Santa Cruz County Rountree Medium Jail Facility Inmate Bail & Bonds

Santa Cruz County Rountree Medium Jail Facility

Address:
100 Rountree Lane
Watsonville, CA 95076

Phone:

831-454-2420

Using GTL/gettingout to make bail payments

How to make a bail payment using gettingout.com

  • gettingout.com assists you in using their banking system to make bail payment for your inmate.  
  • At this time, you cannot make bail payments online, but you can either do it at the or over the phone by calling 866-516-0115.

Who do I call to find out the Bond for an Inmate?

Please call the jail at 831-454-2420 for the type of bond and any information that is required for a particular individual at Santa Cruz County Rountree Medium Jail Facility.
A bond is set according to a court-approved schedule.
The purpose of the bond is to assure the offender's appearance in court.

Instructions on how to post Bail or Bond in Santa Cruz County

Because Santa Cruz County and California can change their bail bond procedures, it is always best to call either the jail or the court directly after an arrestee has been booked. Go directly to the Santa Cruz County Jail and Court pages here to find the phone number you need for this information.

Ask the jail or court representative these specific questions:

  1. Is the defendant eligible for bail or a bond?
  2. How much will the bail or bond be?
  3. Where do I go to pay it?
  4. Are there any days or times of the day or night when I cannot post bail?
  5. What types of payment are allowed? Cash? Money order? Credit card? What types of credit cards? Property or other collateral? Surety bonds?
  6. Do I have to use a bail or bond agent?

To save you the time and trouble, jailexchange.com has compiled the bail bond policies for the Watsonville area which you can link to directly by going here or here or here or here.

If you feel the bail is too high and you wish to get it reduced, contact a lawyer or the defendant's public defender and get them to look into what they can do to get a bail reduction.

Option 1 - How to Post Bail using Cash for a Defendant at Santa Cruz County Rountree Medium Jail Facility

The first option, a cash bond, is to pay the full bail amount in cash, cashier's check, or money order. Personal Checks are not accepted.

Depending on the crime, this amount could be anywhere from $100 to $75,000 or more.

To pay a cash bond, go to Santa Cruz County Rountree Medium Jail Facility or to the court where the bail hearing occurred. Going directly to the jail will quicken the release of the defendant as any bail paperwork processed at the court will have to be transferred to the jail.

Cashier's Checks and Money Orders may be made out to Santa Cruz County Rountree Medium Jail Facility where the defendant is being held, but usually to the Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office or to the Santa Cruz County Court.

To purchase money orders visit any Western Union, Moneygram or Post Office.

Option 2 - How to Post a Private or Surety Bond for a Defendant at Santa Cruz County Rountree Medium Jail Facility

In the event that someone does not have the full bond amount available to him or her, there is what is called a private bond or surety bond.

This is an agreement made with a bail agent or bondsman who will post the full bail amount. In return, the defendant and/or cosigner will pay a premium to the bail agent. This premium will be 10-15% of the full bail amount.

For example, if bail is posted at $5,000, then the premium will cost approximately $500-$750.

A bail agent will often require some form of collateral, for example, a lien on a house, a car or jewelry. This is to ensure that if the defendant skips bail, or does not appear in court, the bail agent has some sort of compensation for the full bail amount being paid.

Remember, by making an agreement with a bail agent the signatory takes responsibility for paying the full bail amount if the defendant does not appear in court.

Option 3 - How to Post a Property Bond for a Defendant at Santa Cruz County Rountree Medium Jail Facility

If you are a landowner in Santa Cruz County you may be able to post a property bond. Property within Santa Cruz County may be used as collateral to bail someone out. All owners of the property must be present to sign the bond in order for this to happen.

To find if property located outside of Santa Cruz County can be used as collateral, call a local bail or bond agent or contact a defense lawyer.

Click here for additional information on how to post bail at Santa Cruz County Rountree Medium Jail Facility.

Who can post Bail or Bond for a Defendant at Santa Cruz County Rountree Medium Jail Facility?

Anyone over the age of 18 who can produce a valid government-issued photo ID can post bail. Accepted forms of ID include a Photo Driver's License, Passport, or Motor Vehicle issued ID.

In many circumstances, if the defendant has the resources, they can post their own cash bail from jail.

Surety Bonds are arranged by a third party, typically a California state licensed Bail Bond firm.

Juveniles may only be bailed or bonded out of custody by a parent or legal guardian.

