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Why and How Drugs Are Divided Into Different Classes and Levels

The class of drug is typically included in the criminal charge for possession, sale or use. For examples, the charge would read, “Possession of a Class I drug for resale,” or “Possession of a Class II drug”. How They’re Classed While each agency determines which drugs fall into each schedule, class or level, they are [...]

When 12-Step Programs Don't Work For You

The 12-Step program is not the only method used in rehabs to assist addicts in getting clean and living sober lifestyles. Some rehabs accomplish the same goals through the following means: Medication Medications are available to assist with addiction. For Opiate addicts, the medication blocks Opiate cravings and in some cases will cause you to [...]

Caring for an Inmate, Even If You Can't Visit the Jail or Prison

Visits are a lifeline for most inmates, but if his jail is very far away, or there are other reasons that make it impossible for you to visit, there are other steps you can take to let him know he is not alone. Lots of mail: Even if you can’t write a letter each day [...]

The High Price of Jail Calls: Reducing the Cost of Long Distance Calls

If the jail where your inmate lives is far enough away that the calls from the jail are long distance, communication can become beyond your budget. Private companies provide services to jails for those calls by leasing telephone lines from Bell South or other phone companies and they pass the cost onto you while making [...]

Will They Let Me Drive an Inmate to the Doctor?

For the most part, any time a county jail inmate leaves a jail, official personnel transport him to medical appointments, but in some counties, depending on the circumstances, family members are allowed to provide the transportation. Each jail sets the rules. Here are some general guidelines: The severity of the crime comes into play. Obviously, [...]

Sentenced to 25 Years to Life: What Does it Mean?

A sentence of 25 to life is very open-ended and frequently, it’s not in the offender’s favor. If your boyfriend is facing a 25 to life sentence, the bad news is he could potentially spend the rest of his life in prison. The good news is that after 25 years he will be eligible to [...]

Staying Fit in County Jail: Walking and Jogging in the POD

When you’re locked up, your diet is not going to be the best when it comes to healthy, low-fat foods. This translates to weight gain unless you take steps to counteract the food’s effect on your body. While state prisons often have outdoor yards that contain exercise equipment, many county jails don’t even let the [...]

Can Inmates Receive Visitors While they are in the Hospital?

Most inmate medical needs are taken care of at the county jail through a doctor and nursing staff. Sometimes a health condition arises that requires hospitalization.  Hospital visitation rules depend on several factors: Jail rules: Some jails have a non-negotiable rule that inmates in the hospital cannot receive visitors. They consider it a security

Rejected for Inmate Visitation: Why did the jail tell me I can't visit?

You had your heart set on visiting an inmate but the jail has said you can’t?  Here’s why: A prior incident: If guards became suspicious of your behaviors during an earlier visit, but cannot prove you did something wrong, you will avoid a charge but be rejected for visits. For example, the guards suspect you [...]

Protective Custody in Prison: The Pros and Cons

Protective Custody can be a double-edged sword. It is a method for protecting an inmate from physical harm, but one the inmate is in PC (Protective custody), word spreads quickly and when the inmate is later placed back in general population, lots of people might have a problem. It is important to weigh the pros [...]

Why Can't I Put a Three-Way Call Through for an Inmate?

Your inmate might ask you to put a telephone call of his through to another person by using the three-way system. Most cell phones and landlines are set up so that three people can converse on one phone call. Jails around the country typically don’t allow this. Here are some of the facts. Why Do [...]

An Inmate Must Communicate With the Jail Nurses for Good Care

Due to HIPPA laws, most nurses will refuse to discuss your inmate’s medical condition with you unless the inmate provides prior written permission. It will be up to the inmate to work the system from inside. These steps will guide both the inmate and his family on the best way to get medical care while [...]

Five Ways to Avoid Violence in Jail or Prison

Jails and prisons can be violent environments, but there are things you can do to minimize your chances of confrontation and trouble. 1.  Show no fear – This doesn’t mean bullying. It means showing a quiet confidence. Always remain aware of your surroundings, but do it casually without looking nervous. How to build quiet confidence [...]

Inmate Criminal Charges: Can Inmates get Charged With Crimes in Jail?

In the movies, inmates commit crimes and nothing ever happens to them. In real life, committing a crime in jail will usually get the inmate a new criminal charge. Here is how it works. How will they establish what happened? The jail will investigate any suspected crime, just as if it happened on the outside. [...]

