Craig Strouse, Captain
Captain Craig Strouse
Assistant Jail Administrator
608-757-7907 | [email protected]

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me or my staff.


  • Security ServicesResponsible for the safety and security of sentenced and unsentenced male and female inmates.
  • Our correctional facility operates in accordance with Wisconsin State Statutes, Department of Corrections Administrative Code, and the United States Constitution.
  • Staff consists of 1 Captain, 7 sworn Sergeants, 81 Correctional Officers, 1 Administrative Assistant, and 4 Public Safety Utility Clerks.


Craig Strouse, Captain
Captain Craig Strouse
Assistant Jail Administrator
608-757-7907 | [email protected]

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me or my staff.


  • Security ServicesResponsible for the safety and security of sentenced and unsentenced male and female inmates.
  • Our correctional facility operates in accordance with Wisconsin State Statutes, Department of Corrections Administrative Code, and the United States Constitution.
  • Staff consists of 1 Captain, 7 sworn Sergeants, 81 Correctional Officers, 1 Administrative Assistant, and 4 Public Safety Utility Clerks.


Facility / Jail


Sheriff Security Services FAQ

Bail and/or fines can be paid 24 hours a day.

Acceptable forms of payment are cash, cashiers checks, and credit cards.

The Rock County Sheriff's Office reserves the right to refuse any check presented for bail or fines.

If a credit card is used for posting bond or payment of fines a transaction fee will be included from Government Payment Services, Inc.

Credit cards that are accepted include: Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover.

Commissary is available Tuesday and Friday and must be ordered the proceeding day.
Funds must be available prior to ordering any items.

All initial court appearances are conducted by video link between the Rock County Courthouse and the Rock County Jail. Initial court appearances can be viewed at the Jury Assembly Room of the Courthouse located at 51 South Main St. in Janesville.

Initial court appearance times are:

Monday 3:00 PM
Tuesday thru Friday 4:00 PM
Child Support Body Attachments 1:00 PM daily

Holiday Court is scheduled by the assigned Judge and can be viewed from the Sheriff's Office lobby.

Please contact the Central Control Officer for additional information at 608-757-7957.

The courts schedule all other court appearances for the individual inmate and information regarding court date, time, and location can be obtained by contacting the Clerk of Circuit Courts at 608-743-2200.

Inmates are entitled to a due process hearing before sanctions are imposed. In the case of major violations, the inmate may be held in administrative confinement pending an investigation and disciplinary hearing.

Disciplinary sanctions my include loss of earned good time, loss of work release (Huber) privileges, or solitary confinement not to exceed 10 days per violation.

Inmates have the right to appeal any disciplinary action through the chain of command.

Every inmate of the Rock County Jail is eligible to earn good time in the amount of one-fourth of his or her term for good behavior if sentenced to at least 4 days, but fractions of a day shall be ignored.

The only exception to earning good time is if the inmate is sentenced to the Rock County Jail as a condition of probation or has purge conditions.

An inmate, who violates any law or any regulation of the jail, or neglects or refuses to perform any duty lawfully required of him or her, may be deprived of good time.

Inmates who have no money will be provided soap, toothbrush and toothpaste, comb, three pieces of writing paper and three envelopes, weekly.

Any debt incurred by indigent inmates is subject to Income Tax Intercept and/or collection agency.

Inmates found to be indigent will receive a weekly hygiene packet.

The Rock County Jail has a twenty-four hour a day nursing staff on-site and doctors who are available to review the inmate's medical needs three times a week.  It is the policy of the Rock County Jail to charge inmates a medical co-pay service fee for medical, dental, prescription and non-prescription services while they are incarcerated in the Jail.

Medical Co-Pay Fee Schedule

  • Dentist $10.00
  • Nurse Visit $7.00
  • Prescription Filled $5.00 Each
  • Over the Counter Medication $5.00 Each

* Reasonable follow-up visits and referrals to the Doctor will not be charged.

No inmate will be denied medical care due to the inability to pay or insufficient funds in the inmate's account.

Fees will be collected only for services requested by an inmate or if an inmate needs the medical care due to disruptive actions.

All fees will be immediately deducted from the inmate's account. If there are insufficient funds in the account the fees will be charged and the account will show a balance due.

Any money received by the inmate, except for bond money, will first be used to satisfy the inmate's debt with the Rock County Jail before any money can be used for commissary.

Sentenced inmates that have Huber/Work Release privileges are required to see the Jail medical staff if their inmate account has a zero or negative balance.

