Lake County OH Adult Detention Facility

County Jail

Last Updated: April 10, 2023
104 E Erie St, Painesville, OH 44077

Lake County OH Adult Detention Facility is for County Jail offenders sentenced up to twenty four months.

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When someone you care about gets locked up, it's tough to figure out all the ins and outs of jail life. From sending mail to visiting, there are a lot of things to sort out. And getting info about the arrest? Not always easy. That's where this webpage comes in handy. It's here to help you get a handle on how things work at Lake County OH Adult Detention Facility so you can stay connected and support your loved one behind bars.

The Lake County OH Adult Detention Facility is a detention center located at 104 E Erie St Painesville, OH 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, Painesville Police Department, and the US Marshal's Service.

New detainees arrive at the jail regularly, with some being released on bail, placed under pretrial services caseloads, supervised by probation agencies, or released on recognizance with a court appearance agreement. Those who are not released await their court appearances at the jail, receiving accommodations including bedding and meals. You can see all the arrest records for Ohio here.

Inmate Programming

The Lake County Sheriff’s Department, Division of Corrections currently offers one of the most extensive inmate programming curriculums found in Ohio’s County Jails, supported by a wide use of volunteers throughout the area.

Why is such programming critical to Lake County? A quick look at inmate demographics nationwide illustrates the problems we are faced with.

  • There are 2.3 million people incarcerated in our prisons and jails today in the United States, as well as an additional 6 million persons on Probation and Parole. Totaled, that is more people then in college or above in the United States.
  • There are 33% more mentally ill people in our jails and prisons today then there are in our mental hospitals. Further, 16% of people incarcerated in jail today have mental conditions
  • 50-55% of all inmates in our jail and prisons have drug or alcohol addictions related to their crimes
  • 9% of inmates nationwide were homeless in the last 12 months prior to their arrest
  • Nearly 50% of those incarcerated nationwide cannot read or write
  • Over 60% of inmates were unemployed nationwide at the time of their arrest
  • This year over 700,000 people will be released from our nations jails and prisons ... less then 10% will receive any type of treatment for their lack of education, mental health issues, and drug/alcohol addictions.

More than One in 100 Adults Are Behind Bars, Pew Study Finds

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Pew Contact: Jessica Riordan, 215.575.4886

If we fail to address the major issues of drug/alcohol abuse, mental health, lack of education and homelessness we will be releasing back into our neighborhoods the same people who came to jail, with the same problems, only with increased problems associated with incarceration.

It is the philosophy of the Lake County Adult Detention Facilities to return inmates back to society better then when they first came to us. If we can help send inmates back home who are able to deal with their mental issues, who can stay off of drugs and alcohol, and who can obtain a GED so they can get better jobs, then we will be able to make homes safer for their children; our neighborhoods safer for the entire community; and reduce the burden of financial assistance for local government.

To address these issues and make real progress to realizing our goals, our programming offered to the inmates of the Lake County Jail includes:

Narcotics Anonymous

Narcotics Anonymous sprang from the Alcoholics Anonymous Program of the late 1940s, with meetings first emerging in the Los Angeles area of California, USA, in the early Fifties. The NA program started as a small US movement that has grown into one of the world's oldest and largest organizations of its type. Narcotics Anonymous provides a recovery process and support network inextricably linked together. One of the keys to NA’s success is the therapeutic value of addicts working with other addicts. Members share their successes and challenges in overcoming active addiction and living drug-free productive lives through the application of the principles contained within the Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions of NA. These principles are the core of the Narcotics Anonymous recovery program.

Principles incorporated within the steps include:

  • admitting there is a problem;
  • seeking help;
  • engaging in a thorough self-examination;
  • confidential self-disclosure;
  • making amends for harm done;
  • and helping other drug addicts who want to recover.

In May 2014 the average number of inmates who attended NA meetings per week at the Lake County Jail are as follows:

  • Males - 21.6
  • Females - 21.9

G. E. D. General Educational Development

GED - General Educational Development

In November 1942, the United States Armed Forces Institute asked the American Council on Education (ACE) to develop a battery of tests to measure high school-level academic skills. These Tests of General Educational Development gave military personnel and veterans who had entered World War II service before completing high school a way to demonstrate their knowledge. Passing these tests gave returning soldiers and sailors the academic credentials they needed to get civilian jobs. More than 15 million people have received a GED credential since the program began.

