The information below provides complete instructions regarding Manatee County Jail Visiting Hours and Visitation Schedule, Visiting Rules, Inmate Video Visits and Jail Visitation process in Palmetto, Florida.
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 you call the jail at 941-747-3011 x2902 to confirm that visits have not been cancelled.
First time visitors call 941-747-3011 ext 2902 between 8am-7pm to schedule your visit for the following day. The first visit must be scheduled one day in advance through this phone number.
Returning visitors who provided email addresses during the first visit will be able to schedule a visit by going to the website. Click here to get started. If you visited but did not give the staff an email address, they will assign an email address for you to use and give you a card with the password and user ID.
Arrive at the visitation center no earlier than 15 minutes prior to your scheduled visit. If you arrive after the visit was scheduled to start, you will be denied that visit and it is automatically cancelled. You will have to go online and schedule a future visit.
The visitation center is located at: 2705 County Line Road Palmetto FL.
Leave al belongings in the vehicle except car key and wallet and ID. If you have a baby with you, the jail will allow one bottle, one blanket and one diaper. In addition you are allowed one stroller.
Sign in and show your valid, government-issued photo ID. Acceptable forms include:
Valid Driver’s License
Valid State ID card
Valid Military ID card
Valid Pass Port with photo attached.
Anyone over the age of 18, who properly schedules a visit and can produce a valid government-issued photo ID can be approved to visit an inmate in this jail.
Exception: If there is a no-contact order in place, you cannot see the inmate. If you do, you, the inmate or both could be in legal trouble for violating the order.
If on probation or parole be sure to get prior permission from your supervising officer before visiting an inmate.
Jails limit the number of people that can visit an inmate to three adults each visit.
Children under age 18 must be accompanied by the parent or legal guardian.
The Manatee County Jail reserves the right to deny any person the right to enter the jail it chooses and for any reason.
Manatee County Jail does not require visitors to fill out applications, but for your first visit you must call the above number (in visitation steps) and provide your information.
7:45a.m. to 7:30 p.m., seven days per week.
Each visit is 30 minutes long and must be scheduled ahead of time.
Inmates may have up to three visits per day, or 21 per week.
The Manatee County Jail staff will 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 941-747-3011 x2902 to ask specific questions about the Manatee County Jail Visitation Dress Code guidelines or click here for complete instructions.
Jail visits are conducted a televised screen from another location.
Any cursing, over-emotional actions, disruptions or otherwise inappropriate actions will get the visit canceled and you will be asked to leave the premises.
Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian and guardians must provide proof of their guardianship.
If you are going to leave a child in the waiting lobby, you must bring an adult who will sit with the child while you are visiting the inmate.
Children must be monitored at all times or jail staff will end the visit early.
There are kiosk computers at the visitation center that you can use to schedule your next visit if you don’t have access to the Internet through other means.
Many jails are implementing video visits. These visits are conducted via the Internet on computers, IPADS and Smart phones.
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 Manatee County Jail – as well as to view the complete set of rules, the cost to you and how to get set up online.