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Highlands County Jail
Jail: 338 South Orange Street
Sheriff: 434 Fernleaf Avenue
Sebring, FL 33870

863-402-7201

The Highlands County Jail is the main jail in Highlands County Florida. While the police in the cities and towns in Highlands County can arrest and detain offenders, the Highlands County Jail is the facility that is accredited by Florida to hold inmates for more than 72 hours.

The Highlands County Jail, located at:
Jail: 338 South Orange Street
Sheriff: 434 Fernleaf Avenue
Sebring, FL 33870 
can be reached 24 hours a day, 365 days a year at 863-402-7201.

The main reason that people call 863-402-7201 is to find out if a particular person is in custody, although you can look up an inmate online by going here. You can also get answers to whatever questions about an inmate, and the services for Highlands County Jail that you may have by clicking on any of the questions below:

How to search for an inmate?
Can you look up an inmate’s mugshot?
How do you look up an offender’s criminal charges, bond or inmate number?
How do you visit an inmate?
What are the visitation hours?
Can you visit inmates in Highlands County by video from home?
How do you get phone calls from an inmate?
Can you send mail, books, or newspapers to an inmate?
How do you send an inmate money?
Does Highlands County Jail have inmate commissary?
Can an inmate receive and/or send email or text messages?
Do inmates in Highlands County have access to computers or tablets?
How do you pay an inmate’s bail or bond?

Every year the Highlands County Jail has approximately 10240 bookings, with a daily average of 512 inmates and maintains control of the facility with a staff of 128.

Inmates in this jail range from low level misdemeanor offenders to those being held and awaiting trial for violent crimes like robbery, rape, and murder. Therefore, given the mix of potentially dangerous inmates, the security level is very high. 

The Highlands County Jail is equipped with a state-of-the-art locking system, closed circuit cameras covering every area where inmates are located, and jail staff that utilize a communication system that keeps each of the guards and civilian staff in constant contact. 

Guards that circulate in the same general area of the inmates are armed with eye-blinding mace that will turn an inmate having a violent outburst into a weeping child. They also carry stun weapons, short clubs, flashlights that have dual use as both a light source and as a weapon, and handcuffs. Guards at entrances and in areas not frequented by inmates are armed with various firearms. The goal of such tight security is to keep both the staff and the inmates safe.

For other jails in Highlands County, jails in neighboring counties, and local police jails and juvenile detention centers for young offenders under age 18 in this county, click here.

Unlike the Florida Department of Corrections, where inmates are sent once convicted of a crime and sentenced to a period of more than a year, the Highlands County Jail System is populated by short-term offenders; those who have just been arrested and awaiting to be bonded out by friends or family, those who cannot afford or get bailed and are awaiting trial, or those who have already been convicted of a crime and sentenced to a term of less than one year. Many of the latter inmates become ‘workers’, who can reduce their sentence by performing jail maintenance or working in the kitchen. An upside to being a worker is they also get paid a small stipend so when they get released, they have a few dollars in their pocket.

When an inmate is convicted and sentenced to a year or more, they are transferred to the Florida Department of Corrections or the Federal Bureau of Prisons.  

Inmates that are convicted of a misdemeanor and/or sentenced to less than one year of a state crime serve their time in the Highlands County Jail. 

Illegal immigrants convicted of a state or federal crime will first do their time, then may be transferred into ICE custody for deportation.

How to Deposit Money in an Inmate's Trust Account in Order to Purchase Prepaid Calling Cards or Phone Calling Time

To Deposit Money in an inmate's account follow these steps:

  • Create a ConnectNetwork account 
  • Select your inmate, and add to them to your account,
  • Deposit money into his or her commissary account.

**NOTE** GTL is in a transition merging into a new company called ViaPath Technologies.


Features:

  • Deposit options available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week via phone 877-650-4249, and online.
  • Mobile-friendly deposit options are available via their app.
  • Deposits and payments made through automated channels (ConnectNetwork Website, Mobile App, Toll Free Phone, or Kiosk at the jail) are transmitted to the facility within one business day.
  • Deposits that are mailed are processed the next business day after they are received by GTL.
  • Inmate can choose how to spend the funds you deposit.

