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Oklahoma County Detention Center Inmate Search

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** For visits call 405-713-2015 between 8:00 AM to 12:00 noon and 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM. Visits may be scheduled no more than 48 hours in advance for the current week **

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Visiting an Inmate in the Oklahoma County Detention Center in Oklahona

There a few things you need to know when you are preparing to visit someone in an Oklahoma County Detention Center. We want to help make your visit as enjoyable as possible so we've tried to summarize and make the information easy to find and easy to understand.

Please remember that you are visiting an incarceration facility and therefore we must have very strict rules when it comes to visitors. These rules are designed to protect all visitors to our facility, the inmates we house, and the staff who care for them.

These rules may seem strict. In fact, they are strict. If anyone does not follow the rules of visitation, they will not be allowed on the premises, can be asked to leave, and can be barred from visitation. At the Oklahoma County Detention Center we encourage inmates to enjoy visitation and we strive to help that happen. By following these rules, it will make your time visiting more pleasant and enjoyable.

Please remember this is a summary and there may be changes. So, please always be sure you are up to date on the rules.

Dress code

Appropriate dress is required when you visit an inmate in Oklahoma County Detention Centers. Adults and children must follow the following basis rules.

  • Conservative dress is expected. Undergarments are mandatory. No provocative, revealing type of clothing.
  • Shoes must be worn.
  • Clean, neat, clothing and hygienic appearance is required.
  • No short shorts or dresses/skirts that are any shorter than the mid-thigh
  • Clothing cannot have logos, emblems, etc. that have any offensive, ethnic, racial, sexual, or gang affiliation or remarks
  • Political slogans, tobacco, drugs, alcohol, etc. cannot be displayed on clothing
  • Clothes must be worn appropriate for their design (no backwards clothing, no undergarments outside)
  • You may not wear halter-like tops, tank tops, muscle shirts, or cut off shirts or any type of shirt that shows shoulders, midriff, or excessive back

Contact Visits

  • Attorney of record – as necessary
  • Clergy – if pre-approved by chaplain or administrator
  • Are at the discretion of the facility and may be denied or suspended if there are security concerns

Non-Contact Visits

  • All standard professional visits unless approved or necessary as described above
  • Any bond representative – always non-contact
  • All family visits – always non-contact

General Rules of Visitation

  • There are certain hours visitation is not allowed except for attorneys
    • Prior to 8 am
    • 11 am to 1 pm
    • 3:30 pm to 6:30 pm
    • After 9:30 pm
  • During any type of emergency situation or lock-down visits are suspended
  • Do not bring forbidden items to visitations:
    • Tobacco
    • Drugs of any kind
    • No food or drinks
    • Any sharp or metal items: tweezers, nail files, etc.
    • No weapons of any kind: knives, guns
    • No phones or pagers
    • You may not bring a bag of any kind into visitation

Schedule for Visitation:

The Oklahoma County Detention Center uses a list visitation method. This means you must call to have your name added to the list. (405)-712-2015. This list can have no more than five names. Three of these must be immediate family.  Here are the basic rules of all visitation.

  • Call between 8 am – 12 noon or 1 pm – 5 pm no more than 48 hours ahead of your visit
  • One 15 minute visit per week
  • 2 adults and one child max per visit
  • Spouse and children calls only
  • Calls only – no sign up logs

General Visitation Rules:

  • All visitors must have valid state ID
  • All visitors will go through a security screen and are subject to frisking
  • Criminal records and outstanding warrants will be checked
  • Each visitation floor will have no more than 25 adult visitors
  • Facility will have no more than 150 adult visitors at one time
  • No-show visitors
    • After 2 no shows visitation is suspended for 30 days
  • Out of state visitors (immediate family ONLY) can come once per week with special permission but must call as directed above. Must show a proof of residency for their state.

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How to use the Inmate Search for Oklahoma County Detention Center in Oklahoma

We are happy to help you find the inmate you are looking for. It can be tough when you are dealing with anything new and this is no exception. Whether you already know their inmate number or just their name, we'll help you find the person you are searching for. It's easy to get frustrated during emotional situations such as an arrest. We hope to help ease your burden in some ways by making it easier for you to find you friend or loved one.

[Article_Ad_2]The easiest way is to start here: http://www.jailexchange.com/CountyJails/Oklahoma_County_Detention_Center.aspx. Click  on this link and it will take you right there.

You can think of this as your "go-to" page. It is a front page view of the most important information you will need when it comes to locating your inmate. There is much more information available here as well. Don't let it overwhelm you though. Sit tight and we'll help walk you through.

