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Parents in Jail: Getting a Preschool-aged Child Ready to Visit

Preschool-aged children are very attached to their parents. If one of them is suddenly arrested and incarcerated it can cause lots of anxiety. Allowing the child to visit the parent can help alleviate those fears but it is important to explain what's coming with age-appropriate discussions. Talk it over immediately Waiting too long to explain […]

Five Fun Photo Ideas to Send Pictures to Your Inmate

Face it. You can only send so many selfies, family group shots or photos of the dog on the couch to your inmate before it becomes boring for both of you. Try these ideas to spice up the fun! Have a party for the inmate Gather friends and family together and have a party. Choose […]

Three Ways to Make Jail Calls Cheaper

Telephone calls are a lifeline between inmates and their families. Just hearing each other's voices helps ease the tension and anxiety surrounding incarceration. As nice as it is to get those calls, they can get expensive. The following three ideas can make the calls fit your budget better. Avoid Peak Hours for Collect Calls Many […]

4 Things to Tell Young Kids When Dad is In Jail

While your husband is incarcerated, your children will want to know what has happened. These four things can ease their mind without burdening them. Explain why he went. Without being specific about the exact crime he is accused of, you can tell the children that the judge thinks their dad broke the law and he […]

Prison Skills Applied After Release

Getting out of prison and starting over is not easy, but with a little creative thinking, you can use the abilities you learned while incarcerated into useful tools for life. Organization – Almost everyone who goes into prison comes out much more organized in all aspects of life. Whether it has to do with keeping […]

What if an Inmate Becomes Terminally Ill?

You were handling your husband's incarceration by visiting once a month, writing constantly, and hearing him out during phone calls. Recently he was declared terminally ill, and all you want now is to spend his last few months with him, and you're hoping he can pass surrounded by family. In some states this is becoming […]

How I Overcame Fear in Jail

Anyone sentenced to jail or prison for the first time is scared. If they tell you otherwise they are either lying or they're mentally ill. Your imagination runs wild and every jailhouse show you have ever seen comes to mind. The first time I went to jail I was only 18, and I went for […]

Visiting jail for the first time? Here's what to expect.

Visiting an inmate in jail for the first time is like waiting to see a dentist. The anticipation and worry constantly increases until you are there and you realize it was not as bad as you thought it would be. Knowing what to expect before that first jail visit will reduce your anxiety. Expect to […]

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 Info Can I Get From An Inmate Search?

Nothing is scarier than a missing person. You're frantic to find out what happened. Then it hits you: Maybe your loved one got arrested. Many jails have websites that allow you to look up inmates currently in custody. Some even list those who were booked and recently released. But an inmate search can tell you […]

What is an Interstate Compact Agreement for a Felon?

An Interstate Compact request made while you are on probation or parole can take a long time, but there is no other way to have your supervision transferred from one state to another without it. Here are some of the basics that apply to most cases. Your probation/parole officer does not have to agree to […]

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 […]

What to do if a Family Member Goes Missing

When a family member goes missing, it strikes fear in the heart of loved ones but panicking will not help the situation. The following steps can narrow the search and if authorities become involved will help them streamline the process. Contact authorities. Tell them you do not wish to wait 24 hours because your family […]

A Bath Salt Addict Describes Why She Gave Them Up

How did you discover bath salts? I was on probation and my probation officer was giving me random drug tests. A friend told me that the current drug screens being used in my county didn't check for bath salts so it would be a high that I couldn't be violated for. I decided to try […]

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 […]

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The LA COUNTY JAIL - Men's Central Jail in Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, like all jails is a maximum security facility. Because the inmates in this jail range from low level offenders to those being held for violent crimes like robbery, rape and murder, the security level is as high as is it is in any maximum security state prison. Some of the security features in this facility include security cameras, electronic detection and reinforced fencing topped with razor wire. Correctional officers in LA COUNTY JAIL - Men's Central Jail are armed with mace and trained to use physical force to protect themselves and other inmates from violence.

The men, women and juveniles being held in the LA COUNTY JAIL - Men's Central Jail are either awaiting trial or have been sentenced in the Los Angeles County Court System already and been sentenced to a period of time of one year or less. When an inmate is sentenced to a year or more, they are admitted into the California Prison or Federal Prison System. Inmates in the LA COUNTY JAIL - Men's Central Jail are fed three meals a day totaling 2,500 calories, are allowed access to phones to contact friends and family members, are allowed at least one hour a day for exercise, have access to books, bathroom and shower facilities. The inmates are allowed mail to be delivered to them as well as newspapers and magazine from trusted outside publishers.

