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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 […]

Time Inmate Visitation So it Works

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Notorious Female Criminals in the United States Infographic

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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Five Fun Photo Ideas to Send Pictures to Your Inmate

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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 a Felon Possess a Gun In Illinois?

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Can I Visit an Inmate if I am on Probation or Parole?

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Deciding How Much Money to Put on the Books

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Getting a Felon's Voting Rights Restored in Louisiana

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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.



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Get a Special Visit If You Live Far From the Jail

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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 […]

Coordinating Inmate Visitation To Minimize Conflicts

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Best Days for Inmate Phone Calls

As much as you would like to talk to your inmate each day, the cost of inmate phone calls makes this impossible for most people. If your budget can only handle a couple of calls a week, tell your inmate to call you on Thursdays and Sundays. Thursday Thursday phone calls give you almost the […]

Getting a Felon's Voting Rights Restored in Florida

Voting is one of the most fundamental rights given to American citizens, but once you're convicted of a felony, whether or not that right will be restored to you is up to the state that you reside in. Florida overview: The Process If you have been convicted of a felony, the state of Florida has […]

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 […]

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 […]

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  1. doc Fri, Apr 03 2015 8:54 PM

    Lee county Ortiz facility is giving proper medical care to its inmates as required by law.

  2. doc Fri, Apr 03 2015 8:54 PM

    Lee county Ortiz facility is giving proper medical care to its inmates as required by law.

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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.

RELATED: Lee County Jail Inmate Search

RELATED: Lee County Jail Inmate Services


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