Date: April 9, 2002 "For Immediate Release"
To: News Media
From: Sheriff Lawrence W. Crow, Jr.
Media Contact: Michal Shanley, (863) 534-6631 or 819-0397 pager
Central County Jail Visitation To Offer Appointments For Convenience Of Visitors

Beginning May 1, 2002, visitation at the Central County Jail located at 2390 Bob Phillips Road in Bartow will begin offering scheduled appointments for the convenience of visitors.

Previously, visitors were required to arrive 45 minutes to one hour prior to their desired visitation time and wait in line to sign up for visitation. Allowing visitors to call ahead and make appointments is expected to make visitation more convenient for both visitors and visitation staff of the busy Central County Jail.

Visitors will now be required to call ahead and schedule an appointment for inmate visitation. Appointments must be made 24 hours in advance of the desired visitation time. To schedule an appointment, visitors are asked to call 863-534-6153, between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m. Friday through Tuesday. Also, visitors must arrive 15 minutes prior to the scheduled appointment and present proper identification

Visitation appointments for Central County Jail are offered during the following times on both Saturday and Sunday for adult male, female and trusty inmates: 7 am to 8 am; 8 am to 9 am; 9 am to 10 am; 12 pm to 1 pm; 1 pm to 2 pm; 2 pm to 3 pm; 3 pm to 4 pm.

Central County Jail visitation for trusty inmates only additionally is offered on Monday and Friday, also by appointment only. To make an appointment during those days, visitors are to call 863-534-6153 Sunday through Tuesday. Trusty visitation appointments are available during the following times on Monday and Friday: 7 am to 8 am; 8 am to 9 am; 9 am to 10 am; 12 pm to 1 pm; 1 pm to 2 pm; 2 pm to 3 pm; 3 pm to 4 pm. The visitation entrance for Central County Jail is located on the east side of the facility.

NOTE: visitation procedures for South County Jail in Frostproof will not change to "appointment only" at this time. Those visitation procedures will continue as currently established, with sign-up times the same day as visitation.

Visitors seeking information about visitation and procedures are asked to call 534-6300 to access an informational recording (press #2 for information on visitation).


Distribution: Undersheriff, Division Commanders, Communications, News Media

A text only version of this release is also available.

Star News Releases
News Room
Polk County Sheriff’s Office Home Page