Marion County Jail

The Marion County Jail is located in Ocala, Florida. This facility is operated by the Marion County Sheriff's Office, and houses adult men and women—both misdemeanor and felony inmates—who have been arrested by local county or municipal law enforcement. 

Some of the inmates at the Marion County Jail have been tried and sentenced to the jail or the Florida Department of Corrections. However, most inmates have not yet been tried by the courts, so they are presumed innocent until proven guilty.  

Inmate Search

To find out if your loved one is being held in Marion County, click here, call the jail at (352) 351-8077, 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 Marion County Jail

The method (cash/surety) and amount of money needed for bonding someone out of the Marion 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

To be eligible to visit an inmate at the Marion County Jail, visitors must register and provide proper photo identification. To schedule an appointment call (352) 438-5961 between the hours of 9:00am to 9:00pm, Sunday through Saturday. Each inmate is allowed four 30 minute video visits each week (no more than one per day). Visitors are allowed to schedule a visit up to one week in advance.

The visitation schedule is Sunday through Saturday from 8:00am to 11:00am, 1:00pm to 4:00pm, and 7:00pm to 9:45pm.

Video Visitation can also be set up online by clicking here.

No eating, drinking or smoking is allowed in the visiting room. Visitors who appear to be under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs will not be allowed to visit and could be subject to arrest.

Failure to follow visitor rules and regulations may result in the loss of visitation privileges. Visitors must be dressed appropriately (No swimsuits and No see through clothing of any kind).  

No property or money may be transferred between the inmate and the visitor. Visitors must not bring any personal item(s) into the visiting room other than identification. Money for deposit into an inmate’s account must be entered into the kiosk machine located at the Jail Information and Visitation Center.

Video Visitation Rules

Internet video visitation is provided through Securus Technologies Inc. Inmates can visit family or friends in 15 minute blocks of time for $5.00 or 30 minute blocks of time for $10.00. 

A visitor can visit with an inmate from anywhere in the world as long as they have a computer, tablet, Smartphone, internet access, an email account, a webcam and a credit card. 

The visitor pays for the visit at the time of scheduling. During the visit, there will be no nudity or illegal behavior or the visit can be terminated at the discretion of the facility. Visitors can get more information by logging onto or by calling 1-877-578-3657.

Participation in visitation is a privilege, not a right. Both visitor and inmate are expected to conduct themselves in an appropriate fashion at all times during a visit.

All visitors must have a valid government issued photo I.D. (driver’s license, I.D. card, military I.D., etc.). Visitors under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a legal guardian and must be supervised at all times. Only the visitor(s) who are scheduled to visit may visit.

Visitors are not allowed to record visitation sessions for any purpose. If you attempt to do this, the visit will be terminated without notice and it may result in the termination of your visitation privileges, both onsite and home visits. 

No NUDITY is allowed—the visit will be terminated without notice.  No lingerie, swimsuits, see-through, provocative or tight fitting clothing will be allowed during the visit. 

ONSITE visitors are limited to two adults and one child or one adult and two children.  NO CELL PHONES are allowed in the visitation center. If you use a cell phone during a visit, your visit will be terminated without notice. This includes taking or showing cell phone pictures/videos. 

Do not damage or deface the visitation equipment. If you damage or deface the equipment, you could be prosecuted. Visitors appearing to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs are not allowed. Loud talking, excessive emotionalism, or any type of disruptive behavior will not be permitted. 

The visitation center is a busy area; it is the visitor’s responsibility to show up in plenty of time in advance to get checked in before their visit is scheduled to start. Visitors arriving late will only receive the balance of the remaining visiting time, or may not be allowed to visit, depending on the circumstances.

Physical Address

Marion County Jail
700 NW 30th Avenue
Ocala, Florida 34475

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General Phone Number

(352) 351-8077

Inmate Mailing Address(es)

(Inmate’s Full Name)/Booking Number
Marion County Jail
700 NW 30th Avenue
Ocala, Florida 34475

For the safety & security of the inmates and the Department of the Jail, all incoming mail -- with the EXCEPTION of Privileged/Legal mail—must be in the form of a PRE-STAMPED POST CARD ONLY. Packages are not accepted without prior approval. Any paperback books, newspapers, magazines, or any other type of periodicals received through the mail must be sent directly from the publisher or a bookstore. 

