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Custody Operations

Custody Operations is responsible for operation of the County’s Jail system and for the care, custody, security, and rehabilitation of all sentenced and pretrial inmates housed within the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department jail facilities.

For general custody related questions and help with inmate location, telephone (213) 473-6100.

For Healthcare Concerns which require immediate assistance, please call the medical command center at (213) 893-5544.

Inmate Records will not be available for bookings that occured within the last 2 hours.

Inmate Finder

Click here to find an inmate – have inmates name and date of birth ready. Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department inmate information center and other helpful links regarding the custody of an inmate.

Frequently Asked Questions

Find answers to frequently asked questions on topics such as finding booking numbers for inmates, legal and medical questions, and other custody related information.

Schedule a Visit

All visitors must adhere to all guidelines and practices while on premise at each jail facility to protect incarcerated/detained persons and staff health.

Inmate Services

Inmate Services Bureau (ISB) oversees, Fire Camp Training Unit, Education Based Incarceration (EBI), Religious and Volunteer Services (RVS), Jail Enterprise Unit (JEU) and the Business Management Unit (BMU).

Jail Facilities Information

For Healthcare Emergencies which require immediate assistance, please call the Medical Command Center at (213) 893-5544
24 Hours a Day, 7 Days a Week.
For routine Healthcare concerns, see step four below

If your family member/friend calls you and says that he/she has been arrested, help him/her stay calm and offer your help and support.

If your family member/friend is being held in a city jail, remind him/her of the right to have an attorney present if being questioned by police officers or detectives.

If he/she is already at the Inmate Reception Center (IRC) adjacent to the Men’s Central Jail (MCJ) or Century Regional Detention Facility (CRDF), he/she will be screened for mental illness, as well as other health concerns upon arrival. It is very important that they be direct and honest to benefit as much as possible from this screening process. Assure your family member that it is OK to discuss his/her physical and mental condition, diagnosis, medications, etc., with the staff conducting the screening, which includes Sheriff’s nursing staff and Jail Mental Health Service (JMHS) staff. It is important your family member feels safe to speak openly with the mental health screeners.



Call the local city jail (not the County Jail) that is holding your family member and ask for the Watch Commander. Inform him that your family member suffers from a mental illness and describe the diagnosis and any other concerns you might have. Inquire as to your relative’s status and estimated length of stay at this facility. Ask if he/she is expected to be released directly from the city jail. If he/she is going to be released directly from the city jail (this sometimes occurs for minor offenses), ask for the time and place so you can be there to pick them up. If your relative is severely ill, ask if the city police could take him/her to a psychiatric hospital for a “5150” involuntary three-day hold for treatment and evaluation.

If your relative is not going to be released directly from the city jail, ask that he/she be transferred as quickly as possible to the Los Angeles County Jail IRC.

Be sure to get the following information:

1. The expected date and time of departure to the IRC;

2. The court arraignment date and address.

TIP: Medication will probably not be accessible until your relative arrives at the IRC, but you might inquire if the holding facility can obtain needed medication.



Upon arrival at the IRC, or CRDF call the IRC at 213-473-6080 or 213-473-6100. Inquire as to your family member’s location (tower, floor and pod number) and, most importantly, his/her booking number. Female inmates are detained at the CRDF in Lynwood.

This information is also readily available on the internet at Click on “Inmate & Jail Information”. Enter his/her complete legal name to bring up the booking number. Note this information for future reference.

Use the links on the web page to access visiting hours, mailing address, and frequently asked questions.

TIP: Inmates are sometimes booked in with/without middle name. If you are unable to locate him/her, try any names your relative has used.

TIP: When visiting Twin Towers Correctional Facility (TTCF) or CRDF, always bring a few quarters for a locker to store your personal belongings while you visit your family member. Photo ID is also required. All public visits are by appointment only and visitor registration is required. Please review the



Click on the Inmate Medication Information Form, English or

Spanish on this web page. Print, complete, and fax as instructed below.

