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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 […]

A Guide to Inmate Visitation Online

Jails across the nation are catching on to the popularity of offering remote, "at-home," visitation. Not only is it convenient for jail staff, inmates, and family members, but it is also a way for the jail to collect revenue because in most cases, at-home visitation is a paid service. How it Works To be able […]

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 […]

Should I Tell My Kids I am an Addict?

If your children are over the age of six or seven they should be told if you are addicted to drugs. Children aren't stupid, and no matter how much you think you are keeping the big secret, they know something is wrong. Their imagination is going to run wild until you give them some information. […]

When Your Online Search Doesn't Find Your Inmate

Many jails have online databases listing those who have been arrested. In some cases, the database is updated every few minutes. If you do a search but nothing comes up, it doesn't necessarily mean your loved one is not incarcerated. There are several reasons an inmate can be in jail but not showing up in […]

Why Doesn't An Addict Get Clean After Overdosing?

As told by an addict who overdosed and almost died twice before giving up drugs. How often did you get high before you overdosed? By the time I overdosed the first time, I was getting high on a daily basis. I no longer took drugs to enjoy a high. I took them to avoid being […]

Solitary Confinement for Teenagers is a Bad Idea. Here's What We Can Do About It.

Inhumane disciplinary isolation for incarcerated children is causing suicides and other harm. All who believe that teenagers deserve special attention at their time of need will be interested in the recommendations in this New York Times piece. Read about it here: End Solitary Confinement for Teenagers

Dealing with a Drug Addict: How I Started Letting Go

If you are dealing with an addict in your life, you already know that you won't be able to keep it up forever. There will come a point where you will need to reclaim your life and get back among the living. Years ago, I began taking gradual steps toward letting go and by the […]

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 […]

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 […]

Losing SSI and SSDI Benefits While Incarcerated

Your husband goes to jail and you figure his Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits will at least help with the bills even though he is not home to receive them. When the payments stop, there are four reasons why this may happen. Here are the four stages of the […]

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 […]

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 […]

Getting a Felon's Voting Rights Restored in Louisiana

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 Louisiana include: You've Been Charged You cannot vote in Louisiana if you are incarcerated for […]

Coordinating Inmate Visitation To Minimize Conflicts

Most jails allow three to five visitors to see an inmate at the same time. Problems can come about when too many people want to be there simultaneously. Managing the visitation schedule will reduce stress and insure that your inmate gets to see everyone. Check Visitation Rules Some jails will allow people to split visits […]

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The Orange County Juvenile Hall in Orange, 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 Juvenile Hall 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 Juvenile Hall 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 Juvenile Hall 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 Central Women’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 .

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 Juvenile Hall 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.



Orange County Juvenile Hall

Orange County Detention / Probation

STATE COUNTY BEDS
California Orange 380
PHYSICAL ADDRESS
331 The City Drive South
Orange, CA 92868
FAX
714-935-7581
Visiting hours: Visiting hours at Juvenile Hall are conducted for minors based on the first letter of their last names. A B C - Sunday, 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.... D E F G H - Tuesday, 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.... I J K L M - Thursday, 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.... N O P Q R - Friday, 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.... S T U V W X Y Z - Saturday, 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
 

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 […]

Solitary Confinement for Teenagers is a Bad Idea. Here's What We Can Do About It.

Inhumane disciplinary isolation for incarcerated children is causing suicides and other harm. All who believe that teenagers deserve special attention at their time of need will be interested in the recommendations in this New York Times piece. Read about it here: End Solitary Confinement for Teenagers

He Expected Probation, Instead He Went to Jail.

My name is Jonathan. I thought I was going to get probation. Everyone I knew got probation for the same charge, but when I was called in front of the judge, he sentenced me to 30 days in jail. I was handcuffed, taken into custody in front of everyone in the courtroom, and brought to […]

Inmate Mail: How to Get an Envelope or Post Card Pre-Metered

If the facility that your inmate is in will only accept pre-metered mail, it is important to know how to get that done. Sticking a regular stamp on it and sending it will only get it sent back or discarded. Your inmate will never see it. You have several options: Get it Pre-Metered at the […]

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 […]

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 […]

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

Inmate Care Packages and How They Work

If your inmate is incarcerated in a jail that offers a care package program, you can have some fun surprising your inmate from time to time with a box full of things that you've personally selected for him or her. The Basics Inmate care packages are boxes or bags that are pre-filled with items from […]

5 Steps to Mailing Commissary Money to a Federal Inmate

In addition to these five steps below, keep in mind that when you mail the commissary funds, they must go through the United States Postal Service. You cannot use Federal Express, United Parcel or other similar services. Step 1 Know where to send it. All federal commissary money must be sent to a central post […]

Can a Felon Own a Gun In West Virginia?

