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Lake County FL Jail & Detention Center

County Jail

Last Updated: February 03, 2022
551 W Main St, Tavares, FL 32778

Lake Co Jail is for County Jail offenders sentenced up to twenty four months.

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Lake County FL Jail & 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: 352-742-4054

The Lake County FL Jail & Detention Center is a medium-security detention center located at 551 W Main St Tavares, FL which is operated locally by the Lake 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. Lake County accepts inmates from surrounding towns, municipalities, the US Marshal's Service and the Tavares Police Department who do not have their own long-term lock-up.

Lake County FL Jail & Detention Center - Inmate Handbook

Lake County FL Jail & Detention Center - Visitation
INMATE PROGRAMS: The Programs Department offers a number of services to inmates for the purpose of bettering themselves in preparation for release. We offer programs that provide information and training to assist inmates in their efforts to change their lives and to prevent a return to jail. The current programs, which are available to both men and women, are listed below.
  • 1. Chaplaincy Services: All Chaplaincy services are supervised by Chaplain James Cornell, who works for the Good News Jail & Prison Ministry. This non-denominational organization provides a Chaplain at no cost to the jail. The Chaplain is responsible develop his own financial support from local churches, businesses and individuals. The Chaplain and approximately 45 volunteers provide Sunday and Wednesday services for each housing unit in the facility, as well as group Bible studies throughout the week. One-on-one mentoring, provided by the Chaplain and volunteers, is available to inmates upon request. Bibles and other religious materials are available upon request. A book cart with religious materials is available in each housing unit on a weekly basis.

    The Chaplain is often required to deliver a crisis message to an inmate. An inmate's family may experience a serious illness, accident, or even a death during the period of their loved one's incarceration. The Chaplain is also available to the correctional officers and staff. It is the policy of the Chaplain's office to provide services to all inmates regardless of their religious affiliation. The Chaplain often seeks local practitioners of the required religion to come into the jail to assist the inmate.

    2. ACER Academy: ACER Academy is the educational program for those held as juveniles in the Lake County Detention Center. It is operated by Lake County Schools and is staffed by a full-time certified teacher. Students can complete the requirements for a regular diploma, special diploma, the GED or GED/FCAT option diploma.

    3. G.E.D. Teaching and Testing: In partnership with Lake Technical College, qualified inmates may participate in GED classes and testing during their time at the Lake County Detention Center.

    4. Recovery Groups: Drug and alcohol problems contribute to recidivism. Alcoholics Anonymous, Celebrate Recovery, and LifeStream Behavioral Center offer recovery-oriented groups.

    5. Domestic Violence Awareness and Sexual Assault Victims Group:The Haven of Lake & Sumter Counties offers instruction to enable victims and perpetrators of domestic violence and sexual assault to understand the inner forces that contribute to these behaviors.

    6. Book Cart: Donated books and magazines make their way to every housing unit on a weekly basis.

    7. "Released" brochure: This brochure provides a listing of useful resources and phone numbers designed to assist inmates in their reintroduction to normal life upon their release from this facility. It is given to each inmate as they are processed into the facility.
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Inmate Locator

Lake County FL Jail & Detention Center publishes the names of their inmates currently in their facility in Florida. 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 Lake County FL Jail & Detention Center 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 352-742-4054.


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

Visitation Information

Lake County FL Jail & Detention Center - Visitation at 551 W Main St, Tavares, FL

  • Monday 9am - 6pm
  • Tuesday 9am - 6pm
  • Wednesday 9am - 6pm
  • Thursday 9am - 6pm
  • Friday 9am - 6pm

All visits are non-contact and conducted through a glass partition. This facility may also have a video visitation option, please call 352-742-4054 for more information and updates to the current rules and regulations.

Inmates are allowed 2 visitors per day

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