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Sheriff's Office

Corrections Division (Ottawa County Jail)

Captain Steve Baar, Jail Administrator
12130 Fillmore Street
West Olive, MI 49460

Inmate Information & Visitation Scheduling: Click Here

Online Inmate Lookup

The primary goal of the Ottawa County Sheriff's Office Corrections Division (Jail) is to insure the safety of inmates, corrections personnel, and residents of Ottawa County. This is accomplished by detaining inmates in a secure manner, in the least restrictive setting possible, given inmate classification. The Ottawa 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.


Inmate Lookup & Visitation

Search for inmate, click on book number, then Visitation link to schedule.

The days, times and length of visits are determined by an inmate's classification and behavior. A weekly visit is made by appointment only. Inmates are limited to 3 persons per visit. Appointments must be made through the Jail front office during normal business hours Monday - Friday. To set up a visit call (616) 786-4140. There will be no visits on Holidays.


Deposit Money into an Inmate's Account Online

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 (888) 634-0034, 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.

Attorney & Clergy Visiting

Attorneys of record and Clergy members may schedule professional visits. Both must have proper identification of their profession 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.

Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA)

The Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office Correctional Facilities has a zero tolerance policy toward all forms of sexual abuse and sexual harassment in our facilities, as described in the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) 2003. We will enforce all federal, state, and local laws pertaining to inmate sexual misconduct. All reports will be fully investigated by law enforcement, which includes both allegations of sexual abuse or sexual harassment, by the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office Detective Bureau.

Under PREA, we have established uniform methods for prompt reporting and investigation of allegations of sex-related offenses or threats, identification of predators, protection of victims, and prescribing sanctions for substantiated sexual offenses, as well as false allegations. This standard is directed to all sexual acts relating to: inmate to inmate, inmate to staff, and staff to inmate.

If you suspect that an inmate is the victim of sexual assault/harassment, it can be reported in any of the following ways:

  • Contact the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office Correctional Facility administration office during regular business hours at (616) 738-4080 and you will be directed to someone who can take the information.
  • Call Inmate Information and request to speak with a shift supervisor to make a report at (616) 786-4140 (available 24 hours/day)
  • Call Silent Observer at (616) 994-7851 or Toll free at (1-877-88-SILENT), with the option to remain anonymous.
  • Or email:

Jail Chaplain

The Ottawa County Jail has a full-time Chaplain from Forgotten Man Ministries. The Chaplain provides many services to the inmates of the Jail. Inmates at the time of incarceration may request to participate in any programs offered by the Chaplain.

Available Programs

The Corrections Division offers the following programs for the inmate populations at the West Olive facility:

  • General Equivalency Diploma
  • Life Skills Education Course
  • Coping with Confinement
  • United Fathers Program
  • Living Consciously
  • Freedom for Women
  • 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.