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Inmate rules and regulations

All inmate visits must be pre-scheduled 24 hours in advance via the scheduling web site, or by using the kiosks located in the jail lobby. If you require assistance, please call (352) 491-4511.


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Rules & Regulations


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Visitation Rules

Inmates will obey all of the rules and regulations of the Department of the Jail. Inmates will not display disruptive, threatening, or abusive behavior toward other inmates and/or staff.

If behavior is disruptive, disciplinary measures will be taken in accordance with the Department of the Jail disciplinary charges and penalties.

Criminal charges may be filed as a result of criminal behavior.



All inmate visitors are subject to warrant checks and arrest. Individuals who are court ordered not to have contact with the inmate will not be allowed to visit. If an attempt to visit is made, that inmate’s visitation privilege will be revoked for all visitors (except legally mandated visits) during that inmate’s period of incarceration.

Visitors who become rude and/or use vulgar or abusive language while in the lobby or visitation areas will be asked to leave. Failure to leave when asked may result in arrest.


Visitor Dress Code

  • No shorts higher than mid-thigh are permitted
  • No skirts or dresses that are shorter than knee length
  • Shirts must have sleeves and will cover the entire upper torso
  • Pants must be above the waistline and not expose under garments
  • No see-through or tight-fitting clothing
  • No hoodies
  • No hats, caps, scarves or “do-rags”

All inmates not on disciplinary confinement will be provided the opportunity for: Two (2) hours of non-contact visitation per week (Sunday through Saturday). This can be accomplished by having two one-hour sessions or one two-hour session.

Visitation hours which conclude within one hour of arrival may result in a shortened visit, or no visit, for this period.

Visitors arriving more than 15 minutes after the start time of the visitation will not be permitted to visit.

All inmate visits, to include off-site internet visits, must be prescheduled 24 hours in advance via the electronic registration system.

Visitation privileges will be allowed for all inmates 24 hours after they attend first appearance, or 24 hours following booking for all other inmates who are not being first appeared. Attorneys and clergy are the only exceptions to this rule.

Only two (2) visitors during one session; each session may be divided between the approved visitors.

Proper photo identification is required of all visitors.

  • Any person under the age of 18, unless emancipated by the court as an adult, must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Minors who are visiting must stay in physical custody of their chaperone at all times. Persons electing not to maintain physical custody of their children, after reasonable notice, shall have their visit terminated.
  • Minors of the age of 16 and over must present a valid form of identification.
  • Children under the age of 24 months are not included in the visitors count.
  • Visitation schedules will be posted in the housing unit or with the duty post officer.

Visitors are permitted to visit only the inmate they have signed up to visit.

Visitors may only visit one inmate per day.

Visitors who are unruly or under the visible influence of drugs or alcohol will be denied visitation.

Inmates will be responsible for the behavior of their visitors. Obscene and/or offensive gestures, acts or language are strictly prohibited.

Property for inmates will not be accepted during visitation and no items will be transferred between a visitor and an inmate.

There will be no defacing of facility property. This includes telephones, seats, walls, windows, etc.

Visitors may not bring in any medication when entering the facility with the exception of nitroglycerin, respiratory inhalers, or other substances ordered by a physician, nor can they carry any personal property and/or food or drinks into any portion of the facility.

The Department reserves the right to search any person who enters or leaves the facility. All visitors must successfully clear the metal detector or be searched prior to entering the facility. Introduction of contraband into a correctional facility is a violation of state law and may result in arrest and criminal prosecution.

Visitors are not allowed to bring cell phones and/or cameras into the visitation area. If this occurs, the inmate will receive a disciplinary report. Both the visitor and the inmate could lose their visitation privileges.

Visitors are allowed to breast feed during their visitation period as long as they adhere to the following:

  • Visitors may breast feed their child only in the “public” area of the jail, i.e., the lobby.
  • Visitors must wear a cover which will be subject to search prior to entering the visitation area, and follow the current established dress code. At no time will any part of the breast be exposed while in the visiting area.
  • Visitors who choose to breast feed during the visitation must visit via the monitors located within the lobby of the Department of the Jail.

Violation of any rule may result in the visitation period being ended and future visitation privileges being suspended. [FCAC 16.10]

The Department reserves the right to refuse the entrance of any person, or terminate any visit when deemed necessary, to enforce the rules and regulations of the facility.

Clergy visitation will only be granted for ordained pastors or persons serving as the spiritual leaders of a duly chartered, incorporated congregation. Requests for this privilege shall be coordinated and approved through the Department of the Jail Chaplain prior to any visits and valid credentials/identification will be required for verification.

  • Clergy will be allowed to visit at a time which does not disrupt normal operations of the facility and shall not interfere with the inmate’s normal two (2) hours per week visitation.
  • Preferred visitation time for Clergy is Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. for males; and 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. for females.
  • Approved clergy will sign on the Facility Visitor Log that is located in the Lobby prior to visiting.
  • Inmates who have immediate family members (Mother, Father, Grandmother, Grandfather, Brother, Sister) who are a member of the clergy and have been approved through the Chaplain will not be allowed the use of clergy visitation privileges under any circumstances.


For more information contact the Alachua County Sheriff's Office Public Information Office, (352) 367-4050 or send us an email.

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This information is made available to the public and law enforcement in the interest of public safety.