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How to Visit an Inmate in the 4th Avenue Jail

If you know someone that has been arrested and have been taken to the Maricopa County 4th Avenue Jail (also know as the Madison Street Jail), and are wanting to visit that person, watch this video first. Defense Attorney, David Cantor, explains how to visit someone that has been sent to this jail, where to go, where to park, how dress and the process.

Video Transcript

Hi, I’m David Michael Cantor with the Law Offices of David Michael Cantor.

Today I’m going to talk about how to visit an inmate at the Fourth Avenue jail.  Now the Fourth Avenue jail is located at 201 South 4th Avenue.

The way you get there is you come on down to Van Buren and then you head from Van Buren to Fourth Avenue. Once you get there, go south and you’re going to go down to Madison Street in it the Southeast corner of Madison and Fourth Avenue is the fourth Avenue jail.

Now park somewhere on the street or find a nearby parking garage, parking is plentiful.  The entrance to visitation is on the West side of the building, it’s not on the North West corner that’s for posting bonds, it’s not on

the North side of the building, that’s for the initial appearances, it is on the West side of the building, that is where your visitation entrance is.

Now, no visitors under 18 period, at the Fourth Avenue jail. You have to be 18 years of age or older when you meet with the inmate it’s going to be on video screen.

That’s a problem, there’s a video screen and you pick up a phone. Now when you’re talking to the inmate everything’s recorded, so they will use

it against the inmate if you talk about the case. So just keep their spirits up, maybe talk about the next court date, don’t go into the specifics of the case.

If you have questions, call the Sherriff Information Management System, or SIMS.  Phone line is (602) 876-0322, or you can call the Fourth Avenue jail directly at 602 876 1239, if you have questions regarding visitation, restrictions or locked downs.

Now as far as general visitation information goes, at the Fourth Avenue jail, visitation is Sunday – Monday / 7 days a week from 8am in morning to 8pm at night, last sign up is at 7:15.

Each inmate gets one 30-minute visitation per week and they can only have two visitors at a time.  If you have a baby with you that’s under one year old, that doesn’t count as a visitor. If your baby is a year of age or older, it does count as a visitor.

Make sure you show up with a valid ID, no Sam’s Club ID’s, no swap meet ID’s. You have to have a driver’s license, DMV ID card or passport, some government-issued ID.

You can have NO felony convictions, if you do they won’t let you visit, you cannot have done jail time in the Maricopa County system in the last 12 months.

So if you’ve done even one day, it’ll flag and they won’t let you in, also no illegal aliens (non-US Citizens).

In regards to being under 18, again at the Fourth Avenue jail no visitors under 18.

As to dress code, dress conservatively. Call the jail if you have questions, you don’t want to be rejected because you’ve a low-cut blouse and really short shorts; just dress conservatively.

Once you get there, fill out the white form first, include the inmates full name, date of birth, and booking number, also have your ID, go up to the window slide it under the window, and they’ll call your name when their ready

for the visit.

Now if your loved one is in the Fourth Avenue jail and they haven’t been convicted of anything and they haven’t plead, they’re fighting their case, that’s the pre-trial phase.

Give us a call at (602) 307-0808 or go to our website dmcantor.com and fill out a contact form.

We’ll set you for a free 30-minute consultation in our office, free. It doesn’t cost you anything, but it takes about 30 minutes and we’ll go over the case from top to bottom to see we can do to help your loved one.

If they’ve already plead but they’re waiting sentencing, same thing, call us.

Perhaps you can get a lower sentence on the sentencing range. Of if they’ve already been sentenced, convicted and sentenced, call us regarding appeals, post-conviction relief petitions, or sense modifications.  Perhaps we can get

the sense reduced or the whole case thrown out.

If this applies to you, have a good visit, then give us a call.  We look forward to hearing from you soon, take care.

**Please note, we are not the 4th ave jail, if you are looking for the status of an inmate, call (602) 876-0322


Location of the 4th Avenue Jail – Downtown Phoenix

For information from the MCSO on the 4th Ave Jail, click here for their website.

The 4th Avenue Jail is located at 201 S. 4th Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85003. Once you get checked in, you’ll be able to have a face-to-face visit with your loved one. During a face-to-face visit, you’ll sit across the table from the inmate. You will be separated by a block of wood. You aren’t allowed to touch the inmate or pass anything, such as a piece of paper, to him or her.

Click here for our guide on how to bail someone out of the 4th Ave Jail.

Important Jail Phone Numbers

If you have any questions, you can call the Sheriff’s Information Management System, or SIMS, line at 602-876-0322. From there, you will be directed to the proper person or department.

Hours of Visitation

You can visit inmates at the jail any day of the week between 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m., but each inmate is only allowed one 30-minute visit per week. Two people can visit at a time, but infants under 12 months don’t count towards this limit. Make sure to bring proper identification to the visit, such as a driver’s license, state identification card or passport. Children under the age of 14 do not need valid identification as long as they are accompanied by an adult.

Visitor Requirements at the 4th Avenue Jail

In order to be allowed into the 4th ave jail for visitations, you can’t have been convicted of any felonies, and you can’t have spent any time at a Maricopa County jail within the last 12 months. Illegal aliens (undocumented / Non-US Citizens) are not allowed to visit. Any child under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult unless he or she is married to the inmate and can provide a valid marriage certificate. If you don’t dress appropriately, you may be denied your visit.

When you get to the jail, fill out the white form and provide the inmate’s full name, date of birth and booking number. Slide your identification card and the white form under the window. You’ll be called when it’s your turn.

If you have any questions or need proper legal representation for an inmate, please give us a call at (602) 307-0808 to click here to schedule a free consultation. You can also send us an email by using our confidential form. Our offices are available 24 hours a day via our answering service.


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