Southwest Area LA Jail

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Southwest Area LA Jail Information

The Southwest Area LA Jail is a 25 bed jail in the city of Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California.

This page provides information on how to search for an inmate in the official jail roster, or by calling the facility at 213-485-2615, directions to the facility, and inmate services such as the visitation schedule and policies, funding an inmate's account, mailing them a letter, receiving phone calls from an inmate, voicemail, emailing and texting, tablet rentals, bail bond instructions, and commissary purchases.

Phone: 213-485-2615

Physical Address:
1546 West Martin Luther King Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90062

Mailing Address (personal mail):
Inmate's first and last name and booking #
PO BOX 86164
Terminal Annex
Los Angeles, CA 90086-0164

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How Do You Find Someone in the Southwest Area LA Jail?

To search for an inmate in the Southwest Area LA Jail, review their criminal charges, the amount of their bond, when they can get visits, or even view their mugshot, go to the Official Jail Inmate Roster, or call the jail at 213-485-2615 for the information you are looking for. You can also look up a list of criminal courts for Los Angeles County and every other county in California.

Southwest Area LA Jail Inmate Search

The Southwest Area LA Jail maintains an average of 25 offenders in custody on any given day. The Southwest Area LA Jail has a monthly turnover of 40% of their inmate population, another 30% turnover every 90 days, another 20% every six months, and approximately 10% stay incarcerated between six and twelve months. Every year Los Angeles County law enforcement agencies arrest and detain approximately 529,180 offenders.

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About the Southwest Area LA Jail
The Southwest Area Los Angeles Jail in California has a capacity of 56 beds. This is much smaller than other county jails in the state, such as the Men's Central Jail which has a capacity of 5,640 beds and the West Valley Detention Center which has a capacity of 3,347 beds. The Southwest Area LA Jail in Los Angeles, California is located at 1546 West Martin Luther King Blvd., Los Angeles, California 90062. The phone number for the jail is 323-267-4800. Inmates can be contacted by calling the Department's ID Unit at (916) 445-6713, or by searching for them on the Southwest Area Los Angeles Jail Inmate Search website or the Southwest Area LA Jail CA website. Additional information about contacting inmates can be found on the Prisonal.org website. The Southwest Area LA Jail in California has visitation hours from 8:15 AM to 4:00 PM on Fridays and Saturdays. Visiting hours may be restricted based on the inmate's housing location. The jail is temporarily closed. The Los Angeles County jail system has been subject to a lawsuit alleging 'barbaric' conditions, including lack of access to clean water and functioning toilets. The jail system holds more than 5,000 inmates with a mental illness, and issues related to telephone services should be directed to GTL Customer Service at 1-866-607-6006. Friends and family can deposit funds to an inmate's trust account via Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT). The Southwest Area LA Jail in Los Angeles, California is unique in that it is divided into four separate facilities - North Facility, East Facility, South Facility, and North County Correctional Facility. It is run by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department and houses inmates who are awaiting trial or sentencing. The jail is located in an area known as the French Valley, adjacent to the cities of Temecula and Murrieta. It is currently temporarily closed, but individuals can still contact inmates through mail at their respective prison addresses.
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Recent Bookings & Arrests

How do I find out if someone has been arrested and booked into the Southwest Area LA Jail?

To find out if someone you know has been recently arrested and booked into the Southwest Area LA Jail, call the jail’s booking line at 213-485-2615.

There may be an automated method of looking them up by their name over the phone, or you may be directed to speak to someone at the jail. Sometimes the jail staff may ask you the offender’s date of birth to ensure privacy of the offender’s status.

Keep in mind that after an arrest, the information on an offender may not be publicly available for several hours.

If you don’t want to check up on an offender by calling the jail, you can also try looking up people recently booked online.

Southwest Area LA Jail Booking Roster

What happens during booking in Los Angeles County?

After being arrested and taken into custody, and after being read their Miranda Rights, an offender will next be transported to the local police or department or the Sheriff’s Department in Los Angeles County for booking.

Booking is very involved and requires multiple steps in the process, however, keep in mind that most attorneys will advise that an offender remain silent and not offer any additional information about the crime they have been arrested for because anything they do say may be recorded and may very well be used against them in court.

What is the booking process like at the Southwest Area LA Jail?

Booking includes having their photo (mugshot) and fingerprints taken, as well as being asked a lot of questions about their personal history and state of mind. If it’s a serious felony, their DNA may also be taken. They will also be checked for warrants in Los Angeles County and other California and USA jurisdictions.

If the offender was arrested for a DUI offense, and has refused a breathalyzer test, they may also be forced to have blood drawn by a doctor or nurse.

