Detention Center

The Charles County Sheriff's Office

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The Charles County Detention Center is a secure facility for incarcerated adults that opened in 1995 and stretches 135,000 feet with 203 cells. An annex that houses work release and weekend inmates sits adjacent to the main facility. The Corrections Division is responsible for maintaining custody and security of inmates and also offers a variety of programs to reduce recidivism and help inmates re-enter society as more productive citizens.

The Corrections Division strives to meet strict professional standards. In 2001, the CCDC became the first detention center to earn 100 percent compliance during an audit by the Maryland Commission on Correctional Standards. The CCDC received 100 percent compliance ratings after subsequent audits in 2004, 2006, 2009 and 2012.

To contact the Detention Center call 301-932-3100. To learn more about the Corrections Division, view our Annual Reports.

Visiting Policy & Hours

Visiting is held at the Detention Center Annex. The Charles County Detention Center offers on-site and remote visits between citizens and inmates. All visits are conducted by video, not in person. Video visitation services are provided by

Visiting Rules

The following rules apply to every person participating in an on-site or remote visit:

  • Engaging in illegal or illicit behavior, including disrobing and/or sexual behavior, is strictly prohibited and will result in visit termination. A visitor who engages in such activity will be prohibited from any further visits of any inmate at the Charles County Detention Center and may be subject to criminal charges. The inmate will also be charged with violating the visiting rules and will not be allowed any more visits for the remainder of his or her incarceration.
  • Visitors must dress appropriately. Clothing must cover from the neck to the kneecaps.
  • If any person becomes disorderly during the visit, the visit will be terminated.
  • Any person under the influence of drugs or alcohol will not be permitted to visit an inmate and will be required to leave the visiting center.
  • Children are not permitted to visit on site.
Procedures and Hours

On-Site Visitation
The on-site visiting center is located at the CCDC Annex behind the La Plata District Station. Visitors will connect to using video visitation stations installed at the visiting center. Space is limited and visits are not guaranteed. Visits cannot be scheduled in advance.

On-Site Visiting Registration
Before being permitted to visit an inmate, you will be required to register for an account. If you have Internet access, you can visit to create your account in advance.

You can also create an account at the on-site visiting center. When you arrive at the visiting center, you will need to provide a valid government-issued identification showing your date of birth – a driver’s license, for example. You may also provide an e-mail address. You must be 18 years or older to register at the visiting center. Multiple visitors for the same inmate may register at the visiting center but only three visitors are permitted at the terminal for the duration of each 20-minute visit.

On-Site Visiting Hours
Tuesday & Wednesday: 8:30-10 a.m.
Tuesday & Wednesday: 12:30-2 p.m.
Tuesday & Wednesday: 3:30-4 p.m.

Visits are limited to 20 minutes and no more than three visitors are permitted at each terminal. Each inmate is allowed two on-site visits per week.

Off-Site/Remote Visitation
The CCDC also offers off-site/remote visitation, saving visitors time and eliminating the need for to travel.

Remote Visiting Procedures and Fees
To participate in remote visiting, you will need access to a computer with a web-cam and high-speed Internet OR an Android-based mobile device or tablet. At this time, iWebVisit does not support the Apple iPhone or iPad, however an Apple MacBook laptop is supported. Support for iPhone/iPad is coming soon, so check back regularly for updates. If you have access to this technology, go to and create your account. Then, schedule your visit.

Each inmate is allowed four remote visits per day and each visit is 15 minutes long. The cost is $4.50 per visit for standard visitors and $5.50 per visit for qualified professionals who choose to visit via this service. In the event your visit is canceled, a credit voucher may not be issued.

All non-professional visits will be monitored and recorded.

Remote Visiting Hours
Remote visits may be scheduled two hours in advance and can be scheduled up to three weeks in advance. Remote visits are offered seven days a week during the following hours:

7:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Inmate Accounts

Inmates may have a maximum account balance of $200. Funds must be submitted by Thursday for commissary orders to be placed on Friday mornings. There are three options for leaving funds:

  • Money Orders: These may be mailed or dropped off at the Detention Center lobby during business and/or visiting hours (and by 1:30 p.m. on Thursday for commissary orders).
  • Kiosk (Cashier Machine): Funds may be left in the machine located in the Detention Center lobby 24 hours a day, seven days a week. This machine accepts credit, debit and cash. There is a $3 service fee for cash and a service fee of 10 percent of the total deposit for credit/debit. You will need the inmate’s file number.
  • Online: Funds may be deposited online through JailATM. Visit the JailATM website to create an account and make a deposit. You will be required to enter the inmate’s name to deposit funds.
  • Receipts are forwarded to the inmate for all deposit transactions — generally, the next business day.

For questions regarding the Charles County Detention Center’s policy and procedures call 301-932-3103.

Inmate Letters

Please send mail to:
PO Box 1690
La Plata, MD 20646

  • Letters must be mailed through the U.S. Postal Service.
  • Letters must have the inmate’s full name. Letters bearing nicknames are not accepted.
  • Letters must include full name and address of sender. Letters bearing nicknames or initials will be returned to the Post Office. Labels are not accepted.

When contacting inmates by mail, only the following items are acceptable:

  • Letters
  • Non-embellished, single-fold standard greeting cards
  • Up to 5 photos per week (Photos must not exceed 4×6 inches and no Instamatics or Polaroids will be accepted.)
  • Money Orders (must be payable to the inmate and must have the purchaser’s name and address)
  • White Envelopes Only


Examples of UNACCEPTABLE items:

  • Stickers (including address labels)
  • Blank paper envelopes
  • Stamps
  • Cash or personal checks
  • Newspaper or magazine articles or clippings
  • Internet material
  • Suggestive photos
  • Puzzle pages
  • Copies of books
  • Magazines
  • Lipstick
  • Perfume on envelopes
  • Fluids
  • Color Artwork

If you are unsure if an item is acceptable, ask the inmate or call the Charles County Detention Center at 301-932-3100 PRIOR to sending the mail. For questions regarding the Charles County Detention Center’s policy and procedures call 301-932-3100.

Phone Calls

No message are taken for or relayed to inmates.

Inmates are given the opportunity to make one phone call when there is a change in status.

To receive phone calls from an inmate, the recipient must create an account using IC Solutions, an inmate telephone service. Brochures are available at the Charles County Detention Center and information is available online at Contact IC Solutions directly to open an account or if you have questions about the service.

IC Solutions Customer Service: 240-427-5700