Sam St. John, Sheriff
Suwannee County, Florida
200 Ohio Avenue South
Live Oak, Florida 32064
Phone: (386) 362-2222

Suwannee County Jail
305 Pine Avenue
Live Oak, FL 32064
Phone: (386) 364-3595

Under Florida law, e-mail addresses are public records. If you do not want your e-mail address released in response to a public records request, do not send electronic mail to this entity. Instead contact this office by phone or in writing.


Suwannee County Jail

The Suwannee County Jail is the booking and intake location for all law enforcement agencies operating within Suwannee County. The care, custody and control of individuals arrested in Suwannee County by the Sheriff’s Office, Live Oak Police Department, and other state law enforcement agencies is the responsibility of the Suwannee County Jail staff.

Individuals who have been arrested and held without bond, been unable to post bail set by the courts, are being transferred from other states or counties while awaiting trial in Suwannee County, or those found guilty and sentenced to serve less than one year in county jail are confined in the Suwannee County Jail.

The Sheriff operates the Suwannee County Jail, which has an authorized capacity of 235 inmates. The facility houses males, females, and juveniles who have been adjudicated as adults charged or sentenced on misdemeanor and felony crimes.

The Suwannee County Jail has been accredited by the Florida Corrections Accreditation Commision since 2004.

Felon Registration

Per Florida State Statute 775.13, any person who has been convicted of a felony in this state, any other state, federal court, or of any foreign state or country shall register in person with the Suwannee County Sheriff’s Office within 48 hours after entering Suwannee County. (The statute defines “convicted” as “…a determination of guilt which is the result of a trial of the entry of appeal of guilty or nolo contendere, regardless of whether adjudication is withheld.”)

Registrations are completed Monday thru Friday, 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM (excluding holidays) at the following location:

Suwannee County Jail
305 Pine Avenue
Live Oak, FL 32064

The registration process takes about 30 minutes to complete and involves completing pertinent information relating to the crime committed, fingerprinting, and photographing. Registrants need to bring photo identification.

Inmate Work Crew

The Suwannee County Sheriff’s Office operates an inmate work crew who provide landscaping services to over thirty county buildings.


The Suwannee County Jail encourages visitation for the inmates incarcerated here. We firmly believe that ties to family and friends are extremely important.  However, there are rules that we need to make you aware of so your visiting privileges are not denied, terminated or suspended.


  • Monday: AA (Male), A (Female)
  • Tuesday: CC (Male), D (Max), B (Female)
  • Wednesday:  BB (Male), E (Max), Medical
  • Thursday: DD (Male), F (Max), C (Juvenile)        
  • Friday:  EE (Male)   
  • Saturday: Work Crew
1:00 PM 3:00 PM Sign-in STARTS at 1:00 PM and ENDS at 1:15 PM
3:00 PM 5:00 PM Sign-in STARTS at 3:00 PM and ENDS at 3:15 PM
7:00 PM 9:00 PM Sign-in STARTS at 7:00 PM and ENDS at 7:15 PM



Visitor Sign-In

Visitors must report to the jail lobby at the beginning of their visitation period and sign in with the visitation officer.  Visitors must be here between the sign in times in order to visit.

All visitors must be eighteen (18) years of age or older and present a picture identification every time they visit.  No children will left unattended in the lobby, vehicles, etc.  No personal property will be allowed in the visitation area other than car keys and picture ID.  All purses, and other property must be left at home, or locked in your vehicle at your own risk.  Do not attempt to leave personal property with the visitation officer, we will not accept it.  No cell phones, food, drinks, or tobacco products are permitted in the visitation area.

Scheduling a Visit

You must call 386-364-3418 on the day of the inmate’s visitation between 8:00 AM and 11:30 AM to schedule your visit.    If the inmate you want to visit is a trustee with Saturday visitation hours, the appointment will only be made on the Friday before the visit between 8:00 AM and 11:30 AM.

Visitor Dress Code

All visitors must be dressed appropriately in order to visit an inmate.  Inappropriate attire consists of short-shorts, mini-skirts, tube-tops, spaghetti straps, or any other revealing attire.  Visitors not meeting the dress code will be denied visitation.

Visitation Rules

  • Inmates may have up to four (4) visitors over the age of eighteen (18) on their visitation list.  Inmates will be allowed to make one (1) name change to their visitation list.  This means they can write a request to the visitation officer and ask that one (1) visitor be removed and one (1) visitor be added.  The visitation officer will review the inmate’s visitation list to see if any changes have already been made.  The one-time change will be annotated on the inmate’s visitation list.  Any further changes must be approved by a lieutenant or above.
  • Due to the growing inmate population, inmates will be allowed one (1), two (2) hour visitation periods per week during their scheduled visitation time.  All four (4) approved visitors must visit together during the inmate’s scheduled visitation.  There will be no switching out visitors (i.e. two visitors sit in the lobby and switch out with the other two halfway through the visitation).  Visitors may only leave the visitation booth to go to the bathroom and return back to the visitation booth.  If the visitor leaves to sit in the lobby or goes outside, their visitation will be terminated.  Inmates will not be allowed to have multiple visitation periods in one day.
  • Visitors under the influence of alcohol or drugs will be denied visitation and will be removed from the inmate’s visitation list.
  • Introduction of contraband into a correctional facility is a 3rd degree Felony.
  • All visitors will be subject to search

Special Visits

Inmates may request in writing and in advance a special one time visit with up to two people who have to travel seventy-five (75) miles or more to visit.  These visitors do not have to be listed as one of the four approved visitors on the inmate’s visitation list.  Visits of this nature are at the discretion of the Jail Administrator.  Verification of the visitor’s home or record shall be determined prior to visitation.  If approved, this will be a one time visit and will be annotated on the inmate’s visitation card by the visitation officer.  Persons requesting visits of this nature must be approved in advance of the visit.  Visitors “popping in” to visit without prior approval will be denied visitation.  There will be no special visits on holidays.  

Commissary Accounts

If you would like to add money to an inmate’s commissary account, you can do so using the kiosk in the lobby of the jail or by going online to  Money orders will no longer be accepted.  The kiosk accepts cash, credit or debit cards.  The website accepts credit or debit cards.

Mailing Address
Suwannee County Jail
Attention:  Inmate’s Name
305 Pine Avenue SW
Live Oak, FL 32064

All mail is subject to being screened prior to delivery to the inmate.

Telephone Calls

Inmates can only make collect phone calls.  Phone cards are not accepted.  If your telephone provider does not accept collect calls, call Invision Telecom at 800-844-6591.

All phone calls are recorded and are subject to screening.