Ada County Jail

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Ada County Jail Information

The Ada County Jail is a 1144 bed jail in the city of Boise, Ada County, Idaho. Offenders arrested for misdemeanors and felonies in this county are brought here for booking and processing, and if their crime requires it, are incarcerated until they either get bail or are released from custody on their own recognizance.

Those who are found guilty and sentenced to a term of less than one year, will do their time in this county. Those sentenced to longer terms will be sent to either the Idaho State Prison System or the Federal Bureau of Prisons.

This page provides information on how to search for an inmate in the official jail roster, or by calling the facility at 208-577-3000, directions to the facility, and inmate services such as the visitation schedule and policies, funding an inmate's account, mailing them a letter, receiving phone calls from an inmate, voicemail, emailing and texting, tablet rentals, bail bond instructions, and commissary purchases.

It's always a good idea to find out and save the inmate's jail ID number or booking number as you may need this for sending mail or other communication needs. If you can't locate it online, you can call the Ada County Jail at 208-577-3000 to get it.

Phone: 208-577-3000

Physical Address:
7210 Barrister Drive
Boise, ID 83704

Mailing Address (personal mail):
Inmate's Full Name & JID #
c/o Ada County Jail
PO Box 247
Phoenix, MD, 21131

Mailing Address (legal mail or subscriptions):
Inmate's Full Name & JID #
c/o Ada County Jail
7210 Barrister Drive
Boise, ID 83704

Other Jails and Prisons

How Do You Find Someone in the Ada County Jail?

To search for an inmate in the Ada County Jail, review their criminal charges, the amount of their bond, when they can get visits, or even view their mugshot, go to the Official Jail Inmate Roster, or call the jail at 208-577-3000 for the information you are looking for. You can also look up Ada County Criminal Court Case information online, as well as for all other Idaho county court cases.

Ada County Jail Inmate Search

The Ada County Jail maintains an average of 1144 offenders in custody on any given day. The Ada County Jail has a monthly turnover of 40% of their inmate population, another 30% turnover every 90 days, another 20% every six months, and approximately 10% stay incarcerated between six and twelve months. Every year Ada County law enforcement agencies arrest and detain approximately 24,300 offenders.

The following charts of Ada County inmate population demographics are updated daily. The information shown is for today. For research purposes we have broken down the inmates by sex, age, ethnicity, and criminal charges.

The information is compiled from the Ada County Corrections Department, the state of Idaho Department of Corrections, as well as the United States Department of Justice and Census Bureau records. It represents every person in custody in Ada County.

For complete information on how to get directions, bond, visit, mail, send and receive email and texts, receive phone calls, and send money or commissary to an inmate, find arrest information for Ada County and other counties surrounding this one, scroll down this page. We have a section for each.

We also provide photos of the jail that we have collected over the years.

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About the Ada County Jail

Built in 1977 for 160 inmates, the Ada County Jail has been expanded, renovated, and improved to meet the current security and technology standards of the industry as well as to house 1,116 inmates.

Both male and female inmates are housed here, 68 beds are reserved for men and 32 for women within the Community Transition Center as they prepare for their release and the remainder divided into minimum security, medium security, and maximum security.

The layout includes five main dorms, 4 that house male inmates and 2 that house women in open areas that allow movement throughout the day.

Movement becomes more restricted in the medium security areas where cells house one or two and housing areas have a small shared common space, with maximum security housing inmates individually and minimal movement throughout the facility.

To determine if someone you know is being held at Ada County Jail they can be contacted at 208-577-3000 and will also be able to provide information on bail.

One of the units within the jail is a health unit providing medical care around the clock and it includes full access to mental health as well, allowing for all inmates to access the care that they need. Emergency dental care is available and provides pain relief for those who need it.

As studies and experience have shown that contact with friends and family who are outside of the jail can improve the safety of the facility itself and provide a healthier mental health for each of the inmates, so mail, phone calls, and visits are all provided.

Mail is delivered each weekday by the post office and can be sent to:

Inmate's Full Name & JID #
c/o Ada County Jail
PO Box 247
Phoenix, MD, 21131

... where it will be scanned and electronically delivered to the inmates and checked for any signs that the security of the jail is at risk or conversations of things such as a breakout attempt.

