The Oceana County Sheriff’s Office operates a 66-bed correctional facility. The Oceana County Jail is staffed by certified corrections officers who monitor and supervise inmate activities. The corrections division is lead by Lt. Mark Schneider. Lt. Schneider is a West Shore Community College graduate and former Montague Wildcat. Lt. Schneider started his career at the sheriff’s office in 1997 as a road patrol deputy. Lt. Schneider has also served as a detective, tactical team member, and hostage negotiator.
The primary goal of the Oceana County Sheriff’s Office Corrections Division (Jail) is to ensure the safety of inmates, corrections personnel, and residents of Oceana County. This is accomplished by detaining inmates in a secure manner, in the least restrictive setting possible, given inmate classification. The Oceana County Sheriff’s Office Corrections Division strives to provide all inmates with humane living conditions and to protect inmate rights consistent with the United States Constitution, the Michigan Constitution, the laws of the State of Michigan and Department of Corrections guidelines.
Bail or Bond Payments
Bail or bond money for inmates can be posted online by visiting www.eXpressAccount.com website 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Mastercard and Visa credit and debit cards are accepted. A nominal fee will be charged for using this service.
If you wish to know if someone is currently housed in our correctional facility you may find out by searching VINELink.
If you do not have Internet access and would like to know if someone is currently housed in our correctional facility, you may call (231) 873-3967.
All inmate visitation is now done by video. The weekly visits are a ½ hour per person. A weekly visit is made by appointment only. Appointments must be made by going to Schedule On-Site Visit or by coming into the sheriff’s office to use a terminal to schedule your on-site visit. Visits made on-site are free, but are limited to Wednesday’s, Thursday’s and Saturday’s from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Video visits can be done from 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m., seven days per week by scheduling an off-site visit. You must create an account to be approved by jail staff. After you have created your account and get approved, you may schedule and visit anytime during those hours. Go to: VideoVisitAnywhere.com to create your account today!
Family and friends may purchase personal care products, stationery, postage, candy and snacks for inmates through Canteen Commissary Connections. Orders can be placed by calling 1-866-422-6833, Monday through Thursday between 8:00 am and 4:00 pm. There is a $50 limit on all orders. Payment can be made with VISA, Mastercard, and American Express credit cards.
Family and friends can also order commissary for an inmate online.
If you do not have the ability to send money directly through the above link, you may stop into the lobby of the sheriff’s office 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and use the kiosk to deposit cash into inmates accounts.
NOTE: A fee will be charged by the kiosk for using this service.
Attorney & Clergy Visiting
Attorneys of record and clergy members may schedule professional visits. Both must have proper department and organization identification, which must be presented at the time of their visit. Special arrangements can be made for professional visiting if necessary, but an attempt must be made to adhere to normal visiting hours. Special requests will be directed to jail supervision prior to for approval.
** NOTICE OF CHANGE IN POLICY **
Effective January 2018
As of January 2018 Inmates of the Oceana County Jail will be limited to sending and receiving mail by postcard form only. Inmates will be allowed to receive one (1) form of publication during their stay. Attorney/Client mail will continue to be delivered.
Inmates are able to purchase pre-postage postcards in their commissary accounts. Any mail sent in non-postcard form will be returned to sender or discarded if no return address is indicated.
If you wish to send an inmate a postcard, please send them to:
Inmate Name C/O Oceana County Jail P.O. Box 32 Hart, MI 49420
The Corrections Division offers the following programs for the inmate populations at the Jail facility:
- GED equivalency program
- West Michigan Community Mental Health
- Oceana County Jail Ministry
- Weekly Bible Studies for Men and Women inmates
- Anger Management
- Substance Abuse Programs
The goal of these various programs is to assist inmates in becoming law-abiding, productive members of the community once they are released from incarceration.
Court Ordered Fingerprints
If you have been ordered to have your fingerprints taken by the Court after your court date, you must do the following:
- Schedule a time & date with the clerk. Due to COVID-19 we will not take walk-in fingerprint requests. It is your obligation to have these completed within the parameters of the Court.
- You must bring your court paperwork with you when you have your prints taken.
- You must fill out a “pre-booking questionnaire” prior to your finger prints. COVID19 PreBooking Questionaire PDF
- You must have your $37.00 processing fee at the time of your prints. Exact change!
- You must bring a face mask with you to have your prints taken.