Howard County IN Jail

County Jail

Last Updated: February 16, 2020
1800 West Markland, Kokomo, IN 46901
Security Level
County - medium
Facility Type
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Howard County IN 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: 765-456-2026

This facility is for adult inmates.

The Howard County IN Jail is a medium-security detention center located at 1800 West Markland Kokomo, IN which is operated locally by the Howard 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. Howard County accepts inmates from surrounding towns, municipalities, the US Marshal's Service and the Kokomo Police Department who do not have their own long-term lock-up.

Inmate Information

  • Meals: Inmates are served three (3) times a day, including weekends and holidays. A menu is utilized that meets the registered dietary allowance for those leading a moderately active lifestyle. The daily average calorie count for the menu is not less than 2100 calories. Meals are never withheld as a disciplinary measure.
  • Religious Services: A portion of the Howard County Criminal Justice Center is utilized for religious services. Volunteer ministers from several area churches donate their time to conduct services for inmates. Two services are conducted weekly, rotating units in order that every unit can attend at least every other week. (excluding disciplinary and protective custody units). The Howard County Chaplaincy staff is available for Bible study and individual counseling on an as needed basis as time allows. No religious materials, including Bibles, jewelry, etc., may be brought to the jail for inmates.
  • Educational and Rehabilitative Services: GED classes are held during the school calendar year. The Howard County Criminal Justice Center offers AA, substance abuse counseling, One Church-One Inmate, SSDS, Right Start/Right Step and other self-assisting programs including programs from the Board of Health. Applications for these classes are approved by the instructor and approved by jail administrators.
  • Clothing: The Howard County Criminal Justice Center does not accept clothing from outside this facility. Inmates can purchase clothing items (underwear, t-shirts, socks, etc.) from commissary. One set of clothing will be accepted one week in advance if any inmate is scheduled for a jury trial. An inmate's personal clothing (underwear, socks, etc.) are collected and sent out two times weekly for laundering.
  • Health and Medication: Doctor call is held weekly at the Howard County Criminal Justice and inmates are required to pay a minimal fee for services and prescriptions. Nurse call is available daily and a fee may be charged for this service. Indigent inmates will not be denied treatment, however a negative balance will be held against their account. Indigent inmates will be provided with the minimum necessary healthcare items weekly. Only prescription medication will be accepted. It will be given to the medical staff for conformation with the jail physician and dispensed accordingly. Dentist call is also held on a weekly basis and there is a fee for this service.
  • Telephone Use: Telephones are available in the general population pods for collect calls only. They can be used during the hours of 9 A.M. and 9 P.M. except during lock down times. This privilege may be denied at any time at the discretion of the jail staff for several reasons that may or may not be explained. This privilege is not available for inmates housed in restrictive housing and lock down units. All local calls are charged to the called party at the rate of $4.25 for each 15 minute phone call.

Inmate Communications

Inmates housed at the Howard County Criminal Justice Center now have two (2) ways to receive mail: Traditional mail via the US Postal Service and Inmate Email.

  • Inmate Email: To send an inmate an email for a small fee please proceed to GTL Network Mail to set up an account.
  • Traditional Mail: All traditional mail must be sent through the U.S. Post Office and cannot be hand delivered to the jail. Mail will be delivered to inmates between 2 P.M. and 10 P.M., Monday through Friday, except on holidays. Mail must be in manila or mailing envelopes that are no longer than 9 x 12, and any greeting cards sent can be no longer than 6 x 9.

Pictures are limited to 16 photos, no larger than 5 x 7, and no Polaroids.

Books and magazines are acceptable but must be new and shipped from the publisher or warehouse and front from a bookstore, and an invoice should show they have been paid in full. (No hardback or sexually explicit).

Newspapers may be mailed in by subscription only from the News Agency directly to the inmate.

Any mail containing anything considered "contraband" can be returned in whole to the sender at the discretion of the jail staff.

