The Alachua County Jail in Gainesville, Florida, is a minimum-security facility. The jail currently houses more than 1148 prisoners and boasts around 501 bookings each year from all over the county. The county has five staff members, under the leadership of the local sheriff’s office. The prisoners at the jail are either serving sentences they were already convicted of or are awaiting trial for crimes they are accused of committing. When booked at the jail, Gainesville mugshots are taken. Gainesville mugshots are typically posted within 24 hours of booking. It is possible to locate an inmate at the jail by conducting an Alachua County inmate search. To conduct an Alachua County Jail inmate search, click here.
3333 NE 39th Avenue
Gainesville, Florida 32609
Alachua County Jail Inmate Search
To conduct an Alachua County Jail inmate search, click here.
Visitation / Alachua County Jail Inmate Search
Inmate visits must be scheduled at least 24 hours prior to the visit. To schedule a visit at the jail, click here. For assistance with scheduling a visit, please call 352-491-4511. However, before you schedule a visit with an inmate, it is advisable to first confirm the inmate’s presence at the jail by conducting an Alachua County inmate search here. Any inmate of the jail who is not on disciplinary confinement is allowed up to two hours of visitation time during each week between Sunday and Saturday unless they are housed somewhere that cannot be compliant with this schedule. Inmates are permitted an hour at a time with a maximum of two visitors unless they are under 24 months of age.
Alachua County Jail Inmate Phone Calls
Inmates at the Alachua County Jail are not permitted to receive phone calls. However, they are allowed to make phone calls. Each inmate is permitted to use the telephone daily between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. All calls made by inmates are collect. Third-party billing and credit cards are not permitted when making phone calls. Before an inmate is permitted to make phone calls, they must establish a SECURUS account by calling 1-800-844-6591. All phone calls with inmates are limited to 10 minutes. Each call is monitored by the facility. The jail provides notification prior to the expiration of the ten-minute limit for each call.
Inmate Mail / Alachua County Jail Inmate Search
Inmates at the facility are permitted to receive mail from outsiders. However, before sending an inmate mail, it is recommended that you first confirm the inmate’s presence by conducting an Alachua County Jail inmate search here. In order to ensure that safety of all inmates and staff at the facility, all inmate mail except for legal and privileged mail is limited to postcards. When sending mail to an inmate, the postcard must include the inmate’s full name and a complete return address. To send mail to an inmate at the Alachua County Jail, use the following address:
3333 NE 39th Avenue
Gainesville, FL 32609
Alachua County Jail Inmate Mail Rules
All inmate mail is inspected for contraband or plans for sending contraband; threats of blackmail, extortion, criminal activity, or violence; escape plans; violations of jail codes or rules; and information that, if passed along to an inmate, would create a danger to a person or to the security of the jail. The following rules apply to mail sent to inmates at the facility:
- Postcards must measure at least 3 ½” by 5”, but they can be no larger than 4 ¼” by 6”
- All postcards must be pre-stamped
- Each piece of mail sent to an inmate must include the inmate’s complete name
- All mail must include a fullreturn address
- The following types of postcards are unacceptable and will be returned to the sender:
- Altered or defaced postcards
- Postcards with wrapping or plastic
- Postcards that are marked with magic marker, crayon, or paint
- Mail that contains any label, sticker, tape, stamps, or address labels
- Postcards that contain stains or watermarks
- Mail that contains perfume or lipstick
- Mail that gives off a foul or suspicious odor
- Postcards that depict weapons, nudity, or references to gangs
- Postcards with pictures of any kind
- Mail that contains drawings
- Oversized postcards
- Mail that contains photocopies or xeroxed material
Sheriff’s Office / Alachua County Jail Inmate Search
The local sheriff’s office is committed to building better relationships with the community it serves. The office strives to do this by the services it offers to the community and the information it provides to help promote safety and quality of life for citizens of the county. The office has overseen the local jail since January of 1998. The jail is a 314,000 square foot facility with beds for up to 1148 prisoners, although the office aims to keep the prison population at or under 975. To conduct an Alachua County Jail inmate search, click here.
Sheriff’s Office Address
2621 SE Hawthorne Road
Gainesville, Florida 32641
About the County / Alachua County Jail Inmate Search
The word Alachua is an Indian word meaning “sink,” which described the land in this area in the 1800s. The county was once home to the Seminole Indians, who often made raids on the neighboring houses. In the early 1800s, a settlement was established in the area known as Newnansville. In 1828 buildings were established, including a store and a post office, so homes began to move into the area. Roads were built, giving more access to settlers. In addition, the county is home to a local detention facility. To conduct an Alachua County Jail inmate search, click here.
Demographics / Alachua County Jail Inmate Search
As of 2020, the county consisted of 278,468 people, 50,803 families, and 101,979 households. The racial makeup of the county during this period was 57.62% White, 18.38% African American, 0.2% Native American, 6.42% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 0.6% from other races, and 4.67% from two or more races. In addition, 12.07% of the county’s residents were Latino or Hispanic of any race. Some of the county’s residents reside at the local detention facility. To conduct an Alachua County Jail inmate search, click here.
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- Cross Creek
- Fort Clarke
- Grove Park
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- Island Grove
- Orange Heights
Adjacent County Jails
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