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How to Send a Book to an Inmate

Almost all jails and prisons require that books be sent to inmates directly from the publisher or a reputable online vendor, such as Amazon.com or BarnesandNoble.com. This requirement actually makes it simpler for you because you can compare prices easily and avoid shopping trips away from home or work and packaging time. How to Order […]

Five Fun Photo Ideas to Send Pictures to Your Inmate

Face it. You can only send so many selfies, family group shots or photos of the dog on the couch to your inmate before it becomes boring for both of you. Try these ideas to spice up the fun! Have a party for the inmate Gather friends and family together and have a party. Choose […]

Pregnant and in Prison – Now What?

Going to prison or jail while you are pregnant sometimes can't be helped, but you will need to be sure you get the proper treatment and medical care while incarcerated. You'll also need to make arrangements for the baby after he or she is born. Banking on the belief you will be released before your […]

How to Get Your Visitation Suspension Lifted

The hardest part of having your jail visits suspended indefinitely is not having any idea when or if you are going to be able to visit your inmate again. In most cases, visits are suspended due to the visitor violating visitation rules. There are things you can do to try and those visits reinstated. Get […]

Notorious Female Criminals in the United States Infographic

For decades, the number of women being convicted of felonies has been rising. The rate is not only changing, but it's changing fast. Are women racing to prison? Is this a competition to see who's the most badass? Females have been linked to the criminal justice system throughout history, but it's clear that they are […]

Why and How Drugs Are Divided Into Different Classes and Levels

The class of drug is typically included in the criminal charge for possession, sale or use. For examples, the charge would read, "Possession of a Class I drug for resale," or "Possession of a Class II drug". How They're Classed While each agency determines which drugs fall into each schedule, class or level, they are […]

A Guide to Inmate Visitation Online

Jails across the nation are catching on to the popularity of offering remote, "at-home," visitation. Not only is it convenient for jail staff, inmates, and family members, but it is also a way for the jail to collect revenue because in most cases, at-home visitation is a paid service. How it Works To be able […]

Should I Tell My Kids I am an Addict?

If your children are over the age of six or seven they should be told if you are addicted to drugs. Children aren't stupid, and no matter how much you think you are keeping the big secret, they know something is wrong. Their imagination is going to run wild until you give them some information. […]

Three Ways to Make Jail Calls Cheaper

Telephone calls are a lifeline between inmates and their families. Just hearing each other's voices helps ease the tension and anxiety surrounding incarceration. As nice as it is to get those calls, they can get expensive. The following three ideas can make the calls fit your budget better. Avoid Peak Hours for Collect Calls Many […]

Your Rights as a Pregnant Inmate

If you are incarcerated and pregnant, you need to be sure you notify the prison staff immediately. You will be given a pregnancy test to be sure you are expecting. If you are, some changes will be made to accommodate your condition. Each state has its own rules about the treatment of pregnant inmates, but […]

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

Losing SSI and SSDI Benefits While Incarcerated

Your husband goes to jail and you figure his Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits will at least help with the bills even though he is not home to receive them. When the payments stop, there are four reasons why this may happen. Here are the four stages of the […]

The Three Most Dangerous Prisons in America

There are many factors that go into choosing the most dangerous prisons in the USA. The media spotlights isolated cases of prison violence, which makes that facility seem dangerous. The fact is there is danger in every prison, but some are more notorious for San Quentin State Prison: San Rafael, California There are more death […]

When Your Online Search Doesn't Find Your Inmate

Many jails have online databases listing those who have been arrested. In some cases, the database is updated every few minutes. If you do a search but nothing comes up, it doesn't necessarily mean your loved one is not incarcerated. There are several reasons an inmate can be in jail but not showing up in […]

How I Overcame Fear in Jail

Anyone sentenced to jail or prison for the first time is scared. If they tell you otherwise they are either lying or they're mentally ill. Your imagination runs wild and every jailhouse show you have ever seen comes to mind. The first time I went to jail I was only 18, and I went for […]

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The Maricopa County Sheriffs Office in Phoenix, Maricopa County, Arizona, like all jails is a maximum security facility. Because the inmates in this jail range from low level offenders to those being held for violent crimes like robbery, rape and murder, the security level is as high as is it is in any maximum security state prison. Some of the security features in this facility include security cameras, electronic detection and reinforced fencing topped with razor wire. Correctional officers in Maricopa County Sheriffs Office are armed with mace and trained to use physical force to protect themselves and other inmates from violence.

The men, women and juveniles being held in the Maricopa County Sheriffs Office are either awaiting trial or have been sentenced in the Maricopa County Court System already and been sentenced to a period of time of one year or less. When an inmate is sentenced to a year or more, they are admitted into the Arizona Prison or Federal Prison System. Inmates in the Maricopa County Sheriffs Office are fed three meals a day totaling 2,500 calories, are allowed access to phones to contact friends and family members, are allowed at least one hour a day for exercise, have access to books, bathroom and shower facilities. The inmates are allowed mail to be delivered to them as well as newspapers and magazine from trusted outside publishers.

