Jail Information

Jail & Inmate Information


The Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office will be going under construction during the year of 2017 with a possibility of entering 2018. This will affect our Jail Operations to a certain extent. We will continue to serve the community and keep our lobby open 24/7. We will also update our web page as the construction begins and continues throughout the year. 


INMATE MAIL

Inmates receive regularly delivered mail on all dates operated by the US Postal Service. All mail received at the Van Buren County Jail is opened and inspected for contraband. To send mail to an inmate at this facility, use the following format: 

(Inmate Name)
205 S. Kalamazoo St.
Paw Paw, Mich. 49079

All incoming mail must:

  • Be on a postcard purchased from the post office.  
  • The stamp must be embedded in the paper, unless it is attorney mail.   
  • Friends and family may send pictures and money orders in an envelope. However, it must be noted on the outside of the envelope.  Otherwise, it will be returned to sender.
  • Photos can only have the Inmate’s name and # written on the back.
  • Books and magazines mailed through a store or online business is authorized.

INMATE VISITATION - All visits are conducted through our video visitation system.

Rules & Procedures for “ON-SITE” Video visits

  (On-site visits are located at the Van Buren Co. Jail lobby)

  • The duration of each visit is 30 minutes. 
  • No more than 2 visitors present for each visit. (this does not include children)
  • All visits are recorded and subject to electronic monitoring by the Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office.
  • It is suggested that the visitor arrive 10 minutes prior to your scheduled visit.  Visitors arriving late will only receive the balance of the remaining visiting time, or may not be allowed to visit, depending on the circumstances.
  • No nudity, provocative or tight fitting clothing will be allowed during the visit.
  • Only those scheduled to visit will be allowed in the visitation area.  During a visit, the visitor is required to remain at the visitation booth.  If the visitor leaves the visitation booth, then the visit will be subject to termination.
  • Visitors appearing to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs, will not be permitted into the video visitation area and their visit will be cancelled.
  • Visitors under the age of 17 must be accompanied by an adult.
  • NO cell phones or any other electronic devices are permitted in the lobby.
  • Loud talking, excessive emotionalism, or any type of disruptive behavior will not be permitted.
  • Any damage or deface of the equipment video visitation both can lead to prosecution.
  • If you experience a problem with the audio or video reception during your visit, utilize the Telemate kiosk phone (Telemate, kiosk w/phone attached direct to it; direct connect to Telemate. 

ALL VISITS MUST BE PRE-SCHEDULED

The lobby is open 24 hours a day, if you would like to schedule your visit from a lobby terminal. Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office reserves the right to deny, cancel or terminate a video visit prior to or during a video session are based upon visitor or resident inmate misconduct. Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office also reserves the right to restrict a visitor from participating in all future use of the system. The inmate must approve your visitation request in order for the scheduled time to be locked in and confirmed.

Rules & Procedures for OFF SITE Video Visits  

  • Charges may apply when participating in a remote visitation using a computer, webcam, and high speed internet access.
  • Your can schedule for a visit at anytime (or "Visit Now").
  • No nudity, provocative or tight fitting clothing.  No use of cell phones, or any other electronic devices.
  • All visits are recorded and subject to electronic monitoring by the Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office.
  • Visitors under the age of 17 must be accompanied by an adult.
  • If you experience a problem with the audio or video reception during your visit, you can contact Telemate by using the phone connected to the Kiosk, or the Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office.   

REQUIRED INFORMATION FOR VISITS:

  • Picture ID
  • Home address
  • Valid telephone number
  • Valid email address
  • You will need to create a username/password with Telemate

Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office reserves the right to deny, cancel or terminate a video visit prior to or during a video session based upon visitor or resident inmate misconduct. 

The Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office also reserves the right to restrict a visitor from participating in all future use of the system.

RULES FOR “ON-SITE” VIDEO VISITORS

  • Can travel to the Van Buren County Jail for video visitation or conduct a remote visit. 
  • Use of cell phones are prohibited.
  • If you experience a problem with the audio or video reception during your visit, you are required to notify the visitation staff immediately.

REQUIRED INFORMATION FOR VISITS

  • Driver’s license
  • Home address
  • Valid telephone number
  • Bar #

The Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office reserves the right to deny, cancel or terminate a video visit prior to or during a video session based upon visitor or resident inmate misconduct.

The Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office also reserves the right to restrict a visitor from participating in all future use of the system.


ITEMS ALLOWED FOR INMATES

  • Jail Deposits, Commissary and Messaging are online at www.expressaccount.com
  • Valid medical prescriptions are accepted after review/verification by medical staff. 
  • Work release inmates may have 1 set of clean clothing dropped off in exchange for their used clothing throughout their stay. 
  • Inmates scheduled for Jury Trial may have clothing dropped off for wear during trial.