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4 Good Places to Find Prison Pen Pals

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Fun Ideas for Inmate Mail

Writing to your inmate is an invaluable way to communicate. You'll have your share of serious life issues letters, but here are some fun ways to entertain each other through letters. These can be done on postcards, too. Top 5 + 5 = 10 Each of you make a list of your favorite five things […]

Deciding How Much Money to Put on the Books

What does the inmate need? Contact the jail and ask what basics are supplied. Most jails give the inmates toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo, soap and toilet paper. Ask them what happens if the inmate runs out of something. is it replaced right away or do they have to wait a week or longer for new supplies […]

Cost Effective Ways to Visit an Inmate

The expenses of traveling to visit your inmate can add up quickly. These cost saving measures will make it less painful for your budget. Traveling by car Gas up early Gas up on a weekday. Many gas stations raise the price of a gallon shortly before the weekend. Filling up the tank on a weekday, […]

Why The Male Model Doesn't Work for Women Inmates

This is content sponsored by Netflix (producers of Orange Is The New Black) for the New York Times. There are some interesting facts and a few videos worth watching if you are concerned with the incarceration of women and the related issues.   Women serving time in American prisons

What is an Inmate Money or Commissary Account?

Most jails and prisons in America allow friends and family members of inmates to make deposits to inmate money accounts. They are set up to give the inmate access to various services including commissary purchases and phone use. Some facilities deduct nominal amounts from these accounts for inmate health visits and other jail fees. Commissary […]

Drastically Reduce the Cost of Calls from Your Out of State Inmate

Most facilities contract with a third-party company so you can fund prepaid calls, but if those calls are long distance, it can become cost-prohibitive. Luckily there is a way to pay local call rates for long-distance calls on a prepaid service. First, Do Some Very Basic Research Find out the area code for the jail […]

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 […]

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  1. Donovan F Mon, Apr 09 2012 1:56 PM

    I found your website on google when I searched for San Diego Jail inmates and I want to commend you for the best information I found so far... easy to use!!! Thank you.

  2. Laurie Fields Wed, May 02 2012 2:38 PM

    How often is the inmate search feature updated? At what point should we hire a Criminal Lawyer, before he gets released or after he is out on bail?

  3. Melinda C Wed, Sep 05 2012 12:15 PM

    How can I see my sons mugshot?

  4. Ash Fri, Feb 08 2013 2:03 AM

    I was in San Diego Central Jail and I want to know is there any way I can get my booking photo off the internet? It is messing up all my job searches and I hope I can find some way to get my arrest record taken off the web - it's supposed to be expunged after a year, but I still see it everyone online!

  5. Chris Fri, Feb 08 2013 4:31 PM

    Your site popped up at the top of my search for jail inmates in San Diego Central Jail and I just wanted to say thanks for all the great information you have on this site about the jail. I was able to do an inmate search really easily! In response to the person above me, no - your information is probably on the internet forever since it was public record information.

  6. Wendy Chang Sun, Feb 10 2013 9:53 AM

    How are the guards at this facility? I've heard some disturbing stories about them. Do they treat the immates fairly? Do they tend to pick on certain groups? If so, which ones? Thanks!

  7. Megan Sat, Feb 16 2013 6:09 PM

    I read on another site that San Diego Central Jail is a "state of the art facility." What exactly does that mean and how would it affect the immates? My father is being held there.

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Visiting an Inmate in the San Diego County Central Jail in California

Visiting a loved one is often encouraged by a correctional facility to keep the bonds of family, friendship, and love intact during a period of incarceration. Visitations usually give an inmate something to look forward to while they're locked up, and it's a nice change of routine given the everyday monotony and hardship of life behind bars. As much as visiting inmates is encouraged by the San Diego County Jail, there are rules and restrictions, as jail is a place for rehabilitation and punishment. Obtaining permission to visit an inmate may be difficult, but it's certainly not impossible.

In order to reserve a visit with an inmate, there is an online reservation portal available 24 hours a day from Tuesday through Sunday (not available on Mondays).

