Allegheny County PA Jail - 5th Avenue

County Jail

Last Updated: July 19, 2020
923 5th Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15219

Allegheny Co Jail-5th Ave is for County Jail offenders sentenced up to twenty four months.

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You can support your loved ones at Allegheny Co Jail-5th Ave on InmateAid, if you have any immediate questions contact the facility directly at 412-340-4451.

When someone you care about gets locked up, it's tough to figure out all the ins and outs of jail life. From sending mail to visiting, there are a lot of things to sort out. And getting info about the arrest? Not always easy. That's where this webpage comes in handy. It's here to help you get a handle on how things work here so that you can stay connected and support your loved one behind bars.

The Allegheny Co Jail-5th Ave is a detention center located at 923 5th Ave Pittsburgh, PA which is operated locally by the Allegheny 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. Allegheny County accepts inmates from surrounding towns, Pittsburgh Police Department, and the US Marshal's Service.

New detainees arrive at the jail regularly, with some being released on bail, placed under pretrial services caseloads, supervised by probation agencies, or released on recognizance with a court appearance agreement. Those who are not released await their court appearances at the jail, receiving accommodations including bedding and meals. You can see all the arrest records for Pennsylvania here.

The services of Allegheny County Jail - 5th Ave for inmates and former inmates support re-entry into the community and reduce recidivism. Through funding provided through the Jail Collaborative, we work with the Department of Human Services (DHS), the Allegheny County Health Department (ACHD), court officials, service providers, ex-offenders, faith-based community organizations, families and the community at large.

Original articles of mail and photographs will be held at the Allegheny County Jail for a period of thirty days and destroyed thereafter.


  • Keep it simple and use blue/black ink or pencil only
  • No stickers are allowed, including an address sticker
  • No stains, glitter, lipstick kisses or perfume
  • Everything will be photocopied. Originals will not be delivered to inmates.
  • Letters cannot be more than three pages and must be no larger than 8.5 x 11 letter sized paper- front and back.


  • Inmates will only receive colored copies of incoming photographs and only two 4 x 6 copies of photographs are authorized, per week per inmate


  • Paperback books, magazine, newspapers must be sent directly from the publisher and only via U.S. mail, not UPS or Fed Ex.
  • Inmates are permitted a maximum of seven publications.

Mail should be addressed as follows:

  • Inmate Name
  • DOC Number
  • Allegheny County Jail
  • 950 Second Avenue
  • Pittsburgh, Pa 15219

Family members wishing to pick up an inmate's personal property (for example, wallet, and keys) must have authorization from the inmate. Once authorized, please call 412-350-2267 between the hours of 8:00a.m. and 10:00am. All items will be brought to the front lobby for distribution between 1:45pm and 2:00pm on the same day.

To create and/or fund a pre-paid collect call account contact: GLOBAL TEL*LINK 1-800-483-8314 For questions regarding the inmate phone system or to block a number, call (412) 350- 2312

Money Orders

  • Write the inmate’s DOC Number on the money order

Returning funds to released inmates: The Cashier's Office is notified when released inmates are waiting in the main lobby for their funds. Released inmates receive a check for any amount owed that's over $10 and they receive cash for any amount owed that's less than $10. In the evening after the banks are closed, the inmate will receive some cash with a check for the remaining balance. For example, if a person is owed $50 dollars, he or she will receive up to $10 in cash with a check for the remaining balance. Hours for paying released inmates are 7:00am - 8:00 pm, Mon thru Fri.

We encourage released individuals to cash their check at the PNC bank located on the corner of Grant Street and Forbes Avenue. This PNC branch accepts the armband as a form of identification to cash checks. Please Note: After 10 days, money will only be turned over to an attorney or the Clerk of Courts.

Food Packages

  • Food packages may ONLY be sent through Access Securepak. Call 800-546-6283.
  • Fresh food packages may ONLY be sent through Trinity Take Out. Call 844-343-0812

Inmates May Not Receive

Anything that is not specifically listed above, including but not limited to:

  • Any publication that is not mailed directly from the publisher
  • Stamps or stamped envelopes
  • Stationery
  • Cash
  • Checks of any kind
  • Credit cards, phone cards
  • Hygiene or grooming products
  • Medication
  • Clothing
  • Jewelry
  • Tobacco
  • Food
  • Gang-related photos
  • Pornography

Re-entry Services

Re-entry clients receive risk and need assessment and a service plan based on that assessment which they must follow with the guidance of a Jail Service Coordinator. Service Plans include re-entry classes, education classes, and substance abuse services available in the Jail or community for clients who have been released to Alternative Housing.

