100 Rountree Lane
Watsonville, CA 95076
Using GTL/gettingout to make bail payments
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:
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.
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:
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.
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.
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:
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.
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
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.
Go here to this FAQ to get answers to how the transition to ViaPath from GTL and gettingout will affect your account.
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
* 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
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.
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.
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.