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He is a Drug Addict, but he Keeps Passing Drug Tests – How?

The probation department has the ability to send a test off to be examined for tampering, but you don't have those same connections. Understanding how they can be cheated will help you test him more effectively. Related: How do America's drug courts work? The Houdini switch Drug users have this down to a science. Everyone […]

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 […]

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 […]

Getting a Felon's Voting Rights Restored in Illinois

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 Illinois include: If You've Been Charged Until you are convicted of a felony and incarcerated […]

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: You've Been Charged You cannot vote in Louisiana if you are incarcerated for […]

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 […]

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 […]

Coordinating Inmate Visitation To Minimize Conflicts

Most jails allow three to five visitors to see an inmate at the same time. Problems can come about when too many people want to be there simultaneously. Managing the visitation schedule will reduce stress and insure that your inmate gets to see everyone. Check Visitation Rules Some jails will allow people to split visits […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

Restrictions on Greeting Cards for Inmates

Understanding what jails mean by "plain" cards and why they require them helps ensure your inmate's holiday or greeting cards arrive on time. The facility's website might have a vague statement about only sending "plain" cards, or there might be no instruction at all. It is only when your card is returned unopened to you […]

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 […]

Can a Felon Possess a Gun In California?

California law allows some 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 permit it. Only an attorney should advise you on this matter, but the basics of California laws […]

Pregnant and Imprisoned

My name is Ashley. My probation officer violated me and had me sent to jail for three months. I was four months pregnant at the time. When I got to the jail, I told them I was pregnant, and they had me see a nurse practitioner right away who set up an appointment for an […]

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The Broward County Main Jail in Ft. Lauderdale, Broward County, Florida, 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 Broward 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 Broward County Main Jail are either awaiting trial or have been sentenced in the Broward 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 Florida Prison or Federal Prison System. Inmates in the Broward 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 Broward County, Florida are: Broward County Jail - Joseph Conte Facility, Broward County Jail - Paul Rein Detention Facility, Broward County Jail - Stockade Facility, Broward County Jail Central Intake – Booking, North Broward County Jail Bureau. In addition, Broward County houses the following juvenile facility: Broward Juvenile Detention Center.

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

Broward County Main Jail Inmate Search

Broward County Sheriff's Office

Department of Detention and Community Control

Broward County Criminal Court

Florida Broward 1,538 beds
555 SE 1st Ave.
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33301
Broward County Main Jail
Inmate's Name, Arrest Number
PO Box 9356
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33310
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.


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.


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.


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 […]

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 […]

Fun Ideas to Mail to Your Inmate

Mail is a great way to communicate with your inmate. In addition to serious letters, here are some fun ways to amuse each other through the mail. These can be done on postcards or letters. Top 10 Each of you make a list of your favorite five things about the other person and also write […]

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 […]

Solitary Confinement for Teenagers is a Bad Idea. Here's What We Can Do About It.

Inhumane disciplinary isolation for incarcerated children is causing suicides and other harm. All who believe that teenagers deserve special attention at their time of need will be interested in the recommendations in this New York Times piece. Read about it here: End Solitary Confinement for Teenagers

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

What Happens if You Bond Someone Out and That Person Flees?

In the chaos of an arrest it is easy to get caught up in the moment and race to bail someone out of jail. Bonding someone out is not hard to do, but if that person doesn't show up in court when ordered to do so, your life could become very difficult. Be sure you […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 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 […]

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 […]

4 Things to Avoid During An Arrest

Only an attorney should advise you of your individual arrest situation but in general, these four suggestions may help stabilize your situation. Don't try and argue your way out. In most cases, by the time the cuffs come out, there is no turning back. Arguing, negotiating, and continuing to try to avoid arrest will do […]

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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.

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