Lee County Jail – Fort Myers, FL

Lee County Jail is located in Lee County, FL and is the correctional facility for the area. Do you know somebody locked up at Lee County Jail? This site will tell you information about everything related to Lee County Jailsuch as the following: Find an inmate at Lee County Jail. Find mugshots and inmate photos. The jail’s phone number and address. Posting bail. Booking and intake procedures. Court information. And more…

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The prospect of going to jail is a scary prospect, not only for whoever gets locked up, but also their family and friends. This guide is designed to give you advice and information you need to make getting locked up a little less stressful. If you have specific questions, please feel free to ask it, and also any feedback or comments that might be a benefit to other people in the same situation is welcome.

General Information

Address

Lee County Jail
2115 Doctor Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard
Fort Myers, FL 33901

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: (239) 477-1500
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a friend or family member that is incarcerated and don’t know how to contact them?

Do you know a friend or family member that has been arrested and you don’t know how to find out what jail they’re in?

In order to see who is in jail at Lee County Jail you have to visit their link and use the inmate lookup.

Inmate Locator

The Lee County Jail Inmate Roster is an online list of people who were arrested and are now in jail, which includes status, how much their bail is, and visiting hours. You can find the same information on anybody booked or discharged within the past 24 hours. Prisoners are shown in alphabetical order by their last name. You will be able to find the information fast if you’ve got your friend or family member’s first and last name, date of birth, or inmate ID.

If the inmate you are looking for could possibly be in a different jail you will want to look here: List of all jails in Florida


Mugshots

A mugshot, also known as a intake photo, is the photograph that the jail takes during jail intake processing. A mugshot is make of one full face and one profile photo. Your name and jail booking number will appear on the mugshot, and they will be on file.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of inmates can be seen online, or you can view them at the Lee County Jail. When you search for mugshots on the website you need to input the prisoner’s full name, and a booking date.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Do you want to have your mugshot erased from the Lee County Jail website? This will be difficult, as the mugshot is public record. To get your mugshot removed you have to file a Petition to Expunge in court. This means that the record of your arrest would be sealed, and unavailable to the public. It is difficult to do this, and you will most likely need the services of a lawyer.

Read our indepth tutorial about removing your mugshot, the different mugshot sites, and the websites that offer to remove your mugshot for you: How To Get Your Mugshot Taken Down


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Obviously, if you’re incarcerated, your main thought is about how to get out. After you’ve been booked, bail will be set using the bail schedule or the magistrate will decide it. If no bail is set this might mean that you will either get released, pending trial, or you must remain in jail until your trial.

If you are released from jail you are required to agree to be there for your court date, and until that day you are required not to go out of town.

In most cases, a prisoner will earn time off in exchange for good behavior if they don’t break the rules and conduct themselves properly while incarcerated.

If you prove to be trustworthy, you may be granted work release. Either you will have to stay the jail every day when you’re finished working, or you might get to sleep in a halfway house instead of jail, so it is kind of like an early release.

Bail

Bail is the amount of money that you have to pay to the courts to be released from jail pending trial. The amount you will be required to pay is dictated by the crime you’ve been charged with. You will need to put up 10 percent of the total amount set so you are able to bail out of jail. If you don’t show up for your court appearance, that person will lose all of the bail money.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

To find out someone’s bail amount you will need to call the Lee County Jail. If know the pertinent information, like name, address and date of birth, they’ll be able to let you know what their bail is set at. You can also see the bail amount on the Lee County Jail site.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Needing to bail someone out of jail is no fun, but thankfully, its really easy if you have the money. To start with, you have to find out if it is a “Cash Bond Only” situation. If it is, you won’t be able to use a bail bondsman. Bail can only be paid by cash – they won’t accept a personal check. As soon as you’ve posted (paid) bond, the person will be released into your care. If they don’t violate the terms of their bail, you’ll get your money back.

Bail Bondsman

If the amount of bail set is large, or you can’t afford it, you you should hire a bail bondsman. Bondsmen will usually have a fee of 10-15% of the bail amount, and usually with a minimum of $100. This will not be returned to you and the bondsman only accepts cash. If their bail has been set particularly high, the bondsman might require that they use your assets, such as home, property or cars, as collateral for the bond in addition to whatever their charges are.