The other jail facilities in Los Angeles County, California are: 77TH Street LA Regional Jail, Alhambra City Jail, Arcadia Jail, Avalon Jail, Azusa Jail, Baldwin Park Jail, Bell Jail, Beverly Hills Jail, Burbank Jail, Carson Jail, City of Industry Jail, Claremont Jail, Covina Jail, Crescenta Valley Jail, Culver City Jail, Devonshire Area LA Jail (Temporarily Closed), Downey Jail, El Monte Jail, Foothill Area LA Jail, Gardena Jail, Glendale Jail, Glendora Jail, Harbor Area LA Jail, Hawthorne Jail, Hermosa Beach Jail, Hollywood Area LA Jail, Huntington Beach, Huntington Park Jail, Inglewood Jail, LA COUNTY JAIL - Century Regional Detention Facility, LA COUNTY JAIL - Inmate Reception Center, LA COUNTY JAIL - Mira Loma Detention, LA COUNTY JAIL - North County Correctional Facility, LA COUNTY JAIL - Pitchess Detention Center East (CURRENTLY CLOSED - JANUARY 2015), LA COUNTY JAIL - Pitchess Detention Center North, LA COUNTY JAIL - Pitchess Detention Center South, LA COUNTY JAIL - Twin Towers, La Verne Jail, Lakewood Jail, Lancaster Jail, Lennox Jail, Lomita Jail, Long Beach City Men’s Jail, Long Beach City Women’s Jail, Lynwood Jail, Malibu / Lost Hills Jail, Manhattan Beach Jail, Marina Del Rey Jail, Maywood Jail, Metropolitan LA Jail.

On this page you will find direct links to specific information that friends and family members of inmates will find useful: Los Angeles County Inmate Search, Inmate Phone use, Visitation Rules and Schedules, Commissary Deposits and Information about the LA COUNTY JAIL - Men's Central Jail Inmate Mail Guidelines. In addition, you will find information on how to contact the facility, directions to the jail, Los Angeles County recent arrests, Most Wanted, outstanding Arrest Warrants and much more.



LA COUNTY JAIL - Men's Central Jail Inmate Search

Los Angeles County Jail

STATE COUNTY BEDS
California Los Angeles 6750
PHYSICAL ADDRESS
441 Bauchet Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
INMATE MAIL
Men's Central Jail
Inmate's first and last name and booking #
PO BOX 86164 - Terminal Annex
Los Angeles, CA 90086-0164
FAX NUMBERS
District Attorney: 213-974-1484

Visitors to the Los Angeles County Jail must register online or in person prior to scheduling a visit. Go here to register online.

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4 Things to Tell Young Kids When Dad is In Jail

While your husband is incarcerated, your children will want to know what has happened. These four things can ease their mind without burdening them. Explain why he went. Without being specific about the exact crime he is accused of, you can tell the children that the judge thinks their dad broke the law and he […]

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 a Felon Possess a Gun In Illinois?

Illinois law allows certain convicted felons to own or possess guns. Federal law still makes it a crime, and in some cases the feds have pursued prosecution in states that allow it. Only an attorney should advise you on this matter but the basics of Illinois laws are as follows: Your rights can be restored […]

With One Free Jail Call, Who Should I Reach Out To When I Get Arrested?

Anyone who has been incarcerated will tell you that once you are booked, given inmate attire, and assigned to a housing unit, your connection with the outside world is greatly reduced. During the booking process most jails will allow you one free phone call before taking you to your unit. Make it count. Very few […]

Checking In To Prison – Aaron's Story

When the judge sentenced me to six months in the county jail, my first thought was about my family. Without me there to work and pay the bills, my wife and kids would lose the apartment. My attorney spoke up right away and asked the judge to allow me to check in at a later […]

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 […]

How to Get Your Visitation Suspension Lifted

The hardest part of having your jail visits suspended indefinitely is not having any idea when or if you are going to be able to visit your inmate again. In most cases, visits are suspended due to the visitor violating visitation rules. There are things you can do to try and those visits reinstated. Get […]

Average Prison Sentence Per Offense

The one thing that is consistent about US prison sentences is their inconsistency. Each state sets its own rules to use for each criminal offense. The more serious crimes, called felonies, are typically given longer sentences, while less serious crimes, called misdemeanors have shorter sentences. Taking a life — A premeditated murder can result

What Happens if You Bond Someone Out and That Person Flees?

In the chaos of an arrest it is easy to get caught up in the moment and race to bail someone out of jail. Bonding someone out is not hard to do, but if that person doesn't show up in court when ordered to do so, your life could become very difficult. Be sure you […]

Notorious Female Criminals in the United States Infographic

For decades, the number of women being convicted of felonies has been rising. The rate is not only changing, but it's changing fast. Are women racing to prison? Is this a competition to see who's the most badass? Females have been linked to the criminal justice system throughout history, but it's clear that they are […]

Getting a Felon's Voting Rights Restored in Illinois

Voting is one of the most fundamental rights given to American citizens, however, once convicted of a felony, whether or not that right will be restored to you is up to the state that you reside in. The laws for Illinois include: If You've Been Charged Until you are convicted of a felony and incarcerated […]

Finding Employment After Prison

Many companies will not interview a felon, much less hire one. While this is true and it can make life on the outside difficult, finding employment after prison can be done if you take the right steps. Career Centers Goodwill has set up a nationwide career center program to help underemployed and unemployed people and […]

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 […]

What Happens When an Illegal Immigrant Commits a Crime?

