Detention Facility (Jail)
141 West Elm
Wichita, KS 67203
p 316.660.JAIL (5245)
The Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office operates the Detention Facility. The facility is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, however not all services are available all hours. The Sedgwick County Detention Facility holds only adult or adjudicated persons.
- Who's in Jail
- Posting Bond
- Impounded Vehicles
- Money & Personal Items for Inmate
- Medical/Dental Program
- Telephone Calls
- Inmate Mail
- Inmates Housed Out of County
- Release of Information
- Christian Ministries to Offenders, Inc.
- Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA)
- Veteran Resources
If you know a current or former inmate who served in the military, that inmate may be eligible for a wide variety of medical, mental health and substance use treatment and services through the VA healthcare system. To learn about the services/treatments available at the Robert J. Dole VA Medical Center and assistance for the inmate in accessing these services, please contact Rita Snider LSCSW, Veteran Justice Outreach Coordinator at (316) 634-4047
For information on who is in the facility and what they are charged with, check the Sedgwick Sheriff’s Office Inmate Search or call (316) 660-5245. The deputy who answers the telephone will be able to give bond amounts and basic information on how to gain the release of inmates. It can take two or three hours from the time the inmate is accepted into the facility before fingerprints and a mug shot are taken. Inmates cannot be released until these two things occur. The amount of time that is required varies with the number of persons arrested and the cooperation of each inmate. Please call before you go to the facility.
If a person held in the facility requires a bail bondsman to post bond, it is the responsibility of the inmate or their family or friends to select the person or company to write the bond. Detention staff is not allowed to recommend any person or company. Click here for general information on bonding an inmate out of the Sedgwick County Detention Facility.
Cash Only Bonds— Cash bonds are accepted for the full amount of the bond. Cash is accepted for the full amount of the bond. The cash for the bond will be placed into a kiosk in the secured lobby. The receipt will be generated upon deposit into the kiosk. The cash posted may be subject to court costs and fines, at the discretion of the courts. Click here for general information on bonding an inmate out of the Sedgwick County Detention Facility.
Please contact the arresting agency for information on how and where to pickup an impounded vehicle. The Sedgwick County Sheriff's Office Records Section can be reached at 660-3888. Wichita Police Impound at 303-8222.
Money may be placed on an inmate’s account by placing cash or credit bank debit card into the kiosk located in the lobby of the jail. Kiosks will be available 24 hours a day and the funds are immediately available for use by the inmate. Money may also be placed onto an inmate’s account from a computer by going online to www.jailatm.com and using a bank debit card or credit card. Commissary for inmates may be purchased as well from the website
A minimum transaction fee of $3.25 will be charged in the lobby for cash transactions by the kiosk company vendor, CBM. Credit card transactions in the lobby or online will incur a $3.25 or 10% fee, whichever is greater.
Money placed in the account of an inmate who is located in an out-of-county facility will be held until that inmate returns from out-of-county; at which time the money will be added to the inmate’s account. Please see the inmates housed out of county section below for more information.
Personal clothing, such as socks and underwear are available to the inmate for purchase and may not be brought in for an inmate.
Release of Property
Inmate personal property will only be released once. To accomplish this the inmate must contact the pod deputy and a property form will be created. It is the inmates decision if and to whom his/her property will be released to. The person picking up the property must have a picture ID. Personal property of inmates sent to KDOC will be boxed and shipped to the address provided by the inmate. If no one receives the property or the address is incorrect, the property will be sent to Sheriff’s Property/Evidence section for storage. If no one arrives to collect the property the items will be disposed of after 90 days. If during the 90 day period the inmate may have someone collect the property. This will require a notarized letter stating whom the property will be released to. That person also must have a photo ID.
Release of Inmate Money
Inmates wishing to release money to someone outside of the facility may do so with a check. The person picking up the check must have a photo ID.
