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Visitation Rules and Regulations

NOTICE: New visitation & phone call fees beginning May 31, 2020. Click here to read more.

Beginning Saturday, March 14, 2020, we are suspending visitation at the John E. Polk Correctional Facility (JEPCF). While there are no known or suspected cases at the JEPCF, limiting visitor access will help prevent the potential spread of the virus through person-to-person interaction. Inmates will continue to have access to video visitation services. The JEPCF will reinstate visitation after consulting with the Florida Department of Health in Seminole County. That date will be announced at a later time.

The purpose of visitation is to encourage family communication and to provide opportunities for associations beneficial to the inmate’s overall adjustment. Visitations are conducted either at the main entrance which is referred to as Control 1 Area, or at the secondary entrance which is referred to as Control 3 Area. Each inmate will be allowed up to two (2) visitors only per visitation day (two adults or one adult and one child). A parent or guardian must accompany children under the age of 18. All children must have adult supervision before, during, and after a visit.

Presently, an inmate can only visit with 2 people at a time. However, if 5 people show up, we allow any 2 people at a time to visit during the hour. All 5 can visit during the hour but only 2 at a time.

You Must Be an Approved Visitor

Visits are allowed on certain visitation days and times as specified in a list compiled by the inmate and approved by the corrections facility. Each inmate classified at the John E. Polk Correctional Facility will complete a visitation form listing up to five (5) persons who will be allowed to visit them on visitation days. The inmate can only update their visitation list during the first 5 days of each month. Visitors on the list will be the only persons allowed to visit the inmate with the exception of clergy, attorneys, and infants under one (1).

Where Do You Go to Visit an Inmate?

John Polk Correctional Facility
211 Eslinger Way, Sanford, FL 32773

When You Enter the Corrections Facility You Must:

  • Arrive 30 minutes prior to the visitation time.
  • Fill out the visitation log.
  • Have your name checked against the authorized visitation list.
  • Present your photo identification to the clerk.
  • Abide by the Corrections visitor regulations below.

Rules for phone and email Inmate visitation scheduling:

Visitation is by appointment only. To schedule a visitation date by phone, call: 407-665-3191.

You will be given a confirmation number. Bring this confirmation number with you on your scheduled visitation day.

Use this website to schedule inmate visitation dates by email. All fields must be completed before you can submit your request. A confirmation number will be sent to your email address within 24 hours. If you do not receive a confirmation number by email within 24 hours, please call 407-665-3191.

Remember to bring your confirmation number with you to your scheduled visitation.

Visitation Rules:

Visitation is by appointment only.

Appointments may be scheduled up to one week (7-days) in advance, but no less than 48 hours in advance.

You must arrive 30 minutes prior to your scheduled visit.

You will register at the designated control room window.

All visitors must properly identify themselves upon arriving at the Control Room. (All visitors must have proper ID with photo indicating their date of birth).

Visitors arriving after the start time of their scheduled session will not be allowed to visit. No exceptions.

Proper attire is required at all times. Shoes and shirts must be worn; suggestive clothing, see through fabrics, halter or tube type tops, short shorts and mini-skirts will not be permitted.

If the attire is too brief or revealing the visitor will not be permitted to visit.

Each inmate is permitted a maximum of five visitors per 1 hour session and shared visitations may be scheduled.

Visitors under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian or possess a marriage license that shows they are legally married to the inmate.

The parent or legal guardian of a minor child must ensure the child is properly supervised at all times. Children shall never be left unattended for any reason.

Smoking, eating and drinking are prohibited inside the visitation area.

Loud talking, excessive emotionalism, or any other type of disruptive behavior will not be permitted in the visitation area.

All visits are monitored and are subject to recording.

Visitation is a privilege.

We reserve the right to deny, revoke, or limit visitation when there is a threat to safety, security or good order of the facility or when visitation rules are not followed.

Once you enter the visitation area, you are not permitted to leave and return. If you leave the visitation area, your visit is over.

Visitors are not permitted to introduce cameras, radios, record or tape players, gifts, purses, food, etc., into the visitation area. These items, including any film, tape or electronic media thought to have been used in the John E. Polk Correctional Facility, will be subject to confiscation.

ID and car keys are the only items permitted in the visitation area. No other personal effects are allowed, including wallets, purses, cell phones, satchels, diaper bags, smoking materials, chewing gum, etc. There are public lockers available in the Control Room lobbies. The cost for use of a locker is 25 cents. If you have a cell phone, make sure it is turned off ( not on vibrate ) before placing it into a locker.

A visitor may be searched at any time when there is a reason to believe the visitor may be in possession of contraband.

If an inmate is going to appear in court and needs clothes for trial, clothing for trial will only be ACCEPTED 72 HOURS PRIOR to the actual court date.

More than one visit per day must be approved by the on duty watch commander or their designee.

Inmates will only be authorized to have only one visit per day.


Visitors who fail to comply with the rules and regulations of the John E. Polk Correctional Facility (Seminole County Jail) will be escorted from the facility and denied visitation. A statement will be completed and forwarded to the Facility Director via chain of command detailing the violation and the action taken. The decision for future visitation will be at the discretion of the Facility Director or designee.

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Seminole County Sheriff's Office
100 Eslinger Way
Sanford, Florida 32773
Phone: (407) 665-6650