Wayne County, IN Sheriff's Office

Jail information


Classification is the process in which inmates are separated according to their current charges, previous history, and any behavioral issues. Inmates are separated in order to keep inmates that have committed violent crimes away from inmates that have committed lesser crimes.  If an inmate is deemed to be a behavioral or security problem, measures are taken to isolate that inmate from other inmates.

Waived juvenile (Red jumpsuit)

Inmates under the age of 18 wear red jumpsuits, because their charges are severe enough that the courts have ordered they be treated and tried as an adult.  This color will be worn until they reach the age of 18, and the judge from the presiding court authorizes that the color and essentially their classification be change according to their charge.  While an inmate has the classification as a juvenile, they will be placed on protective custody due to them being under the age of 18. (Note: Protective Custody will be explained in another paragraph)

Inmate worker (Blue jumpsuit)

Inmates have the opportunity to become an inmate worker while incarcerated in the Wayne County Detention Center. However, there are some criteria that the inmates have to meet in order to qualify.  Inmate workers are given some freedoms, but they are still considered inmates, and still adhere to the rules and guidelines of the jail.  Inmate workers are housed in an open dorm setting, which means that they have bunk beds, but no cell doors.

Guidelines and requirements to become an inmate worker:

  • The current charge that the inmate is being held for cannot be above a class "c" felony
  • The inmate cannot have any conduct adjustment board charges filed against them within 30 days of applying to become an inmate worker.
  • Inmate workers are required to complete an application to be considered as an inmate worker.  The questions range from name, current charges, previous charges, whether they have been in any trouble while incarcerated, and whether the individual has ever been an inmate worker.
  • Medical staff is required to test all applicants for Tuberculosis, and other communicable diseases.
  • Once the testing results have been verified from the TB test, officers go through the applicants to verify all information.  Officers verify their information to ensure that their current charge(s) do not prohibit them from being an inmate worker, and to ensure that they aren't considered troublemakers.
  • Inmates are required to sign a form explaining to them their duties and expectations that they will be required to uphold.
  • Inmate workers start out in the kitchen performing various duties, and have the opportunity to progress to work in other areas of the jail.  Note: All inmate workers are still inmates, and closely monitored.
  • Inmate workers also have the opportunity to become "generals".  A general is an inmate worker that has responsibilities throughout the jail.  The "generals" report for their shift in receiving where they clean empty cells and other areas of the jail.

General population (green jumpsuit)

  • General population covers a wide range of charges, but is normally misdemeanor and non-violent felony charges.
  • General population inmates can be assigned either an open dorm style housing unit, or a celled housing unit.
  • Open dorm housing units are usually reserved for misdemeanor charges and inmates that do not cause problems.
  • We use the celled housing units for felony charges, inmates that cause problems, are involved in fights, and other behavioral problems.
  • Note: If an inmate violates the rules of the jail that become an issue or a security risk, the inmate can be reclassified to restricted custody.

Restricted custody (orange jumpsuit)

  • Restricted custody covers the felony assault charges, and sexual felony charges; prior convictions.
  • These charges include domestic battery and other similar charges.
  • These inmates are always housed in a celled housing unit.
  • If an inmate is considered to be a behavioral issue, these inmates can be reclassified to maximum security.

Maximum security (black and white jumpsuit)

  • Maximum security inmates are inmates that are charged with a 1st degree assaultive.
  • These charges include murder, rape, arson, child molesting, and other similar charges.
  • An officer escorts these inmates any time they are out of their assigned housing unit.
  • These inmates are not authorized to be around inmates of lower classifications due to security reason.

Protective custody

Protective custody inmates can be of any classification that request to be placed on protective custody due to their charges, or their fear of injury.  Inmates that are placed on protective custody are locked down for 23 hours a day, and are only allowed out of their cell after lockdown hours.  These inmates are not authorized to be around other inmates due to this classification.  All of their activities are closely monitored, and they are escorted any time they are outside their cell.  Inmates do have the opportunity to be removed from this classification at any time.  They simply have to write a request to the Captain explaining to him why he/she wants to be returned to their perspective classification.  Once the captain approves for them to be removed from protective custody, the inmate is required to sign a waiver stating that they are being removed from protective custody status at their request.

Administrative segregation

Administrative segregation inmates are inmates that are a danger to themselves, other inmates, jail staff, and to the facility.  In order to be placed on administrative segregation, the jail commander reviews the reason why an officer is requesting this classification.  The Jail Commander and/or the Sheriff have the final authority for this classification to be assigned to an inmate.  This classification is also reserved for any inmate that assaults staff resulting in bodily injury, or makes threats to do physical harm to staff.

