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Visiting jail for the first time? Here's what to expect.

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

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    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.

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