The General Educational Development (GED) test measures secondary school academic proficiency equivalence and is recognized as the equivalent of a high school diploma. A new computer-based GED test was initiated in January 2014 and consists of four tests which can be studied for and taken separately. For Ohioans who did not finish high school, earning their GED credential is important to getting a good job, applying for a better job, and entering a workforce program or college.

Currently, the new computer-based GED test is administered at official GED test centers. Students must sign-up at in order to pay for and schedule tests at a nearby testing center. is the only official website for the test and is a helpful resource for anyone wishing to learn more.

GED classes at the Lake County Jail are part of the Auburn Career Center ABLE program. Class is held twice weekly to prepare for the test by strengthening skills in math, reading, and language. Adults 19 and older are eligible for services. Those who are 18 must provide an official withdrawal form from their school district before being admitted to the program.

Religious Services and Programming

The Lake County Detention Facilities work with many area Churches and religious organizations to help provide inmates the opportunity to practice their religious beliefs. On Saturdays and Sundays inmates are permitted to attend religious services offered by the area faiths (including, but not limited to Non-Denominational Services, Protestant, Catholic and Muslim) Further programming offers Men' Bible study, Women's Bible study, Wedding facilitation, and individualized meetings with members of the clergy. Participating groups include:

  • St. Anthony - Fairport Harbor
  • St. Mary - Painesville
  • St. Gabriel - Concord
  • St. Noel - Willoughby Hills
  • Immaculate Conception-Madison
  • Saint John Vianney-Mentor
  • Saint Mary -Mentor
  • Saint Mary- Chardon
  • Saint Bedes the Venerable-Mentor
  • Saint Cyprians-Perry
  • East Heisley Church of God
  • New Mercies Community
  • Leroy Chappell
  • Painesville Assembly of God
  • Mentor Baptist
  • Islamic Center of Cleveland

In May 2014 the average number of inmates who attended church services per week at the Lake County Jail are as follows:

  • Sunday day services (males) average 39.8 (3 services)
  • Sunday day services (females) average 20.0 (1 service)
  • Sunday night serivces (males) average 54.5 (3 services)
  • Sunday night services (females) average 26.9 (1 service)
  • Saturday Jehovah's Witness Service average 9.2 ( 2 services)

In May 2014 the average number of inmates who attended bible study per week at the Lake County Jail are as follows:

  • Tuesday (males) average 17.1
  • Tuesday (females) average 11.3

Library Services

The Lake County Detention Facilities offers a wide-variety of reading material through the inmate library services program. Volunteer Librarians Dee Trepal and Edward Lord spend 10 hours or more per week facilitating the donations, up-keep, and distribution of books to the inmate population. Reading material includes educational, fiction, and non-fiction material.

Women In Transition Through Support Programming

The development of the jail Women in Transition Through Support Services program was created to offer on-site services and support for women during incarceration, as well as providing them with a continued resource and linkage to agencies within the area that can assist them in making a good transition back to the community, and to their family. W.I.T.T.S. is geared to facilitating quality changes in the lives of female offenders so that they can achieve their true potential to be active and contributing members in society, and most importantly, in the lives of their children and families. The program offers the female population services such as a Victim’s Assistance group that focuses on being a Victim, Female support Group, Parenting Classes, Zumba Classes, Yoga Classes, Vision Boarding, Domestic Violence, Blasts Groups and Employment series.

Contributing Members to WITTS include:

  • Beacon Health
  • Extended Housing
  • Women's Center Lakeland Community College
  • Lake County Job and Family Services
  • Victims Assistance Program
  • Forbes House
  • Ohio State University Extension
  • Lake Metropolitian Housing Authority
  • Girl Scouts of North East Ohio
  • Catholic Charities Families of Promise
  • Convenant Outreach Through Advocacy and Agency Networking (COTAAN)

Programming for WITTS inlcudes:

The “Female Support” group focuses on stress associated with being in jail. It helps the women deal with problem solving, trust, goal, planning, anger management and many other topics dealing with stress. The sessions are conducted by members of Beacon Health on Tuesday.

The "Domestic Violence" class is held once a month through the Jail Treaatment Program. The group teaches women how to deal with anger issues and how to cope with being a victim of domestic violence.

The “Parenting Class” aides in assisting women with dealing with their children from a new born to adulthood. The group focuses on setting children up for success as well as trying to become a better parent. The group addresses topics on having a healthy relationships with children and coping with stress that can be associated with raising children.