As well as mail, inmates are able to make outgoing phone calls during daytime hours that will allow them to contact their family throughout their detention, but without the ability for incoming calls.

Visits are provided each week as well, online only through video conferencing which is scheduled online. Each inmate is provided with two calls for free each week, for 25 minutes each, and additional visits are available for an added charge. Due to the visits being online only, they are available during daytime hours that are not meals and will not be permitted after lockdown at night.  

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Recent Bookings & Arrests

How do I find out if someone has been arrested and booked into the Ada County Jail?

To find out if someone you know has been recently arrested and booked into the Ada County Jail, call the jail’s booking line at 208-577-3000.

There may be an automated method of looking them up by their name over the phone, or you may be directed to speak to someone at the jail. Sometimes the jail staff may ask you the offender’s date of birth to ensure privacy of the offender’s status.

Keep in mind that after an arrest, the information on an offender may not be publicly available for several hours.

If you don’t want to check up on an offender by calling the jail, you can also try looking up people recently booked online.

Ada County Jail Booking Roster

What happens during booking in Ada County?

After being arrested and taken into custody, and after being read their Miranda Rights, an offender will next be transported to the local police or department or the Sheriff’s Department in Ada County for booking.

Booking is very involved and requires multiple steps in the process, however, keep in mind that most attorneys will advise that an offender remain silent and not offer any additional information about the crime they have been arrested for because anything they do say may be recorded and may very well be used against them in court.

What is the booking process like at the Ada County Jail?

Booking includes having their photo (mugshot) and fingerprints taken, as well as being asked a lot of questions about their personal history and state of mind. If it’s a serious felony, their DNA may also be taken. They will also be checked for warrants in Ada County and other Idaho and USA jurisdictions.

If the offender was arrested for a DUI offense, and has refused a breathalyzer test, they may also be forced to have blood drawn by a doctor or nurse.

It is also very likely that the offender will undergo a humiliating full body search while in the nude. This includes bending over, spreading their cheeks in the direction of an officer, and coughing. They will also be walked through a metal detector or x-ray machine, like those used at an airport.

What kind of questions are asked during booking?

The arresting jurisdiction will ask about gang affiliations, tattoos, medical conditions, prescribed medication they are taking, recreational drugs they are on or addicted to, allergies, if they are suicidal, and other relevant information that will help with determining their cell assignment and special needs.

What happens to an offender’s personal property during booking?

During the arrest and booking process an offender will also have all their personal property confiscated and held for either their release from jail, or with the offender’s approval, released to a friend or family member.

Personal property includes the clothing they are wearing, money, wallets, purses, cell phones, jewelry, body rings, earrings, watches, and even glasses if they are deemed a security risk. If they are allowed to keep their shoes or sneakers, the laces are removed.

What happens after booking?

At this point the offender will be allowed to make a free phone call to a person of their choice to notify them of their arrest, and/or arrange a bond or bail for their release.

If the offender is being detained and housed while awaiting arraignment, the Ada County Jail will provide a jail garment and slip-on shoes, a blanket, sheets, soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, and a towel.

Often, before they are dressed in the jail outfit and brought to their housing location, they will be forced to take a shower and undergo a disinfectant treatment for body and hair lice, scabies or other pests that may be residing on their person.

How long does the Ada County Jail Booking process take?

Booking can take anywhere from an hour to 24 hours or more. It all depends on the number of people that are awaiting processing, the number of staff on duty at the time, and the behavior of the offender.

If the offender is heavily intoxicated and/or violent, the Booking Officer may decide to stick the offender in a holding cell for several hours until they become more manageable.

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Directions / Map to the Ada County Jail
Inmate Bail and Bonding

To find out if an inmate qualifies for a bond release, look up the inmate online.

The amount for bond is listed on the “Bail” column to the right of each charge, with a bail total on the bottom.

If you are bailing out an inmate, you must pay with cash, in person, at the counter in the lobby of the main Ada County Sheriff’s Office building at 7200 Barrister Drive. The Ada County Jail is located on the same property.