You can find a bail bondsman click here: How to find a bail bondsman

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

  • Time Off For Good Behavior
  • Get Out on Work Release
  • Released For Time Served
  • Get Out on a Pre-Trial Release Program
  • Get Released on House Arrest
  • Be Released on Your Own Recognizance


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The intake procedure is made up of each of the following steps:

  • You will get put in a holding cell. If there are a lot of arrests, it will take a while to get processed.
  • You will have to answer a number of questions, such as your full name, your address, date of birth and contact person.
  • They’ll also ask you about your psychological and medical history.
  • You will be given an inmate ID.
  • You will get fingerprinted.
  • You will have your mugshot taken.
  • All of your personal property will be taken away from you and stored until you get released.
  • You will then be allowed to use the telephone to contact a member of your family, friend, or bondsman to arrange bail.
  • If you think you will get released quickly, you might be able to wear your own clothes, if not you you will have to wear a jail uniform.

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Discharge Procedures

When you post bail, you will be discharged from jail. Getting discharged from jail will take anywhere between 15 minutes to all day long. So, the faster you post bail, the faster you will get discharged from jail. Also, how fast you get released will depend on whether you’ve been given a bond amount or if the magistrate must determine your bail amount. For lesser charges, you will simply be booked and released on your own recognizance. When you have completed your jail sentence and have a release date, expect to get discharged at any time that day – but usually in the morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

for your arrest, or if you need to report to start a sentence, it is highly recommended that you follow the rules and turn yourself into the authorities. In the case of an outstanding warrant, go to the jail, in the reception area, and let them know that you think there may be a warrant out for your arrest. The officer will verify that you have an outstanding arrest warrant, and if they find one, they will ask that you surrender yourself and you will be taken into custody. If you are reporting to serve out your sentence, report on the date and time that the sentence order states. Make sure that you are not late. Make sure that you only bring required items when you turn yourself in, like a driver’s license or photo ID, prescription medication, and a copy of the sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

In order to have visitors, inmates must give the name and date of birth of each visitor to the jail in advance of the visit. Your visitors will be put in the visitation log as an Authorized visit. Each and every visitor is required to provide acceptable photo identification. Any visitors that arrives for visitation late or any visitors that are not approved to visit will be turned away.
Visitation procedures are always changing, so review the official Lee County Jail jail site before you visit an inmate.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

Phone calls that inmates are allowed to make from jail are made through a jail approved pre-paid phone account or phone card . Jail phone calls are usually more expensive than phone calls made outside of jail. Phone calls are restricted on when you can make phone calls, how long you can talk, and how often you can make calls, but bear in mind lots of people want to use the phone – so you have to share. If you break the rules and are disciplined, an inmate’s ability to use the phone might get cut back or eliminated completely, as part of the punishment.

Phone Number: (239) 477-1500

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mail has to be sent using the actual US Postal Service. You must not use any other form of mail or package delivery. You should write the inmate’s name, inmate ID number, and the address of the jail on the letter that you send. Don’t send a package or box, envelope with padding, bag, or an envelope containing metal parts. Any mail sent to inmates gets opened and inspected and read by the jail administration, and will be sent back if the jail decides it is inappropriate.

Mailing Address

The mailing address for Lee County Jail is:

Lee County Jail
2115 Doctor Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard
Fort Myers, FL 33901

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Lee County Jail
2115 Doctor Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard
Fort Myers, FL 33901


The mail policy changes frequently, so you should review the the Lee County Jail website when you send a letter to an inmate.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

If you get arrested, you have rights, the most important of which is that you have the right to request a lawyer. You are only allowed to make so many phone calls in jail, so you would be wise to get a friend or relative to find an attorney when you call them. I know you’re probably asking yourself right now ‘do I really need an attorney?’ While you are not required to have one, a criminal attorney will advise you about your rights, help protect your interests and help you navigate through the legal system in your county. The quicker you get an attorney working on your criminal case, the better.

