The Riley County Jail is a state of the art facility which was occupied on January 18, 2001. The jail is a multi-custody level, direct supervision facility (Correctional Officers are in with the inmates). Detention facilities that use direct supervision have significantly lower rates of assaults, extortions, and lawsuits than the traditional "linear" style of jail management. Staff, by the nature of the facility, are more proactive when problems do arise. There were originally 3 full pods and 2 half pods, which accommodate both male and female inmates. This type of facility is becoming standard in new jail construction. Because the inmate population has steadily increased each year since 2001, the Riley County Commission approved the expansion of the current facility in 2008. Construction on the North side of the facility added 20 additional cells to the existing facility. Completion of the project was slated for the later part of 2009. The 5 pods in the facility are designated by letter and color.

The Riley County Jail as of early 2013 has 7 pods wherein confined inmates are housed. Prior to the completion of the new wing, the confined population had a maximum capacity of 127 inmates. The newly completed wing became operational with the opening on March 11, 2011. The total capacity for the facility is now 147.

The Riley County Jail is staffed with approximately 37 Correctional officers, up to 10 Correctional Supervisors, 2 Cooks, 1 Nurse, and 1 Secretary. All staff members are committed to offering the inmate population the highest degree of professional care, custody, and control when interacting with them. 

Inmate Visitation

  • Wednesday evenings from 7-9 p.m.
  • Sunday afternoons from 1-4 p.m.
  • Sign up for Wednesdays is between 6-7 p.m.
  • Sign up for Sundays is between 12-1 p.m.
  • Visitors must be at least 18 years of age.
  • Children are allowed in visitation only if they are the child or sibling of the inmate being visited.
  • Visitations will be no longer than 30 minutes per inmate.

Anyone late to sign up for visitation will not be allowed to visit.

Check out the tab for video visitation to find out more about this new system.

Inmate Population Data

Year Average Daily Population
2005 70.4
2006 75.6
2007 77.5
2008 82.1
2009 89.2
2010 109.5
2011 95.0
2012 102.7
2013 76.85
2014 64.2
2015 75.4
2016 81.8
2017 77.7
2018  79.15



Rules Governing Inmate Visitation

Contraband and other prohibited items are those that are determined to be a threat to the safety, security, and integrity of the jail facility. The following is a list of those items which are not allowed into the visitation area of the jail. Any items not specifically mentioned is subject to the scrutiny of the Corrections Officer(s) supervising visitation as to whether or not an item is considered to be contraband and/or a prohibited

The only items allowed in the visitation area are:

  • Your photo ID
  • Vehicle keys
  • Legitimate medical items
  • One diaper and one bottle for your infant/child
  • Any other items WILL be left in your vehicle.

 Prohibited Items:

  • Electronic communication devices such as cell phones, tablets, computers or smart watches
  • Any weapons, or items that may be considered by jail staff to be a weapon
  • Alcohol, tobacco products, and illegal drugs     


Visitors will be barred from visitation if wearing inappropriate clothing. Inappropriate clothing is clothing that:

  • Includes profanity
  • Advocates violence
  • Has sexually suggestive words, phrases, or images
  • Is excessively revealing (such as mini-skirts, spaghetti strap tank tops, muscle shirts, see-through clothing and sleeveless shirts)

Whether you are barred from visitation, or have the option to change or cover up, is at the discretion of the Corrections Officer(s) who are supervising visitation.


  • Children under the age of 18 will not be allowed to visit unless they are the child or sibling of the inmate, and must be with a parent or legal guardian at all times.
  • Inmates are only allowed visits with their own children/siblings.
  • No more than two (2) children may accompany an adult during visitation hours.

 General Rules:

  • Disorderly visitors/children will be told to leave.
  • Anyone believed to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol will be told to leave.
  • You will not communicate with any inmates, but your own.
  • If you are not seated at one of the visitation windows, you will not be allowed to stay in the visitation area.
  • You will wait in the lobby until it is your turn.  If there is a baby/child, one adult will remain with the child at all times.
  • If you are NOT here to visit anyone, you will not be permitted to remain in the building.
  • Each visit is 15 minutes.  It is up to the visitors to divide the time, not the Officers’.

 All visitors must remember that visitation is a privilege, NOT a right.

Anyone who violates this policy faces the possibility of having his/her visitation cancelled for the day or possibly revoked permanently.