It is also very likely that the offender will undergo a humiliating full body search while in the nude. This includes bending over, spreading their cheeks in the direction of an officer, and coughing. They will also be walked through a metal detector or x-ray machine, like those used at an airport.

What kind of questions are asked during booking?

The arresting jurisdiction will ask about gang affiliations, tattoos, medical conditions, prescribed medication they are taking, recreational drugs they are on or addicted to, allergies, if they are suicidal, and other relevant information that will help with determining their cell assignment and special needs.

What happens to an offender’s personal property during booking?

During the arrest and booking process an offender will also have all their personal property confiscated and held for either their release from jail, or with the offender’s approval, released to a friend or family member.

Personal property includes the clothing they are wearing, money, wallets, purses, cell phones, jewelry, body rings, earrings, watches, and even glasses if they are deemed a security risk. If they are allowed to keep their shoes or sneakers, the laces are removed.

What happens after booking?

At this point the offender will be allowed to make a free phone call to a person of their choice to notify them of their arrest, and/or arrange a bond or bail for their release.

If the offender is being detained and housed while awaiting arraignment, the Southwest Area LA Jail will provide a jail garment and slip-on shoes, a blanket, sheets, soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, and a towel.

Often, before they are dressed in the jail outfit and brought to their housing location, they will be forced to take a shower and undergo a disinfectant treatment for body and hair lice, scabies or other pests that may be residing on their person.

How long does the Southwest Area LA Jail Booking process take?

Booking can take anywhere from an hour to 24 hours or more. It all depends on the number of people that are awaiting processing, the number of staff on duty at the time, and the behavior of the offender.

If the offender is heavily intoxicated and/or violent, the Booking Officer may decide to stick the offender in a holding cell for several hours until they become more manageable.

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Directions / Map to the Southwest Area LA Jail
Inmate Visitation

How Do You Visit an Inmate in the Southwest Area LA Jail? What is the Schedule?

We’ve compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions and Answers for everything you need to know about Southwest Area LA Jail’s Inmate Visitation Policies, Rules and Guidelines. If you still have questions after reviewing these FAQs, call 213-485-2615 for further assistance.

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Remote Video Visitation

Can I Use My Computer or Phone to Have a Remote Video Visit with an Inmate in the Southwest Area LA Jail?

We’ve compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions and Answers for everything you need to know about Southwest Area LA Jail’s Video Remote Visitation Policies, Rules and Guidelines. If you still have questions after reviewing these FAQs, call 213-485-2615 for further assistance.

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Inmate Money Accounts

How Do You Deposit Money for an Inmate in the Southwest Area LA Jail?

We’ve compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions and Answers for everything you need to know about Southwest Area LA Jail’s Inmate Money and Trust Fund Policies, Rules and Guidelines. If you still have questions after reviewing these FAQs, call 213-485-2615 for further assistance.

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Inmate Phone Contact

How Do I Receive Phone Calls from an Inmate in the Southwest Area LA Jail?

We’ve compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions and Answers for everything you need to know about Southwest Area LA Jail’s Inmate Phone Policies, Rules and Guidelines. If you still have questions after reviewing these FAQs, call 213-485-2615 for further assistance.

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Mailing an Inmate

How do I Mail an Inmate in the Southwest Area LA Jail, and what can I send them?

We’ve compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions and Answers for everything you need to know about Southwest Area LA Jail’s Inmate Mail Policies, Rules and Guidelines. If you still have questions after reviewing these FAQs, call 213-485-2615 for further assistance.

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Inmate Commissary

Can I purchase Commissary Online for an Inmate in the Southwest Area LA Jail, and what can I purchase?

We’ve compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions and Answers for everything you need to know about Southwest Area LA Jail’s Commissary Policies, Rules and Guidelines. If you still have questions after reviewing these FAQs, call 213-485-2615 for further assistance.

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Texting and Emailing an Inmate

How Can I Communicate with an Inmate in the Southwest Area LA Jail using an Online Messaging Service?

We’ve compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions and Answers for everything you need to know about Southwest Area LA Jail’s Text and Email Policies, Rules and Guidelines. If you still have questions after reviewing these FAQs, call 213-485-2615 for further assistance.

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Inmate Tablets

Do Inmates in the Southwest Area LA Jail have Access to Tablets or Computers?

We’ve compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions and Answers for everything you need to know about Southwest Area LA Jail’s Tablet Policies, Rules and Guidelines. If you still have questions after reviewing these FAQs, call 213-485-2615 for further assistance.

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Other Jails in Los Angeles County

What are the other City and County Jails in Los Angeles County?

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Los Angeles County City Jails
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Other Jails Nearby

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This facility, known as "Southwest Area LA Jail" is also known as Los Angeles City Jail System, Southwest Area LA Jail, California, Los Angeles.