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The San Diego County Facility 8 Jail in San Diego, San Diego 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 San Diego County Facility 8 Jail 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 San Diego County Facility 8 Jail are either awaiting trial or have been sentenced in the San Diego 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 San Diego County Facility 8 Jail 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 San Diego County, California are: Chula Vista City Jail, San Diego City Jail, San Diego County Central Jail, San Diego County Detention Bureau, San Diego County Jail - Bailey Detention Center, San Diego County Jail - East Mesa Re-Entry Facility, San Diego County Jail - Las Colinas Women's Detention Facility, San Diego County Jail - Vista Detention Facility, San Diego County South Bay Facility. In addition, San Diego County houses the following juvenile facilities: San Diego Co.-East Mesa Juvenile, San Diego County - Girls’ Rehabilitation Facility, San Diego County. - Juvenile Ranch Facility, San Diego County-Camp Barrett, San Diego County-Kearny Mesa.

On this page you will find direct links to specific information that friends and family members of inmates will find useful: San Diego County Inmate Search, Inmate Phone use, Visitation Rules and Schedules, Commissary Deposits and Information about the San Diego County Facility 8 Jail Inmate Mail Guidelines. In addition, you will find information on how to contact the facility, directions to the jail, San Diego County recent arrests, Most Wanted, outstanding Arrest Warrants and much more.

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Visiting an Inmate in the San Diego County Facility 8 Jail in California

Visiting an inmate and keeping the bonds of family and friendship that way is encouraged by the Sheriff's Department in addition to phone calls and letters (both electronic and manual). Visitations are usually a source of relief and solace for an inmate, for it gives them a break in their routine and a much-needed diversion from their everyday lives in jail.

There are restrictions and guidelines for visiting an inmate, as jail is a place for correction and rehabilitation, and not a ballgame or a walk on the beach. Obtaining permission to visit an inmate may not be entirely easy, but it's also not impossible. To make a reservation, there is an online portal available 24 hours a day, six days a week (it's down on Mondays), or you can make telephone reservations six days a week (also not on Mondays) from 10 AM to 2 PM PST.

The limited hours in phone reservations are due to the fact that the online reservation portal has been imminently successful since it was first introduced in the autumn of 2012. Once you have secured a reservation, you need to check in at least one hour before the scheduled visit, and you also need a valid form of ID. A driver's license or a state-issued ID will suffice, but you can also use a passport, a military ID or a visa.

An inmate can receive up to a maximum of three visitors at a time, and all minors must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Inmates are also allowed one visit a day, and up to two a week, so the limited number of visits can make securing a reservation a little difficult. While most of the jails in San Diego County do not allow contact visits, Facility 8 is a little bit different. It is one of only two jails that allow supervised outdoor visits with an inmate.

Facility 8 houses low-to-medium security inmates, therefore visits are a little more lenient than other detention centers in the San Diego area. The rules are the same here as they are in the other San Diego jails; one visit per day, and two visits per week, and all visits are only 30 minutes long. For a definitive list of guidelines regarding contact visits, visit this address as a guide before making a reservation. These guidelines are very strict and not to be taken lightly.

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How to use the Inmate Search for San Diego County Facility 8 Jail in California

Built in conjunction with the George Bailey Detention Center in the early 1990s, Facility 8 is located near the desolate and ragged desert area of San Diego. It is smaller than the Bailey Center, providing only 300 beds, but it's an active facility. As with all San Diego County Jails, the inmate lookup process consists of an online database. If you have a family member or loved one currently in the system, start here.

[Article_Ad_2]Once you get online to the inmate lookup module, you should type in the first and last name of the inmate of your interest to see if they are there. The requirements of typing in the name are fairly lenient, as spelling out the full names are not required. To type in an inmate's last name, which is the first line of the search database, all you need are the inmate's first two letters. To look up the inmate by first name, you just need one letter. For example, say you wanted to look up John Smith; you would type in "J" for the first name and "Sm" for the last name, as per the required minimum. Or you can spell out the inmate's full name – the choice is entirely yours.

You will then be directed to a security screen once you complete typing in the name of your inmate. Don't be alarmed; it's nothing serious! It's one of those security pages that commands you to type in the letters in the box, so that it can verify you as a human and not an android trying to access the website to possibly create a security breach. If you use the internet often enough, it should be nothing new to you. Once you are done with that, it will give you a list of possible matches, given the person you're looking for is currently in custody. Click on the person's name, and you will access their inmate profile. It's a utilitarian profile, with no pictures mugshots, or specific details of the crimes they are charged with, and it lists basic characteristics of the inmate, including race, gender, age, height/weight, and hair/eye color. It also shows bail information, what they're in for and where they are being held. It also gives links to inmate services, such as e-mailing the inmate, and access to the jail's commissary so you can allocate funds to an inmate.

The profile won't answer all the questions you may have regarding an inmate and why they are there, but it gives a basic picture, and from there, you can assess the situation and go from there.

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Communicating with an Inmate Housed at the San Diego County Facility 8 Jail in California

Keeping in touch with an inmate during an incarceration period is a good way to make the difficult situation a little easier. The Sheriff's Department of San Diego realizes the importance of family and personal relationships, therefore contacting an inmate is absolutely encouraged. As they understand the importance of relationship maintenance, they are also working on maintaining an orderly correctional facility, so there are rules and guidelines you need to adhere to. Following their rules will make not only their jobs easier, but it will also make your lives easier as well, especially during a period of coping.

As with anybody, you can send an inmate a postcard via snail mail. Yes, you are required to write a letter on a postcard. The postcard has to be rectangular in shape, not altered in any way, and to the exact specifications of the San Diego County Jail. All the specifications can be found here.

The link should also provide information on how to send an inmate books, or other forms of mail.

Be sure to use the following heading when sending a postcard to an inmate:

Inmate's Name, # Booking Number
Facility 8 Detention Facility
446 Alta Rd., Ste. 5300
San Diego, CA 92158

Inmates at Facility 8 can also receive e-mail messages, although they have no access to a computer or the internet. The inmate's profile on the Sheriff's Department's webpage will have a link that will allow you to send an e-mail to the inmate of your interest. However, your messages are limited to one page per message, and up to two a day are allowed to be sent. For security purposes, no e-mails containing photos or other attachments are allowed. When prompted to supply a return address, use your home address or any other address you may want to give – P.O. Box, business address, etc. Given they want to, any return correspondence from an inmate will be written with pen and paper, and sent through the United States Postal Service. Be advised that privacy is not guaranteed by the jail staff, so use discretion when writing a letter or e-mail.

Inmates also have limited but relatively lenient telephone privileges throughout the day once they are booked. Visit here for more information about telephone privileges and guidelines. The number at the detention center is (619) 210-0327. Again, telephone use is also a right and not a privilege, and privacy is not guaranteed for phone calls either.

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