If and undocumented immigrant is charged with committing a crime, there can be three different legal outcomes. 1. ICE Gets Involved The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) enter information about an arrested immigrant into a database that is monitored. This department has the authority to take custody of the immigrant, investigate his standing

Can a Felon Possess a Gun In California?

California law allows some convicted felons to own or possess guns. Federal law still makes it a crime to do so, and in some cases the feds have pursued prosecution of those who possess guns in states that permit it. Only an attorney should advise you on this matter, but the basics of California laws […]

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Visiting an Inmate in the LA County Jail - Men's Central Jail in California

It’s time for you to visit your inmate at Men’s Central Jail (MCJ). Perhaps your little bit anxious about going to visit someone in a jail situation. If you’ve never dealt with person that incarcerated and gone through the visitation process, it can be a little bit scary. We understand and we’re here to help you maneuver through the ins and outs of visitation process.

The first thing you probably need to know is when visitation is allowed. Below is the allowed weekly schedule. Thursdays are no longer allowed for public visiting.

  • Friday – 10 AM to 3 PM and 5 PM to 7 PM
  • Saturday – 7 AM to 3 PM
  • Sunday – 7 AM to 3 PM

General Visitation Rules

  • two visits allowed per week
  • visits are 30 minutes in length
  • three visitors per inmate
    • two adults and one minor or
    • one adult and to minors
  • visitors must be registered prior to visitation
  • registration is through the electronic system – Inmate Visitation System
  • scheduled appointments
    • arrive one hour ahead for check-in
    • bring confirmation number
    • every visitor must have proper ID
      • government issued ID for adults
      • school ID for children
    • There are lockers (cost is $.25)for personal items before you enter the visiting area.
    • No-shows
      • automatic cancel
      • counts against weekly visiting quota
    • cancellations – can occur at any time due to
      • inmate relocation
      • discipline
      • court appearance
  • walk-in visits
    • first come first serve
    • limited basis
    • personal items will go in lockers (cost is $.25)
    • proper ID required

Using Inmate Visitation Scheduling System to Schedule Inmate Visitation at Men’s Central

As a member of the LA County Jail System, MC J participates in the online visitation scheduling system. The system is pretty easy to maneuver. All you need is a computer and an email address to get started. On the front page of the Inmate Visitation Scheduling System you will first have to register. You begin by entering an email address and then confirming your email address. An initial password will be sent to your email address for you get started with. Once you’ve confirmed your email address you can begin scheduling visits with your inmate. If you do not have access to a computer you can also register at one of the self-serve Kiosk located in certain visitation centers.

Once you become accustomed to using the Inmate Visitation Scheduling System you will quickly become happy with the convenience of it. You can schedule visits at your convenience as long as the inmate has an appointment available. If you have problems using the system you can contact the helpdesk Monday through Friday. They are open from 7:30 am - 4:30 pm. There is also a link on the sign in page to help you recover a lost password if you need to.

Basic visitation rules and visitor expectations

Please remember that rules and regulations are designed for visitor, inmate, and staff protection. Visitation is a wonderful privilege and LA County Jail system strongly encourages visitation to occur. However, because they are stewards of public safety it is necessary for these guidelines to be in place. If anyone repeatedly breaks rules, the visitation rights will be terminated. Below you will see a list of general rules and expectations that should be followed by all visitors.

  • Clothing
    • shirts and shoes must always be worn
    • no revealing or sexually provocative clothing is allowed
    • no gain affiliated clothing or reference is allowed
  • Search and seizure
    • all visitors are subject to search
    • contraband can be confiscated
    • vehicles can also be searched
  • visitors should behave in a calm manner
    • loud speaking not allowed
    • yelling or boisterous behaviors not allowed
  • no littering or harm to jail property allowed
  • no alcohol on jail property
  • glass container should not be brought to visiting area
  • smoking is not allowed
  • weapons are not allowed on jail property at all

If someone on probation or ex-felon desires to visit the facility, they must have prior approval from the Facility Unit Commander before coming on to the jail property. You can contact the MCJ legal department for more information. (213) 974 – 0103.

