Detention Center



Security Services

The Security Services Section of the Canyon County Sheriff’s Office includes Inmate Control, Courts and Transports, Detention Alternatives and a Medical Unit. These units are under the direction of Captain Bill Patchett.

Captain Bill Patchett

Captain Bill Patchett


Inmate Control

Inmate Control is the largest unit in the Sheriff’s Office, with over 70 Deputies, nine Corporals and six Sergeants assigned to its operation. Also included in Inmate Control is Inmate Classifications which, based on interviews and records checks, determines appropriate housing assignments for inmates. Operating in tandem, these units work to keep the Canyon County Detention Center a safe environment for its inmate population and deputies alike. Lieutenant Russ Donnelly supervises the Inmate Control unit.


Headshot of Lt. Russ Donnelly

Lt. Russ Donnelly

Detention Alternatives


Detention Alternatives has become an integral component of the Security Services Section. The Detention Alternatives section consists of the Work Release, Sheriff’s Inmate Labor Detail (SILD), Intensive Community Supervision and Pre-Trial Release programs. The Detention Alternatives section, along with the Supply Office and the Courts and Transports section, are supervised by Lieutenant Travis Engle.

Headshot of Lt. Travis Engle

Lt. Travis Engle


Courts & Transports

The Courts and Transports Section of the Sheriff’s Office is comprised of four full-time and 16 part-time Deputy Sheriffs, a Corporal and a Sergeant. Deputies assigned to the section are responsible for the transportation and movement of individuals in its care to and from other facilities, court appearances and various other appointments as ordered. Additionally, it is responsible for the internal security of courthouse facilities within Canyon County.

About Alternative Programs and SILD

The Sheriff Inmate Labor Detail Program and the Work Release Center are Detention Alternative programs designed to generate revenue for the County and alleviate crowding in our Detention Center. Maintaining these programs are six dedicated Deputies and two supervising Corporals.

Inmate Medical Services

The Medical Office team consists of nine nurses and one doctor who serve all inmates in the Detention Center.

Inmate Food Service

In 2011, Canyon County signed a contract with ABL Management, Inc. to provide food services for the Detention Center, saving approximately $400,000 per year.

NOTICE: Books are no longer accepted by the jail. The new tablet system has an extensive library of over 7,000 books that are available to inmates. 

“The mission of the Court Services Section of the Canyon County Sheriff’s Office is to maintain the safety and decorum of the judicial system for our citizens, protect society through vigilance in our duties and provide safe passage to all in our custody in a professional, consistent and courteous manner.”

Courts and Transports is a subsection of the Canyon County Detention Center section. Its two main functions include movement of individuals in our care to court appearances and other destinations as ordered and providing security at the two county courthouse facilities. Additionally, officers assigned to this section transport fugitives from other states, serve warrants and civil papers in the courthouses and assist in detention center population control.

Interesting Facts:
In 2011, Courts and Transport Deputies drove 65,000 miles in transport vehicles, screened over 400,000 individuals entering the two Canyon County courthouses and escorted nearly 11,000 inmates to court appearances from the detention center.

The Courts and Transports section actively employs seven full-time and 16 part-time employees, totaling more than 650 years of combined law enforcement experience.

Frequently Asked Questions:
Q: How can I find out when an inmate has court?
A: Call the Canyon County Clerk’s Office at 454-7575

Q: Can I speak with my incarcerated friend/relative while in court?
A: No, communication between inmates and the public in the courtroom setting is not allowed. Individuals attempting to communicate with an inmate will be told to leave the courtroom.

Q: How can I find out when an inmate will be transported?
A: For reasons of security, transport days and times are not shared with the public.

As part of our ongoing efforts to provide a safe and secure facility for inmates and staff and streamline communication between inmates and their families, the Canyon County Detention Center has implemented the following policy change.

Effective January 29, 2024, inmate mail will be scanned and sent to the inmate electronically. All mail MUST be sent to one of the two addresses below. Mail received at other addresses after March 29, 2024, will be rejected.



