Alachua County Jail in Florida is a 1,148 bed, 314,000 square foot facility which incarcerates adult male and female offenders for up to one year. The core facility was completed in January 1994.
In 2007, two renovations were completed in the Alachua County Jail, which added 60 additional beds to the facility (40 beds in C Zone and 20 beds in D Zone). This raised the number of beds to 980; and, with a classification factor of 15%, the optimal number of inmates to be housed was 833. In August 2009, an additional 168 beds were added, increasing the total number of beds to 1,148; and, after a classification factor of 15%, the optimum number of inmates that can be housed is 975.
Alachua County Jail Related Files
How do I send money to an inmate in the Alachua County Jail?
Deposits can be made into inmate accounts by utilizing the kiosk located in the jail lobby, by depositing a money order into the drop box located in the jail lobby, through Government Payment Service at 1-888-277-2535/on-line www.govpaynow.com, or through Western Union Payments at 1-800-634-3422/on-line www.westernunion.com.
How do I send mail to an inmate in the Alachua County Jail?
For the safety and security of the inmates and staff at the Department of the Jail, all incoming mail, with the exception of privileged/legal mail, must be in the form of a postcard only.
All postcards must meet the following requirements:
- Postcard size-minimum: 3 ½” by 4 ¼ ” but no larger than 4 ¼” by 6″
- Must include the inmate’s full name
- Must include a complete return address
Unacceptable Postcards which will be returned to the sender:
- Defaced or altered postcards
- Plastic or any type of wrappings on the postcards
- Postcards marked with paint, magic marker or crayon
- Postcards with any type of sticker or label, including stamps and address labels
- Postcards with watermarks or stains
- Postcards with any biohazards, including lipsticks and perfumes
- Postcards depicting nudity, weapons, or gang references
- Any postcards that have any type of picture attached to it
- Oversized postcards
How do I visit an inmate in the Alachua County Jail?
Alachua County Jail Visitation Rules
Inmates will obey all of the rules and regulations of the Department of the Jail. Inmates will not display disruptive, threatening, or abusive behavior toward other inmates and/or staff.
If behavior is disruptive, disciplinary measures will be taken in accordance with the Department of the Jail County Jail disciplinary charges and penalties.
Criminal charges may be filed as a result of criminal behavior.
All inmate visitors are subject to warrant checks and arrest. Individuals who are court ordered not have to have contact with the inmate will not be allowed to visit. If an attempt to visit is made, that inmates’ visitation privilege will be revoked for all visitors (except legally mandated visits) during that inmates period of incarceration.
Visitors who become rude and/or use vulgar or abusive language while in the lobby or visitation areas will be asked to leave. Failure to leave when asked may result in your arrest.
The Alachua County Jail reserves the right to refuse the entrance of any person, or terminate any visit when deemed necessary to enforce the rules and regulations of the facility.
You can schedule a visit to the Alachua County Jail online.
Alachua County Jail Inmate Programs
The first month begins with Basic Skills classes, like anger management and communications. The program then moves up to basic and advanced job skills training. The classes are open to medium or lower ranked inmates, male and female (separate classes).
Inmates who graduate from this program are demonstrating a remarkably low “return rate”.
Volunteer Program And Chaplain Services
The Volunteer Program is coordinated by the Chaplain. We have volunteers from Narcotics Anonymous and Alcoholics Anonymous, community social services programs as well as various religious organizations.
Adult Education Program
Through a collaborated effort with Alachua County School Board’s Loften High School, this program enables general population and juvenile inmates to improve reading, mathematics, and language skills. All new students are tested, using the TABE (Test of Adult Basic Education). GED preparation is provided for students who test at or above the ninth grade level. Inmates who do not have a high school diploma and inmates with a diploma who test below a ninth grade level in one or more of the three subject areas (reading, writing, and mathematics) are eligible to attend class.
Alachua County Library District – Jail Services
The Library in the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office Department of the Jail is an actual branch of the County Library System. The circulation has been very high, with over a hundred thousand checkouts for this year.
Alachua County Jail Booking Process in Details
The Booking Support Bureau is a 24 hour operation staffed by civilian employees. The Bureau supports the admission and release duties of the Security Operations Division and the classification and follow up functions of the Classification Unit. Staff assigned to this area must input booking and release related data based on set criteria to facilitate the accuracy of criminal history information maintained by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. In addition, the Booking Support Bureau is responsible for a myriad of other administrative processes ranging from handling inmate property, mail, and money to coordinating court events and conducting sex offender/predator registrations.
First Appearance – All new arrestees appear before a judge within 24 hours of intake. The First Appearance proceeding is held via closed circuit television with arrestees (defendants) remaining at the jail. Family or persons who wish to attend the proceeding must attend at the Criminal Courthouse and are not allowed into the jail courtroom. Normal First Appearance proceedings are held at 0900 each morning for criminal cases. Arrestees who are judicially released during the proceeding will be released following final processing, usually within 2-3 hours.
Alachua County Jail Inmate Property
Alachua County Jail Approved Inmate Property
Inmates may have the following items in their possession:
- One (1) each: mattress, blanket, pillow, pillowcase, towel, wash cloth, uniform (general population), *gym shorts (white only), *thermal underwear or pajamas (white only), *tennis shoes (any color), *shower slides, Bible or Koran, address book, prescription eye glasses
- Two (2) each: sheets, uniforms (trusty)
- Three (3) each: *brassiere (white only, no under wire, women only)
- Four (4) each: library books/magazines
- Five (5) each: *underwear (white only), *t-shirts, socks
*These items can be obtained from Commissary.
Inmates in the Alachua County Jail may keep a black pen and a writing tablet, and a reasonable amount of legal materials and letters. If in possession upon arrest you may keep a plain religious cross/medallion/wedding band. These items may not have stones of any kind in them.
Inmates in the Alachua County Jail must have prior approval on items that are not sold in commissary or given to you by jail staff.
Items other than previously listed must be requested for approval by submitting an extra property form. These forms can be obtained through property or in the housing unit. Provide a full explanation as to why these items are needed.
These items requested must be approved by the Security Division Captain or, if requested, for medical reasons, the facility physician and the Security Division Captain.
Hand delivered packages will not be accepted except for one set of Court clothes, no sooner than seven (7) days before jury trial or trial. All other reasons for Court clothes must come from your attorney.
Inmate Property And Money Release
If an inmate wishes to release his/her property to friends or relatives, a property release form must be completed and signed by the inmate and submitted. This form is available from the duty post officer.
When this is completed all of your property not in your immediate possession must be released. The only exception is one complete set of clothes to dress in upon release from this facility may be retained.
Money can be released from your account only one (1) time during your incarceration. Repeated releases will not be approved.