El Dorado County Jail – Placerville, CA

El Dorado County Jail is in El Dorado County, California and is the main correctional facility for that region. Know somebody at El Dorado County Jail? This page tells you info about everything you might need to know about El Dorado County Jail,like the following: Learn how to locate an inmate. Find inmate mughsots. The jail’s address and phone number. How to post bail. El Dorado County Jail intake procedures. Court information. And much, much more.

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The prospect of getting arrested and going to jail is a daunting and scary prospect, not only for whoever goes to jail, but also that person’s family, friends, and loved ones. The goal of this guide is to offer information and tips you need to make the process less stressfull. If you have a specific question, feel free to ask it in the comment section below, and any comments or feedback that would help others will be welcome.

General Information

Address

El Dorado County Jail
300 Fair Lane
Placerville, CA 95667

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: 530-621-5655
Fax:

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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a family member or friend in jail and need to find out where they are?

Has somebody who has been arrested and you want to find them?

To see who is in jail at El Dorado County Jail you have to visit their website and use the inmate lookup.

Inmate Lookup

The El Dorado County Jail Inmate Locator is an online list of people currently in custody, which includes current status, bail amount, and visiting hours. You can get information on anybody processed or discharged within the past 24 hours. Jail inmates are listed in alphabetical order by last name. You will be able to get their arrest information faster if you’ve got the arrestee’s name, birth date, or inmate ID Number.

If the person you’re searching for is at another county jail you should look here: Other County Jails in California


Mugshots

A mugshot, or jail booking photograph, is the photo that the police take when you are processed at the jail intake. A mugshot is make of one frontal photo and one profile photo. Your name and jail booking number will be on the mugshot, and they will be on file at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of inmates are online, or you can see them in person at the El Dorado County Jail. When viewing mugshots online you will need to enter the inmate’s full name, and the arrest date, if you know it.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Want to get your mugshot taken down from the El Dorado County Jail site? This may not be possible, since the mugshot is a public record. To get your mugshot removed you have to file a Petition to Expunge in court. What this means is that all of your arrest records would be sealed, and will not be available to the public. It is difficult to do this, and you will most likely need the services of a lawyer.

Read our indepth tutorial about getting your mugshot removed, the different websites with mugshots, and the mugshot removal websites: How To Get Your Mugshot Taken Down


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Of course, once you’re arrested and put in jail, your only thought is about when you get out. After you’ve gone through the intake process, bail is set by the magistrate. In cases where no bail is set this can mean that you will either get released, pending trial, or you have to stay in jail until your trial.

If you are are released you must promise to go to your court date, and until that day you are not allowed to leave the county.

Typically, prisoners are given an early release in exchange for good behavior when they respect the rules and don’t cause any problems while locked up.

If you do exhibit good behavior and the jail believes you can be trusted, you may be granted work release. You will be required to stay jail at the end of the day when you’re finished with work, or you might be permitted to move to a halfway house when you are not working.

Bail

Your bail is how much money that you are required to pay to be released from jail until your trial. The amount you have to pay depends on the seriousness of your crime. Someone will have to post 10 percent of the total amount that was determined in order to bail out of jail. If you miss your court date, whoever paid your bail won’t get the bail money back.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

In order to find out how much someon’s bail is, you have to call the jail. If know the person’s information, like name, address and date of birth, they’ll be able to let you know what their bail is set at. Also, you can check their bail amount and status on the jail website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to get someone out of jail is an unpleasant situation, but usually, its simple to do if you have the money. First of all, figure out if their bail is a “Cash Bond Only”. If so, you can’t get a bondsman. Cash only – the jail will not accept a personal check. Once the cash bond has been paid, the inmate will get released. If this person doesn’t violate any of the terms of their release, you’ll get the bail money back.

Bail Bondsman

If the bail amount is too high, or you can’t afford it, you should use a bail bondsman. Bondsmen generally charge a fee of 10 to 15 percent of the total bail amount, and usually with a minimum of $100. The amount you pay to the bondsman will not be returned to you and bondsmen usually only accept cash. If bail is very large, the bail bondsman may ask to use assets as collateral.

