Charlotte County Jail

The Charlotte County Jail is located in Punta Gorda, Florida. It is operated by the Charlotte County Sheriff's Department and houses adult men and women who have been arrested on misdemeanor or felony charges by local county or municipal law enforcement.

The inmates housed at the jail are pre-trial and/or sentenced to the jail or Department of Corrections. This facility is a direct supervision jail designed to house 1,074 inmates. 

A direct supervision jail differs from traditional jails because the officer is stationed inside the housing unit. This concept encourages direct interaction between staff and inmates to prevent negative behavior. It also groups inmates into living units for no more than 64 inmates—which can be efficiently managed.

The jail is a full service facility with kitchen, laundry, medical and dental services. It is equipped with a video courtroom for first appearances, arraignments and bond hearings. 

Inmate Search

To find out if your loved one is being held in Charlotte County, click here, call the jail at (941) 833-6300, or use VINE. Be prepared to provide the inmate’s full name and date of birth when using the VINE website.

Florida VINE

The Florida VINE system is a service through which victims of crime can search for information regarding the custody status of their offender, and to register to receive phone calls and e-mail notifications when the offender’s custody status changes. 

This service is provided to assist Victims of Crime who have a right to know about their offender's custody status. Click this link to register.

Inmates being held for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the Florida Department of Corrections (DOC), or charges from other counties will not be found by going to the VINE Link above. You will have to call the jail.

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Visiting Hours and Rules

Friends and family can register and schedule on-site or remote video visits at the Charlotte County Jail either online at or by calling 1-855-208-7349. Visitors must present government issued photo identification. 

Visits must be scheduled 24 hours in advance. If a date and/or time is not available, you will be provided alternative visiting times. If you fail to show up, you will lose the slot as if the visit took place.

The open hours of Visitation for Monday-Friday Onsite Visitation will be limited to the following times:

  • 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
  •   2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
  •   3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
  •   5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Saturday and Sunday visitation hours are:

  •   7:00 am -   8:00 am
  •   8:30 am -   9:30 am
  • 10:00 am - 11:00 am
  • 12:30 pm -   1:30 pm
  •   2:00 pm -   3:00 pm
  •   3:30 pm -   4:30 pm
  •   5:00 pm -   6:00 pm

Visitation is a privilege. Visits may be suspended or terminated for inappropriate behavior or misuse of the visitation system. All visits are monitored and may be recorded.

Visitors are responsible for arranging social visits by calling 1-855-208-7349 or by going online to Visits may also be scheduled on a Kiosk in the visitation building at the end of each visitation period.

  • Monday through Friday between 12:30 PM to 5:00 PM
  • Saturday and Sunday between 7:00 AM to 11:00 AM or 1:30 PM to 5:00 PM.

On Site Visitation is limited to two times per week. A one hour visit may be one of the following: 

  • One Adult for an hour visit
  • One Adult with One minor child for an hour visit
  • Two adults (only) may split the hour. 

No more than one adult may actively visit the inmate at any time. All minor children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Minor children will not be left unattended on the premises.

If you bring weapons, contraband, drugs, or any other illegal items into the facility, you are subject to arrest

Dress Code

  • NO swim wear, halter tops, tube tops, or tank tops are allowed.
  • NO hats or headgear may be worn unless medically necessary.
  • Shoes & shirts are a must.
  • NO bare midriffs.
  • Sleeveless shirts are allowed when cuffed at the shoulder.
  • The appropriate length of shorts, skirts, dresses, and skorts can be no shorter than the tip of the middle finger when standing with the arm down to the side of the leg.
  • Dresses with spaghetti straps are not allowed.
  • NO loose pants. Neither underwear nor buttocks may be visible.


Physical Address

Charlotte County Jail
26601 Airport Road
Punta Gorda, Florida 33982

Driving Directions:

General Phone Number

(941) 833-6300

Inmate Mailing Address(es)

Inmate Name- ID Number
PO Box 2027
Pinellas Park, FL 33780

Legal mail should be marked:

Charlotte County Jail
Inmate Name - ID number
26601 Airport Rd
Punta Gorda, FL 33982

An inmate is allowed two magazine subscriptions, and they must be mailed from the publisher.

All incoming and outgoing post cards, letters, or legal mail MUST contain a complete return address. All mail received without a return address or an incomplete return address will be destroyed.

