What to know if a friend or family member is arrested
INTAKE PROCEDURES / ACCOUNTS/ FEES
When you or someone you know is
arrested, the money with the defendant at the time will be deposited into an
account, less a $12.00 subsistence fee to offset some of the costs of the intake
process. The defendant may then withdraw from the account to purchase items from
commissary, have elective medical / dental treatment. A $3.00 a day subsistence
fee begins immediately following the first 24 hours of incarceration. All other
property that enters the facility will be itemized and stored until the
defendant’s release. Any item of property that can be used as a weapon is not
stored at the facility. A property receipt will be given for these items from
the arresting officer and they can be retrieved after the defendant’s release
from the Sheriff’s Office Property / Evidence department, phone
1-800-854-2862, ext. 4366.
Q. If the arrestee has no money, what are they entitled
Arrestee’s are entitled to certain minimum services. They will receive
housing, food and required medical care while incarcerated. They will be
assessed fees for commodities and services. However, nothing will be denied them
for lack of funds in their inmate account. All indigent inmates will immediately receive dental and other health and comfort items
and, after 10 days
of incarceration, materials with which to communicate with friends and families
money is put into an account after incarceration and there is a lien, will all
of the money go to satisfy the lien?
No, the full amount will e deposited into the account.
Q. The account has a lot of money in it, can it be
released to someone?
Yes. However, a $50.00 minimum must be left in the Inmate’s account. This
procedure can only be done once.
Q. When released, how does the arrested get the money out
of their account?
All money that enters the detention facility is immediately deposited into an
account. Regardless of how quickly you are released you will receive your
account balance in cash if it is $30.00 or less. If your account balance is
greater than $30.00 you will receive $20.00 in cash and the remainder in the
form of a Pasco Sheriff’s Office check.
PHONE PRIVILEGES / MAIL
When someone has been arrested he / she has the right to make
reasonable contact with whomever they chose. Collect phone calls are permitted
for all persons who have been arrested. The first call is permitted immediately
following the intake process. Depending on circumstances, this could potentially
take some time. Please be patient. After that time, phone privileges in the
housing areas are permitted from 9:30 am through 11:00 pm excluding inmate count
times or emergencies.
Q. Is there ever a time when an arrestee can make a call
other than collect ?
A. Yes, when they are being released,
they are allowed to use a phone, which is free, to contact whomever they choose.
Q. Can they call a friend / family
member who is housed in the detention center?
All calls are outgoing only and must be approved by the detention supervisor. The only method
of contact for you would be through the mail. You must know which detention
center that the inmate is in. The mailing addresses are: (Defendant’s
Name), 20101 Central Blvd., Land O’ Lakes, FL 34637 or (Defendant’s Name),
8700 Citizen Dr., New Port Richey, FL 34654.
Q. How do I set up an account allowing an arrested person to call my cell phone?
A. Contact Inmate Calling Solutions at 1-888-506-8407 to create a prepaid account.
does an arrested person make a phone call to a phone if there is a block on it
to prevent collect calls?
The owner of the phone must have the block removed. For blocking and billing
issues call: 1-888-506-8407
I want my phone to be blocked, what do I do?
A. Call 1-888-506-8407, they will
Q. What mail can be received by an inmate?
Postcards, legal material or money orders (to put money in accounts for
spending only). There are no exceptions
without prior approval from the jail administration.
During incarceration periods,
visitation is permitted. The defendant must submit a request, listing who he /
she would like to visit. This requires name, date of birth and address. Once the
visitation list is approved (usually within 48 hours of being submitted by the
defendant), the visitor must call for a visiting appointment . You may call
Wednesday and Thursday, 7:30 AM to 3:30 PM; phone
numbers are (813) 235-6085, (727) 844-7778, and (352)
518-5000, ext. 6085 or 6036.
there any special circumstances in which I can visit beyond normal
Yes. All requests however must be made by the defendant and approved by the
shift commander. A special visit is authorized one time and only for extenuating
circumstances. Any questions regarding visitation please call the above phone
AMOUNTS / ADVISORY HEARINGS
When someone is arrested,
bond amounts are determined by a schedule set by judges. Domestic related
charges are not entitled to a bond until seen by a judge. If the arrest resulted
from an outstanding warrant, the bond amount is set by the judge who signed the
warrant. If the person arrested remains in custody long enough, the arrested
will attend their first court appearance (Advisory Hearing). Approximately 50 to
60 inmates attend this hearing each day. The hearing can last from two to four
hours. During this hearing, the judge may set a new bond amount or leave it the
Is the bond amount negotiable?