Telephone reservations will only be accepted from 10 AM – 2 PM Tuesday through Sunday, since the online reservation system has been a tremendous success since its implementation in 2012.

Once you have secured your reservation to visit the inmate, you need a valid ID in order to get in. A driver's license will do, as will any state, local or federal issued ID card, military ID, passport, U.S. Immigration identification (this does include visas), Border crossing card issued by the United States Department of Justice, valid high school ID card (for children who don't have a license or a state-issued ID), and a Matricula Consular ID card issued after April 22, 2002. The latter has to be issued by the Consul General of Mexico.

A maximum of three visitors is allowed at a time to visit an inmate, and minors must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

Inmates are allowed one visit per day, and two visits per week. Visits are generally non-contact, with the exception of the East Mesa and Facility 8 facilities, and visits are conducted through a window with telephone handsets.

Every one of the seven facilities in the San Diego County Jail system has its own rules and visiting hours, so be sure to check with the station for their policies.  Also, you should be punctual when visiting an inmate, because a reservation could be cancelled if you are late for a visit.

Walk-in visits may be honored if there is enough space and as long as you check in one hour before your visit, but it is recommended if you make a reservation beforehand. This does not apply to the East Mesa & Detention 8 facilities.

For other rules and standards for a visit, refer to the San Diego Sheriff's Department website, located at http://www.sdsheriff.net/jailinfo/visiting.html. From there, you will get full information on what guidelines you should adhere to when visiting an inmate in custody. Visiting an inmate can be hard, knowing that they have to stay in there when you leave. It can also be intimidating because it is a visit to a penitentiary and not a lunch date. Yet visiting an inmate will definitely mean a lot to him or her, and it is very much healing during a rough period.

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How to use the Inmate Search for San Diego County Central Jail in California

[Article_Ad_2]The city of San Diego is a beautiful oasis in the Southern California desert, with magnificent beaches, great weather, and a lot to do. However, with any major city, there is also crime. One of the many troubles with crime, no matter how big or small the crime is that there are families and loved ones involved. As with many jails and prisons across the country, the San Diego County Sheriff's Department has a website which lets a person search for an inmate currently in custody in a San Diego County jail. The San Diego County jails have 980 beds, and information is available for any inmate currently behind bars.

If you are experiencing the San Diego County Sheriff's Office for the first time, whether you need to look up a client, friend, or a loved one currently in custody, the process to look someone up is pretty simple. Be sure to enter this link into your web browser:

http://www.jailexchange.com/CountyJails/California/San_Diego/San_Diego_County_Central_Jail.aspx.

From there, it will prompt you to look up an inmate that is in the system.

To the left of your screen, you will find an orange heading that says “INMATE SEARCH,” and two lines below the heading, you will find a link that says “San Diego County Jail Inmate Search.”

From there, the link will take you to the search database. It asks to enter a last name and a first name.

For whatever reason if you spell an inmate's name wrong, or if you can't remember the correct spelling of an inmate's name, the last name requires only the first two letters, and the first name only requires the first letter. So for the sake of argument, let's say the inmate's name is John Doe. In the last name, you would type in “Doe,” and under the first name, you would type in “John.” Or if you want, you could type in “Do” in the last name, and “J” in the first name; the problem with that is that you would get every inmate with a first name that begins with the letter “J” and the last name that begins with “Do,” which could be troublesome or tedious if there happens to be a lot of inmates with that particular name combination.

Click the “lookup” tab when you are done typing the inmate's name. Before it gets to the search results, it takes you to a security screen. It has you type in five letters in a box to verify that you are a human accessing this website and not another computer. I'm sure you have seen this in other websites. It's easy so long as you can read.

From there, it will take you to the search results if your criterion fits. Click on the inmate of interest, and there is a profile on the inmate staying at a San Diego County jail. There are no mugshots of the inmate, but you will get a description of the inmate being processed. It lists the booking number, and all of the inmate's vital statistics, including name, date of birth, gender, ethnicity and physical features, such as height, weight, and hair and eye color. It also shows the housing information, which includes what city and facility the inmate is being held at. From there, it shows bail information, services available to the inmate (including visitation scheduling, commissary information, and even e-mailing the inmate) projected release date, arrest information, and the charges against the inmate.