Correspondence not allowed:

  • Any pornographic, racially motivated item, and/or material, weapons, or gang reference
  • Escape plans
  • Illegal correspondence
  • Religious Materials - All materials must be approved by chaplain

How to Call an Inmate

Inmates at the Charlotte County Jail cannot receive incoming phone calls, however, they have access to phones and can make outgoing calls from the inmate housing area. Phone calls are recorded and may be monitored at any time.

How to set up a GTL Advance Pay Account
Contact GTL to set up an Advance Pay phone account by calling 1-866-230-7761 or online at 

SmartJail Mail is a secure inmate email system used to connect with friends and family. All inmates receive two free message credits per week.

How to Send Money

At the time of admission into the Charlotte County Jail, inmates are given a personal money account. Any cash in the inmate's possession is placed in their account, as are other funds received while detained at this facility.

All inmates are charged an initial per diem fee upon intake and daily subsistence fees pursuant to Florida law. When the inmate has a negative balance, half of any funds received will be used to satisfy the negative balance. The other half can be used to purchase commissary. 

If the inmate has medical fees, the entire amount of the medical charge is collected from available funds in the inmate's account.

Funds may be deposited in the an inmate's account for the purpose of bond or commissary using only the following options:

  • Pay By Phone through TouchPay Payment Systems @ 866-232-1899
  • Pay via the Web @
  • Pay at the Kiosk located in the Jail Lobby

Cash and Credit/Debit cards are accepted by the TouchPay Kiosk in the video visitation lobby. Funds may also be deposited into an inmate's account using ePay via the Internet or TelePay using the toll-free number 866-232-1899. During this process you may be asked for the Facility Locator Number, which is 233901.

Care Packages

Commissary gift packages can be purchased for inmates online at

Programs For Inmates

These inmate programs are designed to mitigate inmate tension, provide constructive activities, and to improve inmate attitude toward incarceration. Participation in these programs is voluntary and considered a privilege. 

  • Education
    • Basic Education- GED
    • Parenting
    • Re-Entry Program
  • Substance Abuse
    • Alcoholics Anonymous
    • Narcotics Anonymous
    • Substance Abuse
  • Groups
    • Anger Management
    • Batterers Intervention
    • Charlotte County Mental Health
    • Dual Diagnosis
  • Miscellaneous Activities
    • Religious services - Only approved Clergy members on the list may visit an inmate.
    • Chaplaincy Services
    • Recreational Games
    • Sewing Program
    • Flower Program

Hydroponics Program

The mission of the Charlotte County Inmate Hydroponic Program is to provide the inmates with a working knowledge of agriculture in confined spaces. Also, by growing these vegetables, it provides food for the entire inmate population of the jail. 

Aquaculture/Fish Farm Program

The mission of the Charlotte County Aquaculture Program is to provide the inmates with a working knowledge of Aquaculture.

By raising the Channel Catfish, food is provided for the entire population of the jail. It also offsets the cost to feed the persons detained in the facility. The goal is to feed the inmate population two meals a month using the Catfish harvested from the jail's retention pond.

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Careers at Charlotte County Jail

If you are interested in a career with the Charlotte County Sheriff's Department and would like more information about the job openings at the Charlotte County Jail, click here. You can download an application by clicking here, which must be signed by the applicant and notarized. 

Deliver the application along with your resume to the Sheriff's Office by one of the following methods:

  • Fax it to : 941-575-5231
  • Email to: [email protected]
  • Drop it off at:Charlotte County Sheriff's Office Headquarters7474 Utilities Road, Punta Gorda, Florida.

After the Sheriff's Office has received your application, you will be contacted by a Human Resources representative.

Employee Benefits include:

  • One of the BEST employee health insurance plans in the Florida public sector
  • CCSO pays for a generous portion of medical insurance premiums for both you AND your dependents
  • Cost-free access to a physician staffed Employee Health Center with prescription drugs at no cost
  • Vision and Dental Insurance
  • College Education Tuition Assistance
  • Florida State Retirement
  • Supplemental pay for education and special assignments
  • Liberal paid time off accruals
  • Fitness and workout facilities
  • Short Term Disability and Life Insurance
  • One-time sign on bonus of $2500 for applicants successfully hired for a Corrections Officer. To qualify, applicants must have one year of certified experience from the date of passing the state exam.