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Jail FAQs

  1. When are visiting hours?
  2. What is the mailing address for the jail?
  3. When can I leave money for an inmate?
  4. When can I post money for bond?
  5. What do I do if my phone won't allow collect calls from the jail?
  6. How do I put a block on my phone so that calls originating from the jail will be blocked?
  7. What requirements must I meet in order to visit with an inmate?
  8. Do you take messages for the inmates?
  9. What items can be taken to prison?
  10. Can I receive property from a person who has been arrested?
  11. What can I send through the mail to an inmate?

 

 

1. When are visiting hours?

Inmate whose last name begins with A through K

Tuesdays

  • 8:00 AM to 11:00 AM
  • 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM

There are no visiting hours on Sundays.

Inmate whose last name begins with L through Z

Wednesdays

  • 8:00 AM to 11:00 AM
  • 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM

There are no visiting hours on Sundays.

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2. What is the mailing address for the jail?

Erie County Sheriff's Department
Attn: Jail
2800 Columbus Avenue
Sandusky, OH 44870

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3. When can I leave money for an inmate?

We do not accept cash for deposit into an inmate's commissary account. We no longer accept money orders for deposit into an inmate's commissary account during visitation.

Funds may be deposited into an inmate's commissary account by using one of the following methods:

  1. Online at www.expressaccount.com
  2. By depositing cash, or by using a credit or debit card, using the kiosk in the Sheriff's Office lobby. While there is no fee for depositing cash, there is a fee for the use of a debit/credit card to deposit funds.
  3. By mail, by mailing a money order to the following address:
    Erie County Sheriff's Office
    c/o Jail/Inmate's name
    2800 Columbus Avenue
    Sandusky, Ohio 44870
The money order must be made payable to : Erie County Sheriff's Office c/o Inmate's Name.

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4. How can I post bond at the jail for an inmate?

Bond must be posted in the form of a money order. The money order should be made payable to the court of jurisdiction. The purchaser's or remitter's information must be included on the money order . Cash, checks or credit cards or cashier's checks will not be accepted for bond at the jail. Any money order that has been altered, damaged or may have questionable validity will not be accepted. Money orders issued from foreign banks will not be accepted.

Bonds are not accepted for Vermilion Municipal Court at any time. All bonds for Vermilion Municipal Court are to be posted at the court during normal business hours or at Vermilion Police Department dispatch after normal business hours.

Surety bonds are accepted anytime from approved bonding agents.

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5. What do I do if my phone won't allow collect calls from the jail?

Contact the jail's telephone service provider, Correctional Billing Services, at 1-800-844-6591.

 

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6. How do I put a block on my phone so that calls originating from the jail will be blocked?

Contact the jail's telephone service provider, Correctional Billing Services, at 1-800-844-6591. You do  not need to go to the jail.

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7. What requirements must I meet in order to visit with an inmate?

In order to visit an inmate, you must be listed on the inmate's visitation list. You can determine if you are on an inmate's visitation list by referencing the inmate's information through the "Jail Roster" tab on our website.

Anyone visiting with an inmate must be prepared to present a photo indentification card issued by a governmental entity and, if alone, must be over the age of 18. Those under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. A maximum of three (3) visitors, including children, will be permitted to visit with an inmate during each visitation period.

Please note that all visitors are subject to be checked for outstanding warrants and/or protection orders. Those with outstanding warrants will be arrested and incarcerated. Those who are named in protection orders will be prohibited from visiting and may also be subject to arrest for attempting to violate the protection order.

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8. Do you take messages for the inmates?

No messages are taken.

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9. What items can be taken to prison?

Current Ohio Department of Corrections rules do not allow any personal property to be taken to prison. This includes cash, checks, clothing, hygiene items, documents, photographs, tobacco products, etc. Any personal property left behind at the Erie County Jail by an inmate must be picked up within 14 days.

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10. Can I receive property from a person who has been arrested?

The only items that may be released from an inmate's property will be keys, identifiable credit cards and legal documents.

Money, clothing, jewelry, and cell phones will not be released. This property will be returned when the inmate is released.

All items an inmate is booked in with is considered his/her property. The inmate must agree to release the property.

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11. What can I send through the mail to an inmate?

Only letters and money orders will be accepted through the mail. Inmates are prohibited by policy from receiving any photographs, books, envelopes, or stamps. All mail is opened and examined prior to being distributed to the inmates by Corrections Officers. Any item found in the mail that is deemed to be prohibited contraband by jail policy will not be forwarded to the inmate but will be immediately discarded. Anyone who mails illegal contraband (narcotics, weapons, etc.) to an inmate is subject to arrest and prosecution. Jail inmate to inmate mail will not be distributed, but will be examined and then destroyed for security reasons.

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