The Portage County Jail was opened in May of 1995 as a 24 hour full service facility located in the Portage County Justice Center, 8240 Infirmary Road, Ravenna, Ohio. Both male and female adult prisoners are housed in the Portage County Jail, with a maximum capacity of 241 beds. The Jail is supervised by Jail Administrator Captain Ricky Neal, along with a support staff of 6 full-time supervisors, 55 full-time corrections officers, 2 full-time civilians, 6 part-time corrections officers, and 4 part-time civilians.
All bonds for inmates can be paid at the Clerk of Courts office at the Ravenna Courthouse, Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Questions regarding bonds or any court related information should also be directed to the Clerk of Courts office, at 330-297-3644.
Municipal Court bonds can also be paid at the Portage County Jail after 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, or any time on Saturday and Sunday.
Mail for inmates must go through the U.S. Postal Service. All incoming mail will be opened and inspected for contraband. We do not accept packages for inmates; they will be returned to sender. The following items are not acceptable for inmates: nude or partially nude photos, Polaroid pictures, writing materials such as paper, cards, stamps or envelopes, books, pamphlets, magazines, or newspapers. We also will censor mail containing the following: lipstick, perfume, stickers, glitter, glue, tape or unknown substances.
Money for Inmates
Money can be placed on an inmate’s commissary account by family or friends. We accept cash or money orders, which can be delivered in person at the jail information window in the main lobby at the jail, or mailed directly to an inmate through the U.S. Postal Service. We do not accept personal checks. Inmates can purchase items from the commissary such as writing materials (stamped envelopes, paper, cards, etc.), hygiene items, clothing items, snacks and phone cards.
Inmates can make outgoing collect phone calls only. We do not accept incoming phone calls for inmates or give messages to inmates.
Inmates are permitted one 30 minute visit per week with family or friends. Visits must be requested at least 72 hours in advance (by the inmates). Adult visitors must present a valid government issued photo ID for each visit. Minors under the age of 18 must be accompanied by their custodial parent or legal guardian and must remain with that person at all times. Birth certificates or guardianship papers must be presented for all minors for each visit. Male inmates have visitation on Tuesdays & Saturdays; female inmates have visitation on Wednesdays & Sundays.
The following inmate programs are ongoing in the Jail:
Inmate Sewing Program - This program began in March 2011 in order for inmates to make all the Jail uniforms. A sewing instructor comes to the Jail three times a week to teach inmates how to sew, using several different sewing machines for this program.
Inmate Work Program - This program involves the use of inmates for general cleaning, mowing, washing/waxing county vehicles, carpentry projects, assisting in the maintenance of the Justice Center, as well as working at other non-profit organizations in the county.