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St. Joseph County Jail
401 W. Sample Street
South Bend, IN 46601

To locate or find information about an inmate in the St. Joseph County Jail, call the jail at 574-245-6501 or look them up on the official Inmate Search Jail Roster for St. Joseph County Jail.

For information on any of the inmate services such as inmate visitation, receiving phone calls, sending an inmate a letter, a text, an email, money, commissary or anything else, click on any of the green 'inmate services' buttons above.

If you are still having trouble finding an inmate, you can usually find them in the database of any of the inmate service companies linked above.


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About the St. Joseph County Jail

The St. Joseph County Jail, located in the city of South Bend, in St. Joseph County, Indiana is a medium to maximum-security facility.

Every year this facility has 14000 Bookings, with a daily average of 700 Inmates and a staff of 175.
Inmates range from low level misdemeanor offenders to those being held and awaiting trial for violent crimes like robbery, rape and murder. Therefore, the security level must be high.

Correctional officers in St. Joseph County Jail are armed with mace and trained to use physical force to protect themselves, visitors and inmates from violence. 

All of the men and women being held in the St. Joseph County Jail are either awaiting trial or have been sentenced in the St. Joseph County Court System and been sentenced to one year or less. 

The St. Joseph County Jail also houses inmates arrested by this county’s municipal police departments. 

A full list of the cities and towns can be found below.

Family and Friends of inmates are allowed to:
•    Receive phone calls from the inmates, 
•    Provide them with commissary money,
•    Receive and send them mail
•    Schedule a time to visit

Convicted and Sentenced Inmates
When an inmate is convicted and sentenced to a year or more, they are transferred to the Indiana State Prison System 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 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 Do You Communicate with an Inmate in the St. Joseph 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 St. Joseph 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 St. Joseph 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 Send a Carepack Commissary Package Directly to an Inmate in St. Joseph County

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

  • Select Indiana, then select St. Joseph County Jail, and then select the 'Send a Package Order' option.
  • Register and create an account with Access Securepak, for St. Joseph County.
  • Choose the inmate and 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 St. Joseph County at any one time.

For all information, tips and available items for shipping Commissary packages to an inmate in St. Joseph County Jail check out our Commissary Instructions Page for St. Joseph County.


 

Frequently Asked Questions

FAQs for St. Joseph County Jail General Information

Do you want to know some quick facts about St. Joseph County Jail?... or how to find an Inmate, and then how to to communicate with them when you do locate them?

We've compiled some of the most frequently asked questions people always ask us in order to help you find this information.... so keep scrolling down to the bottom of the page to get your questions answered. But if you still have questions and the answer is not on any of the other pages linked from the green buttons at the top of the page, call the facility at 574-245-6501.

St. Joseph County Jail

STATE COUNTY BEDS
Indiana St. Joseph 700


PHYSICAL ADDRESS

401 W. Sample Street
South Bend, IN 46601


TELEPHONE NUMBER


FAX

574-245-6574

INMATE MAIL

Inmate's First and Last Name
St. Joseph County Jail
401 W. Sample Street
South Bend, IN 46601


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Frequently Asked Questions

How many inmates are in the St. Joseph County Jail in Indiana?
There are 700 inmates in the St. Joseph County Jail in Indiana. 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, St. Joseph 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 St. Joseph County Jail.

How many people get arrested and booked into the St. Joseph County Jail in Indiana every year?
In 2021, a total of 14000 offenders were booked into the St. Joseph County Jail in Indiana. 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 St. Joseph County Jail.

How many people work at the St. Joseph County Jail in Indiana?
The St. Joseph County Jail maintains a staff of approximately 175. Staff positions include correction officers, maintenance, clerical, kitchen workers and management. Indiana 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 St. Joseph County Jail in Indiana have an inmate search or jail roster to see who is in custody?
Yes, the St. Joseph County Jail in Indiana has an Inmate Search Roster feature. Learn more about how to search for an inmate in the St. Joseph County Jail. When you get to this page click on the big green button that reads 'OFFICIAL St. Joseph 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 574-245-6501 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 Indiana 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 St. Joseph County Jail in Indiana?
The St. Joseph County Jail address and phone number is: 401 W. Sample Street
South Bend, IN 46601. Their phone number is 574-245-6501. 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 St. Joseph County Jail.

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

How do I bail or bond an inmate out of the St. Joseph County Jail?
Call 574-245-6501 for the type of bond and any information that is required for a particular individual at St. Joseph 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 St. Joseph County Jail.

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