4th Avenue Jail Information
Located At: 201 S. 4th Avenue, Phoenix, Arizona 85003
Phone: (602) 876-0322
Inmate Classification: Max General Population, Closed Custody, Medium General, Sentenced Working Inmates Maximum/Medium
Area: 577,883 Square Feet
Constructed In: 2005
The 4th Avenue jail can hold around 2,000 inmates and has about 300 beds for the Maricopa County Jail system’s highest security level inmates. The first priority when the jail was constructed was public safety. The general public can use video visitation. Some features of the facility are fully operational dental and medical clinics. Inmates in the jail have classrooms for educational programs along with a chapel for religious services.
Each cell area has 2 classrooms, an attorney room, 4 video visitation booths, a recreation yard, and a dayroom. This allows for there to be a limit to the number of inmates moved.
The first floor is “Central Intake”, which is where about 250 people who get arrested are booked every day. The Central Intake is comprised of the Intake Control Room, Initial Appearance Courts for Phoenix and County, Pre-Trial Services, Bonds and Fines, Classification Services, and Visitation.
Information Hotline for 4th Avenue Jail: (602) 876-0322
If you have any questions about charges, bond amounts, inmate book accounts, phone use, visitation, and any other general questions, you should call the free hotline above. You can also use https://www.mcso.org/InmateInfo to do an inmate search.
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4th Avenue Jail Visitation
Prior to scheduling a visitation, you need to first check with the Sheriff’s Information Management Services (SIMS) at 602-876-0322 since the inmate might already have been released. Visitation days and times may vary, so contact the 4th Avenue Jail information time at 602-876-0322 for more accurate information. Visitation hours are usually from 8:00 A.M. to 1:30 P.M., but restrictions might apply.
If you want to schedule a visitation, you should first go to the lobby in the 4th Avenue Jail to grab a Visitation Form. Fill out the inmate’s legal first and last name, and complete the rest of the form. Only three 30-minutes visitations are allowed in a 7-day period. Depending on the visitor’s age, there’s a limit of a maximum of 2 to 3 visitors who are allowed to go in at the same time.
If you bring with you any personal items, you won’t be allowed to take them into the visitation room, so don’t forget to bring change to use with one of the lockers located in the visitation lobby. It is also advisable not to bring wallets, purses, cellphones, or other personal items such as jewelry or sunglasses into the jail.
You are required to bring a valid government-issued identification card with your picture on it for you to go to a visitation. Acceptable forms of ID include a valid driver’s license, a passport, or an immigration card with a driver’s license.
All visitors under 18 years of age must be accompanied by an adult. Children between 14 and 17 years in age must have a valid ID card. School ID and a driver’s license are both acceptable forma of identification. Children below the age of 14 years aren’t required to have identification.
Money and Property Releases
Inmates are allowed to release all the money in their accounts without approval for up to 72 hours after they are booked. After the 72-hour period lapses, any money release must be first authorized but either the Jail Commander or their designee.
If a property release is requested, all personal property has to be released. It is up to the inmate to choose a person the property is to be released to, including their probation officer, lawyer or public defender, bondsman, or even their caseworker.
A property release is known as a Tank Order and the inmate must issue and sign it. Prior to picking up the property, the person that has been given the property rights is required to visit the jail in Durango where the incarceration happened. They are then required to pick up the Tank Order and then going to the 4th Avenue jail to collect the personal property since that’s where it is stored.
The jail then releases the property to the designated individual after he/she shows valid ID. Acceptable forms of ID include a valid/current driver’s license and a Department of Motor Vehicles identification card. If you have an immigration card such as a resident alien card or a work visa, it can be accepted with a valid DMV ID too.
The inmate is required to inform the medical staff of any prescription medications they are taking along with the dosage at the time they are booked. Any medication from outside the jail or even from home is not allowed.
If a guardian or parent is arrested, the arresting officer will attempt to located a natural parent or relative so that they can take the child or children. If a relative cannot be located, Child Protective Services (CPS) will take in the child/children until when a family member is located.
The CPS Hotline is available 24/7 at 1-888-767-2445. Once a family member gets in touch with CPS, the representative will first take their information over the phone and a CPS worker will contact the family member as soon as possible to arrange a meeting.
How to Put Money in Inmate Books
To mail an inmate money, put it in an envelope that’s addressed to the jail and don’t forget to include the name and booking number of the inmate. It should also be clearly marked on the outside of the envelope that it is “For Deposit Only” and should have a return address.
Acceptable forms of payment to make a deposit into an inmate’s money account include a Cashiers’ Check, Western Union or U.S. Postal money order, or checks issued by federal, state, or local government agencies.
Checks should be in United States currency, payable to the inmate, and include the name and booking number of the inmate. Privately run prisons or jails may also issue checks for the inmate and they are acceptable too. The check’s full amount must be deposited into the inmate’s money account. Cash must never be sent in the mail.
Cashiers’ Checks, U.S. Currency, Western Union, or U.S. Postal money orders may be accepted at any Sheriff’s Office jai for deposit into an inmate’s money account. It can be deposited to the visitation officer or at local kiosks in visitation lobbies.
Money orders and checks should include the name and booking number of the inmate. Proper identification is needed. Soiled, wet, or altered forms of money won’t be accepted.
Outside of normal visitation hours the Bonds and Fines public window that’s located at the 4th Avenue Jail will accept forms of payment for deposits. Kiosks may be used if the Bonds and Fines window is closed. The kiosks take MasterCard/Visa and funds are generally posted to the inmate’s money account within 1 hour. The kiosks are located at local jails and there’s a fee charged to use them.
You can also pay via phone at 1-866-355-9593 or online at www.touchpaydirect.com or https://maricopa.touchpaydirect.net. You will be required to provide the inmate’s name and booking number.
Information Hotline for 4th Avenue Jail (602) 876-0322
If you have any questions about charges, bond amount, book accounts, phone use, visitation, public court records and any other general questions, you should call this free hotline.