If you have any questions about the amount owed, or anything else, call 208-577-3000.

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Inmate Visitation

How Do You Visit an Inmate in the Ada County Jail? What is the Schedule?

Ada County Jail ON-SITE (at the jail) VIDEO VISITATION SCHEDULE
7210 Barrister Drive
Boise, ID 83704
208-577-3000

Schedule Video Visits online with gettingout

  • Each inmate is given two, free 25-minute online visits each week. Additional visits are available to purchase for a small fee.
  • Visits are 25 minutes.
  • Visitation schedule subject to change.
  • A maximum of 2 guests are allowed per an On-site video session.
DAY TIME
SUNDAY No video sessions
MONDAY 9:00 AM - 10:00PM
TUESDAY 9:00 AM - 10:00PM
WEDNESDAY 9:00 AM - 10:00PM
THURSDAY 9:00 AM - 10:00PM
FRIDAY 9:00 AM - 10:00PM
SATURDAY No video sessions

Ada County Jail REMOTE (at home) VIDEO VISITATION SCHEDULE

  • All visits must be scheduled at least 24 hours in advance.
  • Visitation Schedule subject to change.
DAY TIME
SUNDAY 9:00 AM - 10:00PM
MONDAY 9:00 AM - 10:00PM
TUESDAY 9:00 AM - 10:00PM
WEDNESDAY 9:00 AM - 10:00PM
THURSDAY 9:00 AM - 10:00PM
FRIDAY 9:00 AM - 10:00PM
SATURDAY 9:00 AM - 10:00PM

Ada County Jail uses GettingOut for their Remote Video Visitation and/or Visit Scheduling. 

There are three ways to remotely visit your inmate:

1.  Using the GettingOut/GTL Kiosk at the jail.
2. Using your computer from home.
3. Using your phone on the GettingOut or GTL apps.

How it Works with GettingOut
1.  Register an account.
2. Select Ada County Jail
3. Choose either an INMATE ACCOUNT or FRIENDS & FAMILY ACCOUNT.   

  • **NOTE** Friends and Family must have funds in their "Friends & Family Account" to respond to inmate messages. 
  • If you deposit money online in the INMATE ACCOUNT, than they have the freedom to spend the money on visits or phone calls to anyone, or any other communications services available at Ada County Jail.
  • With the FRIENDS & FAMILY ACCOUNT, you control all communication services such as phone calls, video visits and messaging. Your inmate can only call the phone number you want.

4. You will then receive prompts to validate both your identity and phone number .
5. Again, choose your inmate's facility, then type their name and select your inmate.

GettingOut will then guide you through the steps needed to arrange your remote visit.

Customer Service for GettingOut
If you have any questions, you can call them at 866-516-0115.
GettingOut online contact form
Frequently Asked Questions
The GettingOut App is available on Google Play and Apple Store.

How Do You Visit an Inmate in Ada County Jail?

To visit an inmate in Ada County, whether by video or in person 'at the jail', follow these steps:

Other than 'at the jail' visits between you and your inmate, which is explained and outlined in detail on our Visit Inmate Page, Ada County remote video inmate visitation can be done using the services of GettingOut

There are three ways to remotely visit your inmate in Ada County Jail:
1.  Using the GettingOut Kiosk at the jail.
2. Using your computer from home.
3. Using your phone on the GettingOut apps.

To remotely visit an inmate in Ada County follow these steps:
1.  Start by confirming that Ada County Jail's Video Visitation is working correctly by looking up Ada County here.

2.  The next step is to create an account here for GettingOut.
3. Then add funds to your account.
4. Last, select Ada County Jail, and then the inmate you wish to communicate with.

Other Ada County Services provided by GettingOut:
 - Phone Calls & Voicemail 
 - Email, Photo & Video Sharing
-  Inmate Tablet Rental
-  Deposits

Customer Service
If you have any questions about the Ada County Jail Visitation Services you can call them at 866-516-0115.
Frequently Asked Questions

* All the information you need to have complete knowledge about inmate visitation; policies, rules, fees, schedules, tips, dress codes, and children, lawyers and clergy visitation in Ada County, can be found on our Visit Inmate Page.

