The Shawnee County Department of Corrections is responsible for the operation of Shawnee County Jail (Adult Detention Center), the Shawnee County Juvenile Detention Center and Adult Work Release/Reentry Program.
The average length of stay for an adult inmate is 10 days; for a juvenile resident it is 14 days. The Shawnee County Jail receives and processes on average 13,000 adult offenders a year. Shawnee County Jail is a facility for the short-term housing of offenders.
Approximately 12,000 inmates were processed through the ADC Booking Unit in 2007. This includes persons arrested for violations of city and county ordinances and state and federal laws. Some persons remain in jail for only a few hours, until the person is released on his/her own recognizance or until bond is provided. Others who cannot provide bond or who are not allowed to bond out must remain in jail for days to months, depending upon their situations. The Shawnee County Department of Corrections implements an objective Classification Plan for the proper housing assignment for each inmate. This plan considers the offender’s charges, current and past behavior, medical and mental health risk factors, and past incarceration records for the proper housing assignment. Once classified, the offender is placed in the appropriate housing module until a reclassification is necessary. The Classification Plan separates inmates into four general categories: Maximum, Medium, Minimum, and Community.
The Shawnee County Department of Corrections shall operate as a model correctional facility while providing the highest level of safety and security for the employees, inmates, and the community.
Shawnee County Jail Related files
How to send mail to an inmate in the Shawnee County Jail?
All incoming mail must come through the U.S. Postal Service. The mailing address for adult residents is:
Shawnee County Adult Detention Center
501 SE 8th St.
Topeka, KS 66607
Only the inmate’s/resident’s name, address, and the sender’s return address are allowed on the envelope. Incoming mail that has any additional markings or graffiti on the envelope or on the inside contents shall be returned to the sender or placed in the inmate’s/resident’s personal property.
How to visit an inmate in the Shawnee County Jail?
The days and times inmates can have visitation is based on the inmate’s last name. One group shall consist of inmates with the first letter of their last name (A-L) and the other group shall consist of inmates with the first letter of their last name (M-Z).
Each inmate shall be afforded two (2) 40-minute visits per week. The Front Desk Officer shall record all visits to ensure that each inmate receives the approved number of visits. The same visitor may not visit more than one inmate per visitation day. To accommodate inmate program schedules and visitor schedules, the following visitation schedule shall be used:
|a.m./p.m.||Group 1||Group 2|
|Morning Groups:||8:20-9:00 a.m.||9:10-9:50 a.m.|
|Afternoon Groups:||12:50-1:30 p.m.||2:50-3:30 p.m.|
You must arrive and be signed in at least 15 minutes before the scheduled visitation time, or you will not be able to visit.