The other jail facilities in Maricopa County, Arizona are: Glendale City Jail, Maricopa County 4th Avenue Jail , Maricopa County Durango Jail, Maricopa County Estrella Jail, Maricopa County First Avenue Jail, Maricopa County Lower Buckeye Jail, Maricopa County Madison Jail, Maricopa County Tent City Jail, Maricopa County Towers Jail, Maricopa County-Gila Bend Jail, Maricopa County-SE Jail Facility, Maricopa County-Surprise Jail, Maricopa County-SW Regional Jail, Mesa City Jail, Scottsdale City Jail, Tempe City Jail. In addition, Maricopa County houses the following juvenile facilities: Adobe Mountain School, Black Canyon School, Maricopa County Juvenile Detention - Durango Facility, Maricopa County Juvenile Detention - Southeast Facility.

On this page you will find direct links to specific information that friends and family members of inmates will find useful: Maricopa County Inmate Search, Inmate Phone use, Visitation Rules and Schedules, Commissary Deposits and Information about the Maricopa County Sheriffs Office Inmate Mail Guidelines. In addition, you will find information on how to contact the facility, directions to the jail, Maricopa County recent arrests, Most Wanted, outstanding Arrest Warrants and much more.



Maricopa County Sheriffs Office Inmate Search

STATE COUNTY BEDS
Arizona Maricopa 10,000
PHYSICAL ADDRESS
100 West Washington, Suite 1900
Phoenix, AZ 85003
To locate in which jail the inmate is housed, (you need name and date of birth of person), call Sheriff’s Information Management Services (SIMS), at 602-876-0322. Prior to visiting an inmate please contact the jail’s visitation phone number (listed on each facility page) to find out if any housing units are on visitation restrictions.
This is the main information page for the Sheriff's Office, pertaining to all the Maricopa County Jails. Click the link below for 'More Facilities in this County' to check out each of the 8 county jails and multiple city jails.
 

Time Inmate Visitation So it Works

Many jails provide a variety of visitation options during the week and you should take advantage of this if you can. Though your inmate will be thrilled to see you at any time, strategic scheduling can make a big difference in the quality of the visit. Time of Day Choose a time that he or […]

How to Get Your Visitation Suspension Lifted

The hardest part of having your jail visits suspended indefinitely is not having any idea when or if you are going to be able to visit your inmate again. In most cases, visits are suspended due to the visitor violating visitation rules. There are things you can do to try and those visits reinstated. Get […]

Five Reasons to Go to Drug Rehab and Stay Out of Jail

You know you have a problem, because lately your life has been falling apart. But going to rehab or seeking outpatient treatment seems like a drastic measure, because you're still surviving. Think about getting help for these reasons: It shows your family you are serious. How many times have you promised to stop using drugs […]

Drug Addiction and Anger: Why Should I Do Anything for Him After All He Did?

When your boyfriend was doing drugs, there was chaos everywhere he went. Now that he completed rehab and is in recovery, he might need assistance with a few things to get started again. Putting your anger aside and helping him can provide the following benefits. Self-confidence: Whether he admits it or not, when he was […]

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. […]

Best Days for Inmate Phone Calls

As much as you would like to talk to your inmate each day, the cost of inmate phone calls makes this impossible for most people. If your budget can only handle a couple of calls a week, tell your inmate to call you on Thursdays and Sundays. Thursday Thursday phone calls give you almost the […]

Consequences of Contraband Mail

At some point you might be tempted to mail contraband to your inmate. After all, how much trouble will it really cause, right? The answer is, plenty. The consequences of being caught mailing contraband to an inmate or an inmate receiving it can be severe. Criminal Charges If your inmate is in a state or […]

Five Fun Photo Ideas to Send Pictures to Your Inmate

Face it. You can only send so many selfies, family group shots or photos of the dog on the couch to your inmate before it becomes boring for both of you. Try these ideas to spice up the fun! Have a party for the inmate Gather friends and family together and have a party. Choose […]

Caring for an Inmate, Even If You Can't Visit the Jail or Prison

Visits are a lifeline for most inmates, but if his jail is very far away, or there are other reasons that make it impossible for you to visit, there are other steps you can take to let him know he is not alone. Lots of mail: Even if you can't write a letter each day […]

Dealing with a Drug Addict: How I Started Letting Go

If you are dealing with an addict in your life, you already know that you won't be able to keep it up forever. There will come a point where you will need to reclaim your life and get back among the living. Years ago, I began taking gradual steps toward letting go and by the […]

The First Few Days of Life after Imprisonment

Society has an expectation that once an inmate is set free he or she can just jump right back into life, but that isn't the way it works. The best way to get back into normal life after incarceration is to take a few baby steps the first few days. Delay the Party Friends and […]

