Bay County Jail Inmate Search

October 2021

Bay County Jail is a minimum security jail which falls under jurisdiction of Bay, FL. The jail is maintained and operated by sheriffs in Bay County. Offenders from the Police and City jails are transferred to the jail after the paper work is done. They usually stay in the jail, until they are sentenced, acquitted or released on bail. It houses inmates on temporary hold, typically serving less than a year jail term. Most of the inmates in Bay County Jail are convicted for misdemeanor offenses like driving under the influence, fighting/assault, theft etc. It provides basic amenities to the inmates like bathroom facility, 3 meals daily, education program and TV facility. It also provides work release program and other specialized services to the inmates.

Location

5700 Star Lane
Panama City, Florida 32404

County

Bay County

Phone Number

Contact Email

[email protected]

Facility Type

County Jail

Inmate Capacity

900

Website

24.96.254.163

Fax Number

850-215-5140

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Q. How do I find out if someone is currently detained at Bay County Jail?

Q. What if you are not able to find the inmate in Bay County Jail?

Q. What are the visitation rules of Bay County Jail?

Bay County Jail Visitation Hours

Sunday

7:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

12:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Monday

7:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

12:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Tuesday

7:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

12:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Wednesday

7:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

12:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Thursday

7:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

12:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Friday

7:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

12:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Saturday

9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

12:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Map & Directions for Bay County Jail

More Information

The Bay County jail in Panama City, Fl has a history of being destroyed. On November 18, 1920, two people who were friends with some inmates in the jail torched the building. The hope was that the inmates would be able to escape. Sheriff Carl Russ acted quickly and rounded up the prisoners. They were kept safe, though the jail burned down. The courthouse and the clock were fixed. All was reopened in February of 1922. Almost 100 years later in 2018, the jail was damaged by Hurricane Micheal. The jail was said to have taken the biggest hit of all the county buildings. The air conditioning equipment was pulled from the concrete building. To deal with the extremes in temperatures, the nonviolent offenders were sent home.

The United States Supreme Court had a say in how a case that started in Bay County. The case Gideon vs. Wainwright was based off the felony arrest of career criminal Clarence Earl Gideon for breaking into a Panama City pool hall in 1961. During the break-in, Gideon stole all the money from the vending machines. In the court case, the presiding judge of the original case told Gideon that lawyers were only available to be provided to defendants facing the death penalty. Because of the Florida law, Gideon represented himself. He was sentenced to five years. Gideon then sued to be released for this reason. It went to the Florida Supreme Court and moved up to the United States Supreme Court. The U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled that lawyers had to be supplied to defendants.

On November 17, 1917, Bay County Deputy Sheriff Charles Scott was attacked by a man who approached him at the train station. The man got Scott's gun and killed him. The man was arrested and sentenced to life. The governor of Florida pardoned the man in 1921.

Bay County Deputy Sheriff Don Johnson was a motorcycle escort for a funeral on July 11, 1999. A pickup truck was tailgating and kept attempting to pass the procession. Johnson was hit head on so hard that his helmet and gun belt were thrown off of him. Johnson was taken to the hospital where he died a few hours later. The driver got a citation for an illegal lane change.