St. Joseph County Jail Inmate Visitation

St. Joseph County Jail

Address:
401 W. Sample Street
South Bend, IN 46601

Phone:

574-245-6501

St. Joseph County Jail Visiting Hours and Visitation Schedule

The information below provides complete instructions regarding:

  • Visiting Hours and Visitation Schedule,
  • Visitation Rules,
  • Application & Registration
  • Inmate Video Visits, and
  • Jail Visitation Process for the St. Joseph County Jail

Following these instructions exactly will enhance your chances of getting official approval to visit an inmate.

It is highly recommended that prior to an inmate visit at the jail, you first call the jail at 574-245-6501 to confirm that visits have not been cancelled.

Visiting Hours in St. Joseph County Jail

The actual visiting hours vary depending on the following factors:

The day of the week.

Where the inmate is housed.

The inmate's sex.

Whether or not it is a Holiday.

Each inmate is allowed one or two visits, ranging from 15 minutes to one hour in length each week. Inmates with special privileges are allowed additional visits.

If you are visiting from another state or traveling a great distance, St. Joseph County Jail may allow you an extended visitation. Call 574-245-6501 to ask for special consideration.

Call 574-245-6501 or click here to view normal visiting hours and procedures for scheduling a visit.

St. Joseph County Jail Visitation Application Process

St. Joseph County Jail may require visitors to fill out an application prior to your visiting an inmate.
Carefully fill out the application. Incomplete paperwork is cause for denial.
Honesty, especially regarding past criminal convictions, probation etc., is important. These things will most likely show up on the background check – which if lied about on the application, will cause visits to be denied.
Call 574-245-6501 to ask specific questions about the application.
Click here to go to the jail's website for more information about the application process. 

'At Home' Video Visitation

Many jails are implementing video visits. These visits are conducted via the Internet on computers, IPADS and Smart phones.
This has increased exponentially with the chaos surrounding the pandemic 
Video visits allow the visit to take place in the privacy of your own home.
Some family members 'take their inmate with them' to church, the park, the doctor or anywhere else simply by signing in and bringing the device along.

Video visits save you from having to get your children ready, drive to the jail, wait in long lines and go through security checkpoints just to see the inmate.
Video visitation is slowly gaining favor with all jails in America as jail management realizes the financial savings and reduced security risks involved with remote visitation.
Click here to see if video visitation is now available at St. Joseph County Jail – as well as to view the complete set of rules, the cost to you and how to get set up online.

Who Can Visit an Inmate in St. Joseph County Jail

Anyone over the age of 18, who isn't on felony probation and can produce a valid government-issued photo ID can be approved to visit an inmate in this jail.
Visitation applicants in St. Joseph County must sometimes submit to a background check. Those with warrants are denied visitation or if allowed to visit, will be arrested at the jail.
Jails limit the number of people that can visit an inmate to two adults each visit.
Children under age 18 must be accompanied by the parent or legal guardian.

Call 574-245-6501 to ask specific questions about this policy or click here for any updates to this policy.
It is likely that the St. Joseph County Jail will deny visitation to anyone with a past felony conviction regardless of probation/parole status.
Call 574-245-6501 prior to arriving for the specific jail guideline regarding your legal status.
If you are a co-defendant with the inmate in a pending case, your visit will be denied.
If you and the inmate are under a court order to have no contact with each other, your visit will be denied.
The St. Joseph County Jail reserves the right to deny any person the right to enter the jail it chooses and for any reason.

St. Joseph County Jail Visitation Dress Code

The St. Joseph County Jail staff reserves the right to turn anyone away who is not dressed appropriately for a visit.
The best way to be sure the visit takes place is to dress as if you are meeting someone's grandmother for the first time. 
Wear clothes that are not revealing.
Don't wear see-through material.
Have all undergarments covered (males and females) and avoid a lot of cleavage.
Shorts and skirts should reach mid-thigh.
Sleeves should be at least half-way to your elbow.

The following types of clothing are also prohibited:
Clothing promoting gang affiliation.
Anything displaying drugs, weapons or profanity.
Clothing depicting anything obscene.

Call 574-245-6501 to ask specific questions about the St. Joseph County Jail Visitation Dress Code guidelines or click here for complete instructions.

St. Joseph County Jail Visitation Tips, Rules and Guidelines

Jail visits are conducted in person behind plexi-glass or on a televised screen from another location.
Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian and guardians must provide proof of their guardianship.
Leave all personal belongings, except for your state ID in your vehicle or in a locker (if one is provided).
Children must be monitored at all times or jail staff will end the visit early.
Call 574-245-6501 or click here to go to the jail's official website for additional Rules regarding St. Joseph County Jail visitation.

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.