Ada County Jail

The Ada County Jail is located in Boise, Idaho and is operated by the Ada County Sheriff's Office. The function of this jail is to receive and process adult men and women who have been arrested by county or municipal law enforcement. 

The Ada County Jail serves as a temporary holding facility, as well as a pre-trial facility to house persons who can't bond out and are waiting for their court date. When someone is arrested in Ada county, they are usually given the opportunity to post bond and be released, or they are held until their case is disposed of by the courts. 

The Ada County Jail also houses individuals who have been sentenced to serve up to one year of confinement in a local setting, as well as individuals who've been sentenced for more serious crimes and are waiting for bed space to become available within the Idaho Department of Corrections. 

Inmates are assigned a security risk level, or classification, ranging from minimum to maximum. Minimum security inmates enjoy the highest level of benefits and privileges. Medium security inmates may also have certain privileges, like dormitory housing and access to programs. Inmates who are classified as maximum risk do not have access to most programs or privileges.

The total inmate capacity of the Ada County Jail is 1224.

The Ada County Jail has a Close Custody Unit (CCU), which can house a total of 130 inmates. This is the traditional cell structure where more violent offenders or those inmates who cannot be mixed with the general population are housed.

Other inmates live under the Direct Supervision model. Their housing is set up in pods, and each pod has dorms. Each male dorm holds 92 inmates, while each female dorm houses 56. In dorms, there are no single cells. Inmates have their own beds and they all share a common area. 

Inmate Search

To find out if your loved one is being held in Ada County, click here or call the jail at (208) 577-3000. Be prepared to provide the inmate’s full name and date of birth.

Upon arrival at the jail, the inmate will go through the booking process, which is the same for everyone regardless of the charge. They will either have a bond issued immediately after booking or within 72 hours of their arrest, depending upon the charges. 

Inmates will be given the opportunity to use the telephone once the booking process is completed to contact their family, attorney, and/or a bondsman to arrange a bond. 

To find out if an inmate qualifies for a bond release, look up the name at  Ada County Inmates. The amount for bond is listed on the “Bail” column to the right of each charge, with a bail total on the bottom.

Bonding someone out of the Ada County Jail

A criminal bond is a financial guarantee that the arrested person will appear in court on a specified date. A BOND IS NOT A FINE. The person you are posting the bond for must appear before a judge to answer criminal charges. 

If an inmate has a bond attached to an arrest warrant or if a judge sets bond for a criminal charge in court, that inmate can be bailed out of the Ada County Jail for the amount of the bond and an additional $25 administration fee. 

Inmates with multiple charges have separate bonds, and the $25 fees must be paid for each charge. Bonds must be paid in cash, with a cashier’s check or money order, or by a bail bond service. Personal checks and credit cards are not permitted. The $25 fee must accompany each bond.

The Ada County Jail has an ATM machine in the lobby. Cash withdrawal limits can vary, depending on what bank the customer has an account with. People must pay in person at the counter in the lobby of the main Ada County Sheriff’s Office building at 7200 Barrister Drive. The jail is located on the same campus.


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Visiting Hours and Rules

All visits with inmates at the Ada County Jail are completed online using the jail's Video Visitation system. Schedule your next visit online with Getting Out.

Each inmate receives two, free 25-minute online visits each week. Additional visits are available to purchase for a small fee. For answers to questions about the online video visitation system or for help setting up a new account, visit Getting Out or call 1.866.516.0115.

For questions about online video visitation at the Ada County Jail, call 208.577.3113.

Physical Address

Ada County Jail
7210 Barrister Dr.
Boise, ID 83704

Driving Directions: https://goo.gl/maps/5FdJaSCfmCXC1dBi6

General Phone Number

(208) 577-3000

Inmate Mailing Address(es)

Inmate’s full nameInmate’s JID number   (Look up an inmate’s JID number)
C/O Ada County Jail
7210 Barrister Dr.
Boise, ID 83704

Inmate mail is scanned and checked for contraband, money, escape plans, and any writing that may jeopardize the security of the jail. Inmates may receive written letters and standard photographs. Polaroid photos, stamps, envelopes, and other forwarded items are not allowed. 

