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The Madison County Jail, in Madison County, Florida, is run by the Madison County Sheriff’s Office. The current Madison County Sheriff is Benjamin J. Stewart.
Madison County is a very small county with a relatively small population, especially when compared to some nearby Florida counties. This would have come as a surprise to the founders of Madison County, because, at the time it was founded, it was the biggest county in Florida! Madison County was named after James Madison, but the City of Madison, which is not only the county seat, but also where Madison County Jail is located, was actually named after Madison C. Livingston, who donated the land to create the city. Madison is one of only three municipalities in Madison County; the other two are the Town of Greenville and the Town of Lee.
As one might expect with such a small county, the county jail is actually very small. In fact, the Madison County Sheriff’s Office is so small that they do not even maintain their website, but use Facebook for community interactions and to maintain their online presence. The Sheriff’s Office Facebook page can be found at https://www.facebook.com/Madison-County-Sheriffs-Office-304261746349648/. Fortunately, it is updated regularly and can provide you with a significant amount of information, both about the Madison County Sheriff’s Office and the Madison County Jail. This Facebook page contains important information about ongoing law enforcement activities in the county and may also contain booking photos and arrest reports for recent arrests, though it may not have a fully detailed jail roster or arrest roster.
There is another facility in Madison County in addition to the jail; the Madison Correctional Facility. This is not a local jail facility, but a state correctional facility. It is different from the local jail facility and should not be confused with the local jail, which is run by the county sheriff’s office. The jail is a medium-level correctional facility. In addition to local inmates, the jail may accept other inmates like detainees from the US Marshal service, ICE, or state-level law enforcement agencies.
Inmates at the jail facility fall into a number of different categories. They include pre-trial detainees, post-conviction detainees who are awaiting sentencing, inmates who are serving their sentence at the jail, inmates from other facilities who are temporarily detained at the jail, and inmates who are being transported to or from other facilities.
In Florida, if an inmate is sentenced to serve time at the county jail facility, the Sheriff’s department is responsible for determining the percentage of the sentence that an inmate serves. They must serve 50% of a sentence for a misdemeanor, and 85% of a felony sentence. In addition, Florida has a concept of mandatory time, which must be served.
The Madison County Jail is a smaller local jail facility. It has 120 beds. The jail is divided into cells, common areas, and an outside recreation area.
The Madison County Jail’s address is:
Madison County Jail
823 Pinckney St.
Madison, FL 32340
The mailing address for non-inmate mail is:
Madison County Jail
823 Pinckney St.
Madison, FL 32340
The mailing addresses for inmate mail at the main jail is:
Inmate Name, Inmate #
Madison County Jail
823 Pinckney St.
Madison, FL 32340
Although Madison County Jail does not publish a list of rules for inmate mail, most correctional institutions have rules for inmate mail that are designed to keep the inmates safe, keep the jail staff safe, and deter the introduction of contraband into the jail facility. The following rules may be helpful in ensuring that any mail you send to an inmate can be received without any problems by the inmate.
Inmate mail generally needs to be on plain, standard-sized paper. The paper should be white, though it can be lined or unlined. It should also be regular size, unless it is legal mail. That means that there should generally be no cards or paper larger than 8.5 x 11 inches, and cards should be standard-size, not oversized.
All mail must have complete return addresses and the inmate’s complete mailing information on the outside of the envelope. This includes a name and full address.
No third-party mail is permitted. Inmates must send mail directly to the intended recipient, and those outside of the facility who send mail to the facility must be the name listed on the outside of the envelope.
Envelopes should only contain the letters and permitted items. Generally, you cannot send any writing supplies to inmates at the jail, though they may be able to purchase writing supplies from the jail commissary/ canteen. Inmates cannot usually receive stamps in the mail, though there will obviously be stamps on the letter to send the mail to the inmate.
Other mail rules include:
Generally, you cannot send published material to an inmate. However, that does not mean that inmates cannot receive published material. It just means that inmates must receive published material either directly from the publisher or from an authorized seller, such as a book stores. Published materials sent to an inmate should be softcover, not spiral or otherwise bound with a removable binding, and should be new materials. Published material has the same content guidelines as other types of mail.
The main phone number for the Madison County Jail is 850-973-4001. As with other jail facilities, the inmates at the Madison County Jail can generally not receive incoming phone calls. However, given the size of the jail, you may find that the jailers are more lenient about getting messages to inmates. Therefore, if you are experiencing a verifiable emergency, you may want to contact the jail, let them know about the emergency, and ask them if they can relay a message or ask an inmate to return your call.
The Madison County Jail does not have a full inmate roster, but it does operate a Jail 24 Hour Report. This jail report gives the following information about each arrested inmate: last name, first name, booking date, booking time, date of birth, sex, race, the inmate’s address, the charges against the inmate, and the results of each charge. For example, you can find out if an inmate has been released by looking at this jail report. The jail report does not contain mugshots, however, the Madison County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page maintains a very detailed account of some criminal activities in Madison County. This includes mugshots and arrest reports for some, but not all, criminals detained in the county.