Ada County Jail Phone: 208-577-3000

We’ve compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions and Answers for everything you need to know about Ada County Jail’s Inmate Visitation Policies, Rules and Guidelines. If you still have questions after reviewing these FAQs, call 208-577-3000 for further assistance.

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Remote Video Visitation

Can I Use My Computer or Phone to Have a Remote Video Visit with an Inmate in the Ada County Jail?

Ada County Jail ON-SITE (at the jail) VIDEO VISITATION SCHEDULE
7210 Barrister Drive
Boise, ID 83704
208-577-3000

Schedule Video Visits online with gettingout

  • Each inmate is given two, free 25-minute online visits each week. Additional visits are available to purchase for a small fee.
  • Visits are 25 minutes.
  • Visitation schedule subject to change.
  • A maximum of 2 guests are allowed per an On-site video session.
DAY TIME
SUNDAY No video sessions
MONDAY 9:00 AM - 10:00PM
TUESDAY 9:00 AM - 10:00PM
WEDNESDAY 9:00 AM - 10:00PM
THURSDAY 9:00 AM - 10:00PM
FRIDAY 9:00 AM - 10:00PM
SATURDAY No video sessions

Ada County Jail REMOTE (at home) VIDEO VISITATION SCHEDULE

  • All visits must be scheduled at least 24 hours in advance.
  • Visitation Schedule subject to change.
DAY TIME
SUNDAY 9:00 AM - 10:00PM
MONDAY 9:00 AM - 10:00PM
TUESDAY 9:00 AM - 10:00PM
WEDNESDAY 9:00 AM - 10:00PM
THURSDAY 9:00 AM - 10:00PM
FRIDAY 9:00 AM - 10:00PM
SATURDAY 9:00 AM - 10:00PM

We’ve compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions and Answers for everything you need to know about Ada County Jail’s Video Remote Visitation Policies, Rules and Guidelines. If you still have questions after reviewing these FAQs, call 208-577-3000 for further assistance.

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Inmate Money Accounts

How Do You Deposit Money for an Inmate in the Ada County Jail?

Depositing Money for Communicating with an Inmate

How to Make a Deposit for Phone, Email or Visitation using GettingOut.com

Ada County Jail uses GettingOut for some or all of its communication services with an inmate.

If you want to deposit money using this company for your use or your inmate's account, there are four ways to do it:

  • Online - They accept all major credit cards including Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express.
  • At the Ada County Jail using the kiosk in the jail lobby - (cash, debit or credit card) NOTE - Ada County Jail may require identity verification so bring your driver’s license or some other form of ID.
  • By phone by calling 866-516-0115 - They have bi-lingual operators are standing by 24 hours 7 days a week to assist you with your deposit. Major credit cards accepted are Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express.
  • By using their app, either Android or iphone. - All credit cards mentioned above are accepted.

For all the information you need to know, including tips, guidelines and warnings about depositing money in a Ada County Jail inmate's account for communication services, check out our Send Money page.

We’ve compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions and Answers for everything you need to know about Ada County Jail’s Inmate Money and Trust Fund Policies, Rules and Guidelines. If you still have questions after reviewing these FAQs, call 208-577-3000 for further assistance.

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Inmate Phone Contact

How Do I Receive Phone Calls from an Inmate in the Ada County Jail?

How Do Inmates in Ada County Jail Make or Receive Phone Calls?

To receive phone calls from inmates in Ada County, or to assist them in making phone calls to other people, follow these steps:

1.  Start by confirming that Ada County Jail has the phone service you need to communicate with your inmate by the facility lookup here.
2. In the meantime, you can create an account here for GettingOut.
3. Then add funds to your account. This account can be controlled by just you, or by both you and your inmate.
4. Last, select Ada County Jail, and then the inmate you wish to communicate with.