For more info on this, go to: How to Find a Lawyer in Lee County

Public Defender

If you can’t afford an attorney, the courts will assign you a public defender, which is a free lawyer. In addition, the Public Defender Office has a number of staff such as investigators, crime scene and forensics experts and social workers. You should be reassured that Public Defenders are actual attorneys, admitted to the State Bar and are fully licensed to practice law.

Have you or someone you know used the services of a Public Defender? Are you happy with how they handled your case?

Court Records

Lee County court records are public records. Court records have a case file containing a docket sheet and all motions, documents, and evidence filed during your court case. You have the ability to access the records and documents in your court case via the website, or by going to the Clerk’s office of the Court.

Clerk of Court

The Clerk of Court is an officer and clerk of the court that maintains court records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath for any court participant who must be under oath, and also read the jury’s verdict. All court records associated with your court case are held at the Lee County Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court costs and court fees are the fees and charges from your court case, such as for example filing charges, motion and claim fees, and court appearance fees. If you can’t afford to pay these fees and have a Public Defender, you can get a waiver for these fees.

Magistrate

The Lee County court magistrate is the type of judge that rules over your court case. Magistrate judges do a number of things, which include determing how much your bail will be, writing arrest warrants, and overseeing preliminary court hearings and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

A pre-sentencing report is prepared with background information and information about the arrestee’s life and history, which the magistrate judge will review when determining the sentence. Information, details, and character witnesses will be solicited from the defendant, his or her family, and, if applicable, the victim in the crime. Keep in mind you are able to ask to see a copy of your pre-sentencing report prior to sentencing, so you can correct any inaccurate information.

Sentencing

When you are convicted of a crime, you will be sentenced. The judge will have several different options when sentencing you, which include community service to probation, to even incarceration in jail or prison. Depending on sentencing guidelines and the severity of your crime, you will either be taken into custody, right there in court, or you could be given a date that you are required to turn yourself into jail to serve your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Want to find out if some you know is in jail, or has ever been in jail?

To do so, you will have to query the jail’s website, and do a search using:

  • Name.
  • Birth date.
  • Their booking date.
  • and their inmate ID.

If you’re not sure if this person is in jail or not, you should call the jail to find out.

Warrant Inquiry

If you think you have a warrant out for your arrest, you can find out by checking the arrest warrants online or call the court directly. This requires a first and last name. Or, you can just go down to the jail and ask the officer in charge. Keep in mind that if there is an arrest warrant out for you, they will take you into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know the person’s name, as well as their arrest date, contact the jail, on the phone, in person, or you can check online. Arrest records are public record and the information is accessible to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when someone has been served with papers, like warrants. You can access civil process orders by getting in touch with the Sheriff’s office, online or by phone.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All people registered as sex offenders are required to be listed and registered on a sex offender database. The people on these databases have been convicted in a court of law of a sex offense. You can access this information on the website, but keep in mind that you will not see the street address, rather the address block of the address that they registered.

Court Records

Court Records are considered public records, so they are accessible to anyone who requests them. These records include a court case file containing a docket sheet and all documents filed in the case. You are able to access court records on the website, or at Clerk of Court office in the county where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each and every state keeps a record of a person’s criminal past. These state databases are connected and you can track criminal backgrounds from other states. You can go to courthouse and check in person, or you can check online. It is helpful to know the county, and in the event that it was in a different state, you may have to pay a fee for a more intensive search.

When you look up a person’s crminal records you will find out if a person has ever been arrested, charged or convicted for any crimes they may have committed, which could include:

  • Driving Under the Influence (DUI).
  • Drug offenses.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sexual offenses including rape, assault.
  • Violent crimes like assault or murder.
  • Property crimes like theft or larceny.

When you do a criminal history search, usually won’t find out if that person had:

  • Tickets for speeding.
  • Lost their drivers license or license revoked or suspended.
  • Accidents.
  • Moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To search for this information, you will have to do a search for their driving history.

    Have you ever tried to search for someone’s criminal records? Was it easy? Did you search online or did you have to make a phone call to the local courthouse? Did you get information that was correct? There are many reasons that folks search for criminal backgrounds and records, and your account may help other people that are in the same situation.

