Elmore County Jail
2255 East 8th North
Mountain Home, ID 83647
Fax: (208) 587-3438
All personal visits are subject to monitoring and recording.
Onsite and remote video visitation are available. In order to schedule an onsite or remote video visit, you must first create a visitation account. There are 3 ways to create an account.
- use the kiosk in the lobby of the jail
- go to www.inmatesales.com or
- Call 1-877-998-5678.
Once your account is set up, you may schedule a visit. Although not required, it is recommended you schedule your visit at least 24 hours in advance so the inmate will have the opportunity to accept the visit.
Inmates will receive 3 free On-site visits per week.
Remote Video Visiting Rules
- No 3rd party participation. If an inmate gives or sells their visit to another inmate, the inmate and visitor account may be suspended.
- No nudity or explicit sexual behavior. Violation of this rule may result in disciplinary action and administrative suspension.
- No threats of intimidation or harm. Violation of this rule may result in disciplinary action and administrative suspension.
- No misrepresentation of identity. Violation of this rule may result in disciplinary action and administrative suspension.
On-site Visiting Rules
- All personal visits will be conducted on the visitation kiosks located behind door 6 of the jail lobby.
- A parent or legal guardian must accompany children under 18 years of age.
- Parents and/or guardians of young children who become disruptive to other visitors or staff will be asked to leave and the visit may be terminated.
- Children must be under the control of an adult at all times and may not be left unattended in the lobby areas, automobiles, or on detention grounds.
- All of the above Remote Video Visiting Rules apply to On-site Visits.
Any violations of the visitation rules may result in immediate termination of the visit and temporary suspension of the visitation privilege.
Gifts to Inmates
Inmates incarcerated in the Elmore County Jail are able to receive gifts and money directly from friends and family. If you would like to deposit money on an inmate’s account, you may do so by
1. Using the kiosk in the lobby of the jail
2. Using www.jailfunds.com or
3. By calling 1-855-836-3364
To purchase a gift package or commissary for an inmate, you may do so by visiting www.idcountypackages.com
Inmates can use the money deposited into their account to purchase snacks, hygiene and stationary items.
Inmates can receive paperback books and magazines through a publisher or retail outlet only. If books or magazines are purchased for an inmate, they must be mailed directly to the jail from the distributer.
Mail for Inmates
If you would like to send mail to an inmate, please follow these rules:
- Write the inmate’s full name, legibly, on the front of the envelope and include your complete and correct name and return address.
- Do not include letters in your envelope from anybody besides yourself. (Letters from children are an exception)
- Do not put tape, stickers or attachments on the envelope or letter.
- Do not send musical or electronic cards.
- Do not send polaroid or nude photographs.
- Do not send extra stamps, paper or envelopes.
- Do not spray letters or envelopes with perfume, cologne or any other chemical.
Mail that violates any of the above rules will be returned to sender.
If you would like to post a bond for an inmate, you may either contact a bond agent or pay the bond in cash. If you choose to contact a bond agent, they will discuss their requirements and fees with you personally. If you choose to post a cash bond, you must have the entire amount of the bond in exact change.
A $10 Sheriff’s Bond fee is attached to each bond. This must be paid separate from the bond and must be exact change.
The Detention staff does not keep change to break bonds or the Sheriff’s fee.
If you choose to post a cash bond for an inmate, this does not resolve the charges or fines against them. The cash bond is merely collateral (or a guarantee) that the inmate will appear in court on the date and time given to him/her by the releasing officer. In the event the inmate fails to appear in court as ordered, your cash bond will be forfeited and an arrest warrant will be issued for the inmate.
Once the case is resolved in court, the cash bond that you posted may be taken and applied as payment for all costs incurred and fines imposed. Idaho Code Sec. 19-2923 authorizes the court to take the cash bond posted by either the inmate or someone on their behalf, and apply that money towards fines and costs incurred as a result of the criminal case filed against the inmate.
When detention staff receives paperwork for a posted bond and/or an order for release from the court, staff will start processing the inmate for release. Releasing an inmate can take a considerable amount of time. All released inmates will be directed to meet their bonding party in the jail lobby.
Property Pick Up
Inmates can release their personal property to family and friends. The inmate must fill out a property release form prior to the release of the property. Their property can only be released to the person listed on the form. Deputies will not release the property to you without positive identification.
Inmates cannot receive property while they are incarcerated. The jail will accept current medications or prescription glasses.
To be eligible for work release, the court must allow the individual the option of participating in the work release program. Work release is only authorized to individuals who are currently employed. Being released to look for a job is not authorized.
