Kenton County Detention Center

County Jail

Last Updated: July 14, 2023
3000 Decker Crane Ln, Covington, KY 41011

Kenton 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.

The phone carrier is Combined Public Communications, to see their rates and best-calling plans for your inmate to call you.

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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Kenton County Detention Center basic information to help guide you through what you can do for your inmate while they are incarcerated. The facility's direct contact number: 859-363-2400

The Kenton County Detention Center is a medium-security detention center located at 3000 Decker Crane Ln in Covington, KY. This county jail is operated locally by the Kenton County Sheriff's Office and holds inmates awaiting trial or sentencing. Most of the sentenced inmates are here for less than two years. Kenton County accepts inmates from surrounding towns, municipalities, the US Marshal's Service and the Covington Police Department who do not have their own long-term lock-up.

There are new detainees delivered to the jail daily, you can see arrest records here. Some are released after putting up bail, are released to a pretrial services caseload, are placed under supervision by a probation agency, or are released on their own recognizance with an agreement to appear in court. If there is no release, the inmate must wait here at the jail for their court appearance as a guest of the County, getting a bed and three square meals.

Trustees are inmates who work in the jail as cooks, as orderlies for the staff, in the laundry or in the commissary. The trustees are paid a very small amount for their time and some jail gives the trustees a few days off their sentence in exchange for their work.

When an inmate arrives in jail they are put together in a large holding cell with other inmates in the intake. While in intake they are under heightened observation. Violent and out of control inmates are segregated.

Can I Get Work Release?

Work release is when you are released from jail during the day so that you can go to work. At the end of the day, you return to jail for the night. There are a number of requirements to be able to get into the work-release program. Most programs require your employer to fill out some paperwork. If you want to get into the work release program then apply prior to being sentenced to jail. This will minimize the amount of time you spend in jail waiting to get into the program.

Can I call my family in Jail?

Kenton County Detention Center has a phone program where inmates make outbound calls only, you cannot call into jail. Since you are paying for those calls don't make it a habit of accepting collect-calls, they are over $15 each. The alternative is to set up an account through their third-party phone company which charges steep fees for each minute used. You are paying for them to call you. Click here if you are going to speak a lot and need a discount on the calls.

Remember - These phone calls are recorded and conversations can be used against you or the inmate so do not discuss your case over these phone lines.

Inmate Locator

Kenton County Detention Center publishes the names of their inmates currently in their facility in Kentucky. 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.

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Covid Visitation Information

Inmate visitation has been canceled at the Kenton County Detention Center until further notice. Jailer Terry Carl is taking this precautionary measure in accordance with the Kentucky Department of Corrections, Office of the Governor and suggested protocols from the Kentucky Jailers Association. Limiting the non-inmate traffic within the facility will reduce the possibility of the COVID-19 virus being brought in from the outside.

Visitation Information

Kenton County Detention Center - Visitation

The general public may visit inmates here. The County Detention Center houses Federal, State, and County inmates. Visiting hours (Visitation Schedule) vary and are subject to change without prior notice.

General Public Visiting Guidelines - Minors are not allowed to visit on weekdays. Minors under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. All persons requesting visitation must have valid photo identification such as:

  • U.S. Military identification card

  • A valid school photo identification card

  • A valid Identification Card or driver's license

  • A valid Passport/Visa or Alien Registration card

Record checks may be made, if considered necessary, for the security of the inmates, employees, visitors, and the facility.

Scheduling a Visit - Visits must be scheduled at least 24 hours in advance.

In-Person Visits - Call 859-363-2433 Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m, or Saturday and Sunday 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Online Visits - Schedule online visits via iWebVisit.

Visitation Hours

All Dorms Except Dorms 102 and 107

  • Tuesday through Friday
    8 a.m. to 10 a.m.

  • Saturday and Sunday
    9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Dorms 102 and 107 Only

  • Sunday and Monday
    6:20 p.m. to 8:20 p.m.

Online Visits

  • Daily
    6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

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