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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 […]

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 […]

Your Rights as a Pregnant Inmate

If you are incarcerated and pregnant, you need to be sure you notify the prison staff immediately. You will be given a pregnancy test to be sure you are expecting. If you are, some changes will be made to accommodate your condition. Each state has its own rules about the treatment of pregnant inmates, but […]

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 […]

5 Things Not to Talk About During Jail Calls

When he calls, it is a natural instinct to talk to him about what's going on in your life, but be careful. Never lie to him, but be smart about what topics you bring up to speak about. These 5 things should probably wait for an in person visit or for when he comes home. […]

Pregnant and in Prison – Now What?

Going to prison or jail while you are pregnant sometimes can't be helped, but you will need to be sure you get the proper treatment and medical care while incarcerated. You'll also need to make arrangements for the baby after he or she is born. Banking on the belief you will be released before your […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

He is a Drug Addict, but he Keeps Passing Drug Tests – How?

The probation department has the ability to send a test off to be examined for tampering, but you don't have those same connections. Understanding how they can be cheated will help you test him more effectively. Related: How do America's drug courts work? The Houdini switch Drug users have this down to a science. Everyone […]

Five Reasons to Go to Drug Rehab and Stay Out of Jail

You know you have a problem, because lately your life has been falling apart. But going to rehab or seeking outpatient treatment seems like a drastic measure, because you're still surviving. Think about getting help for these reasons: It shows your family you are serious. How many times have you promised to stop using drugs […]

Bio-chemical treatment for Alcohol Addiction

One method of treatment for alcoholism is the bio-chemical method. While other recovery paths concentrate on powerlessness over addictions and the acceptance of a higher power, the bio-chemical treatment places importance on stabilizing the brain's chemistry. It has long been known that certain brain chemicals such as dopamine, serotonin and endorphins

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 […]

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 […]

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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.
 

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 […]

Restrictions on Greeting Cards for Inmates

Understanding what jails mean by "plain" cards and why they require them helps ensure your inmate's holiday or greeting cards arrive on time. The facility's website might have a vague statement about only sending "plain" cards, or there might be no instruction at all. It is only when your card is returned unopened to you […]

Helpful Workout Routines if you are in State or Federal Prison

Incarceration is scary. It doesn't matter how old or tough you are, fear is a natural response to being sent to prison. Not showing that fear is one of the most important things you can do to protect yourself while doing your time. Exercise is a perfect tool to alleviate fear. According to Harvard Health […]

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 […]

5 Ways to Help an Addict While he is Away at Rehab

Unless your friend is still living at home with parents and has no bills or responsibilities, he/she is going to need some help while at rehab. The five main reasons addicts worry about being gone are: Pets: If you are an animal lover, you might offer to take his pet in and take of him […]

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 […]

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? […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Getting a Felon's Voting Rights Restored in Massachusetts

Voting is one of the most fundamental rights given to American citizens, but that right can be lost if you're a convicted felon. It's up to the each state to decide their laws about restoring rights. The laws for Massachusetts include: If You're Charged If you've been charged with a crime, but have not yet […]

Time Inmate Visitation So it Works

Many jails provide a variety of visitation options during the week and you should take advantage of this if you can. Though your inmate will be thrilled to see you at any time, strategic scheduling can make a big difference in the quality of the visit. Time of Day Choose a time that he or […]

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 […]

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 […]

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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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