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Visiting an Inmate in the Orange County Central Women's Jail in California

If you've never visited a jail before, you might not be so sure about what is required. This is a brief summary of a few things to help get you ready to visit your inmate. Remember, it is important that families and inmates maintain contact, if possible, so don't be fearful. There are rules to protect you, the inmates, and the staff of the Orange County Central Women's Jail.

Generally there are dress codes when it comes to visiting a jail. You should wear traditional clothing. Though a specific code is not listed here there are some general guidelines that fit most incarceration facilities. You should inquire directly with the Orange County Central Women's Jail to verify any specifics beyond what is listed here.

  • Do not wear clothing with pictures, words, graffiti etc. Plain clothes are best
  • Do not wear hoodies, shear or provocative clothing. Clothing that shows cleavage or a lot of back or skin of any kind.
  • Do not wear short dresses or skirts or short shorts.
  • Generally clothing with holes, tears, rips are not to be worn.

As stated these are just some basic guidelines. If you remember for all visitors (including children) to wear nice clean, plain clothing with shoes, you should be fine.
The Address for Orange County Central Women's Jail is:

550 N. Flower St.
Santa Ana, CA 92703

Visitation is allowed on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 8 am – 6 pm. Visitors must sign-up when coming to visit.

Here are some simple basic rules of visitation.

  • No one can sign up to visit after 5 pm
  • One visit per visit day
  • Families should talk and coordinate visiting times so no one is refused entry
  • Visits proceed in order of arrival
  • 2 people and one child under 5 can visit at a time
  • Visitors must have a government issue ID such as a state ID card, driver's license, military ID, passport, etc.

We hope you enjoy your visit at Orange County Central Women's Jail and are able to find this information helpful. If you have any questions that have not been addressed, please call the jail and they will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

Visitation is an important time for you and your inmate. Enjoy your time and remember all the rules and regulations are in place for your safety as well as theirs.

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How to use the Inmate Search for Orange County Central Women's Jail in California

When you are trying to search for an inmate it can be difficult. We are here to try and make that task a little easier for you. Whether you are searching for a county inmate or a State of California or Federal prisoner there are links in the top left corner of this page where you can go to look for them.

http://www.jailexchange.com/CountyJails/California/Orange/Orange_County_Central_Womens_Jail_Inmate_Search.aspx

Here we will concentrate on the Orange County Central Jail Women's Jail search by list, search, mobile inmate, recent arrests, and recent releases.

When using the links listed below you must have at least a last name to begin your search. If you include first and middle names, age, and gender your list will be smaller. Once you input your information click SEARCH and a list will populate that matches your entered information.

  • Orange County Jail Inmate List  
  • Orange County Jail Inmate Search   
  • County Inmates – mobile  
  • Orange County Recent Releases - When searching for someone recently released you also have to put in their last name but the list only goes back for the last 30 days.

If you are looking for someone who has been recently arrested you can go to the link below. It will open up to a date field. Pick the date of the arrest and a list of inmates arrested that day will appear.

You will also see a link for VINELINK, a national information source for crime victims, to get information on offenders. This link gives you VINELINK support numbers for Orange County.

If you need to post bail / bond for an inmate in Orange County Central Jail Women's Jail

There are specific ways you can do this. Bail can be by cash or by bond depending on what is required for your inmate.

You can pay cash bails with several methods:

  • Credit card
  • Debit cared
  • Personal check
  • Traveler's check
  • Cashier's check
  • NO business or corporate checks
  • Money orders

The company EZ Card and Kiosk Company helps make paying easier. You can go online to pay BAIL BONDS at the link Bail / Bond info - extra. If you want to pay online you can just click on this link and go through the steps. They are pretty easy to follow.

First click on the button that says Main menu, then pick California, then pick Orange County, select your language, select Bail, read the information page and click on Agree. You will then have to enter the booking number and last name of the inmate. Follow the rest of the prompts from there and you'll be done in no time.

If you would prefer to use a Kiosk (kind of like an ATM), these take cash, debit cards, and credit cards. They are open 24 hours a day at the Intake Release Center and the Theo Lacy Branch Jail. You can also call EZ Card and Kiosk Company at 888-497-2387 if you want to make a payment by telephone.