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    Most Wanted

    The FBI keeps a list of the Top Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Lee County,The Sheriff’s Department maintains their own list of the top most wanted criminals in the county.

    FBI Ten Most Wanted List: External Link

    Lee County Sheriff’s Department’s Ten Most Wanted List


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    While the prospect of being incarcerated in Lee County Jail is something you wish you could avoid, you will soon get accustomed to the daily routine. Inmates get a wake-up alarm at 6am, and then you’ll have roll call. Then you will eat breakfast. When you finish eating breakfast participate in the program that has been assigned to you. This could be working in the kitchen, laundry, or some sort of manufacturing job. While this may seem tedious, it may help you when you leave jail, as you are gaining experience in a certain field of work. Other inmates go to school, while some take part in mandated treatment programs. After lunch, there will be another roll call, then back to work. Your evening will be spent either in your cell or a common room. During this time dinner is served and you will be expected to take a shower. After another roll call, it’s lights out. Even though you will be confined to your cell, there may be enough light to read or write letters. Then again, most inmates welcome lights out, and try to get as much sleep as they can.

    Most people are frightened at the idea of jail because they don’t know what to expect. If you have spent any time in Lee County Jail, your experiences would be welcomed, if it can help another person to deal with it.

    Dress Code

    When incarcerated, all inmates are expected to wear the Lee County Jail uniform. This is normally a jumpsuit or scrubs. Of note to anyone visiting an inmate – you must be properly dressed. Any clothing considered inappropriate will not be permitted.

    How To Send Money to an Inmate

    You will have your own ‘bank account’ while in jail. This money is used to purchase items from the Commissary. Family and friends can deposit money into this account for you, and any money you earn while in prison will also be deposited into your account. Outside money can be paid in to your account via a money order, cash or check. If someone sends a check or money order, make sure that they write your inmate ID on it. The maximum amount you are allowed in your account is $290 per month.

    The procedure to send funds to someone in jail at Lee County Jail is always changing, so you should double check the official Lee County Jail site when you send funds to an inmate there.

    Commissary

    The commissary is the jail store. You can purchase a number of things here, such as toiletries, snacks and writing supplies. Bear in mind that you will probably want to use the commissary daily, and any infractions will get that privilege taken away from you.

    Inmate Medications

    If you are on any type of prescription medication, you will be allowed to continue taking it while in jail. When you are first processed, you will be asked what medication you take. You will then be referred to the jail nurse or doctor who will be in charge of monitoring your health and prescribing your medication.

    Meals

    You will get three meals a day: breakfast, lunch and dinner. As expected, they are very basic, but healthy. A typical breakfast might be cereal, toast, coffee and fruit. Lunch might be spaghetti, salad, bread and milk. Dinner could be chicken casserole, rice, vegetables, dessert and milk. Contrary to popular belief, prison food has greatly improved over the years, and you might find that it’s not much different from what you would eat at home.

    Pods / The Yard

    The jail is designed in a ‘pod’ layout, with self contained housing arranged around an outdoor yard. Each pod has a central control station and a common room, and the inmates take turns in using the yard. The jail is designed this way to keep certain inmates together, and others away from the general population.

    Gangs

    As with life in general, gangs are a part of prison life. Obviously it is best to avoid becoming a part of this environment as it will only lead to trouble. When you first enter prison, you might find yourself being ‘primed’ to join a gang, or worse, you might get their attention in a negative way. The best thing to do is keep your head down and don’t get involved.


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    News and Media

    News

    Photos / Pictures

    Videos


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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Lee County Jail

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Lee County Jail, overseeing the day to day operations and administration of the jail. An inmate is unlikely to have much interaction with the Deputy Sheriff, unless they have committed an infraction. Detention Officers are responsible for the custody and care of the inmates. They maintain order in the jail, and handle security. A Detention Officer is assigned to a certain pod, and therefore is responsible for the same inmates each day. They get to know the inmates on a certain level, and are well equipped to handle any problems that may occur.

