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Visiting an Inmate in the Orange County Jail - Theo Lacy Facility in California

Sometimes visiting a jail can be a disturbing time. If you've haven't done this before, it can actually be pretty scary. Don't worry. As long as you obey the rules, you won't have any problems.

The rules of visitation, screenings, dress code, contraband, and hours are enforced because it is the job of the Theo Lacy facility and staff to keep everyone safe. That includes all of the inmates, the staff, and all the visitors. By sticking with the rules and regulations you will help assure everyone's safety and have an enjoyable visit with your inmate.

When you come to the Theo Lacy Facility you are subject search as well as your property and any vehicle you drive on the premises. Don't have anything illegal, not allowed, and considered contraband on your person or in your vehicle when you come to visit.

Basic Rules of Visitation:

  • You will be screened through a metal detector device or frisked
  • If you have contraband, any weapons, or anything illegal you risk being arrested
  • If you refuse any screening or search you will be denied visitation privilege
  • You must show a government issue ID like a driver's license, state ID, or a passport, etc.
  • All you bring in with you is keys and an ID (baby exceptions below)
    • Baby necessary items are allowed
    • No diaper bag
    • Items can be searched
  • No type of electronic is allowed on the facility: cell phones, computers, tablets, cameras, etc.
  • Lockers are available before you enter security
    • Place purses or any type of bags, books, etc. in the locker before entering security
  • No type of eating allowed during visits. No food, drinks, gum, etc. can be brought in.
  • If you need documents signed by the inmate, the staff must process them first.
  • You should not wear any type of clothing that is provocative, revealing, negative, offensive, rude, gang related, or could possibly provoke others or be considered inappropriate. If you do, you will not be allowed.
  • No one will be allowed if influenced by alcohol or drugs and can be arrested
  • If you are rude, offensive, or belligerent you can be arrested and will be asked to leave.
  • Your visit is 30 minutes.
  • You can visit once per day.
  • You must come in and sit in your seat and wait for your inmate.
  • Keep your children with you all the time during visitation.
  • One child under five years of age and 2 adults are allowed per visit
  •  A minor is allowed without an adult if they are an immediate blood kin

When you come to visit you can park in the North Parking building across from UCI Medical and the Juvenile Courthouse.

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How to use the Inmate Search for Orange County Jail - Theo Lacy Facility in California

[Article_Ad_2]If you have come here in search of an inmate, we would like to help make that as easy as possible for you. It can be a very anxious time when someone you care about has been arrested and incarcerated.

On our front page you can find much information about the Theo Lacy Facility. We try to make it easier to figure things out and try to help you along with those difficult areas.
Sometimes when you are trying to search for an inmate it can make you nervous because you don't know where to go. Easy enough. Let's get started and we'll help you through it.

Read through all the directions to make sure you know where to go and what to do. Also be sure you know how to come back here to get to the Posting Bail or Bond information we are going to cover in just a bit.

Performing an Inmate Search

This process is really not too difficult but can at first appear overwhelming. Let's see if we can make sure you don't get frustrated with it. First, look to the top left of this page http://www.jailexchange.com/CountyJails/California/Orange/Orange_County_Theo_Lacy_Facility_Inmate_Search.aspx where you see a column header called INMATE SEARCH.

There are several links in this column. Some of them are for Orange County inmate searches and some are for victim's assistance, California and Federal prisoners.

You can search for inmate's that have been released or are actively in the system for up to the last 30 days. Anything back past 30 days ago, you would have to contact the jail and see if they can tell you where to go from there.

If you are searching for an active patient click one of these links:

  • Orange County Jail Inmate List
  • Orange County Jail Inmate Search
  • County Inmates – mobile

When you first click on these links you can add the first, middle, and last name, gender and age or you can add as much of the information as you know. You have to at least add a last name to start your search.

The more information you put in though, the less you will have to look through. So, the more you know the easier your search will be.

If you are looking for someone who has been released already, click on this link:

  • Orange County Recent Releases

You will have the same options as the search, but you must at least start with a last name.

If you are searching for an offender's information through VINELINK, you can click that link and call the numbers listed to get further assistance.

Of course you should click on the California or Federal links if you are looking for a prisoner. Just follow the instructions when you go here because these work completely differently and you have to have some inmate information, especially on the Federal search.