Ada County Services that are provided by GettingOut, a GTL company:
 - Phone Calls & Voicemail 
 - Video Visits (from home or jail lobby)
 - Email & Photo Sharing
 - Tablet Rental
 - Deposits


Phone & Voicemail Fees

1.  GettingOut charges $0.25 per minute for all phone calls, prepaid or collect, within Idaho.
2. Prepaid calls between Idaho and other states costs $0.21 per minute. International calls are $0.95 per minute.
3. There is a fee of $3.00 every time you add money to your account online, and it costs $5.95 if you add funds over the phone with a live agent.
4. You can also leave an inmate a short voice message for a flat fee of $1.25.

Note: Rates are subject to change.

Types of Phone Calls
Collect Calls
Collect calls allow you to accept and pay for calls to your land line (only) phone account. This means that if you accept your call from your inmate, all the charges for that call will then be billed to your land line phone account and will show up and be listed on your next local phone bill. Additional fees, costs, restrictions may apply.

Prepaid calls (Direct Calls)
With Prepaid Calls you can set up your account so that the inmate can only call you and/or you can just deposit money in their account and they can purchase prepaid phone cards through their commissary and call whoever they choose, provided the Ada County Jail approves of the phone number.

Quick Connect
Quick connect is an alternative to collect calls. It allows you to quickly pay for a phone call with your credit card.  When your inmate calls you, follow the instructions from the automated voice system to pay for that one phone call, directly billed to your card.

Customer Service
If you have any questions about the Ada County Jail GettingOut phone services, you can call them at 866-516-0115.

* All the information you need to understand making and receiving phone calls with inmates in Ada County, can be found on our Inmate Phone Page.

We’ve compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions and Answers for everything you need to know about Ada County Jail’s Inmate Phone Policies, Rules and Guidelines. If you still have questions after reviewing these FAQs, call 208-577-3000 for further assistance.

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Mailing an Inmate

How do I Mail an Inmate in the Ada County Jail, and what can I send them?

Ada County Jail Inmate Mail Guidelines

Postcards
The Ada County Jail allows inmates to receive pre-metered postcards like the type purchased from the post office. They may also allow certain photo postcards as long as they have not been tampered with or contain images that may be considered to be obscene or violent in nature. It is best to only use blue or black ink. Always include your name and return address.

Envelopes
The Ada County Jail also allows envelopes to be mailed to inmates. It is best to only use blue or black ink.

Postcards and envelopes MUST HAVE the sender's full name and return address on the envelope. 

Postcards and envelopes MUST be mailed to the following address:
Inmate's Full Name & JID #
c/o Ada County Jail
PO Box 247
Phoenix, MD, 21131



Legal Mail

Send all Legal Mail to this Address:
Inmate's Full Name & JID #
c/o Ada County Jail
7210 Barrister Drive
Boise, ID 83704



Newspapers
Local or national newspapers may also be mailed to the inmate as long as they are mailed directly from the newspaper publisher.

Magazines
News, special interest or sports magazines may also be mailed to an inmate as long as they are shipped directly from the publisher. Any magazines that contain profanity, weapons, pornography or other content that is adult in nature will be confiscated by the jail staff and will NOT be delivered to the inmate.

Books
The Ada County Jail allows books to be mailed directly to the jail from a reputable source such as AmazonBarnes & Noble or Books-A-Million. You can order them directly from your computer and have them shipped to the inmate at the address below.
Books must NOT contain images or content that are considered excessively violent, pornographic or obscene. Any book that does not meet the Ada County Jail standards will be disposed of. No more than three books may be shipped at any one time.
Hard cover books will not be accepted by the jail due to their potential to be used as a weapon.


All newspapers, magazines and books are to be shipped to:
Inmate's Full Name & JID #
c/o Ada County Jail
7210 Barrister Drive
Boise, ID 83704

Ada County Jail Inmate Mail Guidelines

Postcards
The Ada County Jail allows inmates to receive pre-metered postcards like the type purchased from the post office. They may also allow certain photo postcards as long as they have not been tampered with or contain images that may be considered to be obscene or violent in nature.

Envelopes
The Ada County Jail also allows envelopes to be mailed to inmates.