Jail Visits: Taking the Children With You to See Their Parent Inmate

If you want to take children to a jail visit, it is important that you plan ahead. Children’s moods, ages and personalities all play a part in how successful the visit will be. Take these steps to ensure success. Your timing: If you have young children, take their nap times into consideration. Nothing is harder [...]

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LA COUNTY JAIL - Inmate Reception Center Inmate Search

Los Angeles County Jail

STATE COUNTY BEDS
California Los Angeles
PHYSICAL ADDRESS
450 Bauchet Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
INMATE MAIL
Inmate Name, Booking Number
Inmate Reception Center
PO BOX 86164 - Terminal Annex
Los Angeles, CA 90086-0164
FAX NUMBERS
District Attorney: 213-974-1484

The Inmate Reception Center is a temporary holding facility for those recently arrested. They do not allow visitation. 

Most inmates that are not being immediately released are transferred to one of the following facilities in the Los Angeles County Jail System after they are classified:

1. Century Regional Detention Facility

2. Men's Central Jail

3. Mira Loma Detention

4. North County Correctional Facility

5. Pitchess Detention Center East

6. Pitchess Detention Center North

7. Pitchess Detention Center South

8. Twin Towers

Juvenile Facilities and another 80+ police jails in Los Angeles County can be found here.

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To post bail for an inmate or pay a fine, make the Cashier's Check payable to "Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department." Bail can only be paid at the IRC cashiering office; address is listed above. The Cashier is open 24 hours a day.

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You must register with the jail prior to scheduling a visit. Online Visitation Registration


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On the left column when using a PC, you will find the relevant Los Angeles County Jail and Inmate Reception Center information about recent arrests, inmates in the jail, your visitations, mail, phone, commissary and a lot, lot more. 


On mobile, just tap on the category you need help with. The ribbon expands and the information you need is displayed in alphabetical order under it. 

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Lists of all of LA County Most Wanted, California Most Wanted and Federal Most Wanted (a total of over 75 lists), the court system, public defenders and case records. Almost all our blog posts are written by former inmates. Let us know below what other information you would like to see.



 

Why and How Drugs Are Divided Into Different Classes and Levels

The class of drug is typically included in the criminal charge for possession, sale or use. For examples, the charge would read, “Possession of a Class I drug for resale,” or “Possession of a Class II drug”. How They’re Classed While each agency determines which drugs fall into each schedule, class or level, they are [...]

When 12-Step Programs Don't Work For You

The 12-Step program is not the only method used in rehabs to assist addicts in getting clean and living sober lifestyles. Some rehabs accomplish the same goals through the following means: Medication Medications are available to assist with addiction. For Opiate addicts, the medication blocks Opiate cravings and in some cases will cause you to [...]

Caring for an Inmate, Even If You Can't Visit the Jail or Prison

Visits are a lifeline for most inmates, but if his jail is very far away, or there are other reasons that make it impossible for you to visit, there are other steps you can take to let him know he is not alone. Lots of mail: Even if you can’t write a letter each day [...]

The High Price of Jail Calls: Reducing the Cost of Long Distance Calls

If the jail where your inmate lives is far enough away that the calls from the jail are long distance, communication can become beyond your budget. Private companies provide services to jails for those calls by leasing telephone lines from Bell South or other phone companies and they pass the cost onto you while making [...]

Will They Let Me Drive an Inmate to the Doctor?

For the most part, any time a county jail inmate leaves a jail, official personnel transport him to medical appointments, but in some counties, depending on the circumstances, family members are allowed to provide the transportation. Each jail sets the rules. Here are some general guidelines: The severity of the crime comes into play. Obviously, [...]

Sentenced to 25 Years to Life: What Does it Mean?

A sentence of 25 to life is very open-ended and frequently, it’s not in the offender’s favor. If your boyfriend is facing a 25 to life sentence, the bad news is he could potentially spend the rest of his life in prison. The good news is that after 25 years he will be eligible to [...]

Staying Fit in County Jail: Walking and Jogging in the POD

When you’re locked up, your diet is not going to be the best when it comes to healthy, low-fat foods. This translates to weight gain unless you take steps to counteract the food’s effect on your body. While state prisons often have outdoor yards that contain exercise equipment, many county jails don’t even let the [...]