The "Yoga" class focuses on a healthy mind and body. The group meets on Thursday and averages 21 women per session. The class is conducted by Anne Audrey and six other volunteers.

The "Zumba" class foucuses on using engery in a positive manner to release stress. The class is conducted by Lana Neibuhr and several other Zumba instructorson Friday's.

The "Assessing Yourself" class affords the women the opportunity to take a look at their lives starting from childhood, their friends, their family to figure out what is wrong in their lives in order to set goals to determine and reach positive outcomes while making good choices.

Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation

The Jail Treatment Program was developed in response to the needs of the Criminal Justice System. For Lake county judges and probation officers, it provides structured intensive chemical dependency treatment for clients in a setting where abstinence is insured. It also provides a unique opportunity to mete out logical consequences for crimes while simultaneously addressing the root cause of those crimes. For those offenders who have failed to successfully arrest their addiction through less restrictive means, the Jail Treatment Program provides a logical and cost effective alternative. #

Agencies and Services used for Continuing AfterCare Treatment include but not limited to:

  • AA/NA
  • Associated Bilingual Counselors
  • Beacon Health
  • Catholic Charities
  • Community Action for Addiction
  • Community Drug Board (Akron)
  • Cuyahoga County Drug Court
  • Cuyahoga County TASC
  • Ed Keating Center
  • Firelands Counseling
  • Free Clinic (Cleveland)
  • FMRH Mental Health Council
  • Glenbeigh
  • Horizon House
  • Horizon Village (NY)
  • Lake Geauga CADA
  • *Mentor Office
  • *Chardon Office
  • Lake HouseLake Area Recovery Center (LARC)
  • Laura’s Home
  • Moore Counseling Center
  • Outpatient Aftercare
  • Inpatient Aftercare
  • North Coast Counseling (NCC)
  • *Willoughby Office *Ashtabula Office
  • North Coast Behavioral
  • Prison Recovery Resources
  • Ravenwood
  • Salvation Army (Cleveland/Akron)
  • Signature Health
  • Teen Challenge
  • Trinity
  • Turning Point
  • Veteran Administration
  • Western Reserve Counseling
  • Windsor/Laurawood Hospital

Physical Fitness

The Lake County Detention Facilities offer inmates access to indoor and outdoor (weather permitting) recreational areas, as well as housing area exercise programming. An exercise video is shown everyday at 9:00 am and 6:00 pm so that the inmates can have additional exercise in their housing units.
Note: Contrary to misconceptions, there are no weight machines or swimming areas provided to the inmate population.

Anger Management Programming

The Mental Health Counselors and area organizations provide Anger Management therapy to the inmate population. The goal of anger management is to reduce both your emotional feelings and the physiological arousal that anger causes. You can't get rid of, or avoid, the things or the people that enrage you, nor can you change them, but you can learn to control your reactions. Often the Jail works in conjunction with the Courts to provide inmates training on curbing the anger before returning back to their families.

Mental Health Services

The jail system has two full-time Mental health Consultants and a part-time psychiatrist employed by Beacon Health. These two mental health counselors are responsible for the screening of incoming prisoners for significant psychological issues and illnesses, whether it be from depression, suicide risk, schizophrenia, bipolar disorders or any other form of psychological illness or distress. They screen and prioritize those inmates needing to see the psychiatrist who may evaluate them a determine a treatment which includes possible medications. The counselors also supervise the placements of inmates into the designated mental health/special needs housing unit. Further, they respond to inmates in mental health crises, as well as monitoring the status of inmates on the mental health caseload, including those referred by the Lake County Courts.

Medical Services

The Medical Department provides and coordinates medical, dental and psychiatric services to the inmate population of the Lake County Adult Detention Center. These services include:

  • Medical screenings of all inmates
  • History & Physical exam of all inmates sentenced to ten days or longer.
  • TB screening of all inmates.
  • Emergency medical services.Continuing care of pre-existing conditions.
  • Diagnosis, treatment and education of new conditions.
  • Scheduled sick call with Dr. McNaughton.
  • Coordinating medical services with Mental Health
  • Coordinating dental services.
  • Generating and maintaining medical records.

In addition to providing services to inmates, the medical staff provides first aid, TB tests and hepatitis inoculations to employees.

