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The Orange County Jail Intake Release Center in Santa Ana, Orange County, California, like all jails is a maximum security facility. Because the inmates in this jail range from low level offenders to those being held for violent crimes like robbery, rape and murder, the security level is as high as is it is in any maximum security state prison. Some of the security features in this facility include security cameras, electronic detection and reinforced fencing topped with razor wire. Correctional officers in Orange County Jail Intake Release Center are armed with mace and trained to use physical force to protect themselves and other inmates from violence.

The men, women and juveniles being held in the Orange County Jail Intake Release Center are either awaiting trial or have been sentenced in the Orange County Court System already and been sentenced to a period of time of one year or less. When an inmate is sentenced to a year or more, they are admitted into the California Prison or Federal Prison System. Inmates in the Orange County Jail Intake Release Center are fed three meals a day totaling 2,500 calories, are allowed access to phones to contact friends and family members, are allowed at least one hour a day for exercise, have access to books, bathroom and shower facilities. The inmates are allowed mail to be delivered to them as well as newspapers and magazine from trusted outside publishers.

The other jail facilities in Orange County, California are: Anaheim Detention Facility, Buena Park Jail, Costa Mesa Jail, Cypress Jail, Fullerton Jail, Garden Grove Jail, Huntington Beach Jail, Irvine Jail, La Habra Jail, La Palma Jail, Laguna Beach Jail, Newport Beach Jail, Orange City Police Jail, Orange County Central Men’s Jail, Orange County Central Women’s Jail, Orange County Jail - James A. Musick Facility , Orange County Jail - Theo Lacy Facility, Santa Ana Jail, Westminster Jail. In addition, Orange County houses the following juvenile facilities: Orange County Jail - Theo Lacy Juvenile Annex, Orange County Juvenile - Joplin Youth Center, Orange County Juvenile - Los Pinos Probation Camp, Orange County Juvenile - Youth Guidance Center , Orange County Juvenile - Youth Leadership Academy , Orange County Juvenile Hall.

On this page you will find direct links to specific information that friends and family members of inmates will find useful: Orange County Inmate Search, Inmate Phone use, Visitation Rules and Schedules, Commissary Deposits and Information about the Orange County Jail Intake Release Center Inmate Mail Guidelines. In addition, you will find information on how to contact the facility, directions to the jail, Orange County recent arrests, Most Wanted, outstanding Arrest Warrants and much more.

Orange County Jail Intake Release Center Inmate Search

Central Jail Complex

California Orange 2664
550 N. Flower Street
Santa Ana, CA 92703
Inmate name and booking number (required information)
Orange County Sheriff's Department
550 N. Flower St.
Santa Ana, CA 92703
Public visiting occurs on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.
Visiting Hours: General population Sunday 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. Last sign-up to visit: 4:45 P.M. Module J (Protective Custody) Friday through Sunday 10:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M. Module J (Mainline) Friday through Sunday 11:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. Note: Inmates at the Intake/Release Center and the Central Men's Jail receive their meals from 11:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M. and 4:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M. daily, and may refuse visits offered at these times.

Visiting an Inmate in the Orange County Jail Intake Release Center in California

Here is the address for the Intake Release Center (IRC)

Intake/Release Center
550 N. Flower Street
Santa Ana, CA 92703

Visitation at the IRC must follow specific guidelines. Rules are set in place to help everyone. These rules keep order, security, and safety as top priorities. Therfore, when you come to visit your inmate you can feel safe and know we are working to actively ensure the safety of our entire facility.

We do encourage visitation because it is beneficial for inmates and their families. Incarceration can be a difficult time for all involved and visitation is one of the ways to make it easier. However, it is very important that you are aware of the rules and that all rules are followed. We'll start by explaining how the visitation hours work and then follow-up with general guidelines for visitation.

Visitation Hours for the IRC

In the grid below you can see specifics on how the inmate’s visitation works. Certain inmate populations and housing modules have specific times. These are strictly adhered to but can be changed without notice, if necessary.