Each inmate will be provided medical care from the time of admission throughout their period of incarceration. Inmates who are seen by medical staff may be charged a co-pay fee. No inmate will be denied medical care because of an inability to pay. Inmates, who are given a prescription by medical staff, may be charged a fee for that prescription. No inmate will be denied prescription drugs because of inability to pay.
All out-going telephone calls will be made collect. A supervisor at the facility will take emergency incoming telephone calls for inmates. If an emergency is determined to exist, the inmate will be informed and will return the telephone call collect to the caller. If a member of the inmate’s family passes away, the facility chaplain will make the notification after verification of the death.
All mail should be addressed to the inmate at 141 West Elm, Wichita, Kansas 67203.
All mail must be properly addressed with identification information to clearly identify the inmate in custody. Mail will be returned to sender if information is insufficient to reasonably determine the identity of the inmate for whom it is intended.
Letters to more than one inmate in a single envelope will be returned to sender.
Inmates housed in the Sedgwick County jail are prohibited from writing to each other. Letters containing inmate to inmate mail will be returned. If it is deemed that inmates are attempting to circumvent this mail policy, they may lose privileges.
Mail with extra markings or drawings (extraneous writing) on the envelope, other than sender and recipient names/addresses, will be returned to sender.
Cashiers checks, cash and money orders are not accepted through the mail. Mail containing these items will be returned to sender.
Mail that is addressed to inmates who are no longer in custody will be stamped "Return to Sender, Inmate No Longer in Custody" and returned. Mail containing unacceptable items or contraband will be returned with a note of explanation.
Privileged mail (legal mail) must have official markings on the outside of the envelope and will be opened in the presence of the inmate and checked for contraband but will not be censored.
Publications in paperback form (e.g. books, magazines, newspapers, newsletters) are permitted provided: They are mailed directly from the publisher or merchant and they do not include nudity/partial nudity, sexually explicit content, obscenity or subversive material.
Packages mailed to inmates will not be accepted, but will be returned to sender unopened.
All non-privileged mail will be opened and checked for contraband prior to delivery to inmate.
Items that are impossible to inspect without destruction will be returned to sender (glued items, greeting cards).
Contraband items listed below will not be accepted. They will be returned to sender.
Art supplies, blank writing paper, blank greeting cards, calendars/spiral, cash/checks/money orders, catalogs, cigarettes, credit cards, drugs, envelopes plain or stamped, excessive odors, fabric, felt, foam, foil, food items, gang-like pictures/signs, glitter, glue, hair, jewelry, keys, lipstick/lip gloss, metal, musical cards, narcotics, nudity/partial nudity of men, women or children, paint/marker, pens, pencils, plastic/laminated items, playing cards, Polaroid’s (instant photos), stains on paper, stamps, stickers, string, twine, bands, ribbon, subversive material, tape, tissue paper, unknown substances (including white out correction fluid). Mail which otherwise threatens the safety, security, or good order of the facility, or which encourages or instructs the commission of criminal activity is prohibited. Other items may be excluded from distribution if they are considered a security risk.
Bubble wrap and other padded mailers are not allowed and will be returned to sender.
Items that are unacceptable will not be separated or thrown out. The entire envelope with its original contents will be returned to sender. Packages containing multiple books will be returned to sender if contents include: hardback books, spiral notebooks, plastic disks, art supplies etc.
The Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office at times houses inmates in other facilities across the state. Correspondence and money orders should be mailed directly to the facility holding the inmate. Click here to find an inmate’s location.
Once an inmate is released from custody, no information may be released.
Questions or difficulties — If you have a question or difficulty with the staff of the facility, please ask to speak to a supervisor
To mail a letter to an inmate:
141 W. Elm
Wichita, KS 67203
Information Lines: 316-660-5245
Christian Ministries to Offenders, Inc. (CMO) is a volunteer ministry devoted to evangelizing the inmates of the Sedgwick County Detention Facility (SCDF). CMO operates under the authority of the Sedgwick County sheriff's office and the detention facility and is the approved ministry for all religious and spiritual programming.