openbook1 (Small)The Corrections Division is responsible for the care, custody and control of inmates housed at the Sarasota County Jail, and for providing a safe environment for the nearly 300 sworn, certified and civilian staff who work there.

On average, 50-60 people are booked into the jail each day. In June 2009, the Sheriff’s Office adopted a concept called Open Booking, and redesigned the intake area to allow for a more streamlined process. Booking now has 40 chairs of open seating, with eight holding cells for inmates who need to be isolated. The pre-booking area is directly off the expanded sally port and is set up for arresting agencies to complete the required paperwork and perform Intoxilyzer tests on defendants charged with Driving Under the Influence.

Once an arrestee enters the booking area, there is a check for local warrants and a search to determine if charges are pending in locations outside of Sarasota County. Personal belongings are removed and items are logged into property. Then the arrestee is photographed, fingerprinted, a full medical screening is conducted and a Pre-Trial Services interview is completed. The inmate is then escorted upstairs to Pre-Classification housing.

The Booking Section is also responsible for preparing the release of inmates at the conclusion of their sentence. There are about 15-20 releases per shift on average.

To contact Booking call 941.861.4601
For Jail information call 941.861.4165


Effective April 2014, bail payments up to $750 can be made for inmates at the Sarasota County Jail via GovPayNet. This service accepts major credit, debit and prepaid debit card brands 24-hours a day, seven days a week. This can be done onsite, by phone or online. Card holders can make payments for themselves or on behalf of friends or family who are incarcerated.

*GovPayNet has dedicated bilingual criminal justice payment specialists available for assistance.

The Pay Location Code for the Sarasota County Jail is #8673.

To pay by phone call 1-877-EZBAIL (1-877-392-2455).

To pay online go to the GOVPAYNOW website.