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Allegheny County PA Jail - 5th Avenue

County Jail

Last Updated: July 19, 2020
923 5th Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Security Level
County - medium
Facility Type
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Allegheny County PA Jail - 5th Avenue basic information to help guide you through what you can do for your inmate while they are incarcerated. The facility's direct contact number: 412-340-4451

The Allegheny County PA Jail - 5th Avenue is a medium-security 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, municipalities, the US Marshal's Service and the Pittsburgh Police Department who do not have their own long-term lock-up.

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

Allegheny County PA Jail - 5th Avenue publishes the names of their inmates currently in their facility in Pennsylvania. 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 aid@inmateaid.com 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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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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How To Send Things

There are strict procedures for everything related to "sending things to an inmate" in a County - medium facility. This includes sending money for commissary packages, sending mail like letters with photos, magazine subscriptions, buying phone time, postcards and greeting cards, and even distance learning courses (get your degree, you've got a lot of extra time). You also need to know about visitation, what are the hours and rules.

All of the information you could ever need to know is below, patiently scroll the page and get as much information about Allegheny County PA Jail - 5th Avenue that you'd ever want to know. If there is anything that you were looking for, but don't see, please email us at aid@inmateaid.com.

How To Send Money:

How to Send an Inmate Money in Pennsylvania

Here are some general guidelines for sending money to an inmate's trust account; but not specific to a particular facility, institution or jail. Inmates need money to access several privileges like weekly shopping at the commissary, making phone calls, using the email service where offered, using the electronic tablets where offered and paying their co-pay when needing the medical or dental services. Some county jails require a per-night fee for the jail’s expenses.

What is a Commissary?

A commissary is a store within the jail. Commissary day is usually held once a week and can only be used if the inmate has funds in their commissary account, like a bank account within the institution. If the inmate has a job, their paycheck is deposited into this account, too.

The Commissary sells various products that the inmates may purchase if they have money on their books. Items sold are clothing, shoes, snacks and food, as well as hygienic products like soap, shampoo, and shavers. The commissary also sells products like books, magazines, televisions, radios, playing cards, headphones, MP3 players, electronic tablets, songs and educational programming. They also sell paper, envelopes, and stamps allowing the inmate to write their loved ones, friends and family. Facilities will provide stamps and paper to inmates who are indigent – eligible where no money has been in their commissary account for at least 30 days.

How you send money to an inmate?

Sending money to an inmate varies from state to state, depending if it is county, state or federal, their ways of accepting money for inmates’ changes by the money transfer company they’ve contracted with. Federal Prisons and some state-level prisons have centralized banking systems which means that you do not need to know where they are specifically, just that they are in the state systems of for instance the California, Texas, Florida DOC or the FBOP to name a few.

How do I send money using MoneyGram?

Some facilities will allow you to deposit cash through the lobby window stand-alone kiosk in the lobby or visitation room. Most facilities will also accept a postal money order mailed to the institution’s inmate mailing address made payable to the full inmate’s name.

Electronic banking allows friends and family members to send the funds online, and correctional departments are starting to favor this method because it is less work for staff and more accurate/easier to keep track of, as well as being more convenient.

Regardless of the method of sending funds, there are several key things you will need to know:
• Inmate’s full committed name
• Inmate’s ID number
• Inmate’s location – or a system like the federal BOP

Before sending any funds you should find out what online transfer companies the institution your inmate is incarcerated in uses. You can find this information on our site by navigating to the facilities page click on the Money Transfer button under the address and phone number.

Pay close attention to the rules of the facility. Sometimes they will require money senders are on the inmate's visitation list. Some correctional facilities have a deposit limit, like $200-300 at a time, but in federal, there is no limit.

MoneyGram, JPay, OffenderConnect, AccessCorrections, JailATM, WU, Touchpayonline, tigercommissary, smartdeposit are some of the money transfer firms being used by various facilities. MoneyGram is by far the oldest and most trusted.

Who else can access the money you send?

An inmate with fines or restitution will be subject to commissary/trust account garnishment. If the inmate has these financial obligations, they will be extracted from the inmate’s bank account. It may be a percentage or the entire amount depending on the situation. We recommend inmates who are going into their bid contact the counselor and make an arrangement beforehand. If you go in knowing they are taking 20-25% of all deposits is better than have them take it all and you find out in the commissary line when the account is zero.

Why is my inmate asking for more than I normally send?

This is generally a signal that the inmate is doing something they shouldn’t and need money to get them out of or through a situation. It could be gambling, it could be extortion it could be other things you don’t need to know on this forum (for now). Set boundaries with your inmate. Tell them that “this is the amount I can send each month” and that is it. There are no extras beyond the boundary. Also, NEVER send money to the account of another inmate on your inmate’s instruction. This is a sign that something is not right. If the corrections people discover this, and they do more times than not, it will result in some severe disciplinary action to the inmate, and certainly the loss of all privileges.

Who can I call if I suspect something?

We recommend speaking with the counselor or case manager of the facility and use a generic reference in the event that your suspicions are wrong. You needn’t put them in a more difficult position if they are.

Inmate Care Packages:

How to Buy Inmate Commissary Care Packages Online

Show your loved one how much you care – order a package today! The facilities usually have a weekly limit of about $100 per inmate, plus processing and tax. The orders do NOT count towards the inmates weekly commissary allowances Deposits can be made online for inmates 24/7 using a credit/debit card

There are also a few services that allow you how to order inmate commissary online. These trusted providers are approved and share revenue with the prisons from the sales to the inmates.

