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Hamilton County Justice Center

Hamilton County Justice Center
900 Sycamore Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202

513-946-6300

The Hamilton County Justice Center is the main jail in Hamilton County Ohio. While the police in the cities and towns in Hamilton County can arrest and detain offenders, the Hamilton County Justice Center is the facility that is accredited by Ohio to hold inmates for more than 72 hours.

The Hamilton County Justice Center, located at:
900 Sycamore Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202 
can be reached 24 hours a day, 365 days a year at 513-946-6300.

The main reason that people call 513-946-6300 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 Hamilton County Justice Center 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 Hamilton 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 Hamilton County Justice Center have inmate commissary?
Can an inmate receive and/or send email or text messages?
Do inmates in Hamilton County have access to computers or tablets?
How do you pay an inmate’s bail or bond?

Every year the Hamilton County Justice Center has approximately 24800 bookings, with a daily average of 1240 inmates and maintains control of the facility with a staff of 310.

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 Hamilton County Justice Center 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 Hamilton 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 Ohio Department of Corrections, where inmates are sent once convicted of a crime and sentenced to a period of more than a year, the Hamilton 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 Ohio 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 Hamilton County Justice Center. 

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 Send a Text or Email Message to an Inmate in Hamilton County Justice Center

To send a text or email message to a Hamilton County inmate, do the following:

Hamilton County Justice Center uses Securus eMessaging for Inmate Email.

Register here. (You are already registered if you signed up with Securus for 'Phone' or 'Remote Visitation' in Hamilton County or any jail or prison in the country).
Steps: 
1.  Sign up for eMessaging
2. Find your Hamilton County inmate.
3. Purchase a book of Securus ‘stamps’.
4. Type & Send message.

For all Hamilton County information for sending secure messages to an inmate in Hamilton County Justice Center, including instructions, video examples, fees, limits, tablet rentals and more, check out out Text/Email an Inmate Page.


 

How Do You Communicate with an Inmate in the Hamilton County Justice Center 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 Hamilton County Justice Center, 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 Hamilton County Justice Center 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 Rent a Tablet for an Inmate in Hamilton County Justice Center

To rent a tablet for an inmate in Hamilton County follow these instructions:

  • Register here.  It is recommended you use Chrome or Firefox.
  • Pay for the subscription using Paypal.
  • You get charged the 1st of each month. 
  • You get charged a full month even if it's only used for a partial month.
  • No activation or early termination fees.
  • Your Hamilton County inmate will recieve their tablet in 3-5 business days, after you pay.

If you have any questions:

For all Hamilton County information on Tablet Rentals for your inmate, check out our Tablet Rental Page.


 

How to Purchase Commissary or Deposit Money Online for an Inmate in Hamilton County

To purchase commissary online or deposit money in an Hamilton County Justice Center inmate's commissary account follow these instructions:

  • Start here and click ‘PLACE ORDER in CommissaryDeposit.com
  • Choose Ohio
  • Choose Hamilton County Justice Center
  • View the date your order will be delivered, then click ‘NEXT’.
  • Search for, then Select your inmate from the Hamilton County Justice Center list.
  • Choose the amount to send.
  • Register, and Pay for the deposit transaction

Note: You will be charged a fee to send money or purchase commissary for your Hamilton County inmate. In addition, there is a maximum amount you can send and/or spend. 
Items you may Purchase from CommissaryDeposit.com:

  • Clothing - thermals, underwear, bras, shoes.
  • Stationary, envelopes, stamps, playing cards, board games
  • Toiletries, hygiene, reading glasses, medicated creams, aspirin
  • Soda, energy drinks, coffee, packaged meat & fish, soups, cookies, chips, pastries.

Contact Information
Customer Support page.
Customer Support phone:   912-584-6102
Email - [email protected]
Customer Support Hours - Monday - Friday, 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM EST

For complete information on fees, products, policies, deadlines, rules, minimum and maximum deposits and all the information you need to know regarding depositing money for your inmate or purchasing Commissary online in Hamilton County, go to our Inmate Commissary Page or our Send Money to an Inmate Page for details.


 

How to Deposit Money Online for an Inmate's Commissary Account in Hamilton County

To deposit money in an Hamilton County Justice Center inmate's commissary account follow these instructions:

  • Start here and click ‘DEPOSIT MONEY’ in CommissaryDeposit.com
  • Choose Ohio
  • Choose Hamilton County Justice Center
  • View the date your order will be delivered, then click ‘NEXT’.
  • Search for, then Select your inmate.
  • Choose the amount to send.
  • Register, and Pay for the deposit transaction

Note: You will be charged a fee to send money to your Hamilton County inmate. In addition, there is a maximum amount you can send. 

Contact Information
Customer Support page.
Customer Support phone:   912-584-6102
Email - [email protected]
Customer Support Hours - Monday - Friday, 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM EST

For complete information on fees, products, policies, deadlines, rules, minimum and maximum deposits and all the information you need to know regarding depositing money for your inmate in Hamilton County, go to our Send Money Page for details.