West Virginia still requires you to receive a pardon from the governor's office before you can own/possess a gun in that state. Obtaining a pardon in West Virginia is very difficult. Over a recent period of nine different governors, only 131 pardons were granted out of all that applied. An attorney experienced in obtaining felony […]

How to Send a Book to an Inmate

Almost all jails and prisons require that books be sent to inmates directly from the publisher or a reputable online vendor, such as Amazon.com or BarnesandNoble.com. This requirement actually makes it simpler for you because you can compare prices easily and avoid shopping trips away from home or work and packaging time. How to Order […]

Understanding Inmate Calling Plans

Most jails and prison contract with third party vendors to provide a way for inmates to call their friends and families. Some of those companies only have one choice, but many of them provide a few options when you open and fund the account. Understanding what the different choices are will help you make a […]

You are on Felony Probation: 4 Things Not To Do

Being on felony probation means you report to a probation officer by phone or in person, typically once a month. Between your reporting dates, you need to stay on your probation officer's good side. 1. Don't associate with felons. Almost all felony probation officers will tell you not to hang around with known felons. It […]

Why Doesn't An Addict Get Clean After Overdosing?

As told by an addict who overdosed and almost died twice before giving up drugs. How often did you get high before you overdosed? By the time I overdosed the first time, I was getting high on a daily basis. I no longer took drugs to enjoy a high. I took them to avoid being […]

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 […]

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  1. Krystin Craft Wed, Feb 02 2011 3:06 PM

    Am I able to contact or call my boyfriend who was recently booked into this facility?

