Detention Facility

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Mission Statement

The mission of the Payette County Detention Facility is to ensure public safety by the secure detention of those persons committed to our custody.  We will also ensure that those persons committed to our custody are provided a safe and humane environment with treatment consistent toward that end.

The Sheriff must ensure the County Detention Facility is used only the following purposes:

  • The detention of persons who have been committed to the Detention Facility to secure their attendance as witnesses in criminal cases;
  • The detention of persons charged with a crime(s) and committed to the Detention Facility awaiting trial;
  • The confinement of persons committed for contempt of court, upon civil processes or by other authority of law;
  • The confinement of persons sentenced to imprisonment in the Detention Facility upon criminal conviction


The Payette County Detention Facility is located at the Payette County Courthouse at 1130 3rd Avenue North, Payette. The Payette County Detention Facility is a 26-Bed facility, built in 1972. The population of Payette County has increased 50.4% since 1972.  It is expected to grow an additional 35% in the next 20 years. This has directly affected our space in the Payette County Detention Facility.

In February of 1999, a Jail Bond was passed for $1.95 million dollars. Sheriff Barowsky then oversaw the addition and renovation of the existing Detention Facility. The total square footage is approximately 12, 756. The addition includes an additional 52 beds, along with a laundry area, kitchen facility, a cafeteria/multi-purpose area, and a medical exam/breath testing room. A new visitation area was added along with an attorney/client visiting room

Detention Facility Visitation hours are:

  • Wednesday -1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Thursday - 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • Saturday - 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Sunday - 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  1. Registration will begin 15 minutes prior to visiting times. A government photo ID is required, i.e. state driver's license. Sign-up ends half an hour before visits end.     
  2. Phone calls will not be accepted to validate whether or not an inmate has already had a visit.
  3. Juveniles are allowed to visit only if accompanied by a parent or guardian. If juveniles become disruptive, your visit will be terminated.     
  4. Visitors who are under the influence of alcohol or drugs or act inappropriately to staff or other visitors shall not be allowed to visit.
  5. Visiting sessions are 20 minutes long.

Property for inmates will only be accepted on Wednesday.  Property that will be accepted is as follows:

  • 3 pair socks
  • 3 pair of underwear
  • 3 tee shirts (white only)
  • 3 bras
  • 1 soft back bible       

Work Release:
If you are sentenced to the Payette County Detention Facility and have received work release privileges from the Judge, you must provide the staff with a work schedule on company letterhead.  It cost $25.00 a day to be on work release.

Landfill Recycle Program:
Inmates, who qualify, can be placed at the landfill under direct supervision to sort through the items and pick out the wood, which is turned into mulch, metal that is turned into scrap, and aluminum that is sold on the open market.  By recycling these items it saves a great deal of space in the landfill and thus extends the life of the landfill.

The Payette County Detention Facility also provides the following programs to the Inmates:

  • Spiritual Meetings
  • Educational Programs
  • Substance Abuse Programs


The Payette County Detention Facility provides a fully stocked commissary, so inmates may purchase supplemental hygiene items along with snacks. The profits from these sales are then used to purchase TVs, exercise equipment, and clothing so that the taxpayers of Payette County are not burdened with these costs. If you wish to place funds on an inmate’s account, you may choose from the following options:

  1. Purchase a money order or cashier’s check. Make it payable to the Payette County Sheriff’s Office in care of the inmate’s name. Place the money order or cashier’s check in an envelope that is provided in the Detention Facility lobby. Write the inmate’s name on the front of the envelope. Drop it into the green mailbox marked “Inmate Funds” located in the lobby. These funds are deposited into inmate commissary accounts on Mondays and Thursdays.
  2. A kiosk is available in the lobby of the Detention Facility to deposit funds directly into inmate commissary accounts. The kiosk accepts cash, debit cards, and credit cards. Funds deposited are immediately credited to the inmate’s commissary account avoiding delays during holidays or weekends. There is a fee deducted from the amount of the deposit when using the kiosk. Prepaid phone cards can also be purchased through the kiosk.

Commissary requests are filled on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays.

The Payette County Detention Facility uses Tel-mate as our telephone service provider. If you have any questions regarding phone services, you may contact Tel-mate Customer Service at 1-866-516-0115.


Cash Bond:
A cash amount is paid by the defendant to cover the total cost of the bond. This can be paid in the form of a money order.  Checks are not accepted for a Surety Bond.  The defendant or family, friends, etc. must contact a professional Bail Bondsman to post the bond. The Bondsman has an attached fee for their services and usually requires some type of collateral. Their fee is generally 15% and they usually require a minimum fee to provide the service. The Bondsmen are registered through the State and we maintain a list of unacceptable Bondsman who have defaulted on their bonds.

Personal Recognizance Bond:
A dollar amount of the bond is established, however the defendant only has to sign the bond promising to appear on the future court dates. The defendant must have a mailing address and be approved through the courts or Bond Commissioners.

Book and Release:
The arresting Deputy can make a determination whether the defendant can be released after they are booked. This usually occurs with misdemeanor offenders; however,  this can be done with some felonies.

Sentences:
The defendant is released upon completion of his/her required amount of time of incarceration.  The courts often modify a sentence so releases may occur earlier.