Dane County Jail System - City-County Jail

County Jail

Last Updated: September 23, 2022
210 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, Madison, WI 53703

Dane County Jail System - City-County Jail is for County Jail offenders sentenced up to twenty four months.

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Dane County Jail System - City-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: 608-284-6100

The Dane County Jail System - City-County Jail is a medium-security detention center located at 210 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd Madison, WI which is operated locally by the Dane 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. Dane County accepts inmates from surrounding towns, municipalities, the US Marshal's Service and the Madison Police Department who do not have their own long-term lock-up.

The Dane County Sheriff's Office operates three jail facilities:

  • The City-County Building Jail houses maximum-security prisoners who are awaiting trial or who do not have work release privileges on their sentences.
  • The Public Safety Building Jail, located at 115 West Doty Street, Madison, WI houses medium-security prisoners and prisoners sentenced to jail with work release. It also contains our Booking facility for processing new prisoners into the jail and is the centralized location for releases from the jail facilities. All property, financial, and administrative offices are located at this facility.
  • The William H. Ferris Center, located at 2120 Rimrock Road, Madison, WI, near the Coliseum and Exposition Center, houses minimum-security prisoners who are sentenced with work release privileges and houses the administrative office for electronic release programs.

If you are sentenced to the Jail, the Court may grant you Huber release privileges. The Jail may allow Huber release for employment, child/family care, school, treatment, etc. Your criminal history and jail behavior may impact your ability to exercise Huber. The Huber program has a strict set of rules. All activities on Huber release must be verified and approved by Jail staff. You will be allowed out of the Jail only for the approved activity, including travel time. You may be allowed out of the jail for a maximum of 6 days per week. This applies to your employment or any combination of employment and other approved Huber release activities. Failure to follow the pre-reporting steps listed below may affect your ability to exercise Huber privileges immediately.

Jail Rules - Upon reporting to the jail to serve your sentence, you will have access to the Jail Inmate Handbook. The Handbook contains the Jail rules, including specific rules while out on Huber Release. You will be expected to comply with all of the jail rules. Failure to do so may result in discipline and affect your ability to exercise Huber release privileges.

What can I bring to jail? The storage space in the jail is very limited. Duffle bags, luggage or electronic devices such as cell phones, laptops, tablets etc. will not be allowed into the jail. You will be required to dispose of any unallowable property prior to entering the jail. The jail will issue you limited items upon your arrival to jail, such as a jail uniform, jail sandals, hygiene items, brassieres, underwear briefs/boxers, thermal underwear shirts, socks and t-shirts. You may bring the following additional personal items listed below in a disposable bag when you report to jail. You do not need to bring the clothing items if you don’t intend to go out on Huber release. All items are subject to final approval by medical staff and/or jail administration.

  • 5 thermal underwear pants
  • 5 shirts
  • 3 sweatshirts or sweaters
  • 5 pants or shorts (no holes or rips)
  • 1 belt (small buckle, not solid metal, non-braided)
  • 2 pairs of seasonal footwear (basic shoes and boots, no high heels)
  • 1 seasonal jacket
  • 1 pair of winter gloves
  • 1 winter scarf
  • 1 cap or winter hat
  • 1 wristwatch
  • 1 wedding band (only solid metal, no gemstones)
  • 1 backpack-type carrier (only if attending school)
  • medical alert bracelet (need for bracelet will be verified by jail medical staff upon arrival)
  • 1 pair of eyeglasses with 1 case
  • 2 individual contact lenses with 1 case
  • 1 contact solution (4 ounces or less in an original and unopened container, no glass or breakable container)
  • 1 pair of dentures
  • 1 denture adhesive (2.4 ounces or less in an original and unopened container, no glass or breakable container)
  • prescription medications (must be current and in the original prescription container)
  • valid state-issued identification card and social security card; if you have one or intend to seek employment while incarcerated
  • medically necessary equipment, such as splints, braces and sleep apnea machine etc. (water for sleep apnea machine will be provided by jail medical)

Once you have been classified and assigned to a housing unit, you will have the ability to purchase additional items from commissary, such as hygiene items. If you are indigent, hygiene items will be made available to you. You may also request permission from jail staff to have additional personal property dropped off at the jail during designated times. Hygiene items will be not be allowed to be dropped off unless approved by jail medical staff.

Jail Diversion - If you are interested in participating in a Jail Diversion Program, please contact (608) 266-9089 for more information.