To talk to a local bail bondsman click here: Find a Bail Bondsman in El Dorado County

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Bail Schedule

In California the amount of bail you pay is set by the California Felony Bail Schedule, but keep in mind, though, the judge or magistrate has the final word on how high your bail is set. The California Felony Bail Schedule lists every crime defined by California and the exact bail amount for each one.

Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

  • Get Time Off For Good Behavior
  • Work Release
  • Released For Time Served
  • Be Released on a Pre-Trial Release Program
  • Get Released on House Arrest
  • Own Recognizance


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The intake process is made up of each of these steps:

  • You will get put in a holding cell. When the jail is busy, you may not be processed immediately.
  • First, must answer some questions, such as your full name, street address, date of birth and contact person.
  • Also, you will also be asked about your mental and medical history.
  • You will be given an inmate ID.
  • You will get fingerprinted.
  • They will take your mugshot.
  • Any personal property you have will get taken away from you and stored until you get discharged from jail.
  • You will be allowed to use the phone to call family, friends, or bail bondsman.
  • If you are expected to be released shortly, you will be allowed to keep wearing street clothes, but if you are not expected to make bail quickly you you will have to change into a jail uniform – the jumpsuit.

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Discharge Procedures

Once bail has been posted, you will be allowed to go home after you get discharged. Getting discharged may take between 10 minutes to quite a few hours. So, the faster bail is posted, the faster you will get out of jail. Also, it can depend on if you have a cash bond amount or if a judge needs to decide on the bail amount. For a minor charge, you will simply be booked and then released on your recognizance without having to pay bail. When you have served out your jail sentence and know the release date, plan to get released that morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

for your arrest, or if you must begin your sentence in jail, it is highly recommended that you do the right thing and turn yourself in willingly. If you have a warrant, report to the jail reception area, and tell the intake officer that think that there is a warrant for your arrest. The officer will verify that you have an outstanding arrest warrant, and if so, they will take you into custody and begin the intake process. If you are reporting to serve out your sentence, go to the jail at the exact time and date that the sentence order lists. Make sure that you are not late to report. Just bring necessary items with you, for example your drivers license or even your ID, any prescription medication you might take, as well as a sentencing order from court.

Visitation Procedures

In order to have visitors, inmates need to list each visitor’s name to the jail in advance of the visit. Your visitor’s information will be put in the visitors log for the inmate that requested the visitor. All visitors has to provide identification. Visitors that gets to visitation or that is not an approved visitor will not be allowed to visit the inmate.
Jail visitation policies frequently change, so it would be wise to check the official site before you try to go to visitation.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

Phone calls that inmates are allowed to make from jail are with a pre-paid phone card or account, or are collect calls . These phone calls are a lot more expensive than phone calls made outside of jail. There is no limit to how often you can use the phone, but inmates should keep in mind that there are a limited number of phones, so all the inmates must share phone time. If you break the jail rules, an inmate’s ability to use the phone might get cut back or cut altogether.

The El Dorado County Jail phone number is: 530-621-5655

Sending Mail to Inmates

All inmate mail is required to be sent using the actual US Postal Service. You must not use any other type of delivery. You have to clearly write or type the inmate’s name, prisoner number, and the address of the jail on the letter that you send. Do not send a package, envelope with padding, bag, or an envelope containing metal parts. All mail that you send to inmates is opened and read and examined by the jail officers, and will get sent back if deemed inappropriate.

Mailing Address

Use this address when sending a letter to an inmate at El Dorado County Jail:

El Dorado County Jail
300 Fair Lane
Placerville, CA 95667

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
El Dorado County Jail
300 Fair Lane
Placerville, CA 95667


The El Dorado County Jail mail policy changes often, so be sure to review the site when you send a letter to an inmate.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

Even if you’ve been arrested, you should know you still have rights, one of these being the right to request a lawyer. Remember that you may be limited to the amount of phone calls you can make, so it is a good idea to have a friend or family member find an attorney when you talk to them. You may be asking yourself ‘but do I really need an attorney’ You are not required to have an attorney for some criminal charges, a criminal attorney will advise you about your rights, look after your best interests and help you navigate through the legal system in El Dorado County. The faster you get a lawyer involved with your case, the better your chances.