All the information you need to understand depositing money into an inmate's trust fund, specifically for phone calls in Highlands County, can be found on our Send Money Page.


 

How to Arrange Video Visitation with Highlands County Jail Inmates

Follow these instructions to schedule and then visit an inmate using GTL.

  • Register yourself and all visitors.
  • Select Highlands County Jail
  • Select your inmate.
  • Schedule your preferred time for the visit.

For all the information you need to know regarding scheduling, cost, rules, tips and guidelines of inmate visits at the Highlands County Jail, check out our Visit Inmate Page.


 

How Do You Communicate with an Inmate in the Highlands County Jail by Phone

Follow these instructions on how to open an account with GTL Connect Network (aka Viapath Technologies)

  • Advance Pay - This phone account allows you to prepay so that your inmate can call you (and only you) whenever he/she wants and the cost of each call is deducted from your balance. You can even be notified by text when your balance gets low. You still have the option of accepting or rejecting each call.
  • Pin Debit  -  This option allows you to fund an inmate's commissary account and lets him pay for phone calls to you and others with the money. You will have no control over who your inmate calls.
  • Voicemail  -  You can leave a secure voicemail without having to contact the facility. When you call the local phone number for a facility offering Inmate Voicemail (call Customer Service at 877-650-4249 to get the local voicemail number for Highlands County Jail, you will be informed of the cost for leaving a message. To leave your message, simply select the inmate by ID number. Then, record your voicemail.

For full instructions on the Highlands County Jail Inmate Phone Syste, what the costs are, how it works, and tips and guidelines on rules, regulations and saving money on calls, check out our Send Money Page.


 

How to Deposit Money into an Inmate's Account in Highlands County Jail

To deposit money into the account of an inmate in Highlands County, follow these instructions:

  • Create an account with Touchpay Services, a GTL company.
  • Select Florida.
  • Select Highlands County Jail
  • Enter the Inmate ID of your inmate.  This can be found by calling 863-402-7201 or by looking up the inmate's name in the Inmate Search link above.
  • Enter your billing information and send money.
  • You can also deposit cash using the kiosk at the Highlands County Jail

For all the information you need regarding making an inmate deposit, what it costs, how much you can send, how long it takes for your inmate to receive funds and more, check out our Send Money Page.


 

How to Send a Carepack Commissary Package Directly to an Inmate in Highlands County

To send a commissary carepack (food, snacks and goods) directly to an inmate in Highlands County Jail follow these steps:

  • Register here to create an account with icaregifts for Highlands County.
  • Choose Florida, then Highlands County Jail, and then the products you want shipped to them, and input your payment method. 
  • NOTE: There may be a limit on how much product you can send your inmate in Highlands County at any one time.
  • There are a total of fourteen (14) pre-determined icaregift packs available to choose from. 
  • The gift packs for inmates in Highlands County range in price from $10.49 for ten pre-stamped envelopes, 2 pens and a pad of writing paper, to $104.99 for a box of 85 snack and food items.

For all information, tips and available items for shipping Commissary packages to an inmate in Highlands County Jail, as well as sending money to the inmate so that they can purchase their own items, check out our Commissary Instructions Page for Highlands County.


 

Third Party Jail Inmate Services for Highlands County Jail

Communication and Monetary Services for Family and Friends of Inmates

Gone are the days where Highlands County Jail supervised their own phone system, mail system, visitation, commissary and inmate money deposit systems. Jails throughout the United States are now partnering with high tech companies to provide and manage these servives for them and the jail in Highlands County is no different.

Everything from video calls, to messages to visitation, and even digital mail and money deposits can be done from your home computer or personal device. Inmates in Highlands County Jail, if they don't already, will soon have their own personal tablets for watching movies, TV shows, access to educational and and legal information, and more.

As Highlands County Jail adds these services, JAILEXCHANGE will add them to our pages, helping you access the services and answering your questions about how to use them and what they cost.