The following is a list of some items considered to be contraband and are strictly prohibited:

  • Any plans for criminal activity, instructions for manufacture of weapons, drugs, drug paraphernalia, or alcoholic beverages.
  • Any threatened blackmail or extortion.
  • Any plans for instructions for escape or unauthorized entry.
  • Any other materials which would, if communicated, create a serious danger to the security, safety or sanitation of the facility.
  • Any materials that encourage sexual behavior which is criminal or in violation of facility rules and would impede rehabilitation.
  • Any foreign substances on mail or in envelopes, including but not limited to: crayon, market, color pencil, paint, glitter, glitter pen, glue, lipstick, stickers, tape, whiteout, water marks, questionable stains, staples, paperclips, postage stamps, extra envelopes, stationary, bubble wrap, tissue paper, body fluids, internet materials, laminated materials, plastic or metal objects, edible foods or candies, excessive perfumes, advertising, sweepstakes, or lottery cards.
  • Any photos with nudity (bare breasts, buttocks, or genital area).
  • Any photos with hand gestures.

Inmate Financial Transactions & Commissary

Inmates are now allowed to have cash in the Howard County Criminal Justice Center. All funds go into an account to be used for medical services, phone calls, and commissary purchases, such as personal hygiene items, food items, clothing items, and writing materials. Inmates on disciplinary lock-down, and diabetics will have commissary restrictions. Inmates order commissary items on Monday, and orders are delivered on Thursday. Money must be deposited into the inmate's account by midnight on Sunday night to allow them to order commissary for the following week. Funds may be added to an inmates account three (3) ways.

  • Money Orders not to exceed $50.00 can be mailed to the jail of the inmate. NO CASH OR CHECKS WILL BE ACCEPTED THROUGH THE MAIL.
  • Funds may be added to an inmate's account using the kiosk in the Howard County Criminal Justice Center lobby. Machine accepts credit card, debit card and cash starting with a minimum of $5.00 and in any dollar amount after that. Funds are ONLY accepted through the kiosk, staff no longer accepts any payments for inmate account.
  • Funds may be added to an inmate's account using Access Secure Deposits online. Just use the link and follow the instructions on the Access Secure Deposits.

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Inmate Locator

Howard County IN Jail publishes the names of their inmates currently in their facility in Indiana. 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 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.

Visitation Information

Video Visitation Regulations

Due to the excessive number of inmates, visitation is not guaranteed.

You must agree to all rules and regulation for video visitation before authorization is granted.

Privileges are not rights and can be suspended or terminated at any time.

Violations of visit may result in suspension or termination depending on the severity of the violations.

IF this occurs you will be notified by emailed thru the GTL visitation Platform.

Inmates are responsible for the behavior of their visitors and any actions by the visitor may affect the inmates visits.

All visits are recorded and may be monitored.


1.Register either in the lobby of the Howard County Criminal Justice Center at the provided KIOSK or go to the Howard County Website to register. All information upon registering must be accurate and up to date. If the visitor’s information is incorrect at check in with what is on the register’s identification, your visit will not be allowed until all information is updated and correct.

2. Visitors found to be using false name or identification will result in suspension of visit privileges for one (1) year.

3. You must agree to the rules and regulation before the visit will be granted. Failure to do follow rules and regulations may result in suspension and / or termination of privileges of visiting. Your actions may result in suspension / termination of the inmate’s visitation privileges.

4. Only one (1) visitor / child can visit at a time. At the Howard County Sheriff Department 2 adults may participate in internet visits as long as both adults are registered. If Person(s) are not registered they may not participate in any visit in any context.

5. No rude or vulgar behavior / language.

6. No flashing or showing of body parts, masturbation, or lewd behavior, and clothing worn by all visitors must be in good taste and appropriate.

7. Visitors are not allowed to use Cell Phones or any recording devices during the visitation session. Visitors may not show any pictures, letters, documents or any other items during visits. Violations of this policy may result in suspension of visitation for up to 1 year.

8. Visitors must report to the front desk during business hours and Central Control for all other hours, 15 minutes prior to scheduled visit. Except if it is visitation by internet. At which time it is not a requirement to report to the front desk.

9. Failure to report to a scheduled visit will count as a visitation session for both the inmate and the visitor. If you are unable to attend you must go online to cancel the visit. If there is an emergency situation you can bring in confirmation of the emergency situation and we will evaluate the information, if confirmed, and is valid we will reinstate the visitation session. If you are unable to go online and cancel the visit, in an emergency situation you can bring the confirmation of the emergency and speak with the Jail Commander or their designee. Each situation will be evaluated on the information provided.

10. No food or drink will be allowed in the lobby.

11. Do Not wear articles of clothing that covers the face as to prevent identification of the visitor, unless worn for religious or national beliefs. Additional Identification may be required in these situations.

12. Maintain control over minor children. They will not run around or stray away from the adult during the visitation session.

