The information below provides complete instructions regarding Lake 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 Lake County Jail in Crown Point, Indiana.
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.
No. Neither this jail nor any other jail allows you to directly phone an inmate.
You may not call the jail to leave a message for an inmate, however, this jail does offer a paid voicemail option for those who wish to leave messages for inmates.
Inmate Voice Mail - Friends and family can now leave inmates a voice mail message up to 3 minutes for only $1.25. Just call 1-866-516-0115 and follow the prompts.
To see if the Lake County Jail has this service, go here or call (219) 755-3421.
Inmates can make traditional collect calls from this facility to any phone that accepts collect calls and the party is willing to accept the call and pay the charges.
Cell phone companies, most businesses and some phone companies prohibit collect calls. In other cases, you might be asked to pay a deposit to your phone company before being allowed to accept collect calls.
Prepaid call accounts are set up by the called party (e.g. the inmate’s family/friends.) to eliminate the problem of collect call blocks. Inmates can place prepaid calls to cell phones, office phones, hospitals and other commercial phone numbers that normally do not accept collect calls. When an inmate calls the end user, the call charges are deducted from the called party's prepaid account.
You can set up a prepaid account by calling 1-866-516-0115 or clicking here choosing make a deposit then choosing Create a New Account. Follow the prompts to set up the account and start funding calls.
No. Inmates are not allowed cell phones in Lake County Jail, although getting access to a cell phone in jail has become more common.
An inmate in possession of a cell phone in Indiana has committed a Class A misdemeanor crime. If charged and convicted the court can sentence the inmate to up to a year in jail in addition to whatever sentence is already in place.
In addition, if you assist an inmate in getting possession of a cell phone you can also be arrested and charged with the same crime.
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 (219) 755-3421 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.
If you were unable to find the information you were looking for on this page, call Lake County Jail at (219) 755-3421 and ask their policies on getting phone calls from 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.