If this form is not available:

Immediately prepare a fax requesting that your relative be screened for placement in the mental health unit. Begin this fax with your relative’s:

o Full legal name

o Date of birth

o Booking number

o Location

In the body of the fax include:

o His/her diagnosis

o His/her psychiatrist’s name, phone number and address

o The medications that are prescribed for your family member by name, dosage and time of day to be administered

o Whether a particular medication has proven to be ineffective or has dangerous and/or uncomfortable side effects

o Any history of suicide attempts/threats or other violent intentions in the recent past. Briefly describe the events and when they occurred.

o Any other urgent medical conditions that might require immediate attention, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, seizures, heart problems, etc., and medications currently prescribed for those conditions. Include his/her medical doctor’s name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. The medical information you provide is tremendously valuable in making an assessment and will help the mental health staff select the best treatment for your relative. There is a clear preference for maintaining effective current treatment. However, the JMHS staff must conduct its own assessment of your relative’s condition and may not necessarily prescribe exactly the same medications.

IMPORTANT: Do NOT address any impending charges against your family member in this fax. Medical information only!

Keep a copy of this fax for future reference. If your family member is transferred to a different facility, you will need to fax this information again.

On the cover page, indicate whether your relative has provided you with a written confidentiality waiver. If your relative has not previously done so, ask that he/she be asked to sign one while in jail. The JMHS staff is prohibited by law from giving anyone information about a client’s status unless they have the client’s written consent, but the staff can receive information from relatives or friends without the client’s consent.

Once your relative has been booked, fax the document described in Step Four to the appropriate numbers below.

o Mental Health Services:

Men’s Fax: 213-972-4002 Monday To Friday From 6:00AM To 5:00PM, Except Holidays

Women’s Fax: 323-415-1893 Monday To Friday From 7:30AM To 4:30PM, Except Holidays

o Correctional Health Services

Fax: 213-217-4850 After Hours, Weekends, and Holidays

If you are sending both mental health and medical information, you must fax the information to the Mental Health Services number and the Sheriff’s Medical Services Bureau number.



The Mental Health Court Liaison Program (CLP) assists mentally ill defendants in the criminal justice system.If you know what court your family member’s case will be heard in, please call the corresponding field office below. If you are unsure or would like other information on our programs, you may also contact our main office. The objectives of this voluntary program are to increase coordination and collaboration between the criminal justice system and mental health systems, improve access to mental health services and supports, reduce incarceration time and enhance continuity of care. When you contact the court liaison it is helpful to provide some important pieces of information.

Please advise the liaison of:

o The attorney’s name and telephone number

o A brief statement detailing the current circumstances, diagnosis and relevant history of your family member. Be concise and to the point.

o Your family member’s name, booking number and date of birth

o Where he/she is currently being held

If your relative has a private attorney, contact him/her with our information, so he/she may contact us.

o If your relative does not have an attorney, a public defender will be assigned at the arraignment.



ALHAMBRA (626) 308-5021

West LA (310) 727-6245

Beverly Hills (310) 727-6245

Santa Monica (310) 727-6245

BELLFLOWER (562) 804-8219

BURBANK (626) 403-4370

CLARA S. FOLTZ (213) 974-2963

COMPTON (310) 603-8077

DOWNEY (626) 403-4370

EL MONTE (626) 403-4370

EAST LA (323) 780-2075

GLENDALE (626) 403-4370

INGLEWOOD (310) 419-2101

LONG BEACH (562) 247-2529

NEWHALL (818) 898-2490

NORWALK (626) 403-4370

PASADENA (626) 356-5374

POMONA (213) 305-3532

SAN FERNANDO (818) 898-2490

TORRANCE (310) 222-4067

VAN NUYS (818) 374-2349

WEST COVINA (626) 403-4370

CLP HQ (626) 403-4370



If you have any difficulty with this process, call the Department of Mental Health Family Advocate at 213-738-3948 during regular business hours and ask for assistance. Or you can email their office at

Don’t forget to provide your family member’s name, location, and booking number.



