The Pima County Sheriff Department operates a “New Generation” Adult Detention Center, which includes 3 detention facilities: the Main Jail, minimum security Mission Facility and the Ajo District Jail. Juveniles are detained in the Pima County Juvenile Detention Center. These facilities provide detention services for law enforcement agencies in the metropolitan Tucson area and throughout Pima County. The facility incorporates contemporary concepts in jail design and the use of a direct supervision mode of inmate management. In a direct supervision jail, corrections staff control behavior of the jail population through a pro-active concept.
Unlike more traditional re-active containment – utilizing bars, security glass, and other barriers – officers are assigned to work inside each pod in physical proximity to the inmates. It is the philosophy of the Pima County Sheriff’s Department to maintain a detention facility that is not only humane and pro-active in its approach toward inmates but also be an employer that has pride in our most important resource, our employees.
How to send money to an inmate?
The Inmate Account Window hours of operation are:
Monday – Friday 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Your cooperation is greatly appreciated in adhering to these rules for processing of inmate funds:
- PERSONAL CHECKS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.
- Only U.S. bank checks and money orders will be accepted at the Inmate Account Window. There is no limit to the amount that may be deposited at this window.
- U.S. paper currency is accepted for the value of deposit only, i.e. no change will be given.
- No coins will be accepted for deposits.
- Any funds released from an inmate account will be in the form of a money order. Prior to releasing any funds, the inmate must submit a Money Transfer authorizing the release of funds from his/her account.
- All deposits and disbursement transactios require the depositor or payee to show a valid government issued photo ID, i.e. driver’s license, DES ID card, Arizona ID card, Military ID card, Passport, etc. Check cashing cards will NOT be accepted.
How to visit an inmate?
Inmates may have visitation once they have made their first court appearance and are assigned to a permanent housing unit. Juveniles must be accompanied by at least one adult. Children must be controlled and cannot be left unattended at any time. All visitation is subject to unforseen lock-down and other situations which may postpone or cancel all visitation. Inmates who are on pre-disciplinary status are not permitted visitation.
Visitation is available:
- Monday through Friday: 7:30am – 9:00pm
- Saturday and Sunday: 7:30am – 2:15pm
Visitation is not available on Federal Holidays.
Specialty housing units 1A, 1D, 1K, 1E, 1F, 1H, 1S and U7 lockdown between the hours of 10:30 am to 12:00 noon and 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm Monday thru Friday and 10:30 am to 12:00 noon Saturday and Sunday and do not get visits during those times.
Visitors must have a current photo ID, e.g., driver’s license, DES ID card, Arizona ID card, Military ID, Passport, Travel Visa, U.S. B1/B2 Visa and Border Crossing card, Resident Alien card or Work permit, Mexican Consul issued ID (Matricula Consular) card. All ID’s must have a photo, date of birth, and current address. Check cashing cards will not be accepted.
Special visits may be arranged, at the jail’s convenience for family and friends who live outside a 100 mile radius of the jail and are only in town for a limited time. These special visits are scheduled on a one-time basis and cannot be used as an additional visit.