Ellis County KS Detention Center

County Jail

Last Updated: May 07, 2024
105 West 12th St, Hays, KS 67601

Ellis County KS Detention 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 NCIC Inmate Telephone Services, 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

Satellite View of Ellis County KS Detention Center

You can support your loved ones at Ellis County KS Detention Center on InmateAid, if you have any immediate questions contact the facility directly at 785-625-1050.

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 at Ellis County KS Detention Center so you can stay connected and support your loved one behind bars.

The Ellis County KS Detention Center is a detention center located at 105 West 12th St Hays, KS which is operated locally by the Ellis 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. Ellis County accepts inmates from surrounding towns, Hays 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 Kansas here.

Ellis County Jails - Inmate Rules and Regulations


Mail is delivered Monday through Friday only. There will be no inmate to inmate correspondence or phone communication within this jail and from this jail to another jail, detention center, prison, treatment center, etc. All outgoing mail must have your full name and the return address of this facility and the full name and address of the person you are sending the mail to on the front of the envelope. All incoming mail must have the full name and return address of the sender and the full name of the inmate and this facilities address written on the front of the envelope, with no additional markings, stickers, or tape. Incoming and outgoing mail will be opened and inspected for contraband, or other violations of facility rules. Incoming appropriately marked Legal Mail (Must be marked LEGAL MAIL with the Attorney (of Record) name and/or Law Firm on the return address), will be opened in your presence. Outgoing Legal Mail must be marked LEGAL MAIL and to your attorney’s address. Legal Mail to the Courts, County Attorney, Corrections, Court Services, etc. will be inspected. You can aid us in providing better mail service and prevent mail from being returned by telling your family and friends these few don’ts:

  • Do not send mail to your attorney, but in care of another individual. That mail will be opened and inspected.
  • Do not send blank paper or envelopes, or postage stamps, or newspaper articles.
  • Do not put perfume, powder, cologne on the envelopes or letters.
  • Do not send inmate’s letters with colored envelopes or paper (only white paper and envelopes accepted unless the inmate purchased those items through commissary).
  • Do not write or draw anything on the envelope, except for your full name, address and full name and address of the person or inmate you are mailing the letter to.
  • Do not kiss inmate correspondence.
  • Do not send envelope and/or letters that are stained or extremely dirty.
  • Do not send more than 5 photos.
  • Do not send anything gang related.
  • Do not send nude or partially nude photos or drawings.
  • Do not use white out, colored pencils, or markers on inmate mail. Use only black, blue ink, pencil, black or blue printer ink.
  • Do not send cards or letters with glue, tape, glitter, stickers or labels.
  • Do not use ICF, Sick Call, Application for Attorney forms, Commissary List, Inmate Rules & Regulations, Inmate Property Form, parts of envelopes, or any other form issued by the Ellis County Jail, for personal mail. This does not include the envelopes and writing paper issued to you in your tote, or the envelopes and paper you receive as an indigent inmate.
  • Do not send letters from multiple inmates in the same envelope.

If you are indigent, you will be provided with materials to send three letters per 7 calendar days. You are indigent if you have never had money on your jail account from the time you arrived in jail, or if after having money on your account you have not had money on your account for 7.

Inmate Locator

To utilize the Inmate Search page on InmateAid, begin by selecting the relevant prison facility in Kansas. This allows you to view the current list of inmates housed at Ellis County KS Detention 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

Ellis County Jail - Visitation

Inmate visitation is Tuesday through Friday between the hours of 9 AM and 7 PM. All visitation will be via video phone located in the lobby area between the Courthouse and the Sheriff’s Office.

Up to 3 approved visitors will be allowed at one time.Visitation is for 30 minutes and may be monitored by Jail Staff. Inmate visitations can be scheduled online by the general public:

Inmates do NOT have the right to a contact visit. Inmate visitation will be Tuesday through Friday between 9 AM and 7 PM. All visitation will be via video phone located in the hours of the lobby area between the Courthouse and the Sheriff’s Department. Visitation can be set up by visitors at http://mticonnex.us/schedule.php . Up to 3 visitors will be allowed at one time. Visitation is for 20 minutes and may be monitored by Jail Staff. Visitations will need to be scheduled. Visitation will be Tuesday through Friday. Section visitation days will be:
Tuesday - Sections A, C and D
Wednesday - Sections B
Thursday – Sections E and F
Friday – Sections G and H
Out of state family may be given a weekend exception on a case by case basis to be approved by both Jail Sergeants and/or Jail Lieutenant.
Inmates who violate jail rules and are placed in lock down will NOT have visitation privileges.
WARNING: Your visitation may be monitored as there is NO right of privacy.

No Contact Orders If a No Contact Order is in place, as per Jail policy, you are not to have any contact with the Victim of the Order. If you do have contact with the Victim in any way, disciplinary actions & or criminal charges will be pursued.

Contact visits will not be allowed.

Visitations will need to be scheduled.

Visitation will be Tuesday through Friday.
Section visitation days will be:





Sections A and C

Sections B and D

Sections E and F

Sections G and H

Out of state family may be given a weekend exception on a case by case basis to be approved by both Jail Sergeants.

Inmate Visitation Hours

  • All visitors must present a picture identification card in order to visit (except for minor children). NO EXCEPTIONS! An identification card is a Driver’s License, State ID. card, etc.
  • All inmates placed in the Ellis County Jail will be allowed a minimum of one (1) visitation period per week of at least a twenty (20) minutes duration.
  • All minor children must be accompanied by a parent, guardian or legal counsel.
  • All visitors must sign in upon arrival to the jail. A check will be made on each individual, not including minors, to see if that individual has any outstanding warrant(s).
  • It shall be the policy of the Ellis County Jail not to discriminate against any inmate regarding any rights, including visitation.
  • All visitors must be dressed appropriately. Visitors must be wearing shirt, shoes, pants or shorts. No provocative or revealing clothing (no miniskirts, short shorts, low-cut tops, etc.) will be allowed.
  • Visitors are not allowed to take any items (no purses, backpacks, etc.) into visitation.
  • Food products, drinks, or gum will not be allowed in the visitation area. If the visitor takes these items into visitation area the visitor will be removed and not allowed to complete the visit.
  • No cell phones or camera’s allowed in visitation. All visitors are subject to audio and video recording while in the building. Visitors are also subject to search for the introduction of contraband into the facility.

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