Your family member may want to retain a private attorney or use the Public Defender’s Office. A public defender will be assigned at arraignment if your relative does not have or cannot afford a private attorney. Do not be afraid to use a public defender. Public defenders often have knowledge of the system as it pertains to those who need mental health services.

If your family member decides to retain a private attorney, be sure to select one that is well versed in helping people with mental illness and understands how to access the treatment facilities and mental health services that are available.



Bail: Think carefully about posting bail for your family member. No one wants a loved one to remain incarcerated for any length of time. It is an unpleasant experience for them as well as the family. However, you must ask yourself the following question. Will your family member be able to comply with the terms of the bail and appear in court when required? Also, as hard as it may seem, jail may be a safer place for a person with severe mental illness who is in crisis rather than having your loved one wander the streets with no help at all. At least in jail they will be fed, will have shelter and be given access to medication treatments.

Working with an attorney: Call the Public Defender’s office at the court where the case is being heard and ask for the name and phone number of the attorney who will be handling the case. It is more likely the attorney will be at his or her desk in the morning between 8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. before court begins or later in the afternoon after 3:30 p.m. If you do not reach the attorney, be sure to leave a message requesting a return call with your name, phone number, your family member’s name and, if possible, the case number and court date. Due to the attorney-client confidentiality requirement, there will be information the attorney may not be able to share with you. Remember, it is your family member, not you, who is the attorney’s client.

Inform the attorney of your family member’s condition and any information that may be beneficial to the case. Provide the attorney with an extensive medical, psychiatric, social, and educational history of your family member in writing. Include hospitalization, diagnosis information, medication treatment, and the contact information of those doctors/clinicians and of facilities that have treated your family member in the past. This information will be very useful in pursuing the best outcome for your loved one. Attorneys are extremely busy and many will appreciate written or faxed correspondence.

For general information regarding criminal cases involving mental health issues, call the Public Defender’s Mental Health Branch at 323-226-2932.

Supporting and coping with a loved one who suffers from a brain disorder can be extremely challenging and stressful. Knowledge, as well as your love and fortitude, will be essential in helping you to become a strong and effective support system for your family member. For information about support groups and educational programs provided free of charge in your area, contact the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) at 213-386-3615 for the NAMI Los Angeles County Council, or on the internet at to find the closest affiliate.

This informational guide was written by NAMI volunteers based on their own personal experience to help families navigate the system. We are not attorneys, and this is not intended to be a substitute for professional legal advice. Please assist your family member in obtaining proper legal representation.

NAMI Los Angeles Criminal Justice Committee

Updated February 13, 2015

August 22, 2018

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department has strict inmate mail procedures for security and safety reasons. All inmates are advised of these regulations/guidelines via handouts, and/or posted information within Inmate Reception Center and Century Regional Detention Facility. They are directed to notify anyone that might send mail or parcels. Any mail or parcels that are received contrary to these guidelines will be returned “intact” to the sender. Many of the items that are not allowed are readily available through the jail stores.

Your cooperation when corresponding with an inmate will be greatly appreciated.

  • All envelopes and paper must be free of debris and/or any illegal substances, perfume/cologne, powders, lip stick, or dried liquids.

General mailing address for all incarcerated male and female inmates:

Inmate Name, Booking Number
PO BOX 86164
Terminal Annex
Los Angeles, CA 90086-0164

Mail for female inmates can also be sent to:

Inmate Name, Booking Number
Century Regional Detention Facility
11705 S. Alameda Street
Lynwood, CA 90262

Your mail or parcel will be returned for the following reason(s):