Visitation days and times

Monday - male black & white (a5 & b8) from 7pm to 9pm
Tuesday - male a pod green (a3, a6, a8, receiving general population) from 7pm to 9pm
Wednesday - male protective custody (throughout jail) from 7pm to 9pm
Thursday - male orange (b6 & a7) from 7pm to 9pm
Friday - none
Saturday - male b pod green (b1, b3, b4, b5, b7) from 1pm to 3pm
Sunday - male inmate workers (b2) from 2pm to 4pm
               females (a1, a2, a4) from 7pm to 9pm
Female inmates listed on protective custody will be given a specific time once general population visits are concluded which is after 9pm on Sunday's and according to their allotted time.

Visitation rules

  • Inmates have to be incarcerated in the Wayne County Jail for at least seventeen (17) days before they will receive their first visitation.  If an inmate is released from the jail (examples are: o.r., medical o.r., time served, court order return, bond, etc.) and returns to the jail, the inmate must complete the mandatory seventeen (17) day waiting period to receive a visit. No exceptions.
  • Inmates shall wear a jail issued identification armband.  Any inmate found to be without an armband will be denied visitation.
  • Inmates must be notified at least 5 days prior to visitation for a visit to be taken.
  • If an inmate violates a jail rule, appropriate disciplinary actions shall be taken which could result in an inmate losing visitation privileges.

Visitor rules

  • Each visitation is to run for 15 minutes, except for inmate workers and their specific visits will last 30 minutes.
  • Each visit even if it is not the full 15 or 30 minutes is counted as a visit.
  • No more than 4 visitors per inmate, this includes every individual no matter if they are a child or an adult.
  • No individual can visit more than one inmate per visitation period.
  • All visitors that are the age of 18 or above are required to give a picture I.D. in the form of a driver's license or state identification card.  If the individual does not have the proper I.D. they will be asked to leave the facility until the proper I.D. can be obtained.
  • All individuals whom are 17 years old or younger will need to be signed in with their first name, last name, and date of birth.  Guardianship papers will be required if there is a reason to question the legitimacy of the relationship. Also, the legal guardian is responsible for and must constantly supervise a minor who is visiting an inmate.  The guardian may not leave the minor alone or allow the minor to roam around.  If this becomes an issue, the individuals will be banned from visitation for a specific amount of time to be determined by the visitation coordinator, jail commander, and/or the sheriff.
  • Wisitors must comply with all of the jail visitation rules.  Jail personnel shall end or deny a visit for that day if the visitor violates a rule.
  • Visitors caught "trafficking" shall have visitation privileges revoked and risk prosecution.
  • Any cell phones or electronic devices that are found  during visitation will cause the individual(s) to be banned from visitation for a specific amount of time, to be determined by the visitation coordinator, jail commander, and/or the sheriff
  • There is a dress code for individuals attending visitation and it is as follows:
  •        Visitors identified as wearing any type of gang clothing shall be denied visitation.
  •        Visitors may not wear any low-cut, revealing, or provocative clothing.  Visitors shorts, skirts, and/or dresses must be at least mid- thigh in length.  If the officer determines that the clothing piece is inappropriate, the person will be required to change that specific clothing piece or will not be allowed visitation until they obtain proper clothing.
  •       Footwear is required


All visitors are subject to search.  Visitors are not permitted to bring in:

  • Weapons
  • Food and/or drinks
  • Baby car seats and/or strollers
  • Bags of any kind
  • Purses
  • Cell phones or pagers
  • Cameras
  • Other unacceptable articles

Visitation can be denied or revoked if:

  • Any visitor who appears to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs.  Jail personnel shall assume "influence" if they smell alcohol on a person
  • The visitor is a known victim in the case for which the inmate to be visited is incarcerated
  • A "no contact, restraining, or protective order" exists between the two parties
  • The visitor is a known victim of any incident of domestic violence involving the inmate within the last six (6) months
  • The visitor behaves in a way that threatens the safety, security, and good order of the jail
  • Fails to abide by the dress standard requirements
  • Fails to present proper identification (identification with date of birth)
  • Does not end the visit within the set time
  • Fails to supervise a minor in a visit
  • Damages, marks, tampers with, or soils a visiting area

  • The visiting coordinator, Jail Commander, and/or the Sheriff may ban individuals for not following any of the rules listed above.

