Hardee County Jail

The Hardee County Jail is located in Wauchula, Florida. This facility is operated by the Hardee County Sheriff's Office, and houses adult men and women who have been arrested by local county or municipal law enforcement. 

Inmate Search

To find out if your loved one is being held in Hardee County, click here, call the jail at (863) 773-0304, or use VINE (see below). 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.

Bonding someone out of the Hardee County Jail

The method (cash/surety) and amount of money needed for bonding someone out of the Hardee County Jail depends on their charges. Most crimes, but not all crimes, are bondable offenses.

When you pay a cash bond, it is refunded to you when all court appearances have been made and the case is discharged, dismissed, or a not guilty verdict rendered. If the arrestee fails to appear or is found guilty, the money will be forfeited. 

When you use a Bail Bondsman for a surety bond, you will not get a refund.

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Visiting Hours and Rules

The Hardee County Jail conducts all visits via video. To be approved and conduct visits, all visitors must register and be approved through www.securustech.net. Once you have registered and been approved by the sheriff's department, you may begin scheduling visits.

You can visit your inmate in person at the jail up to four times per week for free, or you have the option of visiting from home for a nominal fee.

All information regarding the visitation schedules and rules for the Hardee County Jail are located at www.securustech.net. Select "Hardee County detention facility" when you begin the registration process for video visitation.

Any nudity, flashing or exposure, during video visitation will result in the permanent termination of your visitation privileges.

Physical Address

Hardee County Jail
900 East Summit St.
Wauchula, FL 33873

Driving Directions: https://goo.gl/maps/YvuwacGVfcEKzNws7

General Phone Number

(863) 773-0304
(863) 767-0873

Inmate Mailing Address(es)

Inmate/Detainee Name & ID Number
Hardee County Sheriff's Office Detention Facility
900 East Summit St.
Wauchula, FL 33873

Inmates are not allowed to receive packages or greeting cards of any kind. They will be returned to the sender. 

The jail will accept—after medical approval and authorization—prescription eyeglasses (no sunglasses), hearing aids, and prosthetic devices that are not deemed a threat to jail security..

The detention facility will not accept the following items via mail:

  • Stamps
  • Writing paper
  • Pens
  • Pencils

The items listed above will be returned to the sender.

How to Call an Inmate

Inmates at the Hardee 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 Send Money

The Hardee County Jail uses CommissaryDeposit.com for online deposits and commissary orders. You can use a credit or debit card via the payment portal linked below. 

Deposit Money

You also have the option of bringing cash to the jail lobby kiosk or mailing a money order to:

Inmate Name, ID Number
Hardee County Sheriff's Office Detention Facility
900 East Summit St.
Wauchula, FL 33873

Commissary Orders

To place a commissary order, click here and follow this process:

  • Start here and click ‘PLACE ORDER’
  • Choose Florida
  • Choose Hardee County Jail
  • View the date your order will be delivered, then click ‘NEXT’.
  • Search for, then Select your inmate.
  • Choose your items. (scroll down to see the items available)
  • Pay for the items.

There is a service fee for each item that you order. The first item will have a $2.00-3.00 fee, and each additional item will have a fee between $0.35 and $0.50. Hardee County Jail only allows you to purchase a maximum amount of $200.00 worth of products at one time.

Items available to purchase include:

  • Clothing (thermals, t-shirts, underwear, bras, shoes)
  • Stationary, envelopes, stamps, playing cards, board games
  • Toiletries, hygiene, reading glasses, OTC meds and creams
  • Soda, energy drinks, coffee, packaged meat & fish, soups, cookies, chips, pastries.

Programs For Inmates

This information is not publicly available.

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Careers at Hardee County Jail

If you are interested in a career with the Hardee County Sheriff's Department and would like more information about the job openings at the Hardee County Jail, click here

The Hardee County Sheriff's Office is currently hiring detention deputies, with a starting salary of $41,607.90 plus health, vision, and dental, paid vacation, paid sick leave, and state retirement. This position also comes with the opportunity to participate in the educational achievement program.

Basic qualifications include a High School Diploma or GED and a valid driver's license. You must be at least 19 years old, a United States Citizen, and have no felony convictions. Applicants can't have any misdemeanor convictions after the age of 25, either.

All successful applicants must complete commission-approved basic recruit training for law enforcement.

Job Description/Responsibilities

The state of Florida requires that all Detention Deputies have state certification as correctional officers. They are supervised by an assigned sergeant. The primary responsibility is the custody and physical restraint (when necessary) of inmates within the Hardee County Jail, while on a work detail, or while being transported outside the facility. Other responsibilities include, but not limited to:

  • Executing emergency procedures
  • Verbally and/or physically control inmates
  • Conduct searches of cells and inmates
  • Supervision of inmates during in cell and out of cell activities
  • Resolve inmate disputes
  • Perform intakes and releases
  • Perform the collection and distribution of inmate property and mail
  • Testify in court
  • Operate transport vehicles
  • Monitor visitors

The most important and essential job function of a Detention Deputy is attitude. They must interact positively and cooperate with co-workers, respond politely to customers, work as a team member, function under intense time pressure, and respond in a positive manner to supervision.

Required Skills and Knowledge:

  • Operation of cell locks
  • Sally Port controls
  • Operation of control panels
  • Location of inmate cells
  • Defensive tactics
  • Officer safety techniques
  • First Aid
  • CPR
  • Use of restraints
  • Search techniques
  • Signal codes
  • Courtroom demeanor
  • Computers and current JMS software
  • Divisional emergency plans
  • HCSO policy and procedures
  • Basic grammar skills
  • Basic math skills

Physical Requirements

  • Sit and stand for long periods of time
  • Walk five miles
  • See at a normal range or with accommodations
  • Hear at a normal range or with accommodations
  • Drag, lift, and carry heavy objects up to 160 lbs.
  • Manual dexterity
  • Ambulate independently
  • Walk, run, crawl, bend, and squat
  • Sense of smell
  • Recognize colors
  • Climb stairs

Prior experience in corrections, security, military, or social work fields is preferred, but not mandatory.