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Bradford County Jail

The Bradford County Jail in Florida is a regional medium-security correctional facility with a capacity of 67 detainees. The jail, which was built in 1961 with a capacity for 82 detainees, currently accommodates an average of 180 inmates, who are male and female and are housed in separate sections. It is supervised by the Starke Sheriff’s Office and has a total of 383 officers and support staff. Inmates have the option to receive probation or jail time, and those on probation may be subjected to public shaming as a condition. 

Recently, inmates at the jail have been offered the vaccine, but a significant number have declined. Writing to inmates is allowed, subject to certain restrictions such as no spiral bindings. The Bradford County Sheriff’s Office has been involved in legal cases such as Sargent v. Bradford County Sheriff’s Office. The jail is the main correctional facility in Bradford County and should not be confused with the nearby Florida State Prison, which is also located in unincorporated Bradford County and has a separate set of operations.

delivering a mail/package

The Department of the Jail has strict guidelines for incoming and outgoing mail to ensure the safety and security of both inmates and staff. Only postcards are permitted for incoming mail, except for privileged or legal mail. The following guidelines must be followed for all postcards:

  1. Postcard size must be a minimum of 3 ½” by 4 ¼”, and no larger than 4 ¼” by 6″.
  2. Postcards must be pre-stamped, as regular postage stamps are not allowed.
  3. The full name of the inmate must be included on the postcard.
  4. A complete return address must be provided.

Postcards that do not meet these requirements will be returned to the sender. The following postcards are considered unacceptable and will not be allowed:

  1. Defaced or altered postcards.
  2. Postcards with plastic or any type of wrappings.
  3. Postcards marked with paint, magic marker, or crayon.
  4. Postcards with any type of sticker or label, including stamps and address labels.
  5. Postcards with watermarks or stains.
  6. Postcards with biohazards, such as lipstick or perfumes.
  7. Postcards depicting nudity, weapons, or gang references.
  8. Postcards with any type of picture attached.

For outgoing mail, all mail must be properly addressed and in the form of an approved postcard or pre-stamped envelope, which can be purchased through the Inmate Commissary. Legal and privilege mail will continue to be processed as outlined in the current procedure.


visitation schedule

The Bradford County Jail in Florida allows visitation hours from 8:00 AM to 9:00 PM every day of the week. Inmates are permitted to have two 45-minute onsite video visits per week, which must be scheduled in advance. Visits are free of charge. The jail’s business hours are Monday through Friday, from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

video visitation policies

Starting on Wednesday, August 3, 2016, the Bradford County Jail will implement the use of Securus Video Visitation. Visitors have the option to visit inmates from home or onsite using this service. Information about registration, hours, and pricing can be found on the website It is important to note that all visits with inmates must be scheduled 24 hours in advance.


onsite visitation Policies

 The Bradford County Jail in Florida has several guidelines that visitors must follow during their visitations. These include:

  • Visitors must bring an official, picture I.D. such as a driver’s license, state identification card, or military ID.
  • Dress code guidelines are in place for visitors; clothing must not be revealing and shorts/skirts must not be shorter than mid-thigh. Footwear is also required. Any clothing deemed inconsistent with these guidelines will be decided by the Shift Supervisor.
  • No children under 18 years old are allowed to be left unattended in the lobby.
  • Only one visitor is permitted in the visiting area at a time. If additional visitors are authorized, they must wait in the lobby and take turns in the visiting area.
  • Visitors are prohibited from bringing personal property, including cell phones, into the visiting area. Violation of this rule may result in a suspension of visiting privileges.
  • Visits will be terminated if visitors or inmates use profanity, cause disruptions, act in a sexually-suggestive manner, or fail to follow jail rules. Visitors must only visit the designated inmate.
  • No food or drinks are allowed in the visiting area.
  • Visitors must only communicate with the designated inmate using the provided video kiosk. The use of notes or sign language is prohibited.
  • Visitors shall not open the Jail door to allow anyone to enter or prop the door open. Visitors who leave the Jail may not re-enter without staff authorization.
  • Visitors are reminded that the introduction or possession of contraband, such as drugs, weapons, tobacco, etc., can lead to criminal prosecution. Florida Statute 921.22, which defines contraband, is posted in the lobby. Oversized postcards are not permitted.


telephone access for inmates

Bradford County Jail is now using Securus Telephone Services.

