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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 […]

What if an Inmate Becomes Terminally Ill?

You were handling your husband's incarceration by visiting once a month, writing constantly, and hearing him out during phone calls. Recently he was declared terminally ill, and all you want now is to spend his last few months with him, and you're hoping he can pass surrounded by family. In some states this is becoming […]

How to Survive Prison

Most people know the importance of working out and staying physically fit to survive prison, but mental strength and attitude play a huge role in getting through incarceration. Expand Your Skills If the prison offers classes, sign up for some. Whether it is music lessons, anger management or business math, anything you learn is something […]

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 […]

A Bath Salt Addict Describes Why She Gave Them Up

How did you discover bath salts? I was on probation and my probation officer was giving me random drug tests. A friend told me that the current drug screens being used in my county didn't check for bath salts so it would be a high that I couldn't be violated for. I decided to try […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Massachusetts Marijuana Laws

Decriminalizing Marijuana doesn't always mean it is completely legal. In some cases, such as in Massachusetts, possession of less than an ounce is no longer a crime but is now a civil offense. Possession It is a civil offense to possess one ounce or less of Marijuana. If found guilty the fine is $100. In […]

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 […]

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 […]

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

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 […]

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The Lee County Jail in Ft. Meyers, Lee 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 Lee County 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 Lee County Jail are either awaiting trial or have been sentenced in the Lee 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 Lee County 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 facility in Lee County, Florida is: Lee County Maximum Security Jail. In addition, Lee County houses the following juvenile facility: Lee 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: Lee County Inmate Search, Inmate Phone use, Visitation Rules and Schedules, Commissary Deposits and Information about the Lee County Jail Inmate Mail Guidelines. In addition, you will find information on how to contact the facility, directions to the jail, Lee County recent arrests, Most Wanted, outstanding Arrest Warrants and much more.



Lee County Jail Inmate Search

Lee County Ortiz Facilities

STATE COUNTY BEDS
Florida Lee 1500
PHYSICAL ADDRESS
2501 Ortiz Avenue
Ft. Meyers, FL 33905
INMATE MAIL
Inmate's first and last name - Core, Stockade and CPU
Core, Stockade and CPU
2501 Ortiz Avenue
Ft. Meyers, FL 33905
TELEPHONE NUMBERS
Jail (Main): 239-477-1500
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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Parental Visitation: Know the keys to Helping Your Child Visit Their Parent in Jail

Children typically desire contact with their parents, even if a parent is incarcerated, so learn the ropes to keep the connection going: Keep it Simple Depending on the age of the child, you can explain without going into too much detail, why the parent is in jail. Preschool to elementary kids – Let them know […]

Checking In To Prison – Aaron's Story

When the judge sentenced me to six months in the county jail, my first thought was about my family. Without me there to work and pay the bills, my wife and kids would lose the apartment. My attorney spoke up right away and asked the judge to allow me to check in at a later […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 to do if a Family Member Goes Missing

When a family member goes missing, it strikes fear in the heart of loved ones but panicking will not help the situation. The following steps can narrow the search and if authorities become involved will help them streamline the process. Contact authorities. Tell them you do not wish to wait 24 hours because your family […]

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 […]

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

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Visiting an Inmate in the Lee County Jail in Florida

To visit in inmate at the Lee County jail in Florida you must follow a strict set of rules and regulations to ensure that your visit goes as planned. All visitations are conducted through the use of video monitors. Each inmate is allowed 2 visits per week for one hour each. Up to two visitors that have been accepted into the authorized visitation list will be allowed to see the inmate, children less than one year old do not count towards your two visitor count.

All visitors must be approved before the visit can be scheduled or allowed to take place. Inmates are given a visitation list that allow the inmates to select up to five family members or friends that they want to invite for a visit. Inmate visitation lists can be updated but only one time for every four months from the day of the original sign up. Clergy and attorneys do not have to be added to the visitation list as well as children under one year old as they do not count towards the visitor limit.

The visitation list does not come into affect for the first seven days of an inmates stay at the Florida Lee county Jail. Inmates are responsible for signing up for visitation the Sunday before the week of the visit. The inmate chooses the date and time and notify you by a phone call, a written correspondence or you can call the visitation office for your visit information.

To visit the inmate you have a scheduled visit with go to this address.

2501 Ortiz Ave
Fort Myers, FL 33905
(239) 258-3773

All visitors 16 years of age or older are required to have a valid government issued I.D. Arrive 15 minutes before the visitation time that you have schedules. Make sure that you have checked that your name is on the approved list. Children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an authorized visitor who is an adult, the adult must stay with the children the entire time of your stay.

Visitors are not allowed to bring any items into the jail visitation. Literally any item not purchased from the commissary is not allowed in the visitation room. Visitors who do not follow these rules will have their visit ended and depending on the severity of the rule broken may not be allowed to visit ever again.

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Communicating with an Inmate Housed at the Lee County Jail in Florida

Contacting an inmate by the mail at the Lee County Jail is only allowed when very strict rules and regulations are followed closely. For security reasons mail is only accepted and allowed for delivery when sent in the form of a postcard. No letters will be accepted in envelopes. To make sure that your post card is delivered include the inmates permanent I.D. number.

Mail is collected and distributed on a daily basis. Inmates are allowed to send mail and are provided with paper pens and envelopes.

The minimum size for a postcard is 3.5 inches by 4.25 inches with the maximum size being 4.25 inches by 6 inches. All postcards must be written or typed in blue or black ink. 

Postcards will not be delivered if:

  • Defaced or altered;
  • Plastic or wrapped postcards;
  • Postcards marked with paint, crayon, or marker;
  • Postcards with labels or stickers;
  • Postcards with watermarks or stains;
  • Postcards with biohazards including perfume or lipstick;
  • Postcards depicting nudity, weapons, or gang references.

Postcards are the only means of mail delivery. No envelopes or packages of any kind will be accepted or delivered.

Contacting an inmate by phone can be a tricky task. No incoming calls or messages to an inmate will be accepted or delivered. Inmates are allowed to make outgoing calls to family and friends during the day. All calls from the inmates are collect. If the inmate you're trying to contact has been disciplined for behavior issues they will only be allowed two calls in a given week. If an inmate needs to be contacted due to medical or family emergency you may call the shift supervisor and they will verify the emergency and grant a special phone privilege to the inmate.

The phone provider GTL handles the accounts for Lee county Jail. To set up an account and ensure that you can receive phone calls from your inmate please contact:

GTL: 1-866-230-7761
www.GTL.net

To visit an inmate you must be placed on that inmates visitation list. All Visitors are required to have a government issue I.D. Absolutely no items are allowed into the visitation rooms. Any item that was not sold to your inmate in the jails commissary is considered contraband.

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