By Rick Roundtree

In Florida, when a person is arrested, they are taken before a judge at a hearing called “first appearance.” This usually happens within 24 hours of arrest. At this hearing, the judge can either set a bond, can deny a bond or can change the amount of a bond. (this is also the hearing where most public defender appointments occur, assuming the defendant qualifies for one).What if you want to bond someone out of jail, but their bond is too large?

By Rick Roundtree

To find out if an individual is in the Alachua County Jail in Gainesville, or to find out what the charges are and how much the bonds are, click here and enter the person’s name. If you’re not sure how to spell the person’s name, click on “List of all inmates,” which will list all currently incarcerated people in alphabetical order. You can also view the incarcerated person’s jail mugshot on this site.

By Rick Roundtree

If you want to visit an inmate in the Alachua County Jail, you must either schedule a visit 24 hours in advance by going to the Alachua County Jail Visitation Scheduling App or by going to the jail lobby and scheduling a visit using one of the kiosks in the lobby.