Two months before their minimum release date they may be assigned a Community Service Coordinator. From enrollment through six months post-release, each client is assigned a Re-Entry Probation Officer.

The client follows a Phase 2 service plan in the community which is developed by the Community Service Coordinator in collaboration with the Re-Entry Probation Officer and the Re-Entry staff they have worked with during Phase 1.

Inmate Locator

To utilize the Inmate Search page on InmateAid, begin by selecting the relevant prison facility in Pennsylvania. This allows you to view the current list of inmates housed at Allegheny County PA Jail - 5th Avenue.

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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.

Visitation Information

Alleghany County PA Jail - 5th Avenue - Visitation

Scheduling a Visit - When and how often you may visit an inmate depends upon his or her location in the facility. You will need to know the inmate’s location before you can check the schedules and plan your visit.

Visitation Schedules by Pod

*Please note that all visitors need to be registered for their visit in the visit lobby at least 15 minutes before their visits.

Visitor Scheduling and Registration Process

Online Inmate Visitation Scheduler

  • Prior to the date of your visit, you must schedule a specific visit date and time Online, or by phone at 855-208-7349.
  • You must schedule your visit at least 2 days prior to the visit, but not more than 7 days in advance.

Visiting schedules are subject to change or cancellation.
Call 412-350-2000 for the latest information.

The following Pods days and start times are:

Level 1: A, B / Lev 2: A, B, D, E, F

Level 3: A, B, C, D, E, F /

Lev 4: A, B, C, D, F

Level 5: F / Lev 6: D, E, /

Lev 7: D, E, /

Lev 8: D Sunday thru Saturday: 8:00am, 9:00am, 10:00am, 11:00am, 1:30pm, 2:30pm, 3:30pm, 6:00pm, 7:00pm

Pod 1C: Juvenile Pod Tuesdays, Thursdays: 2:30-3:30pm, 6:00-7:00pm Saturday, Sunday: 8:00-9:00am, 10:00-11:00am, 1:30- 2:30pm, 2:30-3:30pm, 6:00-7:00pm

Pod 2C (Pod of HOPE) Pod 4E (Pod of HOPE) Sundays: 11:00-12:00Noon, 1:30-2:30pm, 2:30-3:30pm, 3:30-4:30pm, 6:00-7:00pm, 7:00-8:00pm Tuesdays, Thursday: 12:45-1:45pm, 1:45-2:45pm Saturdays: 2:30-3:30pm, 3:30-4:30pm, 6:00-7:00pm, 7:00- 8:00pm

Pod 4F (Female DHU Cells: 201-208; one visit/wk.) Sundays, Mondays, Wednesdays: (Pods 201- 208) 8:00-9:00am, 9:00-10:00am, 10:00-11:00am, 11:00-12Noon, 12:45-1:45pm

Pod 5B (Infirmary) (Must be cleared for visits by jail physician in advance) Sundays: 8:00-9:00am, 9:00-I0:00am, 6:00-7:00pm, and 7:00-8:00pm Mondays, Wednesdays: 9:00-10:00am, 10:00-11:00am, 11:00-12Noon, 12:45-1:45pm, I:45-2:45pm, 6:00-7:00pm, 7:00- 8:00pm Visiting hours for

Inmates unable to go up and down stairs: Sundays: 8:00-9:00am, 9:00-10:00am

Mondays, Wednesdays: 9:00-10:00am, 10:00-11:00am, 11:00-12Noon, 12:45-1:45pm, 1:45-2:45pm Males (Evening) Females (Evening) Tuesday, Thursday, Friday Monday, Wednesday 6:00-7:00pm, 7:00- 8:00pm 6:00-7:00pm, 7:00- 8:00pm

Pods 5C, 5D (Male Mental Health) (must be cleared for visits by jail psychiatrist in advance) Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays: 6:00-7:00pm, 7:00-8:00pm NOTE: Pods 5B, 5C, 5D, Protective Custody: Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays: 8:15-9:15pm 5 MD Protective custody: Tuesday, Thursday, Sunday

Pod 5E Tuesdays, Thursdays: 12:45-1:45pm, 1:45-2:45pm, 6:00-7:00pm, 7:00-8:00pm Sundays, Fridays: 8:00-9:00am, 9:00-10:00am, 10:00-11:00am, 11:00-12Noon, 12:45-1:45pm, 1:45-2:45pm, 6:00-7:00pm, 7:00-8:00pm