  2. Jane Sun, Oct 06 2013 4:14 AM

    October 2013 Orange County California Juvenile Court Case I recently had to go to the Juvenile Court in Orange County California with my 16 year old son (15 at time of ticket) for a Minor in Possession of alcohol charge. Before going, I searched online to try to learn what was going to happen. All I found were attorney advertisements, but very little information about the reality of what was going to happen. I had questions like these: What exactly was going to happen at the juvenile court appearance in Orange County? Does my child need a lawyer? What will be the likely outcome? Is my child going to get convicted? Will my child lose his license (that he just got) for a year? This post states my experience and gives my opinion on the answers to this question. My child got charged with being in the car with alcohol, (not possessing alcohol . . . just being in the car when there was an unopened container in the driver’s backpack). This is one of the numerous different “Minor In Possession” (MIP) charges. The specific charge was a violation of Vehicle Code 23224 and a conviction mandates a driver’s license suspension of one year. In addition to my own kid’s case, I also watched about 15 other cases as my son’s case was the last one called that day. My son was ticketed and released by a Newport Beach PD Police Officer. Inconsequentially, the ticketing officer made two errors on the original ticket,: 1) stating that the crime was an infraction (it’s a misdemeanor); and 2) noting that the case would be heard at Harbor Justice Center (because he was a juvenile, it was moved to Lamaroeux [The City Drive in Orange]). These errors were corrected before court by notices mailed to our home before the originally assigned court date. The court appearance occurred in October of 2013 at 8:30 a.m. We waited until the last possible day to appear. We arrived at about 8:10 a.m. and went through the metal detectors. We went upstairs to the 2nd floor (take right at the top of the main staircase) and checked in at the clerk’s window by showing the clerk a copy of the ticket (plus correction notices) and giving the minor’s name. The clerk advised us that we were in “Group 1” and to have a seat in the waiting room. There were about 10 other minors with parents already waiting. We got the last two seat. Other people continued to check-in. Everyone who checked in before about 8:20 got put in Group 1. I’d recommend getting there early to try to get into the Group1 and even earlier if you want to sit for the 30 to 45 minute wait. At 9:00 a.m., a bailiff came in and called for Group 1. Everyone in Group 1 filed out and followed the bailiff to the courtroom. I felt sorry for Group 2 people. Who knows how long they had to wait? We entered a nice courtroom and sat in the gallery seating. There is a Spanish translator assigned to the courtroom who was already in there sitting at one of the counsel tables. All of the English speakers were seated on one side of the gallery and all of the Spanish speakers were seated on the other side. The Spanish speakers were handed out headsets to listen to the Spanish translation. The Judge took the bench and set out sound ground rules. I do not remember everything he said, but I was basically a rendition of the minor’s legal rights and an advisement that parents were welcome to participate but that the minor’s were in the Spanish speakers as the Judge talked. The Judge then began calling the cases individually. The Judge was a stern, no-nonsense African American fellow and he was demanded respect. If a minor answered “yeah,” or really anything other than “Yes, Sir” or “Yes, Your Honor,” the Judge reprimanded the minor for lack of respect and told the minor to sit back down. So, definitely dress nice, show respect and be on your very best behavior. The first kid to get called up got asked by the Judge if he wanted to waive his rights and discuss the case right then and there. The alternative was that the minor refuse to waive rights, essentially claiming to be “not guilty” and the Judge would have set a date for a juvenile trial. When the first kid got asked if he would waive his rights, he did not know what to do. This was a stressful situation to be in because the poor kid did not know what was going to happen if he waived his rights. Those of us not having to go first got to see what was going to happen and could use that information in making our decision. Ultimately everyone ended up agreeing to waive their rights and deal with their case that day. The first kid was charged with a MIP violation too. So, it was a good indicator of what was going to happen to my kid. The kid eventually agreed to waive his rights and speak to the Judge about his case. The Judge asked the kid some questions about the facts of the case and how he did in school. The Judge also asked what the kid’s curfew time was. The Judge asked if he drug tested the kid right now if the kid would test clean or dirty. After quizzing the kid, making sure he was not an evil brat, and reading him the riot act, the Judge basically had he kid admit to that there was probably cause against him, (without using that term) and then the Judge sentenced him right there. This scenario was repeated with all the cases. Basically, there were about three different outcomes for all of the cases: Most kids got sentenced to one 8 hour class and 15 hours of community service. If the kid was there on an infraction or a misdemeanor (such as a curfew violation, a MIP charge, a drug charge, an alcohol or drug consumption charge), then the Judge sentenced those kids to one 8 hour alcohol/drug class for minors and 15 hours of community service. The kids got two months to complete the class and the community service hours. If they submitted proof of completion, then the charge would be dismissed completely, meaning the kids would not have a conviction on their record. A few kids got sentenced to one Juvenile class (which was referred to as a “J” class) and 15 hours community service. (These kids may have also had to do the other alcohol class too, but I am not real sure on that.) The “J” class was for the kids that were in trouble for the 2nd time for something relatively minor (meaning curfew, alcohol or marijuana). There may have also been a few kids who got a few more hours of community service, but I honestly cannot recall exactly. There was one kid who had been in trouble 2 times before (both for marijuana). This kid told the Judge that he did not want to waive his rights and that he was not going to admit that he did anything wrong. (He was accused of smoking pot out of a bong in a moving vehicle. He denied it, saying he was passing the bong to the driver so he could take a hit) He had already got sentenced to the two options stated above on other occasions. The Judge contemplated committing this kid to in-patient treatment at Juvenile Hall, but ultimately decided against it. The Judge also discussed with the parents putting the kid on 6 months probation. Ultimately, the Judge gave him the higher level “J” class again and community service. There was one case where 3 kids were accused of taking their parent’s car without permission, stealing a bottle of alcohol from Ralph’s and getting pulled over with marijuana. One of the three kids was 13 years old. The Judge spent about 20 minutes on this case, openly admitting he wanted to impress the seriousness of the situation on the 13 year old. Another kid got caught with meth. Ultimately, both of these kids all got sentenced to the 2nd option stated above. When your case is done, you will be handed a packet of documents and told to return to the clerk’s office where you checked in. You just go back in and have a seat. The clerk will call the minor’s name when the file comes back from the courtroom. The clerk will explain to the minor and the parent where to find the class that needs to be attended and how to document proof of community service. You will also get the address you need to mail your proof in. Once you have that information, you are all good to go and you are done with going to court! The bottom line is that the Orange County Judge did not appear to want to penalize these minors and give them criminal records. If your kid is going to court for the first time on a relatively minor offense, you do not need an attorney. No one really had one. Your kid is only going to have to go to court one time. He or she is not going to suffer a conviction. He or she is not going to get his driver’s license suspended. The minor I accompanied could have suffered a one year suspension of his driver’s license if the Judge really wanted to be a jerk. But all of the cases handled that day resulted in the kids just having to do a class and community service to get the entire matter dismissed. I hope this helps with what to expect.

  3. Verania Venegas Thu, Feb 20 2014 9:30 PM

    I cant get in contact with my cousin, and every time he trys to call me I cant receive the call because I have to pay but I don't know how to pay or what to do so I can get in contact with him.. Help ??

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