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Geauga County Safety Center (ICE)

County Jail

Last Updated: January 05, 2022
12450 Merritt Rd, Chardon, OH 44024

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Geauga County Safety Center (ICE) basic information to help guide you through what you can do for your inmate while they are incarcerated. The facility's direct contact number: 440-279-2009

The Geauga County Safety Center (ICE) is a medium-security detention center located at 12450 Merritt Rd Chardon, OH which is operated locally by the Geauga 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. Geauga County accepts inmates from surrounding towns, municipalities, the US Marshal's Service and the Chardon Police Department who do not have their own long-term lock-up.

The Geauga County Safety Center is a new facility with a rated capacity of 182 beds:
  • 38 beds for females
  • 84 beds for general population males
  • 60 beds for males participating in the Community Service/Work release program

In addition to the 182 beds, there are nine cells. We are now equipped with cells that have CCTV cameras in order to assist in monitoring inmates that are on a suicide watch, have mental health issues, or have disciplinary issues and require segregation.

The Corrections staff worked diligently in order to go through the State Certification process through the Ohio Bureau of Adult Detention for the State of Ohio. In December, the final inspection occurred and the jail has been approved for status as a Certified Jail in the State of Ohio. The jail is 100% in compliance with all the standards set by the Bureau of Adult Detention for the State of Ohio. The certification is in effect for five years and will be renewed during the fifth year.

The total number of prisoners received and processed at the Geauga County Safety Center during the year 2014 was 2,349; 1,189 males and 459 females. This includes new arrests, arraignments, and commitments to jail upon conviction. This number also includes inmates that were booked in for multiple weekends.


Mail is received at the jail Monday through Saturday excluding holidays. Letters addressed to inmates while in jail will normally be delivered on the same day they are received and will be opened in their presence and inspected for contraband. Letters from attorneys and government officials will also be inspected in their presence for contraband. Any contraband found will be confiscated and investigated.

If money is received in the mail, the money will be removed, placed in the inmate's commissary account, and a receipt will be given to the inmate. Any mail received after the inmate has left or mail we cannot accept will be returned to the Post Office to be sent back to the sender. Complaints regarding returned mail may be directed to the Jail Administrator.

At no time will mail be withheld as punishment or unduly delayed. Any suspicion of misuse of mail service may result in investigation and filing of charges.

The following will not be accepted into the jail:

  • Mail with any of the following on it: glitter, glue, lipstick, perfume, stickers, labels, tape, or any unknown item
  • Cards that have layers such as cellophane will be pulled apart and inspected
  • COD and postage due mail will not be accepted by this facility.
  • Packages will not be accepted.
  • Reading material, envelopes, and stamps will not be accepted into the jail. The jail provides reading materials to the inmates (books, magazines, newspapers, etc.).
  • Forwarded mail will NOT be accepted into the jail, changing of an inmate’s address to the Sheriff’s Office for all of the inmate’s personal/business mail is not permitted

The final say as to what will and will not be accepted lies with the Jail Administrator in conjunction with the jail's legal counsel.

Medical Services

  • Doctor
  • Registered Nurse
  • Medical Room

The Geauga County Safety Center offers appropriate medical and mental health services to all inmates housed at the jail including routine health care maintenance as well as emergency care. Sick call is conducted five days a week for inmates by the jail medical staff which consists of a physician and registered nurses. Inmates are seen for a variety of reasons in the well-equipped medical office including emergency care, laboratory specimen collection and routine history and physicals. Medications are prescribed by the doctor and are made available to the inmates for self-administration under the supervision of trained officers.

All Corrections Officers are certified in CPR and in the use of an AED through the American Heart Association certified instructors. Corrections Officers are also trained in a variety of other medical care situations including seizures, blood borne pathogens, and suicide prevention. In the event of a serious emergency or an ongoing critical care situation, the inmate is transferred via the local rescue squad to University's Geauga Regional Hospital a short distance away.

Crisis intervention is available to inmates for mental health emergencies by Ravenwood Mental Health Center. Court ordered assessments are completed by a part time counselor to facilitate efficient mental health care for those who are in need. Bi-weekly a Ravenwood psychiatrist evaluates inmates that are referred by the counselors for psychiatric evaluation and treatment.