13. All visitors must not have been incarcerated for 90 days prior to the visitation. If the visitor has been incarcerated and has not been out for 90 days they will not be allowed to visit with inmates.

14. Each inmate is allowed only (2) 25 minute visits per week. Internet visits are allowed with unlimited amount however each visit is limited to 10 – 25 minutes per visit.

15. Proper lighting must be utilized to allow for the visitor to be properly seen. If the visitor can not be seen the visit will be canceled.

16. When using cell phones as the visit platform you may not take screen shots, record or perform any other activity on the cell phone during the visit or while the visit is active.

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Facility Type

Howard County IN Jail is run by the county sheriff’s department and the prison is run by the state department of corrections. Jail is for inmates who are awaiting time or who have been sentenced to less than a year. Prison is only available for people who have been sentenced to more than a year on any one charge.

Neither prison nor jail is nice but they differ in their levels of security, the programs they have and the quality of the environment. Additionally, an inmate cannot ask for a motion to reconsider once they have been transferred to the custody of the department of corrections.

The Sheriff’s department calculates what percentage of your jail time that you actually have to serve. The law requires that the sheriff’s department make people serve a minimum of 50% of their sentence if they are convicted of a misdemeanor.

The jail will accept inmates from the US Marshal and ICE where space is necessary. In comparison, state prison is for inmates serving lengthier sentences on crimes that are more severe in nature.

The Howard Sheriff’s Department calculates what percentage of a felony jail sentence a person will serve. The law requires that an inmate serve at least 85% of their felony jail sentence for non-mandatory time and 100% of their mandatory time.

Howard County IN Jail also offers and manages alternatives to jail such as work release programs, work furlough, house arrest, and private county jails where the person convicted can serve their sentences on weekends. Because overcrowding is a problem in both county jail and state prison, both systems operate a good behavior program. Those who are on good behavior can have their sentences reduced or cut.

If you are not serving a mandatory minimum sentence and you do not get into trouble while in jail the sheriff’s department will typically give automatic good behavior time. When you first receive your release date from the jail, within a few days of being incarcerated, the good time deduction will have already been included in most cases. For non-mandatory misdemeanor good time off is 50% and for felonies is typically about 10-15%.

Custody/Security Level

The Howard County IN Jail is located in Indiana and takes in new arrests and detainees are who are delivered daily - call 765-456-2026 for the current roster. Law enforcement and police book offenders from Howard County and nearby cities and towns. Some offenders may stay less than one day or only for a few days until they are released in a court proceeding, some after putting up a bond and then are released to a pretrial services caseload under supervision by the court, or are released on their own recognizance with an agreement to appear in court.

The jail is divided into "pods," each of which includes individual cells, common areas, and an outside recreation court — a space bound by towering concrete walls. All meals, are approved by a dietitian. Common area tables are made of solid steel with attached four seats. Inmates crowd around the tables playing cards or board games like chess and checkers. Inside the cells, there is only a sliver of a window allows inmates to peer out. There are two to three inmates per cell, The jail is crowded at about 90 percent capacity and this population varies day-to-day sometimes over-crowded. There are a number of people who arrive at the jail actively or recently drunk or high, or arrive with injuries from fights/assaults that led to their arrest, and/or are mentally ill with no other place for law enforcement to deliver them. This makes the intake process challenging for the jail’s staff and its medical personnel.

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How To Send Things

There are strict procedures for everything related to "sending things to an inmate" in a County - medium facility. This includes sending money for commissary packages, sending mail like letters with photos, magazine subscriptions, buying phone time, postcards and greeting cards, and even distance learning courses (get your degree, you've got a lot of extra time). You also need to know about visitation, what are the hours and rules.

All of the information you could ever need to know is below, patiently scroll the page and get as much information about Howard County IN Jail that you'd ever want to know. If there is anything that you were looking for, but don't see, please email us at

How To Send Money:

How to Send an Inmate Money in Indiana

Here are some general guidelines for sending money to an inmate's trust account; but not specific to a particular facility, institution or jail. Inmates need money to access several privileges like weekly shopping at the commissary, making phone calls, using the email service where offered, using the electronic tablets where offered and paying their co-pay when needing the medical or dental services. Some county jails require a per-night fee for the jail’s expenses.

What is a Commissary?

A commissary is a store within the jail. Commissary day is usually held once a week and can only be used if the inmate has funds in their commissary account, like a bank account within the institution. If the inmate has a job, their paycheck is deposited into this account, too.