At the discretion of the Elmore County Detention Center, the individual may be released from jail each working day, if approved by the Jail Commander, to go out to work and will be expected to report back to jail at the end of the work day.
- An individual must be sentenced to at least 3 days to be eligible for work release.
- He/she must spend the first 24 hours of their incarceration in jail before being released for work.
- The Work Release fee is $25.00 for every day an individual is released from the jail to go to work. Seven (7) days of Work Release fees must be paid in advance. This money will cover the last 7 days of work release fees ($175.00) and must be paid prior to starting the work release program. If the sentence is longer than 7 days, a bill will be given to the Work Release participant weekly with payments being due no later than Saturday each week.
- A work release packet will have to be completed and submitted to the Jail Commander for approval. A work schedule printed on business letterhead with the dates and times the employee is scheduled to work in the week to follow must also be submitted with the packet. The schedule must contain the name and signature of the employee’s supervisor and a business telephone number where the supervisor can be reached. It must also include the type of business and the address or location the employee will be working each day. If any changes must be made to the schedule or the location of work, the supervisor must contact the Elmore County Detention Center prior to the change and will fax or send the revised schedule as soon as possible to the Detention Center.
- The employee must be at the work site at all times or will be found in violation of the work release agreement. We reserve the right to physically check on the employee at the work site at any time, either by phone or in person.
- A new work schedule signed by the supervisor will be required at the beginning of each work week prior to the individual being released even if the work schedule is the same as the week before.
- As part of the Work Release program agreement, the individual must follow all the rules and regulations outlined in the program. Work release inmates will be released with a sufficient amount of travel time prior to their scheduled work time and will be required to return to the Detention Center immediately after their scheduled work time unless special arrangements are made with the shift supervisor of the Detention Center. If a work release participant is more than half an hour late, he/she may be required to bring a signed letter from his/her work supervisor on letterhead stationary stating the reason for being late.
- Employment must be within the boundaries of Elmore County.
Sheriff Inmate Labor Detail Program (SILD)
The Sheriff Inmate Labor Detail (SILD) Program allows a person sentenced for a crime to serve their sentence on a work crew rather than being incarcerated in the jail. The individual will be supervised by a Deputy and perform work as assigned during the day and then will be released to go home to return on their next scheduled SILD day.
- The Court order must authorize SILD as an option to jail time.
- Individuals must be free of any physical or mental limitations that would prevent their full participation in the program.
- Individuals are required to contact the Elmore County Jail within 24 hours of sentencing to make arrangements for their participation in the SILD program.
- Individuals who are serving time on the SILD Program by order of the Elmore County Court will be required to pay $25.00 per day prior to departing with the SILD Supervisor. Individuals who are serving time on the SILD Program by order of another County will be required to pay $35.00 per day prior to departing with the SILD Supervisor.
(Participants must bring exact change as we do not have funds to make change)
- Arrival time is 8:45 a.m. Work starts at 9:00 a.m. and is not scheduled to end until 5:00 p.m. You must perform the required work during these hours and may not leave until dismissed from the SILD supervisor.
Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA)
In accordance with the National PREA (Prison Rape Elimination Act) Standards, the Elmore County Detention Center has a zero tolerance policy against sexual abuse and sexual harassment. Sexual abuse includes any kind of sexual contact, regardless of whether the other party agreed to the contact or not.
Our zero tolerance policy also includes the prohibition of sexual harassment. Sexual harassment is defined as repeated and unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, or verbal comments, gestures, or actions of a derogatory or offensive sexual nature. Our policy prohibits staff, inmates, and other adults in the facility from doing any of these things at all times.
What to do if your family member or friend tells you they have been sexually assaulted while in custody:
- Report the attack to a staff member immediately by calling 208-587-9103.
- You may also contact the PREA hotline at 1-208-555-1234.
- Report the attack to jail administration.
The Elmore County Detention Center will ensure that an investigation is completed for all allegations of sexual abuse and sexual harassment. The Elmore County Detention Center will ensure that allegations of sexual abuse or sexual harassment are referred for investigation to an agency with the legal authority to conduct criminal investigations unless the allegation does not involve potentially criminal behavior.
Victim Information and Notification Everyday
Click the VINELink image to register for notification on changes to an inmate’s custody status
The Idaho VINE system is a service which victims of crime can use the telephone or internet to search for information regarding the custody status of their offender and to register to receive telephone or email notification when the offender’s custody status changes. The VINE toll-free number for the Idaho VINE system is 1-866-984-6343. This service is provided to assist Victims of Crime who have a right to know about their offender’s custody status. The web site is https://vinelink.com/#/home/site/13000