  • Food or cosmetic items
  • Blank envelopes, envelopes with a metal clasp, postage stamps, envelopes with gang or suggestive drawings/artwork
  • Cash, personal or second-party checks, payroll checks, out-of-state checks
  • Blank money order(s) (money orders must be signed and made payable to the inmate)
  • Money order(s) that would increase the inmate’s trust funds in excess of the $300 limit
  • Out-of-state money order(s)
  • Money order in amount exceeding $200 limit
  • Musical, plastic, or blank greeting card(s)
  • Identification card(s) or facsimiles
  • Paper clip(s), staple(s), pen(s), pencil(s), glitter, sticker(s), glued or gummed label(s)
  • Postcard(s) larger than 6”x 9”
  • Rosary bead(s), balloon(s), string bracelet(s), or jewelry item(s)
  • Lottery ticket(s) or pre-paid telephone card(s)
  • Cellophane tape or any type of tape on letters
  • Audio, CDs, or cassette tapes
  • No gang symbols


  • Item(s) of explicit sexual nature or that depict full or partial frontal nudity
  • Item(s) depicts or describes how to create weapons or commit crimes, or contains content that has been determined to compromise jail security
  • *Item(s) not sent directly from a bookstore or publisher
  • *Item(s) exceeding the limit of three (3) books per week
  • *Item(s) exceeding the limit of three (3) periodicals or publications per week
  • *Item(s) has metal or plastic binding
  • *Item(s) has a hard cover
  • *Item(s) does not conform to size requirements: Minimum of 3″x 5″ / Maximum of 4″x 6″
  • *Item(s) depicts nudity, sexually-suggestive content, or gang imagery
  • *Item(s) depicts content that has been determined to compromise jail security



The appeal must include the following information:

  1. the involved inmate’s name and booking number
  2. the form’s reference number
  3. the sender’s contact information
  4. a description of the withheld/returned item
  5. the date the item was sent to the inmate, and the date the sender received this Returned Mail Notification
  6. the reason(s) the sender disagrees with the Department’s decision to withhold/return the item.

If you have any questions, please contact the Mail Room Supervisor at (213) 893-5874.


Please note, effective Sunday, February 15, 2015, the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department will no longer accept online deposits for inmates.


Deposit or Pick-up in person, (you MUST bring a valid governmental issued ID with photo), you can go to either of the following address:

Inmate Reception Center (IRC)
450 Bauchet Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012


Century Regional Detention Facility (CRDF)
11705 S. Alameda Street
Lynwood, CA 90262


Mailing Deposits to Inmates ($200 Maximum Amount)

Depositing money via mail must comply with the following rules:

  • Within the State of California: a certified Bank Cashier’s Check or United States Postal Money Order
  • All other states: United States Postal Money Orders ONLY
  • The check/money order must be payable to the Inmates Name AND Booking Number


Mail the check/money order to one of the two following addresses:

Male Inmates:
Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department
P.O. Box 86164 Terminal Annex
Los Angeles, CA 90086-0164
Attn: Inmate Name, Booking Number

Female Inmates:
Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department
Century Regional Detention Facility
11705 S. Alameda Street
Lynwood, CA 90262
Attn: Inmate Name, Booking Number


For Further Inmate Deposit Questions Contact:

Male Inmates: (213) 893-5875

Female Inmates: (323) 568-4535

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department reserves the right to decline or return deposits that violate Department Policies.


Pick-up Money from an incarcerated male or female inmates money account:

You must have the incarcerated male/female obtain a Money Release Form (pink slip) from the on duty custody staff and submit it. If the incarcerated inmate is located at Pitchess Detention Center (PDC) you, the visitor, can obtain the Money Release Form from the PDC visiting area at the check in window. ALL WITHDRAWALS are processed at IRC/CRDF and are typically approved and available within 24-48 hours after submission to the person making the withdrawal.

For questions please call the IRC Cashiers line at (213) 893-5875 or, the CRDF cashiers line at (323) 568-4535

For more information on any of the above mentioned topics check out our Inmate Information Center webpage at or call the Inmate Information Line at (213) 473-6100.