Can Inmates Receive Visitors While they are in the Hospital?

Most inmate medical needs are taken care of at the county jail through a doctor and nursing staff. Sometimes a health condition arises that requires hospitalization.  Hospital visitation rules depend on several factors: Jail rules: Some jails have a non-negotiable rule that inmates in the hospital cannot receive visitors. They consider it a security

Rejected for Inmate Visitation: Why did the jail tell me I can't visit?

You had your heart set on visiting an inmate but the jail has said you can’t?  Here’s why: A prior incident: If guards became suspicious of your behaviors during an earlier visit, but cannot prove you did something wrong, you will avoid a charge but be rejected for visits. For example, the guards suspect you [...]

Protective Custody in Prison: The Pros and Cons

Protective Custody can be a double-edged sword. It is a method for protecting an inmate from physical harm, but one the inmate is in PC (Protective custody), word spreads quickly and when the inmate is later placed back in general population, lots of people might have a problem. It is important to weigh the pros [...]

Why Can't I Put a Three-Way Call Through for an Inmate?

Your inmate might ask you to put a telephone call of his through to another person by using the three-way system. Most cell phones and landlines are set up so that three people can converse on one phone call. Jails around the country typically don’t allow this. Here are some of the facts. Why Do [...]

An Inmate Must Communicate With the Jail Nurses for Good Care

Due to HIPPA laws, most nurses will refuse to discuss your inmate’s medical condition with you unless the inmate provides prior written permission. It will be up to the inmate to work the system from inside. These steps will guide both the inmate and his family on the best way to get medical care while [...]

Five Ways to Avoid Violence in Jail or Prison

Jails and prisons can be violent environments, but there are things you can do to minimize your chances of confrontation and trouble. 1.  Show no fear – This doesn’t mean bullying. It means showing a quiet confidence. Always remain aware of your surroundings, but do it casually without looking nervous. How to build quiet confidence [...]

Inmate Criminal Charges: Can Inmates get Charged With Crimes in Jail?

In the movies, inmates commit crimes and nothing ever happens to them. In real life, committing a crime in jail will usually get the inmate a new criminal charge. Here is how it works. How will they establish what happened? The jail will investigate any suspected crime, just as if it happened on the outside. [...]

Jail Visits: Taking the Children With You to See Their Parent Inmate

If you want to take children to a jail visit, it is important that you plan ahead. Children’s moods, ages and personalities all play a part in how successful the visit will be. Take these steps to ensure success. Your timing: If you have young children, take their nap times into consideration. Nothing is harder [...]

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  1. LuniDeJesus Wed, Jul 20 2011 11:30 PM

    How do i find someone that got arrested under another name?

  2. Valerie Bresset Fri, Apr 06 2012 6:26 PM

    This is cool... you have all the inmate information in one place. .. much less confusing then the official jail page. To the guy who wants to find someone arrested under another name... just look up that person in the name they got arrested under, genius.

  3. Anonymous Tue, Apr 10 2012 11:40 AM

    It doesn't matter which LA County Jail they are in... you can look up to see if the person is in jail from any of the inmate searches on any of the facility pages here or on other pages.

  4. LA County Jail Inmates Fri, Apr 27 2012 11:24 PM

    Click on LA County Jail Inmates to see a video on how to use this page to find any information about LA County Jails and how to do an Inmate Search.

  5. Lisa Fri, Sep 07 2012 7:52 PM

    Could anyone tell me how to find out the phone provider to activate a prepaid calling card??

  6. armando a martinez Tue, Oct 02 2012 8:41 PM

    INMATE SEACH

  7. Johnny Fri, Dec 14 2012 9:47 PM

    Jail Exchange Inmate Search Intro Video

  8. Amy Fri, Dec 14 2012 9:50 PM

    What happened today in Connecticut, shooting 5-6 year old children and their teachers is sick and wrong. What can be done to stop the violence????!!!

  9. The debate continues Fri, Dec 14 2012 9:55 PM

    The one thing we should not do is restrict our freedom more, says some.

  10. Zach Jackson Fri, Feb 08 2013 1:38 AM

    Does anyone know if I can send a birthday card to my brother in this jail? Will he be able to open it? He's never been in jail before and I don't know what the rules are for things like this.