The major subsections of this front page are:

  • Inmate Search
  • Jail Contact information
  • Inmate Services

Here we will go over the INMATE SEARCH that you see in the top left corner of the page in RED. It includes several sections including the following:

  • Oklahoma County Jail Inmate list
  • Oklahoma County Jail Inmate search
  • VINELINK – Jail Inmate Search
  • Oklahoma County Recent Arrests
  • Oklahoma Prisoner Locator
  • Federal Prison Inmate Search

First we'll cover the Oklahoma County Jail search options since this probably what you are most interested in. After we go over that, we'll give you a brief idea of how the other searches that are available (VINELINK, Oklahoma Prison, and Federal Prison) work.

The Inmate list and Inmate search will both take you to a page where you are required to enter a first and last name of the inmate you are searching for. These pages also only search for patients who are current patients. When you enter your inmates first and last name, then click on the button that says Inmate Query (that just means search).
If you can't find them, one of three things has likely occurred.

  • They have not been arrested.
  • They have not completed processing yet.
  • They have been released.

If you do find the inmate you are searching for, then just continue filling in any information requested and you will get to you inmate's information.

If you are searching for someone who has been recently arrested, it may be easier to search the Oklahoma County Recent Arrests link. This will automatically take you to the City of Oklahoma Police Crime Information page. On here you can find a daily listing of everyone who is booked by Oklahoma City police officers into the Oklahoma County Jail. They actually keep this updated every day except weekends and holidays.

Once you click on the day you believe your loved ones was arrested, it will take you to page where it lists the person booked on that day. You can see their names, race, date of birth, address, booking ID number, and what they were booked for. If you find them here, but not in the Inmate Search or Inmate List, it may be that processing is not fully complete.

Oklahoma prisoner locator is pretty user friendly. This searches for records of offenders who have been on probation or incarcerated. It will search based on names or alias. For instance, if they go by Bill but name is William, you would still be able to search for them that way. Also, you don't have to have a specific prisoner number to perform a search.
If you are trying to search for Federal Prison inmates, it gets a little tougher. Here you have to have the inmate ID number or the true first and last name to begin your search. However, if you have that information, you can fill it in and get going. Always remember, the more information you can fill in the smaller your search list will be.

If for any reason, you cannot find an inmate you are searching for and require assistance. Please do call the phone numbers on the front page (they are in blue). Just click the link at the top and you'll go right to the page again.

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Communicating with an Inmate Housed at the Oklahoma County Detention Center in Oklahoma

You are welcome to visit your inmate at Oklahoma County Detention Center. You are also encouraged to be in contact with them via the United States Postal Service. There are strict rules on what an inmate is allowed to receive via the mail so please be sure you are aware of these rules.

If items are received that are considered contraband, they will be impounded or destroyed. They will not be returned to sender.

Mail General Rules:

  • No mail on weekends or holidays
  • No cash – money orders or cashier's checks only
  • One package per week
  • No loose envelopes, stamps, or address labels
  • 5 photos in one letter
  • Publications must be pre-approved and come from bookstore or publisher only

Inmate Possession Limitations:

  • 20 envelopes with stamps one them and one sheet of paper inside
  • Softbound books only (2) or 2 magazines
  • One Bible – soft
  • No more than 5 photos

Contraband:

  • Excesses beyond rules above
  • Inappropriate reading material: gang, sexual, riotous, etc.
  • Pencils or pens
  • This is not a full complete list. Do not send anything you might question as being contraband. Obtain a full up-dated list upon inmate booking.

Rejected Mail:

  • Mail going in and out is screened. If anything is considered a security risk to inmates or facility, it will not be allowed.
  • Excesses beyond what is allowed
  • Anything administrators or commanders deem inappropriate
  • The following are all prohibited and will be rejected:
    • Threatening materials
    • Illegal materials
    • Any type of blackmail or code violation
    • Sexually explicit or suggestive materials
    • Publications that represent: gangs, illegal activities, sexually explicit or suggestive material, drugs, how to riot, how to break out of jail, explosive information, terrorism, etc.

These mail rules are not all inclusive. If the administrators deem that something is not safe or not in the best interest of the facility, they can at their discretion reject and therefore destroy any correspondence. If there is illegal contents, it will be retained as evidence.

At Oklahoma County Detention Center you are encouraged to maintain appropriate contact with your inmate within the constraints of the rules that are set forth. By following all of the rules you will find it easier to interact with the inmate via mail and the visitation as allowed.

If you have questions regarding any type of mail, package, etc. or what is allowed, please feel free to contact the jail and ask your questions. We will be happy to assist.

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