Before You Visit

Visiting Rules

We encourage family and friends to visit the inmates at the Madison County Jail, and we ask your patience and understanding. These measures are necessary to ensure that our visiting room and our facility and all staff, inmates, and visitors remain safe.

Visitors must present government issue photo identification to visit an inmate. No one under the age of 18 will be allowed to visit without a custodial parent or legal guardian present (the inmate does not qualify as a custodial parent). Proper identification, including for children will be required. Photo ID is required for adults.


Identification for children may include the following:

  • Baptismal certificates
  • Birth Certificates
  • Citizenship papers
  • Immunization records
  • Insurance cards bearing their names
  • Passports
  • School identification cards
  • Social Services benefit cards

A determination on any other identification presented will be made by the Sheriff's Office staff at the time it is presented.

Visitor Limitations

Up to two visitors per visit. Visits will not be split among more than two visitors. If two visitors share a visit, the visitors must go in at the same time.

Two children ages five and under may go into visiting with one adult. Children over the age of five will count as one visitor.

There will be no special family visits on Sundays. Children may visit, but must be accompanied by an adult. Officers will ask the visitors to remove children who are disruptive.

Anyone who leaves a visit will not be allowed to return during that visit.

Dress Code

Visitors must abide by the dress code or they will not be allowed in to visit:

  • No see-through clothing
  • No bare midriffs
  • No bare backs
  • No spaghetti straps
  • No short shorts
  • No athletic shorts
  • No bathing suits
  • No layered clothing (only one shirt or pants)
  • No hooded sweatshirts
  • No hooded sweaters
  • No clothing with removable metal items (e.g. oversized decorative safety pins, metal brooches, etc.)
  • No jackets of any type
  • No hats
  • No bare feet

If in doubt, do not wear a questionable item of clothing.

In addition to the dress code that will remain in force, all visitors are encouraged to remove excessive jewelry and large belt buckles, etc., prior to coming to our facility to visit.

Additional Prohibitions

Items which may not be worn into visiting include, but are not limited to:

  • Baby blankets (please dress your children warmly so they do not need a blanket)
  • Drinks
  • Hats
  • Hoodies
  • Key rings
  • Outer wear and jackets
  • Purses
  • Snacks
  • Toys for children

Lockers are available in the lobby at a cost of $0.25 per locker to place pocketbook, coats etc.

Metal Detector

All visitors must clear the metal detector immediately prior to entering the facility. Any items which do not clear the metal detector will not be allowed into visiting. An officer will use a hand wand to clear any items which cannot be removed.

Thank you for your understanding.

Visitors must have government issued photo identification. No photo identification = No visit.