For more information on this, click here: Find an Attorney

Public Defender

If you are in trouble, but can’t afford an attorney, a Public Defender will be assigned to you. Also, the Public Defender Office has a number of staff such as investigators, experts in forensics as well as social workers. You should be reassured that Public Defenders are licensed attorneys, members of the California State Bar and are legally licensed to practice law as an agent of the court.

Have you ever had to use a court appointed attorney? Do you think that they did a good job of defending you?

Court Records

All court records are are public records and are available upon request. Court records include a court case file containing a docket and all motions, documents, and evidence filed in the case. You, and anyone else, can access your court records with the online service, or by going to the El Dorado County Clerk of Court where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

The El Dorado County Clerk of Court is an officer of the court who manages the records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath when court is in session, and read the verdict when decided by the jury. All records from your court case are kept and available to you at Clerk of Court’s office.

Fees

Court fees and costs are the fees and charges associated with your court case, such as for example filing fees, motion and claim fees, and court charges. If you can’t afford to pay these fees and have a Public Defender, you may not have to pay them.

Magistrate

The El Dorado County magistrate is the type of judge that will preside over your court case. They do a number of things, which include deciding a bail amount, issuing warrants, and acting as the presiding judge over preliminary court proceedings and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

Your pre-sentencing report is prepared with information about the arrestee’s background and information about the defendant’s life and history, which the magistrate will review and take into consideration when deciding on the sentence. Information and personal details will be solicited from the person on trial, their family, and in some circumstances the victim in the crime. Bear in mind that you can request to receive your own copy of the report before your sentencing, so you have the opportunity to correct the mistakes.

Sentencing

After you are convicted of a crime, you will then get sentenced. The presiding judge in your case will weigh several options when determining your sentence, ranging from community service, house arrest, and probation, to incarceration in jail or prison. Depending on the severity of the crime, you will either be immediately taken into custody, or you could receive a date to turn yourself into jail to serve your jail term according to your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Are you trying to find out if someone is locked up, or has been an inmate in the past?

This is pretty easy to do, simply you should visit the El Dorado County jail website, and do a search using:

  • The inmate’s name.
  • Birth date.
  • Their booking date.
  • and their jail inmate ID.

If you’re not sure if your friend or family member is in jail, you can also call the jail get confirmation.

Warrant Inquiry

If you think you have an outstanding warrant, you are able to check the court records online or you are able to call the jail directly. You have to have the person’s first and last name. You can also go to the local jail and ask them. Bear in mind that if you do have an outstanding warrant, you should be prepared to get taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know the person’s name, as well as the date of their arrest, contact the jail, by phone, go there in person, or check online. An arrest is in the public record and the information is accessible by the public.

Civil Inquiry

Civil processes are when you get served with papers, which can be , subpoenas, and arrest warrants. You can access civil process orders by going to the El Dorado County Sheriff’s office, by phone or online.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All convicted sex offenders are registered on either a national or state sex offender database. The people on these databases have been tried by jury and convicted in a court of law of a sex crime. You are able to view these offenders on the internet, but keep in mind that you will not be able to see the street address, but only the address block they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are public, and are accessible by anyone. They include a court case file that includes a docket and any documents and filings filed in the case. You are able to access your court records on the website, or at Clerk of Court office where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each state maintains records of a person’s criminal background. These state databases are all linked so you can track criminal histories from other states. You are able to go to the El Dorado County Courthouse and inquire, or check the website. It is helpful to know the county the crime was committed in, and if it was in a different state entirely, you might have to pay a fee for a more complete search.

A search of someone’s criminal history you are able to find out if a person has ever been arrested, charged or convicted for any of the following crimes:

  • Driving Under the Influence (DUI).
  • Drug Possession of Drug Trafficking.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sex offenses which could include rape, and sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes like assault or murder.
  • Breaking and entering, theft, larceny.

If you do a criminal records check, you will not see if they has had:

  • Speeding.
  • Lost their drivers license or license revoked or suspended.
  • Accidents.
  • Moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To get this information, you must do a search for their driving record.

    Have you ever searched for criminal records? How easy was it? Dis you do your search online or did you have to call the El Dorado County courthouse? Was it correct? There are lots of reasons that folks look up criminal backgrounds and records, and your feedback may help other people.

