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Get a Special Visit If You Live Far From the Jail

The logistics of visiting an inmate who is incarcerated very far from where you live can be tricky. If the jail has very short visits or requires a specific visitation registration processes, it makes it even more difficult. Some jails make exceptions for those who must travel to visit the inmate. How Far is Far? […]

Parental Visitation: Know the keys to Helping Your Child Visit Their Parent in Jail

Children typically desire contact with their parents, even if a parent is incarcerated, so learn the ropes to keep the connection going: Keep it Simple Depending on the age of the child, you can explain without going into too much detail, why the parent is in jail. Preschool to elementary kids – Let them know […]

How Does a Bail Bond Process Work?

Many states allow defendants to be released from jail to wait for court by paying a percentage of the total bond amount. Percentages range from 10 to 20 percent depending on state law. Understand how the process works to help someone who's been arrested. What is a Bond? A bond is an amount of money […]

Can I Visit an Inmate if I am on Probation or Parole?

A friend or family member has been arrested and this has created chaos and stress. Before you race off to visit him or her in jail, if you are on probation or parole you need to take the following steps. Find out the Rules Some jails will not allow anyone on probation or parole to […]

What Does a 15 Years to Life Sentence Mean?

A sentence of 15 years to life, 25 years to life or similar sounding words all mean the same thing. The only difference is the time frame. What the Number Means The number in the sentence indicates the minimum number of years the inmate must serve before he or she can be considered for parole. […]

Consequences of Providing Contraband to an Inmate

It is never a good idea to mail contraband to an inmate or to bring it on a visit. The consequences for such actions are serious not only for the inmate, but also for you. What is Contraband? Contraband is anything that inmates are not allowed to have in their possession. Obvious examples are weapons, […]

Voting Rights for Felons in Alabama

The state of Alabama allows felons to have their voting rights restored under the following guidelines. You must have completed your entire sentence, including incarceration, probation, and parole, or community supervision. Once completed, you have three options: Contact your local parole or probation office Write to the Board of Pardons and Parole

Maine Marijuana Laws: Decriminalized but Still Tricky

Decriminalizing Pot doesn't always mean it is completely legal. Here are some current guidelines. Possession Unlike several other states that chose an ounce as the cutoff for a civil penalty, Maine allows you to possess up to 2.5 ounces and still receive a civil ticket. The fine is a flat $600 regardless of the amount. […]

4 Good Places to Find Prison Pen Pals

Learn About Them Through friends. If you know someone who is incarcerated or has a family member incarcerated, ask for the name of an inmate who might like having a pen pal. This is an excellent way to meet pen pals because they can give a personal recommendation. Use Pen Pal Sites. There are several […]

Can a Felon Possess a Gun In Georgia?

Georgia law is very clear on its position regarding convicted felons in that state owning or possessing firearms: It follows the federal law when it comes to guns and felons. The Basics: With the exception of a felony conviction that is non-violent and related exclusively to a business-related crime, if you have ever been convicted […]

Getting a Felon's Voting Rights Restored in Massachusetts

Voting is one of the most fundamental rights given to American citizens, but that right can be lost if you're a convicted felon. It's up to the each state to decide their laws about restoring rights. The laws for Massachusetts include: If You're Charged If you've been charged with a crime, but have not yet […]

Massachusetts Marijuana Laws

Decriminalizing Marijuana doesn't always mean it is completely legal. In some cases, such as in Massachusetts, possession of less than an ounce is no longer a crime but is now a civil offense. Possession It is a civil offense to possess one ounce or less of Marijuana. If found guilty the fine is $100. In […]

Can a Felon Own a Gun In New Mexico?

Generally speaking, federal law makes it a crime for a convicted felon to own or possess a gun or ammunition. If you were convicted of a federal felony crime, you must receive a presidential pardon if you are to ever own a firearm again. Some states, however, have specifically designed laws regarding felons convicted of […]

Why Doesn't An Addict Get Clean After Overdosing?

As told by an addict who overdosed and almost died twice before giving up drugs. How often did you get high before you overdosed? By the time I overdosed the first time, I was getting high on a daily basis. I no longer took drugs to enjoy a high. I took them to avoid being […]

When the Newness of Sobriety Wears Off

Sobriety is like a love relationship. When you start out, everything is exciting and new. When I first got clean, everything I read, saw and heard about sobriety was very attractive to me. I spent my free time getting to know it in the same way I would get to know a new woman. The […]

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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. 


