The Brevard County Jail Complex in Florida is owned and maintained by the Board of County Commissioners and is operated by the Sheriff. The Jail is accredited through the Florida Corrections Accreditation Commission.
The Brevard County main jail opened in 1986 with beds for 386 inmates. Today, the Jail Complex routinely houses over 1,500 inmates daily with 1,321 permanent inmate beds. The Brevard County Jail Complex consists of a Booking area, Housing areas, Medical Ward, Laundry facility, Courtroom, Visiting areas, Recreation area, and office/support areas. In addition to the maximum security main jail there are three tents housing inmates (with a fourth tent to open at a later date), a Women’s Jail, and a mental health/medical facility that opened in 2008. This will bring the total number of permanent beds to 1709.
Brevard County has been embroiled in a Federal Lawsuit regarding the jail since 1983 due to overcrowding conditions. The Board of County Commissioners conducted several unsuccessful Voter Referendums to expand the jail during the 1980’s, 1990’s and 2002 to seek additional tax funding to expand the Jail Complex. In early 2005 the Sheriff’s Office proposed a 700 bed jail expansion plan which included the use of Sprung tents to reduce costs. The proposal was approved by the Board of County Commissioners and is expected to save taxpayers in excess of 30 million dollars over conventional construction methods.
The Sheriff’s Office expansion plan consists of four separate 100 bed Sprung tent-like structures, a new Medical/Mental Health Dormitory designed for 300 inmates, conversion of a Jail Annex to a Women’s Jail, a new Laundry/Search Facility, an expanded Booking area and an expanded Food Services area at an estimated cost of $17 million. All major constructions projects have been completed.
How do I visit an inmate in the Brevard County Jail?
The purpose of offering a jail visitation privilege is to maintain and strengthen family ties during obvious periods of stress, and to assist in maintaining appropriate ties to the community. To schedule a visit you must call the Brevard County Jail Visitation Building at 321-690-1518. Appointments are scheduled via telephone through our Clerk daily from 8:00AM-7:30PM. Visits MAY NOT be scheduled in person at the Visitation Building.
Special Visits to the Brevard County Jail can be approved by the Jail Commander. Generally these visitors include employers, sponsors, welfare agents, probation officers, lawyers, clergy, or relatives visiting from out of county or state.
Visitors are to come to the Brevard County Jail Visitation Building located at the front of the main facility. Visitation is accomplished using a Video Visitation System, which allows for visual and audible contact. The inmate visits from within their assigned housing unit. Visits will last no longer than 45 minutes and may be lessened depending upon circumstances.
Brevard County Jail Visiting Hours are daily 8:00 AM – 7:00 PM – by appointment only. Please call 321-690-1518, anyday, 8:00 AM – 7:30 PM for reservations.
Can an individual call from the booking area?
Individuals being released are allowed one free local call from the booking area to secure a ride.
How do I send mail to an inmate in the Brevard County Jail?
You may only send cards, letters, and money orders made payable to the inmate. You can also send Money to an inmate through Western Union: Contact Western Union 1-(800)-325-6000 or Go online to www.WesternUnion.com or visit a Western Union Office. To send money to and Inmate use the CODE CITY BREVCOINMATE, FL. Western Union will ask for the Inmates name and date of birth so that we can credit the appropriate individual. If the inmate has received an approved photo request and sent it to you, you may send the approved number and type of photos. Do not use tape or stickers on the contents or the envelope. ANY unauthorized items will ensure the mail will be returned.
Brevard County Jail mailing address is as follows:
Inmate date-of-birth (if known)
860 Camp Rd.
Cocoa, FL 32927
Brevard County Jail Driving Directions
Coming from South of Exit 208 (PSJ Exit):
Traveling North on I-95 exit on Port St. John Parkway (exit 208) travel east (right) until you come to a traffic light (Grissom Parkway), Turn right on Grissom Parkway go south for approximately 3/4 of a mile turn left on Camp Road. Travel east on Camp Rd. for approximately 1/2 mile and the Brevard County Jail will be on the Left (North Side of Camp Rd).
Coming from North of Exit 208 (PSJ Exit):
Traveling South on I-95 exit on Port St. John Parkway (exit 208) travel east (left) until you come to a traffic light (Grissom Parkway), Turn right on Grissom Parkway go south for approximately 3/4 of a mile turn left on Camp Road. Travel east on Camp Rd. for approximately 1/2 mile and the Brevard County Jail will be on the Left (North).