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    Most Wanted

    The FBI maintains a list of the Ten Most Wanted Fugitives. In El Dorado County,the Sheriff has their own list of the most wanted criminals, that you can access online.

    FBI Top Ten Most Wanted List

    El Dorado County Top Ten Most Wanted List


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Just the thought of spending time in the El Dorado County jail is quite unpleasant, in time you will become accustomed to the daily routine there. Inmates get an alarm for wake-up each morning at 6:00 AM, and then roll call. You will then have breakfast. Following breakfast you will work in the work program or other activity that you are assigned. This could be working in the kitchen, laundry, or some sort of manufacturing job. While this may seem tedious, it may help you when you leave jail, as you are gaining experience in a certain field of work. Other inmates go to school, while some take part in mandated treatment programs. After lunch, there will be another roll call, then back to work. Your evening will be spent either in your cell or a common room. During this time dinner is served and you will be expected to take a shower. After another roll call, it’s lights out. Even though you will be confined to your cell, there may be enough light to read or write letters. Then again, most inmates welcome lights out, and try to get as much sleep as they can.

    Most people are frightened at the idea of jail because they don’t know what to expect. If you have spent any time in El Dorado County Jail, your experiences would be welcomed, if it can help another person to deal with it.

    Dress Code

    When incarcerated, all inmates are expected to wear the El Dorado County Jail uniform. This is normally a jumpsuit or scrubs. Of note to anyone visiting an inmate – you must be properly dressed. Any clothing considered inappropriate will not be permitted.

    How To Send Money to an Inmate

    You will have your own ‘bank account’ while in jail. This money is used to purchase items from the Commissary. Family and friends can deposit money into this account for you, and any money you earn while in prison will also be deposited into your account. Outside money can be paid in to your account via a money order, cash or check. If someone sends a check or money order, make sure that they write your inmate ID on it. The maximum amount you are allowed in your account is $290 per month.

    The rules for sending funds to jail inmates is always changing, so we suggest that you double check the official website before you send funds to an inmate there.

    Commissary

    The commissary is the jail store. You can purchase a number of things here, such as toiletries, snacks and writing supplies. Bear in mind that you will probably want to use the commissary daily, and any infractions will get that privilege taken away from you.

    Inmate Medications

    If you are on any type of prescription medication, you will be allowed to continue taking it while in jail. When you are first processed, you will be asked what medication you take. You will then be referred to the jail nurse or doctor who will be in charge of monitoring your health and prescribing your medication.

    Meals

    You will get three meals a day: breakfast, lunch and dinner. As expected, they are very basic, but healthy. A typical breakfast might be cereal, toast, coffee and fruit. Lunch might be spaghetti, salad, bread and milk. Dinner could be chicken casserole, rice, vegetables, dessert and milk. Contrary to popular belief, prison food has greatly improved over the years, and you might find that it’s not much different from what you would eat at home.

    Pods / The Yard

    The jail is designed in a ‘pod’ layout, with self contained housing arranged around an outdoor yard. Each pod has a central control station and a common room, and the inmates take turns in using the yard. The jail is designed this way to keep certain inmates together, and others away from the general population.

    Gangs

    As with life in general, gangs are a part of prison life. Obviously it is best to avoid becoming a part of this environment as it will only lead to trouble. When you first enter prison, you might find yourself being ‘primed’ to join a gang, or worse, you might get their attention in a negative way. The best thing to do is keep your head down and don’t get involved.


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    News and Media

    News

    Photos / Pictures

    Videos


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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at El Dorado County Jail

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the El Dorado County Jail, overseeing the day to day operations and administration of the jail. An inmate is unlikely to have much interaction with the Deputy Sheriff, unless they have committed an infraction. Detention Officers are responsible for the custody and care of the inmates. They maintain order in the jail, and handle security. A Detention Officer is assigned to a certain pod, and therefore is responsible for the same inmates each day. They get to know the inmates on a certain level, and are well equipped to handle any problems that may occur.

    Apply for a Job at El Dorado County Jail

    Requirements:

    • You have to be over the age of 21.
    • You have to possess a High School Diploma or GED
    • You have to be a US Citizen.
    • You have to pass a Criminal, Credit and Driving History background check.
    • You have to pass a drug test.
    • You have to have a good level of fitness.
    • You have to be in good health.
    • You have to have a valid Drivers License
    • An applicant for Deputy Sheriff must possess a Law Enforcement Certification.