Dental Services are also make available to inmates through On Site Dental, Inc. for those who are in need of dental care. Medications are then provided after dental care in accordance with the dentist's orders.

The medical staff, in conjunction with the correctional staff, provide necessary care to inmates in a timely manner with the use of effective collaboration and communication skills. Two key elements of medical services at the Geauga County Safety Center are prevention and self-care. The Medical Staff strive to take care of medical issues early on to prevent unnecessary outcomes while providing continuity of care both upon admission and release from the facility. The medical staff also focuses on educating and empowering inmates to take better care of themselves to promote a better quality of life.

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Jail Programs

The Geauga County Safety Center offers many programs to inmates who are incarcerated in the facility. The inmates are encouraged to attend and participate in the many programs that are offered.

Active Parenting: Evidence - based program that teaches parents the Democratic Style of parenting. The program is divided up into 6 sessions which include: Teaching Respect and Participation, Cooperation and Communication, Responsibility and Discipline, Self Esteem and Courage, Understanding and Re-Directing Misbehavior, and Active Parenting for School Success. The overall goals of the program are to teach parenting skills necessary for developing the above mentioned qualities in children while at the same time handling behavior problems. Adult Basic Education: While at the Geauga County Safety Center, the inmates can study to obtain their GED (General Equivalency Diploma). The class is taught by a State Certified teacher twice a week. Alcoholics Anonymous: AA is an international 12 step program on alcoholism for those inmates with alcohol-related problems who desire to gain insight into their problems and stop using. Church/Religious Services: Inmates may attend religious services, bible study, and may also get spiritual assistance from the jail chaplain. Local church community volunteers are an integral part of these services. Many denominations are represented. The chaplain can also seek out a representative of whatever faith or denomination is needed. Community Service Program: The Community Service program allow inmates who meet certain criteria to participate in a work program. These inmates work within the jail and also out in the community as well. Inmate Work Program: An inmate work program is in operation within the jail. There are certain requirements that must be met to become an inmate worker. Work assignments will be assigned by the jail staff. Inmate workers must obey all established jail rules and regulations and all orders by jail staff at all times. Lake-Geauga Recovery Services, Drug and Alcohol Treatment: This is an Intensive Outpatient Program that meets the certification standards of the Ohio Department of Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services. The program meets three times a week for three hours a day, with additional assessment, counseling, and referral services available as needed. The goal of this program is to utilize the inmate's confinement as a means to confront him/her with the reality of his/her dependency and to educate and counsel him/her about what the recovery will entail. For inmates referred to the program by the courts, a summary is sent to the court with recommendations for continued treatment following jail release. The objective is to support the individual's efforts to establish a clean and sober lifestyle, and avoid re-entry into the legal system. Library: The library is located in the indoor recreation room. Inmates are permitted to get and/or exchange books when in the recreation room for free times. Life Skills: This program is designed to help inmates receive life skills and job training ranging from how to obtain identification, how to fill out a job application, proper dress, how to interview, financial skills, etcetera. Participants are taught communication skills, coping strategies/techniques to manage stress, conflict resolution, problem solving, and self care. Narcotics Anonymous: NA is an international 12 step program for inmates with drug related problems who desire to stop using. Pay to Stay: The Pay to Stay Program is a program that is operated in accordance with Ohio Revised Code 2929.37, which requires those who are convicted and sentenced out of the Chardon Municipal Court or the Court of Common Pleas to pay all or part of the costs of confinement to the facility. The program has recovered $477,780.96 in inmate costs back to the general fund since 2005. Work Release Program: Work Release is a program that allows inmates who are employed to continue their employment while they are in jail. You must be approved by your sentencing court in order to participate in the Work Release program.

If you need information about a detainee that is housed at this facility, you may call (216) 535-0368 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. When you call, please have the individual’s biographical information ready, including first, last and hyphenated names, any aliases he or she may use, date of birth and country of birth.

Detainees cannot receive incoming calls. If you need to get in touch with a detainee to leave an urgent message, you must call (440) 279-2009 and leave the detainee’s full name, alien registration number and your name and telephone number where you can be reached. The detainee will be given your message.

