General Arrest and Jail Visitor Information
Click here if you are an attorney seeking information about communicating with or visiting an incarcerated client.
Information on BSO's policy of recording outgoing inmate telephone calls.
Charge(s) & Bond Information
Information about an arrestee's charge(s) and bond is available online through our Arrest Inquiry Database. You can also call (954) 831-5900 or visit the information window, which is open 24-hours-a-day, located in the lobby of BSO's Main Jail.
How do I bond someone out of jail?
Post a CASH BOND through any of the following methods:
In person at the Main Jail Facility located at 555 S.E, 1st Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33301. No personal checks or personal money orders will be accepted.
No service fees to post the cash bond in person will apply.
In person at a Western Union Agent location or by calling 1-800-634-3422 or online at www.westernunion.com.
Make sure you include the following information when completing the Blue Quick Collect Send Form:
Pay to: Sheriff of Broward County
Code City / State: COPS/FL
Account Number: Enter the Arrest/CIS number and Inmate Last/First Name.
A service fee will apply.
Via credit or debit card using the following options:
Online at www.GovPayNow.com
Make sure to have the inmate's information ready before proceeding to www.GovPayNow.com. This information is available through our Arrest Inquiry Database on the Sheriff's Office website.
- The defendant's name
- The defendant's Arrest/CIS number
- The Date of Birth (Optional)
A service fee will apply.
By phone at 1-877-EZBAIL5 (1-877-392-2455)
A service fee will apply.
Post a SURETY BOND through a licensed surety bond agent ("bondsman"). Most often, a bondsman will charge a percentage of the bond as a fee for posting the bond. A list of local bondsmen is available in your local directory and is also posted in the Visitor's Lobby of the Main Jail.
How do I get a refund for a Cash Bond:
Cash Bonds are refundable upon completion of the case, a Disposition Order is issued by the court or thirty six (36) months from the date of the Bond, which ever comes first.
INSTRUCTIONS FOR OBTAINING A BOND REFUND
AS PER FL. STATUTE 903.31, BONDS EXPIRE AFTER 36 MONTHS OF THE POSTING DATE
THE MONEY FOR THE BOND WILL BE REFUNDED ONLY TO THE DEPOSITOR, unless it is formally assigned to another person.
In order to obtain a bond refund, the Cash Bond office requires the following documentation:
The Original blue bond receipt or a certified copy. (If a certified copy is being used, a lost bond form must be filled out and attached)
The Original or Certified Copy of the court disposition obtained from the Clerk in the courtroom. This form describes the outcome of the case, including any fines and court costs which the defendant may be assessed. Certified copies of court dispositions are also accepted.
A picture identification such as:
A current Driver's License
If assigning the bond to another person, the Broward Sheriff's Office Assignment form is obtainable at the Cash Bond Unit. The form must be signed by the depositor, in the presence of a Notary Public.
Certified copies of Bond Receipt and Court dispositions may be obtained from the Clerk of the Court's office at 201 South East 6 Street, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33301.
Room 130 for Traffic & Misdemeanors
Room 160 for Felonies
Cash Bond hours are daily from (6:30 A.M. to 10:30 P.M.)
Cash Bond Unit phone number is 954-831-5929.
FOR ALL REFUNDS, A CHECK WILL BE MAILED WITHIN 2-3 BUSINESS DAYS AFTER YOU PRESENT YOUR PAPERWORK
Will I receive the full amount of the cash bond when it is refunded?
F.S. 903.286 requires the Clerk of the Court to withhold from the return of a cash bond posted on behalf of a criminal defendant by a person other than a bail bond agent, sufficient funds to pay any unpaid court fees, court costs, and criminal penalties. This means that if the defendant for whom you are posting bond owes costs and penalties, those fees will be taken out of the bond money you posted. You may receive only a portion or none of the posted bond money even though the defendant makes all timely court appearances.
F.S. 903.26(2)(b) states that if a defendant fails to appear at the time, date and place of required appearance, the bond money will be forfeited.
Intake & Release Process
Individuals who have been placed under arrest are first transported to Broward Sheriff's Office Central Intake Bureau, which is located at the Main Jail in downtown Ft. Lauderdale. Upon arrival, they must complete the following steps:
- Property Intake
- Medical Screening
- Warrants Check
While the staff at Central Intake Bureau 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.
Appearance in Magistrate Court
Arrestees who are not bonded out of jail appear before a magistrate judge the day following the arrest (including Saturdays and Sundays). Proceedings usually begin at 8 a.m., however this depends upon the presiding judge. 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 or her own recognizance or for time-served.
Magistrate proceedings may be viewed on the monitor located in the lobby of BSO's Main Jail.
Individuals who are not released on bond are assigned to one of four BSO jails based upon objective criteria. This criteria ensures that inmates are housed in the least restrictive and safest unit possible based upon level of security required. Housing assignments are not made based on proximity to an inmate's home, but rather on the premise of assigning an inmate to the jail facility that can best meet his or her needs.
Inmate Activities, Services & Programs
Inmates are permitted to watch television and are provided with reading material to occupy free time. Weather permitting, inmates may also take part in outside recreation and use exercise equipment.
BSO's Department of Detention & Community Programs provides a variety of programs and services to inmates, including:
- Adult Basic Education
- AIDS Awareness Training
- Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)
- Anger Management Program
- Cocaine Anonymous
- GED Preparation & Testing
- Group Therapy
- Juvenile Programs
- Library Services
- Medical Services
- Mental Health Counseling
- Narcotics Anonymous (NA)
- Parenting Skills
- Pre-Release Planning
- Prevention & Intervention Program Against Drugs & Alcohol
- Relapse Prevention Program
- Religious Services & Counseling
- Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) Training
- Substance Abuse Treatment
- Veterans Group
- Work Release Programs
Additional information about these programs is available from detention deputies within the facility.
