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The San Diego County South Bay Facility in Chula Vista, 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 South Bay Facility 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 South Bay Facility 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 South Bay Facility 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 Facility 8 Jail, 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. 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 South Bay Facility 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.

San Diego County South Bay Facility Inmate Search


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South Bay Detention Facility

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Visiting an Inmate in the San Diego County South Bay Facility in California

Much like telephone privileges, postcards, and e-mails, those in law enforcement encourage visitation rights of inmates, and they have a series of guidelines and rules for those visiting an inmate. While they realize that visitations are a source of comfort for both an inmate and his or her loved ones, it's also not a date at a nice restaurant or a rock concert where there are generally no rules. Thus, you have to go through a few standard procedures in order to visit an inmate.

To make a reservation, there is an online portal available 24 hours a day, six days a week (it's down every Monday), or you can make telephone reservations six days a week (again, they don't like Mondays) from 10 AM to 2 PM PST. 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.

At the South Bay Detention Center, visits are generally non-contact. Visits are held through a thick, secured window, with telephone handsets provided both to the visitor(s) and the inmate. Visits are usually scheduled for just 30 minutes. Be sure to check the jail's website, located at this address, for more information regarding their visiting schedules and procedures. Also, you should be punctual when visiting an inmate, because a reservation could be cancelled if you are late for a visit. Walk-in visits may be accepted given there is enough space and as long as you check in one hour before your visit, but it is highly recommended if you make a reservation beforehand.

For other rules and standards for a visit, refer to the San Diego Sheriff's Department website, located at this address. From there, you will get full information on what guidelines you should adhere to when visiting an inmate in custody. Visiting an inmate can be hard, knowing that they have to stay in there when you leave. However, that shouldn't stop you from visiting an inmate and giving your loved one some solace and happiness during a hard time.

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How to use the Inmate Search for San Diego County South Bay Facility in California

The South Bay Detention Facility, located in Chula Vista, CA, has a unique history to it. It has a reputation of being probably the safest jail in the entire county, and the morale among its inmates is relatively high. The inmates are encouraged to attend Narcotics Anonymous meetings, and there is a full-time counselor staffed to help inmates deal with their issues and personal demons. Nevertheless, the inmates are still booked in the county's jail system, and all the inmates have profiles in the jail database.

[Article_Ad_2]In order to look up an inmate, visit this website and you will be prompted to the search engine. 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 pretty 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 instance, if you wanted to look up a guy named Dan Doberman (apologies if anyone has that name). ); you would type in "D" for the first name and "Do" for the last name, as per the required minimum. Or you can spell out the inmate's full name – it's up to you. The advantage of typing the inmate's full name is that you won't get anyone else with the same name combination.

After that, you will be directed to a security checkpoint. All you have to do is type in the letters you see in the box provided, and you'll be well on your way. The webpage just wants to verify that you are a human being, and not a machine trying to sell information for commercial purposes or anything like that. 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, the visitation reservation page, and access to the jail's commissary so you can allocate funds to your loved one.

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Communicating with an Inmate Housed at the San Diego County South Bay Facility in California

The Sheriff's Department of San Diego County encourages you to get in touch with an inmate while they are in custody. Believe it or not, those in charge are human beings and not the soulless Terminator-esque figures they are portrayed as; they, too, have hobbies, dreams, feelings and loved ones. So you should not be inhibited to keep in touch with an inmate while they are incarcerated. However, those people (yes, people) in charge also need to keep a sense of order and stability within the confines of the South Bay Detention Center. So there are rules and guidelines that you must follow in order to keep the lines of communication flowing.

To a certain extent, an inmate has access to the conveniences of modern day society, meaning that they can receive e-mails. Inmates do not have access to a computer, let alone the internet, but if you choose to send an e-mail to an inmate in lieu of a postcard (more on those in the succeeding paragraph), you can. An inmate has no e-mail address, per se, but you can look up an inmate online using the Inmate Search link located here. Once you find the inmate's profile, it has a link to send an e-mail to your inmate of choice.

There are guidelines on how to successfully e-mail an inmate at the County Central Jail. First of all, privacy is not wholly guaranteed, so be cautious and discreet about what you write in an e-mail. You may send up to two e-mail messages a day, but the e-mails can only be up to one page long. If your book editor in in jail, you can only send one page of your epic war novel one page at a time and you can only send two pages a day. Depending on the length of your book, or how long your editor is in for, e-mailing a potential book manuscript can be a lengthy process.

Attachments, such as photographs and documents, are not allowed in the e-mail. When prompted to give a return address, be sure to give your home address or any other address you want to use in regards to correspondence with an inmate. All inmates will conduct their return correspondence in written form, and they will be processed through your local post office.

You can also write to your inmate of choice the classic way; pen, postcard, and a stamp. You can send inmates a postcard, given they are rectangular, not altered from their original content, and follow the criteria of the San Diego County Central Jail. For a complete list of guidelines, visit this site so you will know exactly what to do when it comes to sending regular mail to an inmate. It also gives you guidelines if you want to send books and such to a current inmate. Be sure to use the following heading when sending a postcard to an inmate:

Inmate Name, Booking #
South Bay Detention Facility
500 Third Ave
Chula Vista, CA 91910

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 for South Bay is (619) 691-4810.

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