Jail Information

Jail Information section

Intake and Release Process

Individuals who have been placed under arrest are first transported to the Central Jail, which is located at the Main Jail at 14470 Harlee Road, Palmetto. Upon arrival, they must complete the following steps:

  • Property Intake
  • Medical Screening
  • Fingerprinting
  • Photographing
  • Warrants Check

While the staff at the Central Jail is dedicated to ensuring the prompt processing and release of eligible arrestees, the amount of time required to complete this process may be affected by the volume of arrestees being processed simultaneously and/or the availability of information from state and national databases.

First Appearance

All arrestees who do not bond out of jail will routinely appear before a judge within 24 hours after arrest. The judge will inform the arrestee of the charge(s) and, if appropriate, will set a bond amount.

In misdemeanor cases, the judge may accept a guilty plea and release the arrestee on his own recognizance or time served. In felony cases, the judge may raise or lower the bond. The judge may order the inmate screened to be released on Supervised ROR. This process takes longer for the inmate to be released due to the screening process.

Booking receives the results from first appearance around 11:30 A.M. each day from the Clerk of Courts. If you are calling for bond information on a newly arrested person, please wait until the results are received.

Release of Inmate Property

Inmate property can be released to family or friends after an inmate completes a property release form specifying the intended recipient. Property may only be released when the property form has been signed by the inmate. A government-issued photo ID is required to receive the property. The Property release request usually takes 48 hours to process.

Inmate Telephone Service

Once an inmate receives his or her housing assignment, he or she can contact family and friends by calling collect from phones in the jail. Family and friends must be willing to accept the charges.

Inmates cannot receive incoming telephone calls and MCSO employees are not permitted to deliver personal messages to inmates.

Arrest Inquiry