Forrest County Jail

Search for an Inmate in Forrest County

Forrest County Jail Information

The Forrest County Jail is a 350 bed jail in the city of Hattiesburg, Forrest County, Mississippi.

This page provides information on how to search for an inmate in the official jail roster, or by calling the facility at 601-544-9770, 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.

Phone: 601-544-9770

Physical Address:
P.O. Box 747
Hattiesburg, MS 39403

Mailing Address (personal mail):
Inmate's first and last name
Billy McGee Law Enforcement Complex
P.O. Box 747
Hattiesburg, MS 39403

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How Do You Find Someone in the Forrest County Jail?

To search for an inmate in the Forrest 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 601-544-9770 for the information you are looking for.

Forrest County Jail Inmate Search

We’ve compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions and Answers for everything you need to know about finding an inmate in the Forrest County Jail, how the jail rosters work and what happens after an offender is arrested and booked. If you still have questions after reviewing these FAQs, call 601-544-9770 for further assistance.

The Forrest County Jail maintains an average of 350 offenders in custody on any given day. The Forrest 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 Forrest County law enforcement agencies arrest and detain approximately 9,500 offenders.

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About the Forrest County Jail
The capacity of the Forrest County Jail in Mississippi varies depending on the source. According to some websites, the jail has a capacity of 186 inmates, while others state that it has a capacity of 159 or 170 beds. However, one website indicates that the jail is a 701-bed regional correctional facility that houses about 634 inmates. Another website describes the jail as a regional minimum security jail with a capacity of around 106 inmates. It is possible that the capacity has changed over time or that different sources are reporting different information. The address of the Forrest County Jail in Mississippi is 316 Forrest Street, Hattiesburg, Mississippi, 39401. The contact number for the jail is 601-544-7800. Forrest County Jail in Mississippi allows one or two visits per inmate per week, ranging from 15 minutes to one hour in length. Inmates with special privileges may be allowed additional visits. According to some sources, inmates are allowed two 45-minute onsite video visits each week, which must be scheduled in advance. Other sources state that each inmate is permitted one hour of free site visitation, both on-site and remote. To confirm the exact visitation hours and rules, it is recommended to contact the jail directly at 601-544-7800. There are limited search results regarding the current conditions and issues at the Forrest County Jail in Mississippi. However, there have been reports of a lawsuit settlement between the Human Rights Defense Center and the jail regarding the jail's restriction of publications to inmates. In 2019, there was also a search for two escaped inmates from the jail. The jail has specific visitation policies, including the requirement of an ID for every visit and no contact visits without the direct approval of the Sheriff. Additionally, there have been questions raised about prison conditions in Mississippi, including inadequate mental health treatment and failure to implement suicide prevention methods. There is no information in the provided search results that suggests that Forrest County Jail in Mississippi is unique in any particular way. The search results provide general information about the jail, such as its location and the fact that inmates can work to earn a GED. Additionally, the search results provide information about Forrest County's population and racial profile.
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Recent Bookings & Arrests

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

To find out if someone you know has been recently arrested and booked into the Forrest County Jail, call the jail’s booking line at 601-544-9770.

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.

Forrest County Jail Booking Roster

What happens during booking in Forrest 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 Forrest 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 Forrest 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 Forrest County and other Mississippi 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 Forrest 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 Forrest 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 Forrest County Jail
Inmate Visitation

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

Inmate Visitation

IMPORTANT - All remote visitation at the Forrest County Jail is conducted by City Tele Coin video.

You can visit your inmate at the jail, or from your own device or computer at home.

The Forrest County Sheriff's Office provides a video kiosk in the lobby of the Sheriff's Office free of charge.

Visitation is limited to 10 minutes per visitor per day. Visitors must call ahead and follow ALL visitation guidelines.

If not coming to the Sheriff's Office, you may visit with an inmate using City Tele Coin fom home.

Video visitations are monitored and visitors MUST follow visitor guidelines. Visitors that are found to violate these guidelines, will have their visitation privileges suspended.



All Video Visitation services are provided by City Tele Coin.

To register for a direct pay account visit www.CityTeleCoin.com.

After your account has been created you can download the City Tele Coin app from iTunes or Google Play.

To video chat and send emails using the app or the City Tele Coin website, select Forrest County Jail to set up a remote account for the inmate.

We’ve compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions and Answers for everything you need to know about Forrest County Jail’s Inmate Visitation Policies, Rules and Guidelines. If you still have questions after reviewing these FAQs, call 601-544-9770 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 Forrest County Jail?

Forrest County Jail Inmate Visitation

IMPORTANT - All remote visitation at the Forrest County Jail is conducted by City Tele Coin video.

You can visit your inmate at the jail, or from your own device or computer at home.

The Forrest County Sheriff's Office provides a video kiosk in the lobby of the Sheriff's Office free of charge.

