Tuolumne County Jail COVID-19 Coronavirus Visitation Policy

Tuolumne County Jail

Address:
175 Yaney Avenue
Sonora, CA 95370

Phone:

209-216-4111

New Visitation Policies in Tuolumne County Jail Due to COVID-19 Coronavirus

Because of concerns for the safety and wellness of both staff and inmates at the Tuolumne County Jail in Sonora, California, contact visits of any type may be suspended.

Approved Non-contact visits with family, friends and the inmate’s lawyers may still be allowed when at-home or onsite video visitation is not available, however given that new guidelines are changing daily please check the visitation page or call 209-533-6399 for updates.

Video Visitation at Tuolumne County Jail

At-home and onsite video visitation guidelines for Tuolumne County Jail, when this service is available, can be found by going to the visitation information page.

We highly recommend that you call 209-533-6399 first for any changes due to staff shortages or other unforeseen circumstances, including whether your inmate has become ill and is unable to be in the general population where video kiosks are available.

How Long Will These Changes Last?

Experts in the study of the COVID-19 are anticipating that spread of the virus will be a ongoing concern for Tuolumne County, the state of California and the entire United States until well into 2022 and maybe even beyond. We are witnessing the virus becoming more contagious, but less deadly over time. Many people think that the 'more contagious, but less deadly' Omicron variant will infect so many people that a higher level of natural immunity for the majority of Americans will be the end result.

Will the Inmates in Tuolumne County Jail Be Safe from Getting Sick With COVID-19 Coronavirus?

Whether the inmates are safe from contracting the coronavirus depends entirely on two things:

  1. The Virus being introduced into the facility by a staff member or inmate who is unaware that they have it.
  2. How easily it spreads.

At this stage most people who get the coronavirus show very few symptoms beyond what you might experience with a bad cold or a mild case of the common flu. In fact, the Omicron variant is turning out to be less deadly than the common flu we experience every year.

Studies that have been done are showing that the hardest hit are those 60 years of age and older, those with pre-existing medical issues like diabetes, leukemia or obese individuals. Young men and women rarely become very ill, and when they do, seem to recover quickly.

Tuolumne County Jail is encouraging inmates to practice ‘social distancing’, which means staying as far apart as possible. In addition, our staff is advising inmates to avoid shaking hands, washing their hands often, not touching their face, nose, mouth or eyes, and refraining from touching ‘common areas’ throughout the facility.

Given the close proximity of inmates and staff to each other in this lockup, it is going to be very difficult to prevent the spread of coronavirus once it is introduced into the facility as the virus can spread via the microscopic vapor that we release every time we speak, cough or sneeze.

We will continuously update this page as the spread of this virus accelerates and changes to policies occur.

How to Rent a Tablet for an Inmate in Tuolumne County Jail

To rent a tablet for an inmate in Tuolumne County follow these instructions:

  • Register here.  It is recommended you use Chrome or Firefox.
  • Pay for the subscription using Paypal.
  • You get charged the 1st of each month. 
  • You get charged a full month even if it's only used for a partial month.
  • No activation or early termination fees.
  • Your Tuolumne County inmate will recieve their tablet in 3-5 business days, after you pay.

If you have any questions:

For all Tuolumne County information on Tablet Rentals for your inmate, check out our Tablet Rental Page.


 

How to Send and Receive Secure Text and Email Messages with an Inmate in Tuolumne County Jail

To communicate by text or email with an Tuolumne 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 Tuolumne County inmates or detainees to connect with.
  • When you locate the Tuolumne County inmate that you want to connect with, you can send them a connection request.
  • Tuolumne County Jail 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 Tuolumne County Jail 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 Tuolumne County

To send a commissary carepack (food, snacks and goods) directly to an inmate in Tuolumne County Jail follow these steps:

  • Go to JailATM, choose California, then choose Tuolumne County Jail
  • Type in your inmate's last name or their Inmate ID.
  • Select your inmate, and then you will be prompted to Register with them to open an account.
  • Select the products you want shipped to them at Tuolumne County Jail, and then input your payment method. 
  • NOTE: There may be a limit on how much product you can send your inmate in Tuolumne County at any one time.
  • If you need to phone customer support, call 877-810-0914

For all information, tips and available items for shipping Commissary packages or sending money to an inmate in Tuolumne County Jail check out our Commissary Instructions Page for Tuolumne County.


 

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

To send a commissary carepack (food, snacks and goods) directly to an inmate in Tuolumne County Jail follow these steps:

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

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


 

How an Inmate Makes a Phone Call to You or Others from Tuolumne County Jail

To set up a phone account so that your inmate can call you from Tuolumne County do the following:

1. Enroll in an account with Securus Technologies.

2. Choose one of three account types, Securus Debit, Advance Connect or Direct Bill.
3. Choose [facility_name_1}, then connect with your inmate.
4. If you have any questions, call Securus: 972-734-1111 or 800-844-6591.

To find out fees, how to's, calling times, limits on phone calls and other systems Securus has do that you can communicate with your Tuolumne County inmate, check out our Inmate Phone Page.
NOTE: All of your inmate's phone calls are recorded and stored. It is advised not to discuss their pending case.


 

How to Schedule and Visit an Inmate in Tuolumne County Jail

To schedule and set up a visit, either at-the-jail or remotely from your home, follow these instructions:

  • Register and/or log in.
  • Select Tuolumne County Jail, then your inmate.
  • Review the days, available hours and the cost of remote and on-site visits in Tuolumne County.
  • Schedule your visit.

To get more complete instructions, and understand visit lengths, times, locations, fees and all the other rules including children, dress codes and more, check out or Visit Inmate Page.
NOTE: All visits are recorded and whatever you say and do will be monitored. It is best to never discuss sensitive information regarding your inmate's pending case.