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Brown County Jail & Sheriff
142 W 4th Street
Ainsworth, NE 69210

402-387-1440

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

The Brown County Jail & Sheriff, located at:
142 W 4th Street
Ainsworth, NE 69210 
can be reached 24 hours a day, 365 days a year at 402-387-1440.

The main reason that people call 402-387-1440 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 Brown County Jail & Sheriff 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 Brown 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 Brown County Jail & Sheriff have inmate commissary?
Can an inmate receive and/or send email or text messages?
Do inmates in Brown County have access to computers or tablets?
How do you pay an inmate’s bail or bond?

Every year the Brown County Jail & Sheriff has approximately 200 bookings, with a daily average of 10 inmates and maintains control of the facility with a staff of 2.

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 Brown County Jail & Sheriff 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 Brown 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 Nebraska Department of Corrections, where inmates are sent once convicted of a crime and sentenced to a period of more than a year, the Brown 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 Nebraska 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 Brown County Jail & Sheriff. 

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 Both Schedule a Visit and Have Remote Video Visitation with an Inmate incarcerated in Brown County

To register and sign up for a visitation account with CIDNET Video Visitation Service, follow the instructions below:

  • Register and create an account with CIDNET.
  • Type in your Email, Time Zone and First & Last Name of your Brown County Jail & Sheriff inmate.
    1. Click the Create Account button.
    2. Agree to the terms.
    3. Login to your email and open the verification email sent by CIDNET. Click it.
    4. Choose a Security PIN and a Password.
    5. Click the Sign In button.
  • After logging in, from the Menu, choose the state of Nebraska, then the Brown County Jail & Sheriff, then your inmate's name.
  • Once you have completed this, the Brown County Jail & Sheriff will have to give final approval for you to set up a video visitation account with your inmate.

For all the information you need to know, including instructions, special links, policies, rules, tips and solutions to possible issues regarding regular visitation and remote video visits with an inmate in Brown County, visit our full page guide

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


 

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

To register and sign up for a phone account with CIDNET Inmate Phone Service, follow the instructions below:

  • Register and create an account with CIDNET.
  • Type in your Email, Time Zone and First & Last Name of your Brown County Jail & Sheriff inmate.
    1. Click the Create Account button.
    2. Read the Terms of Use, then click Agree.
    3. Login to your email and open the CIDNET email.
    4. In the email, click the Complete Your Verification link.
    5. Choose a Security PIN and a Password.
    6. Click the Sign In button.
  • After logging in, from the Menu, choose the state of Nebraska, then the Brown County Jail & Sheriff, then your inmate's name.
  • Once you have completed this, the Brown County Jail & Sheriff will have to give final approval for you to set up a phone account with your inmate.

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 Brown County, visit our full page guide

NOTE: All phone conversations are recorded. 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.


 

How to send a text or email to an inmate in Brown County

To send and receive secure texts or emails from an inmate housed in Brown County follow these instructions:

  • Register and create an account with CIDNET.
  • Choose a Security PIN and Password.
  • After logging in, from the Menu, choose the state of Nebraska, then the Brown County Jail & Sheriff, then your inmate's name.
  • Once you have completed this, the Brown County Jail & Sheriff will have to give final approval for you to communicate by email with your chosen inmate.

For all the information you need to know, including instructions, policies, tips and solutions to possible issues with Texting and Emailing an inmate in Brown County, visit our full page guide


 

Third Party Jail Inmate Services for Brown County Jail & Sheriff

Communication and Monetary Services for Family and Friends of Inmates

Gone are the days where Brown County Jail & Sheriff 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 Brown 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 Brown County Jail & Sheriff, 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 Brown County Jail & Sheriff 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. 

Brown County Jail & Sheriff

STATE COUNTY BEDS
Nebraska Brown 10


PHYSICAL ADDRESS

142 W 4th Street
Ainsworth, NE 69210


TELEPHONE NUMBER


FAX

402-387-0719

INMATE MAIL

Inmate's First and Last Name
Brown County Jail & Sheriff
142 W 4th Street
Ainsworth, NE 69210


Frequently Asked Questions

How many inmates are in the Brown County Jail & Sheriff in Nebraska?
There are 10 inmates in the Brown County Jail & Sheriff in Nebraska. 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, Brown County Jail & Sheriff 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 Brown County Jail & Sheriff.

How many people get arrested and booked into the Brown County Jail & Sheriff in Nebraska every year?
In 2021, a total of 200 offenders were booked into the Brown County Jail & Sheriff in Nebraska. 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 Brown County Jail & Sheriff.

How many people work at the Brown County Jail & Sheriff in Nebraska?
The Brown County Jail & Sheriff maintains a staff of approximately 2. Staff positions include correction officers, maintenance, clerical, kitchen workers and management. Nebraska 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 Brown County Jail & Sheriff in Nebraska have an inmate search or jail roster to see who is in custody?
Yes, the Brown County Jail & Sheriff in Nebraska has an Inmate Search Roster feature. Learn more about how to search for an inmate in the Brown County Jail & Sheriff. When you get to this page click on the big green button that reads 'OFFICIAL Brown County Jail & Sheriff 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 402-387-1440 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 Nebraska 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 Brown County Jail & Sheriff in Nebraska?
The Brown County Jail & Sheriff address and phone number is: 142 W 4th Street
Ainsworth, NE 69210. Their phone number is 402-387-1440. 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 Brown County Jail & Sheriff.

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

How do I bail or bond an inmate out of the Brown County Jail & Sheriff?
Call 402-387-1440 for the type of bond and any information that is required for a particular individual at Brown County Jail & Sheriff. 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 Brown County Jail & Sheriff.

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