VISITATION & MAIL

INMATE VISITATION

To schedule visitation appointments online CLICK HERE.

The purpose of visitation is to encourage family contact and provide opportunities for association beneficial to the inmate's overall adjustment.

Appointments can now be made online in the Quick Links section of this Web site's home page or on this page. A kiosk is also available in the Sarasota County Jail lobby for those without internet access. Visits may be scheduled two weeks in advance and up to 24 hours prior to your desired visit. Visits may be canceled up to 48 hours prior to visit. If a visit is canceled in less than the required time frame visitation staff may do so; however the inmate may lose that time block for the week except in special circumstances. Assistance is also available by phone if needed, 941.861.4692.

Effective December 1, 2014, inmates are allowed three (3) fifty-minute visitations per week. The maximum number of visitors allowed at each visit is three (3).

Visitors must be an adult (18 years or older) with an UNDAMAGED valid photo identification (driver's license, Florida I.D. card, Military I.D. card or passport). Expired, taped or broken identification WILL NOT be accepted. Children may visit only when accompanied by a parent or guardian, and children must have either a photo I.D. or birth certificate, or othe rlegal custody papers such as adoption, ward of court, etc. 

  1. Unaccompanied children will not be permitted in the visitation center or jail front lobby. If children are not controlled in visitation or the jail front lobby, the visitor may be asked to leave.
  2. Each inmate is permitted up to three (3) visitors at a time, including children and infants.
  3. Visitors with infants and small children may bring one baby bottle/one diaper/baby wipes/and a blanket. A diaper bag, which will be searched, shall be permitted. No strollers or baby carriers will be allowed.

If you have a visit scheduled and something (such as a court date or medical appointment) interferes with the schedule of the person you are visiting, after you've scheduled the visit, the scheduling program will cancel the visit. You must reschedule the visit once the inmate has returned to his/her housing area. Cancellations may occur due to disciplinary reasons. You will not be able to visit until the inmate has served their disciplinary time and returns to population. Check your email often (& voicemail if applicable), prior to your scheduled visit to make sure your visit hasn't been cancelled. A visit cannot be granted if you show up for a cancelled visitation.

Attorneys generally visit during normal business hours but will be accommodated at any time. However, reasonable delays may occur during certain periods (e.g. meal times, headcounts).

Special visits (family emergencies, death, grave illness) must be approved through Administration.

DRESS CODE

  • No miniskirts
  • No short shorts
  • No halter tops or tops with spaghetti straps
  • No tank tops or muscle shirts
  • No see through tops
  • No tops that reveal cleavage or midriff
  • No improper messages or images
  • No bare feet

Photographs, writing materials and cell phones are NOT allowed in the visitation area. Visitation can be denied if rules are violated.

ALL VISITS ARE SUBJECT TO MONITORING AND RECORDING

VISITATION HOURS

Visitation hours are: 7:00 - 1050 a.m., 12:00 – :50 p.m., and 7:00 -9:50 p.m.

Visitation Days: NO PERSONAL VISITS ON FRIDAYS UNLESS APPROVED BY ADMINISTRATION

Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday:
202, 206, 2ABC, 3ABC, 4CDEF, North Single Cells, 3000, 4000, 5000, 6000

Saturday, Monday, Wednesday:
301-07, 1DEF, 2DEF, 3DEF, 4B, South Single Cells, 4100, 5100, 6100

Cellblocks 1A & 1C:
Sunday and Thursday: 9:00-10:50, 2:00-4:50, 7:00-9:50
Tuesday: 7:00-8:50, 12:00-1:50, 5:00-5:50

Juveniles (1B):
Sunday and Thursday: 7:00-8:50, 12:00-1:50, 5:00-5:50
Tuesday: 9:00-10:50, 2:00-3:50, 7:00-9:50

Inmates that have not yet been classified (typically less than 3 days in jail) or are under special medical observation may not receive personal visits unless approved by administration. Legal visits will be allowed but may be subject to certain restrictions based on client’s condition.

INMATE MAIL

All outgoing mail is inspected by staff members, as provided for by law, with the exception of privileged mail (letter to attorney, court, clergy, media, etc.) Only privileged envelopes may be sealed.

Indigent inmates (commissary balance of $0.00) may receive an indigent kit consisting of two stamped envelopes, two pencils and writing paper.

Incoming mail is inspected for contraband with the exception of privileged mail, which while not subject to inspection. A Corrections Deputy may request the envelope be opened in his/her presence to ensure its legitimacy. The facility shall not limit incoming mail and will not maintain a list of correspondents.

Multiple photos printed on standard (non-glossy) 8 1/2 x 11 printer/copier paper will be accepted without limit. Content and page rules apply.

Mail with gang related or obscene drawing, language or profanity will not be forwarded to the inmate. To alleviate problems in mail delivery, it is strongly suggested that incoming mail have full name (include middle initial), cell block (if known), and return address of sender (Full name and address, no AKA’s.)

See the sample address for inmate mail below:

Inmate name, cell block #
P.O. Box 49588
Sarasota, FL 34230

In addition to the above restrictions, the following items are prohibited:

  • Polaroid pictures and pictures larger than 4x6 inches (inmates limited to 5 photos in their housing area)
  • Magazines, newspapers, and books or clippings thereof
  • Padded, musical, electronic and oversized cards
  • Tobacco, paraphernalia, foreign and unidentifiable substances, fragrances or markings
  • Items that are glued, taped or stapled
  • Packages/bubble wrap envelopes
  • Stickers and stamps (other than postage service attachments and address labels affixed to the outside of the envelope)

Money orders that are received within mail that does not meet the requirements will be placed in the inmate's commissary account and remaining contents will be returned to sender.

All mail not meeting the above requirements will be returned to the post office once a week for return to sender. Return delivery may take up to 10 days.