Dane County Jail System - William H Ferris Center

County Jail

Last Updated: April 08, 2024
2120 Rimrock Rd, Madison, WI 53713

Ferris Center 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 Global Tel Link (GTL) - ConnectNetwork, 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 JailATM. 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 Ferris Center on InmateAid, if you have any immediate questions contact the facility directly at 608-284-6100.

When someone you care about gets arrested, it can be overwhelming. This webpage aims to ease your concerns by providing information about Dane County Jail System - William H Ferris Center. From visitation guidelines to contacting jail staff, we're here to support you as you navigate this challenging time. Take a look around and let us help you understand how to best support your family member or friend in custody.

The Ferris Center, located at 2120 Rimrock Rd in Madison, WI, is a secure detention center operated by the Dane County Sheriff's Office. This facility primarily houses individuals awaiting trial or sentencing, typically for less than two years. It accepts inmates from various jurisdictions, including surrounding towns, municipalities, the US Marshal's Service, and the Madison Police Department.

New detainees are regularly admitted to the jail, with some being released on bail or placed under pretrial services caseloads. Others await their court appearances at the facility, receiving necessary accommodations such as bedding and meals. View all arrest records here.

Inmates serving as trustees within the jail undertake various tasks, including cooking, laundry, and commissary management, often receiving minimal compensation or sentence reduction for their services.

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.

Inmate Locator

To utilize the Inmate Search page on InmateAid, begin by selecting the relevant prison facility in Wisconsin. This allows you to view the current list of inmates housed at Dane County Jail System - William H Ferris Center.

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 aid@inmateaid.com, 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


  • Monday thru Friday - 8am, 9am, 6pm, 7pm, 8pm 9pm
  • Saturday and Sunday - 8am, 9am, 10am, 1pm, 2pm, 6pm, 7pm, 8pm, 9pm

Ferris Center

  • Holidays will be extended weekend hours

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 gettingout.com website. All inmates are allowed two (2) forty-five-minute visitation slots per week. Inmates assigned to the Public Safety Building who 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 of advance sign-up. It is the responsibility of inmates housed in the City-County Building to notify their families 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.

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