Inmate Services

The following contains a list of links to services and information for inmates including lookup, email and phone services, and sending money to inmates. Many of these services are provided to the Elkhart County inmates by the Sheriff's Office and JailATM and Securus Technologies.

Inmate Lookup

Although Elkhart County Sheriff's Office provides the information, they are not responsible for updates and the administration of the inmate lookup site.

Inmate Lookup

Inmate Visitation

A lot of information about inmate visitation rules and methods of visitation can be accessed by visiting the Inmate Visitation page by clicking the button below

Inmate Visitation

Receiving Phone Calls

All inmates have access to making phone calls while incarcerated. If you receive a phone call from an inmate, you will receive a recorded message that the call originated from the jail. You can accept or refuse the call, with the option of never receiving calls again.

Due to the nature of the security concerns for a jail, all inmate phones are regularly monitored and recorded. Because the inmates and the public are told that the calls are monitored and they are in a jail, there is no reasonable expectation of privacy for the inmate. Thus, anything said on phone calls may be used against the inmate in an investigation.

Begin Receiving Calls from an Inmate

Voice Mail

While inmates are unable to receive phone calls, they do have access to voicemail, where messages can be left for them. For more information on inmate voicemail, or to set up an account, click on the button below

Leave a Voice Message for an Inmate

Mail Service

Sending Mail to the Correctional Facility

Inmates will no longer receive their non-legal mail at the Elkhart County Correctional Facility.

Please send any mail that is not considered attorney-client privileged mail to: Elkhart County Jail

Inmate Id: Inmates full name

2043 South Bend Ave Box #309

South Bend, IN 46637

All non-legal mail sent to the address given will be processed by the mail scanning vendor and delivered to the inmate electronically via kiosks or tablets, and the original mail item will be destroyed.

The inmate's name and ID number must be clearly printed on the outside of the envelope or postcard. Failure to include this information could result in lost or misdirected mail. Electronic correspondence, including picture attachments, can also be sent immediately at To find the inmate ID number, go to Inmate Lookup.

Normal mail rules still apply and content violations may prevent delivery of the item to the inmate. Prohibited materials include:

  • Racy or pornographic pictures
  • Pictures or descriptions of illegal activities
  • Pictures or descriptions of the use or manufacture of firearms, explosives, or other weapons
  • Drugs or biohazards on the envelope or contents
  • Threatening or violent content

Legal Mail

All legal mail should continue to be sent to the facility directly. Items sent to inmates must have the name and jail identification number written or printed on it. Letters are the only acceptable item for inmates to receive. The facility's mailing address is the Elkhart County Corrections Center, 26861 C.R. 26, Elkhart, IN 46517. 

Legal correspondence marked "attorney-client mail" is considered privileged and will be opened in the presence of the inmate. 


Subscriptions to magazines and newspapers must be sent directly by the publisher and delivered via the US Postal Service. All books must ship directly to the jail from one of the following sources (limit of 5 books per shipment):

Packages from Amazon, Target, Walmart etc. will be returned to the sender as well as packages with more than 5 books. 

All items will be subject to screening, and pornographic or other unacceptable correspondence will not be permitted.

Please include the complete first and last name of the person you are sending mail to. You must also list a complete first and last name with a return address on all mailings to the Elkhart County Sheriff's Office. Address labels and stickers are not accepted. Mail with address labels or stickers will be returned to the sender.

No mail service will be provided on Sundays, holidays, or during emergencies within the facility.

The following is a list of mail items that will be rejected:

  • The entire letter due to not having a FULL return name or FULL return address
  • The entire letter due to an unknown substance on the letter (perfume, etc)
  • Items containing nudity
  • Polaroid Pictures
  • Greeting Cards
  • Items containing security issues and criminal conduct
  • Items that have glitter, glue, or tape on them
  • Books not sent by a publisher
  • Items that contain tattooing instructions or designs
  • Prohibited property and/or contraband
  • Any other item not mentioned that poses a risk to the safety and security of the facility

An attorney representing an inmate who wishes to send privileged correspondence must obtain a control number.  A control number will be issued upon request by completing the Attorney Control Number Request Form by clicking on the button below.

Each request must be associated with a single physical address and email address.

Attorney Control Number Request Form

Sending Money to an Inmate

Most inmates have the privilege of ordering items from the commissary, and funds also are necessary to pay for barber services, medical expenses, court-imposed fines, and restitution, etc.

An ATM-like machine allows visitors to deposit cash or use credit and debit cards to leave money in inmate accounts. Located in the lobby of the corrections facility, the machine was installed in partnership with commissary vendor CBM. It dispenses no funds, but gives the user a receipt of the transaction and makes the money available immediately to the receiving inmate.

A $3.75 convenience fee is charged for each transaction. Deposits made using the ATM are not subject to any limit, though the fee will be imposed for every $100 deposited.

Money may be deposited to inmate accounts using JailATM. You will be able to use a credit/debit card. You will set up an account using your email address. This account will be used each time you log back on to add more money.

Money orders will no longer be accepted for inmate accounts.

Send Money to an Inmate via JailATM