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Middlesex County Jail

Middletown Serves as the Key Penitentiary for Middlesex County

The Middletown City Jail, located at 90 Court Street in Middletown, Connecticut, has the capacity to book up to 1,000 inmates per year, with an average daily population of 50. The facility is staffed by 12 personnel. In addition, the Connecticut Juvenile Training School in Middletown is a male juvenile detention center that can house up to 240 inmates aged 12-17.

The jail allows daily visits for family members from 9 am to 5 pm. Visitors can find more information about visitation hours and inmate mail instructions on The facility is primarily used for pretrial offenders serving superior courts in Bristol, Enfield, Hartford, Manchester, and Middletown, with visitation days and times varying. Non-contact visits through protective glass are available.

Approximately 80% of inmates in Connecticut prisons have mental health or substance abuse issues requiring treatment. The Connecticut Department of Correction manages 18 correctional facilities, five of which are currently closed due to a decrease in the offender population. However, the Middletown City Jail is facing capacity issues as well as maintenance challenges, as it is rated as being in “fair to poor condition.”

In 2008, an inmate at the Ross Correctional Institution in Chillicothe filed a lawsuit against the Middletown City Jail for alleged violations of his constitutional rights. Mugshots of inmates housed in the jail can be found at the Connecticut State Police Jail located at 1111 Country Club Road.

The Middletown City Jail is the main jail for Middlesex County and is unique in that inmates can receive mail with checks payable to them. The jail’s austere appearance is due to its gray paint and bars added after an escape. The Middletown Police Department strives to serve the community through a commitment to excellence, professionalism, and integrity. Finally, Harrie’s Jailhouse, a unique eatery, is opening in a historic building formerly used as a jailhouse.


visitation procedure

Upon arrival at a correctional facility, visitors should follow the instructions provided by the facility staff regarding the check-in procedures.

  • Visitors are required to arrive at least 15 minutes prior to their scheduled visit to complete the check-in process. Failure to arrive on time may result in a shortened or cancelled visit due to strict scheduling constraints.
  • All visitors must present a valid photo identification document to gain access to the correctional facility. For information on identification requirements for minors, visitors can refer to Frequently Asked Questions #11 on how to visit someone who is incarcerated.
  • The use of cell phones and electronic devices is strictly prohibited within correctional facilities.
  • All non-contact visits will be recorded for security purposes.
  • Until further notice, any physical contact, including brief embraces, between inmates and visitors has been suspended.


video visits

  • To participate in a video visit, visitors must have access to Microsoft Teams on a device with video and audio capabilities. The application can be downloaded for free or accessed via the internet.
  • There is no charge for video visits.
  • Visitors must have a valid email address to schedule a video visit and must be on the approved visitor list. If not on the list, they must go through the visiting application process.
  • A maximum of three authorized adult visitors can participate in a video visit, and they must be listed on the Visit Request Form. Minors can only participate if accompanied by a parent/guardian and must not be a victim or have an active protective order with the inmate. Minors will not be counted toward the number of visitors allowed in a video visit.
  • Unauthorized adults who have not received pre-approval cannot participate in a video visit.
  • Visitors must enter the visit at least 15 minutes before its scheduled time to be screened and verified by staff. If a visitor is late, the visit may be shortened or canceled due to strict scheduling constraints.
  • Visitors must show valid identification to staff before the visit begins.
  • Facility staff will record all video visits. Visitors cannot record video visits on their personal devices.
  • Visitors must follow existing policies regarding proper conduct and dress code during the video visit.

telephone access for inmates

A third-party phone communication service is being used by the staff at Middletown City Jail to facilitate communication with inmates. This service enables you to buy phone time for your inmate to make personal calls either to you or to others within their network. If you have any queries, you can contact the facility at (860) 344-3200. Inmates at Middletown City Jail are permitted to use the phones for personal use at all times except during scheduled meals and the evening lockdown, which starts after 10:00 PM.


collect calls

Inmates at most correctional facilities, including Middletown City Jail, are permitted to make collect calls to pre-approved phone numbers belonging to their friends and family members.

However, making collect calls is usually the most costly method of communicating by phone, and it may require the inmate to obtain credit approval or make a deposit into a third-party phone company account through a contract with the jail.


direct calls

  •  Third-party phone services are becoming more common in jails, including Middletown City Jail, and can be less expensive than collect calls. These services allow inmates to make direct calls to pre-approved phone numbers for a fee.
  • To learn about the phone services available at Middletown City Jail, individuals can call (860) 344-3200 or review the information on the Inmate Phone page.
  • Some jails offer phone cards for purchase in the commissary store that allow inmates to make phone calls at a reduced rate.


communication through email

  • A growing number of jails are providing email services to inmates and their families, including Middletown City Jail.
  • Email services allow users to view their messages from a smart phone, computer, or tablet, eliminating the need for physical envelopes, stamps, and trips to the post office.
  • Inmates appreciate email services because they eliminate delayed mail runs and allow for faster communication and responses.
  • Jail staff appreciate email services because they reduce the risk of contraband entering the facility via physical mail and provide an electronic record that can be accessed at any time.
  • All emails are filtered through a program that looks for words related to criminal and/or gang activities.
  • Emails between inmates and their friends or loved ones have been used as evidence in criminal court cases to convict them or to file new charges.
  • If you would like to see if email services are being offered at the Middletown City Jail and how to sign up you and your inmate, call (860) 344-3200.


middlesex county sheriff department

Middlesex County Sheriff’s Office

94 Court Street Middletown, CT 06457

Phone: 860-346-6538


overview of middlesex county

Middlesex County is located in the south central region of Connecticut and had a population of 164,245 according to the 2020 census. The county was established in May 1785 and was formed from parts of Hartford and New London counties. Middlesex County is a part of the Greater Hartford metropolitan statistical area, which encompasses the Hartford-East Hartford-Middletown region. Connecticut’s eight counties do not have county government or county seats. The responsibility of local government activities, such as police, fire and rescue, snow removal, and schools, is in the hands of the towns. In some cases, neighboring towns may share resources like water and gas. From 1785 until 1960, Middletown served as the county seat of Middlesex County. The Middlesex 

County Judicial District is the only form of government in the county. In 1960, all county functions other than the courts and county sheriff’s departments were discontinued, and again in 2000, when the county sheriff’s departments were reorganized into the Connecticut Judicial Marshal, due to political corruption. Joseph E. Bibisi was the final high sheriff of Middlesex County.


Additional resources

Middlesex County Jail mugshots

Middlesex County Jail Inmate Search

Middletown City Jail

222 Main Street

Middletown, CT 6457

(860) 344-3200