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Iosco County Jail

County Jail

Last Updated: January 27, 2022
428 W Lake St, Tawas City, MI 48763

Iosco Co Jail 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.

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Iosco 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: 989-362-6164

The Iosco County Jail is a medium-security detention center located at 428 W Lake St Tawas City, MI which is operated locally by the Iosco 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. Iosco County accepts inmates from surrounding towns, municipalities, the US Marshal's Service and the Tawas City Police Department who do not have their own long-term lock-up.

The Iosco County Jail is operated as part of the Iosco County Sheriff’s Office. The facility is in Tawas City, Michigan. This facility has been serving this community for more than 50 years. The jail has a rated capacity of 63 beds and provides inmates with the best supervision possible.

The jail administrator, Captain Scott Frank, and his highly trained professional staff of four Corporals and nine Correction Officer’s provide the safety and security of this facility and treat all with respect and dignity. They strive daily to assure that each inmate is in a safe and healthy environment. We do not tolerate harassment of inmates by anyone, and the welfare of the inmate is foremost.

Incoming inmates are read the “Contraband Statement” and anyone who is found to be in possession of illegal drugs, cell phones, or weapons after the statement is read will face a 5-year felony charge, beyond their original charge.

Information Guide for Family & Friends of Iosco County Jail Inmates

Inmate Information
Staff is only allowed to provide family members and friends with the following information about a person lodged in the Iosco County Jail.

1. If that person is lodged in the jail.
2. The amount of the bond and/or fines necessary for this person’s release.
3. The person’s visitation days.

No other information can be provided in order to protect the privacy of the inmate. Any additional information must be provided by the inmate themselves.

24/7, you can post a bond for an inmate in our jail that has local and/or in-state charges, including Friend of the Court bonds. Surety bonds can be posted by licensed Bonding Agents who are authorized by the court or pay with cash. Staff is not able to make change, so please have the exact amount. We also offer credit card services through Government Payment EXP (www.GovPayEXP.com). This can be done at the Iosco County Sheriff’s Office or remotely, from your home. For information about an inmates bond, you can call the number below and receive the amount of the bond set by the court. There will also be a booking fee of $12.00, required by law that will need to be paid. If you have any questions about bonding information, call (989) 362-6164.

Fines & Costs
If a person has been lodged and/or is serving a sentence, it may be necessary to pay court ordered fines and costs. If during regular business hours of the Courthouse, these should be paid at the Court. When the Court is closed, cash and/or credit cards (GovPayEXP) will be accepted at the Iosco County Sheriff’s Office Control Center.

Telephones are located in each jail cell for the inmates’ use. These phones are for outgoing calls only. The phone system is owned and operated by Securus. All calls being placed by inmates are collect calls. The party receiving the call from an inmate must accept the charges before a connection is made. Inmate phone service pricing: Fifteen (15) minute calls are $11.20. With an InmateAid number, we can get the same 15-minute call for $3.15 (save $8.05 per call). Click here to check it out.

Family members and friends can also purchase $10 pre-paid phone cards for the inmates at the Control Center for inmates carrying a debt with the Iosco County Jail. Inquire with the Control Center on how this can be accomplished. Pre-paid phone cards from outside this facility are not accepted.

For emergency situations only, that require notification to an inmate, you may call
(989) 362-6164. Staff is required to verify the emergency and only then will inform the inmate. Inmates will not be removed from their jail cell for personal phone calls. All calls will be done from their respective jail cell.

ALL INMATE CALLS ARE RECORDED – for security and officer safety reasons.

Phones are on from 7 a.m. to midnight.

Inmate mail must be received via the U.S. Postal Service. Inmate mail delivered to the Iosco County Jail will be opened and searched for contraband before being passed to the inmate. We will not accept Polaroid pictures, pornographic pictures, or drawings.

All mail must contain return name and address or it will not be delivered to the inmate.
To write an inmate, use following:

Inmate name
428 W. Lake Street
Tawas City, MI 48763

We no longer accept mail at P.O. Box 59. It will be returned by the Postal Service.

Inmate Money & Personal Property
Upon being lodged in the Iosco County Jail, an inmate’s money will be taken at the time of his/her booking and will be deposited in an Inmate Trust Fund. While a person is incarcerated at the Iosco County Jail, family members and friends may deposit money into the inmate’s trust account for his/her use. Some restrictions may however apply. Personal property of the inmate will be documented and placed into a locked locker assigned to that inmate.

Personal Items Allowed
Inmates are allowed to receive four (4) pair of white underwear, four (4) pair of white undershirts, four (4) pair of white socks, two (2) pair of white thermal underwear (during winter months only), four (4) white bras with no under-wire, eyeglasses, and prescription medicine upon approval of the medical department and/or the jail administrator.

Inmates are allowed out-of-cell activities once a week. Inmates can attend church and bible study, GED classes, AA programs, Sheriff’s work program, and any future programs. Inmates must be eligible or meet necessary program requirements.

Inmates can order food items and other items from the commissary, provided they have money in their trust fund account. Commissary order arrives on Friday. NO outside items are permitted in this facility.

Indigent Inmates
Indigent inmates are provided with basic personal hygiene items. New inmates are also provided with these items if they arrive after commissary has been ordered. The cost of Indigent Packs is deducted from their Inmate Trust Fund Account – at $4.50 for each Indigent Pack purchased. The Packs include toothpaste, pencil, 3 stamped envelopes, and 6 blank sheets of paper, deodorant, shampoo, soap, Ibuprofen, and Acetaminophen. Prices or contents are subject to change.

Inmates, except in case of emergencies, must fill out a Medical Request Form and present it to a Correction’s Officer. The medical department is on call 24/7. The jail nurse is in-house 5 days a week to meet the needs of the inmates. The jail doctor visits the jail one day per week.

All medical appointments are arranged by the medical department. For security reasons, any previously scheduled appointments before a person is incarcerated, will be rescheduled.

Work Release
Work release is a privilege that can be granted by the court and authorized by the Sheriff. Some may not be granted work release due to the nature of their charges or past criminal history. An inmate sentenced on a drug related crime will not be allowed out on the work release program.

The inmate must read and sign the work release rules and understand that violation of these rules will result in possible termination of their work release privileges. Inmates must also pass a drug test and are subject to random testing while on work release.

Work release will be paid at a rate of $20.00 a day. This payment must be made in advance each day/week.

A person granted work release will be allowed to work in Iosco County Only.

Inmate Locator

Iosco County Jail publishes the names of their inmates currently in their facility in Michigan. 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 Iosco County Jail 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 989-362-6164.


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

Visitation Information

Iosco County Jail - Visitation

Sentenced or non-sentenced inmates must be in jail for a total of 72 hours before they are eligible for a visit. This does not include visits from attorney’s or clergy. It is the inmate’s responsibility to contact family members and friends. Inmates will receive one 30-minute visit each week as follows:

Last names beginning with –

A thru E Wednesdays 6:00 p.m. F thru J Thursdays 6:00 p.m. K thru O Fridays 6:00 p.m. P thru T Saturdays 12:30 p.m. U thru Z Sundays 12:30 p.m.

On Wednesday through Friday visitation days, visitors must sign in by 7:00 p.m. On Saturday and Sunday visitation days, visitors must be signed in by 1:30 p.m. Visitors must be signed in by these deadlines or no visit will be granted. Picture ID will be required at sign in.

Visitors must be 17 years of age or accompanied by their parent or legal guardian. Adults will be held responsible for their children’s conduct. Misconduct by any visitor or inmate will result in the immediate termination of their visit and possible future visiting restrictions.

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