Inyo County Jail – Independence, CA

Inyo County Jail is in Inyo County, CA and is the jail for that area. Looking for someone at Inyo County Jail? This page will tell you about anything you might want to know about Inyo County Jail,like the following: Learn how to locate an inmate. How to view Inyo County Jail mugshots. The jail’s address and phone number. Posting bail. Inyo County Jail intake procedures. Court records. And much, much more.

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The thought of going to jail is a daunting and scary situation, not only for the person who gets arrested, but also that person’s family, friends, and loved ones. The goal of this guide is to offer info you need to make getting locked up easier. If you have a question, feel free to ask it, and any feedback or comments that would help other people in the same situation is much appreciated.

General Information

Address

Inyo County Jail
550 South Clay Street
Independence, CA 93526

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: 760-878-0370
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a family member or friend that is incarcerated and don’t know how to contact them?

Has a family member or friend that has been arrested and you need to find them?

In order to find out who’s in jail at Inyo County Jail you have to visit their web site and perform an inmate lookup.

Inmate Search

The Inyo County Jail Inmate Lookup is a list of persons who were arrested and are now in jail, which includes status, bail amount, and visiting schedule. You can also find info on anyone arrested and processed or discharged within the past 24 hours. Inmates are listed in alphabetical order by last name. You will be able to get their arrest information fast if you’ve got the arrestee’s full name, birth date, or arrest number.

If your friend or loved one might be in another county jail you can look here: California County Jails Listing


Mugshots

A mugshot, or jail processing photo, is the picture taken by the police when you get booked into jail. A mugshot is make of one frontal photo and a side picture. Your full name and jail booking number will be on the mugshot, and they will be kept on file at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshots are on the Inyo County Jail website, or you can see them in person at the Inyo County Jail. When viewing online you need to input the legal name, and a booking date, if you know it.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Want to have your mugshot erased from the Inyo County Jail site? This may not be possible, as your mugshot is a public record. You need to file a ‘Petition to Expunge’. This means that your arrest record will be sealed, and unavailable to the public. Unfortunately, this happens very rarely.

For a more indepth article about getting your mugshot taken down, the many different websites with mugshots, and the mugshot removal websites: How To Get Your Mugshot Removed


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Of course, if you’re arrested and put in jail, your only thought is about when you get out. After booking, your bail is determined either through a preset bail schedule or a magistrate. If there is no bail set this can mean that you will either be free to go until your court date, or you have to stay in jail until your trial.

If you are are released you are required to agree to show up for court, and until that date you are not permitted to leave the area.

Typically, prisoners in the Inyo County Jail will be given early release in exchange for good behavior when they don’t break the rules and don’t cause any problems while they are in jail.

If you follow the rules, you may be allowed to do work release. You will either have to go back to the jail at the end of the day when you’re finished working, or you may be allowed to move into a halfway house when you are not working.

Bail

Bail is money that you are required to pay to get out of jail until you go to court. The amount you will be required to pay is determined by the seriousness of your charges. Someone you know will need to pay to the courts 10 percent of the total amount that was set before you can get out of jail. If you don’t show up for your scheduled court date, whoever paid your bail will lose that money.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

To find out how much bail money you will need to bail someone out of jail will have to call the jail or the county courthouse. If know the person’s information, including name, address and date of birth, they will let you know the bail amount. Also, you can find out how much their bail is online.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to bail a friend or family member out of jail is no fun, but in some cases, it’s simple to do if you have the money. First, you need to know if their bail is a Cash Only Bond situation. If it is, you won’t be able to get a bondsman. Take cash only to the jail – they can’t accept checks. As soon as you’ve posted (paid) bond, the inmate will get released. If they don’t violate the terms of their bail, you’ll get your money back.

Bail Bondsman

If bail is set too high, or you just can’t afford to pay it, you should try a bail bondsman. Bail bondsmen usually charge a fee of 10-15% of the total bail amount, and usually charge a minimum fee of $100. The money you pay to the bail bondsman will not be returned to you and bondsmen usually only accept cash. If the bail is extremely high, the bail bondsman might use your personal assets as collateral for the bond.

To contact a local bail bondsman visit our page about: Find a Bail Bondsman in Inyo County

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Bail Schedule

In the state of California bail amounts are pre-determined using by the California Felony Bail Schedule, but keep in mind, though, the magistrate or judge has the final word on how high your bail is set. The California Felony Bail Schedule lists every crime included in state law and the specific bail amount for each of the crimes.

Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The intake process takes you through the following steps:

  • They’ll put you in a holding cell. If the jail is busy, you may not be processed immediately.
  • The first step is that you will answer a number of questions, like your legal name, home address, birth date and contact person.
  • Also, you will also be asked about your psychological and medical history.
  • You will be issued an inmate ID number.
  • You will get fingerprinted.
  • You will have a front and profile photo taken for your mugshot.
  • Any personal property you have will be taken away from you and stored until you are discharged.
  • They will allow you to use the telephone in order to get in touch with a family member, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If they expect that you will make bail and be released quickly, you might be able to skip the jumpsuit and keep wearing your own clothes, otherwise you will be issued a jail uniform – the jumpsuit.

