Ellis County Detention Center

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Ellis County Detention Center Information

The Ellis County Detention Center is a 94 bed jail in the city of Hays, Ellis County, Kansas. 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 Kansas 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 785-625-1050, 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 Ellis County Detention Center at 785-625-1050 to get it.

Phone: 785-625-1050

Physical Address:
105 West 12th Street
Hays, KS 67601

Mailing Address (personal mail):
Inmate's Full Name & Inmate ID#
Ellis County Detention Center
105 West 12th Street
Hays, KS 67601

Mailing Address (legal mail or subscriptions):
Inmate's Full Name & Inmate ID#
Ellis County Detention Center
105 West 12th Street
Hays, KS 67601

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How Do You Find Someone in the Ellis County Detention Center?

To search for an inmate in the Ellis County Detention Center, 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 785-625-1050 for the information you are looking for. You can also look up Ellis County Criminal Court Cases online, as well as for every county in Kansas.

Ellis County Detention Center Inmate Search

The Ellis County Detention Center maintains an average of 94 offenders in custody on any given day. The Ellis County Detention Center 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 Ellis County law enforcement agencies arrest and detain approximately 1,880 offenders.

The following charts of Ellis 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 Ellis County Corrections Department, the state of Kansas Department of Corrections, as well as the United States Department of Justice and Census Bureau records. It represents every person in custody in Ellis 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 Ellis 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 Ellis County Detention Center

The address and contact number for the Ellis County Detention Center in Kansas are as follows. Address: 2105 West 12th Street, Hays, KS 67601. Phone number: (785) 625-1050. Note that the Ellis County Jail and the Ellis County Detention Center may refer to the same facility, and the mailing address for the jail is 105 W. 12th St., Hays, KS 67601.

According to the official website of Ellis County, Kansas, inmate visitation hours at the Ellis County Detention Center are Tuesday through Friday between 9 AM and 7 PM. Visitation is via video phone located in the lobby area between the Courthouse and the Sheriff’s Office. Up to three approved visitors are allowed at one time, and visitation is for 30 minutes and may be monitored by jail staff.

There is limited information available on the specific inmate issues and conditions at the Ellis County Detention Center in Kansas. However, the Ellis County Sheriff's Office is responsible for the security and welfare of the inmates housed within the jail. The jail has a set of rules and regulations that outline the privileges available to the inmates. To find out if a particular person is in custody, you can call the detention center at 785-625-1050 or look up an inmate online. 

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Recent Bookings & Arrests

How do I find out if someone has been arrested and booked into the Ellis County Detention Center?

To find out if someone you know has been recently arrested and booked into the Ellis County Detention Center, call the jail’s booking line at 785-625-1050.

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.

Ellis County Detention Center Booking Roster

What happens during booking in Ellis 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 Ellis 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 Ellis County Detention Center?

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 Ellis County and other Kansas 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 Ellis County Detention Center 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 Ellis County Detention Center 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 Ellis County Detention Center
Inmate Visitation

How Do You Visit an Inmate in the Ellis County Detention Center? What is the Schedule?

Ellis County Detention Center ON-SITE VISITATION SCHEDULE

105 West 12th Street
Hays, KS 67601
785-625-1050

  • Visits are 30 minutes.
  • You must be on the inmate's visitor list.
  • You must make an appointment
  • Visitation schedule subject to change.
  • Inmates are allowed one visit per day however the weekly limit is determined by the inmates classification.
  • A maximum of 3 guests are allowed per inmate.
  • Visitors must have a government issued photo ID.
  • Dress professionally with non-revealing clothing.

ON SITE VISITATION SCHEDULE - ALWAYS CALL 785-625-1050 TO MAKE AN APPOINTMENT

SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE

DAY HOURS SECTION
TUE 9AM -7PM A&B
WED 9AM -7PM C&D
THU 9AM -7PM E&F
FRI 9AM -7PM G&H

 

We’ve compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions and Answers for everything you need to know about Ellis County Detention Center’s Inmate Visitation Policies, Rules and Guidelines. If you still have questions after reviewing these FAQs, call 785-625-1050 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 Ellis County Detention Center?

We’ve compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions and Answers for everything you need to know about Ellis County Detention Center’s Video Remote Visitation Policies, Rules and Guidelines. If you still have questions after reviewing these FAQs, call 785-625-1050 for further assistance.

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Inmate Money Accounts

How Do You Deposit Money for an Inmate in the Ellis County Detention Center?

There are FOUR options for putting money on an inmate's books:

Option 1 - Dropping Money at the Jail
Bring money to the jail in person. 
Either the jail personnel will process the Inmate Account payment or you will use a Jail ATM self-serve kiosk in the lobbies that accepts cash, debit or credit cards.

Option 2 - Deposit Inmate Money Online
Ellis County Detention Center uses Jail ATM to process all online deposits to an inmate's account. The company charges you a small fee for doing so, but the fee probably isn't as much as gas and parking would cost to take it to the jail in person.