If you want to pay a bail bond in person you can do that at either IRC or Theo Lacy, but only during Theo Lacy cashier business hours. IRC takes bond payments 24 hours/day 7 days/week.

If you are preparing to pay a bond, first call Inmate Records at (714) 647-4666. They will help you to verify:

  • The inmate is fully processed, booked, and has been sentenced. If not, bail cannot be posted.
  • The amount of money you need to have for the bail/bond
  • The type of payment method you must use to pay bond for the particular inmate.

Please also remember these two very important rules when paying bail / bonds.

  • All persons paying bonds (except agents) are fingerprinted. You identify will also be verified.
  • Staff and officers in the department are not allowed to advice you on a bond agency or bail company.

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Communicating with an Inmate Housed at the Orange County Central Women's Jail in California

The easiest ways to have contact with an inmate in Orange County Central Women's Jail is through visitation and mail. Email and phone contact are not options at this time.

Visitation is covered on a separate page so we will address the option of mail here. Though it's not actually a form of contact, you can send money to your inmate in several ways. We will talk about that later in the information.

Mail Rules for Inmates

Mail is highly regulated coming into and out of our facility. This helps to ensure the safety of all inmates, staff members, and visitors. Contact with your inmate via mail can be a great way to touch base and keep up with one another. It also helps the inmate's spirits and overall demeanor. Therefore, mail is important to them as well as you. Please follow the rules closely so that no mail privileges are suspended.

When filling out any mail coming to the Orange County Central Women's Jail the inmate's booking number and full name must appear in the address. On your return address in the top left corner of the envelope you should put your full name and return address.

Specific Mail Rules:

  • Inmates can purchase mailing products: stamped envelopes, etc. from the U.S. Postal Service or the commissary at the jail (Do not mail in these types of items.)
  • Hard back books are not allowed
  • Inmates can have no more than 5 books or magazines combined
  • Soft cover books must be new (no used, no leather) and must come directly from an approved distributor like Amazon.com or Barnes and Noble or publisher. There is a list you can select from. Magazines and newspapers have to come from the approved list or the publisher directly also.
  • Never mail over 10 pictures or pages of photocopied materials.
  • Never spray anything on a letter or envelope.
  • No writing or drawing on envelope.
  • No pictures containing nudity, vulgarity, obscenity, or any type of provocation
  • No boxes can be sent without approval.
  • Don't send any package bigger than a 9"x12" manila envelope.
  • You can send money orders but they must be written out to the Orange County Sheriff's Department with the inmate's booking number and full name on the reference line at the bottom. (You can also get money to them via the information below about EZ Card and Kiosk.)
  • Government checks made out to the inmate are also allowed.
  • You can email a pair of eyeglasses. One pair of prescription or reading glasses without metal or fancy, embellished frames are acceptable. Do not send eyeglass cases.
  •  Inmates can have up to 2 boxes of contacts. They cannot have solution or cases mailed. These have to be purchased in the commissary.

Here is a List of Contraband / Don't Send No No's

Though this list does not include everything, it will give you a basic idea of what not to send. Essentially the best thing to do is to mail plain written letters in plan written envelopes already stamped from the post office. Glasses as noted above are okay. If you need to send other things, ask the jail how to get it to the inmate and if it is allowed, they will explain the appropriate process.

  • Don't send any food or drinks
  • Don't send any clothing or hygiene products
  • No certificates or any kind of license
  • No plastic cards like debit or credit
  • No checkbooks
  • No third party/forwarded letters
  • No threatening items or security risk items
  • Nothing that can't be inspected easily: no sticky, gluey substance, lipsticks, smells sprayed on, discolorations, no layered articles, no laminated or otherwise sealed items that cannot be inspected.
  • No type of substances can be mailed, sprayed on, smeared on, etc. – glue, lip gloss, lip stick, no type of unusual smell to paper, no type of multi-layered items like cards that can't be inspected easily.
  • No laminated or heat sealed otherwise items.

Here is the EZ Card and Kiosk information so you can get money to your inmate for commissary use. They can't have more than $500 at a time.

You can click here http://www.ezmoneypayments.com/ to add money by:

  • Debit card
  • Credit card

You can go to one of the kiosks to pay by cash, debit or credit card. They are located in the IRC and the Theo Lacy Branch. Kiosks are always open.

You can pay a small fee and pay over the phone at 888-497-2387.

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