The information below provides complete instructions regarding Franklin County Jail I Visiting Hours and Visitation Schedule, Visiting Rules, Inmate Video Visits and Jail Visitation process in Columbus, Ohio.
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 614-525-3340 to confirm that visits have not been cancelled.
Jail staff recommends arriving early as visits are provided on a first-come-first-served basis.
Show a valid government-issued photo ID.
If you bring a minor to the visit you must bring the child’s birth certificate showing that you or the inmate is the parent. If you are the legal guardian you must bring court paperwork showing you are the legal guardian.
Anyone over the age of 18, who isn't on felony probation and can produce a valid government-issued photo ID can be approved to visit an inmate in this jail.
If you are on probation or parole you must obtain prior permission to visit an inmate.
Jails limit the number of people that can visit an inmate to two adults and three children each visit.
Children under age 18 must be accompanied by the parent or legal guardian.
Call 614-525-3340 to ask specific questions about this policy or click here for any updates to this policy.
The Franklin County Jail I reserves the right to deny any person the right to enter the jail it chooses and for any reason.
Franklin County Jail I does not require visitors to fill out an application. You must show an ID at the visit and that ID will be run for warrants. If you have an active warrant you will be arrested.
Call 614-525-3340 to ask specific questions about the application.
Click here to go to the jail's website for more information about the application process.
The visiting day is based on the first letter of the inmate’s last name.
Inmates are allowed two visits per week. Each visit is 15 minutes long. Visits with juvenile inmates are 30 minutes long.
12:00 pm to 2:00 pm
6:00 pm to 9:30 pm
A-G: Sundays and Thursdays
H-O: Mondays and Fridays
P-Z: Tuesdays and Saturdays
If you are visiting from another state or traveling a great distance, Franklin County Jail I may allow you an extended visitation. Call 614-525-3340 to ask for special consideration.
Call 614-525-3340 or click here to view normal visiting hours and procedures for scheduling a visit.
The Franklin County Jail I 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 614-525-3340 to ask specific questions about the Franklin County Jail I Visitation Dress Code guidelines or click here for complete instructions.
You may bring the following items to leave for the inmate.
White-only plain, underwear or panties
White-only crew neck T-shirts, no pocket (no tank tops)
White-only socks or footies
White or off white only bras (no under wires or stays)
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 or in a locker (if one is provided).
Children must be monitored at all times or jail staff will end the visit early.
Call 614-525-3340 or click here to go to the jail's official website for additional Rules regarding Franklin County Jail I 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 Franklin County Jail I – as well as to view the complete set of rules, the cost to you and how to get set up online.