  1. Inmates may use the phone between 10:00 a.m. and 11:00 PM, seven days a week, for calls that are limited to 15 minutes.
  2. Inmates in disciplinary confinement are not allowed calls, except as authorized by a Lieutenant or above. Inmates in administrative confinement or multi-purpose cells are allowed one 15-minute call per day, provided there are no health or security reasons to preclude a call.
  3. Inmates are not allowed to receive telephone calls, and no phone messages will be taken for them except from attorneys.
  4. Inmates are not permitted to make phone calls on behalf of another inmate.
  5. All phones will be turned off during emergencies.
  6. Three-way calls are not permitted and may result in disciplinary action, including suspension of phone privileges.
  7. Inmates shall not make harassing phone calls, and any such calls will result in disciplinary action.
  8. The official Jail phones are not for routine inmate use. Inmates may use a free “Admin” call on the inmate phone system once for each number called to inform the person about the calling system or other matters. Not establishing a Jail phone account or people not accepting collect calls are not sufficient reasons.

depositing money for inmates

The following are the two methods by which deposits can be made to inmate accounts:

  1. Internet deposits: Deposits can be made by visiting the secure Stewart website (
  2. Jail lobby kiosk deposits: Deposits can be made using cash or debit/credit cards (Visa/MasterCard) during normal business hours.

bradford county sheriff department

 The primary law enforcement agency in Bradford County is the Bradford County Sheriff’s Office, which offers numerous public safety services to County residents. These services include Patrol, Jail, Investigations, School Protection Deputies, Emergency Management, County-wide Communications for all Public Safety Agencies, Animal Control, the security of Bradford’s Courthouse Complex, service of thousands of court papers per year, and other law enforcement duties.

The employees of Bradford County Sheriff’s Office, ranging from 911 dispatchers to deputies, investigators to command staff, are dedicated to providing top-notch service to residents, visitors, and businesses around the clock, every day of the year. They remain committed to fulfilling the Sheriff’s Office’s mission,

vision, and core values in the course of their daily operations. The Bradford County Sheriff’s Office strives to serve the public by treating everyone with the highest levels of integrity and professionalism, in the same way that they would want their own families to be treated.

Bradford County Sheriff’s Office
Gordon Smith, Sheriff
945-B North Temple Avenue
PO Box 400
Starke, Florida 32091
Phone: 904.966.2276
Fax: 904.966.6160

overview of bradford county

Bradford County was established in 1858, carved out of segments of Columbia and Alachua counties, and was originally called New River County. In 1861, the county was renamed in honor of Confederate Captain Richard Bradford who died in the Battle of Santa Rosa Island, making him the first

Florida officer to die during the Civil War.

Initially, Lake Butler served as the county seat, but Starke emerged as an important city on the Fernandina to Cedar Key railroad, leading to a vote in 1875 that moved the county seat to Starke. However, legal challenges resulted in the county seat being moved back to Lake Butler, which was then reaffirmed in a referendum in 1885. Another referendum in 1887 finally moved the county seat to Starke permanently. In 1921, Union County was carved out of the western portion of Bradford County and Lake Butler.

During its early days, Bradford County was home to many citrus farms, but the Great Freeze in the winter of 1894-1895 destroyed the citrus industry. Despite this setback, Starke and Lawtey continued to be major agricultural producers, with cotton, tobacco, and strawberries being the primary exports. The county experienced significant growth during World War II with the construction of U.S. Route 301 and the nearby Camp Blanding. After the war, the Florida State Prison was built on the Bradford-Union County line in Raiford, attracting national attention in the 1980s when Ted Bundy was executed there. The county also faced lawsuits in the 2000s over a cross on the city’s water tower and a Ten Commandments statue in front of the county courthouse.


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Bradford County Jail

945 N Temple Ave, Starke, FL 32091