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The basic function of a county jail is to provide safe, secure and constitutional confinement for incarcerated persons. To accomplish these goals, it is necessary to have a well qualified, highly trained staff of detention deputies and to provide them with the equipment necessary to ensure their safety and their ability to properly perform their duties.


A major goal of this department is to provide a work environment for the jail staff that meets the legal statutes and standards as set by the Idaho Sheriff's Association. 


Meeting these legal requirements and standards allows us to provide better treatment and care of inmates. We have the responsibility to see that inmates are allowed the same health care they would receive if they were not incarcerated, that they have a sanitary environment in which to serve their term, nutritious meals, and to allow for visits from family, clergy and legal counsel.


We also provide telephone use, mail privileges, religious meetings, AA meetings and other counseling requested or ordered by the court.  There are many other rights which cannot be denied, and privileges which we allow.


Our major goal is to encourage inmates to attend these group meetings and to have clergy and family members meet with them. With our assistance and help from family, clergy and friends, we hope that they think better of themselves when they are released and that they are able to join society with a new, positive attitude.

Visitors Information


Visiting hours at the Boundary County Detention Facility are from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. each Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday.  Special visits will be made only with the consent of the Sheriff, Chief Deputy or Detention Sergeant. Identification will be requested. No one under 18 years of age may visit an inmate unless accompanied by their parent or legal guardian. No weapons, glass or metal containers, cameras, cell phones or purses of any kind are allowed in the Boundary County Jail.


When checking in, visitors must use their full names and present identification. No one using an alias will be admitted.


Prisoners are allowed no more than three visitors on each visiting day, with 20 minutes allowed per visit.


Visits outside normal visiting hours must be arranged with the detention deputy on duty.


Visitation may be cancelled at any time and without notice due to unforeseen circumstances.


Inmates at the jail may not receive personal items from those who visit as all their basic needs are provided for by the Sheriff's Office. Visitors who attempt to violate this rule are subject to prosecution under the provisions of Idaho Criminal Code 20-627.


Visitors may, however, deposit funds with the detention deputy on duty that the inmate may use to buy items from the jail commissary. 


Detention deputies do not deliver personal messages to inmates or answer personal questions regarding inmates.  They also have the right to refuse any visitor who appears to be intoxicated or who is acting in an obnoxious manner.


Mail for inmates incarcerated in the Boundary County Jail should include the inmates' first and last name and be addressed to Boundary County Jail, P.O. Box 127, Bonners Ferry, ID 83805, and must have a valid return address as well as the name of the sender. Any mail received not appropriately addressed will either be returned to the sender or placed in the inmates' property, to be provided the inmate upon release.