General Population

  • Friday, Saturday, Sunday 8am - 5pm

Protective Custody - J

  • Friday, Saturday, Sunday - 9am, 2pm, 3pm

R-3 - J

  • Friday, Saturday, Sunday - 9am & 1pm        

Total Separation

  • J - Friday, Saturday, Sunday - 8am-10am & 12pm-5pm
  • N - Friday, Saturday, Sunday - 9am, 1pm, 3pm, 5pm Males
  • N -Friday, Saturday, Sunday - 8am, 10 am, 12pm, 2pm Females

General Visitation Guidelines and Important Reminders for the IRC

Rules are necessary because this is an incarceration facility. We take the safety of our staff, inmates, and visitors seriously. Therefore, rules may change if security or policy changes are necessary. Please make sure you are always up to date on the latest information regarding hours and rules. The jail can be contacted via their telephone number on the front page link here: https://www.jailexchange.com/CountyJails/California/Orange/Orange_County_Intake_Release_Center_Inmate_Search.aspx

Basic Guidelines:

  • There are no visitations during meal hours.
    • 11am - 12pm & 4pm - 5pm
  •  As a visitor you must have a valid government issued ID like a passport, driver's license, state ID, etc.
  • You should carefully coordinate visitation of family members because only one visit is allowed per day. You cannot come at different times in the same day.
  • 2 people plus one child under 5 years old can visit during the once a day visit time
  • Visits are first come first serve

There are also some general guidelines that apply to most, if not all jails, so we are including them here for you to consider as reference and wise to do.

  • You will likely be scanned or frisked
  • You should dress conservatively. Consider wearing plain clothing in good repair within the following guidelines:
    • No type of sexually provocative, sheer, or short clothing.
    • Nothing that shows excessive skin of chest, back, arms, shoulders, or legs
  • You should not wear clothing with writing, words, emblems, pictures, etc. These type of things can be easily taken the wrong way and cause problems. It's just easier not to wear them.

Most importantly enjoy your visit at the IRC. Just remember this is one of those times where simple is probably the best way to go.

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How to use the Inmate Search for Orange County Jail Intake Release Center in California

There are several ways to search for an inmate at Orange County Jail Intake Release Center (IRC). Depending on how much information you have, how long ago they were arrested, or if you are searching for a released inmate, etc., you may want to do this using different links.

In the upper left corner of this page you will find several links.


  • Orange County Jail Inmate List
  • Orange County Jail Inmate Search
  • County Inmates – mobile
  • VINELINK – Jail Inmate Search
  • Orange County Recent Arrests
  • Orange County Recent Releases
  • California Prisoner Locator
  • Federal Prison Inmate Search

[Article_Ad_2]If you are looking for someone and you know they are in IRC or in Orange County you would want to use the county links. The California and Federal prisoner links are a little different than the county links, but they are pretty simple to follow. If you happen to need these links, just follow each step and you should be able to get to the information you are after.

When searching for an IRC inmate you can use the Inmate List, Inmate Search, mobile (if it applies), Recent Arrests, or Recent Releases. Information will only display once the inmate has been booked and processed. Also, if you are searching for a release over 30 days old, it will not be available from this avenue. You will have to pursue your questions with the jail and other avenues of inquiry.

When you use the county links for searching you can enter the following information.

  • Last name
  • First name
  • Middle name
  • Age
  • Gender

Last name is the minimal amount of information that you must supply in order to begin. Once you enter a last name a list will be returned. The more information you put in the first time the shorter will be the list you have to look through to find the person you are interested in.

If you are looking for a recently arrested person, you must know the date they were arrested. If you only know a general date, you will have to look through the lists day by day. When you click on the Recent Releases link you must select a date. A list of arrests for that day will then populate.

The VINELINK link in the INMATE SEARCH category is a place for victims of crimes to go to get information about the offender(s).

How to post cash bail or bond for an inmate in IRC?

Posting bail / bond is made as simple as possible. There are variety of ways available for you to be able to do this for an inmate. If you need to post a cash bail these can be done by:

  • Checks
    • Personal
    • Traveler's
    • Cashier's
  • Money order
  • Debit card
  • Credit card

If you need to post a bail bond you can do that fairly easily too.

You can use the EZ Card and Kiosk Company. There is a link on our main page at https://www.jailexchange.com/CountyJails/California/Orange/Orange_County_Intake_Release_Center_Inmate_Search.aspx under INMATE SERVICES.

Click on Bail / Bond info – extra to go to the EZ Payment system. Then follow these steps.