No. Deputies will set the bond amount, based on the order of the judges.
Arrestee was arrested on a domestic related charge and not able to bond out
until they see a judge, how long will it take to see the judge?
The arrestee will attend the next available advisory hearing. Monday – Friday
hearings are at 1:00 pm and on weekends / holidays hearings are 8:30 am. The
times can change at the discretion of the assigned judge conducting the hearing.
If arrested after 6:00 am Monday – Friday, they will attend the next day’s
hearing. If arrested after 5:00 am weekends or holidays, they will attend the
next day’s hearing.
Q. Can friends, family, witnesses, or victims attend the hearing?
Yes. You should arrive at the courthouse at least 15 minutes prior to the
hearing. If you have any further questions regarding the hearings, please call
the courthouse or notify the bailiff when you arrive. Phone numbers: New
Port Richey (800) 368-2411; Dade City (800) 368-4274.
Each day, the Release Desk will
experience various types of releases. For example, some will bond out with cash
while others may use the services of a bondsman. Some may be released because
they have served their sentence, been sentenced to probation or released to
other counties. There are many other examples of releases and the Sheriff’s
Office wants each citizen to understand that every release is equally important
to us. We strive to have them completed in a timely manner. Various
circumstances cause some releases to require a lengthier process than others.
Each release however is processed as it is received.
Q. I don’t know any bondsman, can you recommend one for me?
No, the Sheriff’s Office is prohibited, by Florida Statute, from recommending
a bondsman. You can find a bondsman listed in the telephone directory or they
are posted next to all telephones within the detention facility.
Q. I paid for a bond through a bondsman a long time ago. Why hasn’t the arrested
been released ?
A. If you have a question regarding a
bond, please contact your bondsman. Many times, we do not receive the bond for
several hours. If the bondsman makes an error on the bond, they must make the
correction prior to a release taking effect. These are circumstances beyond our
control and the Sheriff’s Office is prohibited by Florida statute to change,
alter, or correct the documents.
Q. A bond was paid before the arrestee surrendered. What is taking so long?
The same as above applies. In addition, if arrestee turns themselves in on a
warrant, they will be processed in and released the same as those arrested under
other circumstances. If family or friends bring them to the detention facility
it is best if they return home rather than wait in the lobby due to the
unpredictability of the release times. The defendant will be able to make a free
phone call when they are at the release desk to notify you of their impending
The arrestee went to court and the judge released them. What is taking so long?
A. When a judge releases someone from custody they will be
released as soon as the Sheriff’s Office has been properly notified. The Clerk
of the Court must put together the proper documentation to affect the
release. The documentation must then be delivered to the Intake / Release
unit in Land-O-Lakes. There are only two deliveries of court paperwork
each day. The morning court paperwork is delivered at approximately 12:00 pm.
The afternoon court paperwork arrives at approximately 5:30 pm. Advisory
Hearings paperwork varies in time based on how many defendants there are. The
releases are then completed as they are received in Booking
A person was arrested for DUI and has paid the bond. Why have they not been
A. State law requires that all persons arrested for DUI / BUI must
remain in custody for a minimum of 8 hours from the time of the arrest. You may
pay the bond prior to the 8 hours completion, however, they will not be released
until 8 hours has elapsed.
Q. What form of payment is
accepted for a bond?
A. If you do not use a bonding company, a cashiers check or money order
is preferred. You may also use cash. Cashiers checks and money orders must be
made payable to the Pasco Sheriff’s Office.
are there no releases during certain times of the day? When are those times?
The Sheriff’s Office must allow for shift changes and inmate counts. During
these crucial periods, no releases can take place. These times are from 5:30 am
– 6:30 am, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm, 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm and 11:30 pm – 12:30 am. Although no one is
actually released during these hours, please understand that the release desk
does continue working to prepare releases.
arrestee already attended the Advisory Hearing and they still can’t bond out,
what happens now?
A. When a person is unable to post a
bond, they will be dressed into a uniform and housed with the other inmates,
according to their particular classification. Information is available on the Inmate Rules and Information Posting located in each housing unit.
Q. Are there any warrants outstanding for the arrestee
from other counties? How will I find out if there are any?
A warrant check is done on every person entering and leaving the facility, if a
person is found to have a possible match we will confirm with the originating
county if the warrant is valid. Sometimes this process can take several hours,
depending on the county we are attempting to contact. If you are awaiting a
release, please be patient with this process.