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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

With One Free Jail Call, Who Should I Reach Out To When I Get Arrested?

Anyone who has been incarcerated will tell you that once you are booked, given inmate attire, and assigned to a housing unit, your connection with the outside world is greatly reduced. During the booking process most jails will allow you one free phone call before taking you to your unit. Make it count. Very few […]

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 […]

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 […]

Average Prison Sentence Per Offense

The one thing that is consistent about US prison sentences is their inconsistency. Each state sets its own rules to use for each criminal offense. The more serious crimes, called felonies, are typically given longer sentences, while less serious crimes, called misdemeanors have shorter sentences. Taking a life — A premeditated murder can result

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 […]

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, […]

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

STATE COUNTY BEDS
Florida Broward 1,538 beds
PHYSICAL ADDRESS
555 SE 1st Ave.
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33301
INMATE MAIL
Broward County Main Jail
Inmate's Name, Arrest Number
PO Box 9356
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33310
FAX NUMBERS
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.

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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.

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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.


 

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 […]

He Expected Probation, Instead He Went to Jail.

My name is Jonathan. I thought I was going to get probation. Everyone I knew got probation for the same charge, but when I was called in front of the judge, he sentenced me to 30 days in jail. I was handcuffed, taken into custody in front of everyone in the courtroom, and brought to […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Consequences of Introducing Contraband

It might be tempting to bring your inmate something from the outside, but doing so can have very serious consequences. If your inmate asks you to bring something illegal into the facility, he or she is not thinking clearly, therefore, it is up to you to be strong and not get the both of you […]

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? […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

What is an Interstate Compact Agreement for a Felon?

An Interstate Compact request made while you are on probation or parole can take a long time, but there is no other way to have your supervision transferred from one state to another without it. Here are some of the basics that apply to most cases. Your probation/parole officer does not have to agree to […]

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 […]

4 Good Places to Find Prison Pen Pals

Learn About Them Through friends. If you know someone who is incarcerated or has a family member incarcerated, ask for the name of an inmate who might like having a pen pal. This is an excellent way to meet pen pals because they can give a personal recommendation. Use Pen Pal Sites. There are several […]

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. […]

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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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