General Inmate Information
Livingston County, MichiganSheriffJailGeneral Inmate Information
Livingston County Sheriff
150 S Highlander Way
Howell, MI 48843
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Phone: 517.546.2440
Fax: 517.545.9627
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Tip Line: 517.546.8477
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8 am - 5 pm
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Livingston County Jail
Phone: 517.546.2445
Fax: 517.546.1800

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General Inmate Information

Mail - Inmates are permitted to write to any person outside of our jail facility.  Incoming inmate correspondence must be addressed as follows:
Inmate Name, Resident
Livingston County Jail
150 S. Highlander Way
Howell, MI 48843
  • Incoming mail must reflect sender's name and address.
  • Correspondence from Attorneys, as well as court and public officials may be opened in the presence of the inmate to whom it is addressed and searched for contraband.
  • In order to be considered legal mail it must be conspicuously marked as "legal mail", "privileged", "attorney-client" or similar indication that the correspondence is intended to be confidential. It must be conspicuously marked as coming from an attorney or law firm and includes the law firm or legal services providers name, address, attorney name and valid bar number. It must be addressed by name to a specific inmate.
  • Mail must be sent via US Postal Service
  • Items not allowed: postage stamps, envelopes, blank stationary.
  • All mail, except bona-fide legal mail, will be by standard white post cards with no pictures. The post cards must be no larger than 5x7.  This is both incoming and outgoing mail.
  • No stickers, glitter, or perfume sprayed postcards, drawings written in crayon, gel pen, glue or other similar substance. Drawings in pencil or regular pen will be permitted with the below exceptions.
  • Any mail or photo whether paper or electronic that contains information regarding any of the following shall be rejected and if applicable returned to sender or placed in the inmates locker.
    • The manufacturing, use, procurement of weapons, explosives, incendiary devices, poisons or drugs.
    • Advocating disorder, riots, or other institutional disruption
    • Sexually explicit or enticing drawings or photos
    • Drawings, icons, symbols, photos or photo content that may be considered gang related.

Appeal Rejection of Mail - If any mail, electronic mail or photo you send is rejected and/or returned to sender you may appeal our decision to reject said mail or photo.  This must be done in writing via letter or email to the below address/email. You must write Mail Appeal on the envelope or email subject line. You must include your contact information, inmate's name, the nature of the mail, and why you feel the decision was incorrect.

This appeal will be directed to a jail lieutenant who will consider the appeal and render a decision. If this lieutenant is unable to make a decision, the other two lieutenants will be consulted and a majority decision rendered. The decision of the lieutenant(s) is final and cannot be appealed.

Mail Appeal
150 S. Highlander Way
Howell, MIO 48843
or (Mail Appeal in the subject line)

Inmate Email - We now offer inmate email. You can sign up with Access Corrections to purchase an email package and start communicating with your friend or loved one quickly and easily from your couch. All emails are electronically screened for inappropriate content and may be further screened by staff. If you wish to be notified of rejected messages or photos, you must check the corresponding box during account registration on the Access Corrections website.  See mail rejection appeal above for information on how to appeal the decision to reject a message.  No refund will issue for rejected messages. 

Inmate E-Photos - You can now also send photos thru the same messaging system as emails, Access Corrections. These photos remain on the inmates account for viewing and are not printed.  All photos are screened by staff for compliance with jail policy and rules. Any inappropriate photos will be rejected with no refund and may result in suspension or revocation of your electronic messaging and/or photo privileges. See mail rejection appeal above for information on how to appeal the decision to reject a message.

Personal Property - If sentenced to prison, an inmate's personal property may be released to a family member Monday through Friday, between the hours of 8:00am and 4:00pm.  Unclaimed property will be discarded after 90 days.

Court Attire - Inmates are permitted to wear their own clothing if they are to appear in court for jury trial.  Arrangements to have clothing delivered (and picked up following a trial) must be initiated by the inmate.

Posting Bail – A person who has been arrested and charged with a crime may be required to post bail (bond) before being released from jail. A bond is insurance to guarantee a defendant will appear in court as needed. If a person fails to appear for a court date, the bond may be forfeited to the court and a warrant issued for failure to appear. A bond may be posted by the defendant or by someone on their behalf. Bond amounts for certain misdemeanors are preset by the courts. Felony bonds are set at arraignment by the judge. 

Bonds posted at the jail shall be in the inmate/defendants name and any monies returned by the court at the conclusion of the case will be returned to the defendant. If someone wishes to post bond and keep the funds in their name, the bond must be paid at the court during court hours.

The Livingston County Jail accepts cash or credit card for bond payments.  Credit card payments are processed by AllPaid, a third party service provider.  AllPaid charges a 7% processing fee.  Credit card bond payments can also be posted via phone at 888-604-7888 or online at; use Pay Location Code 5553.  In order to avoid service fees, you also have the option to post a cash bond.
Surety Bond – A bonding company may be used to post a bond for a defendant. Consult your local yellow pages for lists of bonding companies. The jail in no way endorses any particular bond company and does not participate in the contract between a defendant and the bonding company.