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What is an Inmate Money or Commissary Account?

Most jails and prisons in America allow friends and family members of inmates to make deposits to inmate money accounts. They are set up to give the inmate access to various services including commissary purchases and phone use. Some facilities deduct nominal amounts from these accounts for inmate health visits and other jail fees. Commissary […]

Drastically Reduce the Cost of Calls from Your Out of State Inmate

Most facilities contract with a third-party company so you can fund prepaid calls, but if those calls are long distance, it can become cost-prohibitive. Luckily there is a way to pay local call rates for long-distance calls on a prepaid service. First, Do Some Very Basic Research Find out the area code for the jail […]

Get a Special Visit If You Live Far From the Jail

The logistics of visiting an inmate who is incarcerated very far from where you live can be tricky. If the jail has very short visits or requires a specific visitation registration processes, it makes it even more difficult. Some jails make exceptions for those who must travel to visit the inmate. How Far is Far? […]

Parental Visitation: Know the keys to Helping Your Child Visit Their Parent in Jail

Children typically desire contact with their parents, even if a parent is incarcerated, so learn the ropes to keep the connection going: Keep it Simple Depending on the age of the child, you can explain without going into too much detail, why the parent is in jail. Preschool to elementary kids – Let them know […]

How Does a Bail Bond Process Work?

Many states allow defendants to be released from jail to wait for court by paying a percentage of the total bond amount. Percentages range from 10 to 20 percent depending on state law. Understand how the process works to help someone who's been arrested. What is a Bond? A bond is an amount of money […]

Can I Visit an Inmate if I am on Probation or Parole?

A friend or family member has been arrested and this has created chaos and stress. Before you race off to visit him or her in jail, if you are on probation or parole you need to take the following steps. Find out the Rules Some jails will not allow anyone on probation or parole to […]

What Does a 15 Years to Life Sentence Mean?

A sentence of 15 years to life, 25 years to life or similar sounding words all mean the same thing. The only difference is the time frame. What the Number Means The number in the sentence indicates the minimum number of years the inmate must serve before he or she can be considered for parole. […]

Consequences of Providing Contraband to an Inmate

It is never a good idea to mail contraband to an inmate or to bring it on a visit. The consequences for such actions are serious not only for the inmate, but also for you. What is Contraband? Contraband is anything that inmates are not allowed to have in their possession. Obvious examples are weapons, […]

Voting Rights for Felons in Alabama

The state of Alabama allows felons to have their voting rights restored under the following guidelines. You must have completed your entire sentence, including incarceration, probation, and parole, or community supervision. Once completed, you have three options: Contact your local parole or probation office Write to the Board of Pardons and Parole

Maine Marijuana Laws: Decriminalized but Still Tricky

Decriminalizing Pot doesn't always mean it is completely legal. Here are some current guidelines. Possession Unlike several other states that chose an ounce as the cutoff for a civil penalty, Maine allows you to possess up to 2.5 ounces and still receive a civil ticket. The fine is a flat $600 regardless of the amount. […]

4 Good Places to Find Prison Pen Pals

Learn About Them Through friends. If you know someone who is incarcerated or has a family member incarcerated, ask for the name of an inmate who might like having a pen pal. This is an excellent way to meet pen pals because they can give a personal recommendation. Use Pen Pal Sites. There are several […]

Can a Felon Possess a Gun In Georgia?

Georgia law is very clear on its position regarding convicted felons in that state owning or possessing firearms: It follows the federal law when it comes to guns and felons. The Basics: With the exception of a felony conviction that is non-violent and related exclusively to a business-related crime, if you have ever been convicted […]

Getting a Felon's Voting Rights Restored in Massachusetts

Voting is one of the most fundamental rights given to American citizens, but that right can be lost if you're a convicted felon. It's up to the each state to decide their laws about restoring rights. The laws for Massachusetts include: If You're Charged If you've been charged with a crime, but have not yet […]

Massachusetts Marijuana Laws

Decriminalizing Marijuana doesn't always mean it is completely legal. In some cases, such as in Massachusetts, possession of less than an ounce is no longer a crime but is now a civil offense. Possession It is a civil offense to possess one ounce or less of Marijuana. If found guilty the fine is $100. In […]

Can a Felon Own a Gun In New Mexico?

Generally speaking, federal law makes it a crime for a convicted felon to own or possess a gun or ammunition. If you were convicted of a federal felony crime, you must receive a presidential pardon if you are to ever own a firearm again. Some states, however, have specifically designed laws regarding felons convicted of […]

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Broward County Main Jail Inmate Search

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STATE COUNTY BEDS
Florida Broward 1,538 beds
PHYSICAL ADDRESS
555 SE 1st Ave.
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33301
INMATE MAIL
Broward County Main Jail
Inmate's Name, Arrest Number
PO Box 9356
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33310
FAX NUMBERS
Juvenile Detention: 954-327-6361

To look up if your inmate is in this facility, go here. If they are in the Broward County Main Jail, go here to view the visitation schedule and here to learn the rules and regulations concerning visits.

