The Sheriff is bound by statute for the responsibility of operating the County jail(s) which entails the care and custody of inmates, including but not limited to such activities as:
- Providing inmate food and medical services
- Providing jail clothing and receipt of private clothing for court
- Maintaining a safe and secure environment
- Providing support programming such as counseling, crisis intervention, and adult education
- Maintaining a program of inmate recreation, visitation and chaplaincy services
FOR JAIL/INMATE INFORMATION CONTACT (248) 858-1800
The Oakland County Jail is accepting donations for paperback books for the jail library. Please call (248) 858-2925 for further information. Please note that this number is for the jail library ONLY.
The Main Oakland County Jail, located at 1201 North Telegraph, was built in 1973. The jail is a
maximum security facility and has general inmate population housing of approximately 440 inmates.
1201 Telegraph Rd, Pontiac, MI
The intake area for processing new arrests includes holding tanks and observation cells which accommodate a capacity of 156 inmates.
A 24-hour, seven day per week
health clinic is operated at the jail and has seven single cells. In March, 1989, the Annex (a direct supervision facility) was completed, which is attached to the Main Jail and has the capacity to house an additional 487 inmates.
In addition, the Sheriff's Office operates a Corrective Services Satellite Division consisting of:
Total inmate capacity for the East Annex 398.
The Corrective Services Division admits approximately
25,000 new arrests into the facility per year.
Overcrowding continues to be an issue within the Corrective Services Division. However, through legislative changes, innovative programs and focus of the Oakland County Criminal Justice Coordinating Council in conjunction with the Sheriff's Office, jail utilization is at a manageable level. The Sheriff's Office recently implemented an Electronic Monitoring (tether) Work Release Program which has replaced in-jail Work Release status. The tether Work Release Program uses GPS monitoring 24 hours, seven days a week which increases the supervision of the inmate by tracking the inmate's location at all times. Alcohol monitoring is available as well as mandatory random drug screening. The inmate pays the cost of the tether and all drug/alcohol testing.
Should you have any questions about inmate information, please email them to
Medication Hotline (248) 858-1809- The Inmate Medication Information Hotline is a place where relatives/loved ones can leave information pertaining to medication that an individual was taking prior to incarceration. The hotline messages are checked continuously by Clinic staff.
Inmate Phone Calls
- Inmates at the Oakland County Jail facilities are able to make
pre-paid account calls only.
*IMPORTANT CHANGES TO THE INMATE TELEPHONE SERVICE
- Friends and family members are now able to purchase prepaid phone services through IC Solutions to receive calls from an inmate. You may create an account and purchase phone services by calling Customer Care Representatives, available 24 hours a day, every day at 1-888-506-8407.
- Phone Carrier: IC Solutions (888) 506-8407 www.ICSolutions.com
All outgoing calls made by inmates on the inmate phone system are recorded. Calls between an inmate and his or her criminal defense attorney will not be recorded if the inmate's attorney provides a letter (on attorney's letterhead) directed to the Executive Lieutenant of the Oakland County Jail at the following address:
1201 N. Telegraph Road, Pontiac, MI 48341
The letter shall indicate the inmate's name, the phone number(s) the attorney will receive inmate calls on, and the attorney's bar number. If the attorney's phone number(s) change, the obligation will be on the attorney to update the information with the Sheriff's Office.