Jail Non-Contact Visitation
Video Visitation at the South County Jail
The Polk County Sheriff’s Office Department of Detention allows inmates at both the Central County Jail (located at 2390 Bob Phillips Road in Bartow) and the South County Jail (located at 1103 U.S. Hwy. 98 West in Frostproof) an opportunity to visit with friends and family twice per week for one hour each day. Visitors may determine which facility they must contact by searching the jail inquiry below.
The Sheriff’s Office began the non-contact only visitation on Saturday, August 3, 1996. Before the visitation policy change, inmates received contact visits in an open room setting. Now, visits at the Central County Jail are given through visitation booths, separated by glass with a round metal screen or telephone handset which allows conversation and the ability to see each other, but not allowing contact.
Visits at the South County Jail are conducted utilizing Video Visitation. This high-tech system of communication will still allow the visitor and the inmate to see each other and to communicate, while increasing the safety of the visitors and the security of the facility by alleviating the concerns of bringing visitors onto the compound. The visitors and inmates will visit via video monitors and communications systems in two different locations: the visitors outside of the facility in the visitor's building and the inmates inside the secured buildings.
The reasons for the change in policy were to provide a safer and more secure environment for the visitors and inmates alike, to enhance safety for detention personnel and to curtail the introduction of contraband in the jail facilities.