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Discharge Procedures

When you pay your bail, you will be allowed to go home after you get discharged. The discharge process may take anywhere from 10 minutes to many hours. Or, simply, the faster bail is posted, the quicker you can get released from jail. Also, it might depend on if you’ve got a bond amount or if the magistrate must decide on how much your bail will be. For minor offenses, you will get booked and get released without having to post bail. When you have served your sentence and are given a release date, expect to get released anywhere between the hours of 9am and 12pm.

How To Turn Yourself In

warrant out for your arrest, or if you have to begin your jail sentence, it is highly recommended that you do the right thing and go down to the jail and turn yourself in. If you have a warrant, go to the jail intake center, and let them know that think that there is a warrant for your arrest. The officer will verify that you have an outstanding arrest warrant, and if they verify that there is a warrant for your arrest, you will be taken into the sheriff’s custody. If you have a jail sentence to serve, go to the jail at the time and date that the sentence order or court paperwork states. Be sure that you are not late to report. Just bring things that are allowed when you go, for example a driver’s license or your ID, prescription medication, and a copy of the sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

Inmates have to list each visitor’s name to the jail in advance. This information will be put in the log as an authorized visitor. All visitors will be required to provide proof of identification. Visitors arriving late or that is not an approved visitor will not be allowed to attend visitation.
Visitation procedures at Inyo County Jail frequently change, so make sure that you double-check the jail site before you try to go to visitation.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

The only phone calls that inmates are allowed to make are made through a jail approved pre-paid phone account or phone card . Jail phone calls are usually more costly than regular phone calls. Inmates are able to make phone calls, with restrictions on when you can make phone calls, how long you can talk, and how often you can make calls, but you should keep in mind lots of people want to use the phone – so you have to share. If you break the jail rules, an inmate’s phone privileges could be reduced or eliminated completely, as part of the punishment.

Phone Number: 760-878-0370

Sending Mail to Inmates

All inmate mail is required to be sent using the actual US Postal Service. You can’t use any other type of delivery. You have to write the prisoner’s name, prisoner number, and the address of the jail on the outside of the letter that you send. Don’t send a package or box, padded envelope, plastic or paper bag, or an envelope containing metal parts. All mail will be opened and read by the jail staff, and the mail will be returned if the jail decides it is inappropriate.

Mailing Address

If you would like to send a letter to an inmate at Inyo County Jail, use this address:

Inyo County Jail
550 South Clay Street
Independence, CA 93526

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Inyo County Jail
550 South Clay Street
Independence, CA 93526


The Inyo County Jail mail policy changes, so you should visit the official website when you send a letter to an inmate there.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

When you get arrested, you have certain rights, one of these is that you have the right to request a lawyer. You don’t get to make many phone calls when you get arrested, so it is important to get a friend or relative to find an attorney when you call them. I know you’re probably asking yourself right now ‘why do I need a lawyer?’ You’re not required to have an attorney in all cases, a criminal defense attorney will make sure you know your rights, look after your best interests and help you navigate the criminal justice system in your county. The quicker you get an attorney working on your case, the better.

For more info on the benefits of and how to hire an attorney, click: Find an Attorney

Public Defender

If you’ve been arrested and don’t have the money to hire a lawyer, the courts will assign you a public defender, which is a free lawyer. Also, the Public Defender’s Office has access to investigators, crime scene and forensics experts and case workers. You will be reassured to know that Public Defenders are real attorneys, members of the State Bar and are legally licensed to practice law as an agent of the court.

Have you ever had to use a Public Defender or court appointed attorney? Are you happy with how they handled your case?

Court Records

All court records are are public and available to anyone who requests them. They contain a file with a sheet called a docket sheet and each of the documents in your case. You have the ability to access your court case records with the Inyo County website, or at the Clerk’s office of the Court where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

A Clerk of Court is an officer and clerk of the court who maintains court records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath for anyone testifying in court, and read the verdict when delivered by the jury. All records related to your case are available at the office of the Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court costs and court fees are all costs associated with your court case, which include filing fees, motion and claim fees, and court charges. If you can’t afford to pay these fees and have a court appointed attorney, you may not have to pay them.

Magistrate

The Inyo County court magistrate is the type of judge that rules on your court case. They do a number of things, like setting bail, issuing warrants for arrest, and acting as the presiding judge over preliminary court appearances and detention hearings.

Pre-Sentencing

Your pre-sentencing report is prepared to include information about the arrestee’s background and information about the defendant’s life, which the magistrate judge will review and take into account when determining your sentence. Information will be gathered from the person on trial, the defendant’s family, and if necessary the victim of the crime. Be sure to remember you are allowed to ask to have your own copy of this report before you are sentenced, so you can review it and correct any mistakes.