The Commissary sells various products that the inmates may purchase if they have money on their books. Items sold are clothing, shoes, snacks and food, as well as hygienic products like soap, shampoo, and shavers. The commissary also sells products like books, magazines, televisions, radios, playing cards, headphones, MP3 players, electronic tablets, songs and educational programming. They also sell paper, envelopes, and stamps allowing the inmate to write their loved ones, friends and family. Facilities will provide stamps and paper to inmates who are indigent – eligible where no money has been in their commissary account for at least 30 days.

How you send money to an inmate?

Sending money to an inmate varies from state to state, depending if it is county, state or federal, their ways of accepting money for inmates’ changes by the money transfer company they’ve contracted with. Federal Prisons and some state-level prisons have centralized banking systems which means that you do not need to know where they are specifically, just that they are in the state systems of for instance the California, Texas, Florida DOC or the FBOP to name a few.

How do I send money using MoneyGram?

Some facilities will allow you to deposit cash through the lobby window stand-alone kiosk in the lobby or visitation room. Most facilities will also accept a postal money order mailed to the institution’s inmate mailing address made payable to the full inmate’s name.

Electronic banking allows friends and family members to send the funds online, and correctional departments are starting to favor this method because it is less work for staff and more accurate/easier to keep track of, as well as being more convenient.

Regardless of the method of sending funds, there are several key things you will need to know:
• Inmate’s full committed name
• Inmate’s ID number
• Inmate’s location – or a system like the federal BOP

Before sending any funds you should find out what online transfer companies the institution your inmate is incarcerated in uses. You can find this information on our site by navigating to the facilities page click on the Money Transfer button under the address and phone number.

Pay close attention to the rules of the facility. Sometimes they will require money senders are on the inmate's visitation list. Some correctional facilities have a deposit limit, like $200-300 at a time, but in federal, there is no limit.

MoneyGram, JPay, OffenderConnect, AccessCorrections, JailATM, WU, Touchpayonline, tigercommissary, smartdeposit are some of the money transfer firms being used by various facilities. MoneyGram is by far the oldest and most trusted.

Who else can access the money you send?

An inmate with fines or restitution will be subject to commissary/trust account garnishment. If the inmate has these financial obligations, they will be extracted from the inmate’s bank account. It may be a percentage or the entire amount depending on the situation. We recommend inmates who are going into their bid contact the counselor and make an arrangement beforehand. If you go in knowing they are taking 20-25% of all deposits is better than have them take it all and you find out in the commissary line when the account is zero.

Why is my inmate asking for more than I normally send?

This is generally a signal that the inmate is doing something they shouldn’t and need money to get them out of or through a situation. It could be gambling, it could be extortion it could be other things you don’t need to know on this forum (for now). Set boundaries with your inmate. Tell them that “this is the amount I can send each month” and that is it. There are no extras beyond the boundary. Also, NEVER send money to the account of another inmate on your inmate’s instruction. This is a sign that something is not right. If the corrections people discover this, and they do more times than not, it will result in some severe disciplinary action to the inmate, and certainly the loss of all privileges.

Who can I call if I suspect something?

We recommend speaking with the counselor or case manager of the facility and use a generic reference in the event that your suspicions are wrong. You needn’t put them in a more difficult position if they are.

Inmate Care Packages:

How to Buy Inmate Commissary Care Packages Online

Show your loved one how much you care – order a package today! The facilities usually have a weekly limit of about $100 per inmate, plus processing and tax. The orders do NOT count towards the inmates weekly commissary allowances Deposits can be made online for inmates 24/7 using a credit/debit card

There are also a few services that allow you how to order inmate commissary online. These trusted providers are approved and share revenue with the prisons from the sales to the inmates.

Here is a list of other similar programs prison commissary: Keefe Group, Access Securpak, iCareGifts, Union Supply Direct, Walkenhorst's, CareACell

Inmate Commissary:

What is Inmate Commissary?

Prison commissary (also sometimes referred to as inmate canteen) is a store for inmates housed within a correctional facility. While the very most basics may be provided for by a given correctional department, there are also other important goods/services that Florida prisoners and inmates must buy. For instance, supplies such as supplementary food, female hygiene products, books, writing utensils and a plethora of other things are examples of things that can be purchased as part of an inmate commissary packages for goods.

What is an Inmate trust account?

