Security Center

The Owen County Security Center is a 72-bed facility.

The Owen County Security Center, or the jail, houses our inmate population.  It was dedicated in March of 1987. The jail staff takes care of security and maintaining inmates in the jail facility. Those duties include, but are not limited to, intake of inmates, passing medications, conducting visits, monitoring all inmates, and providing meals. The jail is headed by Commander Stephen Dewitt. He may be contacted at 812-829-4874 ext. 2. The staff does an excellent job of keeping up with so many demanding tasks to ensure safety.


All incoming mail is given to inmates Monday through Saturday and is inspected for contraband. Mail must have first name, last name, and complete return address. Mail can be sent to 291 Vandalia Ave. Spencer, IN 47460. Packages that are accepted include religious material and books. No other packages, books, or magazines are accepted. The books must be from the publisher, not an individual. Money orders to be placed on an inmate’s account are accepted through the mail. Only items on plain white paper will be accepted. No cards, photos, or any other materials will be given to the inmates. Photos copies will be made of each of those items, but not the originals.


Visitation is on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 6 p.m. until 10p.m. If you wish to visit an inmate who resides in blocks A-F, visits are available on Monday and Tuesday. If you wish to visit an inmate who resides in blocks G-K, visits are available Thursday and Friday. Signing up for visitations begins on the day of the visit at 4:30 p.m. and ends at 9:30 p.m. Each visit lasts thirty minutes. Each inmate may have three different approved visitors. Once those visitors are selected, the inmate may only see those three approved persons for the month. At the end of each month, the inmate has the opportunity to change approved visitors. If a person is on probation, released on bond, or on parole, they will not be allowed to visit any inmates in our facility. Inmates are not allowed any visitation until they have completed their initial hearing. For any further questions, contact the jail at 812-829-4874 extension 2.



The inmates may purchase items from commissary on a daily and weekly basis. Items available for purchase include hygiene items, food items, clothing items, and some personal items such as phone cards. To make a purchase on commissary, inmates can receive money orders to be applied to their inmate account.


The Owen County Security Center accepts money orders at any time in the lobby or by mail. They are processed daily by the jail staff in the morning. When you fill out a money order, the “pay to” is the name of the inmate you wish you credit. Make sure to fill out the money order completely and correctly. Do not use the money order to communicate messages to the inmate.


Several churches in the area provide services for the inmates. On Wednesday, the Reformers Unanimous from Lifeway Baptist Church provide services for both men and women. Another service is provided on Wednesday. There is also a service provided on Sunday in the facility by the House of Prayer located in Ellettsville.


Inmate medical is provided by Quality Correctional Care.



An inmate may release personal property to a friend or family member. The person that the information is being released to must bring photo I.D., and the release must be approved by the inmate.


The facility uses a phone system through Combined Public Communications. Inmates have the opportunity to buy phone cards from commissary daily. Inside the lobby, there is a blue kiosk machine that allows an individual to put funds onto an inmate’s phone account. If you have any questions, please contact Combined Public Communications at 1-877-998-5678 or visit their website at



Any information you wish to pass to an inmate must be mailed to the facility. You can send mail to 291 Vandalia Ave. Spencer, IN 47460.


NO ITEMS MAY BE DROPPED OFF FOR INMATES, EXCEPT prescription medications, prescription eyeglasses or religious material. Inmates may purchase other necessities through commissary.