How are Bail or Bond Amounts decided in the city of Watsonville, in Santa Cruz County, state of California

As a general rule, a judge will most likely set a higher bail or bond for more serious crimes and a lower amount for less serious crimes. Other factors may include, but are not limited to:

  • The nature and circumstances of the offense
  • The defendant's record of previous convictions
  • The defendant's past record of appearance in court after being admitted to bail
  • The defendant's family ties
  • The defendant's employment record
  • The defendant's financial resources
  • The defendant's character and mental condition
  • The defendant's community ties

When will the Cash Bail or Collateral be returned to me?

Money or collateral will not be returned until the defendant's court case is finished, so realistically it could take several months to years, depending on the severity of the charges. If a defendant posts his or her own bail, Santa Cruz County Court may retain whatever amount of fines or fees have accumulated throughout the trial.

What happens to my Bail or Collateral if the Defendant misses Court?

The Judge may order a failure to appear warrant for the person's arrest or the Judge may order a Bail Commissioner's Letter be issued that will be sent to the person with a new court date.

If cash bail was paid, the entire amount may be forfeited.

How to Bail out an Inmate in Santa Cruz County

To Bail out or Post Bond for an Inmate in Santa Cruz County Rountree Medium Jail Facility follow these steps:

For complete Instructions on How to Bail or Bond an Inmate in Santa Cruz County Rountree Medium Jail Facility, check out our Inmate Bail page.


 

Depositing Money for Communicating with an Inmate

How to Make a Deposit for Phone, Email or Visitation using GettingOut.com

Santa Cruz County Rountree Medium Jail Facility uses GettingOut for some or all of its communication services with an inmate.

If you want to deposit money using this company for your use or your inmate's account, there are four ways to do it:

  • Online - They accept all major credit cards including Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express.
  • At the Santa Cruz County Rountree Medium Jail Facility using the kiosk in the jail lobby - (cash, debit or credit card) NOTE - Santa Cruz County Rountree Medium Jail Facility may require identity verification so bring your driver’s license or some other form of ID.
  • By phone by calling 866-516-0115 - They have bi-lingual operators are standing by 24 hours 7 days a week to assist you with your deposit. Major credit cards accepted are Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express.
  • By using their app, either Android or iphone. - All credit cards mentioned above are accepted.

For all the information you need to know, including tips, guidelines and warnings about depositing money in a Santa Cruz County Rountree Medium Jail Facility inmate's account for communication services, check out our Send Money page.


 

How to Communicate with an Santa Cruz County Rountree Medium Jail Facility Inmate by Mail and by Email

To mail or email an inmate in Santa Cruz County follow these steps:

When mailing a letter or postcard to an inmate, please address your mail as follows:
Inmate's First and Last Name
Inmate Name, Inmate S#
Rountree Medium Facility
100 Rountree Lane
Watsonville, CA 95076

  • All mail sent to an inmate at the Santa Cruz County Rountree Medium Jail Facility must include the sender's name and mailing address in the top left corner of the envelope or postcard.
  • Failure to include your return address will most likely result in your mail NOT being delivered and your letter destroyed.
  • The Santa Cruz County Rountree Medium Jail Facility has a zero-tolerance policy regarding mail violations. 
  • All the information you need to understand mail and email policies can be found on our Inmate Mail Page and our Text/Email an Inmate Page.

Emailing Messages & Photos

Facility_name_1} contracts with GTL GettingOut, the same service that handles iInmate Phone Systems and Video Visitation, for sending secure messages and photos between you and your inmate.
 
If you are not already registered, do so here, or Log in.

Then use the Facility Finder to:
1.  Select Santa Cruz County Rountree Medium Jail Facility,
2. Add your inmate to your list of contacts,
3. Add a credit or debit card to cover your costs.

  • Messages can be up to 500 characters long, including punctuation. At the bottom of your message there is a 'character countdown' feature.  
  • After you click the “CONTINUE” button, you can review the cost to send your message to your inmate. You can also attach credits for your inmate to reply to your message.  Be sure to accept the Terms and Conditions and click the “SEND” button for your message to be successfully delivered to your inmate.
  • You can also send your Santa Cruz County inmate photos and videos.

Customer Service Questions
'Online' Contact Form, or
Call   866-516-0115

Go here to this FAQ to get answers to how the transition to ViaPath from GTL and gettingout will affect your account.

All the information you need to understand mail and email policies for Santa Cruz County can be found on our Inmate Mail Page and our Text/Email an Inmate Page.


 

How Do You Visit an Inmate in Santa Cruz County Rountree Medium Jail Facility?

