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Adams County Jail

Adams County Jail
201 Industrial Ave.
PO Box 64
Council, ID 83612


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

The Adams County Jail, located at:
201 Industrial Ave.
PO Box 64
Council, ID 83612 
can be reached 24 hours a day, 365 days a year at 208-253-4228.

The main reason that people call 208-253-4228 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 Adams 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 Adams 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 Adams County Jail have inmate commissary?
Can an inmate receive and/or send email or text messages?
Do inmates in Adams County have access to computers or tablets?
How do you pay an inmate’s bail or bond?

Every year the Adams County Jail has approximately 800 bookings, with a daily average of 40 inmates and maintains control of the facility with a staff of 10.

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 Adams 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 Adams 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 Idaho Department of Corrections, where inmates are sent once convicted of a crime and sentenced to a period of more than a year, the Adams 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 Idaho 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 Adams 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 Send a Secure Email Message to an Inmate in Adams County

To send a secure email message to an inmate in Adams County Jail follow these steps:

  • Register with Inmate Sales, the company that handles inmate messaging in Adams County, by creating an account.
  • Select Idaho, then select Adams County Jail, and then the inmate you want to send your message to.
  • Choose the amount of money you want to spend, and input your payment method. The funds can also be used by the inmate to send a message back to you.
  • If you want to pay by phone, call 877-998-5678.
  • NOTE: All messages between you and your inmate will be permanently recorded and seen by the staff and could be used against your inmate in court.

-  Chirping is the product name for inmate texting.  
-  This product allows Adams County inmates to send chirps (texts) to friends and family members.
-  Inmates will be charged a monthly service fee of $4.00.
-  Inbound and Outbound Chirps are $0.10 each.

Inmate Sales Apps

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Google Play app

For all information on how to Text/Email an Inmate in Adams County Jail check out our Secure Messaging Guide for Adams County.


How Do Inmates in Adams County Jail Make Phone Calls?

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

  • Adams County Jail uses the services of a company named Inmate Sales.
  • Register with them online or call them at 877-998-5678
  • Agents are available M-F from 8:00 AM - 12:00 midnight EST, Saturdays from 10:00 AM - 9:00 PM, and speak both English & Spanish.
  • Services for Adams County inmates and their families and friends include: Collect Calling, PIN Debit, Purchasing Calling Cards, Deposits, Messaging & Video Visitation.

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Google Play app

For all the information regarding phone calls with Adams County inmates; rules, policies, phone calling times, limits and more visit our Inmate Phone Page.


How Do You Visit an Inmate in Adams County Jail?

Other than 'at the jail' visits between you and your inmate at Adams County Jail, which is explained and outlined in detail on our Visit Inmate Page, Adams County remote video inmate visitation can be done using the services of Inmate Sales utilizing the following instructions:

In order to have a successful video visit with an inmate in Adams County, these are the steps to follow:

  • Make sure you have a device a speaker, a camera and a connection to the internet.
  • Register with Inmate Sales.
  • Find Adams County Jail
  • Select 'New Purchase'
  • Choose Adams County Jail and a product (either 'Remote' or 'Onsite' Visit)
  • Enter your personal information and purchase minutes.
  • Schedule a visit.
  • Call 877-998-5678 if you have any 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 Adams County, can be found on our Visit Inmate Page.

Adams County Jail Phone: 208-253-4228


Third Party Jail Inmate Services for Adams County Jail

Communication and Monetary Services for Family and Friends of Inmates

Gone are the days where Adams 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 Adams 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 Adams 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 Adams 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. 

Adams County Jail

Idaho Adams 40


201 Industrial Ave.
PO Box 64
Council, ID 83612





Inmate's First and Last Name
Adams County Jail
PO Box 64
Council, ID 83612


[email protected]

Frequently Asked Questions

How many inmates are in the Adams County Jail in Idaho?
There are 40 inmates in the Adams County Jail in Idaho. 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, Adams 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 Adams County Jail.

How many people get arrested and booked into the Adams County Jail in Idaho every year?
In 2021, a total of 800 offenders were booked into the Adams County Jail in Idaho. 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 Adams County Jail.

How many people work at the Adams County Jail in Idaho?
The Adams County Jail maintains a staff of approximately 10. Staff positions include correction officers, maintenance, clerical, kitchen workers and management. Idaho 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 Adams County Jail in Idaho have an inmate search or jail roster to see who is in custody?
Yes, the Adams County Jail in Idaho has an Inmate Search Roster feature. Learn more about how to search for an inmate in the Adams County Jail. When you get to this page click on the big green button that reads 'OFFICIAL Adams 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 208-253-4228 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 Idaho 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 Adams County Jail in Idaho?
The Adams County Jail address and phone number is: 201 Industrial Ave.
PO Box 64
Council, ID 83612. Their phone number is 208-253-4228. 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 Adams County Jail.

Where do I found out all the inmate services at Adams 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 Adams County Jail inmate services: Learn more about how to visit an inmate in the Adams County Jail. Learn more about how to get phone calls from an inmate in the Adams County Jail. Learn more about how to text/email an inmate in the Adams County Jail. Learn more about how to send money to an inmate in the Adams County Jail. Learn more about how to mail an inmate and what's allowed in the Adams County Jail. Learn more about inmate commissary in the Adams County Jail.

How do I bail or bond an inmate out of the Adams County Jail?
Call 208-253-4228 for the type of bond and any information that is required for a particular individual at Adams 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 Adams County Jail.

This facility, known as "Adams County Jail" is also known as County Courthouse, Adams County Jail, Idaho, Adams.