[Inmate Full Name — Inmate ID]
Canyon County Jail, ID
PO Box 76550
Highland Heights, KY 41076
[Inmate Full Name — Inmate ID]
Canyon County Jail
219 N. 12th Ave.
Caldwell, ID 83605

  • All incoming mail must be addressed with the Inmate’s name and Inmate ID.
  • All incoming mail must have a return address on the envelope.
  • All incoming mail must be no larger than 8 1/2 x 11 inches (letter size), no, thicker than light card stock, and able to be fed through a sheet-fed scanner.
  • All incoming mail shall be opened and inspected or read to determine if contraband is enclosed or if any violation of jail rules has occurred. If such is found, mail will be destroyed and not returned.
  • Prohibited mail: Stamps; Blank Envelopes; Stationary; No cash, checks, or any other forms of currency, should be sent with correspondence; Threats of physical harm against any person or threats/details of criminal activity; Plans to smuggle contraband into or out of the institution; Information to formulate escape plans, to commit a crime, or to violate a jail rule; Solicitation of gifts, goods, money, or things of value from individuals or entities other than family or established close friends; Code or gang insignia; Obscene language or drawings; Information that, if communicated, would create a threat to the security of the facility.
  • None of the following may be included or attached: Address labels; Stickers; Homemade cards; Musical cards; Non-white envelopes or paper; Paintings; Tracing paper; Pages from coloring books; Drawings in colored ink, marker, crayon, or glitter; Raised decorations; Paint or the use of whiteout, glue, or any other liquid form.
  • Printouts from the internet, colored pages, and provocative material (i) are not permitted and will be destroyed.
    (i) Provocative is generally defined as follows: “Causing annoyance, anger, or another strong reaction” or “arousing sexual desire or interest”
  • Return to Sender items
    • Legal mail (not sent to 219 N. 12th Ave, Caldwell, ID 83605)
    • Certified mail requiring an inmate’s signature
    • Mail with postage due
  • After any mail has been scanned to the inmate, it will be destroyed

Commissary for inmates is provided by Summit Food Services. Trust account funds can be placed into an inmate’s commissary account at or in the visitation lobby of the jail using credit or debit cards. All sales are final and there is no refund for commissary purchases.

Inmates who are released prior to receiving their orders will receive the credited amount back to their account in the form of a prepaid card that can be picked up at the detention center visitation area. Any commissary orders that are not picked up will be donated to charity.

Commissary day is SATURDAY. Money MUST be on account prior to Tuesday at 5:00 p.m.

Currently, inmates are allowed to spend $75.00 weekly. They may purchase snacks, candy, personal hygiene items*, writing materials, cards, and games. If an inmate is indigent (less than $2.50 on their account) they may request a free indigent writing pack which contains two stamped envelopes, a flex pen, and four sheets of paper.


You may also use the Summit Kiosk located in the Visitation Lobby. This will accept debit/credit cards.

*Canyon County Detention does provide basic hygiene items free of charge for all inmates but they may choose to purchase their own.

Idaho Code Title 20, Chapter 6; 20-607 indicates that “the county sheriff shall seek reimbursement for any expenses incurred by the county in relation to the charge or charges for which a person was sentenced to a county jail”…

(a) From each person who is or was a prisoner, not more than twenty-five dollars ($25.00) per day for the expenses of maintaining that prisoner up to a maximum of five hundred dollars ($500), whichever is less, for the entire period of time the person was confined in the county jail, including any period of pretrial detention;

Information Regarding State Reimbursement

Inmate visitation at the Canyon County Jail has transitioned to a video-only system provided by CTel. Inmates are provided 60 minutes of video visits per week at no cost. These visits are not cumulative.

Remote (off-site) video visiting is available to friends, family, and others. This video visit may be conducted from any high-speed Internet connection with an available webcam, microphone, & speakers. The cost for this service will be $0.20/minute. There is no limit to the number of video visits allowed per inmate.

To schedule an inmate visit and/or place money into an inmate’s account for video visits or phone calls, please visit There is also a CTel kiosk in the jail lobby for video visits. Funding can also be placed into an inmate account at the kiosk in the lobby.


Inmate visitation is a privilege and may be denied for disciplinary reasons or operational necessity.

Video visitations are available 7 days a week from 8:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., 12:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., and 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. It is the responsibility of the inmate to communicate their allowed visit times to prospective visitors. Inmates will not be permitted to visit during their lockdown time.


Click here for additional information on CTel rates and video visitation pdf

It is our commitment to provide the highest quality medical care to the inmates of the Canyon County Detention Center. We have a medical staff with a combined 40 years experience in correctional medicine.

Frequently Asked Questions:
Q: Can I bring in medication for an inmate?
A: No. Prescription medication for inmates will be provided through our medical staff. No over the counter medications will be accepted into the facility either.