To visit an inmate in Santa Cruz County, whether by video or in person 'at the jail', follow these steps:

Other than 'at the jail' visits between you and your inmate, which is explained and outlined in detail on our Visit Inmate Page, Santa Cruz County remote video inmate visitation can be done using the services of GettingOut

There are three ways to remotely visit your inmate in Santa Cruz County Rountree Medium Jail Facility:
1.  Using the GettingOut Kiosk at the jail.
2. Using your computer from home.
3. Using your phone on the GettingOut apps.

To remotely visit an inmate in Santa Cruz County follow these steps:
1.  Start by confirming that Santa Cruz County Rountree Medium Jail Facility's Video Visitation is working correctly by looking up Santa Cruz County here.

2.  The next step is to create an account here for GettingOut.
3. Then add funds to your account.
4. Last, select Santa Cruz County Rountree Medium Jail Facility, and then the inmate you wish to communicate with.

Other Santa Cruz County Services provided by GettingOut:
 - Phone Calls & Voicemail 
 - Email, Photo & Video Sharing
-  Inmate Tablet Rental
-  Deposits

Customer Service
If you have any questions about the Santa Cruz County Rountree Medium Jail Facility Visitation Services you can call them at 866-516-0115.
Frequently Asked Questions

* All the information you need to have complete knowledge about inmate visitation; policies, rules, fees, schedules, tips, dress codes, and children, lawyers and clergy visitation in Santa Cruz County, can be found on our Visit Inmate Page.

Santa Cruz County Rountree Medium Jail Facility Phone: 831-454-2420


 

How to Send and Receive Secure Text and Email Messages with an Inmate in Santa Cruz County Rountree Medium Jail Facility

To communicate by text or email with an Santa Cruz County inmate, follow these instructions:

  • To send or receive a message you MUST first open a SmartJailMail.com account.
  • Once you open an account, you may search for Santa Cruz County inmates or detainees to connect with.
  • When you locate the Santa Cruz County inmate that you want to connect with, you can send them a connection request.
  • Santa Cruz County Rountree Medium Jail Facility will then need to approve the request before you can send messages.

For all the information you need to send and receive secure messages in the form of text or email with a Santa Cruz County Rountree Medium Jail Facility inmate, including how it works, how much it costs, renting your inmate a tablet, how often you can communicate and more, check out our Text/Email an Inmate Page.
NOTE: Your messages will be monitored and stored. You may want to refrain from discussing your inmate's court case.


 

How to Send a Carepack Commissary Package Directly to an Inmate in Santa Cruz County

To send a commissary carepack (food, snacks and goods) directly to an inmate in Santa Cruz County Rountree Medium Jail Facility follow these steps:

  • Select California, then select Santa Cruz County Rountree Medium Jail Facility, and then select the 'Send a Package Order' option.
  • Register and create an account with Access Securepak, for Santa Cruz 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 Santa Cruz County at any one time.

For all information, tips and available items for shipping Commissary packages to an inmate in Santa Cruz County Rountree Medium Jail Facility check out our Commissary Instructions Page for Santa Cruz County.


 

How to Send a Secure Email Message to an Inmate in Santa Cruz County

To send a secure email message to an inmate in Santa Cruz County Rountree Medium Jail Facility follow these steps:

  • Register with Access Corrections by creating an account.
  • Select California, then select Santa Cruz County Rountree Medium Jail Facility, 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.

For all information on how to Text/Email an Inmate in Santa Cruz County Rountree Medium Jail Facility check out our Secure Messaging Guide for Santa Cruz County.


 

How Do Inmates in Santa Cruz County Rountree Medium Jail Facility Make Phone Calls?

To receive phone calls from inmates in Santa Cruz County, or to assist them in making phone calls to other people, follow these steps:

  • Santa Cruz County Rountree Medium Jail Facility uses the services of IC Solutions.
  • Register with them online or call them at 888-506-8407
  • Agents are available 24 hours a day, and speak both English & Spanish.
  • Services for Santa Cruz County inmates and their families and friends include Collect Calling, PIN Debits, Purchasing Calling Cards, Voicemail & Prepaid calls.  In addition, IC Solutions provides secure messaging, sending photos, video phone calls and online deposits for inmates and their families in Santa Cruz County.
  • Although rates are subject to change, they generally run about $0.21 per minute for phone calls.

Note: All your calls with an inmate are recorded, stored and shared with law enforcement if the conversation deals with your case or any criminal activity. Anything communicated can be used against you or your inmate in court.

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