Pod 5MC (Drug & Alcohol Pod) Sundays 1:30-2:30pm, 2:30-3:30pm, 3:30pm-4:30pm Saturdays: 6:00-7:00pm, 7:00-8:00pm

Pod 5MD (Female Mental Health) (Must be cleared for visits by jail psychiatrist in advance) Sundays: 10:00-11:00am, 11:00-12:00pm Mondays, Wednesdays: 6:00-7:00pm, 7:00-8:00pm

Note: Pod 6F Protective Custody: Cells 101-112 and 201-228 Sunday, Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursday, Fridays, Saturdays: 8:00am, 9:00am, 10:00am, 11:00pm, 1:30pm, 2:30pm, 3:30pm, 6:00pm, 7:00pm

Cells 113-126: 8:15-9:15pm Mon, Tue, Wed, Thurs, Fri, Sat, Sun Pod 7-D Mon, Tues, Wed, Thurs, Fri, Sat, Sun 8:00am, 9:00am, 10:00am, 11:00pm, 1:30pm, 2:30pm, 3:30pm, 6:00pm, 7:00pm except cells 119-124, those cells are 8:15- 9:15pm every day of the week

8E – Male DHU (One visit/wk.) Mondays, Wednesdays, Saturdays: 8:00-9:00am, 9:00-10:00am, 10:00-11:00am, 11:00-12Noon, 12:45-1:45pm Children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent, grandparent or legal guardian for a visit. The person accompanying a child must present evidence that they are the legal guardian, such as a birth certificate or Court documents.

Process for Visitation Friends and family must register their information at the visitors' window in the main lobby of the jail or by calling 412-350-2036. 412-350-2413 once your information is in the system you will book your visit at ALLEGHENYPA.GTLViSITME.COM. Or by calling 1-855-208-7349. Visits must be booked 2 days in advance up to 7 days. Visitors must report into the visiting visit window 15 minutes before their scheduled visit. The visiting week for all inmates begins on Sunday and ends on Saturday. Inmates in general population are permitted two visits per week, but only one visit per day. Inmates in disciplinary housing are permitted one visit per week. For Baby's: You may take a bottle, a small blanket, one diaper, and wipes that can be in a clear baggie, No cases.

Dress appropriately and follow the institution’s dress code which stipulates:

  • Undergarments are required as a condition of any visit
  • Shirt and shoes must be worn at all times
  • Tops must cover the entire trunk of the body
  • Shorts are permitted only if they are modestly cut (no upper thigh or buttocks visible)
  • No coats or jackets that are outerwear (suit jackets and cardigans are permitted)
  • No hooded clothing or headgear unless worn for religious reasons
  • No clothing that is sheer or see-through (mesh) material
  • No muscle shirts, halter tops, crop tops, sleeveless or
  • Strapless shirts/dresses
  • No clothing with excessive pockets, metal, or drawstrings
  • No clothing that displays a gang affiliation or is in any way attributable to gang culture
  • No clothing that is obscene, racist, or displays sexual content
  • No Sleepwear
  • No Uniform of any type
  • NO RED TOPS!!!
  • Ex-Inmates must be out of jail for one full year.

Visiting lobby officers may deny entry into the jail to anyone they deem inappropriately dressed.

  • Arrive unimpaired by the use of alcohol or other drugs. A person suspected of being under the influence of alcohol or other drugs will not be permitted to visit.
  • Proceed through a metal detecting scan.
  • Produce current photo identification that includes date of birth at the visitor's window.
  • Receive a visitor's pass in exchange for the photo identification. The photo identification is returned at the conclusion of the visit in exchange for the visitor's pass.
  • All contact visitors and other random visitors may be asked to pass through a scanner which detects drugs and drug residue. List of Acceptable Forms of Visitors Identification
  1. Driver's license or ID card issued by a state or outlying possession of the United States provided it contains a photograph and information such as name, date of birth, sex, height, eye color, and address
  2. ID card issued by a federal, state, or local government agency or entity provided it contains a photograph and information such as name, date of birth, sex, height, eye color, and address
  3. U.S. Passport
  4. Certificate of U.S. Citizenship (INS Form N-560 or N-561)
  5. Certificate of Naturalization (INS Form N-550 or N-570)
  6. Alien Registration Receipt Card with photograph
  7. (INS Form I-151 or I-551)
  8. Temporary Resident Card (INS Form I688)

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