Allen County OH Jail

County Jail

Last Updated: June 11, 2024
333 N Main St, Lima, OH 45801
Mailing Address
PO Box 1243, Lima, OH 45801

Allen Co 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 Securus Tech®, to see their rates and best-calling plans for your inmate to call you.

If you are seeking to send your inmate money for commissary, one recommended for this facility is There is a fee for sending money, see their rates and limitations.

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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You can support your loved ones at Allen Co Jail on InmateAid, if you have any immediate questions contact the facility directly at 419-227-3535.

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 Allen Co Jail is a detention center located at 333 N Main St Lima, OH which is operated locally by the Allen 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. Allen County accepts inmates from surrounding towns, Lima 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 Ohio here.

The Allen County Jail is a state-of-the-art correctional facility featuring a modern campus-style design with both direct and indirect supervision. Its innovative "keyless" system is managed from a central control room, where personnel act much like air traffic controllers, overseeing access to secured areas within the facility. Designed to house up to 210 inmates—nearly triple the capacity of its predecessor—the expansion necessitated an increase in the correctional officer staff, with an initial addition of 35 officers to the Allen County Sheriff’s Office. The community's support was instrumental in the modernization of the Allen County Jail and its correctional programs.

Eligible inmates can access various programs by contacting the social service staff. These programs include five hours of physical exercise each week through activities such as basketball, jogging, or calisthenics. Additionally, educational and rehabilitative programs are available, including G.E.D. classes, Male and female anger management, Male and female Alcoholics Anonymous/Narcotics Anonymous (AA/NA), Spiritual programs, and Library services.

Books and magazines ordered for inmates must come directly from the publisher. This policy ensures that the items are new, untampered, and comply with the facility's regulations. Prisons and jails enforce this rule to prevent the introduction of contraband or prohibited materials. By restricting orders to publishers, the facility can better maintain security and control over the content entering the institution. Any books or magazines not received directly from the publisher will be rejected and not delivered to the inmate. You may, however, send letters and selfies to inmates with this easy-to-use app, packages starting at $8.00.

Inmate workers are chosen based on conduct and cooperation with staff. Participation in the community service program can reduce sentences by one day for every 24 hours of work. Inmate workers receive double feeding trays and two mattresses. Commissary is available weekly, with orders submitted via kiosk two days in advance. On holidays, orders may be doubled. Indigent inmates must miss two commissary days to receive a weekly indigent pack containing basic hygiene items, and indigent mail is stamped only for the Attorney of Record or the Court. Upon receiving commissary items, inmates must present their ID, check their order, and sign for it in the presence of the commissary employee.

The jail offers a phone program for outbound calls only, with inmates unable to receive incoming calls. Accepting collect calls can be expensive, sometimes exceeding $10 per call. Alternatively, setting up an account through a third-party phone company may entail high fees per minute of usage. Click here for discounts on inmate calls, especially if the communication with your inmate is frequent. It's important to remember that all phone calls are recorded, and discussing sensitive legal matters over these lines is discouraged.

The Prisoner Work Program allows eligible sentenced misdemeanants to participate in work details. There are two types of work programs: one for inside workers and another for outside community-based work. The outside work program, which is available to local government agencies such as the Fairgrounds, Engineers Office, Townships, and Law Enforcement Agencies, helps save county funds and gives inmates a sense of worth and belonging.

Inmate healthcare is managed by the Medical Services Department, which provides medical, dental, and mental health services in line with the Minimum Standards for Jails in Ohio and the National Commission on Correctional Health Care (NCCHC). Accredited by the NCCHC since 1996, the department ensures 24-hour availability of healthcare, supported by registered nurses, LPNs, EMTs, physicians, and dentists. Physician-level sick calls are conducted three times a week, and dental services are provided monthly. Mental health services include screenings at reception, comprehensive evaluations within 14 days of confinement, ongoing suicide prevention, and crisis intervention. Licensed mental health counselors are available around the clock. Dental care includes monthly visits from a dentist, who handles various treatments and extractions.

Please note that, due to HIPAA laws, the jail's medical staff are prohibited from sharing prisoner medical information or discussing treatment histories with friends, family members, attorneys, or clergy.

Inmate Locator

To utilize the Inmate Search page on InmateAid, begin by selecting the relevant prison facility in Ohio. This allows you to view the current list of inmates housed at Allen County OH Jail.

The second section features the InmateAid Inmate Search tool, providing a user-generated database of inmates. You can access this resource to utilize any of InmateAid's services. If you require assistance in creating an inmate profile to maintain communication, please contact us at, and we'll gladly help you locate your loved one.

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

In-Person Visitation - Inmates may receive 2 visits weekly with a maximum of 5 persons, including children. Each visit is 20 minutes in length. A parent or legal guardian must accompany juvenile visitors. All visitors must wear shirts, shoes, and clothing appropriate for the public. Tube tops, see-through tops, and low-cut tops are prohibited. No clothing combination is to reveal the midsection.

Visitation staff may refuse a visitor if:

  • The visitor is not on the inmate’s visitation card.
  • The visitor appears to be intoxicated.
  • The visitor violates the dress code.
  • The visitor is not signed in at least 15 minutes before the scheduled visit.
  • The visitor is believed to pose a threat to the mental health of the inmate.
  • The visitor is disrespectful to the visitation staff.

All inmates are responsible for notifying their visitors of any change in their visitation status.


In-Person Visitation

Please arrive 15 minutes before the scheduled started time

Video Visitation is a privilege, not a right.

Video Visitation is subject to change, restriction, and\or termination without notice.

All inmate communications are documented, recorded, reviewed for content, and can be used against you in a court of law.

Web users can add funds to an inmate’s trust account and their communication account at

Before each Video Visitation, the initiator agrees to the following disclaimer: Any individual who abuses the privilege of being able to communicate with family members or loved ones through our TurnKey Corrections System will immediately lose their right to video visit, e-mail, SMS, or call via our system. Such abuse can be defined as but is not limited to improper or malicious use of equipment, nudity, or excessive profanity, failure to respect the requests of an admin monitor, and any illegal activity. TurnKey Corrections reserves the right to use recorded video and still images and e-mail content in their advertising campaigns. All email content, audio, and video can and will be used against you in a court of law.

TurnKey Corrections and the Allen County Adult Detention Center are not responsible for the web user’s cellular data or internet charges.

Video Visitation Hours
  • On-site lobby Video Visitation hours are Monday through Friday; 8:00 AM – 2:00 PM & 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM for all inmate housing units.
  • Off-site Video Visitation hours are Monday through Sunday; 8:00 AM – 2:00 PM & 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM for all inmate housing units.

These hours are established by the Allen County Jail and are subject to change, restriction, and/or termination without notice. The On-site Video Visitation is provided free of charge. Regular rates for the off-site Video Visitation are $0.39 per minute and are paid for by the web user.

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