How to Bond an Inmate out of Jail:

Money for inmate bonds are taken through the jail information window in the lobby of the Wayne County Detention Center.  The public can post bond for an inmate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  You can check the amount and type of the bond and the charges by calling the jail information at 765-973-9397 or by coming to the jail information window.  The jail information staff will be happy to assist you in any way they can.  You will be given a receipt for the bond paid and the inmate will be released as soon as possible.

Please note that credit card or remote bonds are not accepted at the Wayne County Jail.

Leaving money for an inmate:

Money can be deposited on any inmate's account 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at the inmate account kiosk machine located in the lobby.  The kiosk machine will give the public step by step instructions on how this process is done.  When the money is deposited, the machine will give you a receipt for the transaction.

If there are any issues with the Access Corrections kiosk machine please call: 1-866-345-1884

Or to leave money via their website visit: www.inmatedeposits.com

Phone Pin Debit Account: Combined Public Communications (CPC)

Money can be deposited on any inmate's phone account 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at the CPC kiosk machine located in the lobby.  Like the Access Corrections kiosk for the inmate accounts, this kiosk also take the public through the process step by step and also gives the public a receipt of the transaction.

If there are any issues with the CPC phone pin/debit kiosk machine please call: 1-877-570-4268

Inmate Phones:

The inmate phone system is through a company called Combined Public Communications (CPC).  The inmates have access to make phone calls between the times of 7:00am and 11:00pm.  The phones are turned off between 11:00pm and 7:00am for lockdown/quite time.  The calls will be collect unless the inmates have money on their phone/pin debit account (See leaving money for inmates above).  If the inmates have money on their pin debit account they are able to make as many calls as they have the funds for, this includes calls to cell phones.

Upon admission to the Wayne County Jail the inmate is given a pin number for the phone system.  If the inmate gives his or her pin number to another inmate the other inmate will then have access to their pin debit account and can use this at will.  This is NOT recommended.  If an inmate gives his or her pin number to another inmate, the Wayne County Jail is not responsible for any funds that are used by the other inmate.

Any problems or repairs that need to be taken care of with the phone system are directed to CPC.  Any issues involving call blocks or refunding of money is done through CPC.  The phone number for CPC is 1-877-570-4268


Inmates do have the opportunity to order commissary (food, hygiene, paper, pencils, etc.) from the jail's commissary network.  The commissary vendor  we use is Keefe.  After an order is placed by the inmate and sent to Keefe, it takes several days for the order to process, get packed at Keefe, and then delivered to the jail.  Listed below are the procedures for ordering and receiving commissary:

The inmate accesses the commissary network via the inmate phones located in the housing units and the receiving area.  The inmate dials a specific number.  At this time the inmate is prompted to order items that are available and authorized to be given to the inmates at the Wayne County Jail.  As long as the inmate has the funds on his or her inmate account, the inmate is able to order these items.  If the inmate orders more commissary items than they have funds available for, the system rejects the last ordered items until the correct available amount is met.
After the order has been placed by the inmate, the commissary officers then send the orders via the internet once a week (Sundays) to the Keefe network.  It then takes approximately 3-5 days for the prepackaged order to arrive at the Wayne County Detention Center.
The inmates receive their commissary order once a week (All of A-pod inmates on Fridays and all of B-pod inmates on Saturdays).  The commissary officers then review the orders that are on the packing slip, ensure that all items are present in the order and then pass the commissary order to the inmates individually.  All inmates are required to check their orders when the order is given to them and let the commissary officer know if they have any missing or damaged articles in the order.  The inmate is required to sign the packing slip for his or her order.  Once the inmate has signed the packing slip for the order and walked away from the commissary officer, the transaction is completed.  The inmate cannot come back to the officer later and say that they have missing or damaged articles.  They will not be refunded at that point.
If the inmate is being released to the Indiana Department of Corrections they will not be allowed by IDOC to take any commissary items with them.  If the inmate is being released from the Wayne County Jail and has commissary items, the inmate is allowed to take these items with them.  If the inmate has not received the most recent commissary order, the inmate will be refunded the full amount of the commissary order that was placed. 
The inmate will receive the refund in the form of a check from the Wayne County Jail.
The inmates are not permitted to gamble or trade commissary items for anything of value with the other inmates or staff members.  If this occurs the inmate will have privileges taken from then.
Authorized commissary items are subject to change at any time with the approval of the Sheriff and/or the Jail Commander.