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San Diego County Jail - Bailey Detention Center Inmate Phone Use


446 Alta Rd., Suite 5300
San Diego,
California
92158
San Diego County
Beds: 1888
The information below provides complete instructions regarding San Diego County Jail - Bailey Detention Center inmate phone use, how the jail phone system works, purchasing phone time online (where available), purchasing phone time over the phone online (where available), purchasing phone credits through commissary (where available) and setting up an account to reduce your cost of inmate phone calls from the San Diego County Jail in San Diego, California.

When available, the information below will explain how to communicate with your inmate using the jail's secure email message system.

Follow these instructions exactly to help ensure that your inmate has access to the jail phones and your communication costs are reduced as much as possible.

Can I Phone An Inmate At The San Diego County Jail - Bailey Detention Center?

No. Neither this jail nor any other jail allows you to directly phone an inmate.



Can I Leave A Message For An Inmate At San Diego County Jail - Bailey Detention Center?

Most jails only allow you to leave a message for an inmate in case of a serious emergency such as a death in the family.

Other than for a family emergency, the only way to communicate with an inmate is by them phoning you, leaving you an email message using the jail's secure (and closely monitored) electronic message system, mail or during a visit.

Many jails are now contracting with a third party service (for a fee) which allows you to leave a recorded phone message for an inmate.

To see if the San Diego County Jail - Bailey Detention Center has this service, go here or call 619-661-2620.



How Does An Inmate Make A Phone Call From San Diego County Jail - Bailey Detention Center?

This facility contracts with Securus which allows you to set up a prepaid account so the inmate can call a landline or your cell phone.

Inmates are allowed to make collect calls. They may either purchase phone time, you may set up a prepaid account by clicking here or by calling 1-800-844-6591.

Phone Services

Securustech.net offers several options to receive phone calls from inmates. When you register your free account with this company, you will be able to see what services this facility currently allows.

The following explains all of them.

AdvanceConnect

Advance connect is a prepaid phone system. You open and put money on the refillable account and the inmate calls collect. You always have the option to accept or decline the call. The cost of each call is deducted from your prepaid account balance.

Benefits of AdvanceConnect:
You control how much you spend on calls with how much money you put on the account

You can receive collect calls from the inmate even if your regular phone company blocks calls from jails/prisons

The inmate can also call you on your cell phone (as long as the jail/prison doesn’t restrict it)

There is a minimum $25 requirement each time you add funds to the account

Calculate the cost of a call by clicking here.

You can pay by:

 Credit/Debit Card Online or By Phone

 MoneyGram

 Pay By Mail for AdvanceConnect) Mail check, money order or cashier’s check to Mail to:

Securus Correctional Billing Services

PO Box 650757

Dallas, TX  75265-0757

Be sure to include the phone number and AdvanceConnect account number on the memo line.

 Western Union

Click here to open an account.

Direct Billing

With Direct Billing, you can accept collect calls from an inmate and Securus Correctional Billing Services will bill you each month. You must have approved credit to open this type of an account.
Benefits of a Direct Bill account include:

Can connect several phones to the account so you can receive calls in multiple settings

Written monthly statements of call activities

No minimum amounts

You can receive as many calls as you wish as long as you pay the bill in full each month

Your Direct Bill account balance can be paid by:

 Credit/Debit Card Online or By Phone

 MoneyGram

 Pay By Mail for Direct Bill

 Western Union

Traditional Collect Calls

The traditional collect call method is good if you will only receive inmate calls on house phones or other landlines. Some phone providers block all calls from penal institutions but if your company allows them:

Your account will be automatically created as soon as you accept the first call from a jail/prison

Your account number is your phone number

You will receive a 90 day rolling spending limit

Your charges will appear on your next phone bill

Limitations: You are subjected to a 90-day rolling limit on spending. When you accept the call, the charges will be deducted from that available limit and Securus submits the charges to your phone company. If you exceed your 90 day limit within the rolling 90 days, your Direct Billing account is blocked until your charges roll off through payment of your phone bill.  You will still be able to receive other phone calls during this time, just no calls from penal institutions.

Click here to learn more about Traditional Collect Calls and how to set up the account.

Inmate Debit

An inmate debit account gives the inmate a prepaid phone account that can be used for calls. Many jails/prisons allow inmates to transfer money from their jail/commissary accounts to their inmate debit accounts to pay for calls. Friends and families are also typically allowed to help fund those accounts. There is a $7.95 fee each time you fund the account. You can deposit $0.01 - $100.00 each time.

Benefits

The inmate can call anyone who is approved on their call list without requiring each of those people to set up their own prepaid phone accounts

You can deposit money to an inmate’s phone account without having to set up your own account

Calls can be made to cell phones (as long as the jail/prison does not restrict it).

Click here to see if an inmate has an account set up and to deposit money to it. 

