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Why Commissary is Important

Commissary funds are deposited to an inmate's account so he or she can purchase personal hygiene items, stationery supplies and snacks. Some lists also offer clothing, electronics, books and phone cards, among other things. A Relief from Hunger Inmates are typically fed two to three meals a day. The ingredients are high in calorie and […]

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 […]

What's the Difference between Jails and Prisons?

Both jails and prisons house inmates but there are some important differences in what the two institutions are used for. Sentenced or Not? People accused of crimes but not yet convicted are held in county or city jails. In some cases, a bond amount is set and if the defendant can pay it 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 […]

What Type of Arrest Warrants Will Cause Social Security Benefits to Stop?

The Social Security Administration (SSA) can only stop your benefits if the arrest warrant is for a fleeing crime. If there is a warrant for something other than fleeing, it does not qualify for benefit cut off or forced repayment. Historically, the SSA stopped benefits for anyone who had an arrest warrant for any reason. […]

Inmate Voting Rights: Can I Vote After Being Convicted of a Misdemeanor Offense?

In most states, once you are released from jail for your misdemeanor conviction your voting rights are fully restored. In some cases, you are still allowed to vote even while incarcerated. In the states of Idaho, Kentucky, Indiana, South Carolina, Michigan, South Dakota and Missouri, if you are in jail or prison due to a […]

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 […]

An Inmate Can Meditate to Alleviate Fears in Prison

If someone you know is in prison, you can be sure there is stress involved in that inmate's daily life. Prisons are loud, can be dangerous and there is very little freedom. In addition, simply being sentenced to do time disrupts life with regard to employment, family and other outside obligations. By the time the […]

Deciding How Much Money to Put on the Books

What does the inmate need? Contact the jail and ask what basics are supplied. Most jails give the inmates toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo, soap and toilet paper. Ask them what happens if the inmate runs out of something. is it replaced right away or do they have to wait a week or longer for new supplies […]

Getting a Felon's Voting Rights Restored in Louisiana

Voting is one of the most fundamental rights given to American citizens, however, once convicted of a felony, whether or not that right will be restored to you is up to the state that you reside in. The laws for Louisiana include: If You've Been Charged You cannot vote in Louisiana if you are incarcerated […]

5 Steps to Mailing Commissary Money to a Federal Inmate

In addition to these five steps below, keep in mind that when you mail the commissary funds, they must go through the United States Postal Service. You cannot use Federal Express, United Parcel or other similar services. Step 1 Know where to send it. All federal commissary money must be sent to a central post […]

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. […]

Can a Felon Possess a Gun In Colorado?

Colorado law allows certain convicted felons to own or possess guns. Federal law still makes it a crime to do so, and in some cases the feds have pursued prosecution of those who possess guns in states that allow it. Only an attorney should advise you on this matter but the basics of Colorado's laws […]

4 Things to Tell Young Kids When Dad is In Jail

While your husband is incarcerated, your children will want to know what has happened. These four things can ease their mind without burdening them. Explain why he went. Without being specific about the exact crime he is accused of, you can tell the children that the judge thinks their dad broke the law and he […]

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 […]

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+ Maricopa County Law Breakers

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

Arizona Maricopa 10,000
100 West Washington, Suite 1900
Phoenix, AZ 85003
Inmates are not housed at the sheriff's office
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.

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 […]

Cost Effective Ways to Visit an Inmate

The expenses of traveling to visit your inmate can add up quickly. These cost saving measures will make it less painful for your budget. Traveling by car Gas up early Gas up on a weekday. Many gas stations raise the price of a gallon shortly before the weekend. Filling up the tank on a weekday, […]

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. […]

Prison Skills Applied After Release

Getting out of prison and starting over is not easy, but with a little creative thinking, you can use the abilities you learned while incarcerated into useful tools for life. Organization – Almost everyone who goes into prison comes out much more organized in all aspects of life. Whether it has to do with keeping […]

5 Things Not to Talk About During Jail Calls

When he calls, it is a natural instinct to talk to him about what's going on in your life, but be careful. Never lie to him, but be smart about what topics you bring up to speak about. These 5 things should probably wait for an in person visit or for when he comes home. […]

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 […]

Why Doesn't An Addict Get Clean After Overdosing?

As told by an addict who overdosed and almost died twice before giving up drugs. How often did you get high before you overdosed? By the time I overdosed the first time, I was getting high on a daily basis. I no longer took drugs to enjoy a high. I took them to avoid being […]

4 Things to Tell Young Kids When Dad is In Jail

While your husband is incarcerated, your children will want to know what has happened. These four things can ease their mind without burdening them. Explain why he went. Without being specific about the exact crime he is accused of, you can tell the children that the judge thinks their dad broke the law and he […]

Can a Felon Own a Gun Oklahoma?

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 […]

You are on Felony Probation: 4 Things Not To Do

Being on felony probation means you report to a probation officer by phone or in person, typically once a month. Between your reporting dates, you need to stay on your probation officer's good side. 1. Don't associate with felons. Almost all felony probation officers will tell you not to hang around with known felons. It […]

How to find out if you've been a Victim of Fraud

In most cases of fraud, the victim's identity is stolen and unauthorized purchases are made. News stories report victims making the discovery after they are thousands of dollars in debt for things they never purchased. There are usually signs before it gets to that point, but you have to know what to look for. Obtain […]

Can a Felon Possess a Gun In Illinois?

Illinois law allows certain convicted felons to own or possess guns. Federal law still makes it a crime, and in some cases the feds have pursued prosecution in states that allow it. Only an attorney should advise you on this matter but the basics of Illinois laws are as follows: Your rights can be restored […]

Helpful Workout Routines if you are in State or Federal Prison

Incarceration is scary. It doesn't matter how old or tough you are, fear is a natural response to being sent to prison. Not showing that fear is one of the most important things you can do to protect yourself while doing your time. Exercise is a perfect tool to alleviate fear. According to Harvard Health […]

Getting a Felon's Voting Rights Restored in Michigan

Voting is one of the most fundamental rights given to American citizens, however, once convicted of a felony, whether or not that right will be restored to you is up to the state that you reside in. The laws for Michigan include: Pending Cases If you are charged with a crime, but have not yet […]

Understanding Inmate Calling Plans

Most jails and prison contract with third party vendors to provide a way for inmates to call their friends and families. Some of those companies only have one choice, but many of them provide a few options when you open and fund the account. Understanding what the different choices are will help you make a […]

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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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