Communicating with an Inmate Housed at the LA County Jail - Pitchess Detention Center East in California
When you start trying to find someone incarcerated in the facility housing 850 individuals, it can seem quite overwhelming. There are search tools available to help you find exactly where your inmate is and then how to go about posting bond. Don’t worry. We understand that this can be a scary process that’s why we’ve developed these easy explanations to help walk you through the process.
Once you see how easy it is to use the search and find tools we have available on our front page for the Pitchess Detention Center East facility, you’ll feel much more at ease and your anxiety and stress will be relieved. So let’s get started learning how to use the tools that will make this process much easier for you.
We want to begin from the front page. Once you’ve clicked on the link you should see the words INMATE SEARCH in an orange color near the top left of the page. You’ll also see the page contains other information about the Pitchess Detention Center East facility. For instance the facility address is included here as is the telephone number. We have placed these below for your reference.
29310 The Old Road
Castaic, CA 91384
213 – 473 – 6100
Now let’s take a look at the Inmate Search and how to use it. There are six links beneath the Inmate Search category heading. These include a list search, a general search, search for mobile County inmates, search for recently arrested inmates, and the information link for arrest warrants, and a VINELINK link for information on victim’s assistance.
The links are presented 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
Both Los Angeles County links (inmate list and inmate search), County inmates mobile, and recent arrest require you to supply specific inmate criteria for you are allowed to search further. Once you click on the links you’ll go to a data entry page. Here you will need to enter data specifically about the inmate whom you are searching for.
- Last name – required
- First name – required
- Middle name – optional
- Date of birth – optional
- If date of birth is entered, it must be in the following format. MM/DD/YYYY
The more information you’re able to enter, the shorter the list you will have to look through. This may seem kind of silly, but one looking through a database that contains many thousands of names you could easily find yourself searching through 100 or more if the name is too general.
Once you click submit to be taken to validation page or you’ll have to enter a computerized code. This is just to prove that you’re a human being entering the data to search for an inmate and not someone trying to tap into the system using a computer.
If you have any problems you can reach an operator for assistance at (213) 473 – 6080.
It is important to note here that inmates who were both and/or processed within the last two hours may not be available on the site.
How to post bond for someone housed at Pitchess Detention Center East – LA County Jail
Bail amounts are predetermined based on crime and degree of crime. If the bail allowance has been issued and it’s possible to post bond the process is not enormously difficult after that.
Just go to the post office or to the bank and obtained a cashier’s check for the total amount of the bail. Once you have to cashier’s check fill it out payable to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
Next take the check to the Inmate Reception Center (IRC) cashiers window. This is where all bonds are paid for Los Angeles County. The IRC is located at 450 Bauchet Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012.
Contacting an Inmate at Pitchess Detention Center East – LA County Jail
Keeping in contact with someone that’s incarcerated can be challenging yet also very rewarding for you and the inmate. At Pitchess Detention Center East contact is considered an important part of the inmate’s rehabilitation. Contact methods include both visitation and daily mail. At the current time there is no telephone contact system or email availability.
The mail system can be difficult to maneuver if you don’t understand the rules and regulations. That’s what we’re here to help explain. You don’t want to have your mail confiscated and/or returned because of something inappropriate so it’s better to know how to do it right the first time.
To send mail to an inmate housed at Pitchess Detention Center East it should be addressed as follows:
Pitchess Detention Center (PDC - North & East & NCCF)
Inmate Name, Booking number
PO Box 86164
Los Angeles, CA 90086-0164
Mail time is generally a happy time for inmates who know they have something coming. You want to be sure to follow all the rules and regulations so that your mail makes it to your inmate in a timely manner. In order to avoid confiscation and/or investigation please follow all the rules to make this an enjoyable time for you and the inmate.
Inmate Mail Guidelines
Specific rules are set in place to protect inmates, staff, and any visitors that may come to Pitchess Detention Center East. These rules are designed to avoid items that can cause fights, endangerment, or controversy.
There are many items on the do not mail list. These can generally be obtained on campus at either the commissary, the infirmary, or through an affiliated resource such as the chaplain’s office. There are also many items that can be mailed in but with stipulations. Letters containing only paper with written words enclosed in plain white envelopes without drawings or additional writing on the exterior and not sprayed or smeared with any substance of the best type of mail for inmates to receive.
Inmates may not receive the following items:
- new type of plastic cards
- blank money orders
- money orders over $200
- out-of-state money orders from anywhere except the U.S. Postal Service
- cash or checks
- no food or drink
- no snacks are gum
- no mailing supplies: stationary, stamps, pens, pencils
- jewelry is not allowed
- sticky substances are not allowed i.e. glue, labels, stamps
- no metal items: paperclips, clips, staples
Books and magazines are allowed but must be mailed directly from the bookstore or publisher. These cannot contain any type of sexually explicit material or gang related material. There’s also a maximum of three books and three magazines per week.
Photographs or printouts from the computer can be sent but there is a max of five at a time allowed. These cannot be smaller than 2” x 3” or larger than 4” x 6”. Photos and/or printouts must not contain any type of sexually provocative material, gang-related material, or nudity.
Please remember that this list may not include all items and that rules may change. It’s very important to always remain abreast of changes and your inmate is most likely notified of any changes so we sure to check in with them.
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