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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Inmate Care Packages and How They Work

If your inmate is incarcerated in a jail that offers a care package program, you can have some fun surprising your inmate from time to time with a box full of things that you've personally selected for him or her. The Basics Inmate care packages are boxes or bags that are pre-filled with items from […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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The Pima County Main Jail in Tucson, Pima 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 Pima County Main Jail 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 Pima County Main Jail are either awaiting trial or have been sentenced in the Pima 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 Pima County Main Jail 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 Pima County, Arizona are: Pima County Mission Facility, Pima County-Ajo Detention Center. In addition, Pima County houses the following juvenile facilities: Catalina Mountain School, Pima County Juvenile Detention Center.

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

Pima County Main Jail Inmate Search

Pima County Adult Detention Center

Pima County Adult Detention Complex

Arizona Pima 2500
1270 W. Silverlake Road
Tucson, AZ 85713
Inmate's first and last name
Pod Location - booking number
P.O. Box 951
Tucson, AZ 85702

The Truth about Prison Phone Calls

Your inmate needs to stay connected to friends and family. While lots of information can be shared on the phone, precautions must be taken so that everyone involved can avoid having future problems. Phone Calls are Recorded If your inmate wants to discuss the case with you by phone, use extreme caution going forward. The […]

What Info Can I Get From An Inmate Search?

Nothing is scarier than a missing person. You're frantic to find out what happened. Then it hits you: Maybe your loved one got arrested. Many jails have websites that allow you to look up inmates currently in custody. Some even list those who were booked and recently released. But an inmate search can tell you […]

When the Newness of Sobriety Wears Off

Sobriety is like a love relationship. When you start out, everything is exciting and new. When I first got clean, everything I read, saw and heard about sobriety was very attractive to me. I spent my free time getting to know it in the same way I would get to know a new woman. The […]

Fun Ideas for Inmate Mail

Writing to your inmate is an invaluable way to communicate. You'll have your share of serious life issues letters, but here are some fun ways to entertain each other through letters. These can be done on postcards, too. Top 5 + 5 = 10 Each of you make a list of your favorite five things […]

5 Ways to Help an Addict While he is Away at Rehab

Unless your friend is still living at home with parents and has no bills or responsibilities, he/she is going to need some help while at rehab. The five main reasons addicts worry about being gone are: Pets: If you are an animal lover, you might offer to take his pet in and take of him […]

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 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 […]

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 […]

Finding Employment After Prison

Many companies will not interview a felon, much less hire one. While this is true and it can make life on the outside difficult, finding employment after prison can be done if you take the right steps. Career Centers Goodwill has set up a nationwide career center program to help underemployed and unemployed people and […]

5 Facts About Your Supplemental Security Income Payments While You Are Incarcerated

In many cases, you don't have control over the number of days you spend in jail, but if you are planning on not bonding out in the hopes of building time on a future sentence or getting a time served release, be sure to watch the calendar so you do not get your payments suspended. […]

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? […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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  1. Beverly Wed, May 02 2012 1:12 AM

    Im looking for an inmate name tionis kiniol...please help me find him...i wanted to visit him.

  2. danny romero Wed, Nov 28 2012 3:46 PM

    i'm looking for a kenneth schultz to see how much time he'll have to do

  3. sharon joseph Sat, Jan 19 2013 12:03 PM

    I paid bond and inmate is not release was bond was postedon friday @1pmi for shaun mcgallon need. To know what is holding up his release

  4. manuel hdez Tue, Feb 12 2013 7:00 PM

    i looking for an inmate name jesus francisco rivero lopez please help me find him

  5. Matthew Mon, May 13 2013 10:51 PM

    LOL. I'm sure these people are glad you're putting their names all over the web. Dumb asses.....

  6. az2epgurl Mon, Jun 03 2013 11:56 PM

    What is going on in the jail when an inmate can get roughed up be a C.O.? How do I find out what is happening to my family member and how do we resolve this situation with the inmate having a chance to be heard?

  7. christina ross Fri, Jul 19 2013 3:51 AM

    It s been real tough for me Just going thru this whole process has been so crazy My fiance was arrested and i can t even see him in jail because of the order of protection

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Visiting an Inmate in the Pima County Main Jail in Arizona

Having a friend or loved one behind bars is never an easy thing, but you can make their time go by faster and brighten up their days by paying them a visit. The Pima County Main Jail makes it easy to see you're inmate by having a simple set of rules that are relatively easy to follow. Inmates are allowed to have visits from family or friends AFTER they make their first court appearance and they've been placed in a permanent housing unit.

Visiting Rules

Inmates are allowed 4 people per visit, including children
Inmates can have visitors only once a week, and only 30 minutes per visit.
Visitors must have a photo ID of some type that includes a photo, date of birth, and current address.
Visits are scheduled on a first come, first serve bases.
Scheduled visits take priority over walk in visits
All visits will be conduced via video. No physical contact is allowed
Arrive at least 15 minutes before scheduled visitation time
Being late by 15 minutes or more will have the visit cancelled

Visiting Hours

Monday through Friday: 7:30am - 9:00pm
Saturday and Sunday: 7:30am - 2:15pm

Although that may seem like a lot of rules, it is necessary to ensure the safety of the jail's staff, as well as visitors, when they come visit their inmates. Keep in mind that all visits to the jail are subject to unforseen events where a lock-down may occur and other situations which may postpone or cancel all visitation. Also, inmates who are on a pre-disciplinary status will not be allowed to have any visitors.