Visitation is limited to 10 minutes per visitor per day. Visitors must call ahead and follow ALL visitation guidelines.

If not coming to the Sheriff's Office, you may visit with an inmate using City Tele Coin fom home.

Video visitations are monitored and visitors MUST follow visitor guidelines. Visitors that are found to violate these guidelines, will have their visitation privileges suspended.



All Video Visitation services are provided by City Tele Coin.

To register for a direct pay account visit www.CityTeleCoin.com.

After your account has been created you can download the City Tele Coin app from iTunes or Google Play.

To video chat and send emails using the app or the City Tele Coin website, select Forrest County Jail to set up a remote account for the inmate.

We’ve compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions and Answers for everything you need to know about Forrest County Jail’s Video Remote Visitation Policies, Rules and Guidelines. If you still have questions after reviewing these FAQs, call 601-544-9770 for further assistance.

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Inmate Money Accounts

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

We’ve compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions and Answers for everything you need to know about Forrest County Jail’s Inmate Money and Trust Fund Policies, Rules and Guidelines. If you still have questions after reviewing these FAQs, call 601-544-9770 for further assistance.

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Inmate Phone Contact

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

How to Make and Receive Phone Calls from an Inmate in Forrest County

To register and sign up for a phone account with City Tele Coin to communicate with your Forrest County Jail inmate, follow the instructions below:

  • Register and create an account with City Tele Coin.
  • City Tele Coin Phone Services include Prepaid Accounts and Calling Cards for your inmate in Forrest County Jail to call you and others.
  • You can also send and receive secure messages with your inmate.
  • This is a fee based service, but regular calls are capped at $0.21 per minute and collect calls capped at $0.25 per minute.

For all the information you need to know, including instructions, policies, tips and solutions to possible issues regarding making phone calls with an inmate in Forrest County, visit our full page guide

NOTE: All phone conversations and messages are recorded and stored. Whatever you talk about, can and will be used against your inmate in court. Never discuss their pending criminal case!
Also, be warned that some phone providers are collecting voice prints for a database which law enforcement agencies are building.

We’ve compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions and Answers for everything you need to know about Forrest County Jail’s Inmate Phone Policies, Rules and Guidelines. If you still have questions after reviewing these FAQs, call 601-544-9770 for further assistance.

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Mailing an Inmate

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

We’ve compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions and Answers for everything you need to know about Forrest County Jail’s Inmate Mail Policies, Rules and Guidelines. If you still have questions after reviewing these FAQs, call 601-544-9770 for further assistance.

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Inmate Commissary

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

We’ve compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions and Answers for everything you need to know about Forrest County Jail’s Commissary Policies, Rules and Guidelines. If you still have questions after reviewing these FAQs, call 601-544-9770 for further assistance.

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Texting and Emailing an Inmate

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

Forrest County Jail contracts with City Telecoin for phone and remote video visitation, and has added secure messaging, a form of delayed email.


City Telecoin also has a secure messaging service that allows you and your inmate to send and receive messages electronically (after being read by the jail).

How to Have Remote Video Visits and Email Communication with an Inmate in Forrest County

To register and sign up for a remote visitation account with City Tele Coin to communicate with your Forrest County Jail inmate, follow the instructions below:

  • Register and create an account with City Tele Coin.
  • City Tele Coin has excellent quality video visits between your home device and a video terminal in the inmate's housing area.
  • You can also send and receive secure messages and use them to make and receive phone calls with your Forrest County inmate.
  • This is a fee based service.
  • For more information, you can call City Telecoin from 7:00 AM to 11:00 PM CST by dialing 318-746-1114, or email them: [email protected].
  • Visit Inmate 'at the jail' information.

For all the information you need to know, including instructions, policies, tips and solutions to possible issues regarding visiting with an inmate (both at the jail and remotely) in Forrest County, visit our full page guide

NOTE: All video visits are recorded and stored. Whatever you talk about, can and will be used against your inmate in court. Never discuss their pending criminal case!
Also, be warned that some video visits providers are collecting voice prints for a database which law enforcement agencies are building.

We’ve compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions and Answers for everything you need to know about Forrest County Jail’s Text and Email Policies, Rules and Guidelines. If you still have questions after reviewing these FAQs, call 601-544-9770 for further assistance.

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Inmate Tablets

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

We’ve compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions and Answers for everything you need to know about Forrest County Jail’s Tablet Policies, Rules and Guidelines. If you still have questions after reviewing these FAQs, call 601-544-9770 for further assistance.

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Other Jails in Forrest County

What are the other City and County Jails in Forrest County?

Forrest County County Jails
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Other Jails Nearby

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

Forrest Jones Covington Lamar Perry Stone Pearl River
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Search for an Inmate in Forrest County

This facility, known as "Forrest County Jail" is also known as Forrest County Sheriff, Billy McGee Law Enforcement Complex, Forrest County Jail, Mississippi, Forrest.