All medication is generally ordered by the Jail medical staff. However medication from another physician may be accepted into the Jail only if it is delivered to the Jail in its original prescription bottle and is for the intended inmate.

Medications will be reviewed, verified and approved by medical staff prior to being dispensed.

The Jail medical staff will determine if the medication is needed, appropriate, and required.


Jail religious services are available on Tuesday evenings from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. for A through D Units and Sunday mornings from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. for E and F Units.

Both ordained ministers and lay people of the various religious denominations conduct these services. If an inmate requests a specific religion or minister, the Rock County Jail will make every attempt to meet the request through the Jail Chaplaincy Service.

If the jail is unable to contact a minister of a particular faith, it will be the responsibility of the inmate to contact the minister and have the minister contact the jail for a visitation time.

All Jail Chaplaincy personnel must be cleared through the Jail Chaplaincy Committee Coordinator and by the Rock County Sheriff's Office. No person will be permitted to participate in the Jail Chaplaincy Program prior to obtaining a security identification card from the Jail Chaplaincy Committee Coordinator and a card from the Sheriff's Department identifying the individual as a Jail Chaplaincy Committee member.

Ordained ministers or laypersons that are not on the Jail's Chaplaincy list, requesting to visit an inmate will be limited to 30-minute non-contact visits. The visits will be held in the visiting booth. Each such minister/lay person must provide photo identification and documentation of affiliation with an organized religion or church.

Mail Procedure
All Incoming and outgoing mail will be processed through the United States Postal Service.

All incoming mail intended for inmates should be addressed in the following manner:
Inmate John M. Doe
Rock County Jail
200 East USH 14
Janesville, WI 53545

All incoming mail envelope covers must be free of gang signs, drawings, graffiti, etc. If mail is received with extraneous markings, they will be marked refused and returned to the sender. Mail with lipstick or perfume will not be accepted.

All incoming mail is subject to inspection. The sender of any incoming mail that contains contraband, illegal substances, and/or items that threaten the safety and security of the Rock County Jail is subject to prosecution under Wisconsin State Statute 302.095 - Delivering Articles to Inmate.

Mail received for inmates who are no longer in custody will be marked "Return to Sender - No Longer in Custody."

All outgoing mail will be stamped "Mailed from the Rock County Jail."

For security and control, inmates are allowed two (2) subscription publications, newspapers, books or magazines, to come to the Jail while they are incarcerated. Books must be soft covered.

The publications must come directly from the publishers or distributors. Any other reading materials will not be accepted.

Pornographic material or any other publications, which have been reviewed by the Jail administration and deemed inappropriate or presenting a security hazard, will not be allowed in the Jail.

The Rock County Jail does not routinely accept telephone messages for inmates. If you have an emergency message (death in the family, major illness) that can be verified, we will make every attempt to pass the message on in a timely manner.

Inmate Telephone System
Inmates have access to a telephone and can make collect or prepaid calls. A kiosk is available in the front lobby of the Sheriff's Office and on the 2nd floor at the Rock County Courthouse to prepay. You can prepay with cash, credit, or debit cards. You can also go to to set up a prepaid plan. If you have any questions, you can contact Telmate Customer Service at 1-866-516-0115.

Family and friends of inmates housed at the Rock County Jail are able to deposit funds into inmate commissary accounts utilizing the Kiosk Payment Acceptor located in the lobby of the Rock County Jail. The kiosk assists family and friends by eliminating the need to contact the Central Control officer.

It also immediately deposits the money into the inmate's account avoiding delays during holidays or weekends and making the money readily available for commissary purchases. Any monies deposited will be subject to the normal collections for debts owed to the Rock County Jail by the inmate.

Family and friends of inmates are also able to deposit money onto an inmate's account on-line at Inmate Deposit.

The automated payment kiosk accepts United States currency in 1, 5, 10, 20, 50, and 100 US denominations, debit cards, and credit cards for funding Jail resident Cobra Banker accounts. Deposits may be made in the lobby area seven days a week, 24 hours a day. The first article of currency inserted into the machine MUST be a denomination of $5.00 or higher.

There is a $2.00 convenience fee for utilizing the lobby kiosk. The fee will be deducted from the amount deposited into the inmate's account for cash transactions.

The Lobby Kiosk:

  • Family and friends will have to know the Inmate's Rock County Jail inmate number and full, correct name to deposit funds.
  • Funds deposited will be immediately credited to the inmate's account.
  • A receipt will be issued from the Kiosk to the person depositing the funds.
  • If there is an issue with a deposit, please notify staff and they will contact the vendor.

