The Marion County Jail exists for the detention of persons as required by law. Confined in the jail are persons serving time for crimes for which they have been convicted, and others who are awaiting trial, transfer to other county or municipal facilities, or transfer to the state prison system. In keeping with the philosophy of the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, convicted prisoners are sentenced to jail as punishment, not for punishment, and will be treated in such a manner as to provide maximum security without undue discomfort. While the Marion County Jail is operated under a “No Frills” concept, all inmates are treated in a humane and courteous manner without regard to personal prejudices and feelings. The primary goal of the Marion County Jail is to protect and maintain the peace and security of the community.
The primary responsibility of providing care, custody and control of approximately 2,000 inmates is provided by the Custody and Security Division which operates four (4) shifts on a 24 hour/7 day basis.
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INMATE RULES AND REGULATIONS HANDBOOK (June 2008)
This handbook is provided to assist an inmate while housed at the Marion County Jail. This handbook is a general guide to operations and programs, and it explains the rules and regulations concerning inmate behavior, disciplinary actions, and the range of sanctions imposed.
How to send mail to an inmate?
Please address inmate mail as per the example below:
Inmate’s Name (First, Middle, and Last Name)
Inmate Number (if known)
Marion County Jail
700 NW 30th Avenue
Ocala, FL 34475
Excess mail items are not stored in the inmate’s property and must be disposed of or
mailed out to whomever the inmate chooses, at his/her own expense.
Any newspapers, magazines, or books (soft cover only) received through the mail must
come directly from publisher or book store. No more than two (2) books or periodicals,
etc. per month. The jail reserves the right to restrict those periodicals which interfere
with the secure operation of the facility.
All mail items must have a return address. Letters will be in blue or black ink on plain
All packages must be pre-approved or they will be returned to sender, or if no return
address is listed on the package, it will be returned to the post office for disposal.
The following is a list of items that are considered contraband and will not be accepted
in the mail. Any such materials will be returned to the sender, returned to the US Postal
Service, or disposed of as appropriate.
- Stamps, Envelopes or Post Cards.
- Stapled items.
- Blank Writing Paper.
- Blank Greeting/Holiday/Post Cards.
- Greeting/Holiday Cards larger than 5” X 7”.
- Greeting/Holiday Cards with any type of electronic mechanism.
- Colored paper to include construction paper or decorated stationary.
- Drawings of any kind to include computer prints, colored markers, colored ink, or crayon drawings.
- Any type of photograph to include originals, copies, scanned, Polaroid, computer generated, or any photo on the postage stamp.
- Stickers of any kind; loose or attached.
- Any sexually suggestive materials.
- Items taped together.
- Strings, ribbons, plastic wrap, plastic, or metal items.
- Lipstick, perfume, other bodily fluids, or hair.
- Any type of fluids.
- Personal or payroll checks.
- Address labels.
- Prayer cloths.
- Phone cards.
- Glued papers.
- Confetti or glitter.
How to call an inmate?
In order to receive collect phone calls from the jail, you must first establish an account with our Inmate Phone Company (Securus Tech, Inc.) they can be reached at 1-800-844-6591. Inmates can also make calls by purchasing Calling Cards from the jail, they can place an order for Calling Cards prior to Sunday Evening; this will allow them to make their purchases. Please remember there is a $ 22.00 booking fee and a $ 3.00 daily subsistence fee.
Inmates may not receive incoming calls, faxes, or any other type of electronic communication. Inmate should notify your family/friends that calls, or any other type of communication, will not be accepted.
How to visit an inmate?
This is important to the inmate’s morale and to help make the transition to incarceration and jail life more tolerable. Visits may also sustain family life and help make the family’s readjustment easier.
You must schedule an appointment for video visitation by calling (352) 438-5961.
- Each inmate will be limited to 30 minutes per visit four days a week.
- The visitor will be allowed to schedule a visit up to one week in advance.
- To call and schedule an appointment for Video Visitation, call (352) 438-5961 between the hours of 9:00am to 9:00pm, Sunday through Saturday.
- The visitation schedule is Sunday through Saturday from 8:00am to 11:00am, 1:00pm to 4:00pm, and 7:00pm to 9:45pm.
Due to limited space, only two adults and one child or one adult and two children may visit an inmate at a given time. A parent or legal guardian must accompany anyone 17 years of age and under. Any exceptions require the approval of the Corrections Bureau Chief or his/her designee.
Visitation rules exceptions
- Attorneys are not restricted to the hours of visitation.
- Inmate Worker visits will not be authorized when the inmate worker is working. Please schedule your appointment during the time the person you want to visit is not working.
- Visitation for inmates housed in the Medical Dorm on suicide precaution will require prior approval by the Watch Commander or his/her designee.
- Inmates hospitalized in community facilities will be required to get special visitation approval from the Corrections Bureau Chief or his designee before being allowed visitors.