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Van Nuys Jail
6240 Sylmar Ave.
Van Nuys, CA 91401


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

The Van Nuys Jail is located at:
6240 Sylmar Ave.
Van Nuys, CA 91401 

It can be reached 24 hours a day, 365 days a year by calling 818-374-9645.

The main reason that people call 818-374-9645 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 Van Nuys 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 Los Angeles 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 Van Nuys Jail have inmate commissary?
Can an inmate receive and/or send email or text messages?
Do inmates in Los Angeles County have access to computers or tablets?
How do you pay an inmate’s bail or bond?

Every year the Van Nuys Jail has approximately 500 bookings, with a daily average of 25 inmates and maintains control of the facility with a staff of 6.

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 Van Nuys 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.

Go to this page for other jails in Los Angeles County, jails in neighboring counties, and local police jails and juvenile detention centers for young offenders under age 18 in this county.

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 Los Angeles 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 Van Nuys Jail. 

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

Third Party Jail Inmate Services for Van Nuys Jail

Communication and Monetary Services for Family and Friends of Inmates

Gone are the days where Van Nuys 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 Los Angeles 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 Van Nuys 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 Van Nuys 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. 

Van Nuys Jail

California Los Angeles 25


6240 Sylmar Ave.
Van Nuys, CA 91401



District Attorney: 213-974-1484


Inmate's First and Last Name and booking #
PO BOX 86164
Terminal Annex
Los Angeles, CA 90086-0164

Frequently Asked Questions

How many inmates are in the Van Nuys Jail in California?
There are 25 inmates in the Van Nuys 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, Van Nuys 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 Van Nuys Jail.

How many people get arrested and booked into the Van Nuys Jail in California every year?
In 2021, a total of 500 offenders were booked into the Van Nuys 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 Van Nuys Jail.

How many people work at the Van Nuys Jail in California?
The Van Nuys Jail maintains a staff of approximately 6. 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 Van Nuys Jail in California have an inmate search or jail roster to see who is in custody?
Yes, the Van Nuys Jail in California has an Inmate Search Roster feature. Learn more about how to search for an inmate in the Van Nuys Jail. When you get to this page click on the big green button that reads 'OFFICIAL Van Nuys 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 818-374-9645 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 Van Nuys Jail in California?
The Van Nuys Jail address and phone number is: 6240 Sylmar Ave.
Van Nuys, CA 91401. Their phone number is 818-374-9645. 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 Van Nuys Jail.

Where do I found out all the inmate services at Van Nuys 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 Van Nuys Jail inmate services: Learn more about how to visit an inmate in the Van Nuys Jail. Learn more about how to get phone calls from an inmate in the Van Nuys Jail. Learn more about how to text/email an inmate in the Van Nuys Jail. Learn more about how to send money to an inmate in the Van Nuys Jail. Learn more about how to mail an inmate and what's allowed in the Van Nuys Jail. Learn more about inmate commissary in the Van Nuys Jail.

How do I bail or bond an inmate out of the Van Nuys Jail?
Call 818-374-9645 for the type of bond and any information that is required for a particular individual at Van Nuys 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 Van Nuys Jail.

This facility, known as "Van Nuys Jail" is also known as Van Nuys Jail, California, Los Angeles.