Articles found in the inmate's possession that are not on the list below will be considered contraband and will be disposed of.

All property brought in for inmates must be accompanied by an Incoming Property Receipt form and this form must be completely filled out by the visitor, listing all property being given to the inmate.

All incoming property is subject to inspection.

You may be required to show a picture ID or driver's license when picking up and dropping off property.

Any person who delivers incoming property that contains contraband, illegal substances, and/or items that threaten the safety and security of the Rock County Jail is subject to prosecution under Wisconsin State Statute 302.095 - Delivering Articles to Inmate.

All other items allowed into the jail system are either provided to the inmate upon admission or are made available for purchase through commissary.

The following allowable items will be accepted into the Rock County Jail:

All Inmates:

  • Religious medal/necklace not to exceed one inch diameter or one inch in height. No more than (1) and not to be made of string and no sharp edges.
  • Photographs: Unframed and no larger than 5" x 7". No Polaroid photos.
  • Plain wedding rings or bands. NO PRECIOUS STONES.
  • Magazines, newspaper and books. Please see facility Mail/Magazine information.
  • Soft Covered Bibles, Quran or Torah.

Huber inmates may receive the following clothing:

  • Three work shirts
  • Three pair of pants or shorts
  • One pair of work shoes or boots
  • One coat or jacket

Inmates attending jury trials or similar appointments may receive the following clothing.
Prior approval is required from the Captain of Court Services.
The Captain can be reached at 608-757-7967.

  • One dress coat
  • One shirt
  • One pair of pants
  • One "clip-on" tie
  • One pair of shoes
  • One dress or suit (female inmates)

Upon release from custody at the Rock County Jail, any funds over $10.00 will be mailed in the form of a check within 3 to 5 business days to any address requested by the inmate.

Funds under $10.00 may be picked up in the front lobby two days after release during normal business hours.

Commissary ordered prior to release may also be picked up during these scheduled times.

Any personal property not retrieved within 30 days of release will be properly disposed.

Additional information or questions may be directed to the following:

First Shift Jail Supervisor  608-757-7961 
Second Shift Jail Supervisor 608-757-7959
Third Shift Jail Supervisor 608-757-8002
Assistant Jail Administrator 608-757-7907
Jail Administrator 608-757-7916

Jail Inmate Visitation

All Inmate visits are conducted through video visitation provided by Telmate. Visitors need to set up an account with Telmate in order to visit or deposit funds on inmate accounts.

Accounts can be set up by using a Kiosk in the front lobby at the Rock County Jail, or by accessing the internet at A photo I.D., and an email address or phone number is required to set up an account. Once an account is set up all visits are scheduled via the kiosk or the website. Visitors may deposit money for inmates by using the kiosk or via the website.

Inmates are allowed one free 30-minute visit per week. Friends and family may purchase additional visits during the week. The cost for additional visits are as follows:*

$ 7.50 when using the kiosk in the front lobby of the Rock County Jail
$19.80 when visiting remotely (via the website)
*Charges for additional visits are subject to change.

Visitation is conducted 7 days a week during the following hours:

Secure Custody Inmates
  • 9:40 AM – 11:30 AM
  • 12:30 PM – 2:00 PM
  • 3:15 PM – 4:30 PM
  • 5:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Huber Inmates
  • 7:00 AM – 2:00 PM
  • 3:00 PM - 10:00 PM


Cost of Room and Board

  • All inmates sentenced to Huber at the Rock County Jail are required to pay room and board, regardless if they are unemployed, employed, childcare, eldercare or attending school.
  • A processing fee of $32.00 is assessed upon exercising Huber privileges.
  • Room and board is $120.05 a week or $17.15 per day.

