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Placerville Jail
300 Forni Road
Placerville, CA 95667

530-621-6000

The Placerville Jail is the main jail in El Dorado County California. While the police in the cities and towns in El Dorado County can arrest and detain offenders, the Placerville Jail is the facility that is accredited by California to hold inmates for more than 72 hours.

The Placerville Jail, located at:
300 Forni Road
Placerville, CA 95667 
can be reached 24 hours a day, 365 days a year at 530-621-6000.

The main reason that people call 530-621-6000 is to find out if a particular person is in custody, although you can look up an inmate online by going here. You can also get answers to whatever questions about an inmate, and the services for Placerville Jail that you may have by clicking on any of the questions below:

How to search for an inmate?
Can you look up an inmate’s mugshot?
How do you look up an offender’s criminal charges, bond or inmate number?
How do you visit an inmate?
What are the visitation hours?
Can you visit inmates in El Dorado County by video from home?
How do you get phone calls from an inmate?
Can you send mail, books, or newspapers to an inmate?
How do you send an inmate money?
Does Placerville Jail have inmate commissary?
Can an inmate receive and/or send email or text messages?
Do inmates in El Dorado County have access to computers or tablets?
How do you pay an inmate’s bail or bond?

Every year the Placerville Jail has approximately 5500 bookings, with a daily average of 275 inmates and maintains control of the facility with a staff of 68.

Inmates in this jail range from low level misdemeanor offenders to those being held and awaiting trial for violent crimes like robbery, rape, and murder. Therefore, given the mix of potentially dangerous inmates, the security level is very high. 

The Placerville Jail is equipped with a state-of-the-art locking system, closed circuit cameras covering every area where inmates are located, and jail staff that utilize a communication system that keeps each of the guards and civilian staff in constant contact. 

Guards that circulate in the same general area of the inmates are armed with eye-blinding mace that will turn an inmate having a violent outburst into a weeping child. They also carry stun weapons, short clubs, flashlights that have dual use as both a light source and as a weapon, and handcuffs. Guards at entrances and in areas not frequented by inmates are armed with various firearms. The goal of such tight security is to keep both the staff and the inmates safe.

For other jails in El Dorado County, jails in neighboring counties, and local police jails and juvenile detention centers for young offenders under age 18 in this county, click here.

Unlike the California Department of Corrections, where inmates are sent once convicted of a crime and sentenced to a period of more than a year, the El Dorado County Jail System is populated by short-term offenders; those who have just been arrested and awaiting to be bonded out by friends or family, those who cannot afford or get bailed and are awaiting trial, or those who have already been convicted of a crime and sentenced to a term of less than one year. Many of the latter inmates become ‘workers’, who can reduce their sentence by performing jail maintenance or working in the kitchen. An upside to being a worker is they also get paid a small stipend so when they get released, they have a few dollars in their pocket.

When an inmate is convicted and sentenced to a year or more, they are transferred to the California Department of Corrections or the Federal Bureau of Prisons.  

Inmates that are convicted of a misdemeanor and/or sentenced to less than one year of a state crime serve their time in the Placerville Jail. 

Illegal immigrants convicted of a state or federal crime will first do their time, then may be transferred into ICE custody for deportation.

How Does an Inmate Make Phone Calls in Placerville Jail?

To receive phone calls from an inmate in El Dorado County follow these instructions:

Placerville Jail uses the services of NCIC for inmate phone calling. It is called a ‘friends & family account”.

In order to receive phone calls from your inmate, you need to do the following:

  • Register here, or by phone 800-943-2189
  • Choose California.
  • Choose Placerville Jail
  • Select your Inmate.
  • Enter the phone number your Inmate will be calling.
  • Fund your Account. ($10-$100 at a time)

NOTE:
1.   You cannot receive any calls to your phone number from your inmate until both you and your phone number are registered.
2.  When you do receive a call, the number you will view on your phone from the incoming call is: 800-943-2189.
3.  When allowed by Placerville Jail, families can also leave secure voicemails for inmates to listen to.

Fees

  • Adding funds to your account - $3.00 
  • Cost of phone call of a Prepaid Collect Account - $0.21 per minute
  • Cost of an interstate (ex. California to a different state) phone call NOT Prepaid - $0.25 per minute
  • Cost of an intrastate (ex. California to California) phone call NOT Prepaid - $0.25 per minute
  • Cost if you set up your account (or fund it) by phone using a live agent, you will be charged a one-time fee of $5.95.

