Ada County Jail

County Jail

Last Updated: December 31, 2022
7210 Barrister Dr, Boise, ID 83704

Ada County Jail is for County Jail offenders sentenced up to twenty four months.

All prisons and jails have Security or Custody levels depending on the inmate’s classification, sentence, and criminal history. Please review the rules and regulations for County - medium facility.

The phone carrier is TelMate Inmate Calling, to see their rates and best-calling plans for your inmate to call you.

If you are unsure of your inmate's location, you can search and locate your inmate by typing in their last name, first name or first initial, and/or the offender ID number to get their accurate information immediately Registered Offenders

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Ada County Jail basic information to help guide you through what you can do for your inmate while they are incarcerated. The facility's direct contact number: 208-577-3113

The Ada County Jail is a medium-security detention center located at 7210 Barrister Dr Boise, ID which is operated locally by the Ada County Sheriff's Office and holds inmates awaiting trial or sentencing or both. Most of the sentenced inmates are here for less than two years. Ada County accepts inmates from surrounding towns, municipalities, the US Marshal's Service and the Boise Police Department who do not have their own long-term lock-up.

The Ada County Jail was built in 1977 when the Ada County-Boise City Public Safety Building first opened. The jail was originally built to hold a maximum of 160 inmates, plus 32 work release prisoners. The jail has been expanded several times since then. Today, the total inmate capacity is 1224.

Inmate Classification

All inmates at the Ada County Jail are classified using a specific system which is basically a risk assessment. By classifying all inmates, security of other inmates and jail staff is greatly increased. To classify an inmate, a team of officers researches the inmate's past and criminal history. They also consider the inmate's past and present behavior when in custody. Mental or physical disabilities are also taken into consideration when determining appropriate housing.

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.

Inmate Housing

There are different types of inmate supervision used inside the Ada County Jail. One is called Close Custody Unit (CCU). CCU 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 what is referred to as Direct Supervision. Their housing is set up in "pods". Within each pod are dorms. Each male dorm holds 92 inmates. Each female dorm houses 56. In dorms, there are no single cells. Inmates have their own beds and they all share a common area. Generally, one deputy is able to supervise an entire dorm.

Mail & Payments

Incoming mail must list the full name and address of the sender and the intended receiver. Improperly addressed mail will be returned. Mail to an inmate should include: ​Inmate mail is subject to scanning. Incoming mail will be checked for contraband, money, escape plans and any writing that may jeopardize the security of the facility.

Inmates may receive written letters and standard photographs. Polaroid photographs, 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, 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

At the discretion of jail staff, 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. Any subscription material received after an inmate leaves the jail will not be forwarded. Inmates are prohibited from subscribing to services or ordering merchandise.

Phone calls

Inmates cannot receive phone calls while in jail. However, most inmates are allowed to purchase phone time that can be used to make outgoing phone calls.


Inmates are able to buy a variety of things from the jail commissary: candy, snacks, beverages, writing materials, shoes and clothing, provided they have sufficient funds to pay for what they order. 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 automatically placed in the inmate’s commissary account which can then be used to buy commissary items.
Inmates must maintain a balance of $15 in his/her personal account at all times. Any balance above that can be used to purchase commissary items. The inmate may not use the personal account to pay for commissary items.
In an inmate has no money in his/her commissary account for seven (7) days prior to the request for commissary, the jail will supply him/her with necessary personal hygiene items as determined by jail staff. Inmates will also receive three stamped envelopes and writing paper each week.
Revenue generated by the commissary program is spent on items used by and for inmates. Examples of these are chairs, books, law library materials, TVs, board games, indigent supplies and so on.

Idaho Code §20.607 requires the Sheriff to seek reimbursement for incarceration costs from persons sentenced to jail. The cost is $25 per day, up to $500 (20 days) per incarceration. Click here for more info.

How do I add money to an inmate's account?

There are three 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 at

For more information or technical support when adding money to an inmate's account, call 1.866.516.0115.

Follow this link for a list of Telemate charges and fees.

Need additional information? Call the Ada County Jail at (208) 577-3000

Inmate Locator

Ada County Jail publishes the names of their inmates currently in their facility in Idaho. Your search should start with this locator first to see if your loved one is there.

The second box is the InmateAid Inmate Search. This database of inmates is user-generated content for the purpose of accessing and utilizing any or all of the InmateAid services. If you need our assistance creating your own inmate profile to keep in touch, email us at and we will assist you in locating your inmate.

As a last resort, you might have to pay for that information if we do not have it. The Arrest Record Search will cost you a small amount, but their data is the freshest available and for that reason they charge to access it.

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Covid Visitation Information

As of March 18, 2020, registration and visitation rules have changed to protect inmates at Ada County Jail and their loved ones during the COVID-19 outbreak. At this time, there are no in-person visits for family and friends due to the COVID-19 situation. Video visitation is available; details can be found below or call 208-577-3113.


  • All visits through the video visitation system require the visitor to establish a user account.

Visitation Information

Ada County Jail - Visitation

Visiting an inmate

All visits between inmates and members of the public are completed online using the Ada County Jail Video Visitation system.

Click here to register or schedule your next visit.

Each inmate is given 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 or call 1.866.516.0115.

For questions about online video visitation at the Ada County Jail, call (208) 577-3113.

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