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Seminole County Jail Inmate Phone Use


211 Bush Blvd
Sanford,
Florida
32773
Seminole County
Main Phone: 407-665-1200
Beds: 1,000
The information below provides complete instructions regarding Seminole County Jail inmate phone use, how the jail phone system works, purchasing phone time online (where available), purchasing phone time over the phone online (where available), purchasing phone credits through commissary (where available) and setting up an account to reduce your cost of inmate phone calls from the Seminole County Jail in Sanford, Florida.

When available, the information below will explain how to communicate with your inmate using the jail's secure email message system.

Follow these instructions exactly to help ensure that your inmate has access to the jail phones and your communication costs are reduced as much as possible.

Can I Phone An Inmate At The Seminole County Jail?

No. Neither this jail nor any other jail allows you to directly phone an inmate.



Can I Leave A Message For An Inmate At Seminole County Jail?

You may not leave messages for inmates, however, for specific emergencies you can contact the watch commander.

Once you explain the emergency, such as the death of an inmate’s immediate family member, the watch commander notify the jail chaplain to pass the information to the inmate.

You might be required to provide evidence of the emergency before the inmate will be contacted.



How Does An Inmate Make A Phone Call From Seminole County Jail?

Collect Calls

Inmates may make traditional collect calls from the jail.

If you wish to receive collect calls you must have a landline and be willing to accept and pay for the calls.

Check with your phone company see if a deposit is required before you can accept collect calls.

Some phone companies block all calls from jails or prisons.



Can An Inmate Use A Cell Phone While In Seminole County Jail?

No. Inmates are not allowed cell phones in Seminole County Jail, although getting access to a cell phone in jail has become more common.

Some states such as California have made it a criminal offense to use and possess a cell phone and will file additional charges when it can be connected to an inmate. Cell phones are most often smuggled into the jail and then sold to the inmates by jail staff.



Can I Communicate By Email With An Inmate?

A growing number of jails now offer email services to inmates and their families. This can save you time by letting you view your email from your smart phone, computer, or tablet, whenever you wish.

You don't have to deal with envelopes, stamps or the post office.

Inmates like it because the emails typically eliminate delayed mail runs so they can get your correspondence quickly and send responses immediately.

Jail staffs like it as it eliminates concerns about contraband entering the facility in envelopes and on paper. It also allows the jail to have an electronic record that can be called upon at any time.

Anything you or your inmate writes in an email service is put through a filtering program that looks for certain words related to criminal and/or gang activities.

There have been multiple cases in which emails between inmates and their friends or loved ones have been used as evidence in criminal court cases to convict them or to file new charges.

Call 407-665-1200 or click here to see if email services are being offered at this jail and if so, how to sign up you and your inmate.



Important Tips About Jail Phone Calls

If you were unable to find the information you were looking for on this page, call Seminole County Jail at 407-665-1200 and ask their policies on getting phone calls from your inmate.

Collect calls can become expensive. Check with your phone company to find out if there are less expensive times for your inmate to call, for example, weekdays, or evenings. If so, arrange with the inmate to call during these times when possible.

Many jails and prisons are increasingly restricting the amount of time that an inmate can use the phone by placing daily and monthly limits, so try to pace yourself and not use up all your time at the beginning of the month.

Jails limit an inmate's phone time to certain hours of the day, so it is important you keep a regular schedule that works for both you and your inmate.

If your inmate does not call you during the time you both have scheduled, don't panic. There are often long lines for phone use. When a jail is on lockdown due to a fight or other security issue they do not allow the phones to be used.

Phones are the only way for an inmate to hear your voice and temporarily 'escape' the loneliness of incarceration, so use your time well. Arguing about anything will leave you both feeling empty and guilty, so avoid it at all costs.

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!

Click here to view the jail website for additional information. 

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