Here is a list of other similar programs prison commissary: Keefe Group, Access Securpak, iCareGifts, Union Supply Direct, Walkenhorst's, CareACell

Inmate Commissary:

What is Inmate Commissary?

Prison commissary (also sometimes referred to as inmate canteen) is a store for inmates housed within a correctional facility. While the very most basics may be provided for by a given correctional department, there are also other important goods/services that Florida prisoners and inmates must buy. For instance, supplies such as supplementary food, female hygiene products, books, writing utensils and a plethora of other things are examples of things that can be purchased as part of an inmate commissary packages for goods.

What is an Inmate trust account?

When you add money to an inmate account, the prison funds are stored on an inmate trust fund. This prison account basically acts as a personal bank account of an inmate. They will use this account to make Inmate Calls, pay for postage to Send Photos from Inmates, send emails from inmates, purchase Items from Commissary, receive wages from jobs, and more.

How To Send Mail:

This is how to send your inmate at Allegheny County PA Jail - 5th Avenue letters, photos, postcards, greeting cards and magazines

Incoming and outgoing inmate mail is subject to inspection for the presence of contraband that might threaten the safety, security or well-being of the jail/facility, its staff, and residents. Inmates may receive only metered, unstamped, plain white postcards no larger than 4" x 6" as mail. Writing must be in pencil or blue or black ink. Any other mail will be returned to the sender. If no return address is available, unauthorized mail will be stored in the inmate's locker until the inmate's release.

Inmate mail cannot contain any of the following: Create an immediate threat to jail order by describing the manufacture of weapons, bombs, incendiary devices, or tools for escape that realistically are a danger to jail security; Advocate violence, racial supremacy or ethnic purity; No current inmate-to-inmate mail will be allowed and will be destroyed.

The easiest workaround is to look over the mailing services of InmateAid. We have an automated system for sending your loved one that special message or picture. We send thousands of pieces of mail per month with NO issues with the prisons or jails. The envelopes display the InmateAid logo, the mail room knows for certain that the contents will not be compromising. This trust was established in 2012.

How To Send Greeting Cards and Postcards:

Greeting cards are great for the holidays and birthdays. The ones from the store often have more than just the message because the policies surrounding appropriate content (no nudity or sexually suggestive material no matter how funny), and they cannot have glitter, stickers or anything else that makes the card different from a normal plain old card. Instead of going to the Hallmark store in the mall and looking around for hours - go to our easy to search Greeting Cards service.

It takes literally 45 seconds and it's very affordable for what you're getting (and what they are getting, too!). Select from 100s of birthday, anniversary and every holiday you can think of, and VERY easy to send from your phone on InmateAid:

Don't forget Christmas, Thanksgiving, Mother's Day, Father's Day, New Year's, Ramadan, Hanukkah, Passover, Easter, Kwanzaa or Valentine's Day!

In less than a minute and only $0.99, this act of kindness will be worth a million to your inmate. If you have a picture or two and don't want to write a long letter. Type out a little love in the message box and send your latest selfie... only 99 cents!

Don't wait until the moment has passed, it's easy and convenient to let them know you're thinking of them at every moment.

How To Send magazines and Books:

Send magazines to Allegheny County PA Jail - 5th Avenue at 923 5th Ave, Pittsburgh, PA

Send the best magazines and books to your Inmate in jail or prison, it's the gift that keeps on giving all year round, There is nothing more exciting to an inmate (besides their release date) than getting their favorite magazine every month at mail call.

Magazines and books must come directly from the publisher. You are not allowed to send single magazines in an envelope. They need to come directly from the publisher with your inmate's name affixed to the address label. Magazine subscriptions are easy to set up, it takes literally 2 minutes.

You know when you go into the grocery and browse the new magazines on display? You see hundreds. Inside they place a little card that if you fill it out and send it in with your inmate's name, ID number and facility address - you drop it in the mail and in 8-12 weeks your inmate gets an issue every month for a whole year. Thankfully, there is an easier way, just CLICK here and browse yourself. Select a title or two and add your inmate's name to the order. It's fast, it's reliable and it's at a discounted rate for your convenience.

How To Save Money on Inmate Calls

The prison phone companies have a monopoly at the facility they have a contract with. Profits are shared so there is no incentive for their representatives to show you how to save money. They post their rates and in almost every case, there are at least two pricing tiers. Depending on where you are and where your inmate is, the type of phone number you use will make all the difference.

In federal prison, the answer is simply that a new local number will change your inmate's call rate from $.21 per minute to only $.06 per minute. Fed gives you only 300 minutes per month, the local line service is only $5.00, no hidden fees or bundling of other unwanted service charges

For the other facilities that are not federal, it used to be that a local number was the answer. Now, its market intelligence and InmateAid has made it their business to know what the best deal is in every scenario. And we can tell you that in 30% of the cases, we cannot save you a penny - and neither can anyone else. But we will give you a refund if we can't save you money.

For more specific information on inmate calls, you will want to navigate to the facility your inmate is incarcerated in through our site by going to Prison Directory and following the links to the Discount Telephone Service - get an honest estimate before you buy.

Ask The Inmate

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