Release of Inmate Property
Inmate property can be released to family or friends after an inmate completes a property voucher specifying the intended recipient. Property may be picked up between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m., seven-days-a-week, at the BSO jail facility where the inmate is housed. A government-issued photo ID is required to receive the property.
Visiting Rules & Regulations
Visiting hours are restricted to specific times for specific areas in each jail facility. For detailed information, consult the inmate visiting schedule for each of the jail facilities operated by BSO.
Accommodations are made for one 2-hour visit per inmate per week. Visiting days and hours vary according to the BSO jail facility. Inmates are informed of visiting days and hours and are responsible for relaying this information to those who wish to visit them.
- Due to limited visiting space, only two adults or one minor supervised by a parent or guardian may visit during the weekly visiting period.
- Government-issued photo identification, such as a driver's license, military identification, passport or state-issued ID card, must be presented by each adult visitor. Visitors who do not have proper identification will not be permitted to visit.
- Visitors must be appropriately dressed. Shoes, shirts and appropriate underclothing must be worn. Visitors wearing suggestive clothing, transparent fabric, short-shorts or mini-skirts will not be permitted to visit.
- Visitors under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian who must present either a birth certificate or court documentation showing appointment of legal guardianship. Minors must be supervised at all times by the parent or legal guardian.
- Visitors must remain in the assigned visiting room/area during the visit and will be denied further visitation if determined to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
- Visitors may not give anything to or take anything from an inmate.
- Proper behavior of all visitors is required.
Guidelines for Inmate Mail:
- Incoming mail is delivered to inmates Monday through Friday.
- All incoming mail is opened and searched for security threats and contraband (such as money, checks, inappropriate photos, matches, lighters, cigarettes, jewelry, chewing gum, etc.).
- Mail sent by legal representatives is opened only in the presence of the inmate addressee.
- Inmates may receive letters and cards.
- Do not send cash or personal checks through the mail. Money in any form is contraband and will not be delivered to the inmate.
- Unauthorized items mailed to an inmate will be placed in the property room, returned to sender, or disposed of, as appropriate.
- Inmate mail must be addressed as follows and should reflect the appropriate mailing address for the facility:
- Inmate's full name
- Inmate's arrest number
- Facility's mailing address
Click here for a list of mailing addresses for Broward County jail facilities.
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 BSO employees are not permitted to deliver personal messages to inmates.
Information on BSO's policy of recording outgoing inmate telephone calls.
If you are having trouble receiving calls from an inmate at any Broward County Detention Facility, would like to request a BLOCK or UNBLOCK on your phone, or have a question about how to setup a DIRECT BILL or PREPAID account, please contact T-Netix with the below information.
Helpful Telephone Numbers
|Bond Information||(954) 831-5900|
|Pre-Trial Release Information||(954) 765-4251|
|Public Defender's Office||(954) 831-8650|
|State Attorney's Office||(954) 831-6955|
|Clerk of the Court||(954) 765-4575|
T-Netix Budget Connections
- Any billing issues for the end users
- For Block/Unblock of phone numbers
- Any rate issues or questions
Toll free phone number 1-877-800-5729
Care Packs may be purchased with cash through kiosks located in BSO jail facility lobbies (Conte, Paul Rein, Main Jail, or North Broward). No change will be made through the kiosks. Care Pack purchase is restricted to one (1) care pack per recipient per week. Order cycle is based on when the order is placed, NOT received.
Depositing Funds to Inmate Accounts
Inmates are permitted to receive funds for deposit to their commissary accounts. However, you should wait until an inmate has received a permanent housing assignment, and is transferred to that housing unit, before sending money.
EZ Money Load
Click here to use EZ Money Load's online service to place money on inmate's commissary account.
Western Union Quick Collect
For Web transactions, visit www.westernunion.com.
- Click on Bill Pay and choose Correctional Facility Options
- Choose: BROWARD SHERIFF CASH BONDS OR BROWARD SHERIFF INMATE BANK
Cash payments can be made at a participating Western Union Agent location or you can pay using a credit or debit card by calling 1-800-634-3422 or online at www.westernunion.com.
To contact an Agent, Call Western Union at 1-800-325-6000 or visit www.westernunion.com to find the nearest Western Union Agent location.
For payments by phone, call Western Union at 1-800-634-3422 (press option 2).
For each Commissary Quick Collect transaction the following information must be provided:
- Pay to: Sheriff of Broward County
- Code city & state: CANTEEN, FL
- Account number: Inmate's name and arrest number
- Attention: Inmate's name, date of birth and purpose: commissary
Money orders may be mailed to inmates (for instructions, see "Guidelines for Inmate Mail").
Cash deposits to inmate accounts ARE NOT accepted by mail. Cash may be deposited to inmate commissary accounts through kiosks located in BSO jail facility lobbies (Conte, Paul Rein, Main Jail, or North Broward). Cash deposited will be available to an inmate thirty-minutes following the deposit. Cash deposit is accepted seven (7) days a week. No change will be made through the kiosks.
Depositors must present the name and arrest number of the inmate and the exact cash amount to be deposited.
Inmate Health Services
Medical issues only. For information on the status of a sick or injured inmate click here):