Madison County’s equivalent to a booking roster is the Jail 24 Hour Report. This list provides an overview of inmates detained within the last 24 hours and information on whether or not the inmates are still at the facility. In addition to arrest information, it provides some demographic information on each inmate, including: last name, first name, date of birth, sex, race, and the inmate’s address. The crime information it includes is somewhat detailed and includes: booking date, booking time, the charges against the inmate, and the results of each charge. There are no mugshots on this page, but you may be able to find mugshots for recently arrested people on the Madison County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page.
While there is not an official booking photo/ mugshot database for Madison County, Florida, the Madison County Sheriff’s Office does maintain a social media presence on Facebook, which is fairly active. You can find many mugshots of recently arrested and detained people on the page, but you should not expect to find all inmates on it.
Visitation at the Madison County Jail is non-contact visitation. While it is in person and not via video monitors, it is through a glass partition. In addition, there may be a video visitation option for remote visitation. You must schedule visitation prior to exercising visitation. You can contact the jail at 850-973-4001 ext. 224 or 850-973-4151. Inmates can get up to 2 visitors per day. Visitation is on weekdays. The visitation schedule is:
Inmates at Madison County Jail cannot receive incoming phone calls. In addition, most calls from inmates are paid phone calls. Inmates who have recently been booked may be allowed one or two free phone calls to contact people outside of jail or connect with the services of a bail bondsman or an attorney. Other than those calls, inmates are going to be limited to placing collect telephone calls or calls using the jail’s phone service. You may be able to use a variety of different inmate phone services for phone calls, and Madison County uses GlobalTel.
Inmate phone calls are not considered a right, but are considered a privilege. Therefore, an inmate may lose his or her opportunities to make phone calls if there are problems in the jail or if the inmate has presented a disciplinary problem.
Except for privileged phone calls, such as attorney phone calls, inmate calls may be monitored and recorded.
In jail, inmates cannot use cash or other negotiable instruments to make purchases. Instead, they must use money on their inmate trust accounts to make those purchases. In fact, they may even be committing a crime if they possess cash or anything similar to cash that is a negotiable instrument. If you want an inmate to have money to spend in jail, you will need to make deposits to an inmate’s trust account.
Trust accounts can be used to purchase items from the jail’s commissary. The jail commissary may also be known as canteen. This is a jail store, which provides inmates with the opportunity to purchase items that are not supplied by the jail.
To deposit money into an inmate’s trust account, you can go to the jail facility and make an in-person deposit. Some jails also use third-party providers to handle their trust accounts. Even if they do not, you may be able to use an unaffiliated third-party provider to make deposits to an inmate’s trust account. To do so, you will need information about the inmate. You will need the inmate’s name as it appears in jail records, the inmate’s jail identification number, and the inmate’s location. For inmates in the Madison County Florida Jail, it is very important that you make sure you have the correct state; there are several Madison counties around the United States and most of them have local jail facilities. In fact, if you run an internet search for the Madison County Jail, you will probably find many of those facilities before finding the Florida jail, even if you include state information. Therefore, you want to double-check to ensure that you are sending money to the jail facility.
Some services that might allow you to send money to a jail facility include: JailATM, Touchpayonline, Securus, OffenderConnect, AccessCorrections, JPay, SmartDeposit, WU, and MoneyGram. Some of these services only work with their affiliated facilities. MoneyGram tends to work with a number of facilities and may be the service to access, given that Madison County Jail does not display any affiliation with any of these service providers.
If you cannot access a service like MoneyGram, it may be permissible for you to send a postal money order to the inmate, made payable to the inmate’s full name, for the inmate to deposit into his or her inmate trust account. However, not all jail facilities allow this service, and many jails are moving away from the practice. Therefore, we suggest that you contact a jail ahead of time before attempting to make an inmate trust account deposit in this manner.
You can pay bail for inmates at the Madison County Jail at the jail or at the county clerk. The Madison County Clerk of Courts is located at the Madison County Courthouse, which is located at 125 SW Range Avenue, Madison, FL 32340. You can call the county clerk at 850-973-1500. You can also contact the Madison County Sheriff’s Office at 850-973-4151.
There are multiple ways to pay bail in Florida. You can pay a cash bond. When you pay a cash bond, you pay the full amount of the bail. The full amount of that bail is refundable to the payer, as long as the defendant appears for all scheduled hearings and otherwise complies with all conditions of bail. If you are unable to pay the full amount of cash bail, then you can use the services of a surety, also known as a bail bondsman, to secure the release of the inmate. The surety charges a fee, usually a percentage of the bail. This fee is non-refundable.
The local jail facility for Madison County Jail is the Madison County Jail. It is a small local jail facility run by the Madison County Sheriff’s Office. While there is not a reliable inmate roster for inmates at the Madison County Jail, you can look at the Madison County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page to find information about recent detainees at the facility, including mugshots. In addition, the Sheriff’s Office may give detailed information about arrests and the inmates who have been detained.