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The Bay County Jail is a medium to maximum security facility that was built in 2003. The approximate daily inmate population is 900 while the intake and releasing sections average 2,000 inmates per month. The Panama City Jail houses both men and women who are either awaiting trial or have been convicted of a crime. The jail in Panama City, Florida, is the largest division of the local sheriff’s office. To find an inmate at the jail, it is possible to conduct a Bay County Jail inmate search here.

Jail Information / Bay County Jail Inmate Search

Once an inmate attends a first appearance or goes to court, his or her court paperwork arrives at the facility between 3:30 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. depending on the size of the court docket for the day. This determines the inmate’s release time. If a person who is released lacks a ride home from the jail, then jail personnel will allow the person to call a taxi or will provide the person with transportation to the local sheriff’s office. If an inmate at the jail doesn’t have any clothing to wear home, the facility will provide the individual with clothing for release.
To conduct a Bay County Jail inmate search, click here.

Regarding inmate funds, if an inmate is released on Monday through Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m, the jail will make every effort to have a debit card ready upon the inmate’s release. For inmates who are released after hours, however, a debit card will be made available the next business day at the front lobby of the jail facility. If an inmate is transported to another county jail, then he or she will be provided with a check at the time of transport.

Inmate bond amounts are established by the court, but a bond schedule for certain crimes has been pre-established by the court. A bond amount, however, may be subject to change by the presiding judge in a given court case. To conduct a Bay County Jail inmate search or to view Bay County mugshots, click here.

Jail Address

Bay County Jail
5700 Star Ln
Panama City, FL 32404

Bay County Jail Inmate Search / Bay County Mugshots

To conduct a Bay County Jail inmate search or to view Bay County mugshots, click here.

Jail Visitation Hours / Bay County Jail Inmate Search

Visitation hours at the jail differ depending on the day of the week. However, before scheduling a visitation, please confirm the inmate’s presence at the jail by conducting a Bay County Jail inmate search here.

Monday through Friday, visitation at the jail is allowed between the hours of 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday, visitation is allowed between the hours of 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Visitors must schedule visitation at least 24 hours in advance. Each inmate may host two visitors per day, 30 minutes each, with a maximum of 4 30-minute visits per week to allow adequate time for each inmate to receive a visitor.

Bay County Jail Inmate Search
Bay County Jail Inmate Search

Jail Commissary

The Bay County Jail contracts with ARAMARK, Inc., to supply commissary items that are approved for purchase by inmates. Inmates are permitted to buy many types of items from the commissary. The available items include health items, general merchandise items, postal items, clothing items, assorted beverages, assorted pastries and cookies, assorted snack and chip items, and candy bars. For additional information on commissary at the jail, click here or call 1-888-439-5020.

Bay County Sheriff’s Office / Bay County Inmate Search

The Bay County Sheriff’s Office dedicates itself to protecting and serving the citizens within the communities. The 525 staff members vow to be relentless against criminals, compassionate to victims, and responsive to citizens ensuring the safety of each member of the Bay County area.

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Bay County Sheriff / Bay County Inmate Search

Tommy Ford became Bay County Sheriff in 2016. He graduated from the University of West Florida in 1992 with a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting and Finance.

Sheriff Tommy Ford served for 18 years as a Special Agent investigating violent crimes, major drug crimes, public integrity issues, and officer-involved shootings with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement before being appointed Bay County Sheriff.

He served 11 years on the Florida Department of Law Enforcement Special Operations team as team leader for two years, later being promoted to the Resident Agent in Charge of the FDLE. Sheriff Tommy Ford graduated the 258th session of the FBI National Academy in 2014. He is also an executive board member of the Gulf Coast Children’s Advocacy Center.

To conduct a Bay County Jail inmate search or to view Bay County mugshots, click here.

About Bay County, Florida

The county is home to a local jail facility. To conduct a Bay County Jail inmate search or to view Panama City mugshots, click here. The county is located on the Gulf Coast of northwestern Florida. The 2010 census reports an approximate population of 285,000. The seat of the county is Panama City, Florida. The area has white sandy beaches and emerald, green water. The beaches of the county attract thousands of tourists each year.

The county was created July 1, 1913, by the Florida Legislature from portions of Washington, Calhoun, and Walton counties. A U.S. Supreme Court decision, Gideon v. Wainwright, was conducted in Panama City. This decision gave all persons accused of a crime the right to an attorney, changing the criminal system forever.

Communities / Bay County Jail Inmate Search

The county is home to the Panama City, Florida Jail. To conduct a Bay County Jail inmate search, click here.


  • Callaway
  • Lynn Haven
  • Mexico Beach
  • Panama City
  • Panama City Beach
  • Parker
  • Springfield

Census-Designated Places:

  • Cedar Grove
  • Laguna Beach
  • Lower Grand Lagoon
  • Pretty Bayou
  • Tyndall AFB
  • Upper Grand Lagoon

Unincorporated Communities:

  • Bayou George
  • Cedar Grove
  • Fountain
  • Glenwood
  • Millville
  • Sand Hills
  • Santa Monica
  • Southport
  • Sunnyside
  • Vicksburg
  • Youngstown

Former Census-Designated Places:

  • Hiland Park