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Ask our Jail Staff

What happens when someone is arrested and brought to the Phelps County Jail

When someone is arrested and brought to the Phelps County Jail, they are first brought to the booking room. In the booking room, the person is processed in to the Phelps County Jail. This process can take up to 45 minutes, during which time the person's information is put in to a computer, is classified by his/her current and past charges, photo taken and fingerprinted. During this time, They are able to make one free local phone call to try to bond out or notify others that they have been arrested.  During the classification, persons are evaluated on the nature of their current and past crimes and are classified as minimum, medium or maximum for housing.

How can I communicate with someone incarcerated in the Phelps County Jail

When someone is brought in to the Phelps County Jail, they are given the opportunity to make a free local phone call. In the event that someone is unable to bond out, they have the opportunity to purchase stamped envelopes and paper or phone cards from commissary. Inmates are also able to make collect phone calls from inside the pods. Questions about unblocking your phone or setting up accounts with Evercom please call (800)844-6591. You can write to the inmate. The envelope needs to have your name and return address on it. Address the envelope to:

Inmate's Name
Phelps County Jail
Pod Letter (Example A-Pod)
500 West 2nd St
Rolla, MO 65401

Dropping off or picking up items.

When someone is brought in to the Phelps County Jail, they have 12 hours to have someone bring in 3 pairs of white socks, 3 pair of white underwear, 3 white bras (no metal wire) for females and 3 pair of white t-shirts. These items must be new and still in the package. Everything else must be purchased from commissary. If an inmate has been sentenced to the State Department of Corrections, they may choose to release their property early and have a designated person pick up any personal items. After release, the inmate has 7 working days to have his/her personal property picked up from the jail or the items will be donated to a charitable organization.

Inmate Accounts

Inmates have a money account at the Phelps County Jail. Cash that is brought in from initial arrest are placed on the inmates account. Inmates are able to use this account to purchase items from commissary. If the inmate has any money left on their account after they leave, and they are released during business hour M-F, a debit card will be issued to them.  If release after business hours M-F or on a weekend, their money will be mailed to the address that the inmate gave during the booking procedure on the next business day.



Inmate are allowed a 25 minute visit each week. They are allowed to visit up to 3 people at a time during the allotted 25 minutes. Date and time of the visit depends on what pod the inmate is in. Inmates that are newly sentenced at the Phelps County Jail are allowed 1 special visit. The inmate must request the date and time of the visit. Visitation hours are as follows:

              MONDAY:…………    F Pod – 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM

                                           D Pod – 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

              TUESDAY:………..    B Pod – 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM

                                           C Pod – 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

              WEDNESDAY:…..    A Pod and Female Holding– 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM (Females)

E Pod - 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

              SATURDAY:………    G Pod (Trustees) and Male Holding – 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM

See jail population page for rules and regulations.