Leaving the Facility

  • For Work
    • When being moved from booking to a Huber housing unit, an inmate will be asked about employment.
    • An employment verification form will be provided to be completed and returned to the unit officer.
    • The form will be forwarded to the Huber officer who will contact the employer and verify the information.
    • The inmate will be called into the Huber Office to review the paperwork.
  • For School/College
    • Follow the same steps as "For Work" above.
    • The Huber Officer will verify the School/College information.
  • For Childcare
    • Childcare will only be allowed at your primary residence.
    • You must have resided at that home prior to coming to jail.
    • No other adults will be allowed in the home during the hours you are there.
    • Provide the Huber officer with:
      • Birth certificate
      • Copy of your most recent phone bill (cannot have privacy manager, call forwarding, 3-way calling or call waiting)
      • Copy of the work schedule(s) of any other adult(s) living in the home
  • For Eldercare
    • Provide the Huber officer with:
      • A written note from the person's medical care provider stating that this person needs some form of care and someone with them.
      • Copy of your most recent phone bill (cannot have privacy manager, call forwarding, 3-way calling or call waiting)





Correctional Emergency Response Team (CERT)

On January 1st, 2010 the Rock County CERT Team was formed and added as the first jail specialized unit for the Rock County Jail. The team is an elite and highly trained unit called upon for high-risk jail emergencies; it is made up of Correctional Officers and led by a jail supervisor. Each CERT member undergoes a minimum of (4) four hours of Bi-monthly training in non-lethal weaponry and tactics to continually build upon team skills.

The team utilizes non-lethal PepperBall launchers and Tazers to be used within the jail. PepperBall is a non-lethal chemical agent delivery system that uses high-pressure air and/or electronic launchers to deliver PAVA (pepper) powder projectiles from a distance. The Tazers (Electronic Control Device) and PepperBall launchers were acquired to help reduce the risk of injuries to inmates and staff. Each CERT member undergoes a PepperBall and Tazer certification course in order to be able to deploy these non-lethal systems.

The jail incidents have decreased each year since the teams' inception from (18) eighteen in 2010 to (2) two in 2013. Each jail incident was handled effectively and efficiently, which resulted in no significant injuries to inmates or staff.

Some team members have attended the National Institute of Justice's Mock Prison Riot training to continue building upon team skills and tactics. These training courses would include training for emergency medical situations, negotiations, and instructor certifications in several less-lethal munitions. Several Correctional and law enforcement tactical teams from around the world attend this yearly training.

Gang Unit

The Gang Intelligence Unit (GIU) at the Rock County jail has been established to identify and investigate local gangs and gang members. The information is used to:

  • Identify potential areas of conflict within our facility and to attempt to control jail violence and to protect the safety of officers and inmates by identifying and gathering information about potentially dangerous gang members who become incarcerated at our facility.
  • Improve officer safety by notifying law enforcement officers of a subject’s gang affiliation through a National Crime Information Center (NCIC) warning.
  • Assist surrounding law enforcement agencies in their efforts to protect the community from organized and potentially violent criminals.
  • Provide an investigative resource for surrounding law enforcement agencies, probation and parole, and other correctional facilities regarding local gang members.
  • Provide information and training to departmental employees and area law enforcement agencies.
  • Provide crime prevention/awareness information to members of our community.

The GIU consists of one sergeant and three correctional officers. Team members received specialized training from various agencies such as the International Latino Gang Investigators Association, the Midwest Gang Investigators Association, the Great Lakes International Gang Investigators Coalition, the Northeast Counterdrug Training Center, and the Multijurisdictional Counterdrug Task Force.

Law enforcement agencies and community members who would like to learn more about gangs or would like to become more aware of gang issues and/or problems within your community, please contact Sgt. Ryan Ooms at 608-757-8002 or via email at [email protected]. Training and presentations are available for free of charge to non-profit organizations.

Gang Unit
Officer Sanchez, Officer Hoff, Sergeant Ooms, Officer Mauerman, Officer Gajdosik

Project Lifesaver

Project Lifesaver The Rock County Sheriff’s Office implemented the Project Lifesaver Program in 2010. The primary mission of Project Lifesaver is to provide timely response to save lives and reduce potential injury for adults and children have Alzheimer’s, Autism, and any other circumstances that people may have that creates a danger of them wandering off. The task of searching for wandering or lost individuals with Alzheimer’s, Autism, Down Syndrome, Dementia or other cognitive conditions is a growing and serious responsibility.

Citizens enrolled in Project Lifesaver wear a small personal transmitter around the wrist or ankle that emits an individualized tracking signal. If an enrolled client goes missing, the caregiver notifies the Rock County Dispatch Center, and a trained emergency response team responds to the wanderer’s area. Most who wander are found within a few miles from home, and search times have been reduced from hours and days to minutes. Recovery times for Project Lifesaver clients average 30 minutes — 95% less time than standard operations. To date, twenty-one participants ranging in age from 6 to 88 have been enrolled in Rock County’s Program. For more information please visit

Sgt. Kimberly Litsheim


Sgt. Kimberly Litsheim

608-757-7919 | [email protected]






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