Inmate Locator

Geauga County Safety Center (ICE) publishes the names of their inmates currently in their facility in Ohio. 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 Geauga County Safety Center (ICE) 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 440-279-2009.


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

Visitation Information

Geauga County Safety Center - Visitation

Visiting Hours: Hours will be posted in each housing unit and in the lobby area. In order to make visiting run smoothly, please bring a photo ID with you when you come to visit. All juveniles must have a birth certificate and must be supervised by a parent or legal guardian during visitation. At no time will a juvenile be left unattended in the reception area or visiting room. Visitation can be denied or terminated by the Jail Administrator or designee under the following conditions which can result in our denying them the opportunity to visit in the future and/or the possibility of criminal charges being filed:

  1. The visitor represents a clear and present danger to security.
  2. The visitor has a past history of disruptive conduct at the jail.
  3. The visitor is wearing revealing or inappropriate clothing.
  4. The visitor is under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.
  5. The inmate refuses the visit
  6. The inmate has visitation restrictions due to disciplinary or security issues.
  7. The inmate has already had a visit on that particular day.

You will need to check with the inmate to find out what housing unit he/she is in so you will know the appropriate day for visiting.

Time/Day Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday 0800-0900 FEMALE - H J DORM (M-R) MALE - C J DORM (S-Z) 0900-1000 FEMALE - H MALE - A J DORM (M-R) FEMALE G J DORM (G-L) J DORM (S-Z) 1000-1100 SEG MALE MALE - A FEMALE G J DORM (G-L) MALE - B 1100-1200 1200-1300 J DORM (A-F MALE - D 1300-1400 J DORM (A-F) J DORM (S-Z) MALE - D 1400-1500 MALE - E J DORM (S-Z) FEMALE - F 1500-1600 J DORM (G-L) J DORM (A-F) J DORM (M-R) FEMALE - F 1600-1700 J DORM (G-L) J DORM (A-F) J DORM (M-R) SEG FEMALE 1800-1900 1900-2000 FEMALE - G

Hours will be posted in each housing unit and in the lobby. The hours are also available on the Geauga County Sheriff’s Department web site.

Detainees are permitted to have 60 minutes of visitation per week in 30 minute increments.

Adult visitors must present a valid, verifiable government-issued identification card to enter the facility.

Minors who are visiting the facility must be accompanied by an adult guardian (18 years or older). Minors must not be left unaccompanied in the waiting room, visiting room or any other area.

Attorney Visits - Legal representatives of detainees are authorized to visit their clients during the following hours:

Attorneys may visit 7 days a week with no restrictions with the exception of a facility emergency.

A list of pro bono (free) legal organizations will be posted in all detainee housing units and other appropriate areas. This list shall be updated quarterly. If a detainee wishes to see a representative or paralegal from that organization, it is the detainee’s responsibility to contact them for an appointment.

Consular Visits - Consular officials may meet with their detained nationals at any time. It is requested that prior arrangements be made with the ICE Supervisory Deportation Officer to the extent possible, and that consular officials bring appropriate credentials when they come to the facility. The ICE Supervisory Deportation Officer for this facility can be reached at (216) 535-0368.

Clergy Visits - Clergy may visit detainees at any time, but must make prior arrangements with the Chaplain’s Office.

Visiting Restrictions

  • All family or other social visits are Non-contact.
  • No firearms or weapons of any kind are permitted in the facility.
  • If visitors are or appear to be intoxicated, visitation will not be allowed.
  • All visitors are subject to search while in the facility.
  • Visitors are not allowed to pass or attempt to pass any items to detainees.
  • Visitors are not allowed to carry any items into the visitation area.

Search Procedures (prior to or during all visitations) - All individuals requesting admittance to the facility or the visitation area are subject to a pat-down search of their person, an inspection of their belongings, and a metal scan search. Individuals refusing to cooperate with a reasonable search will not be admitted. No firearms or weapons of any kind are permitted. No electronic devices (cell phones, pagers, radios, etc.) are permitted in the secure areas of this facility.

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