You can check out this information now by going to the: Family Info page, Visit Inmate page, Inmate Mail page, Inmate Phone page, Send Money page, Inmate Bail page, Mugshots page, Text/Email an Inmate page, Commissary page, Remote Visits page, or the Tablet Rental page. 

Highlands County Jail

STATE COUNTY BEDS
Florida Highlands 512


PHYSICAL ADDRESS

Jail: 338 South Orange Street
Sheriff: 434 Fernleaf Avenue
Sebring, FL 33870


TELEPHONE NUMBER


FAX

Jail (Main): 863-402-7271

Sheriff: 863-402-7296

Adult Probation: 863-386-6023

Police: 863-471-5135

INMATE MAIL

Inmate's First and Last Name
Highlands County Jail
338 South Orange Street
Sebring, FL 33870


Frequently Asked Questions

How many inmates are in the Highlands County Jail in Florida?
There are 512 inmates in the Highlands County Jail in Florida. While that is what they are approved to have incarcerated at any one time, they have on occasion had to add additional beds, even having inmates sleep on the floor when overcrowding becomes an issue. When possible, Highlands County Jail will temporarily transfer some inmates to a neighboring facility, or if necessary, release some offenders from custody. Learn more about how to search for a specific inmate in the Highlands County Jail.

How many people get arrested and booked into the Highlands County Jail in Florida every year?
In 2021, a total of 10240 offenders were booked into the Highlands County Jail in Florida. That is less than previous years, mostly due to restrictions related to the COVID pandemic. As of April 2022, the number of arrests and bookings are returning to normal, which means they are running higher than 2021. Learn more about how to search for an inmate in the Highlands County Jail.

How many people work at the Highlands County Jail in Florida?
The Highlands County Jail maintains a staff of approximately 128. Staff positions include correction officers, maintenance, clerical, kitchen workers and management. Florida law allows for inmates to work alongside the paid staff during their incarceration, saving the facility money. Even though the inmates are paid, the cost is less than 15% of what a normal worker from the outside would be paid.

Does the Highlands County Jail in Florida have an inmate search or jail roster to see who is in custody?
Yes, the Highlands County Jail in Florida has an Inmate Search Roster feature. Learn more about how to search for an inmate in the Highlands County Jail. When you get to this page click on the big green button that reads 'OFFICIAL Highlands County Jail INMATE LIST'. After clicking on the link, type in the offender's name and then click 'search'. You can always call and speak to someone on the staff at 863-402-7201 if you are have further questions. In most cases the Inmate Roster provides information about the inmate's bond, criminal charges, mugshot, and even their release date, as long as they are not being sent to a Florida prison or the US Bureau of Prisons to serve a sentence that is longer than one year.

What is the address and phone number of the Highlands County Jail in Florida?
The Highlands County Jail address and phone number is: Jail: 338 South Orange Street
Sheriff: 434 Fernleaf Avenue
Sebring, FL 33870. Their phone number is 863-402-7201. To find out the address for sending an inmate mail, sending newspapers, magazines or care packages, learn more about how to mail an inmate in the Highlands County Jail.

Where do I found out all the inmate services at Highlands County Jail, such as visitation policy and schedule, how the inmate phone system works, emailing an inmate, and sending them money to buy things in commissary?
Here is where you get direct access to all the information you need for Highlands County Jail inmate services: Learn more about how to visit an inmate in the Highlands County Jail. Learn more about how to get phone calls from an inmate in the Highlands County Jail. Learn more about how to text/email an inmate in the Highlands County Jail. Learn more about how to send money to an inmate in the Highlands County Jail. Learn more about how to mail an inmate and what's allowed in the Highlands County Jail. Learn more about inmate commissary in the Highlands County Jail.

How do I bail or bond an inmate out of the Highlands County Jail?
Call 863-402-7201 for the type of bond and any information that is required for a particular individual at Highlands County Jail. A bond is set according to a court-approved schedule. You will either have to pay a cash bail, or put up a private, surety or a property bond to guarantee to the court that the defendant will return on their assigned court date. Learn more about how to bail or bond out an inmate in the Highlands County Jail.

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