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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, […]

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

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

Visiting an inmate in jail for the first time is like waiting to see a dentist. The anticipation and worry constantly increases until you are there and you realize it was not as bad as you thought it would be. Knowing what to expect before that first jail visit will reduce your anxiety. Expect to […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

What Info Can I Get From An Inmate Search?

Nothing is scarier than a missing person. You're frantic to find out what happened. Then it hits you: Maybe your loved one got arrested. Many jails have websites that allow you to look up inmates currently in custody. Some even list those who were booked and recently released. But an inmate search can tell you […]

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 […]

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 […]

The Truth about Prison Phone Calls

Your inmate needs to stay connected to friends and family. While lots of information can be shared on the phone, precautions must be taken so that everyone involved can avoid having future problems. Phone Calls are Recorded If your inmate wants to discuss the case with you by phone, use extreme caution going forward. The […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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The Miami-Dade Metro West Detention Center in Miami, Miami-Dade 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 Miami-Dade Metro West Detention Center 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 Miami-Dade Metro West Detention Center are either awaiting trial or have been sentenced in the Miami-Dade 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 Miami-Dade Metro West Detention Center 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 Miami-Dade County, Florida are: Miami-Dade County Boot Camp, Miami-Dade County Jail - TGK Correctional Center, Miami-Dade County Women's Jail, Miami-Dade Pre-Trial Detention Center, Miami-Dade Training & Treatment Center. In addition, Miami-Dade County houses the following juvenile facility: Miami-Dade Regional Juvenile Detention Center.

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

Miami-Dade Metro West Detention Center Inmate Search

Miami Dade County Jail

Florida Miami-Dade 3,098
13850 NW 41 Street
Miami, FL 33178
Inmate's name and address - Inmate #
Miami-Dade Metro West Detention Center
13850 NW 41 Street
Miami, FL 33178
Jail (Main): 786-263-5690

The Metro West Detention Center is the largest facility in the Miami Dade Corrections system. It houses only male inmates; maximum security, medium and minimum custody levels.

Miami Dade County Corrections is comprised of seven different adult facilities and programs: The Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center, the Metro West Detention Center, the Women's Detention Center (which no longer houses female inmates), the Pre-Trial Detention Center (which is where all offenders are booked), the Training and Treatment Center, the Boot Camp, and a Work Release program. All juveniles that are arrested are taken to the Juvenile Assessment Center for processing. For Information about the Juvenile Services Department, go here


Each of the Miami Dade County Detention Centers above contain complete information about inmates, where to locate them, visitation schedules, receiving phone calls from inmates, sending them mail, putting money into their commissary accounts, their criminal case and court information, re-entry resources, Most Wanted bulletins, arrest warrants and much more.


Helpful Workout Routines if you are in State or Federal Prison

Incarceration is scary. It doesn't matter how old or tough you are, fear is a natural response to being sent to prison. Not showing that fear is one of the most important things you can do to protect yourself while doing your time. Exercise is a perfect tool to alleviate fear. According to Harvard Health […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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'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 […]

How To Keep an Inmate Involved in the Lives of the Children

One of the hardest things for an inmate to deal with is being removed from his or her children. Not being there for daily routines means missing out on much of the child's development and preparation for life. These easy steps will keep your inmate connected and active in the lives of the children. Phone […]

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 […]

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  1. jenny lazo Tue, Jan 18 2011 7:17 AM

    where can anyone find the mail rules for any of the jail in miami dade county ????

  2. gloria gonzalez Tue, Mar 27 2012 2:29 PM

    this is a great website for miami-dade jail. I was able to find everything I needed for my boyfriend who is in jail.

  3. Billy DG Sun, May 13 2012 12:10 PM

    I had a criminal defense lawyer that was a public defender. The lawyer sold me out. He did nothing to help me and blew me off. I recommend getting a lawyer that is not paid by the courts. Get a real, paid lawyer. Otherwise you'll be another inmate with no one to turn to for help.

  4. Admin - Mail Info Sun, May 13 2012 12:11 PM

    Mailing to inmates Writing to inmates - Letters must be addressed to the facility where the inmate is housed and inmate's jail # must be on the front of the envelope. You can find inmate's jail # and housing facility through our "Inmate Search" section. Sending books to imates - Inmates can receive books in accordance to Departmental Standard Operating Procedure 17-002 section Vl (B). Acceptable Items: Only newspapers, magazines, softback (paperback) covered books, etc., mailed from the Book Seller (example: Borders, Barnes and Nobles etc.) to the inmate, carrying the inmate’s name and an address of one of the department’s facilities and delivered by the U. S. postal system, will be accepted. All other items will be marked "Return to Sender" and returned via U.S. Mail at no expense to the County.