  11. Blake Miller Fri, Feb 08 2013 2:07 PM

    Zach, if he's in LA County Jail he should be able to get a letter from you, it just can't have a blank envelope, stamps, or stationary in it and obviously no paperclips and things like that.

  12. Emilio Hernadez Fri, Feb 15 2013 2:16 PM

    Does anyone know if there are visiting hours during Holidays? I'd like to see my Brother but a lot of my off time is during holiday weekends. Thanks!

  13. Zach Sat, Feb 16 2013 6:13 PM

    Sorry Emilio, IRC IS A TEMPORARY HOLDING LOCATION ONLY, VISITING IS NOT ALLOWED.

  14. jess Fri, Sep 13 2013 8:24 AM

    What website do I go to to set up an account so inmate can call I forgot

  15. admin Thu, Feb 06 2014 11:22 PM

    Purchase prepaid calling cards for inmates here: http://shq.lasdnews.net/pages/PageDetail.aspx?id=2006

  16. Marisa Wed, Feb 19 2014 11:10 PM

    my boyfriend was sentenced to two years counting the half time on first degree burglary he did 6 years ago he did 6 months in county and was released on probation he did not see he's po n nor did the Cal trans and had two warrants he's been in now for an extra 41 days so 166 or so all together I've done my research on ab 109 and penal code 459 is qualified for ab 109 as well a inmate who violates probation can only be housed for a max of 180 days? my bf just got sentenced to reception is there a good chance he will be released this is he's first and only case he's had ? please email me at dannymarisa100113@yahoo.com on your advise or experience with dealing with a loved one in jail or prision!

  17. Jen V Thu, Feb 20 2014 3:49 AM

    Marisa, slow down and take a breath. Nothing in jail moves at any speed but it's own. Go to facebook... search for inmate groups... There's a ton of them that can help.

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Visiting an Inmate in the LA County Jail - Inmate Reception Center (IRC) in California

When someone has been incarcerated it’s easy enough to understand why you would want to visit them. Being in jail can be a scary time for both the inmate and family. Most likely, the first thing you want to do when you hear that someone has been arrested is to go see them. This is totally understandable and generally encouraged throughout the LA County jail system.

The Inmate Reception Center is a unique incarceration component. This facility is designed to be a short-term housing area for inmates going through processing in route to other facilities. Therefore there are no long-term housing expectations that would lead to the need for scheduling of visitations.

Because the LA County Jail – Inmate Reception Center is designed to be a temporary holding location only, this means the general expectation is that inmates will not reside here very long. Therefore, visitation is not allowed at the inmate reception center (IRC).

There are times when you might possibly be asked to come to the Inmate Reception Center. If you are asked to come to the Inmate Reception Center for any reason, the address is 450 Bauchet Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012. The inmate information phone number is 213 – 473 – 6100.

One such instance where you may need to come to the IRC would be to pick up property for a male inmate being sentenced to state prison. If this is the case, you will need to come during the specified hours between 8 am & 8 pm Monday through Friday. These times are specific and restricted.

Though it may be difficult to understand, please try to remember that while your inmate is housed at the Inmate Reception Center they are only going to be here for a short time. This particular facility in the Los Angeles County jail system is not intended for visitation purposes. If you need to obtain information on your inmate, you should call the phone number as listed above.

Just remember that your inmate is soon to be in route to another housing facility and you’ll be able to visit them there. You will then begin the electronic registration process and scheduling your visits electronically so that you can visit them wherever they may be housed. If you live far away from the facility where the inmate is placed, perhaps you can use the new video visitation system.

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How to use the Inmate Search for LA County Jail - Inmate Reception Center (IRC) in California

Have you ever tried to figure out a jail system? This can be quite a daunting task. Actually it can be quite a scary task. Figuring out where to go, what to do, and how to do it can be very confusing and more than a little bit scary. We’re here to help.

We understand that during this time of life upheaval it may even be difficult for you to think clearly. If you’ve never dealt with the jail system before, you may not even have a clue where to begin. By starting here you made a good start. We will help you to answer the most important questions and get you going on the right path.

The first thing you need to do is locate your inmate so let’s get started.

We want to start you off right from the beginning on our front page. Let’s get you to click here to get started. When you get on the front page you should see the jail’s contact information in the center column and heading called Inmate Search on the far left hand side.

