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Louisville Metro Jail Visiting Hours and Visitation Schedule

400 South 6th Street
Jefferson County
Main Phone: jail: 502-574-8477
Beds: 1914
The information below provides complete instructions regarding Louisville Metro Jail Visiting Hours and Visitation Schedule, Visiting Rules, Inmate Video Visits and Jail Visitation process in Louisville, Kentucky.

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 jail: 502-574-8477 to confirm that visits have not been cancelled.

Louisville Metro Jail Visiting Hours, Schedule and Instructions

Step 1

Arrive at least 30 minutes before the visiting block is ending. Visits are first come first served and based on available space. If you arrive late you may not get to visit the inmate.

Step 2

Show a valid government-issued photo ID.

Who Can Visit an Inmate in Louisville Metro Jail

Anyone over the age of 18, who can produce a valid government-issued photo ID can be approved to visit an inmate in this jail. If you are on probation, it is strongly suggested that you check with your PO before attempting a visit. Visiting without prior permission could get you violated.

Visitation applicants in Jefferson 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 each visit.

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

Call jail: 502-574-8477 to ask specific questions about this policy or click here for any updates to this policy.

It is likely that the Louisville Metro Jail will deny visitation to anyone with a past felony conviction regardless of probation/parole status. Call jail: 502-574-8477 prior to arriving for the specific jail guideline regarding your legal status.

If you are a co-defendant with the inmate in a pending case, your visit will be denied.

If you and the inmate are under a court order to have no contact with each other, your visit will be denied.

The Louisville Metro Jail reserves the right to deny any person the right to enter the jail it chooses and for any reason.

Louisville Metro Jail Visitation Application Process

Louisville Metro Jail does not require visitors to fill out a visitation application, though you will be expected to produce a valid government-issued ID prior to the visit.

Jail staff may run random checks on IDs for warrants. If you have an active warrant you will be arrested at the jail.

Visiting Hours in Louisville Metro Jail

Visitation is only allowed after arraignment, classification and housing unit assignment of the inmate. Please obtain the inmate's CIN # prior to visitation. To find out what that is, call 1-800-511-1670 or click here.

(Legend: J=Jail Complex, H=Hall of Justice, PC=Protective Custody, SM=Special Management, GP=General Population)

Saturday & Monday

J2-Females PC (SM) 7:30 – 8:10am 9:00 – 10:00pm

J2-Females (GP) 7:30 – 9:30am  7:00 – 9:00pm

J2W-(Medical)   7:30 - 10:15am   4:30 – 7:00pm

Sunday and Thursday

J3-Males (SM)   7:30 – 8:10am    4:30 – 5:30pm

J3-Males (GP)    7:30 - 10:15am   6:00 - 9:15pm

Saturday and Wednesday

J4-Males (SM)  7:30 – 8:10am    4:30 – 5:30pm

J4-Males (GP)    7:30 – 10:15am 6:00 – 9:15pm


H1-Work Aides 7:30 – 10:15am 4:30 – 9:15pm

Saturday and Tuesday

H3 Females7:30 - 8:10am 4:30 -  6:00 pm

H3 Males 7:30 - 10:15am 4:30 - 9:15pm

Sunday and Tuesday

H5-Admin/Seg 7:30 – 8:10am    4:30 – 5:30pm

H5-Males (GP) 7:30 - 10:15am   6:00 - 9:15pm

Sunday and Friday

H6-Admin/Seg 7:30 – 8:10am    4:30 – 5:30pm

H6-Males 7:30 - 10:15am 6:00 - 9:15pm

All visitors 16-years-old and older must show a valid, government-issued photo ID prior to the visit. Not having the proper ID will cancel your visit.

If you are visiting from another state or traveling more than 100 miles, Louisville Metro Jail will allow a 40 minute extended visitation. You must show a valid, government-issued photo ID that has your current address on it. In addition, you must show a piece of mail addressed to you at the same address within the past 30 days.

Inmates may have two adults, or one adult and one minor visit at the same time.

Each inmate is allowed one 20 minute visit per visitation day.

Louisville Metro Jail Visitation Dress Code

The Louisville Metro 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 jail: 502-574-8477 to ask specific questions about the Louisville Metro Jail Visitation Dress Code guidelines or click here for complete instructions.

Louisville Metro Jail Visitation Tips, Rules and Guidelines

Jail visits are conducted at 600 W. Jefferson (Hall of Justice Basement).

Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian and guardians must provide proof of their guardianship.

Leave all personal belongings, except for your state ID in your vehicle.

Children must be monitored at all times or jail staff will end the visit early.

Call jail: 502-574-8477 or click here to go to the jail's official website for additional Rules regarding Louisville Metro Jail visitation.

'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 Louisville Metro 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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