Crawford County Detention Center

The Crawford County Detention center is located in Van Buren, Arkansas and is operated by the Crawford County Sheriff's Office. The jail has the capacity to house a maximum of 307 adult male and female inmates who have been arrested by local county or city law enforcement. 

Inmates are incarcerated at the Crawford County Detention Center for crimes ranging from violations to misdemeanors to felonies. The facility also houses those who have been charged with a crime and are awaiting trial, as well as state inmates awaiting transfer to the Arkansas Department of Corrections. 

To see a roster of current inmates at the Crawford County Detention Center, click here

The Crawford County Detention Center is operated in accordance with Jail Standards, which are policies and regulations set by the State of Arkansas. The mission of the facility is to provide a safe, secure and orderly jail.

Posting Bond

The purpose of a bond is to make sure that an arrested person will appear at their scheduled court date after their release from jail. Judges usually determine the amount of bond, while the sheriff determines the sufficiency of the bond. If a person is arrested with a warrant, it will generally have the bond amount listed. 

Cash Bond: The person who is arrested (or someone acting on their behalf) may post the entire bond amount in cash, which will be held by the sheriff or the court pending disposition of the criminal case.

Surety Bond: Secure release from jail through the utilization of a professional licensed bail bonding company, aka a “surety bond.” The bonding company will charge certain “fees” which are non-refundable and are not applied to any fines, costs, or restitution that may later be ordered by the court. 

OR Bond: Releasing someone on their “own recognizance” is simply a promise to re-appear at a later date for further judicial proceedings. These are only used for very minor offenses.

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Visiting Hours and Rules

Visiting hours at the Crawford County Detention Center are from 8 AM to 8 PM, seven Days Week.  All visits are via video, and there will be times when they are rescheduled or cancelled due to Court, Work Assignment, Lock-Down, Sick Call, Attorney Visit, Inmate Housing Reassignment or other reasons deemed necessary by the facility.  


Inmates are allowed two visits per week. All Video Visitation must be scheduled no later than 10 PM on the day before the visit. If you are unable to make a visit you scheduled, you will lose your visit for the week.  

Scheduling on the web site will allow you to select your visit days and times up to 14 days in advance. You are required to register for Video Visitation by clicking here or in person at the jail. There is a registration terminal within the video visitation room where you can register and schedule visits.  

Visitors must provide their Driver's License or SSN used to register. This number is required every time you log onto this web site to schedule a visit.

Physical Address

Crawford County Detention Center
4235 Alma Highway
Van Buren, AR 72956

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General Phone Number

(479) 474-1721

Inmate Mailing Address(es)

Smart Communications - Crawford County Justice Center
PO Box 9120
Seminole, FL 33775

The Crawford County Sheriffs’ Office contracted with Smart Communications to install Kiosks in all housing units for outside and internal communications. All regular inmate postal mail (Postcards, Letters, Greeting Cards, etc.) is scanned into the system and available to the inmates to view via the kiosks. 

The Inmate's Name must be clearly printed on the outside of the envelope or postcard to ensure the mail is posted to the correct account. No packages are allowed; only letters may be sent to inmates. You must include your full name in the return address.

How to Call an Inmate

You can't call an inmate who is housed at the Crawford County Jail, but they do have access to phones and can make outgoing collect calls.

How to Send Money

Anyone may add funds to an inmate’s commissary account at the Crawford County Jail using one of the following methods:

  • Visit the lobby of the Crawford County Jail. There is a commissary Kiosk machine in the lobby that is accessible at all times, including nights, weekends, and holidays. Just follow the touch screen prompts on the Kiosk to add funds to a particular inmate’s commissary account. There are signs above each kiosk denoting the purpose for the station. Make sure you are at the correct kiosk before submitting your payment, because the machines do not issue returns.
  • Go online to and select “order commissary or send money online.”  Follow the prompts by selecting the appropriate state, county, and jail facility.  Then select “Web Deposit,” enter the inmate’s name, and follow the prompts to add money to that inmate’s commissary account. Or, click here. You can either send money, or you can place an order for commissary items that are delivered to your inmate.

Programs For Inmates

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Careers at Crawford County Detention Center

If you are interested in a career with the Sheriff's Department and would like more information about the job openings at the Crawford County Detention Center, click here. Positions range from Detention Deputy, to 911 Dispatcher, to Patrol Duty.