David W. Doak, Sheriff
8240 Infirmary Road, Justice Center Ravenna, Ohio 44266
Phone: 330-678-7012 Fax: 330-297-3402
Office Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday - Friday
Execution of judgments owed, seizures of property,
foreclosures of real estate, eviction proceedings, and services
of all court processed civil papers.
All incident reports are kept on file in our records
department. You may obtain copies of incident reports
through this department.
The Detective Bureau handles investigations of incident
reports pertaining to serious crimes.
The Portage County Jail was opened in May of
1995 as a 24 hour full service facility located in the Portage
County Justice Center, 8240 Infirmary Road, Ravenna, Ohio. Both
male and female adult prisoners are housed in the Portage County
Jail, with a maximum capacity of 241 beds. The Jail is
supervised by Jail Administrator Captain Ricky Neal, along with
a support staff of 6 full-time supervisors, 55 full-time
corrections officers, 2 full-time civilians, 6 part-time
corrections officers, and 4 part-time civilians.
All bonds for inmates can be paid at the
Clerk of Courts office at the Ravenna Courthouse, Monday through
Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Questions regarding bonds or
any court related information should also be directed to the
Clerk of Courts office, at 330-297-3644, or access their website
Municipal Court bonds can also be paid at the Portage County
Jail after 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, or any time on
Saturday and Sunday.
Mail for inmates must go through the U.S.
Postal Service. All incoming mail will be opened and inspected
for contraband. We do not accept packages for inmates; they will
be returned to sender. The following items are not acceptable
for inmates: nude or partially nude photos, Polaroid pictures,
writing materials such as paper, cards, stamps or envelopes,
books, pamphlets, magazines, or newspapers. We also will censor
mail containing the following: lipstick, perfume, stickers,
glitter, glue, tape or unknown substances.
Money for Inmates
Money can be placed on an inmate’s commissary
account by family or friends. We accept cash or money orders,
which can be delivered in person to the Jail and receipted, or
mailed to an inmate through the U.S. Postal Service. We do not
accept personal checks. Inmates can purchase items from the
commissary such as writing materials (stamped envelopes, paper,
cards, etc.), hygiene items, clothing items, snacks and phone
Inmates can make outgoing collect phone calls
only. We do not accept incoming phone calls for inmates or give
messages to inmates.
Inmates are permitted one 30 minute visit per
week with family or friends. Visits must be requested at least
72 hours in advance (by the inmates). Adult visitors must
present a valid government issued photo ID for each visit.
Minors under the age of 18 must be accompanied by their
custodial parent or legal guardian and must remain with that
person at all times. Birth certificates or guardianship papers
must be presented for all minors for each visit. Male inmates
have visitation on Tuesdays & Saturdays; female inmates have
visitation on Wednesdays & Sundays.
The following inmate programs are ongoing in the Jail:
Paws on Probation
This program began in 2011 in order to help
find homes for stray dogs that are found by, or pets surrendered
to the Portage County Dog Warden’s facility. Dogs are trained,
along with their inmate, by a dog trainer who comes to the Jail
twice a week for the eight week program. An appropriate
“forever” home is then found for the dog after they have
graduated from the program. The exception to the program is
Abby, a boxer acquired in 2011, who also graduated from the
training program. However, she fit in so well with the
environment that she is now a permanent resident at the Jail.
She has her own dog house, built by inmates, to use outside in
Inmate Sewing Program
This program began in March 2011 in order for
inmates to make all the Jail uniforms. A sewing instructor comes
to the Jail three times a week to teach inmates how to sew,
using several different sewing machines for this program.
Inmate Work Program
This program involves the use of inmates for
general cleaning, mowing, washing/waxing county vehicles,
carpentry projects, assisting in the maintenance of the Justice
Center, as well as working at other non-profit organizations in
This list was put together
for your convenience and to ensure you get the assistance you
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Alternative Program (NEOCAP)
Because of demand we are no longer able to take walk ins. Please
call ahead for an appointment.
It is advised that you call
and schedule an appointment prior to the onset of your training
class. This will allow you to get your license a little bit sooner.
When coming in for a CCW permit also
bring a self addressed stamped envelope with you so we can mail out
the permit package.
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CCW Applicant Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
County Sheriff CCW Permit Form (pdf format)
County Sheriff Temporary CCW Permit Form (pdf format)