Buffalo County Jail Inmate Search

Buffalo County Jail is a medium security jail which comes under jurisdiction of Buffalo County, NE. The jail is maintained and operated by sheriffs at Buffalo 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, till they are sentenced, acquitted or released on bail. It houses inmate for short period of time serving less than a year jail term. Most of the inmates in Buffalo County Jail are convicted for misdemeanour offenses like drunk-and-drive, fight/assault, theft etc. It provides basic amenities to the inmates like bathroom facility, 3 times meals, education program and TV facility. It also provides work release program and other specialized services to the inmates.

Jail Name :

Buffalo County Jail

Jail Type :

County Jail


2025 Avenue A PO Box 1270, Kearney, Nebraska, 68848-1270



Postal Code:


State :

Nebraska (NE)


Buffalo County





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Buffalo County Jail Inmate Search

Q. How to find if someone is currently detained at Buffalo County Jail?

  • Buffalo County Jail maintains an online inmate roster where one can find the list of detainees. The list is updated usually once a month. To check the inmate roster please visit Buffalo County Jail Sheriff Department website. Usually the best way is to call the Kearney police department at 308-236-8555 and enquire about the inmate directly.

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

  • It means the inmate is transferred to nearby county jail or state prison facility or is released from jail. Check Nebraska inmate search page for more details on how to search for inmate in Nebraska.

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

  • Any individual with valid government ID and who isn’t on felony probation is allowed to visit an inmate. Children below 18 years, must be accompanied by a legal guardian. For more information one can call on 308-236-8555.

Buffalo County Jail Visitation Hours:


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.


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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.


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.


The Buffalo County Jail in Nebraska opened in 2010 after taking a year and a half to build. The jail can house 205 inmates.

In 1875, Jordan Smith killed Milton Collins in Buffalo County. Smith was a cowboy working on a local ranch and Collins was a well known and liked resident. They had to move the trial to another county after the arrest because of how popular Collins was. The original verdict of second degree murder was overturned by the state supreme court because of a technicality. The case was retried and he was found guilty of manslaughter.

One day in 1878, Bob Olive went to the market in Kearney. He saw several of the Olive cattle for sale by someone that was not them. He found out that they had been sold to the man by Ami Ketchum and Luther Mitchell, known cattle rustlers. Bob went to the Sheriff and was deputized. Bob got an arrest warrant for the two men. He went to their home. A firefight ensued and Bob was shot. He would die a few days later. His brother Print, who had been arrested and acquitted multiple times for murder by Buffalo County, offered a large reward for the two men. The Sheriff of Keith County was the man to turn the two over to Print. They were hung and burnt. Print Olive was arrested at his home in Buffalo County. Print had to deal with two trials, but walked free in the end.

In December of 1899, Lillian Dinsmore and Fred Laue were killed by Frank Dinsmore. Lillian and Frank were married and boarding at the Laue residence. Frank had become infatuated with Mrs. Laue. To get Mrs. Laue, Frank plotted to murder Fred and his wife of a year. Frank was arrested and convicted of murder. He was sentenced to hang, but Governor Dietrich commuted the sentence to life in prison.

In February of 2016, the Buffalo County Sheriff's Department helped in one of the largest drug busts in Nebraska history. The bust saw 29 law enforcement agencies participate, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The day saw 63 people arrested for a variety of charges related to the manufacturing and sale of methamphetamine.