Inmate Locator

Dane County Jail System - City-County Jail publishes the names of their inmates currently in their facility in Wisconsin. 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

Dane County Jail System - City-County Jail - Visitation

City-County Building


  • Monday thru Friday - 6pm, 7pm, 8pm, 9pm
  • Saturday and Sunday - 9am, 10am, 1pm, 6pm, 7pm, 8pm, 9pm


  • Tuesday thru Friday - 6pm, 7pm, 8pm, 9pm
  • Saturday and Sunday - 9 am, 10am, 1pm, 6pm, 7pm, 8pm, 9pm
Dane County Jail-Public Visitation Guidelines & Schedule - Non-Contact visitation at the Dane County Jail, City-County Building, is scheduled by the inmate. All Public Safety Building and Ferris Center visitation is scheduled by the visitor via the IC Solutions website. All inmates are allowed two (2) forty-five-minute visitation slots per week. Inmates assigned to the Public Safety Building that are not sentenced with Huber are allowed one (1) forty-five-minute non-contact visit per week and one (1) forty-five-minute video visit per week. Only scheduled visits will be honored. No walk-up visits are permitted. All visits in the Public Safety Building and Ferris Center require 24 hours advance sign up. It is the responsibility of inmates housed in the City-County Building to notify their family and friends of the dates and times of their visit.

Visitors must be on time for their scheduled visits. Anyone arriving after their scheduled start time, regardless of the reason, will be denied.

Visitation Rules - All non-attorney visits are recorded and subject to electronic monitoring. Your participation in jail visitation constitutes consent to this recording, monitoring, and review. Visits from properly registered attorneys will not be recorded or monitored.

The Sheriff’s Office has the authority to terminate visits, to deny visitation privileges, and to deny visitors at any time. For safety and security reasons the following list documents some of the rules that apply to the visitation areas. Violation of any of these rules may result in a denial of the visit, as well as denial of future visitation privileges:

  • Must possess a valid government-issued photo identification card (ID).
  • Inmates are not allowed visits prior to appearing in arraignment court.
  • The passing of any item is prohibited.
  • Visitors cannot be under the influence of drugs/alcohol.
  • All personal items will be secured in lobby lockers before visitor(s) are allowed access into the visitation area. Any items not listed in these rules are considered contraband they are not allowed in Visitation.
  • Visitors are subject to search.
  • Visitors will be denied if there is a no-contact restriction with the inmate.
  • Inmates assigned to non-contact and video visitation will be allowed two (2) adult visitors (one at a time) and up to four (4) children under 18 years of age (two at a time), per visit.
  • Inmates sentenced with Huber are permitted to have contact visits when available. Huber inmates assigned to contact visits will be allowed two (2) adult visitors and up to 4 children under 18 years of age per visit.
  • Children under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. An unaccompanied person age 16 or 17 may visit, if the person is married to the prisoner or if the person is visiting their incarcerated parent or legal guardian. Prior approval from Jail Administration is required. Children under 16 must be supervised at all times by a responsible adult while in Visitation and in the lobby of the Public Safety Building and the City-County Building. The visit will be cancelled if the children are not supervised. Sergeant’s approval is needed for any exceptions.
  • One diaper and one baby bottle allowed for infants.
  • Inmate and visitor(s) will be assigned seating arrangements by the staff.
  • Children must be attended to, supervised, and remain at the assigned table.
  • Chairs are not to be moved from other tables without staff approval.
  • Visits will be terminated if the inmate or visitor displays disruptive behavior or causes a disturbance.
  • Visitors must cooperate and follow the direction of staff.
  • It is the responsibility of the visitor to provide proof of their relationship to the satisfaction of the jail staff.

APPAREL: Appropriate clothing and footwear is required. Shoes will remain on at all times.

The following examples are NOT ALLOWED to be worn in the visitation area:

  • Transparent clothing
  • Shorts, skirts or dresses which are shorter than fingertip length (if visitor is standing naturally with hands straight down and fingers extended).
  • Tank tops, “spaghetti” strap tops, halter tops or “tube” tops, etc.
  • Tops/shirts/blouses that expose the midriff.
  • Low cut tops/shirts/blouses.
  • Swimwear
  • Clothing with revealing holes or tears.
  • Coats and Jackets
  • Hats
  • Pants worn below the waist and or hips exposing undergarments.

Professional Visitation Guidelines & Hours:

Professional visitation is conducted via video, non-contact, contact, and telephone.

Professional visitors include, but are not limited to: attorneys, law enforcement, probation & parole agents, licensed private investigators, process servers, clergy, and social workers. Picture ID and professional credentials are required. Additional documentation may be requested.

Recommended Professional Visitation Hours:

Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Due to mandatory operational duties, please expect delays during the following times:
Daily: 7:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. / 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. / 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. / 4:45 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.

Conference Room Reservations:

Appointments by Professional Visitors may be made by sending an email to sheriff.cc8@danesheriff.com. Appointments will not be accepted on county-identified holidays and furlough days. Appointments must be made at least three (3) business days prior to the requested visitation date. The conference room may be utilized Monday through Friday: 8 am-11 am, and 1 pm-4:30 pm.

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