Work Release

The Work Release program allows selected inmates to work at paid employment in the community during their period of incarceration. As ordered by the Court, these inmates are released each day to work and must return at the end of their work day to the jail. This program provides:

  • Continuation of Income and Benefits to the Inmate and his/her family
  • Retention of Employment after release from jail
  • Gradual reintegration back into the community.
  • Accumulation of savings from paid employment.
  • Preservation of family and community ties
  • Ability for inmate to offset costs involved in his/her incarceration

Inmate Worker Programming

The Inmate Worker program allows selected inmates to work inside the jail in a variety of jobs to help reduce the cost of jail operations. The program allows the inmates to earn good time to reduce their time of incarceration, learn new job skills, and provides an opportunity to give back to the community. Inmate Worker jobs include:

  • Laundry Workers
  • Kitchen Workers
  • Jail Cleaning / Painting
  • Car Wash
  • Library Upkeep

Inmate Locator

To utilize the Inmate Search page on InmateAid, begin by selecting the relevant prison facility in Ohio. This allows you to view the current list of inmates housed at Lake County OH Adult Detention Facility.

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Visitation Information

Lake County OH Adult Detention Facility -Visitation


MONDAY, TUESDAY, THURSDAY, FRIDAY: 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

SUNDAY: 8:00 - 10:30 a.m. 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.


WEDNESDAY: 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

SATURDAY: 8:00 - 10:30 a.m. 1:00 - 2:20 p.m. 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

VISITING: Proper identification is required. No visitor under the age of eighteen (18) years of age is permitted. Inmates are permitted two (2) visits per week. Each visit is limited to fifteen (15) minutes.

The inmate may choose to combine their two (2) fifteen (15) minute periods into one half (1/2) hour visit. No visitors will be permitted into the facility later then fifteen (15) minutes prior to the end of visiting.

Visitors who travel one hundred (100) miles or more (one way) will normally be permitted an additional fifteen (15) minutes each. Note: These visits are not in addition to regularly scheduled visiting times. If the inmate already had two fifteen (15) minutes visits for the week, they are not entitled to any further visits.

If the inmate has used all of their visiting times and receives visitors from over 100 miles away they will not be permitted to visit unless approved by the shift supervisor. Such exceptions will be for extraordinary circumstances.

Visiting Attire

It is recommended that visitors dress conservatively and with the following guidelines in mind. Inappropriate attire will be reason to deny a visit. Any alteration to clothing once a visitor is inside the visiting area will be grounds for terminating the visit.

Prohibited Attire:

  • Clothing that exposes the breast/chest area, genital area, or buttocks
  • Clothing that exposes an undue amount of flesh (e.g. exposing chest, back, thighs, or midsection)
  • Dresses, skirts, pants, and shorts exposing more than two inches above the knee, including slits when standing
  • Sheer or transparent garments and sleeveless dresses
  • Strapless or "spaghetti" strap tops, Halter tops, underwear-type tee-shirts, tank tops, fish net shirts, or any type of shirts, or pants made with see-through fabric
  • Clothing exposing the midriff area
  • Clothing or accessories displaying obscene or offensive language or drawings
  • Clothing designed or intended to be tightly worn, to excessively accent the body (e.g. spandex, tights, leggings, tank tops, etc..)

Prohibited Items:

  • All tobacco and tobacco products
  • Chewing gum
  • Purses
  • Cameras, Pagers, Cell Phones
  • Writing materials or books, unless approved prior to entering the visiting room
  • Jackets, Coats, Hats, Gloves


The facility reserves the right to refuse the entrance of any person, or terminate any visit when deemed necessary to enforce the rules and regulations of the facility.


Visitation by minors (persons under age 18) will normally be permitted in this facility under the following conditions:

Once an inmate has been incarcerated in the Lake County Adult Detention Facility for a period of 60 consecutive days, the inmate will normally be permitted one 15 minute visit with each of his or her minor sons and/or daughters (this includes step-children, adoptive and biological) in a non-contact visiting area. The visit(s) will normally take place under the following conditions: Only one minor child is permitted in the visiting room at one time.

The child must be accompanied by an immediate family member who is over age 18.

All minor children who are left in the front lobby during the visit must be supervised by an adult (person over age 18)

Once the inmate has been granted a visit with his or her minor son(s) and/or daughter(s) after the initial 60 consecutive days, the inmate will normally be granted another visit with his or her minor son(s) and/or daughter(s) after 60 more consecutive days of incarceration has elapsed. The inmate will then normally be granted visits with his or her minor son(s) and/or daughter(s) every 60 consecutive days of incarceration in the Lake County Adult Detention Facility.

Visits with minor children will be conducted on Saturday mornings from 8 a.m. until Noon.

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