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The Broward County Main Jail is an eight story maximum security facility meant to house the most dangerous and violent inmates in the system. 

It's an all male facility and all are either awaiting trial or have been sentenced to less than one year and are doing their time. Many are escape risks or whose charges require they be housed in maximum security.

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There are five jails in Broward County making it the 12th largest jail system in the United States. JailExchange has every jail's information on this website. 

The jails are: The Joseph V Conte Facility, The North Broward Bureau, The Central Intake Bureau, the Paul Rein Detention Facility and this, the Broward County Main Jail, which houses over 1500 adults and 65 juveniles at any one time. 

Juveniles housed here are often being tried as adults, yet are housed separately from the adult inmates.


 

What is an Inmate Money or Commissary Account?

Most jails and prisons in America allow friends and family members of inmates to make deposits to inmate money accounts. They are set up to give the inmate access to various services including commissary purchases and phone use. Some facilities deduct nominal amounts from these accounts for inmate health visits and other jail fees. Commissary […]

Drastically Reduce the Cost of Calls from Your Out of State Inmate

Most facilities contract with a third-party company so you can fund prepaid calls, but if those calls are long distance, it can become cost-prohibitive. Luckily there is a way to pay local call rates for long-distance calls on a prepaid service. First, Do Some Very Basic Research Find out the area code for the jail […]

Get a Special Visit If You Live Far From the Jail

The logistics of visiting an inmate who is incarcerated very far from where you live can be tricky. If the jail has very short visits or requires a specific visitation registration processes, it makes it even more difficult. Some jails make exceptions for those who must travel to visit the inmate. How Far is Far? […]

Parental Visitation: Know the keys to Helping Your Child Visit Their Parent in Jail

Children typically desire contact with their parents, even if a parent is incarcerated, so learn the ropes to keep the connection going: Keep it Simple Depending on the age of the child, you can explain without going into too much detail, why the parent is in jail. Preschool to elementary kids – Let them know […]

How Does a Bail Bond Process Work?

Many states allow defendants to be released from jail to wait for court by paying a percentage of the total bond amount. Percentages range from 10 to 20 percent depending on state law. Understand how the process works to help someone who's been arrested. What is a Bond? A bond is an amount of money […]

Can I Visit an Inmate if I am on Probation or Parole?

A friend or family member has been arrested and this has created chaos and stress. Before you race off to visit him or her in jail, if you are on probation or parole you need to take the following steps. Find out the Rules Some jails will not allow anyone on probation or parole to […]

What Does a 15 Years to Life Sentence Mean?

A sentence of 15 years to life, 25 years to life or similar sounding words all mean the same thing. The only difference is the time frame. What the Number Means The number in the sentence indicates the minimum number of years the inmate must serve before he or she can be considered for parole. […]

Consequences of Providing Contraband to an Inmate

It is never a good idea to mail contraband to an inmate or to bring it on a visit. The consequences for such actions are serious not only for the inmate, but also for you. What is Contraband? Contraband is anything that inmates are not allowed to have in their possession. Obvious examples are weapons, […]

Voting Rights for Felons in Alabama

The state of Alabama allows felons to have their voting rights restored under the following guidelines. You must have completed your entire sentence, including incarceration, probation, and parole, or community supervision. Once completed, you have three options: Contact your local parole or probation office Write to the Board of Pardons and Parole

Maine Marijuana Laws: Decriminalized but Still Tricky

Decriminalizing Pot doesn't always mean it is completely legal. Here are some current guidelines. Possession Unlike several other states that chose an ounce as the cutoff for a civil penalty, Maine allows you to possess up to 2.5 ounces and still receive a civil ticket. The fine is a flat $600 regardless of the amount. […]

4 Good Places to Find Prison Pen Pals

Learn About Them Through friends. If you know someone who is incarcerated or has a family member incarcerated, ask for the name of an inmate who might like having a pen pal. This is an excellent way to meet pen pals because they can give a personal recommendation. Use Pen Pal Sites. There are several […]

Can a Felon Possess a Gun In Georgia?