These profiles don't tell the whole story on why your loved one may be in custody, but it gives you enough information to start with so it can potentially give you some peace of mind.

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Communicating with an Inmate Housed at the San Diego County Central Jail in California

It's hard to be away from your loved one, especially when they are incarcerated for a prolonged period of time. Luckily, keeping in touch with an inmate is pretty easy. Just because someone is locked up doesn't mean that they are closed off entirely from the outside world. They can receive mail (both written and electronic), telephone calls and visits from friends, family and loved ones. The San Diego Sheriff's Department encourages this wholeheartedly, but it does have a set of rules and regulations as to keep a sense of order inside a penitentiary.

Getting in touch with an inmate by telephone is probably the most challenging, as inmates cannot receive incoming calls and messages under normal circumstances. If there is an emergency, you should call the unit where the inmate is being held and ask to speak to a supervisor. From there, the supervisor's discretion will determine if the inmate can come to the phone in such an event. During non-emergency situations, it is up to the inmate to contact you by phone.

When an inmate is booked, California law allows an inmate three free local calls: one for an attorney, one for a bail bond agency, and one personal call. After the booking process is complete, an inmate will be assigned to a housing area where phones are available for use and free of charge in a common area. Normally, an inmate has access to a phone several hours a day, but there are some circumstances where phone calls are not allowed. These circumstances are during meals, medication distributions, temporary lockdowns, and after night count, in which the phones are disabled for the remainder of the evening. Phones may also be disallowed depending on the behavior of an inmate.

Written correspondence is also encouraged by the Sheriff's Department as well. However, as of September 2012, the only thing you can send to an inmate regarding a letter is either a postcard or an email. Enveloped letters will be returned to you if you mail one to an inmate. Postcards also are inspected by the prison staff, so be careful on what you put on there. Postcards will be rejected by the penitentiary if the following infractions are visible:

  • If the postcard is altered with any additional wrapping or layering
  • If it contains marks by crayon, stickers (other than a US postage stamp), glitter, watercolors or any other markings not considered a writing tool
  • Cosmetics or perfumes, such as lip gloss or scents
  • Depictions of nudity or other inappropriate content
  • Depictions of or references to weapons, gang references, criminal activity, codes, or markings
  • Anything deemed threatening to the staff at the San Diego County Jail (inciting a riot, racism, security threats, etc.)

All postcards must be sent through the United States Postal Service or any commercial licensed mail carrier. Please refer to the San Diego Sheriff's County website for more information regarding certified mail or sending books and other things.

E-mailing an inmate is the most curious way to contact an inmate, as they are generally thought of not to have access to e-mail, which is true in many respects. However, at the San Diego County Jail, you can e-mail an inmate. Yet, there are a set of rules for e-mail as well.

The first and most obvious rule, being that an inmate cannot e-mail you back, and any returning correspondence from an inmate will be through letters or postcards. The e-mail has to be limited to one page, and up to two e-mails per day. Also, an inmate can only receive up to 10 e-mails a day, so your messages may not be received on the same day depending on the circumstances.

The e-mails may not contain pictures or any other attachments. When prompted for a return address, include the address you want to use for correspondence through regular mail. Also, e-mails cannot be used for solicitation or any other commercial-related purposes. For instructions on how to send an e-mail, please visit this site for more information please visit http://www.sdsheriff.net/emailaninmate.html.

As with phone calls, visits, e-mails and letters, all communication with an inmate is subject to inspection and monitoring, and privacy is not guaranteed, so be careful on what you have to say to an inmate. If you wish to keep in contact with a loved one while they're incarcerated, remember that it is a privilege that can be revoked at any time. Other than that, communicating with an inmate is nothing short of encouraged during a period of incarceration.

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