Sheriff's Department

Detention Services

Inmate Mail

Inmates may receive letters, non-Polaroid photographs and cashier's checks or money orders through the mail. No cash.

Address must appear as follows:

Full name of the inmate, booking number, housing unit number
949 N. 9th Street
Milwaukee, WI 53233

All incoming mail to the Milwaukee County Jail must meet the following criteria:

  1. Must have a return address to include full name and full address including apartment number if applicable. Any envelope that does not contain the name of the sender will be refused.
  2. Be delivered by UPS, Federal Express or the United States Postal Service.
  3. Magazines and newspapers will be delivered only through subscription services directly from a company. Playboy, Penthouse, Maxim and any weapons magazines are contraband and delivery will be refused.
  4. Books must be mailed from the following approved publisher only: Penguin Random House.
  5. Envelopes will contain only letters, drawings or appropriate pictures. Any pictures sent that are deemed inappropriate will be considered contraband and will be destroyed. No musical greeting cards are allowed.
  6. No packages will be accepted from online shopping stores, such as, Amazon, E-Bay, Barnes & Noble or Books-a-Million.
  7. Any mailed items received at the Milwaukee County Jail after an inmate has been released will be returned to sender.

All incoming mail will be scanned for contraband prior to delivery.

All incoming mail will be opened and inspected in the presence of the inmate.

Inmate Property

Property drop-offs and pickups: Room G-1

Releasing Property: The individual picking up the property must be at least 18 years old with valid photo identification. The inmate must complete a property release form prior to the pickup of property.

The inmate release form allows an inmate to authorize release of their property to a specific individual. The housing unit officers will provide the form to the inmate and facilitate the delivery to the property room. The inmate must request this form at least 24 hours prior to the release of the property.

Inquiries can be made at (414) 226-7071

Jury Clothing: Court clothes can be delivered up to three days before the inmate’s court date. Go to the jail records clerk’s window and let them know you are dropping off jury clothing for an inmate. The clerk will have an officer assist you. Jury clothing must be checked and approved by an officer before it is brought into the jail.

Inquiries can be made at (414) 226-7070

No money is handled by the property room. Contact the cashier's office through  the inmate information line (414) 226-7172.

Inmate Health

While incarcerated in the Milwaukee County Jail, inmates have access to medical, dental and mental health services. These services are provided by WellPathCare.

Jail Records and Records and Identification

The Milwaukee County Jail Records Office is located on the G-level of the Criminal Justice Facility at 949 N. 9th Street. The Jail Records Office handles requests for inmate information on the telephone and in-person. They also assist in processing bail payments. The Records and Identification Section and Warrants Desk are located inside of the Jail Records Office.

Inmate Accounts

Cash may only be deposited, in-person, into an inmate's account. Money orders and cashier's checks may be mailed to an inmate, for deposit into an inmate account.

Inmate Telephone Calls

Inmates can only make outgoing calls. No incoming calls are allowed. Friends and family can put money on an inmate's account, which the inmate can use to purchase phone pre-paid call privileges. All other calls made by the inmate are collect calls. Follow the prompts to accept the call, listen to the pricing options or refuse a call.

Inmate Programs

The Milwaukee County Jail provides opportunities for inmates to improve themselves through participation in a variety of education, health, religious programs and support groups.

 High School Education 

  • Instruction provided by the Milwaukee Public School System.

  • 14- to 17-year-old inmates can earn high school credits or a diploma


The Milwaukee County Jail has approximately 135 active volunteers. These volunteers  provide over 650 hours of service and 2,500 inmate contacts. Some of the services offered include:

  • General Education: Tutors, teachers, academic testing, parenting classes
  • Health and Community Education: AIDS prevention, sexually transmitted diseases, nutrition, risky behaviors, domestic violence support groups, Alcoholics Anonymous, cocaine anonymous, narcotics anonymous, anger management, womens' and mens' issues, self-esteem
  • Faith Based Services: Bible study, spirituality classes

Bail Information

What Is Bail?

Bail of bond is a money guaarentee that the defendant will return to court when required. The full amount must be paid prior to the defendant being released from jail. A Personal Recognizance Bond allows the defendant to be released without posting a cash bail with the written promise to return to court when required.

If the defendant does not return to court as promised, the court may issue an arrest warrant and the defendant may forfeit the bail money. Money may or may not be returned when the case is over. The court may apply the cash bail amount to outstanding court fines or fees when the case concludes.

Bail can be paid at the County Jail Cashiers office on the G level of the Criminal Justice Building. Cash, cashier's check, money orders and all major credit cards are accepted. A valid form of identification must be presented when paying bail. Checks must be made out to the Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office.

Pay Bail


Bail Refund

If bail is refundable, a check will be mailed to the person who posted within three weeks after the case is closed.

Bail will be refunded under the following conditions:

  • The court ordered the bail returned
  • The court found the defendant guilty and ordered no fine/judgment
  • The court found the defendant guilty, ordered a fine/judgment and a balance remains after the bail is applied to the fine/judgment
  • The case was dismissed, the defendant appeared for all scheduled court dates and the court didn't order any special conditions of bail

Bail will not be refunded if:

  • The defendant failed to appear for a scheduled court date. In addition to not returning bail, the court may have issued a bench warrant for the defendant's arrest
  • The court found the defendant guilty and ordered a fine/judgment. The bail is used toward a payment of the fine/judgment
  • The case is still open and has a future court date (unless the court orders the bail reduced and orders part of the bail refunded)

If you have not received a bail refund three weeks after a case closing, you can contact the following:

Criminal Misdemeanor or Felony
Safety Building
821 W. State St., Room 117
Milwaukee, WI 53223
(414) 278-4540 or (414) 278-4538

Child Support / Paternity (Civil)
Milwaukee County Courthouse
901 N. 9th St., Room 104
Milwaukee, WI 53233
(414) 278-2140

Municipal / City of Milwaukee County
Police Administration Building
951 N. James Lovell St. (7th St.)
1st Floor, Window #5
Milwaukee, WI 53233
(414) 286-3800

Milwaukee County Sheriff Badge


821 W. State St., Room 107
Milwaukee, WI 53233

(414) 278-4766

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