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915 East Country Road
P.O. Box 479
Columbus, Kansas 66725

Administrative Office Hours:
Hours: M-F 8:30am-4:30pm

      Michelle Tippie        

Jail Administrator

Captain Michelle Tippie leads our team of correctional professionals and oversees all aspects of our 106 bed facility, focusing on public, staff and inmate safety.  Some of her responsibilities include ensuring the secured detention of pre-trial detainees as well as convicted inmates who are serving their sentence or awaiting transport to another facility.  The Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office not only houses our own prisoners, but also those arrested by city police departments within Cherokee County, state agencies, other contract counties in Kansas and the Kansas Department of Corrections. 


In addition, Captain Tippie is responsible for scheduling and arranging inmate extraditions, processing warrants, bonds and commissary, assessing inmates for security risks, ensuring legitimate medical needs are addressed and overseeing our inmate work detail program.


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, which may include the Booking Officer Post or serving as the Control Panel Operator.


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.

 The Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA)


PREA a federal law enacted in 2003, was created to eliminate sexual abuse in confinement. The Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office supports the prevention, reduction, and elimination of sexual assault and rape within its Jail Facility. This is done through education, interaction, and enforcement to reduce the possibility of dangerous and harmful behaviors.


Links to PREA Resources


Cherokee County Sheriff's Office PREA Policy


Cherokee County PREA Brochure


Cherokee County Sheriff's Office 2015 Data Collection Summary 


Final PREA Audit Report


Cherokee County PREA Poster:  English          Spanish

Facility Visitation

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.


                                             Funding an Inmates Account

Adding Money to an Inmates Account can now be done online or by phone 24 hours / 7 days a week: 

                          Click Here to add Money to an Inmates Account

Money can also be added to an Inmate Account using the Kiosk located in the Entry of the Sheriff's Office.


U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement 

Homeland Security Investigations

Victim Notification Program

The link listed below is a universal resource locator for the Homeland Security Investigations Victim Notification Program. A victim or witness can simply click on the hyperlink and be transferred to a number of valuable victim services programs provided by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement.


Bonding Procedures

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

Friends and Family can also pay a persons Bail / Bond through GovPayNet using a major credit, debit or prepaid debit card including:


Bail / Bond payments can be made Online, by Phone, or in person at the facility.

  • To Make a payment, you will need the following:
  • Pay Location Code: 4948
  • Bail/Bond Amount
  • Name and Number of the Arrestee
  • Case or Reference for which the Bail / Bond is made

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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.

Visitation from Home

Inmates 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

Log on to the website using  Follow the registration procedure


 If a Video Visitor is: 

  • Disruptive
  • Acting in an inappropriate manner
  • Not properly dressed


 If during the Video Visit, the Inmate becomes:

  • Disruptive
  • Acts in an inappropriate manner

 The visit will be stopped by staff and future visitation privileges may be revoked

                        ALL VISITS MAY BE RECORDED


Inmate Phone System

Inmates are allowed to place phone calls from the facility from 09:00 - 21:00 hours, 7 days a week. They are allowed to set up a phone account using their Inmate Account to place direct calls or may call collect.

The Inmate Phone System is provided by City Tele Coin. Family and Friend can Call the  Customer Service Center at (800) 682-0707 or (318) 746-1114. to find information or set up an account.




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