Postcards and envelopes MUST be mailed to the following address:
Inmate's Full Name & JID #
c/o Ada County Jail
PO Box 247
Phoenix, MD, 21131



Legal Mail

Send all legal Mail to this Address:
Inmate's Full Name & JID #
c/o Ada County Jail
7210 Barrister Drive
Boise, ID 83704



Newspapers
Local or national newspapers may also be mailed to the inmate as long as they are mailed directly from the newspaper publisher.

Magazines
News, special interest or sports magazines may also be mailed to an inmate as long as they are shipped directly from the publisher. Any magazines that contain profanity, weapons, pornography or other content that is adult in nature will be confiscated by the jail staff and will NOT be delivered to the inmate.

Books
The Ada County Jail allows books to be mailed directly to the jail from a reputable source such as AmazonBarnes & Noble or Books-A-Million. You can order them directly from your computer and have them shipped to the inmate at the address below.
Books must NOT contain images or content that are considered excessively violent, pornographic or obscene. Any book that does not meet the Ada County Jail standards will be disposed of. No more than three books may be shipped at any one time.
Hard cover books will not be accepted by the jail due to their potential to be used as a weapon.


All newspapers, magazines and books are to be shipped to:
Inmate's Full Name & JID #
c/o Ada County Jail
7210 Barrister Drive
Boise, ID 83704

We’ve compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions and Answers for everything you need to know about Ada County Jail’s Inmate Mail Policies, Rules and Guidelines. If you still have questions after reviewing these FAQs, call 208-577-3000 for further assistance.

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Inmate Commissary

Can I purchase Commissary Online for an Inmate in the Ada County Jail, and what can I purchase?

Ada County Jail allows pre-determined commissary packs to be purchased by friends and family of inmates.  

The service they use is called icaregifts.

Instructions

1.    Register here.
2.    Click the "Find an Inmate" button and enter your loved one’s first name, last name, or inmate number. When the information is entered correctly, click the “Search” button to confirm they are in the system.
3.    Select the icare gift you want to send them.
4.    Confirm the order in your confirmation email.
5.    Ada County Jail has up to 30 days to give your icaregift pack to your inmate.
6.    You will receive a confirmation email when it is delivered.

There are a total of fourteen (14) pre-determined icaregift packs available to choose from. 

They 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…

… with many gift packs priced in between.

Resources
Frequently Asked Questions (you must have an inmate chosen in order to review these FAQs for Ada County Jail

Contact Info:
888-439-5020 - 8AM–9PM ET, 7 days a week.

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

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

  • Register here to create an account with icaregifts for Ada County.
  • Choose Idaho, then Ada 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 Ada 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 Ada 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 Ada 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 Ada County.

We’ve compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions and Answers for everything you need to know about Ada County Jail’s Commissary Policies, Rules and Guidelines. If you still have questions after reviewing these FAQs, call 208-577-3000 for further assistance.

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Texting and Emailing an Inmate

How Can I Communicate with an Inmate in the Ada County Jail using an Online Messaging Service?

Emailing and Texting Messages, Photos & Videograms

Ada County Jail contracts with GTL GettingOut, the same service that handles Inmate Phone Systems and Video Visitation, for sending secure messages and photos between you and your inmate.


If you are not already registered, do so here, or Log in.

Then use the Facility Finder to:
1.  Select Ada County Jail,
2. Add your inmate to your list of contacts,
3. Add a credit or debit card to cover your costs.

How Messaging Works
Watch this video on how to send a message.
1.
  Messages can be up to 500 characters long, including punctuation. At the bottom of your message there is a 'character countdown' feature.  
2. After you click the “CONTINUE” button, you can review the cost to send your message to your inmate. You can also attach credits for your inmate to reply to your message.  Be sure to accept the Terms and Conditions and click the “SEND” button for your message to be successfully delivered to your inmate.

How Uploading Photos Works
Watch this video on how to upload a photo.
1.
  Select the Photos Tab.
2. Select “Take New Photo” or “Upload New Photo”.
3. Take a new photo with your webcam, or select "Choose File" to upload a photo from your computer.
4. Give your photo a Title or add it to the "Gallery" of your choice.
5. Select the "Share" button.
6. Select your inmate(s) and then select "Share".
7. Once the photo is approved, it will be shared with your inmate(s).