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Get a Special Visit If You Live Far From the Jail

The logistics of visiting an inmate who is incarcerated very far from where you live can be tricky. If the jail has very short visits or requires a specific visitation registration processes, it makes it even more difficult. Some jails make exceptions for those who must travel to visit the inmate. How Far is Far? […]

Parental Visitation: Know the keys to Helping Your Child Visit Their Parent in Jail

Children typically desire contact with their parents, even if a parent is incarcerated, so learn the ropes to keep the connection going: Keep it Simple Depending on the age of the child, you can explain without going into too much detail, why the parent is in jail. Preschool to elementary kids – Let them know […]

How Does a Bail Bond Process Work?

Many states allow defendants to be released from jail to wait for court by paying a percentage of the total bond amount. Percentages range from 10 to 20 percent depending on state law. Understand how the process works to help someone who's been arrested. What is a Bond? A bond is an amount of money […]

Can I Visit an Inmate if I am on Probation or Parole?

A friend or family member has been arrested and this has created chaos and stress. Before you race off to visit him or her in jail, if you are on probation or parole you need to take the following steps. Find out the Rules Some jails will not allow anyone on probation or parole to […]

What Does a 15 Years to Life Sentence Mean?

A sentence of 15 years to life, 25 years to life or similar sounding words all mean the same thing. The only difference is the time frame. What the Number Means The number in the sentence indicates the minimum number of years the inmate must serve before he or she can be considered for parole. […]

Consequences of Providing Contraband to an Inmate

It is never a good idea to mail contraband to an inmate or to bring it on a visit. The consequences for such actions are serious not only for the inmate, but also for you. What is Contraband? Contraband is anything that inmates are not allowed to have in their possession. Obvious examples are weapons, […]

Voting Rights for Felons in Alabama

The state of Alabama allows felons to have their voting rights restored under the following guidelines. You must have completed your entire sentence, including incarceration, probation, and parole, or community supervision. Once completed, you have three options: Contact your local parole or probation office Write to the Board of Pardons and Parole

Maine Marijuana Laws: Decriminalized but Still Tricky

Decriminalizing Pot doesn't always mean it is completely legal. Here are some current guidelines. Possession Unlike several other states that chose an ounce as the cutoff for a civil penalty, Maine allows you to possess up to 2.5 ounces and still receive a civil ticket. The fine is a flat $600 regardless of the amount. […]

4 Good Places to Find Prison Pen Pals

Learn About Them Through friends. If you know someone who is incarcerated or has a family member incarcerated, ask for the name of an inmate who might like having a pen pal. This is an excellent way to meet pen pals because they can give a personal recommendation. Use Pen Pal Sites. There are several […]

Can a Felon Possess a Gun In Georgia?

Georgia law is very clear on its position regarding convicted felons in that state owning or possessing firearms: It follows the federal law when it comes to guns and felons. The Basics: With the exception of a felony conviction that is non-violent and related exclusively to a business-related crime, if you have ever been convicted […]

Getting a Felon's Voting Rights Restored in Massachusetts

Voting is one of the most fundamental rights given to American citizens, but that right can be lost if you're a convicted felon. It's up to the each state to decide their laws about restoring rights. The laws for Massachusetts include: If You're Charged If you've been charged with a crime, but have not yet […]

Massachusetts Marijuana Laws

Decriminalizing Marijuana doesn't always mean it is completely legal. In some cases, such as in Massachusetts, possession of less than an ounce is no longer a crime but is now a civil offense. Possession It is a civil offense to possess one ounce or less of Marijuana. If found guilty the fine is $100. In […]

Can a Felon Own a Gun In New Mexico?

Generally speaking, federal law makes it a crime for a convicted felon to own or possess a gun or ammunition. If you were convicted of a federal felony crime, you must receive a presidential pardon if you are to ever own a firearm again. Some states, however, have specifically designed laws regarding felons convicted of […]

Why Doesn't An Addict Get Clean After Overdosing?

As told by an addict who overdosed and almost died twice before giving up drugs. How often did you get high before you overdosed? By the time I overdosed the first time, I was getting high on a daily basis. I no longer took drugs to enjoy a high. I took them to avoid being […]

When the Newness of Sobriety Wears Off

Sobriety is like a love relationship. When you start out, everything is exciting and new. When I first got clean, everything I read, saw and heard about sobriety was very attractive to me. I spent my free time getting to know it in the same way I would get to know a new woman. The […]

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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.

  18. unvme1970 Wed, Aug 13 2014 12:56 AM

    Has anyone partner in los angeles county jail twin towers had visitor status complaints? it said he had a visit and he swears he hasn't, i know he could lie but has anyone dealt with this problem

  19. unvme1970 Wed, Aug 13 2014 12:57 AM

    Has anyone partner in los angeles county jail twin towers had visitor status complaints? it said he had a visit and he swears he hasn't, i know he could lie but has anyone dealt with this problem

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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.

[Article_Ad_2]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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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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