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Polk County Central Jail Visiting Hours and Visitation Schedule

2390 Bob Phillips Road
Polk County
Main Phone: 863-534-6153
Beds: 900
The information below provides complete instructions regarding Polk County Central Jail Visiting Hours and Visitation Schedule, Visiting Rules, Inmate Video Visits and Jail Visitation process in Bartow, 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 863-534-6153 to confirm that visits have not been cancelled.

Polk County Central Jail Visiting Hours, Schedule and Instructions

Step 1

Call 863.534.6153 to schedule a visit with the inmate.

Step 2

Arrive 15 minutes prior to your scheduled visit. If you check in and then leave you will not be allowed back for the visit, so once checked in, stay in the visitation area.

Step 3

Show a valid, government-issued photo ID.

Step 4

You must leave all belongings other than a set of car keys in the vehicle before entering the visitation area.

Who Can Visit an Inmate in Polk County Central Jail

Anyone over the age of 18, who and can produce a valid government-issued photo ID can be approved to visit an inmate in this jail.

Note: If you are on probation and parole do not attempt to visit an inmate without getting prior permission from your parole or probation officer. Otherwise, you could be violated and arrested.

Visitors to Polk County must sometimes submit to a background check. Those with warrants are denied visitation or if allowed to visit, will be arrested at the jail.

Jails limit the number of people that can visit an inmate to two adults and one child each visit.

Children under age 18 must be accompanied by the parent or legal guardian.

The Polk County Central Jail reserves the right to deny any person the right to enter the jail it chooses and for any reason.

Polk County Central Jail Visitation Application Process

Polk County Central Jail does not require any application. When you check in, your ID will be run through a national database for warrants and background status. If active warrants are discovered, you will be arrested at the jail.

Visiting Hours in Polk County Central Jail

Male Inmates


12 noon


12-noon, 1:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m.


12-noon, 1:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m.


1:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m.


2:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m., 5:15 p.m.


5:15 p.m.


12-noon, 1:00 p.m., 5:15 p.m.


Female Inmates


1:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m., 5:15 p.m.


5:15 p.m.


3:00 p.m.




12-noon, 1:00 p.m.


7:00 a.m., 12-noon, 1:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m.


7:00 a.m., 2:00 p.m.

Each visit is one hour long. Inmates may have two visits per week from Monday through Sunday.

If you are visiting from another state or traveling a great distance, Polk County Central Jail may allow you an extended visitation. Call 863-534-6153 to ask for special consideration.

Call 863-534-6153 or click here to view normal visiting hours and procedures for scheduling a visit.

Polk County Central Jail Visitation Dress Code

The Polk County Central 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. 

You are required to remove all jewelry and watches prior to visitation.

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 the knee and cannot have slits above the knee.

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 863-534-6153 to ask specific questions about the Polk County Central Jail Visitation Dress Code guidelines or click here for complete instructions.

Polk County Central Jail Visitation Tips, Rules and Guidelines

Visitation at this location is done with a mesh screen between you and the inmate so  you can see and talk to each other, but cannot pass anything or touch each other.

If you do not follow all posted and verbal rules provided by jail staff, your visit will be terminated immediately and you will be required to leave the premises.

You could also lose all future visitation privileges and if appropriate be charged with a crime.

 You cannot schedule a visit for the same time the inmate is expected at a court appearance. It is up to you to know when those appearances are scheduled.

'At Home' Video Visitation

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 Polk County Central Jail – as well as to view the complete set of rules, the cost to you and how to get set up online.

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