Georgia law is very clear on its position regarding convicted felons in that state owning or possessing firearms: It follows the federal law when it comes to guns and felons. The Basics: With the exception of a felony conviction that is non-violent and related exclusively to a business-related crime, if you have ever been convicted […]

Getting a Felon's Voting Rights Restored in Massachusetts

Voting is one of the most fundamental rights given to American citizens, but that right can be lost if you're a convicted felon. It's up to the each state to decide their laws about restoring rights. The laws for Massachusetts include: If You're Charged If you've been charged with a crime, but have not yet […]

Massachusetts Marijuana Laws

Decriminalizing Marijuana doesn't always mean it is completely legal. In some cases, such as in Massachusetts, possession of less than an ounce is no longer a crime but is now a civil offense. Possession It is a civil offense to possess one ounce or less of Marijuana. If found guilty the fine is $100. In […]

Can a Felon Own a Gun In New Mexico?

Generally speaking, federal law makes it a crime for a convicted felon to own or possess a gun or ammunition. If you were convicted of a federal felony crime, you must receive a presidential pardon if you are to ever own a firearm again. Some states, however, have specifically designed laws regarding felons convicted of […]

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Visiting an Inmate in the Broward County Main Jail in Florida

Inmates at Florida's Main Jail may receive visits from friends and family while serving their time. If you're interested in visiting rules and schedules, the following information will guide you through all the steps you need to know.

During any given week, an inmate may receive a visit from only two adults max and one child who's in the company of their parents or legal guardian. If you're in fact a legal guardian for a child visitor, please arrive to the jail with proof of your guardianship. All visits are exactly two hours long, and the inmate is responsible for communicating to their future visitors of any changes to the visit time.

All visitors must arrive to the jail with either a driver's license, a state-issued identification card, military ID or a passport with photo. Unfortunately, visitors without any proper photo identification will not be allowed to visit, so please make sure you have all your identification squared away prior to your visiting date.

Jail visits require strict dress codes, so plan to dress appropriately for your visit. Shoes, shirts and appropriate under clothing/garments must be worn at all times. Please avoid wearing clothes that are too revealing, has inappropriate language and graphics or is transparent; don't wear short skirts or mini-shorts. Failure to follow this dress code will prevent you from visiting.

All visits must take place in their designated area, so inmates and visitors cannot leave or wander about together. If a visitor arrives under the influence of drugs and alcohol, their visit will be cancelled and they may be denied future visits as well.

During the visit, an inmate may not receive anything from their visitor and appropriate behavior is expected from both visitors and inmates.

Visit appointments are made on a “first come, first serve” basis. The earliest time someone can register for a visit is 7:15AM, and the last available time is 12:15. Daytime visits take place Sunday through Saturday, and the hours are as followed.

  • 7:45AM to 8:45AM
  • 9:00AM to 10:00AM
  • 11:30AM to 12:30PM
  • 12:45PM to 1:45PM

To make an appointment for an evening visitation, the earliest possible time to register is 3:15PM, and the latest is 8:15. Like daytime visits, registration is also on a “first come, first serve” basis. These are the following times for evening visits:

  • 3:45PM to 4:45PM
  • 5:00PM to 6:00PM
  • 6:15PM to 7:15PM
  • 7:30PM to 8:30PM
  • 8:45PM to 9:45PM

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How to use the Inmate Search for Broward County Main Jail in Florida

Finding an inmate who's incarcerated at Florida's Main Jail can easily be done through the jail's online search tool. To begin, please visit http://www.sheriff.org/apps/arrest/

[Article_Ad_2]If you happen to know the full first and last name of an inmate, enter it into the provided fields. To access alphabetized lists of inmates, simply type any letter into one of the search fields.

Once a list has been brought up, click on any arrest number of an inmate at Main Facility to review available information. Individual inmate pages will show a current photograph plus any of the following information that's viewable to the public.

  • Arrest Number
  • Arrest Date
  • Date of Birth
  • Height
  • Weight
  • Hair Color
  • Eye Color
  • Arresting Agency: Sherriff's Office
  • Locations: Main Facility
  • Expected Release Date (if available)
  • Their Visiting Schedule

These inmate pages will also show specific information about their charges.

  • Charge Number
  • Case Number
  • Statute
  • Description of the Charge
  • Charge Status
  • Disposition
  • Projected End Date
  • Bond Information

If you're interested about the rules pertaining to bonds at Main Jail, please review the following information.

To pay a bond, one must choose either cash, cashier's check, money orders or a money wire via Western Union's Quick Collect Service. Personal Checks, Credit and debit cards will not be accepted at Main Jail.

All cashier checks and money orders must include the following information.

  • Pay to: Sherriff of Broward Country
  • Code City and State: COPS, FL
  • Please include the inmate's full name and account number (refer to online inmate search)

All bonds, and even refunds for bonds, must go through Main Jail's Cash Bond Unit.

RELATED: Broward County Main Jail Inmate Search

RELATED: Broward County Main Jail Inmate Services


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