Maricopa County-First Avenue Jail

Maricopa County-First Avenue Jail

Maricopa County-First Avenue Jail

102 W. Madison Street
Phoenix, AZ 85003

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Maricopa County-First Avenue Jail

When it was built in 1962, the First Avenue Jail was the first “modern” jail in the Valley, intended to house an average of 500 inmates in a “traditional” jail environment. This jail was closed in 1999 and does not currently house inmates.

In 2000, Sheriff Arpaio converted some areas to house animals abused animals. Any animal removed from an owner for criminal neglect or abuse by the Animal Crimes Investigations Unit can be housed at the First Avenue Jail.

Visitation Procedures
Fill out one of the visitation forms available in the lobby of each jail. You will need the inmate’s full name and booking number if known. Inmates are generally permitted 3 thirty-minute visits in a 7-day period. Visitors are limited to 2-3 visitors depending on the age of the third visitor.

Underage Visitation
Anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Children between the ages of 14-18 must provide a current valid ID card.

Visitation Lockers
Visitors are not allowed into the visitation room with personal items. If possible do not bring jewelry, sunglasses, cell phones, wallets and purses to the jail, however, you may secure these items in the coin-operated lockers located in the lobby.


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