NCIC Customer Service
Phone - 800-943-2189 or 903-247-0069
Email – [email protected]
Full list of participating jails.

For all the information regarding phone calls with El Dorado County inmates; rules, policies, phone calling times, fees, limits and more visit our Inmate Phone Page.


 

How to Send a Carepack Commissary Package Directly to an Inmate in El Dorado County

To send a commissary carepack (food, snacks and goods) directly to an inmate in Placerville Jail follow these steps:

  • Select California, then select Placerville Jail, and then select the 'Send a Package Order' option.
  • Register and create an account with Access Securepak, for El Dorado County.
  • Choose the inmate and the products you want shipped to them, and input your payment method. 
  • NOTE: There may be a limit on how much product you can send your inmate in El Dorado County at any one time.

For all information, tips and available items for shipping Commissary packages to an inmate in Placerville Jail check out our Commissary Instructions Page for El Dorado County.


 

How to Send Money to an Inmate in El Dorado County

To send commissary money to an inmate in Placerville Jail follow these steps:

  • Register with correctpay by creating an account.
  • Select California, then select Placerville Jail, and then the inmate you want to send money to.
  • Choose the amount of money you want to send, and input your payment method.
  • You can deposit money four ways:
  • Deposit online at correctpay.com.
  • Deposit at the VendEngine kiosk in the Placerville Jail lobby.
  • Deposit over the phone 24/7 at 855-836-3364
  • Deposit through their iOS or Android app.

For all information on how to Send Money to an inmate's account, what the fees are, how long it takes to hit their account and more, check out our full money and commissary guide for Placerville Jail.


 

How to Have Remote Video Visits and 'At the Jail' Visits with an Inmate in El Dorado County

To register and sign up for a remote visitation account with correctpay.com to communicate with your Placerville Jail inmate, follow the instructions below:

Placerville Jail uses the services of correctpay.com (aka JailFunds) for you to schedule and visit your inmate via remote video visitation.

You can ‘video visit’ your inmate one of three ways:

  • Visit from your home computer.
  • Visit from the correctpay VendEngine Kiosk in the Placerville Jail lobby.
  • Visit by using the JailFunds iphone or Android app

Go here to begin the process to schedule a visit.

  • Register by creating an account here.
  • Add a payment method.
  • Select California
  • Select Placerville Jail
  • Select your inmate
  • Schedule a visit.

24/7 Customer Service - 855-836-3364

For all the information on remote video visits and 'at the jail' visitation for Placerville Jail, including fees, schedules, how it works and more, check out our Visit Inmate Page.


 

How to Send Commissary Money to an Inmate in El Dorado County

To send commissary money to an inmate's account in Placerville Jail follow these steps:

You can deposit money four different ways:

  • Deposit online at correctpay.com.
  • Deposit at the VendEngine kiosk in the Placerville Jail lobby.
  • Deposit over the phone 24/7 at 855-836-3364
  • Deposit through their iOS or Android app.

correctpay.com Contact, Help and FAQ

24/7 Customer Service - 855-836-3364
Frequently Asked Questions

For all information, tips and available items for send money and for shipping Commissary packages to an inmate in Placerville Jail check out our Commissary Instructions Page for El Dorado County.


 

How to Send a Secure Email or Text Message to an Inmate in El Dorado County

To send a secure email message and digital photos to an inmate in Placerville Jail follow these steps:

  • Register with correctpay by creating an account.
  • Select California, then select Placerville Jail, and then the inmate you want to send your message to.
  • Choose the amount of money you want to spend, and input your payment method. The funds can also be used by the inmate to send a message back to you.
  • NOTE: All messages between you and your inmate will be permanently recorded and seen by the staff and could be used against your inmate in court... So be careful what you write.
  • Uploading photos to Inmate’s email
    Make sure the file size is less than 5MB.
    Also make sure your file is a .jpg, .jpeg or .gif.

For all information on how to Text/Email an Inmate in Placerville Jail and send them photos, check out our Secure Messaging Guide for El Dorado County. 
24/7 Customer Service - 855-836-3364


 

Third Party Jail Inmate Services for Placerville Jail

Communication and Monetary Services for Family and Friends of Inmates

Gone are the days where Placerville Jail supervised their own phone system, mail system, visitation, commissary and inmate money deposit systems. Jails throughout the United States are now partnering with high tech companies to provide and manage these servives for them and the jail in El Dorado County is no different.

