If your friend or family member has been arrested and taken into custody by any Maricopa County law enforcement agency, such as, the Phoenix Police Department, Glendale Police Department, Mesa Police Department, Tempe Police Department, etc., chances are they will be processed at the Maricopa County 4th Avenue Jail. A court is located within the jail, and throughout the day recently arrested suspects are brought before the court so that a judge can conduct an Initial Appearance. An Initial Appearance is when the defendant is told of their charges and release conditions are set. An attorney, if contacted quickly, can appear at the Initial Appearance and argue for the release of your friend or family member. If the judge does not release the defendant on their own recognizance, or the defendant’s friends or family cannot pay their bond, the defendant will remain in custody until their case is resolved.
Depending on the security level of the defendant, they may be moved to a different jail facility, either the Durango Jail, Lower Buckeye Jail, Estrella Jail, or Towers Jail. Defendants deemed to be a high security risk are generally housed in the 4th Avenue Jail.
ADDRESS OF THE 4TH AVENUE JAIL: 201 S. 4th Ave, Phoenix, Arizona 85003
PHONE TO THE 4TH AVENUE JAIL: (602) 876-1239
INFORMATION ABOUT THE JAIL: The Maricopa County Fourth Avenue Jail opened in 2005 as one of the nation’s state of the art jail facilities. The 4th Avenue Jail is considered one of the most advanced jails because of the level of technology involved and because of the level of security. The 4th Avenue Jail has beds for 2,064 inmates, of which, 288 beds are specifically designed to house the highest maximum security level inmates in all of Maricopa County. Almost all of defendants facing the death penalty in Maricopa County are housed in the Fourth Avenue Jail. The jail also houses the most ruthless members of Arizona’s gangs, including, the Mexican Mafia and Aryan Brotherhood, to name a few.
The visitation area of 4th Avenue jail is similar to that of the Maricopa County Lower Buckeye Jail, in that, friends and family members are only allowed to visit through video monitors. All interactions on video monitors are recorded, so it is very important not to talk about the facts and circumstances of the case while visiting an inmate at the Maricopa County Fourth Avenue Jail. Additionally, all phone calls from inmates are recorded and can be used against the inmates by the prosecutors and law enforcement officers.