The Seward Community Jail is a 14-bed, temporary detention facility operating under the State Contract Jail Program 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Although owned and operated by the City of Seward, the jail’s operating funds are provided by the State of Alaska Department of Corrections.

The primary objective of the Seward Community Jail is the protection of the public and the safety and security of the detainees.


Criminal Detention

The primary purpose of the Seward Community Jail is to provide short term detention for persons held on state criminal charges pending arraignment, bail release or transfer to another Department of Corrections facility. In addition, the jail provides detention for persons serving short term sentence requirements of 30 days or less.

Rehabilitation is not addressed at the Seward Community Jail because of its short term incarceration criteria.


Serving Time

If you are reporting to the Seward Community Jail to serve time, please observe the following:

  • You may surrender yourself between the hours of 9 am and 9 pm any day of the week
  • Bring your remand paperwork with you
  • Do not bring jewelry or money
  • Medications must be in their original prescription containers
  • Intoxicated persons will not be accepted

Jail Rules


Jail Visitation

Tuesdays and Thursdays 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM, Saturdays 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM.

Visitors must be pre-approved for visitation. Download an Approval Form or pick one up at the dispatch window and submit Monday - Friday and at least one day prior to the day of visitation.

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