Sentencing

If you get convicted of a crime, you will then get sentenced. There are several different options for sentencing, which include community service, house arrest, and probation, to incarceration in either jail (short term) or prison (long term). Depending on the particulars of your trial, the severity of your crime, and any sentencing guidelines that they judge will use, you may be taken into custody, right there in court, or you could get a date that you are required to report to jail to serve your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Do you want to find out if some you know is incarcerated, or has ever been in jail?

To find this out you will have to go to the Inyo County jail website and do an inmate search lookup, and search using:

  • Their name.
  • Birthdate.
  • Their approximate booking date.
  • and their inmate ID.

If you think that they are currently in jail, you can also call the jail confirm whether they’ve been arrested or not.

Warrant Inquiry

If you think you have a warrant out for your arrest, you can check the arrest warrants inquiry on the Inyo County court website or you are able to call the court directly. This requires a first and last name. Or, you can just go the jail in person and inquire at the information desk. You should be clear that there is an outstanding warrant for your arrest, they will take you into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know the person’s name, and the date of their arrest, contact the jail, on the phone, go there in person, or you can check online. An arrest is in the public record and this information is freely available.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when when you get served with legal papers, such as court orders. You can access civil process orders by contacting the Sheriff’s office, either by phone or through their website.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All convicted sex offenders must be registered and listed on a sex offender database. The people on these databases have been convicted in a court of law of a sex or kidnapping crime. You can access these offenders on the internet, but you should know that you won’t find the exact address, rather the address block of the address that they registered.

Court Records

Court Records are public records. Court Records include a court case file containing a court docket and any documents filed in your case. You are able to access the court records via the internet service ‘Public Access to Court Electronic Records’, or at the Inyo County Clerk of Court office in the county where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each and every state maintains records of people’s criminal history. These databases are connected so you are able to track criminal convictions from any other state. You can go to county courthouse and check in person, or check the website. It helps to know which county the crime occurred in, and if it was in a completely different state, you may have to pay for a more comprehensive search.

A search of someone’s criminal history you will find out if someone has been arrested, charged, or convicted for the following crimes:

  • DUI or DWI.
  • Drug Possession.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sex offenses which could include rape, and sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes including assault, battery and murder.
  • Breaking and entering, theft, larceny.

If you do a criminal records check, you generally won’t discover if that person has had any infractions like moving violations:

  • Speeding.
  • Lost their drivers license or license revoked or suspended.
  • Traffic accidents.
  • Minor infractions or moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To get driving records, you will have to do a driving history search.

    Have you ever had to search for criminal records of someone you know? How hard was it? Did you search online or did you have to call the local courthouse? Did you get information that was correct? There are many reasons that folks search for criminal backgrounds and records, and your feedback might make it easier for others.

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    Most Wanted

    For Federal crimes, the FBI keeps a list of the Top Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Inyo County,the Inyo County Sheriff’s Department has a list of most wanted criminals, too.

    FBI Top Ten Most Wanted List: Link

    Inyo County Top Ten Most Wanted List


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    While the prospect of getting locked up in Inyo County Jail is very scary, you will soon get accustomed to the daily routine. Expect an alarm to wake up each morning at 6:00am, and next you’ll have roll call. After roll call you will get breakfast. Following breakfast you will have to work in the program that has been assigned to you. 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 Inyo 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 Inyo 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 procedure to send funds to Inyo County Jail inmates is always changing, so check the the Inyo County Jail website before you send any funds.

    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

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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Inyo County Jail

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Inyo 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 Inyo County Jail

    Requirements:

    • You must be over the age of 21.
    • You must possess a High School Diploma or GED
    • You must be a US Citizen.
    • You must pass a Criminal, Credit and Driving History background check.
    • You must pass a drug test.
    • You must have a good level of fitness.
    • You must be in good health.
    • You must 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 this jail? Do you know anybody that is a prisoner there? Have you ever visited an inmate at Inyo County Jail?

    If so, then please tell us about it. Write down what you experienced so others can learn what to expect.

    Things you could write in the review:

    • Conditions at the jail.
    • Jail and pod layout and facility
    • Jail staff and Guards
    • Commissary and food
    • Visitation Days
    • The other inmates – what are they like?
    • Prisoner safety
    • Jail gangs
    • Programs and activities


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    Tell Your Story

    Everybody who’s been arrested and thrown in jail has a story to tell. How’d you end up in jail? Were you fairly treated? What was it like in jail? How did you get along with the other inmates? How did getting locked up affect your life?

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    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Did you make friends in jail? Need to get in touch with a person you met in jail? Post a message to them below.

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    Links and Resources

    Main Inyo County Jail Website
    Inyo County Jail Inmate Search Link
    View Inyo County Jail Mugshots
    Inyo County Jail Bail Link

    California Bail Schedule

    Inyo County Jail Visitation Procedures
    Inyo County Jail Jail Mail Link
    Inyo County Jail Inmate Inquiry Link
    Inyo County Jail Warrant Inquiry Link
    Inyo County Jail Arrest Inquiry
    Send Funds to an Inmate at Inyo County Jail
    Inyo County Jail Jobs


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