To get started you must first open an account with GTL Connect Network (aka Viapath Technologies)
How to get phone Calls from your inmate at Men's Central Jail
Using GTL you have the option of either:
- pre-paying directly into your inmate's account where they decide who to call, or
- pre-paying, where you control all phone costs and all calls come only to you.
Prepaid Option #1
If you deposit money online in the INMATE ACCOUNT, than they have the freedom to spend the money on phone calls to anyone, or any other communications services available at Men's Central Jail.
Prepaid Option #2
With the FRIENDS & FAMILY ACCOUNT, you control all communication services such as phone calls, video visits and messaging. Your inmate can only call the phone number you want.
Does the Men's Central Jail allow email communication with Inmates?
As of January 2023, LA County Jails do not yet contract with a service that allows email or messaging services.
A growing number of jails now offer email services to inmates and their families.
Anything you or your inmate writes in an email service is put through a filtering program that looks for certain words related to criminal and/or gang activities. There have been multiple cases in which emails between inmates and their friends or loved ones have been used as evidence in criminal court cases to convict them or to file new charges.
What are the most important things to know about phone calls with Inmates
If you were unable to find the information you were looking for on this page, call GTL Connect Network at 877-650-4249 and ask their policies on getting phone calls from your inmate at Men's Central Jail.
You can contact GTL online by using this online form to ask a question.
There are two ways to deposit money in an inmate's account in the Los Angeles County Jail system:
1. Mailing a Payment - $200 maximum
Inmate's Full Name & Booking Number
PO BOX 86164
Los Angeles, CA 90086-0164
2. Dropping off a payment - $200 maximum
When dropping off an inmate's money in person, the Men's Central Jail will only accept:
Locations to drop off inmate money:
Inmate Reception Center
450 Bauchet Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Century Regional Detention Facility
11705 S. Alameda Street
Lynwood, CA 90262
For complete information and guidelines for sending an inmate money including: the maximum you can send, what form the payment has to be, the maximum an inmate can have in their account and more, check out our Inmate Money page.
Men's Central Jail Inmates are allowed mail in envelopes and on postcards. They are also allowed to receive photos.
They are also allowed to receive books, magazine and newspapers directly from trusted publishers and businesses.
Inmate's Full Name & Booking Number
PO BOX 86164
Los Angeles, CA 90086-0164
To learn all the rules, policies and guidelines, and they are extensive, for sending anything in the mail to an inmate at any of the Los Angeles County Jails, check out our Inmate Mail Page.
To find out how to get access to a tablet for an inmate read the following:
1. First, Register or Sign In to GTL / Viapath Services.
2. In the top menu, click on 'Services', then on 'Inmate Devices & Content'.
3. All inmates have free access to the tablets to read their letters from family & friends, but there are many other services available to keep your inmate busy while incarcerated... such as Games, Books, Music and Movies. These other services come with fees that you can pay for when you pay for phone service.
To learn more about Tablet Rentals for inmates, including the cost, all the services available and everything else you need to know, check out our Tablet Rental Page.
Follow these instructions on how to open an account with GTL Connect Network (aka Viapath Technologies)
For full instructions on the Men's Central Jail Inmate Phone System, what the costs are, how it works, and tips and guidelines on rules, regulations and saving money on calls, check out our Inmate Phones Page.
As of January 2023, LA County Jails do not yet contract with a service that allows email or messaging services. For the time being the only communication with inmates by US Mail, By Phone or by Visiting them at the facility.
For more information on how jails across America are using third-party email services to allow communication between inmates and their loved ones, check out our Inmate Email page.
Follow these instructions to register, schedule and then visit an inmate using GTL.
Inmate Visitation times in Men's Central Jail vary based on many considerations.
After you select your inmate, you will be given the option of available time slots.
|SUNDAY||8:00AM - 9:00PM|
|MONDAY||8:00AM - 9:00PM|
|TUESDAY||8:00AM - 9:00PM|
|WEDNESDAY||8:00AM - 9:00PM|
|THURSDAY||8:00AM - 9:00PM|
|FRIDAY||8:00AM - 9:00PM|
|SATURDAY||8:00AM - 9:00PM|
For all the information you need to know regarding scheduling, times, cost, rules, tips and guidelines of inmate visits at the Men's Central Jail, check out our Visit Inmate Page.
To send a commissary carepack (food, snacks and goods) directly to an inmate in Men's Central Jail follow these steps:
For all information, tips and available items for shipping Commissary packages to an inmate in Men's Central Jail check out our Commissary Instructions Page for Los Angeles County.
How do I open an inmate phone account at the Men's Central Jail?
