Main Jail Bureau

Captain Betty Williams
Lieutenant Catherine Badgett, Executive Officer

555 SE 1st Ave.
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33301
(954) 831-5900

The Main Jail is an eight-story maximum security facility adjacent to the Broward County Courthouse in downtown Fort Lauderdale. Built in 1985 at a cost of $41.6 million, it was originally designed to house 864 local and state inmates. In 1988 and again in 1992, capacity was expanded to 1,538 inmates. More than 400 sworn and civilian staff supervise the facility which also includes Central Intake Bureau (Booking) for all Broward County law enforcement agencies, pre-magistrate, Centralized Classification Intake assessment for all BSO detention facilities, an infirmary and administrative offices.

An all-male facility, most inmates are awaiting trial or sentencing, or are serving terms of less than one year. The inmates housed in the Main Jail are considered escape risks, violent or dangerous, or by the nature of their charges require maximum security housing. The Main Jail also includes an average of 65 juveniles awaiting trial in adult courts; they are housed separately from adult inmates.

Video Visitation Hours

This schedule is subject to change.

* - Begins at 10:15 am

Daytime Visitation

Registration beings at 7:15 am and end at 12:15 pm on a first come, first serve basis. Visitors can only register for daytime visitation during the daytime scheduled hours.

  7:45 am - 8:45 am
9:00 am - 10:00 am
11:30 am - 12:30 pm
12:45 pm - 1:45 pm
Sunday 7A, 7B, 7C, 7D, and Infirmary
Monday 4A*, 4B*, 4C*, 4D* & 6C & 6D
Tuesday 5A, 5B, 5C, 5D
Wednesday 4A*, 4B*, 4C*, 4D* & 6A, 6B
Thursday 7A, 7B, 7C, 7D, and Infirmary
Friday 6A, 6B, 6C, 6D
Saturday 5A, 5B, 5C, 5D

Specific rules govern all inmate visits; click here for details.

Evening Visitation

Registration beings at 3:15 pm am and end at 8:15 pm on a first come, first serve basis. Visitors can only register for evening visitation during the evening scheduled hours.

  3:45 pm - 4:45 pm
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
6:15 pm - 7:15 pm
7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
8:45 pm - 9:45 pm
Sunday 7A, 7B, 7C, 7D, & Infirmary
Monday 4A, 4B, 4C, 4D & 6C, 6D
Tuesday 5A, 5B, 5C, 5D & 8B & 8C
Wednesday 4A, 4B, 4C, 4D & 6A, 6B
Thursday 7A, 7B, 7C, 7D, & Infirmary
Friday 6A, 6B, 6C, 6D
Saturday 5A, 5B, 5C, 5D & 8B, 8C

Specific rules govern all inmate visits; click here for details.

Death Notification of an Inmate Family Member

Notifying an inmate of the death of a family member is arranged through the Chaplain's Office.

General Arrest Information and Jail Visitor Information

General Information about charges, bond, the arrest process and visiting and phoning incarcerated inmates in any Broward Sheriff's Office jail.

If you are an attorney, click here for information about access to incarcerated clients.

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Betty Williams

Captain Betty Williams
Main Jail Bureau

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Captain Betty Williams began her career with the Broward Sheriff’s Office in 1989, as a detention deputy. Throughout her career, she worked in various areas within the Department of Detention (DOD), including the Central Intake Unit, direct supervision, mental health, and the Compliance Unit. She has served as the DOD event report coordinator, the inmate grievance deputy and as a classification... more

Lieutenant Catherine Badgett
Executive Officer Main Jail Bureau