Martin County Jail


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Q:  How do you place money on inmate commissary accounts?

A:  Inmate commissary deposits can be made 24 hours a day, 7 days a week through or by calling Combined Public Communications (CPC) at 877-998-5678.  You will need a credit or debit card and the inmate's name.  

There is also a kiosk, located in the visitor entrance to the jail at 318 Capital Avenue, that can be used to deposit money via cash, credit or debit card.  


In addition, you may send a money order, payable to the inmate, to: 


c/o Martin County Security Center

P.O. Box 180

Shoals, IN 47581

Q:  What can I bring in for an inmate?
A:  All items needed for an inmate's stay will be provided or can be purchased from the jail commissary. Nothing will be permitted to be brought in from outside the facility, unless approved by the Sheriff or Jail Commander.

Q:  Do you accept personal checks or cash for Bonds?
A:  No personal checks are accepted for bonds.  

We accept cash, money order and credit/debit cards for bonds after 4:00 p.m. EST.  Prior to 4:00 p.m. EST., inmate bonds must be completed at the County Clerk's Office, located in the Martin County Circuit Courthouse on Main Street in Shoals.  

Q:  When is visitation?
A:  Please click here to view the inmate visitation schedule

Q:  What do I need to do to visit an inmate?
A:  Each visitor must have a VALID photo ID and be at least 18 years of age.  Anyone under the age of eighteen (18) shall be accompanied by a legal guardian.  All visitors must be dressed appropriately - no revealing attire can be worn during inmate visitations.  No former inmates will be allowed to visit unless they have been out of jail for at least thirty (30) days or until approved by the Sheriff or Jail Commander.

Q:  How long will I be able to visit?
A:  Each inmate is given thirty (30) minutes of visitation per week.  This can be in the form of one (1) thirty-minute visit or two (2) fifteen minute visits. 

Q:  Must my child have an I.D.?
A:  No; however, children must in the presence of, and supervised by, the visiting adult at all times.  

Q:  Can an inmate call me from the jail?
A:  Yes. Inmates have access to a phone from 6:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. each day. 

Q:  Do you accept incoming calls for the inmates?
A:  No

Q:  Do you accept mail for the inmates?
A:  Yes, all mail must be sent through the U.S. Postal Service. All incoming mail should be addressed to the inmate and mailed C/O Martin County Jail, P.O. Box 180, Shoals, IN 47581. You must include your return address. 

Q: Can I bring in a letter for you to give to my friend in jail?
A: No.  All incoming mail must go through the U.S. Postal Service.

Q: Can I send a package to my friend in jail?
A: No packages may be sent to the inmates with one (1) exception: you may order paperback books from Amazon (only) and have them sent directly to the inmate from Amazon.  

Q: Can inmates write to people while they are in jail?
A: Yes.  All mail must be sent through the U.S. Postal Service.

Q: Can inmates with no money purchase items through commissary?
A: Yes. Inmates can purchase hygiene items and writing materials through our indigent program.

Q: Are religious services and counseling available in the jail?
A: Yes. Church service, religious counseling and minister visits are available in the Martin County Jail.

Q: Do you release warrant information over the phone?
A: You can obtain information about whether or not an individual has a warrant by checking the court dockets. A person suspecting they may have a warrant may also check, in person, at the Jail. They will need to bring with them a state issued I.D. or driver’s license to check on a warrant.

Q: Can inmates continue their employment while they are in jail?
A: This is at the discretion of the judge and must be handled by the inmate’s attorney or public defender through the Probation Department.