The Men's Central Jail uses a third-party phone service called GTL Connect Network. If you want to communicate by phone with your inmate, you have to first open an account with GTL. They have three different types of accounts: (1)AdvancePay - which is a prepaid collect calling service which allows an inmate to call your phone number using funds that you deposit. (2)PIN Debit - which allows an inmate to call direct to anyone they choose using money that you have deposited for them, or they can use money from their commissary or trust account to purchase prepaid phone credits. (3)Inmate Voicemail - In order to leave a voicemail for your inmate you must have an active AdvancePay Account. To leave a voicemail message you will call a local number that Men's Central Jail has set up, select their Inmate ID, then record the message you want to leave them. To find out the phone number you call to leave a message, call Men's Central Jail at 213-974-4082 or call GTL Connect Network at 877-650-4249. Learn more about how to get phone calls from an inmate in the Men's Central Jail.
How much does it cost for an inmate to make a phone call from the Men's Central Jail?
Phone call rates from your inmate in the Men's Central Jail to you vary and are subject to change, but in general the costs are as follows: AdvancePay Phone Calls - $0.21 per minute. PIN Debit Phone Calls - $0.21 per minute. Traditional Collect Phone Calls - $0.25 per minute. VOICEMAIL Message (one minute max) - $1.00 per minute. Learn more about how much phone calls cost in the Men's Central Jail, or call GTL Connect Network at 877-650-4249.
Can inmate phone calls from the Men's Central Jail connect to my mobile phone number?
Yes. When an inmate in the Men's Central Jail calls you using a GTL Connect Network phone service's AdvancePay or PIN Debit account, the calls can connect to your cell phone. Learn more about how to set up a phone account for an inmate in the Men's Central Jail.
Why is my Men's Central Jail phone status blocked?
If your phone status at the Men's Central Jail is showing being BLOCKED, there could be several reasons for this: (1)There are not enough funds on your AdvancePay or PIN Debit Account, (2)You have a new telephone number, and a restriction could be on your line, (3)You may have accidentally pressed the incorrect number when attempting to accept the incoming call and you may have blocked your line, (4)In the past you may have requested to have a block placed on your phone and you never had it removed. On any of these issues of your phone being blocked, you can resolve them by calling GTL Connect Network at 877-650-4249. Learn more about how to unblock a phone in the Men's Central Jail.
Are phone calls with an inmate at the Men's Central Jail recorded?
Yes. All phone calls with an inmate in the Men's Central Jail are recorded. All calls except those with their lawyer. Everything you say and do are going to be heard and recorded by the jail staff. If you discuss your inmate's pending criminal case or any criminal activity, you can be assured that the conversation will end up being sent to the prosecutor and/or other law enforcement. Learn more about inmate phone calling privacy tips with an inmate in the Men's Central Jail.
How do I control all phone calls with an inmate in Men's Central Jail?
In order to have full control over the phone expenses and who your inmate can call while in the Men's Central Jail, you need to open a GTL AdvancePay phone account. With this type of account, when you deposit money, your inmate can only call your phone number. However, since your inmate can also purchase prepaid phone time through commissary, they can use the prepaid account to phone whoever they choose, as long as the person or number is not blocked by Men's Central Jail. Learn more about how to control your inmate's phone calls in the Men's Central Jail.
How do I make a deposit into a Men's Central Jail inmate's phone account?
GTL Connect network has five different options for making deposits for your inmate's phone account: (1) Online, at the GTL Connect network website. (2) By phone - Call - 877-650-4249. (3) At the Men's Central Jail lobby kiosk. (4) By mailing a check or money order to: AdvancePay Service Department - P.O. Box 911722 - Denver, CO 80291-1722. (5) Walk-in retail locations such as Western Union Quick Collect [Blue Form], Walmart, ACE, Kmart, Kroger, and more. Learn more about how to deposit money for an inmate's phone account in the Men's Central Jail.
Who is ViaPath Technologies?
GTL Connect Network and their sister company GTL gettingout are currently undergoing a merger and rebranding into a single entity called ViaPath Technologies. During this transition, all of the current services, links and prices will remain the same. Men's Central Jail, and family members and friends of inmates will not see any changes during the transition, as it will be a slow, measured, seamless process. The end result will be a more responsive company with even better services for you and your inmates.
Do inmates in the Men's Central Jail have access to tablets?
Yes. Men's Central Jail is transitioning to having free tablets available to all inmates for basic services. In addition, you will be able to purchase tablet subscriptions which will include, music, movie streaming, educational programming, legal research and more. Learn more about how to rent a tablet for an inmate in the Men's Central Jail.