Visitation and Rules


The Leon County Detention Center encourages visitation for the inmates incarcerated here. We firmly believe that ties to family and friends are extremely important. However, there are rules that we need to make you aware of so your visiting privileges are not denied, terminated or suspended. 

Visitation Hours

Visitation hours are Monday through Sunday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Visitation will resume again after official count and shift change and run from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Lobby Doors are open 8:00 a.m. through 8:00 p.m.

Visitation Rules

Starting on April 16, 2017
Inmates housed in pods N, O, P and Unit Five (5), may have video visitation with children 15 years old and under. Visitors 15 years old and younger must be accompanied by their parent or legal (court appointed) guardian at all times while in the video visitation area. The parent or legal guardian is responsible for the child’s conduct at all times. A certified copy of the birth certificate with the parents’ names on it is required on the first visit. Court appointed guardians need to bring the original court ordered paperwork signed by a Judge, which names them as the child’s guardian or notarized authorization of custody of child on their first visit. Only one child per adult is allowed to visit at a time per visit. At no time will the child be left unattended by an adult. The child must be listed on the inmate’s visitation card in order to visit. Visitors under the age of 16 are prohibited in all other housing areas.

During the admission process, the Booking Unit will enter (at least one, and up to five) visitor names chosen by the inmate, into the system for visitation. Requests for visitor changes will only be made the last calendar day of the month. Visitation Forms will be provided for the Pods the evening of the last day of each month. Each Inmate is allowed five (5) Thirty (30) minutes visits not to exceed 2 ½ hours per week. Inmates who are being confined in special housing pods are restricted to two (2) visits per day. Inmate visit times will not exceed two and one half (2 1/2) hours per week.

Individuals that are authorized visitors are only allowed to visit the designated inmate and will only be allowed to visit one inmate per day. Split visits (visits of more than one inmate) shall not be allowed and are grounds to have ALL visitation privileges revoked. All visitors must be at least 16 years of age to visit.

For security reasons inmates admitted to a hospital will not be permitted visitors unless approved by the Sheriff, the Detention Center Director or his/her designee.  

  • There are no split-time visits.
  • You must see the inmate you sign in to see during your visit.
  • You may not return later that day to see a different inmate.
  • Profanity will not be tolerated. Any violation can result in permanent suspension.
  • No communications with working inmates in and around the facility as you pass by the perimeter fence.
  • Children under the age of 16 are not allowed on the premises without someone who is at least 16 years of age with them.
  • You may not leave your children unattended anytime or with other visitors.
  • If you leave your child unattended in a vehicle, your visitation will be suspended.
  • Leave all personal items other than car keys, locked inside your car.
  • Persons believed to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs will not be allowed to visit.
  • Cell phones are prohibited inside the Detention Center.


Visitors must comply with standard security measures (metal detection devices etc.) prior to being permitted to enter the secure area of the Detention Center.  Failure to comply and/or successfully pass these measures will prohibit the visitor from entering the Detention Center.

Visitors with medical or religious claims, which prohibit exposure to metal detector devices must provide the medical documentation if applicable.  A supervisor shall review all medical/religious claims.

All Detention Facilities visitors must be dressed appropriately. Failure to comply with the following guidelines will result in denial of admission to this facility and/or suspension of the visit.

Visitors are NOT to wear garments which contain metal including underwire bras, or other items e.g. jewelry, hairpins, etc., as they may cause the metal detector to alert, and/or prevent their admission into the facility. When able, metal items should be removed prior to entering the Detention Center.  All items shall be subject to further search.

Dress Code for Visitors

Visitors must remain properly dressed at all times. Visitors are prohibited from wearing:

  • Clothing that resembles a correctional employee (officer or civilian) uniform, such as all green or a green and brown skirt/pants and shirt combination.
  • Tight fitting, see-through, provocative and/or revealing clothing of any kind e.g., spandex, sheer, netting, torn or frayed attire, bathing suits, body suits, athletic shorts, hot pants and pajamas.
  • Tops that are cut low; reveal more than 2 inches of cleavage, more than 4 inches of the back, or any portion of the abdomen; halter tops, tube tops, tank tops, spaghetti straps, sleeveless/muscle shirts, strapless shirts.
  • Shorts should be no more than 1 inch above the knee e.g., micro/mini shorts.
  • Skirts and dresses should be no more than 1 inch above the knee e.g., micro/mini- skirts. Slits in skirts/dresses must not exceed mid-thigh when seated.
  • Non-prescription sunglasses

All visitors must wear shoes at all times. Visitors are encouraged to wear low footwear with sufficient traction. Flip-flops, bed room shoes, high heels more than 3 inches and sandals which are not secured to the ankle by at least one strap are prohibited.

The Shift Supervisor will make the final determination as to compliance with this policy and admission into the facility.

Out of Town Visitors

You are required to conform to our set forth Visitation Rules and Dress Code policy outlined above.