Under the Inmate Search category heading you should see several links. These links take you to specific areas where you can perform an inmate search via list, inmate search, looking through County inmates mobile, and recent arrest (as long as the arrest has not been within the last two hours). The links should look something like this. The last two links you see at the bottom are Arrest Warrants and VINELINK. These are specialized links that will lead you to further information on the specific areas.

  • Los Angeles County Jail Inmate List
  • Los Angeles County Jail Inmate Search
  • County Inmates – mobile
  • Recent Arrest – Los Angeles County
  • Arrest Warrants – Los Angeles County
  • VINELINK - Inmate Search

Once you click on your link of interest you’ll be taken to a database page. Here you will be asked to enter some specific information including the minimum of a last name and first name. You can also include a middle name and a date of birth to help shorten your search list but you can start with the basic name search if that’s the best you have.
If you do decide to enter the date of birth, you will have to enter it in a very specific format. The computer will assist you if you have any problems.

After you’ve entered in the required information and hit submit, you then go to another data entry page. Here you have to enter the letters of the visual code presented to you by the computer. This step in the process is designed to prevent automated computer searching. If you have problems during this phase or are unable to get past the captcha page you can call the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department for help. The operator can be reached at (213) 473 – 6080.

All bail bonding occurs at the inmate reception center

If bail amounts have been set, there are specific steps you must go through in order to get bail paid for an inmate and hopefully get them released. The first step is to make sure that you know how much the bail needs to be. Next, you need to go get a cashier’s check and make sure that it’s filled out to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. The next step should be pretty easy because bail has to be paid at the Inmate Reception Center (IRC) cashiers window. The address is 450 Bauchet Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012.

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writes about inmates, jails, prisons, courts and the lives of people who live and work within the United States Criminal Justice System. His mission can be summed up in a single word; transparency.

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Communicating with an Inmate Housed at the LA County Jail - Inmate Reception Center (IRC) in California

Anytime someone is incarcerated contact is important. Keeping in communication with those we love is one of the most important things during a time of stress and heart ache. Incarceration can be just that type of situation.

However, due to rules and regulations and necessary safety precautions various forms of contact may not be feasible, safe, or possible. Please be understanding and realized that the LA County jail system is definitely on your side and hopes to help you keep in contact with your inmate.

Contacting an inmate at the Inmate Reception Center may be a little different than if you’re trying to contact an inmate at another LA County jail. Due to the fact that the IRC is actually considered a short duration stay facility the modalities of contact with inmates housed here may be slightly different than across the rest of the system.

First of all, because this is an interim facility there is no visitation allowed at the IRC. As with other facilities in the LA County jail system telephone and email contact are also not methods of communication. If someone resides long enough in the IRC, you would build contact them via mail if so desired.

The best way to do this would be to contact them via the general mail address. Here is how an envelope should be addressed.

Full Inmate Name, Booking number
PO Box 86164
Terminal Annex
Los Angeles, CA 90086 – 0164

If you do need to mail something to an inmate at the IRC, be cognizant of the very strict mailing rules. Any items that are mailed in and not allowed will be returned to sender or detained for evidence purposes.

There are many items that are not allowed in this list must be adhered to. There are also items that are allowed and will cover those first.

Allowed items

  • money orders under $200 made out to the inmate
  • plain letters in clean envelopes (no writing or drawing on the envelopes)
  • up to five photographs are pictures
    • minimum size 2” x 3”
    • maximum size 4” x 6”
  • up to three books a week
    • mailed directly from publisher or a bookstore
    • cannot contain sexually explicit material
  • greeting cards smaller than 6” x 9”

Not Allowed Items

  • no books, magazines, or publications from sources other than the publisher or bookstore
  • no type of food, snacks, drinks
  • no envelope, stamps, writing supplies, pens, pencils
  • no sticky substances such as stamps, stickers, glue
  • No hygiene or cosmetic items
  • No mailing supplies
  • no gambling paraphernalia such as lottery tickets
  • no prepaid phone cards, credit cards, debit cards, ID cards
  • no checks or cash
  • nothing sexually explicit, nude, or gang-related, suggestive, provocative

Mail worlds are actually pretty simple. Just keep the mail clean and him and include letters, acceptable pictures, and money via money orders as acceptable. Always keep abreast of changes to the rules and guidelines which may be adjusted if needed.

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