Search Inmates in Jay County, Indiana. Results May Include: Arrests, Charges, Mugshot, Booking Date, Booking Number, Status, Description, Code, Level, Count, Personal Description.

Jay County Indiana Sheriff Overview

Jay County is located in Northern Indiana. It was established in 1836 and named in honor of one of the authors of The Federalist Papers, John Jay. The county seat is Portland. The zip codes in Jay County are 47326, 47369, 47373, 47371, and 47381.

The highest ranking law enforcement officer in Jay County is Sheriff Dwane Ford. His second-in-command is Chief Deputy Rob Bicknell who oversees the daily operations of the entire department. The Uniform Patrol Division is headed by Sergeant Ben Schwartz. You can reach any of the command staff by calling (260) 726-8188.

Jay County Sheriff’s Office:
Address: 224 W. Water St. Portland, Indiana 47371
Phone: (260) 726-8188
Fax: (260) 726-8103

Inmate Search in Jay County Jail

The Jay County Jail does not have an online inmate roster. If you want to locate an individual detained here, you can call (260) 726-7541. The jail has a rated capacity of 144 inmates.

Important Jail Policies and Procedures:

Inmates at the Jay County Jail are allowed visitation with family and friends. The visiting hours for this facility are as follows:

Sunday: 12:00 P.M. – 7:00 P.M.
Monday: 12:00 P.M. – 7:00 P.M.
Tuesday: 12:00 P.M. – 7:00 P.M.
Wednesday: 12:00 P.M. – 7:00 P.M.
Thursday: 12:00 P.M. – 7:00 P.M.
Friday: 12:00 P.M. – 7:00 P.M.
Saturday: 12:00 P.M. – 7:00 P.M.

Family and friends can deposit funds into an inmate’s commissary account by calling (866) 345-1884 or visiting

Sex Offender Search and Lookup:

A sex offender is a person who has a conviction for a sexually motivated crime such as rape, prostituion, and child pornography. According to federal law, sex offenders need to submit their information to local law enforcement which is then recorded in the state and national sex offender registry. Anyone can access information on sex offenders living in Jay County by going to

The disclaimer provided must be read and acknowledged first before the information can be accessed. Some offenders do not obey the registration law so you may see records that only list last known addresses.

Bail and Bondsman

The money pledged to the court in exchange for the temporary release of a pretrial inmate is called bail. It will be held in the court’s keeping for the entire duration of the trial, to be returned if the inmate shows up at all of his scheduled court appearances. If he misses a court date, the money is forfeited and bail is revoked.

A bondsman can act as a surety, post bail on behalf of a defendant, in exchange for a non-refundable fee. The fee is usually 10% of the bail amount.

Jay County Probation Department
Probation officer’s are appointed to investigate, report on, and supervise the conduct of convicted offenders on probation. Items to bring to the Probation Office include: employment verification (a pay stub), residence (a lease, copy of a utility bill, etc.), community service record log, counseling or meeting attendance, all personal drug prescriptions, medical condition documents, and immigration registration among other things.
Office:Jay County Probation Department
Location:121 North Court Street, Portland, Indiana, 47371
Jay County Jail Statistics
Number of Persons Confined40
Avg Daily Population49
Name of new facilitynot applicable
Full time payroll7
Full time total employees7
Total salaries and wages234000
Other operating expenditures187300
Total construction costsnot applicable
Equipment, furnishings, etc8000
Year of original construction1983
Year of major renovationnot applicable
Name of new facilitynot applicable


Jay County Unemployment and Median Household Income
Civilian Labor Force Annual Average, 20169,930
Number Employed Annual Average, 20169,478
Number Unemployed Annual Average, 2016452
Unemployment Rate, 20164.6
Median Household Income Annual Average, 201542,646
Sources: Unemployment – Bureau of Labor Statistics LAUS data, Median Household Income – Census Bureau SAIPE data, Rural Classifications – USDA Economic Research Service
Jay County Poverty Data
Estimate of People of All Ages In Poverty 20143,161
Estimate Percentage of People of All Ages In Poverty 201515.2
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Model-based Small Area Income & Poverty Estimates (SAIPE)

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