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Desoto County Jail is located in Arcadia, Florida, and serves a community of about 35,000 people. The jail was built in 1978 at the cost of $7 million.  The jail is run by the Desoto County Sheriff’s Office. To conduct a Desoto County inmate search, click here.

Jail Address

208 East Cypress Street
Arcadia, Florida 34266

Desoto County Inmate Search

To conduct a Desoto County inmate search, click here and select “Bureaus.” Next, select “Detention Bureau/Jail.” Finally, select “Jail Roster” to search for Desoto County inmates.

Jail Visitation Hours / Desoto County Inmate Search

There is no contact visitation at the jail. Visitation occurs via video and is limited to half an hour between the hours of 7:45 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Prisoners in protective custody are limited to visitation on Monday through Friday from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM twice a week. Visitors are encouraged to call before showing up for visitation at 863-993-4710. 

Visitation off-site is conducted through HomeWAV from a personal computer or device. HomeWAV visitation is from 1:00 PM to 10:00 PM Monday through Saturday. To arrange a jail visit through HomeWAV, click here.

Before scheduling a visit, it is advisable to first conduct a Desoto County inmate search here.

Desoto County inmate search
Desoto County Inmate Search

Sheriff’s Office / Desoto County Inmate Search

The Desoto County Sheriff Office’s mission is to serve and protect the citizens of the county. They strive to be fair and have compassion and help the county with professionalism and integrity. They try to maintain all the skills needed to do their job with the utmost character.

To conduct a Desoto County inmate search or to search the Desoto County Jail docket, click here.

Sheriff’s Office Address

208 East Cypress Street
Arcadia, Florida 34266


Sheriff James F. Potter is the sheriff of Desoto County. He served in the military in the United States Air Force from 1981 to1985. He was part of the Ft. Walton Beach Police Department Auxiliary in 1985. He was a Florida Highway Patrol Trooper from 1986 to 1990. He then attained the rank of sergeant and served from 1990 to 2000 in that position.

In 2000, he became a lieutenant and served in that position until 2010. From 2012 to 2014, Potter served as captain at the Bureau of Criminal Investigations and Intelligence. He retired as Major in 2014 before being elected to his current position in 2016, where he continues to serve.

Desoto County inmate search
Desoto County Inmate Search

About the County / Desoto County Inmate Search

Desoto County was at one time home to the Calusa Indians. Ponce De Leon, the Spanish explorer, encountered the Calusa Indians in 1513. A fight took place, leaving casualties on both sides. Later the Calusa Indians injured De Leon after he attempted to form a colony in their area.

Not long after, he died. Other explorers arrived in 1528 and captured several of the Indians. The Indians told them of gold in the North and offered to guide them.

In 1539, Spanish Explorer Hernando Desoto came upon the land from the Charlotte Harbor and started exploring. He later moved on to explore other parts of the area. Desoto County officially became a county in 1887. The county helped train American and British pilots in World War I at Carlstrom Field Air Base.

In 2004, Hurricane Charley destroyed many of the structures in the area, which remained in the county for approximately an hour before moving on.

The county is also home to the Desoto County Jail. To conduct a Desoto County inmate search, click here.