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Losing SSI and SSDI Benefits While Incarcerated

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Checking In To Prison – Aaron's Story

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A Bath Salt Addict Describes Why She Gave Them Up

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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, 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

California Los Angeles 6750
441 Bauchet Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Men's Central Jail
Inmate Name, Booking Number
PO BOX 86164 - Terminal Annex
Los Angeles, CA 90086-0164
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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Checking In To Prison – Aaron's Story

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Get a Special Visit If You Live Far From the Jail

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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, […]

What to do if a Family Member Goes Missing

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A Bath Salt Addict Describes Why She Gave Them Up

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4 Things to Avoid During An Arrest

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Fun Ideas to Mail to Your Inmate

Mail is a great way to communicate with your inmate. In addition to serious letters, here are some fun ways to amuse each other through the mail. These can be done on postcards or letters. Top 10 Each of you make a list of your favorite five things about the other person and also write […]

Caring for an Inmate, Even If You Can't Visit the Jail or Prison

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  1. LA County Jail Inmates Fri, Apr 27 2012 11:26 PM

    If you want 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, click on LA County Jail Inmates.

  2. Jamie Hughlett Wed, Jun 27 2012 11:12 PM

    The Los Angeles County jail inmate search engine isnt working after entering their name. It goes to the verification thing were u type in the letters but every time I type them in even if its correct it sys to try again I tried it like 10 consecutive times and just keeps telling me to try again

  3. Tamela Alford Tue, Jul 10 2012 6:09 PM

    If an inmate is free: Why does it take soo long for them to be released?.We know what goes on in their,who wants to spend any more time in there, more than they have to.

  4. Constantino Sun, Jul 22 2012 2:23 AM

    I Ned information

  5. gemann Tue, Aug 21 2012 12:04 AM

    I've been trying to search for and inmate and I cant get pass the verification letter it keeps telling me to try again even if it typed correctly......:(

  6. Admin Mon, Sep 17 2012 12:40 PM

    Sometimes the search can get hung up. It's thecounty search so we are all dependent on it. Try another time and it will be fine.

  7. noname Fri, May 17 2013 1:57 AM

    it doesnt allow you sometimes on cellphone internet, try house internet!! happend to me but he was there all along

  8. crystal Sun, Jun 23 2013 11:04 PM

    gemann ur cache. once u clear ur cache and cookies it wont get stuck asking u for the verification letters over and over. lemme know if i helped

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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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