St. Joseph County Police Department




St. Joseph County Jail

Major Julie Lawson is the warden of the St. Joseph County Jail, which is located at 401 W. Sample St. South Bend, IN 46601. Anyone arrested in St. Joseph County by the nine police departments within the county are brought to our facility where they are either able to bond out or await charges and prosecution. Occasionally, an inmate will be sentenced to complete their time at the St. Joseph County Jail instead of going to the Indiana Department of Corrections. This is up to the judge’s discretion and is also determined by available beds.


The 102 Corrections Officers who work at the jail strive to run a facility in which the inmates, visitors and staff are safe and treated fairly.


Our officers are also trained and instructed to act professionally towards all inmates, visitors and members of the community. All Corrections Officers maintain a rigorous training schedule, according to the Indiana state standards.


The Jail contains a recently updated state-of-the-art security system that consists of pneumatically controlled security doors and locks, computerized touch screen security with an internal communications system, and over 130 monitoring cameras recorded 24/7. It also has a video arraignment system that is used by many of the judges and magistrates in the county.


For more information regarding the jail, please call 574.245.6500


Jail Visitation Policies

Each person visiting an inmate in the jail must have a valid state issued identification card, a military identification card or a valid passport. No exceptions.


The St. Joseph County Jail has a dress code policy for inmate visitation.


- Conservative-Casual attire is required

- No mini-skirts or excessively short shorts

- No athletic type clothing

- No see-through clothing of any kind

- Females must wear bras

- No low-cut blouses or shirts

- No bare mid-rifts

- All shirts must have sleeves

- No hats or head coverings of any type

- No holes of any kind in clothing

- No tight fitting clothing, including spandex and leggings


In addition to the clothing requirements:


All personal items must be stored in a vehicle in the parking lot, as we do not have lockers available.

NO CELL PHONES allowed in the building and no personal items such as purses, phones, etc, are allowed in the visitation area.

401 W. Sample St. South Bend, IN 46601  574-245-6500