The Howard County Department of Corrections recognizes the importance of inmates maintaining ties with their families and friends during their incarceration. An important element of maintaining ties is through regular visits. Therefore, the Department allows regular non-contact visits.
Information on standard information for inmates, including inmate property and packages, clothing, and suicide prevention.
View the visiting schedule, including in-person and video visits, and rules and regulations when visiting the facility.
Cash is not accepted at Howard County Detention Center. Money orders or cashier’s checks will only be accepted with prior approval of the Director or designee.
Visitors may deposit funds to an inmate account via the Kiosk located in the front lobby, the internet, or by a toll-free number.
Lobby Kiosk: Located in the front Lobby. Accepts MasterCard, VISA and Cash Denominations of $5, $10, $20, $50 and $100 bills. The machine will not accept $1bills.
Toll Free Phone: Accepts MasterCard and VISA. 1-866-345-1884
Internet: Accepts MasterCard and VISA www.accesscorrections.com
|Gross Amount Deposited||Credit/Debit Deposits via Website||Credit/Debit Deposits via Phone||Cash Deposits via Lobby Kiosk||Cash Deposits via Lobby Kiosk|
|$0.01 - $19.99||$2.95||$3.95||$2.95||$3.00|
|$20.00 - $99.99||$5.95||$8.95||$5.95||$3.00|
|$100.00 - $199.99||$7.95||$8.95||$7.95||$3.00|
|$200.00 - $300.00||$9.95||$10.95||$9.95||$3.00|
Bond hearings are held Monday through Friday (excluding holidays) by the District Court. To receive the results of an inmate’s bond hearing you should call (410) 313-5233 after 2:00 PM on the day of the hearing. For information on how a bond can be posted contact the District Court Commissioner at 410-313-4740 (24-hours).
The Release Process
Family and friends who arrive at the facility to pick up a released inmate should realize that there will be a waiting period which may vary dependent upon the type of release. The most common types of release are described below with a few helpful suggestions.
Released Time Served
The inmate will be notified in advance of their scheduled release date and time. Information regarding an inmate’s pending release date will not be given over the telephone. You may find out the date and time of the inmate’s release from the inmate. There should be little, if any, waiting time involved if you arrive at the scheduled time of release. Most releases, for time served, occur at 8:00 a.m.
Released by Payment of Bond
You may post an inmate’s bond at the District Court Commissioner’s Office. After bond has been posted the Commission will issue the appropriate release documents to the bondsman or person posting the bond. The release documents should be brought to the Detention Center’s Upper Control window, located in the lobby, and surrendered to the Correctional Officer. The average time for an inmate’s release is 1-2 hours after receiving the appropriate release documents.
Release from Court
Inmates who are ordered released during a court proceeding must first return to the Detention Center for processing. All necessary release documentation must be received from the court. This process may be lengthy since the court documents are not delivered until after all cases have been heard.