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    Family Resources

    There are resources for families of both the perpetrator of the crime and the victim. The social and emotional impact of crime is far reaching, affecting many. Families can receive professional counseling, court related assistance, social services assistance and help in navigating the criminal justice system.

    If you are a family member, which resources did you find to be particularly helpful? Please let us know, as this will be helpful to other families in the same situation.

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    Victim Resources

    Important Note: If you, or someone you know, are in immediate danger, call 911.

    Victim’s Rights

    The Victim Rights Act grants victims the following rights:

    • The right to protection from the accused.
    • The right to notification.
    • The right to attend proceedings.
    • The right to speak at criminal justice proceedings.
    • The right to consult with the prosecuting attorney.
    • The right to restitution.
    • The right to a speedy trial.
    • The right to be treated with fairness, dignity and respect.

    The definition of victim includes:

    • Spouses and children of all victims.
    • Parents and guardians of minor victims.
    • Parents, guardians and siblings of mentally or physically incapacitated victims or victims of homicide.
    • Foster parents or other caregivers, under certain circumstances.

    There are a number of services and programs designed to help victims and their families. You can find out about these services by contacting the courthouse, or local law enforcement agency.

    Victim Notification

    The Department of Justice Victim Notification System (VNS) is a system that provides victims with information pertaining to their case and/or any defendants in the case. You will receive a Victim Identification Number (VIN) and a Personal Identification Number (PIN) that will allow you to access VNS via the internet or by phone. Here, you will find information about future court hearings, historical court events, and detailed information about the defendant. This will include criminal charges filed, the outcome of charges, sentence imposed, custody location, projected release date and any other release information. The VNS website is updated daily. You will also receive any ongoing information by mail or email.

    Have you, a family member or friend ever used the Victim Notification System? If so, was it effective? Did you get the information in a timely manner? Was the system difficult to use? We would like to hear from you, so please post any comments here.

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    Sex Offender Information and Search

    All people registered as sex offenders are registered on either a national or state sex offender database. The people on these databases have been convicted of a sex or kidnapping crime. You can access this information online, but bear in mind that you will not get the exact address, rather the block that they live on.

    Domestic Violence

    If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence, there are services to help you. Your county will have a Domestic Violence Services office. They provide free and confidential services, such as emergency shelter information, legal advocacy, support groups and domestic violence education. They will work to help you create a safe and violence-free life, and heal from the trauma of abuse.

    Important Note: If you, or someone you know, are in immediate danger, call 911.


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    Reviews

    Reviews of this Jail

    Have you ever been an inmate at El Dorado County Jail? Do you know anybody that is a prisoner there? Have you ever been to visit an inmate at this jail?

    If your answer is yes, then you should write your review about it. Write down your experience so other people can learn what to expect.

    Things you might want to put in your review:

    • Conditions at the jail.
    • Jail layout and facility
    • Jail staff and Guards
    • Jail food and commissary
    • Visitation
    • The other inmates.
    • Prisoner safety
    • Jail gangs
    • Prisoner activities and programs


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    Tell Your Story

    Everybody who’s been arrested and thrown in jail has some stories about their time ‘inside’. Why’d you end up in jail? Did you get fair treatment? What happened to you while you were locked up? What about the other inmates? How did getting locked up affect your life?

    Tell Your Story About El Dorado County Jail

    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Did you meet some cool folks in jail? Do you want to reconnect with somebody you met in jail? Then send them a message by posting a comment below.

    Say wassup to people still locked up at El Dorado County Jail

    Links and Resources

    Main El Dorado County Jail Website
    El Dorado County Jail Inmate Search Link
    View El Dorado County Jail Mugshots
    El Dorado County Jail Bail Link

    California Felony Bail Schedule

    El Dorado County Jail Visitation Policy Link
    El Dorado County Jail Jail Mail Link
    Find an inmate at El Dorado County Jail
    El Dorado County Jail Warrant Inquiry Link
    El Dorado County Jail Arrests
    Send Money to an Inmate at El Dorado County Jail
    El Dorado County Jail Jobs


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