The following payment methods are accepted for Inmate Debit accounts:

 Credit/Debit Card Online or By Phone

 MoneyGram for Inmate Debit

 Pay By Mail Inmate Debit

Pay By Mail for AdvanceConnect) Mail check, money order or cashier’s check to Mail to:

Securus Correctional Billing Services

PO Box 650757

Dallas, TX  75265-0757

EMAIL

A growing number of jails/prisons offer email services for inmates and their families. Cost varies but average:
$0.60 for the first page

$0.00 second page is free

$0.30 for each additional page

Each page is a full-sized page with standard-sized text

NOTE: Emails are scanned for content and delivered to the inmate, usually within 24 hours. If desired you can provide funds for the inmate to handwrite back to you and it will be scanned and sent to you via your email address, typically within 24 hours.

Click here to see if your jail/prison offers email services. If so, click here to open and fund an account.

VIDEO VISITS

Reservations are $20 for 20 minutes.  Securus Video Visitation is not charged on a per-minute basis.  The way to schedule a video visit is dependent on each jail/prison’s video visit guidelines.

Benefits

 No need to travel to the facility - eliminate the cost of gas, food, hotel stays, and excessive time off of work

No need to wait in lines waiting for a visitation time

 No need to leave your possessions in the car

Convenient, scheduled visitations - receive email updates and reminders

You must open a Securus Online account to participate in video visits. Opening the account requires your name, address and government-issued photo ID.

 Once approved by the correctional facility, you can begin scheduling your Securus Video Visitation sessions.

What you need to use Securus Video Visitation:

 Securus Online account with Securus Video Visitation enabled

 Computer with Internet, sound, and a web camera

Valid email address

 Credit or debit card

Click here to learn more about video visits.

Click here to see if your jail/prison offers video visits through Securustech.

Click here to open an account.

 

To see San Diego County Jail - Bailey Detention Center phone services, go to http://www.sdsheriff.net/jailinfo/phones.html or call 619-661-2620.

Some jails also allow sell phone cards directly to an inmate in the jail commissary store.



Can An Inmate Use A Cell Phone While In San Diego County Jail - Bailey Detention Center?

No. Inmates are not allowed cell phones in San Diego County Jail - Bailey Detention Center, although getting access to a cell phone in jail has become more common.

Some states such as California have made it a criminal offense to use and possess a cell phone and will file additional charges when it can be connected to an inmate. Cell phones are most often smuggled into the jail and then sold to the inmates by jail staff.



Can I Communicate By Email With An Inmate?

You may send your inmate an email which will be printed out by jail staff and delivered to them the next day. Inmates are not allowed or able to respond by email. Messages are limited to one page and you are limited to sending two email messages per day.

The easiest way to use this feature is by looking up your inmate by going here .

Click on the inmate’s name.

A page will then appear showing their booking number charges etc. scroll down to the bottom of the page, there is a list of buttons on the bottom of the page click on the “send email” link.

Enter your email address and an email will be sent to your email account, click on that link in your email inbox and you will be taken directly to the email text box.

Write the email, fill out all forms and click send.

Tips about emailing an inmate:

Inmates do not receive electronic messages. The message is printed and then delivered to the inmate by a guard, typically on the following morning.

Limit your correspondence to two message per day in lieu of postcards.

Messages are limited to a single page and may not contain pictures or other attachments.

Inmates will not be able to respond via e-mail. Outgoing correspondence will continue to be by U.S.Mail.

Remember to provide your return address in the appropriate box where you want the inmate to write.

Do not use the inmate email system to solicit business or advertise services. Messages that appear to be unsolicited advertisements will not be forwarded to the inmate.

 

E-mail received for inmates who are no longer in custody will not be delivered.

Call 619-661-2620 or click here to see if email services are being offered at this jail and if so, how to sign up you and your inmate.



Important Tips About Jail Phone Calls

If you were unable to find the information you were looking for on this page, call San Diego County Jail - Bailey Detention Center at 619-661-2620 and ask their policies on getting phone calls from your inmate.

Calls from this facility are limited to 30 minutes each, but inmates can make as many calls in a row as the account will fund.

Phones are shut off after night count is conducted and remain off for the night. Phones are also shut off during meals, medication distributions, and temporary lockdowns.

Inmates are not required to have an approved phone list. They can call anyone willing to take the call as long as there is not an order of protection in place for someone the inmate calls.

Inmates can also use commissary funds to purchase phone time.

If your inmate does not call you during the time you both have scheduled, don't panic. There are often long lines for phone use. When a jail is on lockdown due to a fight or other security issue they do not allow the phones to be used.

Phones are the only way for an inmate to hear your voice and temporarily 'escape' the loneliness of incarceration, so use your time well. Arguing about anything will leave you both feeling empty and guilty, so avoid it at all costs.

All phone conversations are recorded. Whatever you talk about, can and will be used against your inmate in court. Never discuss their pending criminal case!

Click here to view the jail website for additional information. 

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