Customer Service Questions
'Online' Contact Form, or
Call   866-516-0115

How to Communicate with an Ada County Jail Inmate by Mail and by Email

To mail or email an inmate in Ada County follow these steps:

When mailing a letter or postcard to an inmate, please follow these instructions:

  • All mail sent to an inmate at the Ada County Jail must include the sender's name and mailing address in the top left corner of the envelope or postcard.
  • All mail must include the facility's address, as well as the inmate's name and assigned number.
  • Failure to include your return address will most likely result in your mail NOT being delivered and your letter destroyed.
  • The Ada County Jail has a zero-tolerance policy regarding mail violations. 
  • All the information you need to understand mail and email policies can be found on our Inmate Mail Page and our Text/Email an Inmate Page.

Emailing Messages & Photos

Facility_name_1} contracts with GTL GettingOut, the same service that handles iInmate Phone Systems and Video Visitation, for sending secure messages and photos between you and your inmate.
 
If you are not already registered, do so here, or Log in.

Then use the Facility Finder to:
1.  Select Ada County Jail,
2. Add your inmate to your list of contacts,
3. Add a credit or debit card to cover your costs.

  • Messages can be up to 500 characters long, including punctuation. At the bottom of your message there is a 'character countdown' feature.  
  • After you click the “CONTINUE” button, you can review the cost to send your message to your inmate. You can also attach credits for your inmate to reply to your message.  Be sure to accept the Terms and Conditions and click the “SEND” button for your message to be successfully delivered to your inmate.
  • You can also send your Ada County inmate photos and videos.

Customer Service Questions
'Online' Contact Form, or
Call   866-516-0115

Go here to this FAQ to get answers to how the transition to ViaPath from GTL and gettingout will affect your account.

All the information you need to understand mail and email policies for Ada County can be found on our Inmate Mail Page and our Text/Email an Inmate Page.

We’ve compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions and Answers for everything you need to know about Ada County Jail’s Text and Email Policies, Rules and Guidelines. If you still have questions after reviewing these FAQs, call 208-577-3000 for further assistance.

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Inmate Tablets

Do Inmates in the Ada County Jail have Access to Tablets or Computers?

Ada County Jail allows inmates access to tablets to use for the services provided by 'gettingout'.


The devices are similar to common handheld tablets, but are made exclusively by GettingOut, a GTL / Viapath company.
Tablets offer specialized content and services for inmates to use during their stay at Ada County Jail, such as:

  • Music
  • Books
  • Games
  • Education
  • News
  • Radio
  • Television
  • Read mail and messages
  • Video visits

-  Free services are already available for use on the device at Ada County Jail.
-  Subscription services are funded separately by family and friends with deposits made into an inmate’s Debit Link account.
-  Ada County Jail Inmates will then be able to purchase subscription services and premium content to enjoy.

What Does a Tablet Cost?

  • Tablet devices include some services and the content is free.
  • The subscription services require additional funding.
  • There may be multiple options such as 7-day or 30-day subscriptions.
  • Costs are dependent upon the available services and what the Ada County Jail charges.

To estimate costs for phone calls, sign in to your account and click “Rate & Fees Calculator” in the footer (bottom of the page) or call 866-516-0115 for assistance.

How Inmates Can Use a Tablet to Access Services at Ada County Jail

To find out how to get access to a tablet for inmate read the following:

1.  First, Register or Sign In to GettingOut/GTL

2.  Purchase the services you want for your Ada County Jail inmate.
3. All inmates have free access to the tablets to read their letters from family & friends, but there are many other services available to keep your inmate busy while incarcerated... such as Games, Books, Music and Movies. These other services come with fees that you can pay for when you pay for phone service.

To learn more about Tablet Rentals for inmates, including the cost, all the services available and everything else you need to know, check out our Tablet Rental Page.

We’ve compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions and Answers for everything you need to know about Ada County Jail’s Tablet Policies, Rules and Guidelines. If you still have questions after reviewing these FAQs, call 208-577-3000 for further assistance.

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