Coming from West on SR 520:
Traveling East on SR-520 turn left on US-1 North travel North approximately 6 miles make a left turn on Camp Road (traffic light and Circle-K store), travel west approximately 1 1/2 miles and the Brevard county jail will be on the right hand side (north side) off Camp Road. (Large Grey Building).
Coming from the West on Hwy 50:
Traveling East on SR-50 exit on I-95 South, travel south and exit onto Port St. John Parkway (Exit 208) travel east (left) to traffic light (Grissom Parkway) turn Right (south) travel approximately 3/4 mile left onto Camp Road. Approximately 1/4 mile on left is the Jail (Large Grey Building).
Coming from the East (Merritt Island):
Traveling West on SR-520 turn right on US-1 North travel North approximately 6 miles make a left turn on Camp Road (traffic light and Circle-K store), travel west approximately 1 1/2 miles and the Brevard county jail will be on the right hand side (north side) off Camp Road.
US 1 Route from Cocoa:
On US-1 North (approximately 3 miles north of SR-528 Bee Line overpass) make a left turn on Camp Road (traffic light and Circle-K store), travel west approximately 1 1/2 miles and the Brevard county jail will be on the right hand side (north side) off Camp Road.
How do I bond someone out of the Brevard County Jail?
A) Bond – You may pay the full amount of the bond through Cashier’s Check, Certified Check, or Money Order, made payable to the “Brevard County Clerk of Courts”.
B) Purge – This denotes a delinquent court ordered payment. You may pay the full amount of the purge through Cashier’s Check, Certified Check, or Money Order, made payable to the “Brevard County Clerk of Courts”.
C) Bail Bonding Agents – Please refer to the phone book to select a bail bond agent of your choice. They will explain all details of this process to you at that time.
How long will it take to bond someone out of the Brevard County Jail?
Release of an incarcerated individual is a time-consuming process that must accommodate all those being processed through the facility. Bond may be posted 24 hours a day, it can take several hours to release individuals due to the numerous checks and balances used to ensure proper release procedures are being followed, and that the correct individual is released.
What are the property release hours?
Tuesday 8:15 to 9:30 a.m.
Wednesday 12:15 to 1:30 p.m.
Thursday 7:15 to 8:30 p.m.
You will need valid photo ID and the inmate must pre-authorize this release to you. If you have any additional Property questions, please call at (321) 690-1531.
Brevard County Jail Inmate Healthcare
The Brevard County Jail has a Contract Medical provider who provides 24 hour a day medical coverage and has a Medical Doctor (MD) and Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner on duty and/or on call for emergency situations. Any questions concerning medical issues should be addressed to the medical unit at (321) 690-1547.
The primary function of the Mental Health Unit is to provide the evaluation and treatment of inmates with emotional or mental health problems and to assist inmates to effectively cope with incarceration. The staff is on-call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Both individual and group counseling is provided. Group counseling focuses on helping inmates learn and improve on social communication and other coping skills.
At the time of release from jail, steps are taken to assist inmates who received mental health care while in the jail to continue with care in the community. Inmates are provided with a three-day supply of psychotropic medications and are provided with information on how to access the local mental health provider and related agencies. The mental health unit also makes available, upon identification of need or upon request, a listing of Brevard County housing and social service resources that may be accessed by inmates having such needs. Finally, there is an established system here at the Jail Complex to initiate Baker Acts on inmates who are being released but continue to meet the criteria for involuntary placement and examination in a psychiatric facility.
Meals and Nutrition
The Brevard County Jail has a Contract Food Services provider who prepares three meals daily for the inmate population. A State Certified Dietician, who verifies the menu provides the daily caloric intake as specified by State Law, approves the menu. Should the inmates desire additional items they may be purchased through the Inmate commissary Department.
What if inmate has medical problems and requires medical treatment?
The Brevard County Jail has a Contract Medical provider who provides 24 hour a day medical coverage and has a Medical Doctor (MD) and Physicians Assistant on duty and/or on call for emergency situations. Any questions concerning medical issues should be addressed to the medical unit at 321-690-1547.