Jail & Offender Information


The Shelby County Correctional Facility is a 188-bed county-owned jail located in Sidney, Ohio. We are located at 555 Gearhart Road and have been located here since 1994. Before 1994 we were located in the downtown area of Sidney and had the capacity to hold only 39 male inmates. Today we have the ability to house males, females, and even juveniles on a limited-time basis.

The jail is 100% compliant with the Ohio Bureau of Adult Detention Jail Standards. We strive to achieve this goal every year. The jail offers work release and inmate worker positions to those who qualify. Programs such as G.E.D., drug and alcohol rehabilitation programs, and many other enrichment classes are offered as well. Our daily population is 165 inmates, with a record high of 186 people housed here.

The daily meals are subcontracted out to Summit Food Service. The meals are prepared on-site using an inmate workforce to assist the cook in preparations. The jail's medical services are subcontracted with Team Health. We have Nurses here daily 7 days a week to provide medical care to the prisoners. The jail's Correctional Staff consists of 35 employees with a mix of Correctional Supervisors, Corrections Officers, Transport and Work Program Deputies.


The Shelby County Sheriff's Office has implemented video visitation starting on October 24, 2018, for inmates currently incarcerated in the Shelby County Jail.

For information regarding video visitation or to sign up, visit HomeWAV or call 844-394-6639, Monday through Friday, 7 am to 7 pm CST and Saturday through Sunday, 8 am to 5 pm CST. You can also email HomeWAV. To have a video visitation with an inmate you will need to schedule an appointment to use the devices through HomeWAV, which you can do from the comfort of your home. Visitation can be scheduled seven days a week from 7:30 am to 10:30 pm.

Each inmate can receive up to 40 minutes of free video visitation per week by using the video kiosks in our lobby visitation room. The free video visitation will be on the following days and times only in the lobby of the Sheriff's Office.

Video Visitation (Scheduled through HomeWAV)

  • Tuesday from 8 am to 10 pm
  • Wednesday from 8 am to 10 pm
  • Thursdays 8 am to 10 pm
  • Friday from 8 am to 10 pm
  • Saturday 8 am to 10 pm
  • Sunday 8 am to 10 pm
  • Regular (Off Site) Video visitation is available from 7:30 am to 10:30 pm seven days a wee.

Clergy can visit at any time; however, advance notice is preferred. We request that ordained clergy bring proof of clergy status for verification purposes.

Inmate Accounts

Make a deposit directly to an inmate's account or call 866-394-0490

You will need:

  • Credit or debit card information
  • Inmate's name, number, and facility code
  • Pay location code: 5500
  • Minimum deposit $25, Maximum deposit $100
  • Phone Service Fee: 6% of the total ($6 minimum)
  • Internet Service Fee: 4.5% of the total (minimum of $4.50)
  • Maximum transaction amount per week: $200
  • Maximum number of transactions per week

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We will not accept books mailed into the facility or dropped off. All books will be returned to sender unless prior arrangements have been made with the Jail Administrator.

Mail will be examined for contraband upon arrival. Inmates will only receive the letter if it's written in ink or pencil. Any correspondence written in markers, crayons, or colored pencils will be placed with the inmate's property. Prisoners are permitted to have 6 pictures in their possession. Prisoners will not be permitted to have Polaroid pictures.