 

How to Deposit Money Online for an Inmate's Commissary Account in Hamilton County

To deposit money in an Hamilton County Justice Center inmate's commissary account follow these instructions:

  • Start here and click ‘DEPOSIT MONEY’ in CommissaryDeposit.com
  • Choose Ohio
  • Choose Hamilton County Justice Center
  • View the date your order will be delivered, then click ‘NEXT’.
  • Search for, then Select your inmate.
  • Choose the amount to send.
  • Register, and Pay for the deposit transaction

Note: You will be charged a fee to send money to your Hamilton County inmate. In addition, there is a maximum amount you can send. 

Contact Information
Customer Support page.
Customer Support phone:   912-584-6102
Email - [email protected]
Customer Support Hours - Monday - Friday, 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM EST

For complete information on fees, products, policies, deadlines, rules, minimum and maximum deposits and all the information you need to know regarding depositing money for your inmate in Hamilton County, go to our Send Money Page for details.


 

How to Schedule and Visit an Inmate in Hamilton County Justice Center

To schedule and set up a visit, either at-the-jail or remotely from your home, follow these instructions:

  • Register and/or log in.
  • Select Hamilton County Justice Center, then your inmate.
  • Review the days, available hours and the cost of remote and on-site visits in Hamilton County.
  • Schedule your visit.

To get more complete instructions, and understand visit lengths, times, locations, fees and all the other rules including children, dress codes and more, check out or Visit Inmate Page.
NOTE: All visits are recorded and whatever you say and do will be monitored. It is best to never discuss sensitive information regarding your inmate's pending case.


 

How an Inmate Makes a Phone Call to You or Others from Hamilton County Justice Center

To set up a phone account so that your inmate can call you from Hamilton County do the following:

1. Enroll in an account with Securus Technologies.

2. Choose one of three account types, Securus Debit, Advance Connect or Direct Bill.
3. Choose [facility_name_1}, then connect with your inmate.
4. If you have any questions, call Securus: 972-734-1111 or 800-844-6591.

To find out fees, how to's, calling times, limits on phone calls and other systems Securus has do that you can communicate with your Hamilton County inmate, check out our Inmate Phone Page.
NOTE: All of your inmate's phone calls are recorded and stored. It is advised not to discuss their pending case.


 

How an Inmate Makes a Phone Call to You or Others from Hamilton County Justice Center

To set up a phone account so that your inmate can call you from Hamilton County do the following:

1. Enroll in an account with Securus Technologies.

2. Choose one of three account types, Securus Debit, Advance Connect or Direct Bill.
3. Choose [facility_name_1}, then connect with your inmate.
4. If you have any questions, call Securus: 972-734-1111 or 800-844-6591.

To find out fees, how to's, calling times, limits on phone calls and other systems Securus has do that you can communicate with your Hamilton County inmate, check out our Inmate Phone Page.
NOTE: All of your inmate's phone calls are recorded and stored. It is advised not to discuss their pending case.


 

Third Party Jail Inmate Services for Hamilton County Justice Center

Communication and Monetary Services for Family and Friends of Inmates

Gone are the days where Hamilton County Justice Center 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 Hamilton 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 Hamilton County Justice Center, 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 Hamilton County Justice Center 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. 

Hamilton County Justice Center

STATE COUNTY BEDS
Ohio Hamilton 1,240


PHYSICAL ADDRESS

900 Sycamore Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202


TELEPHONE NUMBER


FAX

Adult Probation: 513-946-9805

Jail (Main): 513-762-4652

Public Defender: 513-946-3707

Sheriff: 513 946-6402

INMATE MAIL

Inmate's First and Last Name and ID number
Hamilton County Justice Center
900 Sycamore Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202


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Frequently Asked Questions

How many inmates are in the Hamilton County Justice Center in Ohio?
There are 1240 inmates in the Hamilton County Justice Center in Ohio. 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, Hamilton County Justice Center 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 Hamilton County Justice Center.

How many people get arrested and booked into the Hamilton County Justice Center in Ohio every year?
In 2021, a total of 24800 offenders were booked into the Hamilton County Justice Center in Ohio. 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 Hamilton County Justice Center.

How many people work at the Hamilton County Justice Center in Ohio?
The Hamilton County Justice Center maintains a staff of approximately 310. Staff positions include correction officers, maintenance, clerical, kitchen workers and management. Ohio 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 Hamilton County Justice Center in Ohio have an inmate search or jail roster to see who is in custody?
Yes, the Hamilton County Justice Center in Ohio has an Inmate Search Roster feature. Learn more about how to search for an inmate in the Hamilton County Justice Center. When you get to this page click on the big green button that reads 'OFFICIAL Hamilton County Justice Center 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 513-946-6300 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 Ohio 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 Hamilton County Justice Center in Ohio?
The Hamilton County Justice Center address and phone number is: 900 Sycamore Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202. Their phone number is 513-946-6300. 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 Hamilton County Justice Center.

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

How do I bail or bond an inmate out of the Hamilton County Justice Center?
Call 513-946-6300 for the type of bond and any information that is required for a particular individual at Hamilton County Justice Center. 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 Hamilton County Justice Center.

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