Visitation Rules

COVID-19 Update

Last Update: Monday, May 22, at 9:15 am

At the Johnson County Sheriff's Office, people are our most valuable asset. We place a premium on the health and wellbeing of our staff as well as the community we serve. In order to help minimize the spread of the COVID-19 virus, the Johnson County Sheriff's Office will be reopening inmate visitation in phases to all general public visitation at both Detention Facilities. Effective May 22nd,  we will enact phase 2 which will consist of the following:

  • Two (2) adults plus one lap child per inmate, per visit (You cannot divide visits between adults throughout the visitation time).
  • Only fifteen (15) people, excluding employees, will be allowed in the lobby or other visitation areas at any time.  Any persons not participating in visitation or conducting business will be asked to remain outside the lobby and visitation areas.
  • If visitors have symptoms related to COVID-19, they are asked to refrain from entering our facilites.

We apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your understanding as we work towards a full reopening.

  1. All visitors will present valid photo identification before being authorized to visit. Valid photo identification is non-expired government issued identification. Please arrive fifteen minutes prior to your visit to allow time for the check-in process.

  2. All visitors must be at least 18 years of age or accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

  3. An inmate will be allowed two people per visitation time. A minor child under the age of six will be considered a lap child and will not count as one visitor. Any remaining children regardless of age will count as one of the two visitors. Children cannot be left unattended in the lobby.

    • One parent with children ages seven and four — VISIT GRANTED.

    • One parent with children ages seven and six — VISIT DENIED.

  4. The splitting of visitation is not allowed. However, both visitors do not have to arrive at the same time.

  5. All visitors will secure all personal property in the lockers provided.

  6. All visitors will be required to pass through a metal detector.

  7. Food, drinks, and smoking are prohibited in the visitation area.

  8. All visitors must remain properly dressed. Prohibited clothing includes:

    • Anything resembling staff uniforms.

    • Shorts and skirts that don’t extend past mid-thigh when seated.

    • Any transparent, provocative, or revealing clothing such as low-cut tops, halter tops, and tube tops.

    • Shoes, sandals, boots or other footwear must be worn at all times.

  9. After the visit, all visitors will return to the lobby and obtain their identification.

  10. All visitors who leave property in a locker must retrieve it prior to leaving the Detention Center.

  11. A visit may be denied, suspended, or terminated if:

    • The visitor is under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

    • There is insufficient space available at the time of the visit.

    • The visitor refuses to submit to an initial screening or search if necessary.

    • The visitor produces insufficient/falsified identification, or refuses to present any identification.

    • The visitor’s behavior is disruptive to the orderly running of the facility.

    • The visitor intentionally damages county property.

    • The visitor’s attire does not conform to the dress code.

    • Safety or security of the facility is at risk (severe weather, power loss, riot, etc.)

  12. Absolutely no materials will be given to inmates unless authorized by a Shift Sergeant in writing prior to visitation.

The Sheriff’s Office has a zero-tolerance policy regarding sexual abuse, harassment, and misconduct. If this policy is violated, your visitation will be terminated and any future visits may be suspended. If necessary, criminal charges may be imposed.

Trafficking contraband into a penal institution is a Level 6 non-person felony.