  • Click Main menu button
  • Select California
  • Select Orange County
  • Select Language
  • Select Bail
  • Read the page and select Agree
  • Enter inmate last name and booking number
  • Fill in the next information prompts as indicated

If you would rather call EZ Card and Kiosk Company, they will take a payment by phone at 888-497-2387.

You can also use their kiosk which will take credit and debit cards or cash. You can use kiosks 24 hours a day 7 days a week at the IRC and the Theo Lacy Branch Jail.

Bail bonds can be paid at the IRC or Theo Lacy Branch in person. At IRC you can come in 24 hours a day 7 days a week. At Theo Lacy you can only pay during the cashier's normal business hours. If you decide to pay in person you will be fingerprinted and must have an ID. Your identity will also be verified. Bond agents will not be fingerprinted.
There are a couple of things you want to be sure of before you pay a bond. You should call Inmate Records at (714) 647-4666 to verify what kind of bond you need to pay, how much, and by what method. Inmates who have not been fully booked, processed, and sentenced cannot have bail posted.

Please do not call the jail or ask them in person to recommend a bond agent. They are not allowed to recommend or suggest.

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Communicating with an Inmate Housed at the Orange County Jail Intake Release Center in California

Contact with friends and family is very important when someone is incarcerated. At Orange County Jail Intake Release Center (IRC) you can visit according to our Visitation Guidelines. You can also keep in contact through the mail via the United States Postal Service. Phone and email contact is not currently available at our facility.

Here we will cover the rules of mailing anything to an inmate, what you can mail, and what you cannot mail to an inmate. It is very important to follow these rules closely because the mail will be disposed of and will not get to an inmate. If someone continuously break rules, the privilege can be suspended.

We'll start with a general explanation of why strict mail rules are important. This helps ensure all staff, inmates, and visitors are safe. It also helps prevent upset, violence, and uprisings that could lead to security risks and/or injury.

IRC has rules designed to protect all and by following these rules you help in that protection. Your cooperation is expected but is also appreciated.

Items that should NEVER be mailed to an inmate at IRC:

  • Food or drinks
  • Clothing or hygiene products
  • Mailing supplies: envelopes, stamps, paper, pens, pencils
  • Guns, knives, or any type of metal or anything that is a security risk
  • Debit or credit cards or checkbooks
  • Anything that suggests violence, gangs, riots, politics, or could cause controversy
  • Anything with nudity, sexual content or suggestions, or is sexually explicit
  • Gluey substances, stamps, stickers, laminated items, etc.
  • Lipsticks, gels, smelly things, discolored papers
  • Nothing that is difficult or cannot be inspected
  • Licenses or certificates of any kind
  • Forwarded mail

This list may not be everything that is not allowed. If you want to send something and are not sure, call the jail and ask. When it comes to letters, just use a pre-stamped envelope from the post office and plain paper to write your letter. Don't draw, write, spray, or put anything besides the inmates address and your return address on the outside of the envelope. This should make your letters pass without a problem.

A Few More Mail Rules for the IRC

  • The inmate's and your return address must be complete. Inmate's address must have their complete name and their jail booking number. If you don't know this number you can find it when you do an Inmate Search from our front page.
  • You must have permission to send any boxes to the inmate
  • No package or envelope bigger than legal size 9"x12"
  • No more than 10 copied pages or pictures in one mailing
  • Inmates can have one pair of reading glasses or prescription glasses mailed to them. The frames cannot be metal or have metal in the frame. The frames also can't be flashy or embellished with jewels, stones, etc.
  • Contacts 2 boxes can be mailed. No solution or cases. No eyeglass cases.
  • Books, Magazines, Newspapers
    • No hard back or leather bound type books
    • Maximum of 5 magazines or books total
    • No used
    • Soft cover books only
    • Must be mailed from publisher or from approved distributor list
  • Money
    • No cash, personal or business checks can be mailed
    • Government checks in inmate's name are okay
    • Money orders with the inmate's name and booking number on the reference line and filled out to Orange County Sheriff's office are also okay

If you would like to put money on an inmate's account (up to $500) you can do this through EZ Card and Kiosk. They take debit cards, credit cards, and cash per the methods below.

  • Online at  http://www.ezmoneypayments.com/ you can use a debit or credit card
  • At either the IRC or Theo Lacy Branch you can use a kiosk 24 hours a day
  • Kiosks take debit and credit cards and cash
  • Telephone – small fee applies (call 888-497-2387)

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