Okaloosa County Jail

The Okaloosa County Jail is located in Crestview, Florida. This facility is operated by the Okaloosa County Department of Corrections and houses adult males and females—both misdemeanor and felony inmates—who have been arrested by local county or municipal law enforcement.

Some of the inmates have been tried and sentenced to 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.  

Jail History of Overcrowding

The current Okaloosa County Jail was originally constructed in 1963, and was designed to house 124 inmates. In the early 1980s, the inmate capacity was reduced to 82 as a result of state regulations and a federal class action lawsuit was filed against Okaloosa County on behalf of the inmates due to inadequate housing conditions, lack of medical care, and a general lack of funding.

The courts ultimately sided with the inmates and Okaloosa County was ordered to improve the conditions of their jail. In 1982, they added a minimum-security unit with an additional 82 beds. However, overcrowding continued to be an issue. In 1985, a medium/maximum security unit was opened and raised the jail's overall capacity to 242. But, by the end of the 1980s, the jail population was averaging over 300 inmates.

In 1992, there was a major expansion of the Okaloosa County Jail with an additional 232 beds and an overall capacity of 474, but the problems associated with an ever-increasing inmate population continued. 

In 2003, another housing area was completed adding 120 beds and bringing the overall design capacity to 594 inmates. However, since that time, the inmate population has continued to grow at an average rate of 3.6% per year resulting in serious overcrowding. 

The number of inmates housed in the county jail has exceeded 800 and peaked at over 900 on several occasions. 

Inmate Search

To find out if your loved one is being held in Okaloosa County, click here, call (850) 689-5690, 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 Okaloosa County Jail

If an inmate has bondable charges, he or she can bond out at any time. For further information on bonding out an inmate, or to find out the bond amount on an inmate, call 

There are several ways for an inmate to be released from jail including posting bond, qualifying for pretrial release, being released resulting from a court hearing, etc.

The method (cash/surety) and amount of money needed for bonding someone out of the Pre-Trial Detention Center 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

Video Visitation is available at the Okaloosa County Jail. This allows each inmate in general population to have the opportunity for at least two hours of visitation each week. 

All visitors are required to register and record their name, address, and relationship to the inmate. Additional information may be required. All visitors are subject to search.

Video visitation is available onsite at the jail at no cost, Tuesday – Friday from 10 a.m. – 4:40 p.m. except for holidays. 

For a fee, remote video visits can be scheduled seven days a week between 7a.m. – 9:40 p.m. All visits must be scheduled at least 12 hours in advance and can be done from the terminal in the jail's public lobby or from any computer with internet access by visiting Securus Video Connect.

Physical Address

Okaloosa County Jail
1200 James Lee Blvd (US Highway 90 East)
Crestview , Florida 32539

Driving Directions: https://goo.gl/maps/mzWRvXuENuBxb8xG6

General Phone Number

(850) 689-5690

Inmate Mailing Address(es)

(Inmate's Name)
Okaloosa County Department of Corrections
1200 East James Lee Boulevard
Crestview, FL 32539

The only items that may be sent to an Okaloosa County inmate in the mail are: approved legal material, letters, 20 photos (no larger than 4x6, no Polaroid), standard size cards, money orders, and postage stamps. Mail will not be accepted if mailed in large envelopes and bubble or padded envelopes. Any item larger than ¼” x 12” x 15” is considered a package and returned to the sender. Books may be donated to the Inmate Library but not mailed directly to an inmate.

How to Call an Inmate

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

To set up a phone account so you can easily receive calls from your inmate, click here.

How to Send Money

Money can be deposited into an inmate’s account at the Okaloosa County Jail with cash, money orders, and debit/credit cards. A kiosk is located in the Public Lobby to accept cash and debit/credit cards. 

Money Orders

Money orders must be made payable to Okaloosa County Department of Corrections with the inmate’s name written on the bottom. They must be mailed to the jail and received no later than 6 am Friday for the funds to be available in time to order commissary the following week.

(Inmate's Name)
Okaloosa County Department of Corrections
1200 East James Lee Boulevard
Crestview, FL 32539


Friends and family can deposit money via telephone using credit/debit cards by calling (850) 689-5690, selecting option ‘2’, and following the prompts.

Funds may be deposited via the internet by setting up an account at https://deposits.jailatm.com/webdeposits/ and www.jpay.com.

Main Lobby

The Okaloosa County Department of Corrections provides access to many services in the facility's main lobby:

  • ATM       
  • Purchase phone cards for inmates       
  • Deposit funds on an inmate’s account
  • Terminal to schedule onsite visitation  
  • Money order depository

Programs For Inmates

Inmate Work Crews

Sentenced, non-violent inmates are assigned to county work crews to assist in maintenance and other projects around the county.

Religious Services

All inmates are given the opportunity to practice their religious beliefs. A facility Chaplain has been appointed to coordinate religious services and activities via the Good News Jail organization. 


Inmates receive a minimum of three hours of outdoor exercise per week, weather permitting.

Library Services

A standard reading library that includes both fiction and non-fiction material is available weekly to the inmates who are held at the jail beyond their first court appearance. Additionally, pro se inmates are provided reasonable access to legal materials to assist them in filing any type of action cognizable in Florida Courts.

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Careers at Okaloosa County Jail

If you are interested in a career with the Okaloosa County Department of Corrections and would like more information about the job openings at the Okaloosa County Jail, click here.

Corrections Officer

The Corrections Officer position in Okaloosa County requires a high school diploma or GED. Applicants must also have a valid driver's license. The rate of pay for this position is between $18.91 - $28.07 per hour.