  5. mcvalley Tue, Dec 04 2012 12:43 PM

    Can my attorney send paperwork to an inmate to sign, noratize and return? Can a self-addressed stamped envelope be included in mail?

  6. Donnalyn J. Parrish Tue, Jan 22 2013 8:50 AM

    I have been looking for Aldo David Carrera, arrested January 4, 2013..Miami Dade Corrections..They say he is not there.What jail is he in and what is his cell number. His IDS 1693777, tracking no. 130000773

  7. Dustin Fri, Feb 08 2013 2:07 AM

    My old man in in Miami-Dade Metro West Detention Center - he has heart medication he needs to take every day. I don't know how I can get it to him in jail, but he really needs it. Can anyone tell me who I need to call to make sure an inmate gets their meds? Thanks!

  8. Claire Young Sat, Feb 09 2013 1:41 AM

    Hey Donnalyn, I checked for you on here and I don't think that guy is in Miami Dade Metro West Detention Center - looks like he was last arrested on August 16th. Are you sure you spelled his name right, because I did a few inmate searches and can't find any more recent arrests for him.

  9. Nelly Sun, Feb 10 2013 9:49 AM

    Yo McValley ... Yes, it is common for immates to receive legal papers in the mail from other parties, especially in family law matters. Including a SASE should not pose any problems and will help insure a response. Good luck!

  10. Riley Sat, Feb 16 2013 6:04 PM

    Are there any church services offered in Miami Dade West? If so, are they non-denominational?

  11. Tina Sun, Apr 21 2013 5:00 PM

    How many days does it take for an inmate to receive mail here?

  12. monie Thu, Aug 15 2013 4:33 PM

    I Wrote This Boy like a Week Ago And He Didnt Write Me Back Yet , How Do i Know He Received My Letter ? Is.there anything i could do ? And How Old do You Have To Be To Visit An Inmate Without Your Parents Or Legal Guardian.

  13. Cerrie Sat, Nov 23 2013 4:22 PM

    Cheif Executive and Command Staff: What is the history of cheif executive for the agency? How does the cheif executive report to the political entity in charge of the agency? Outline the command staff of the agency? Do they promote from within. How does the command staff report to the cheif executive? Does the cheif executive usually come from the command staff or do they hire from outside? What is the reputation of the cheif executive and the command staff? ^ ABOUT THE MIAMI-DADE JAILS, can someone please answer my questions ASAP! Thanks

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Visiting an Inmate in the Miami-Dade Metro West Detention Center in Florida

It is understandable when someone you know, love, or care about is in jail that you would want to see them and talk to them. In order to help you through the visitation process at Miami-Dade Metro West Detention Center, here are some simple guidelines to follow.

Though the guidelines are simple, they are also strict. Your loved one is incarcerated and it the job of the facility and staff to keep all safe. That means sticking to the rules so everyone is able to visit. If anyone does not follow the rules you can be denied admission to the facility and/or have your visit suspended.


You must dress appropriately when visiting your inmate. This means all visitors including children. Here are some basic rules of dress.

  • Advisable to avoid items that will trigger metal detector (footwear, underwire bras, etc.)
  • Do not wear clothing that resembles correctional employee (all green or green and white)
  • Do not wear head covering or hats. If for medical or religious reason, this will be researched, validated, and documented.
  • No tight clothing, provocative or revealing clothing i.e. spandex, netting, holes, short shorts, body suits, etc.
  • No low cut, cleavage revealing tops i.e. halters, bikinis, tank tops, spaghetti straps, strapless, sleeveless. Tops cannot reveal more than 2 inches of breast or 4 inches of the back.
  • Shorts - longer than 3 inches above the knee
  • Skirts & dresses – longer than 2 inches above knee
  • No offensive wording on clothes, no hooded clothing, and non-prescription sunglasses are not allowed.

You must wear shoes. You cannot wear over 3” heels, flip-flops, or sandals without straps.

If your clothing is not acceptable, you will not be allowed to visit.


There are no contact visits allowed at this facility.

Other rules

All visitors will go through a metal detector. If unable due to religious or medical reasons, the visitor must be frisked or undergo canine search. Search will be discreetly performed, but is mandatory.

Also, any visiting child under 18 years of age must bring a birth certificate and school ID, if school aged.

Visitation can be a little complicated to follow. In the chart below the times and sections allowed visitation for specific times are outlined. Visitors can only receive 2 visit per week.

The visitation schedule is as follows:










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How to use the Inmate Search for Miami-Dade Metro West Detention Center in Florida

Looking for someone at Miami-Dade Metro West Detention Center?

[Article_Ad_2]We are here to help. We understand that trying to locate an inmate can be a hard thing to do. Whether they've just been arrested or released, getting information can be difficult. We would like to try to ease your struggle in locating the inmate you are interested in.

