Bay County Jail Information

How do I find out if someone is in the Bay County Jail?

Information pertaining to someone who is in custody can be obtained by contacting the Bay County Sheriff's Office at (989) 895-4067. Information pertaining to an inmate's previous incarceration will not be divulged without proper authority.

When are arraignments scheduled?

Arraignments are held at the Bay County Jail on Monday through Friday (except holidays) around 1:30 p.m., depending on the presiding judge's workload. Arraignments may be viewed at the Bay County Court Facility in the presiding judge's courtroom. All visitors to the court facility will be required to pass through a metal detector. Packages and briefcases will be x-rayed for weapons and explosives. Cell phones and lighters are not permitted in the Court Facility.

How are bonds set?

The courts set prisoner bonds. Prisoners who are assigned a bond can be released provided the bond is paid and there are no other police agency holds on the prisoner. Information on a prisoners bond may be obtained by calling (989) 895-4067. Bond money may be provided at any time of the day in the form of a money order, certified check, or cash. If a money order or certified check is used, it must be made out to the prisoner. Personal checks are not allowed for the purpose of bonding a person. To utilize a bondsmen, check the yellow pages of the phone book.

When is an inmate going to be released?

All inmates are transported to and from the various courts simultaneously. When all arraignments are completed, the inmates are returned to the Law Enforcement Center. This process may take a couple of hours. If you arrive at the jail to pick up someone, anticipate a delay in processing. Prisoners being released are allowed to make a free local phone call in order to obtain transportation.

Can I contact an inmate?

You may contact an inmate only in letter form or through a scheduled visit. Inmates are not allowed to receive incoming phone calls. You may send a letter to a prisoner by addressing it in his/her name at:

[Inmate's Name]
503 Third St.
Bay City, MI 48708

All incoming letters are opened to check for contraband.

How do I post money to a prisoner's account?

You can deposit money in the Kiosk located in the front lobby by of the Law Enforcement Center between the hours of 7:00 a.m.and 4:30 p.m.  Monday through Friday.  You will need the inmate's name and their jacket number. For your convenience you can also make Commissary Deposits on-line by going to www.GovPayNOW.com, or call (888) 277-2535.  You will need:

Your Credit or Debit Card
The inmate's name, jacket number, and location.
Pay Location Code 5500


Minimum Deposit $25, Maximum Deposit $300.
Phone transaction fee = 5% of total, minimum $2.50 per transaction
Internet Transaction Fee = 3.5% of total
Minimum Service Fee = $3.25

You can also visit any Western Union Agent location and fill out the Blue Quick Collect Send Form.  Make sure to include the following information:

Pay to:  S S C
CodeCity/ State:  COBRACASH/FL
Account Number:  3CM + Jacket Number + Last Name

          OR

You can also call WESTERN UNION(using your Debit or Credit Card) at 1-800-634-3422  OR  go on line at www.westernunion.com

Undergarments

All undergarments will be purchased through commissary at our cost. The maximum is five white tee shirts, five white briefs, and five pairs of white socks, three white bras for females.

Clothing:

The jail will provide outer garments and bedding for prisoners while they are in jail. One set of street clothes will be accepted only for prisoners who are going to trial.

Phone Calls:

Prisoners are allowed to make one free phone call when arrested. Prisoners in general population have access to phones to make collect only calls from 6:30 a.m. until lock down each day. Prisoners are not allowed to receive incoming calls.

Visitation for prisoners:

Starting June 1st 2012.  All inmates will make their own visit sheets.  Inmates will be given a inmate visit form which will be provided on Sunday evenings.  Inmates whose visits are on Wednesday will have until 6:30 p.m. Tuesday to make their visits.  Inmates whose visits are on Saturday may begin to make their visits on Wednesday and will have until Friday at 6:30 p.m. to make their visits.  Inmates whose visits are on Sunday may begin to make their visits on Wednesday and will have until Friday at 6:30 p.m. to make their visits.  The visits will be first come first serve.  If the visit slot is filled, the inmate will need to switch to a different time slot.  Inmates will be given a first and second choice on time slots.  Once the visits are made they will not be changed.  It is the responsiblity of the inmate to notify their visitors of their visit time.  Officers will not disclose any visitor information over the phone to the public.  Each prisoner is allowed up to three persons per visit. Each visit will be approximately 30 minutes in length and are non-contact. Visitors must be 17 years of age or older.  All visitors must have proper government issued identification, and are to conduct themselves properly. Visitors whose conduct disrupts, will be asked to leave and may be banned from future visitation.  Persons under the influence will Not be allowed to visit.  Visitors are Not allowed to bring in: Cell Phones, Cameras, Purses, or Bags.  Visitors Not complying with staff requests may be asked to leave and not permitted to return in the future.  No items of property for prisoners will be allowed at this time. Prisoners must be in jail for seven days prior to being granted a visit.

The first letter of the inmate's last name determines his/her day of visitation.

A-G for Sunday evening visitation                                                                                                                                                   H-M for Saturday evening visitation
N-Z for Wednesday evening visitation

Property Release:

Prisoners may release their personal property to a family member or friend at any time. The request must be in writing and the person authorized to pick it up must sign for the property. Prisoners being sent to prison are required to have a family member or friend pick up all their property prior to their departure. Prisoner property not picked up prior to their departure to prison will be destroyed.

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