Option 3 - Mail the Inmate Deposit to the Jail
Mailing a deposit takes more time to process than the other methods but can be done if you live too far away to bring it in person and you don't have a debit/credit card for online deposits. Never send cash. Always send a Money Order from the US Post Office, a reputable bank or Western Union. Call the Ellis County Detention Center first as they may want you to do this online or at the jail kiosk instead.
Make the Money Order out to the inmate's name and put their Inmate ID# in memo section of the Money Order.
Inmate's Full Name & Inmate ID#
Ellis County Detention Center
105 West 12th Street
Hays, KS 67601


Option 4 - Make an Inmate Deposit with Jail ATM over the Phone by calling 877-810-0914
To do this you will need the inmate's offender # (inmate ID #) and full legal name.

How to Deposit Money Online for an Inmate in Ellis County

To deposit money online for an inmate in Ellis County Detention Center follow these steps:

  • Register to open an account, or Sign In to JailATM, a service that acts as a bank for inmates in Ellis County.
  • After registering and signing in, select 'Send Money Now'.
  • Choose Kansas, then choose Ellis County Detention Center
  • Type in your inmate's last name or their Inmate ID.
  • Select your inmate.
  • Input an amount to deposit to your inmate in Ellis County Detention Center, and then input your payment method. 
  • NOTE: There may be a limit on how much money you can send your inmate in Ellis County at any one time.
  • If you need to phone customer support, call 877-810-0914.

For all information, tips and procedures for sending money to an inmate in Ellis County Detention Center, or depositing money at the jail, over the phone or by mail, check out our Send Money Page for Ellis County.

We’ve compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions and Answers for everything you need to know about Ellis County Detention Center’s Inmate Money and Trust Fund Policies, Rules and Guidelines. If you still have questions after reviewing these FAQs, call 785-625-1050 for further assistance.

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Inmate Phone Contact

How Do I Receive Phone Calls from an Inmate in the Ellis County Detention Center?

We’ve compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions and Answers for everything you need to know about Ellis County Detention Center’s Inmate Phone Policies, Rules and Guidelines. If you still have questions after reviewing these FAQs, call 785-625-1050 for further assistance.

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Mailing an Inmate

How do I Mail an Inmate in the Ellis County Detention Center, and what can I send them?

Ellis County Detention Center Inmate Mail Guidelines

Postcards
The Ellis County Detention Center 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 Ellis County Detention Center 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 & Inmate ID#
Ellis County Detention Center
105 West 12th Street
Hays, KS 67601



Legal Mail

Send all Legal Mail to this Address:
Inmate's Full Name & Inmate ID#
Ellis County Detention Center
105 West 12th Street
Hays, KS 67601



Newspapers
Newspapers may also be mailed to an inmate as long as they are shipped directly from the 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 Ellis County Detention Center 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 noted.
Books must NOT contain images or content that are considered excessively violent, pornographic or obscene. Any book that does not meet the Ellis County Detention Center standards will be disposed of. 
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 & Inmate ID#
Ellis County Detention Center
105 West 12th Street
Hays, KS 67601

Ellis County Detention Center Inmate Mail Policies and Address - What Can You Send, and Where?

For inmates receiving mail in the Ellis County Detention Center there are different addresses and policies depending on the inmate's status, as well as what type of mail they are receiving; personal mail, legal mail, subscriptions or books sent from a third-party such as Amazon.

All mail is to be shipped to the Ellis County Detention Center:
Inmate's Full Name & Inmate ID#
Ellis County Detention Center
105 West 12th Street
Hays, KS 67601


For complete information on mail policies, what you can send an inmate and what address to send them, check out our Inmate Mail page.

We’ve compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions and Answers for everything you need to know about Ellis County Detention Center’s Inmate Mail Policies, Rules and Guidelines. If you still have questions after reviewing these FAQs, call 785-625-1050 for further assistance.

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Inmate Commissary

Can I purchase Commissary Online for an Inmate in the Ellis County Detention Center, and what can I purchase?

We’ve compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions and Answers for everything you need to know about Ellis County Detention Center’s Commissary Policies, Rules and Guidelines. If you still have questions after reviewing these FAQs, call 785-625-1050 for further assistance.

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Texting and Emailing an Inmate

How Can I Communicate with an Inmate in the Ellis County Detention Center using an Online Messaging Service?

We’ve compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions and Answers for everything you need to know about Ellis County Detention Center’s Text and Email Policies, Rules and Guidelines. If you still have questions after reviewing these FAQs, call 785-625-1050 for further assistance.

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Inmate Tablets

Do Inmates in the Ellis County Detention Center have Access to Tablets or Computers?

We’ve compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions and Answers for everything you need to know about Ellis County Detention Center’s Tablet Policies, Rules and Guidelines. If you still have questions after reviewing these FAQs, call 785-625-1050 for further assistance.

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Are there photos of the Ellis County Detention Center? What does it look like?
Other Jails Nearby

What are the other Jails in the Neighboring Counties surrounding Ellis County?

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Search for an Inmate in Ellis County

This facility, known as "Ellis County Detention Center" is also known as Ellis County Jail & Detention Center , Ellis County Jail & Detention Center , Kansas, Ellis.