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Inmate Voting Rights: Can I Vote After Being Convicted of a Misdemeanor Offense?

In most states, once you are released from jail for your misdemeanor conviction your voting rights are fully restored. In some cases, you are still allowed to vote even while incarcerated. In the states of Idaho, Kentucky, Indiana, South Carolina, Michigan, South Dakota and Missouri, if you are in jail or prison due to a […]

Three Ways to Make Jail Calls Cheaper

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How to Get Your Visitation Suspension Lifted

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4 Good Places to Find Prison Pen Pals

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Consequences of Contraband Mail

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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

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When the Newness of Sobriety Wears Off

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When 12-Step Programs Don't Work For You

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Getting a Felon's Voting Rights Restored in Massachusetts

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Fun Ideas to Mail to Your Inmate

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How To Keep an Inmate Involved in the Lives of the Children

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The Orange County Central Women’s Jail in Santa Ana, Orange 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 Orange County Central Women’s 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 Orange County Central Women’s Jail are either awaiting trial or have been sentenced in the Orange 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 Orange County Central Women’s 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 Orange County, California are: Anaheim Detention Facility, Buena Park Jail, Costa Mesa Jail, Cypress Jail, Fullerton Jail, Garden Grove Jail, Huntington Beach Jail, Irvine Jail, La Habra Jail, La Palma Jail, Laguna Beach Jail, Newport Beach Jail, Orange City Police Jail, Orange County Central Men’s Jail, Orange County Jail - James A. Musick Facility , Orange County Jail - Theo Lacy Facility, Orange County Jail Intake Release Center, Santa Ana Jail, Westminster Jail. In addition, Orange County houses the following juvenile facilities: Orange County Jail - Theo Lacy Juvenile Annex, Orange County Juvenile - Joplin Youth Center, Orange County Juvenile - Los Pinos Probation Camp, Orange County Juvenile - Youth Guidance Center , Orange County Juvenile - Youth Leadership Academy , Orange County Juvenile Hall.

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



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Restrictions on Greeting Cards for Inmates

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

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Consequences of Contraband Mail

At some point you might be tempted to mail contraband to your inmate. After all, how much trouble will it really cause, right? The answer is, plenty. The consequences of being caught mailing contraband to an inmate or an inmate receiving it can be severe. Criminal Charges If your inmate is in a state or […]

Can a Felon Own a Gun Oklahoma?

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Understanding Inmate Calling Plans

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Best Days for Inmate Phone Calls

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

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Inmate Voting Rights: Can I Vote After Being Convicted of a Misdemeanor Offense?

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5 Facts About Your Supplemental Security Income Payments While You Are Incarcerated

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The First Few Days of Life after Imprisonment

Society has an expectation that once an inmate is set free he or she can just jump right back into life, but that isn't the way it works. The best way to get back into normal life after incarceration is to take a few baby steps the first few days. Delay the Party Friends and […]

Why Commissary is Important

Commissary funds are deposited to an inmate's account so he or she can purchase personal hygiene items, stationery supplies and snacks. Some lists also offer clothing, electronics, books and phone cards, among other things. A Relief from Hunger Inmates are typically fed two to three meals a day. The ingredients are high in calorie and […]

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 […]

How to Survive Prison

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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 […]

What Does a 15 Years to Life Sentence Mean?

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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.

[Article_Ad_2]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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