    Apply for a Job at Lee County Jail

    Requirements:

    • You must be over the age of 21.
    • You must possess a High School Diploma or GED
    • You must be a US Citizen.
    • You must pass a Criminal, Credit and Driving History background check.
    • You must pass a drug test.
    • You must have a good level of fitness.
    • You must be in good health.
    • You must have a valid Drivers License
    • An applicant for Deputy Sheriff must possess a Law Enforcement Certification.


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    Family Resources

    There are resources for families of both the perpetrator of the crime and the victim. The social and emotional impact of crime is far reaching, affecting many. Families can receive professional counseling, court related assistance, social services assistance and help in navigating the criminal justice system.

    If you are a family member, which resources did you find to be particularly helpful? Please let us know, as this will be helpful to other families in the same situation.

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    Victim Resources

    Important Note: If you, or someone you know, are in immediate danger, call 911.

    Victim’s Rights

    The Victim Rights Act grants victims the following rights:

    • The right to protection from the accused.
    • The right to notification.
    • The right to attend proceedings.
    • The right to speak at criminal justice proceedings.
    • The right to consult with the prosecuting attorney.
    • The right to restitution.
    • The right to a speedy trial.
    • The right to be treated with fairness, dignity and respect.

    The definition of victim includes:

    • Spouses and children of all victims.
    • Parents and guardians of minor victims.
    • Parents, guardians and siblings of mentally or physically incapacitated victims or victims of homicide.
    • Foster parents or other caregivers, under certain circumstances.

    There are a number of services and programs designed to help victims and their families. You can find out about these services by contacting the courthouse, or local law enforcement agency.

    Victim Notification

    The Department of Justice Victim Notification System (VNS) is a system that provides victims with information pertaining to their case and/or any defendants in the case. You will receive a Victim Identification Number (VIN) and a Personal Identification Number (PIN) that will allow you to access VNS via the internet or by phone. Here, you will find information about future court hearings, historical court events, and detailed information about the defendant. This will include criminal charges filed, the outcome of charges, sentence imposed, custody location, projected release date and any other release information. The VNS website is updated daily. You will also receive any ongoing information by mail or email.

    Have you, a family member or friend ever used the Victim Notification System? If so, was it effective? Did you get the information in a timely manner? Was the system difficult to use? We would like to hear from you, so please post any comments here.

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    Sex Offender Information and Search

    All people registered as sex offenders are registered on either a national or state sex offender database. The people on these databases have been convicted of a sex or kidnapping crime. You can access this information online, but bear in mind that you will not get the exact address, rather the block that they live on.

    Domestic Violence

    If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence, there are services to help you. Your county will have a Domestic Violence Services office. They provide free and confidential services, such as emergency shelter information, legal advocacy, support groups and domestic violence education. They will work to help you create a safe and violence-free life, and heal from the trauma of abuse.

    Important Note: If you, or someone you know, are in immediate danger, call 911.


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    Reviews

    Reviews of this Jail

    Have you ever been a prisoner at Lee County Jail? Do you know someone that spent time there? Have you ever visited an inmate at Lee County Jail?

    If yes, then we would like you to tell us about it. Tell us about your jail experience so that others can find out what to expect.

    What to write in your comment:

    • Conditions at the jail.
    • Jail and pod layout and facility
    • Staff and guards
    • Jail food and commissary
    • Having Visitors
    • Inmates.
    • Prisoner safety
    • Gang activity
    • Inmate activities and programs


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    Tell Your Story

    Everyone’s who has been put in jail has a story to tell. Why were you locked up? Did you experience fair treatment? How was day to day life at Lee County Jail? What were the other inmates like? How did going to jail affect your life?

    Click here to tell your story about Lee County Jail

    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Did you meet some cool folks in jail? Do you want to talk to a person you met in jail? Leave a message for them here.

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    Links and Resources

    Main Lee County Jail Link
    Lee County Jail Inmate Search Link
    Lee County Jail Mugshots
    Lee County Jail Bail Amount Link

    Lee County Jail Visitation
    Lee County Jail Mail Policy
    Lee County Jail Inmate Inquiry Link
    Lee County Warrants
    Lee County Jail Arrest Lookup
    Lee County Jail Send Money Procedure
    Lee County Jail Jobs


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