Why and How Drugs Are Divided Into Different Classes and Levels

The class of drug is typically included in the criminal charge for possession, sale or use. For examples, the charge would read, "Possession of a Class I drug for resale," or "Possession of a Class II drug". How They're Classed While each agency determines which drugs fall into each schedule, class or level, they are […]

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, […]

Why The Male Model Doesn't Work for Women Inmates

This is content sponsored by Netflix (producers of Orange Is The New Black) for the New York Times. There are some interesting facts and a few videos worth watching if you are concerned with the incarceration of women and the related issues.   Women serving time in American prisons

Inmate Mail: How to Get an Envelope or Post Card Pre-Metered

If the facility that your inmate is in will only accept pre-metered mail, it is important to know how to get that done. Sticking a regular stamp on it and sending it will only get it sent back or discarded. Your inmate will never see it. You have several options: Get it Pre-Metered at the […]

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  1. Candy Henderson Thu, Jul 07 2011 2:20 AM

    Cannot locate Inmate Ruben Mark Chaires #P775649 - arrested June 14th,2011 - Need address for him badly!!! Someone Please Help me!!! henderc4@imail.losrios.edu or Facebook me - Candy Henderson + Sacramento/Elk Grove California

  2. Lessons Learned Fri, Dec 23 2011 6:19 AM

    MY MOM called "Estrella Jail" my resort. I was there for three meals a day and back then we had blues to wear. After the first week of (let's call it a quick lesson of jail etiquette) But where I came from and what I did out of loyalty ( for my man and my kids) came natural.I would rather be respected for sticking it out( and staying outta kitchen duty by saying I had hep B) . I actually missed the guards, getting in a fight when some new gal became my roomie at 6 weeks and tried to tell me how my house( a hard bunk, and toilet and sink combo( wow)was gonna be abt sleep hours. I beat her ass and the DO tried to pepper spray her and got himself. When she carved PUNK in my soap- I had it planned with a DO- act like I can't get along and put me in the day area over crowed bunk space and I will teach him aiming skills after I get some cigs from the slot in the door. Half the guys out there knew me and I got chew(BLAH), love notes, good rollies etc... they just needed to have my badge back by 4am cuz it was court day. COURTDAY was amazing- milkyway or 3 musketeers with hot bath water. WAs like hot cocoa, learned to pop a socket with pencil leads and grow a grapefruit seed on a maxipad. I loved hearing who was married - who is divorced and who just wanted to be with a woman cuz she didn't get to bring her loyal dog! Joe just started with the pink socks. And he would encourage us to watch Grand Ol OPrey- tracy lawrance nite- we drank the hooch we had been burping for the past few weeks- not good. I was the look out, and the people I did my time and Showed loyalty to- got the word in that I get my dots...im a white naitive polish girl that her mom hated her anyways. I had a family, still could ask them for anything.... I asked for getting out of that part, but if they would trust me years later if I had a problem. They said of course. That was the best family lesson( and morrals ) that I can't see of my family that talks shit abt me.....I'm not sure abt loyalty to my blood that stills talks crap abt me..... maybe a bus needs to roll over them!

  3. Maricopa County Jail Video Thu, May 03 2012 3:25 PM

    Click on my name to watch a short video on the Maricopa County Jail; how to find inmates or any other useful information.

  4. Connie Wed, Aug 08 2012 9:32 PM

    Does anyone know how much money per day is taken off of a fine for a jail stay?

  5. trevor Thu, Nov 01 2012 2:20 PM

    trying to find out information on where an inmate is, what jail he is at and visitation info. his name:james dover charge:1st degree murder, if you can help email me at fox.trevor15@yahoo.com

  6. Ana Sun, Apr 28 2013 8:43 PM

    comment #4 = GHETTO

  7. sammy23 Thu, Aug 01 2013 7:15 PM

    Lol comment 4 shush it no one cares we're asking for help not your life story

  8. baez Thu, Aug 29 2013 8:25 PM

    no se encuentra jose manuel boez ruiz a el lo agarraron el dia lunes 26 de agosto del 2013 en el desierto del sasabe arizona...por favor estoy preocupada no se nada de el

  9. luvAZ Wed, Dec 04 2013 9:08 PM

    I have to disagree with you hateAZ. This is the best website for info about Maricopa County Jails and all jails in the USA. I went to the Washington DC Metro Jail website and it's pretty clunky, but jailexchange.com does a great job of making stuff easy to find.

  10. Adam Mon, Jan 13 2014 11:36 PM

    Obamacare wants a copy of official release papers. Was released in 2009. Where do I get copy of release papers?

  11. naomy Tue, Mar 11 2014 12:11 AM

    Hi guilty for aggravated i i got a friend who have been accused dui and he have been imprisoned here in maricopa Phoenix az just today 3/10/14..he reminded me that once he go in he will never know when to contact me again we were just talking through phone cause i am here in the Philippines ..and my question is can i possibly know how long is the term of conviction? And if i send him letter will he be able to write me back?

  12. moldy bacon Mon, Mar 24 2014 12:12 PM

    Hateaz Please go back!

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