Next we'll cover posting bail. This can be done by cash or bond depending on the inmate and what the judge says has to be done. There are different rules for how you can do both of these. Below we've tried to summarize how to do this in an easy to understand format. If you have any questions that aren't here, please call the jail for further assist.

CASH BAIL for an Inmate in the Orange County Jail – Theo Lacy Facility

Cash bail can be paid by:

  • Credit or debit card
  • Cashier's check
  • Traveler's check
  • Personal check
  • Money order

Following several methods.

  • EZ Card and Kiosk Company
    • About midway down our page on the left you can click on Bail / Bond info - extra. This takes you to EZ Card where you can pay online by credit card or debit card.\
    • Click on Main menu, California, Orange County
    • Click on your language and then Bail
    • You have to click Agree after you read the instruction/information page
    • Enter your inmate's last name and booking number
    • Complete your payment of bail
  • EZ Card and Kiosk Company – via Kiosk
    • Located at the Intake Release Center (IRC)
    • Located at the Theo Lacy Facility
    • Open 24 hours a day
    • Take cash, credit cards, and debit cards
  • EZ Card and Kiosk Company  - via telephone
    • 888-497-2387

Bail Bond for an Inmate in the Orange County Jail – Theo Lacy Facility

Bail Bond can be paid by:

  • EZ Card online
  • In person

The EZ Card steps for payment of Bail Bond is the same as those listed above. Just follow the steps and you get this accomplished.
You can also pay in person at the cashier's office of Theo Lacy during the business hours or at the IRC 24 hours a day.
Important rules:

  • In person payments
    • Must have ID and identity verified. Will be fingerprinted.
  • Sheriff's personnel will not recommend bail bond agents
  • Cashier's checks have to be verified by an American bank
  • Personal checks must be pre-printed (not starter checks) and match the ID of whomever is paying
  • Traveler's checks have to be signed in front of the Cashier
  • Checks are always for the correct amount only

There seems to something wrong with the linking on the Theo Lacy Facility Orange County Recent Release link. This link usually goes to here but this one goes to the daily arrest search. I wrote the article as if it went to the search the same as all the other facilities do. I think this one just needs the link fixed. Just wanted to let you know.

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Communicating with an Inmate Housed at the Orange County Jail - Theo Lacy Facility in California

You can contact your inmate in the Theo Lacy Facility by going to visit them or by mail. Writing letters is a great way to stay in contact and as long as everyone follows all mail rules there are not any problems with mail. Phone contact and email contact are not allowed at Theo Lacy Facility.

Rules are designed to protect everyone. That includes you. The Theo Lacy Facility rules especially protect the inmates and staff who work and live here. Your cooperation with all of the rules helps keep your loved one safe.

You can send mail to this address with the Inmate's name and booking number on the top address line. Remember all mail in and out of facility is inspected.

501 City Drive South
Orange, CA 92868

Mails Rules – Allowed Items

  • Pictures not larger than 8 x 10 as long as not sexually explicit, suggestive, or with nudity
  • Printed or copied material – 10 pages or less
  • Books
    • No used or hard books
    • Mailed from publisher approved distributor
    • 5 books / magazines combined allowed
  • Magazines must also come from publisher or approved distributor
  • Money orders with inmate's full name and booking number on reference line and if they are made out to the OC Sheriff's Department

Mail Rules – Not Allowed Items

  • Any mail without a return address
  • Food, drinks, candy, gum, etc.
  • Cash, personal or pay checks, credit cards or checkbooks
  • Anything that would be damaged when inspected
  • Personal property should not be mailed: clothes, hygiene, etc.
  • Posters, wall hangings, travel information, etc.
  • Any metal, plastic, sticky or smelly substances
  • No glue, stickers, stamps, envelopes, pens, pencils, paper, etc. (must be purchased from commissary or postal supplies at USPS.com – these can be shipped direct to inmate)
  • Used or hard books
  • Any package bigger than legal 9 x 12 inches

Staying in contact with an inmate in the Theo Lacy Facility via the mail system is not really difficult. The majorly important thing to remember is just follow the rules. If someone tries to get you to bend or risk breaking the rules, don't. If you do something like that you could risk being arrested and at a minimum risk being forbidden to send mail to the facility.
You would not want to do something like that because this is your easiest form of communication with the inmate about whom you care. So if you have questions about anything you may want to mail, call the facility and ask if the inmate can have it. If they can, ask what' the best way to get it to them.

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