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How to use the Inmate Search for Pima County Main Jail in Arizona

Having a friend or loved one in jail is never an easy thing, but with the recent rise in the internet and technology, keeping in touch with an inmate has gotten a lot easier. Nowadays, all the information you could ask is literally one click away, and some inmates even have the ability to email their friends and family. First things first though, how to you find out where the person you seek is located? For the Pima County jail system this is actually a very simple process that almost anyone can complete without tearing all the hair on their head out.

[Article_Ad_2]For information on inmates housed in the Pima County-Ajo Detention center, the first thing you would have to do to track someone down is visit the website associated with the jail. Once there, you will see a wide range of different categories that include Inmate Search, Jail Contact, Inmate Services, The Hunted, The Bad, and more. We will be focusing on the category labeled Inmate Search. Clicking on the link labeled "County Jail Inmate List" will give the full list of every person currently housed in the Pima County Main Jail, organized alphabetically by their last names. So if you're looking for person named Johnson, it would be quicker to scroll down to the J's and start from there. But even that could become a bit tedious to do, so the Pima County jail system made an easier way.

You can also look for an inmate in this jail system by clicking the link labeled "County Jail Inmate Search," located right underneath the "County Jail Inmate List" link in the Inmate Search category. What this allows you to do is skip the long list entirely and instead allows you to find who you're looking for by clicking on the letter that corresponds to the first letter of the inmate's last name. Keep in mind though, the information contained in said roster is only for people still in custody of the Pima County Adult Detention Center.

Looking up information on inmates housed in Pima County Main Jail is just as easy. The Main Jail is apart of the Pima County jail system, so they use the same format when it comes to searching for people housed there. With 2500 beds, the Pima County Main Jail will have a longer list of people to comb through, but do not let that deter you from searching. You can click on the link labeled "County Jail Inmate List" to see a complete list of every inmate currently housed at the Main Jail, organized alphabetically by their last name as well. Clicking on the link labeled "County Jail Inmate Search" will also allow you to search through inmates jailed at the Main Jail by clicking on the letter that corresponds to the first letter of the inmate's last name. Simple enough.

If you happen to have someone you know in the Pima County Mission Facility, then you can breath a small sigh of relief, because looking up an inmate is just as easy. Visiting the "County Jail Inmate List" will give you a full list of all the people currently housed at the facility, and with only 500 beds, you won't have a lot of names to look through. This list also tell you the bond amount for each inmate, as well as home many charges they have against them. The "County Jail Inmate Search" gives you the same list, only organized by the the letter that corresponds to the first letter of the inmate's last name. You can also get information on bond amount, and how many charges the inmate has against them through this link. Having a loved one in jail is never easy, but now it's easier than ever to reach them.

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Communicating with an Inmate Housed at the Pima County Main Jail in Arizona

It's never easy having a friend or loved one stuck behind bars, but with the recent rise in technology, it is easier to reach out and get in contact with them. The Pima County Main Jail helps inmates keep in contact with their people outside by giving them the option to use regular mailing services, inmate voice mail, email, and phone calls as well.


One of the easiest and often used method of communication for people in jail is a regular letter. Although Pima County Main Jail has it's own set of rules when it comes to their mailing services, they're very easy and simple to follow. First and foremost, in order to make sure the letter reaches the intended party, you will need the following information:

Inmate's Name
Pod Location
Booking Number
P.O. Box 951
Tucson, Arizona 85702

From there you will have to follow these posting guidelines to make sure the letter is received:

Postal services at Pima County Main Jail are only from Monday through Friday. Mail does not get delivered during holidays
Inmates are allowed to order magazines, newspapers, soft cover books, etc., as long as they come directly from the publisher or a widely accepted distributor
Any mail sent could be subject to a search. The Main Jail does not read any mail unless it's in the course of an investigation.
Letters to inmates can only be sent in pre-printed/pre-stamped postage envelopes or metered postage.
Inmates must have permission in order to receive a package, and that must be obtained 5 days before the package is mailed out.
Any money sent via U.S. bank checks or money orders will be taken out and deposited into the inmate's account.

Inmate Voice Mail

This is a rather cool service that Pima County Main Jail offers families of jailed inmates. With the inmate voicemail friends and family members alike can dial into the voicemail system, enter the identification number assigned to the inmate by CSA, and then leave a brief message. From there, the jailed person can listen to the messages anytime they are allowed access to the telephones. Leaving a voicemail is extremely easy as well. All you have to do is:

Call Customer Service of America (CSA) at 1-(800) 849-6081 (24-hour service)
Use a MasterCard, Visa, cashier’s check or MO to set up a prepaid account
Obtain a Voice Mail Identification number from the company
Call away


Another neat feature offered by the Pima County Main Jail is an Electronic Message Exchange system. This feature allow family and friends to exchange messages with inmates at near real time. The message you create on the Electronic Message Exchange website will be sent to the desired inmate electronically utilizing a printing device within the inmate’s facility, helping you save both time and money.

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