Captain Billy Charles is the Cherokee County Jail Administrator. He is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the facility, including scheduling and transporting inmates to required court appearances, process warrants and bonds with the District Court Office, makes regular deposits with the Cherokee County Treasurer, schedule inmate extraditions and transports to and from appropriate jurisdictions, and inmate commissary.
The Cherokee County Jail is a tobacco free facility that can house up to 106 inmates and regularly houses detainees for overcrowded jails in other counties. The facility houses male and female inmates for misdemeanor and felony law violations. Inmates in the Cherokee County Jail are both, pre-trial detainees and post-conviction inmates who are serving sentences or awaiting transport to the Kansas Department of Corrections.
All persons arrested in Cherokee County are transported to the jail for booking and incarceration. Arrestees are screened to determine their security risk and to identify any medical conditions. Based on their assessment, inmates are then placed in general population, segregation or work detail.
Work Detail inmates are responsible for a wide variety of tasks within the Sheriff's Office, some of which include: assisting in preparing and serving inmate meals, janitorial services, laundry, maintenance, painting, mowing grass, emergency vehicle cleaning and other work deemed appropriate. A Corrections Officer oversees the work detail at all times. All inmates, regardless of whether they are assigned to work detail or not, are responsible for the daily cleaning of cells and prisoner pods.
Upon reporting for duty, correctional officers are given their shift assignment.
Booking Officer:This officer is responsible for the receiving and intake process for all incoming prisoners and out-processing those prisoners being released from custody. This includes computer book-in, photographing, searching, change-out, fingerprinting and placing inmates. This officer also handles incoming and outgoing inmate correspondence and has direct contact with inmates in the general housing areas.
Control Panel Operator: This officer is responsible for all incoming telephone calls to the jail, and electronically controls all entrance and exit points to the facility, monitors all security video surveillance systems, operates the intercom system, observes inmates in the housing areas, communicates with the inmates and staff via intercom, updates inmate rosters and processes all completed book-in files.
Inmate Visitation: Visitation is held on Saturdays 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and 6:00pm to 10:00 pm; and on Sundays from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Visitations are approved and scheduled by appointment only. Appointments must be made at least 24 hours in advance by calling (620) 429-3897 Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Adding Money to an Inmates Account can now be done online or by phone 24 hours / 7 days a week: www.GovPayNow.com or, (888) 277-2535.
What To Do If you wish to Bond a Person from the Cherokee County Jail
Inquire the suspect’s charges and bond amount form the Cherokee County Correctional Staff.
Determine if you wish to pay a cash bond or utilize the services of an authorized bonding agent.
Notify the correctional staff at 620-429-3897 of your decision.
If you choose to utilize a bonding agent, the 11th Judicial District must approve him or her.
The 11th Judicial District of Kansas has approved the following bonding agents:
Authorized Bonding Agents
New Web Based Inmate Video Visitation
This system is a product of Home WAV and allows prisoners more visits and less restrictive visitation hours. It requires less staff and less travel by visitors resulting in savings to both the visitor and general public.
Prisoners are allowed up to 30 minutes per visit. These visits are conducted via the Internet from video stations located in prisoner housing units, and from PCs at home.
Register to Visit via the Internet
1. Log on to the website using www.homewav.com
Follow the registration procedure
2. Select "New Visitor" button
3. Create your user name and password
4. Enter required information
- Name (First and Last)
- Email address
- Inmate to be visited Name:(First and Last)
5. Create PayPal account at www.paypal.com
6. Put minutes on account using PayPal
- $0.50 per minute (1 minute minimum)
- $10.00 for a 20 minute visit
Visits are available after funds are deposited on account.
Visit from Home
- Log on to the website using www.homewav.com
- Click on the “New Visitor” button and register
- In the "Returning Visitor" box, enter your user name
- and password
- Your Registered Inmates List and available minutes
- will be shown
- When prompted click on “Yes”” to accept the call
and to begin visit
If a Video Visitor is:
- Acting in an inappropriate manner
- Not properly dressed
If during the Video Visit, the Inmate becomes:
- Acts in an inappropriate manner
The visit will be stopped by staff and future visitation privileges may be revoked
ALL VISITS MAY BE RECORDED