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How to use the Inmate Search for LA County Jail - Men's Central Jail in California

[Article_Ad_2]Since the LA County – Men’s Central Jail is the largest jail facility in the world, the concept of of finding someone in it, can be an absolutely frightening. There are 5,000 inmates housed in this facility and finding just one person may seem like an almost impossible feat. But, don’t worry, it’s not really as difficult as it seems that it may be.
Once you learn how to search and find the inmate you are looking for it won’t seem as scary when you need to come back and look for more information. We’re here to help you figure out this new and sometimes complicated world. Below we will walk you through the process of finding an inmate housed at Men’s Central Jail and then explain the process of posting bond, if needed.

To begin with, it is easiest if you start from front page. You can click on this link to go there. Now take a look on the left-hand side of the page at the top. You should see a heading in red called Inmate Search. Underneath Inmate Search there are several links available. These links allow you to search for an inmate in a variety of ways.

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

In case you are not familiar with VINELINK, this is a nationwide inmate search to assist victims of violence. Clicking on this link will take you to more information, phone numbers, and PDF documents to help victims of crime.

In order to locate an inmate in any of the links, you will need some information about the inmate. Basic information will include the inmate’s first name and last name. You can also enter a middle name and date of birth which will help shorten your list, but these are not necessary. Once you enter the required information, you can click on the submit button and you will be taken to the validation page. This type of page is called a captcha page where you prove that you are a human being instead of a computer program.
After you validate the captcha code, you’ll be taken to a page where your results will display. If your list is too long because maybe your inmate has a common name, you may want to go back and try to re-enter more information to help shorten your list.

There is an operator available if you need assistance. The number is (213) 473 – 6080.

If you’re looking for an inmate who was recently arrested, one thing you may need to know is that information is not available until at least two hours after booking. It’s not unusual that people come here looking for an inmate so they can assist with posting bond. That’s the next subject we will cover.

Posting bond for someone incarcerated at LA County Jail – Men’s Central Jail

Once a bail amount has been issued, posting bond is truly not that difficult.

The first thing you want to do is make sure you have the correct amount of bail. Once you are sure you know how much bail is needed you should then obtain a cashier’s check. Make the check payable to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

You can take a cashier’s check to Inmate Reception Center (IRC) cashiers window at 450 Bauchet Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012 to post the bond.

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Communicating with an Inmate Housed at the LA County Jail - Men's Central Jail in California

Contact between an inmate and family and friends is very important. At Men’s Central Jail they strive to assist inmates and families with keeping in close contact as possible. It is important to remember that the size of Men’s Central Jail mandates intense regulations. Contact methods are therefore limited to visitation times and via the mail system.
At this time Men’s Central Jail does not have telephone or email privileges available to the inmates. There are many contact numbers available for MCJ in case you have questions about specific components of your inmate’s incarceration. Below we’ve included contact numbers within the facility and were you can gather information in specific areas.

  • Main Lobby – (213) 974 – 4082
  • Attorney Room – (213) 974-4924
  • Inmate Services/Programs – (213) 893-5242
  • Keefe Commissary – (800) 546-6283
  • Legal Unit – (213) 974 – 0103 / fax (213) 626 – 5974
  • Medical Services (213) 974 – 0149
  • Religious Services (213) 974-8085
  • Visitation Lobby (213974 – 4927

The main address for Men’s Central Jail is 441 Bauchet Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012.

The contact method of visitation is covered in a separate area due to different rules and regulations which apply to visiting an inmate. Here we will cover how to stay in contact with your inmate via the mail system.

There is a general mailing address to which all-mail must go for incoming mail to Men’s Central Jail. All parcels and envelopes must be addressed as follows:

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

Rules and Regulations for Inmate Mail

Rules and regulations regarding outgoing and incoming mail are necessarily strict. Inmates are kept abreast of any changes to the mail guidelines and you should make sure that you are always aware of these changes. Anything mailed in that is against the guidelines will be returned to sender unless the product is contraband and requires confiscation.

First we will cover a list of items that are not allowed to be mailed to the inmate. Secondly, we will cover items such as photographs, pictures from computers, books and publications that are allowed with exceptions.

Do Not Mail Items

  • money orders exceeding $200
  • no blank money orders
  • out-of-state money orders must be from the U.S. Postal Service
  • checks of any kind or cash
  • food, drinks, snacks, gum
  • stationary, envelopes, stamps
  • plastic cards including debit, credit, or ID
  • no sticky substances such as glue, gum labels, stamps
  • no jewelry, beads, bracelets, not even rosary
  • no clips, staples, pens, pencils, paper clips, or any sharp items

This list may not be all-inclusive. So if you want to send something besides a plain white envelope with an enclosed letter, validate with the jail that the rules of not changed.

Photographs and computer printed Pictures

  • no more than five in total are allowed
  • no smaller than 2” x 3”
  • no larger than 4” x 6”
  • note nude, sexually provocative, or gang related pictures or photographs

Books, Magazines, Periodicals

  • must calm from publisher or bookstore
  • cannot be sexually explicit
  • max of 3 books and 3 magazines per week

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