Inmate Deposit Notification Effective July 30, 2018

The Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) was signed into law in 2003. One of PREA’s requirements was the development of national standards to address sexual abuse and harassment in detention facilities. Finalized in 2012 by the Department of Justice, the National PREA Standards to Prevent, Detect, and Respond to Prison Rape are binding on prisons, jails, youth detention facilities, police lockups and community corrections facilities.  In accordance with the standards and LASD’s mission, LASD has “zero tolerance” for sexual abuse and sexual harassment in all of its facilities.

How Does PREA Apply to LASD Facilities?

The PREA standards aim to eliminate sexual abuse and sexual harassment in detention facilities. PREA covers sexual abuse of inmates by other inmates or by staff, volunteers, and contractors.  Under PREA and California state law, inmates can never consent to sexual activity with staff members; any sexual contact with inmates by staff members, volunteers, or contractors is sexual abuse. Sexual abuse is a crime that can lead to serious, long-term physical and mental health problems.  Sexual abuse and sexual harassment also make jails less safe for all inmates and staff.

LASD is committed to public safety, and that includes inside its detention facilities.  LASD has adopted policies around the provisions for sexual safety in its jails, lockups, courts, and inmate reception centers.  LASD follows the PREA standards to provide a sexually safe environment by:

  • Carefully considering a person’s safety when determining housing.
  • Training staff on their role and ensure that all staff know they are responsible for preventing and responding to sexual abuse and sexual harassment.
  • Educating inmates about how to report sexual abuse or harassment, how to get help, and their right to be safe inside LASD facilities.
  • Responding to and investigating every allegation of sexual abuse or sexual harassment.
  • Offering mental health, and medical care, and information to rape crisis centers to inmates who have been sexually abused.
  • Publishing annual reports, available to the public, that include numbers of allegations of sexual abuse received inside LASD facilities and the outcomes of investigations (coming soon).

How to Report Sexual Abuse or Sexual Harassment

Reports of sexual abuse and sexual harassment can be made by inmates, friends or family of inmates, attorneys, community members, or anyone who suspects or witnesses sexual abuse or sexual harassment. Abuse and harassment may be reported in the following ways:

Inmates or the public can report sexual abuse or sexual harassment to any LASD staff member, contractor, or volunteer.  Due to the serious nature of sexual assaults, a staff member who has knowledge of any inmate-on-inmate or staff-on-inmate sexual abuse or sexual harassment that occurs within a LASD facility must immediately report the allegation to the unit administration in accordance with Department policies. The duty to report applies to custody staff, teachers, facility administrators, chaplains – basically any person who works inside a facility.

Inmates, their family members, or the public can call the Los Angeles Regional Crime Stoppers, free of charge, at (800) 222-8477.  Inmates can call the Los Angeles Regional Crime Stoppers, free of charge, by dialing *21 from inside of a jail.  These calls are not recorded or monitored.  Anyone outside of a jail can send an email to

Inmates may request to see medical or mental health staff.  All medical and mental health staff are required to report allegations of sexual abuse and harassment to ensure that inmates who report receive the care they need.

Inmates can complete a written grievance form.

The public can contact the LASD PREA Coordinator by emailing

Once a Report is Made:

LASD will investigate every allegation of sexual abuse and sexual harassment.

Inmates and staff, contractors, and volunteers who report sexual abuse and sexual harassment will be protected from retaliation for reporting.

LASD is committed to holding all perpetrators, whether staff, contractors, volunteers, or inmates, accountable for sexual abuse or sexual harassment.

Inmates who report sexual abuse will be offered prompt medical and mental health care, and access to rape crisis centers.  Inmates can call a rape crisis center, free of charge, by dialing *25 or *26 from inside of a jail.  Anyone outside of a jail can call, free of charge, to either Peace Over Violence at (213) 955-9090 or Strength United at (818) 787-9700.

Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
(Last pass sent at 5:45 p.m.)

Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
(Last pass sent at 4:00 p.m.)
(Closed from 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.)

Monday through Friday from 9:15 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
(Last pass sent at 3:30 p.m.)
(Closed from 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.)

Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
(Last pass sent at 7:30 p.m.)

Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Monday through Friday through 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Inmates housed at East Facility get professional visits at South Facility.
Attorneys check in at South Facility.
Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Attorneys may also conduct professional visits during the weekend public visiting hours.

VINE is an automated computer program offered to crime victims. The purpose of the VINE program is to provide victims of crime continuous access concerning an inmate's custody status. By calling the VINE number or registering on line, a victim can determine the custody status of the offender and register to be notified of the release or transfer of the specific inmate. VINE is a statewide program which provides access to information and notification of inmate releases and transfers. The VINE is separated by individual counties and the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitations (CDCR). If an inmate is housed in the Los Angeles County jail system and is transferred to CDCR, the victim will receive a notification that the inmate was transferred to CDCR. The victim must re-register with the VINE indicating the inmate is in a CDCR facility.

Reference Information:

How does a victim register to be notified?

Victims may register themselves for notification using a touch-tone telephone. After dialing the VINE number, follow the instructions given by the system. You will be asked to give a telephone number and a four-digit PIN number. If you do not have a telephone you may use the telephone number of a relative of friend. Do not use a telephone number that reaches a switchboard. Victims may also register via the internet to receive telephone or e-mail notifications.

How will VINE notify a victim?

The VINE system monitors inmate movement, transfers, and releases. When an inmate is transferred or released, VINE will automatically react to contact the properly registered victims. Do not be startled if you receive a call from VINE in the middle of the night. VINE will begin calling as soon as new information regarding an inmate is received.

Call 1-877-411-5588 (TTY 1-866-847-1298) Follow the directions to enter the inmate's name or booking number using the keypad on your telephone. Or register on line at:

  • You will receive immediate information regarding the inmate's status.
  • To register by telephone for notification select option 1 after the inmate's status is provided. You will be asked to provide a telephone number and a 4-digit PIN code that will become your ID for stopping future calls.

Victim Service Resources

LA County Jail Facilities

450 Bauchet Street,
Los Angeles, California 90012


Booking (213) 893-5327
Release (213) 893-5347
Cashier’s Office (213) 473-6049
DNA Collection (213) 473-1708
Inmate Property (213) 893-4428

Century Regional Detention Facility

11705 S. Alameda St., Lynwood CA90262
(213) 473-6100

441 Bauchet Street,
Los Angeles CA90012General

Phone: 213. 473. 6100
Main Lobby 213. 974.4082
Visiting Lobby 213.974.4927

Inmate info: (213) 473-6100

29320 The Old Road,
Castaic, California 91384

29330 The Old Road,
Castaic, California 91384

29340 The Old Road,
Castaic, California 91384

29310 The Old Road,
Castaic, California 91384

If you are inquiring about someone in custody at a station jail, please call the station desk for more information.

Station Contact Information

450 Bauchet Street,
Los Angeles CA90012

General Phone: 213. 893.5100



If you were strip searched outside in a group between March 5, 2008 and January 31, 2015 at the Century Regional Detention Center (“Lynwood” or “CRDF”), you may be eligible to receive money as part of a $53 million-dollar settlement against the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department. To receive money, you must submit a claim by Monday, January 20, 2020.

You may find or file a claim online at

Who is part of this lawsuit? The settlement includes all female inmates who were strip searched entering or returning to the CRDF, in large groups, in an outside bus garage open to the elements between the class period of March 5, 2008 January 1, 2015.

How much money could I receive? Each claiming class member will receive a share of the settlement based on the total number of people who submit claims. The money will be divided among the claimants based on the number of searches, the outside temperature, and the date of the search (the earlier searches were generally worse). Each person will receive a certain number of points based on these issues, and the settlement will be divided based on each person’s points. People with many searches will likely receive thousands of dollars. No class member who files a claim will receive less than $200 for one search.

How do I learn more? For the full class notice and information on filing a claim, excluding yourself, objecting and the final approval hearing, go to

If you have questions, you may call the Settlement Administrator toll-free at 1-855-233-1237.

A copy of the Notice to the Class can be viewed by clicking .