When you add money to an inmate account, the prison funds are stored on an inmate trust fund. This prison account basically acts as a personal bank account of an inmate. They will use this account to make Inmate Calls, pay for postage to Send Photos from Inmates, send emails from inmates, purchase Items from Commissary, receive wages from jobs, and more.

How To Send Mail:

This is how to send your inmate at Howard County IN Jail letters, photos, postcards, greeting cards and magazines

Incoming and outgoing inmate mail is subject to inspection for the presence of contraband that might threaten the safety, security or well-being of the jail/facility, its staff, and residents. Inmates may receive only metered, unstamped, plain white postcards no larger than 4" x 6" as mail. Writing must be in pencil or blue or black ink. Any other mail will be returned to the sender. If no return address is available, unauthorized mail will be stored in the inmate's locker until the inmate's release.

Inmate mail cannot contain any of the following: Create an immediate threat to jail order by describing the manufacture of weapons, bombs, incendiary devices, or tools for escape that realistically are a danger to jail security; Advocate violence, racial supremacy or ethnic purity; No current inmate-to-inmate mail will be allowed and will be destroyed.

The easiest workaround is to look over the mailing services of InmateAid. We have an automated system for sending your loved one that special message or picture. We send thousands of pieces of mail per month with NO issues with the prisons or jails. The envelopes display the InmateAid logo, the mail room knows for certain that the contents will not be compromising. This trust was established in 2012.

How To Send Greeting Cards and Postcards:

Greeting cards are great for the holidays and birthdays. The ones from the store often have more than just the message because the policies surrounding appropriate content (no nudity or sexually suggestive material no matter how funny), and they cannot have glitter, stickers or anything else that makes the card different from a normal plain old card. Instead of going to the Hallmark store in the mall and looking around for hours - go to our easy to search Greeting Cards service.

It takes literally 45 seconds and it's very affordable for what you're getting (and what they are getting, too!). Select from 100s of birthday, anniversary and every holiday you can think of, and VERY easy to send from your phone on InmateAid:

Don't forget Christmas, Thanksgiving, Mother's Day, Father's Day, New Year's, Ramadan, Hanukkah, Passover, Easter, Kwanzaa or Valentine's Day!

In less than a minute and only $0.99, this act of kindness will be worth a million to your inmate. If you have a picture or two and don't want to write a long letter. Type out a little love in the message box and send your latest selfie... only 99 cents!

Don't wait until the moment has passed, it's easy and convenient to let them know you're thinking of them at every moment.

How To Send magazines and Books:

Send magazines to Howard County IN Jail at 1800 West Markland, Kokomo, IN

Send the best magazines and books to your Inmate in jail or prison, it's the gift that keeps on giving all year round, There is nothing more exciting to an inmate (besides their release date) than getting their favorite magazine every month at mail call.

Magazines and books must come directly from the publisher. You are not allowed to send single magazines in an envelope. They need to come directly from the publisher with your inmate's name affixed to the address label. Magazine subscriptions are easy to set up, it takes literally 2 minutes.

You know when you go into the grocery and browse the new magazines on display? You see hundreds. Inside they place a little card that if you fill it out and send it in with your inmate's name, ID number and facility address - you drop it in the mail and in 8-12 weeks your inmate gets an issue every month for a whole year. Thankfully, there is an easier way, just CLICK here and browse yourself. Select a title or two and add your inmate's name to the order. It's fast, it's reliable and it's at a discounted rate for your convenience.

How To Save Money on Inmate Calls

The prison phone companies have a monopoly at the facility they have a contract with. Profits are shared so there is no incentive for their representatives to show you how to save money. They post their rates and in almost every case, there are at least two pricing tiers. Depending on where you are and where your inmate is, the type of phone number you use will make all the difference.

In federal prison, the answer is simply that a new local number will change your inmate's call rate from $.21 per minute to only $.06 per minute. Fed gives you only 300 minutes per month, the local line service is only $8.95, no hidden fees or bundling of other unwanted service charges

For the other facilities that are not federal, it used to be that a local number was the answer. Now, its market intelligence and InmateAid has made it their business to know what the best deal is in every scenario. And we can tell you that in 30% of the cases, we cannot save you a penny - and neither can anyone else. But we will give you a refund if we can't save you money.

For more specific information on inmate calls, you will want to navigate to the facility your inmate is incarcerated in through our site by going to Prison Directory and following the links to the Discount Telephone Service - get an honest estimate before you buy.

Ask The Inmate

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