All incoming letters/packages must have the name of the person sending it and a return address on the envelope. Any cash, money orders, etc. received will be placed into the inmate’s canteen account. Any checks received, except government checks, will be returned to the sender. 

Money orders may still be received in an envelope (NO letters permitted with money order) and will be opened by the Jail Mailroom staff for inspection. 

All Postcards must meet the following requirements: 

  • Postcard size- minimum: 3 ½” x 4 ¼”, no larger than 4 ¼” x 6”
  • Pre-stamped. 
  • Must include Inmates’ full name and Inmate pin number. 

Must include a complete return address. 

Unacceptable Postcards not meeting requirements will be RETURN TO SENDER. They include:

  • Defaced or altered Postcards. 
  • Staples, Plastic or any type of wrappings on the Postcards. 
  • Postcards marked with paint, marker, fingernail polish, crayon or colored pencil. 
  • Postcards with ANY type of sticker, label, including stamps/address labels. 
  • Postcards with stains or watermarks. 
  • Postcards with ANY lipstick, perfumes or biohazards. 
  • Postcards depicting nudity, weapons, gang references or that are tattoo suggestive.
  • Oversized Postcards. 
  • Postcards that have any type of personal pictures/photographs attached to it.

How to Call an Inmate

Inmates at the Marion 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.

In order to receive phone calls from an inmate at the jail, you must first establish an account with our Securus. They can be reached at 1-800-844-6591 or you can visit them online. Inmates can also make calls by purchasing Calling Cards from the jail.

How to Send Money

All inmate deposits must be completed in person at the Jail Information Visitation Center or online by clicking here. Money orders are still received in an envelope (NO letters permitted with money order) and will be opened by the Jail Mailroom staff for inspection.

Mail the money order to:
(Inmate’s Full Name)/Booking Number
Marion County Jail
700 NW 30th Avenue
Ocala, Florida 34475

Please remember there is a $22.00 booking fee and a $3.00 daily subsistence fee that will be subtracted from deposits, if owed.

Programs For Inmates

Jail-to-Work Program

Designed to provide inmates with the skills necessary to gain meaningful employment upon their release. Inmates are allowed to work in specific areas and earn a certificate in their given field. All Jail-to-Work programs are designed to reduce recidivism. 

All inmate workers undergo drug testing prior to outside assignment and are subject to random drug testing while assigned to the program. Examples of Jail-to-Work programs include Custom Garment Making, Culinary, and Agriculture. The $3.00 meal fee is waived for inmate workers. 

Alcoholics Anonymous/Substance Abuse Programs

AA provides weekly support meetings for inmates struggling with alcohol abuse. Substance Abuse programs are also available upon request.

Religious Services

Religious guidance and scripture study are provided by the Chaplaincy Program. Religious diets may be provided upon receipt of a written request and approval of the Chaplain. 

Medical Care

During the booking process, all inmates are medically screened and a medical history taken. A medical intake processing fee of $ 10.00 is charged to each inmate during the booking process. 

The Marion County Jail uses the Keep on Person (KOP) program, which allows certain inmates to maintain possession of certain prescribed medications. 

Life Building Programs

Several programs are available to help inmates deal with day-to-today life. These programs teach decision making and other vital issues. Examples of this type of class include Women Enhancing Spiritual Traits (WEST) and Men In Transformation Education (MITE). 

Educational Programs

GED programs are provided by the Community Technical and Adult Education Center. These classes are provided on a continuing basis. 

Pre-Release Program

A pre-release program is available to inmates approximately two weeks prior to their release. It provides inmates with information about obtaining a job, education, a place to sleep, food, and clothing.

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Careers at Marion County Jail

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

The application process begins with a minimum qualifications review, which is a detailed assessment of each applicant’s qualifications related to the requirements of the position for which they have applied. If the minimum requirements are met, the process continues. If not, the application is stopped.

Fingerprints are a part of the application process and will be processed through the Federal Bureau of Investigations and also the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

Job Specific Abilities Testing is also conducted, including PAT & Firearms for Sworn positions and typing/keyboarding for Admin/Support Positions. 

Detention Deputies

This is a responsible position that involves the custody, control and care of inmates within the Marion County Jail, and the movement of inmates within and outside the facility. The starting salary is $44,566.03. Benefits include a medical plan, the Florida retirement system, and life insurance.