Union County Jail

The Union County Jail is located in Lake Butler, Florida, on the north side of the county courthouse- and is operated by the Union County Sheriff's Department. This 36-bed facility houses adults and juveniles—both felony and misdemeanor offenders—who have been arrested by local county or municipal law enforcement.

Jail History

The original Union County Jail was constructed in 1922, and the Union County brick courthouse was built 14 years later at the present day location. By 1950, the "old jail" had been dismantled, and a new one was built on the site of the present day jail.

Inmate Search

To find out if your loved one is being held in Union County, call (386) 496-2501 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 Union County Jail.

Bonding someone out of the Union County Jail

If an inmate has bondable charges, he or she can bond out at any time. A bond can be paid with or without a bail bond agent. The method (cash/surety) and amount of money needed for bonding someone out of the Union County Jail depends on their charges. Most crimes, but not all crimes, are bondable offenses.

When you pay a cash bond at the Jail, 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. Surety bonds in Union County are only accepted from registered bail agents.

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Visiting Hours and Rules

Visiting hours at the Union County Jail are Thursday and Friday each week, from 1:00pm until 3:00pm. Visiting is allowed on one of these days and is restricted to immediate family only. 

Anyone visiting the jail is subject to search. For more information about jail visitation, you may contact the jail administrator at (386) 496-2501.

Physical Address

Union County Jail
55 West Main Street, Courthouse, Room 102
Lake Butler, FL 32054

Driving Directions: https://goo.gl/maps/he1egWwSZUh8hVW9A

General Phone Number

(386) 496-2501

Inmate Mailing Address(es)

Union County Jail
Inmate's Full Name
55 West Main Street, Courthouse, Room 102
Lake Butler, FL 32054

How to Call an Inmate

Inmates at the Union 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.

How to Send Money

Friends and family may drop off cash or money orders at the Union County Jail for their inmate. There's also the option of mailing in a money order to the inmate by using the following address:

Union County Jail
Inmate's Full Name
55 West Main Street, Courthouse, Room 102
Lake Butler, FL 32054

Programs For Inmates

This information is not publicly available.

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Careers at Union County Jail

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

You can also click on the links below and print the application. Once you fill it out completely, you must sign it in front of a notary public, then return the completed application in its entirety to the Union County Sheriff's Office, courthouse Rm 102 in Lake Butler.

Sworn Application

Non Sworn Application

To become employed as a certified law enforcement, correctional or correctional probation officer in Florida, applicants must:

  • be at least 19 years of age and a US citizen
  • have earned a high school graduate or equivalent (GED). A bachelor's degree is required for correctional probation officers.
  • Not have been convicted of any felony or of a misdemeanor involving perjury or false statement.
  • Never have received a dishonorable discharge from any of the Armed Forces of the United States.
  • Have good moral character.
  • Have passed a Commission approved Basic Abilities Test.
  • Achieve a passing score on the State Officer Certification Examination.
  • Have been fingerprinted by the employing agency with prints processed by the FDLE and the FBI.
  • Successfully passed a background investigation, to include drug testing and financial history.
  • Have passed a physical examination by a licensed physician.

Completed a CJSTC-68 Affidavit of Applicant Form