Q: Do inmates have to pay for medical treatment?
A: $10.00 clinical fee will be assessed for each visit to see a member of the medical staff. Prescription costs will be assessed to the inmates at the price set by the pharmacy from which it was ordered.

Q: How do I contact the Medical Unit?
A: We are available for phone calls during normal business hours which are 0800-1700. The phone numbers are listed above. If you should have an emergency concern, please feel free to contact the main Detention Center @ 208-454-7540.


Reporting Abuse

If you suspect sexual abuse has happened at the Canyon County Jail, you may call the Detention Center at (208) 454-6603. Please have any information or evidence available for the investigator who will be assigned to handle the case. False accusations may be prosecuted. All reports are taken seriously and investigated as outlined in PREA.

Canyon County Sheriff’s Office PREA Policy pdf

Data Review for Corrective Action

In compliance with Section 115.87 of the PREA standards, the Canyon County Jail has reviewed data collected and aggregated in order to assess and improve the effectiveness of its sexual abuse prevention, detection, and response policies, practices, and training, including:

– Identifying problem areas;
– Taking corrective action on an ongoing basis; and
– Preparing an annual report of its findings and corrective actions

In compliance with Section 115.88 of the PREA standards, the Canon County Jail has prepared an annual report and aggregated data, which are available at the links below:

2023 PREA Annual Report pdf
2023 PREA Data pdf

PREA Certifications & Audit Reports

2021 PREA Audit Final Reportpdf
2021 PREA Certificate of Compliancepdf
2021 Idaho Jail Standards Certificate of Compliancepdf
2017 PREA Audit Reportpdf

Additional PREA Resources and Links

National PREA Resource Center
Sheriff’s Office Victim Witness Unit

The Sheriff’s Inmate Labor Detail (S.I.L.D.) is a detention alternative to incarceration that allows people to report to the Sheriff’s Office to perform work for the county. The defendant is responsible for paying a fee to cover the program’s expenses.

  • Monthly Fee: $25
  • Reschedule Fee: $10
  • No Show Fee: $25

During a person’s sentence in the S.I.L.D. program, they can expect to complete tasks as directed by Sheriff’s Deputies (or their trained designee) who oversee the program. A person’s sentence can vary and is determined by the sentencing judge, who decides how many days a person is sentenced. If the person fails to complete the sentence for the S.I.L.D. program, an affidavit will be filed, and the judge may issue a warrant of arrest.

Our Sheriff’s Inmate Labor Detail program is set up so that defendants can give back to the community by providing their labor. The program provides services to non-profit organizations, such as schools and city parks, as well as any city/state organization that needs our services, such as the county landfill.

With the utilization of the S.I.L.D. program, we are able to free up bed space in the county jail. The taxpayers pay for incarcerated defendants. With the SILD program, we are able to keep some sentenced people out of jail, use the resources from their labor, and save taxpayer money. In 2023 there were an approximate 28,248 man-hours worked. If the county had to pay for those hours worked at the rate of $7.25 for minimum wage, it would have cost the taxpayers approximately $204,798, not including benefits and insurance. By supplying the Animal Shelter, Canyon County Maintenance, County Landfill, O’Connor Field House, and many city Parks and Recreation departments, as well as other city organizations with S.I.L.D. labor, we are able to save the county taxpayers money as well.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Court ordered defendants to “all-options” for consideration or granted specifically SILD by the sentencing judge. This can also be done through sanctions of specialty courts or P&P.

Labor Detail Project Request:

Please email:

  • Work Sites must be commonly used community locations or controlled by governmental entities (parks, roads, greenbelts, schools, etc.).
  • The scope of work must include basic manual labor tasks, including — but not limited to—trash removal, weed removal, basic landscaping, basic cleaning, etc.
  • An on-site representative from the requesting entity must be present at the beginning of the project and available throughout the day in person or by phone to assist in the completion of the project.
  • If the project includes trash cleanup/removal, the requesting entity must supply the trash bags and trash bag removal.

SILD Rules pdf
SILD Rules (En Español) pdf


219 N. 12th Ave.
Caldwell, ID 83605


P 208-454-7510



Weekdays 8am – 5pm
(excluding holidays)


Non-Emergency Dispatch




ATTORNEYS: If you have a client in custody within our facility and would like your calls to or from your client to be without charge and protected from recording and or monitoring please contact classifications at 208-455-5977.