

Buchanan County Sheriff’s Office

Butler County Sheriff’s Office

  • Butler County Courthouse, 428 Sixth Street, Allison, 50602
  • Phone: 319-267-2410
  • Jail Information

Cerro Gordo County Sheriff’s Office

  • 17262 Lark Ave, Mason City 50401
  • Cerro Gordo County Jail (24hr) :  641-421-3004
  • Sheriff: 641-421-3000
  • Jail Information

Chickasaw County Sheriff’s Office

Clayton County Sheriff’s Office

Delaware County Sheriff’s Office

Dubuque County Sheriff’s Office

Fayette County Sheriff’s Office

  • 220 N Industrial Pkwy, West Union, I52175
  • Phone: 563-422-3234
  • Jail Information

Floyd County Sheriff’s Office

  • 101 S Main St #501, Charles City, 50616
  • Jail: 641-257-6217
  • Sheriff: 641-228-1821
  • Jail Information

Grundy County Sheriff’s Office

Hardin County Sheriff’s Office

  • Law Enforcement Center
  • 1116 14th Avenue, Eldora, 50627
  • Jail Administrator: 641-939-8189
  • Sheriff: 641-939-8189
  • Jail Information

Howard County Sheriff’s Office

Marshall County Sheriff’s Office

Mitchell County Sheriff’s Office

  • 211 S 6th St, Osage,  50461
  •  Phone: 641-732-4740

Story County Sheriff’s Office


Tama County Sheriff’s Office

  • 100 N. Main St, Toledo, 52342-0034
  • Administration/Civil 641-484-4111
  • Communications/Jail 641-484-3760
  • Sheriff’s Office

Winnebago County Sheriff’s Office

Winneshiek County Sheriff’s Office

  • 400 Claiborne Drive, Decorah, 52101
  • Sheriff: 563-382-4268
  • Jail: 563-387-4096
  • Jail Information

Worth County Sheriff’s Office

  • 1000 Central Avenue, Northwood, 50459
  • Sheriff:  641-324-2481
  • Jail Information:515-602-6152
  • Jail Information

Wright County Sheriff’s Office

  • 719 2nd St SW, Clarion, 50525
  • Sheriff: 515-532-3722
  • Jail: 515-602-6152
  • Jail Information



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About The Rev. Dr. Joelle Colville-Hanson

The Rev. Dr. Joelle Colville-Hanson has been Director for Evangelical Mission, ELCA for the Northeastern Iowa Synod since late 2013. Part of her job description is to help leaders and congregations use social media and other digital means for outreach and mission. She writes and edits this blog as well as runs the social media accounts for the synod.