Everything from video calls, to messages to visitation, and even digital mail and money deposits can be done from your home computer or personal device. Inmates in Placerville Jail, if they don't already, will soon have their own personal tablets for watching movies, TV shows, access to educational and and legal information, and more.

As Placerville Jail adds these services, JAILEXCHANGE will add them to our pages, helping you access the services and answering your questions about how to use them and what they cost.

You can check out this information now by going to the: Family Info page, Visit Inmate page, Inmate Mail page, Inmate Phone page, Send Money page, Inmate Bail page, Mugshots page, Text/Email an Inmate page, Commissary page, Remote Visits page, or the Tablet Rental page. 

Placerville Jail

STATE COUNTY BEDS
California El Dorado 275


PHYSICAL ADDRESS

300 Forni Road
Placerville, CA 95667


TELEPHONE NUMBER


FAX

South Lake Tahoe Jail: 530-541-6721

Placerville Jail: 530-626-9472

INMATE MAIL

Inmate's First and Last Name
Placerville Jail
300 Forni Road
Placerville, CA 95667


EMAIL

[email protected]


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Frequently Asked Questions

How many inmates are in the Placerville Jail in California?
There are 275 inmates in the Placerville Jail in California. While that is what they are approved to have incarcerated at any one time, they have on occasion had to add additional beds, even having inmates sleep on the floor when overcrowding becomes an issue. When possible, Placerville Jail will temporarily transfer some inmates to a neighboring facility, or if necessary, release some offenders from custody. Learn more about how to search for a specific inmate in the Placerville Jail.

How many people get arrested and booked into the Placerville Jail in California every year?
In 2021, a total of 5500 offenders were booked into the Placerville Jail in California. That is less than previous years, mostly due to restrictions related to the COVID pandemic. As of April 2022, the number of arrests and bookings are returning to normal, which means they are running higher than 2021. Learn more about how to search for an inmate in the Placerville Jail.

How many people work at the Placerville Jail in California?
The Placerville Jail maintains a staff of approximately 68. Staff positions include correction officers, maintenance, clerical, kitchen workers and management. California law allows for inmates to work alongside the paid staff during their incarceration, saving the facility money. Even though the inmates are paid, the cost is less than 15% of what a normal worker from the outside would be paid.

Does the Placerville Jail in California have an inmate search or jail roster to see who is in custody?
Yes, the Placerville Jail in California has an Inmate Search Roster feature. Learn more about how to search for an inmate in the Placerville Jail. When you get to this page click on the big green button that reads 'OFFICIAL Placerville Jail INMATE LIST'. After clicking on the link, type in the offender's name and then click 'search'. You can always call and speak to someone on the staff at 530-621-6000 if you are have further questions. In most cases the Inmate Roster provides information about the inmate's bond, criminal charges, mugshot, and even their release date, as long as they are not being sent to a California prison or the US Bureau of Prisons to serve a sentence that is longer than one year.

What is the address and phone number of the Placerville Jail in California?
The Placerville Jail address and phone number is: 300 Forni Road
Placerville, CA 95667. Their phone number is 530-621-6000. To find out the address for sending an inmate mail, sending newspapers, magazines or care packages, learn more about how to mail an inmate in the Placerville Jail.

Where do I found out all the inmate services at Placerville Jail, such as visitation policy and schedule, how the inmate phone system works, emailing an inmate, and sending them money to buy things in commissary?
Here is where you get direct access to all the information you need for Placerville Jail inmate services: Learn more about how to visit an inmate in the Placerville Jail. Learn more about how to get phone calls from an inmate in the Placerville Jail. Learn more about how to text/email an inmate in the Placerville Jail. Learn more about how to send money to an inmate in the Placerville Jail. Learn more about how to mail an inmate and what's allowed in the Placerville Jail. Learn more about inmate commissary in the Placerville Jail.

How do I bail or bond an inmate out of the Placerville Jail?
Call 530-621-6000 for the type of bond and any information that is required for a particular individual at Placerville Jail. A bond is set according to a court-approved schedule. You will either have to pay a cash bail, or put up a private, surety or a property bond to guarantee to the court that the defendant will return on their assigned court date. Learn more about how to bail or bond out an inmate in the Placerville Jail.

This facility, known as "Placerville Jail" is also known as El Dorado County Jail & Detention Facility, Placerville Jail , Placerville Jail , California, El Dorado.