First of all, go online to this address http://www.jailexchange.com/CountyJails/Florida/MiamiDade/MiamiDade_Metro_West_Detention_Ctr.aspx. Just click on the link to go there.

This is the front page of the Metro West facility Inmate Search page. At first it might look a little scary to maneuver but it's not too bad once you figure it out. We'll walk you through a bit.

The page is divided into informational sections. On the top left you should see in red, INMATE SEARCH. This is where we want to begin to find the inmate you are trying to locate. There are multiple links in this section.

  • Miami-Dade County Jail Inmate list
  • Miami-Dade County Jail Inmate search
  • VINELINK – Jail Inmate Search (state wide) – Victim Information and Notification Everyday (VINE)
  • Miami-Dade County Recent Arrests
  • Miami-Dade County Recent Releases
  • Florida Prisoner Locator
  • Federal Prison Inmate Search

Here we will address the four areas in bold print to help you learn how to locate an inmate in Miami-Dade County Jail system. First the list and search, then we'll go over recent arrests and recent releases.
When you click on either Inmate List, Inmate Search, or Recent Arrests you will be taken to a form to fill in a name. This form requires the last name and at least three letters of the first name.

  • Enter the inmate's name
  • Click submit

With either of these routes you can find the inmate you are searching for - if they are in the system and have been processed. That is one key point to remember. If the inmate has been arrested, but is not yet processed, they won't show up in the list or the search yet.

It normally takes several hours to get a new inmate in through processing. The staff tries to get everything accomplished as soon as possible, but it is their responsibility to be sure the inmate is correctly processed and cared for. This includes assuring the safety of the inmate, current inmates, and staff. So, please be patient while they assure that everything is taken care of correctly.

If you are trying to find a recently released inmate, click on the Recent Releases link. You must fill out one piece of information on this page. For instance, you can fill in a last name, scroll down and click submit request. You can select or deselect to show pictures. One word of caution here, the default timeframe is everyone released since 10/1/1997, therefore, you can lessen your list by changing the date and putting in more information.

Please be assured we want to help you in any way we can. Miami-Dade houses over 3,000 beds and we pride ourselves on helping you locate anyone within our facility. If you are unable to find the person(s) you are searching for, you can always contact us via the phone numbers listed in blue on the front page.

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Communicating with an Inmate Housed at the Miami-Dade Metro West Detention Center in Florida

Inmates at Miami-Dade Metro West can be contacted in other ways besides visitation. Visitation guidelines are explained separately from here. This form is to provide you with information on how to contact your inmate via telephone and through the mail.

As with all inmate interactions, the process is subject to rules, guidelines, and search. Please follow the rules to assure you are allowed continued contact with your loved one and them with you.
Phone contact with an inmate is allowed. There are two ways for you to talk to your inmate via telephone.

  • They can call you collect.
  • They can call you using a prepaid GTL account.

You can contact GTL and set up a prepaid account for your inmate to use. This is called an Inmate Family Prepaid Program. Here is GTL contact information and hour that they are available.

Inmate Phone System

Families and friends, who wish to start a new account with GTL, should contact GTL's AdvancePay Customer Service Department for more information about the Inmate Family Prepaid Program.

AdvancePay Service Dept.
Department 1722
Denver, Colorado 80291-1722

Phone 1-877-650-4249 or 1-866-230-7761

Customer Service Hours (Central Time)

Monday - Friday 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

GTL can also assist you if you need help blocking an inmate's calls.

Monday - Friday 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Another way for you to contact an inmate is through the mail. Mail restrictions are tough and must be followed exactly or your inmate will not receive what you are sending to them. The first rule to remember is that all mail is opened and checked so you must follow all guidelines.

Address your mail as follows:

Your return address:
Your full name
Your Street address
Your City, State, and Zip Code

Inmate's full name, Booking Number, Cell location
Facility address

If your goal is to write your inmate a letter or send them a card, that's good. You can do that. But do not attempt to send unauthorized items as they will be returned. Also, all mail must be through the U.S. Postal Service.

The unauthorized list of items is long and detailed. You can get a full list to keep to avoid sending wrong items, but here is a general list of don't dos.

  • No hard cover books
  • Other published material: religious, soft cover, newspapers or magazines must come from publisher or bookstore with their logos on the outside.
  • No sexually oriented published material or pictures of any kind
  • You cannot send cash, any type of plastic cards, writing materials or pens and pencils, no sticker, stamps, or anything with glue on it, lipstick or other residue, or writing on outside envelope.
  • No paper bigger than 8 ½ x 14 inches or pictures over 8x10
  • No food, clothing, candy

This is just a simple piece of the total list so be sure you get the full list.

Remember contact with your inmate is important and encouraged, but we must all follow the rules to keep everyone safe.

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