The Polk County Jail & Sheriff in Balsam Lake, Polk County, Wisconsin, like all jails is a maximum security facility. Because the inmates in this jail range from low level offenders to those being held for violent crimes like robbery, rape and murder, the security level is as high as is it is in any maximum security state prison. Some of the security features in this facility include security cameras, electronic detection and reinforced fencing topped with razor wire. The Jail Division currently is staffed with 25 Full-time Jailers, 2 Sergeants, and the Jail Captain. In February of 2003, the Jail staff and inmates moved into the new Polk County Jail.
Visiting at the Polk County Jail shall be permitted, by appointment during the prescribed posted times. Appointments must be made by 8 pm the day prior to the scheduled visit.Visiting for Female Inmates will be Wednesday and Thursday 6pm to 7pm, Saturday 1pm to 2 pm.Visiting for Male Inmates will be Wednesday and Thursday 7pm to 9pm, Saturday 2pm to 4pm. First appointment scheduled will be honoredA maximum of four persons will be allowed to visit an Inmate during the 25 minute visiting session. Visits by family members or clergy outside of normal visiting hours or without appointment, may be allowed in special circumstances, such as a death in the family. This will be done only with approval from the Shift Supervisor.