** Violation of Detention Center Visitation Rules may result in suspension of your visitation privileges. **

Inmate Property and Communication

Inmate Mail

All incoming mail will be inspected for contraband. The following items will be returned to sender:

  • Stained with powder, perfume, glue or glitter
  • Envelopes with tape or stickers
  • Mail from other Detention Centers or Prison Institutions, unless approved by both Institutions
  • Note pads
  • Greeting cards larger than 5" by 7"
  • Paper, envelopes, pencils, pens or stamps
  • Music lyrics
  • Cell phones

Inmate Mail Censorship

Inmate mail shall not be censored and/or denied unless for legitimate facility interests for order and security, and in the interest of upholding the law. Such interests include, but are not limited to, the following statements, threats and/or plans of:

  • Physical harm or threats of physical harm against persons inside or outside the facility;
  • Extortion, blackmail or other criminal activity;
  • Escape;
  • Activities in violation of facility rules;
  • Whose nature is such that, if communicated, would create a clear and present danger of violence and physical harm; or
  • Correspondence that is in code or for which there is reasonable belief that a code is contained therein.

If correspondence is censored or rejected the inmate shall be informed of the action in writing by the Canteen Supervisor or designee, including a statement of why the correspondence is being censored and/or rejected [FCAC 12.03 FMJS 9.03].

Notice of censorship or rejection will also be provided via U.S. Mail to the sender/author within (5) business days by the Canteen Supervisor or designee.

  • The sender/author of the censored or rejected mail, within five (5) business days of receipt of the notification of the decision to censor or reject the item of mail, may protest the decision to censor or reject the subject item of mail to the Support Services Bureau Commander (SSBC) or designee. A protest may be made verbally or in writing. The protest should include the reasons why the item of mail should not be subject to censorship or rejection.
  • The SSBC or designee will review and respond to the protest within five (5) business days of receipt of the same.
  • If the original censorship or rejection is upheld by the SSBC or designee, the SSBC’s decision may be appealed to the Detention Center Director within five (5) business days. An appeal may be made verbally or in writing. The Detention Center Director will respond to the appeal within five (5) business days. The Detention Center Director’s decision on appeal is final.

Pod Attorney Booths Pass Through Slots

Effective May 15, 2017, the pass through slots located in the Pod Attorney Booths will no longer be utilized. The new procedure for requesting inmate signatures on documents will be as follows:

  • Documents may be dropped off Mon-Fri.
  • Any documents dropped off from 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. will be processed and ready for pick-up the same business day from 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Any documents dropped off after 10:00 a.m. will be processed and ready for pick-up the next business day from 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

*When exigent circumstances arise, the Watch Commander may approve the facilitation of action outside the above parameters.

Books and Subscriptions

All books and subscriptions must be soft backed and come directly from a publisher or book store. No hardback books or books containing staples will be accepted. Books and subscriptions must be paid for in advance and can not contain any nudity, profanity or advocate violence/hatred toward any individual, organization, religion or nation. Books and subscriptions can not contain instructions for the manufacturing of explosives, weapons, drugs, drug paraphernalia, alcoholic beverages, escapes paraphernalia, or to affect and/or facilitate an escape. Inmates may have a total of five (5) books per shipping order and are only allowed five (5) books in their possession at any given time.


  • May be sent through the mail.
  • Inmates are allowed to have five (5) pictures.
  • Once the inmate is at their limit there are No Exchanges.
  • We will not accept pictures with nudity or sexually explicit material.
  • No Polaroid pictures accepted.

Mailing Address

Leon County Detention Center
Inmates name (SPN number if available)
Post Office Box 2278
Tallahassee, Florida 32316 


  • All calls from the Detention Center inmate will be Collect, Prepaid Collect, or Debit.
  • Prepaid Calling Assistance, call 888-506-8407 (Available 24 Hours 7 Days a Week).
  • Debit Deposit Accounts, call 888-888-8413 (Available 24 Hours 7 Days a Week)
  • If you wish to have your telephone number blocked to prevent collect calls or have the block removed from your telephone, you may come to the Detention Center Visitation Lobby and present valid picture identification and ownership of the telephone number.
  • We have provided for your usage a Pay-Phone located in the Visitation Lobby waiting area.
  • We do not take or give inmates messages unless there is a family emergency (critical condition in the hospital or death).

Religious Items

  • We no longer accept Religious Items to be dropped off at the Detention Center front lobby. The religious items must come directly from the publisher or a book store.

  • All items will be searched for contraband.

Under Florida law, e-mail addresses are public records. If you do not want your e-mail address released in response to a public records request, do not send electronic mail to this entity. Instead, contact this office by phone or in writing.

Social Media Posting Policy:

Thank you for following the Leon County Sheriff’s Office on social media! We welcome you to share your thoughts and feedback with us, and we ask that you please be responsible and courteous in your comments and replies. We reserve the right to hide/remove any comments or ban any users who violate our policy. Comments that contain obscene, indecent, or profane language; contain threats or defamatory statements; are bullying, intimidating, or harassing any user; contain personal attacks; contain hate speech; promote or endorse services or products; suggest or encourage illegal activity; are multiple, repetitive off-topic posts by a single user (spam); are not topically related to the particular posting; violate a legal ownership interest of any other party; or imbed links to other Internet sites may be hidden/removed. Users who violate this policy may be banned.

Our rules of decorum are in place to encourage civil discourse and to prevent a poster from disrupting dialog in a way that prevents or impedes the accomplishment of the purpose of our social media sites. Our purpose is to convey important public safety information, increase our ability to quickly, effectively, and efficiently reach Leon County and Big Bend area residents to help us find criminal suspects, find missing and/or endangered persons, communicate public safety alerts, and further our mission of preventing, reducing, suppressing, displacing, solving, and fighting crime in Leon County.