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Bay County MI Jail

County Jail

Last Updated: May 31, 2021
503 Third St, Bay City, MI 48708

Bay County MI 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.

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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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Bay County MI 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: 989-895-4067

The Bay County MI Jail is a medium-security detention center located at 503 Third St Bay City, MI which is operated locally by the Bay 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. Bay County accepts inmates from surrounding towns, municipalities, the US Marshal's Service and the Bay City Police Department who do not have their own long-term lock-up.

Bay County Jail Information

How do I find out if someone is in the Bay County Jail?

Information pertaining to someone who is in custody can be obtained by going to the website: vinelink.com or by contacting the Bay County Sheriff's Office at (989) 895-4066. Information pertaining to an inmate's previous incarceration will not be divulged without proper authority.

When are arraignments scheduled?

Arraignments are held at the Bay County Jail on Monday through Friday (except holidays) around 1:30 p.m., depending on the presiding judge's workload. Arraignments may be viewed at the Bay County Court Facility in the presiding judge's courtroom. All visitors to the court facility will be required to pass through a metal detector. Packages and briefcases will be x-rayed for weapons and explosives. Cell phones and lighters are not permitted in the Court Facility. Inmate court information can be obtained by going to the website - baycountycourts.com.

How are bonds set?

The courts set prisoner bonds. Prisoners who are assigned a bond can be released provided the bond is paid and there is no other police agency holds on the prisoner. Information on a prisoners bond may be obtained by calling (989) 895-4066. Bond money may be provided at any time of the day in the form of a money order, certified check, or cash. If a money order or certified check is used, it must be made out to the prisoner. Personal checks are not allowed for the purpose of bonding a person. To utilize a bondsman, check the yellow pages of the phone book.

When is an inmate going to be released?

All inmates are transported to and from the various courts simultaneously. When all arraignments are completed, the inmates are returned to the Law Enforcement Center. This process may take a couple of hours. If you arrive at the jail to pick up someone, anticipate a delay in processing. Prisoners being released are allowed to make a free local phone call in order to obtain transportation.

Can I contact an inmate?

You may contact an inmate only in letter form or through a scheduled visit. Inmates are not allowed to receive incoming phone calls. You may send a letter in a plain white envelope to a prisoner by addressing it in his/her name at:

[Inmate's Name]
503 Third St.
Bay City, MI 48708

**Colored or altered envelopes will be returned to Sender**

All incoming letters are opened to check for contraband.

Inmate phone service through Securus. fifteen-minute calls are $15.71. With an InmateAid number, we can get the same 15-minute call for $3.15 (save $12.56 per call). Click here to check it out.

How do I post money to a prisoner's account?

You can deposit money in the Kiosk located in the front foyer of the Law Enforcement Center 24 hours per day. Monday through Friday. You will need the inmate's name.

Family and Friends can purchase up to $50.00 of hygiene items or undergarments for their inmate at the cost per week by calling 1-888-634-0034. You can deposit up to $150.00 by credit card per week into an inmate's Commissary account by calling 1-866-422-6833.

All credit card commissary deposits are subject to a $4.00 + 4% processing fee. For your convenience, you can also make Bond payments online by going to www.expressaccount.com

Your Credit or Debit Card
The inmate's name

All credit card bonds are subject to a $10.00 + 8% processing fee. The maximum credit card bond that can be posted via kiosk is $1,500.00. The maximum bond that can be posted via web is $1,000.00.


All undergarments will be purchased through commissary at our cost. The maximum is five white tee shirts, five white briefs, and five pairs of white socks, three white bras for females.


The jail will provide outer garments and bedding for prisoners while they are in jail. One set of street clothes will be accepted only for prisoners who are going to trial.

Phone Calls:

Prisoners are allowed to make one free phone call when arrested. Prisoners in general population have access to phones to make collect only calls from 6:30 a.m. until lock down each day. Prisoners are not allowed to receive incoming calls. Inmate phone services are provided by our phone vendor, Securus Technologies.

Inmate Locator

Bay County MI Jail publishes the names of their inmates currently in their facility in Michigan. 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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Covid Visitation Information

As of March 18, 2020, registration and visitation rules have changed to protect inmates at Bay County MI 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 989-895-4067.


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

Visitation Information

Bay County Jail - Visitation

Visitation for prisoners: Visit times will be assigned on a first call basis to 989-895-4066.

Visit call in times will be Monday through Thursday from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm.

Once the visits are made they will not be changed. Each prisoner is allowed up to three persons per visit. Each visit will be approximately 30 minutes in length and are non-contact. Visitors must be 17 years of age or older. All visitors must have proper government-issued identification and are to conduct themselves properly. Visitors whose conduct disrupts will be asked to leave and may be banned from future visitation.

Persons under the influence will Not be allowed to visit. Visitors are Not allowed to bring in: Cell Phones, Cameras, Purses, or Bags.

Visitors Not complying with staff requests may be asked to leave and not permitted to return in the future.

No items of property for prisoners will be allowed at this time. Prisoners must be in jail for seven days prior to being granted a visit.

The first letter of the inmate's last name determines his/her day of visitation.

A-G for Sunday evening visitation H-M for Saturday evening visitation N-Z for Wednesday evening visitation

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