Mail or publications containing images or depictions of sexual situations, nudity or sexual acts are prohibited. In addition, incoming inmate mail cannot contain:

  • Intimidating or harassing statements
  • Gang-related writings or drawings
  • Messages (codes) that are not easily understood
  • Plans that violate state, local, federal laws, or jail rules
  • Plans to send contraband (such as drugs) in or out of the jail

Mail or publications containing unauthorized references or material may be refused, confiscated, destroyed, placed in the inmate’s property or returned to the sender.

Inmates may receive newspapers, magazines, and books, but they must be received directly from a publisher or bookstore.

How to Call an Inmate

Inmates at the Ada County Jail cannot receive incoming phone calls. However, the inmates do 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

All inmates at the Ada County Jail have commissary accounts and are allowed to purchase items from the jail commissary, including candy, snacks, beverages, writing materials, and shoes and clothing, as long as they have sufficient funds to pay for what they order.

There are two ways to deposit money to an inmate’s account:

  • In person – A kiosk at the Ada County Sheriff’s Office accepts deposits using cash and visa/debit cards.
  • Online – Visit Telemate to make a secure payment.

When money is placed into an inmate’s trust account, the first $15 is automatically placed in the inmate’s personal account, which is used for medical co-pays while in custody. The remaining money is placed in the inmate’s commissary account.

If you would rather order commissary items for your inmate instead of sending money, visit the iCare website, select Idaho from “find a loved one” field, and then enter an inmate’s name. Once you select an inmate, you will have access to several packages of food items and other items you can have delivered to them.

For more information or technical support when adding money to an inmate’s account, visit Getting out of Jail or call 1.866.516.0115.

Programs For Inmates

The Ada County Sheriff’s Office offers comprehensive in-custody classes to help inmates successfully transition back into the community. Substance abuse treatment and cognitive-based programming is offered, as well as follow-up aftercare after they are released from jail. 

The classes offered are foundational – NOT inpatient treatment. Inmates can pursue inpatient/residential treatment after being released from jail.

Active Behavioral Change (ABC)

This four-week class utilizes an evidence-based program that is designed to help individuals change behavior. The goal is to decrease recidivism among adult criminal offenders by increasing moral reasoning.

The Substance Abuse Program (SAP)

This program connects counselors with criminal offenders and inmates who are addicted to alcohol and/or drugs. Those inmates learn ways to remain clean and sober.

The Change Company Interactive Journaling curriculum is administered, with a class that emphasizes relapse prevention therapy by breaking down the recovery process into specific tasks and skills. 

It also shows the offender how to recognize when he/she is beginning to relapse and how to change before alcohol/drug use occurs.

General Education Development (GED)

The Ada County Sheriff’s Office, in partnership with the Idaho Department of Correction, offers GED tutoring and testing in the jail’s learning center. Tutoring services are offered through the GED online academy with testing services offered through the GED Testing Service and PearsonVue. 

Reentry Dorms

Offenders participating in ABC, SAP, WFR, and GED live in one of the jail's Reentry Dorms. They operate using a community model which creates an environment for offenders to practice their newly acquired skills under the supervision of programs staff and specially-trained security deputies. 

Residents hold each other accountable to a set of behavioral expectations above and beyond jail rules. Reentry Dorm Participants are expected to participate in meetings, life skills classes, parenting classes, relationship classes, and employment classes.

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Careers at Ada County Jail

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

With over 800 employees in over 60 different career fields, the county offers a variety of employment opportunities in corrections and law enforcement. You can become a patrol or detention officer, 911 dispatcher, records or jail technician, nurse, or choose from a variety of other administrative positions.

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