How to use the Inmate Search for LA County Jail - Mira Loma Detention in California
[Article_Ad_2]Mira Loma Detention facility is quite different from other Los Angeles County jails. Though Mira Loma functions as part of the regular County jail system it is contracted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). This is a facility whose purpose is to house illegal immigrants waiting for their immigration case to be decided. These individuals are classified as federal detainees and not as inmates.
Since Mira Loma functions as an LA County Jail many of the functionalities such as visitation, mail, etc. are similar to other LA County jails. Detainees from over 60 countries are housed at Mira Loma in barracks-style housing. All detainees have access to the following services:
- religious programs
- school programs
Learning to work your way through locating and inmate and any jail system can be a complicated task. Because Mira Loma is somewhat different than the standard county jail it could lead to increased confusion. We will help walk you through the locating process and then explain about posting bond. Because these are federal detainees and illegal immigrants the concept of posting bond is very different from standard jail procedures.
Locating and inmate at Mira Loma
By going to the front page of our LA County Jail – Mira Loma Detention Inmate Search here you can simplify the process of finding the detainee you are looking for. Look under the category heading called Inmate Search. You’ll see links related to Los Angeles County searches. This is appropriate still from Mira Loma because it is run as an LA County Jail. The links you should see are as follows:
- Los Angeles County Jail Inmate List
- Los Angeles County Jail Inmate Search
- County Inmates – mobile
- Recent Arrests – Los Angeles County
- Arrest Warrants – Los Angeles County
- VINELINK - Inmate Search
You can click on any of the first four links to begin a search that would lead you to a detainee housed in Mira Loma. The fifth and six links are informational links that will take you to arrest warrants and VINELINK respectfully. VINELINK provides information on offenders to victims and assists them with questions.
Once you click on one of the above links you will launch to a data information page. Here you will be asked to enter criteria about the detainee whom you are searching for. You have the following fields available to enter data into:
- Last name
- First name
- Middle name
- Date of birth
You will have to enter the last name and first name as they are required information. The middle name and date of birth are optional fields, but if you enter these it will help shorten the number of results returned in your list.
After you hit the search button, you will be launched to a page called a CAPTCHA page. At the top you will see a computer generated code that you will need to enter in the blank box. This is a computerized test to assure the computer system that you are not a computer trying to gain information on inmates or detainees.
If your returned results do not satisfy your search for the particular person you are looking for there are a few reasons this may occur.
- You may have spelled something incorrectly
- The detainee may not be housed at Mira Loma or in the LA County system
You can try to re-enter the detainee’s information and see if you get the same results. If you still are unsuccessful, the detainee is likely not in the LA County Jail system at this time or they’ve only been in the system a very short time and have not had time to populate the database.
Posting an Immigration Bond
Once you locate the detainee of interest to you, you may be wanting to post bond for them. When dealing with illegal immigrants this is complex and complicated matter to understand and to explain. We will try to give you the highlights of the process her and direct you to further resources when necessary.
Due to the complexities of the immigration bond posting process it is advisable that you consult with an experienced immigration attorney for assistance. They are very knowledgeable about these types of situations and can advise you on the best route to go.
Keep in mind that most illegal immigrants are not eligible for release from immigration detention. In fact, there is a very low percentage you are allowed to have bond posted for them. There is a general consensus that detainees associated with any of the following problems are not eligible for consideration of bonding:
- Any serious criminal history
- Multiple crime history
- Controlled substance violations
- Money laundering
- Trafficking in drugs, persons, or prostitution
- Any drug crimes besides simple marijuana possession
- Many firearm offenses
- If order for deportation already in place
If a detainee does not have a history of any of these, they may be eligible to be considered for bond. Bonded detainees can be released from custody pending the hearing of their case. When a detainee is considered eligible and allowed to be bonded, here are the steps that will occur:
- ICE or an immigration judge will decide or revise the bond amount
- a family member or friend can post the bond at the detention facility (Mira Loma) or the field office
- detainee is then released
- if detainee returns for the court hearing the bond amount is returned to the family/friend
- if detainee does not return the full bond is forfeited
Only about 10% of illegal immigrants awaiting hearings are allowed to have bond posted for them. There are several factors taken into consideration when deciding whether or not a detainee can be considered for bond. Besides criminal history noted above the following are several considerations.
- financial stability
- Time in the U.S.
- family ties
- do they have a sponsor
- history of coming back for court hearings
- history of immigration violations
- true chances for planning the protection relief
As explained above, because posting immigration bond is much different than posting bond for regular jail proceedings you would be well advised to contact an immigration attorney to assist you through this process.
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