Marin County Jail – San Rafael, CA

Marin County Jail is located in Marin County, California and is the primary correctional facility for the county. Do you know somebody locked up at Marin County Jail? This guide will tell you all about everything related to Marin County Jail: Learn how to locate an inmate. Find inmate mughsots. The jail’s phone number and address. Bailing out of jail. Intake procedures. Court information. And much more…

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The thought of going to jail is a scary and daunting prospect, not only for whoever gets locked up, but also that person’s friends and family. The goal of this guide is to give info that you need to make getting locked up easier. If you have specific questions, please feel free to ask it, and also any feedback or comments that could be beneficial to other people in the same situation is much appreciated.

General Information

Address

Marin County Jail
13 Peter Behr Drive
San Rafael, CA 94903

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: 415-473-6655
Fax Number:

Map and Directions


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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a family member or friend that is in jail and want to contact them?

Has a family member or friend that has been arrested and you need to find out what jail they’re in?

In order to see who is in jail at Marin County Jail you should click on their website and perform an inmate search.

Inmate Locator

The Marin County Jail Inmate Search is a list of people who are in jail, including custody status, bail amount (if applicable), and visiting hours. You can get information on anybody arrested and booked or released within the past 24 hour period. Inmates are listed alphabetically by their last name. You’ll be able to find their arrest information quicker if you have the arrestee’s first and last name, date of birth, or inmate ID Number.

If the person you’re searching for might be at a different jail you should check our California county jail guide: Other Jails in California


Mugshots

A mugshot, also called a jail booking picture, is the photograph taken by the police during jail intake processing. They take one face photo and a profile photo. Your full name and jail ID number will be in the photos, and they’re on file at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of inmates can be seen online, or you can view them at the Marin County Jail. When you search for mugshots on the website you will have to enter the inmate’s first and last name, and an arrest date, if you have it.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Are you trying to get your mugshot taken off of the Marin County Jail site? This is difficult, as your mugshot is a matter of public record. To get your mugshot removed you need to file a Petition to Expunge with the court. This means that the record of your arrest will be sealed, so no one will be able to access them. Unfortunately, this happens very rarely.

To learn more about getting your mugshot removed, the various mugshot sites, and the mugshot removal websites: How To Remove Your Mugshot from the Internet


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Obviously, once you’re arrested and put in jail, your main thought is about getting out. After you’ve gone through the booking process, bail is decided by the magistrate. In cases where no bail is set this may mean that you will either be released on your ‘own recognizance’ until your court date, or you don’t get released while you wait for your court date.

If you are released from jail you will have to promise to be in court on your court date, and until that day you won’t be permitted to go out of town.

In most cases, a prisoner are given time off for good behavior if they follow the rules and conduct themselves properly while they are in jail.

If you follow the rules, you may be granted work release. You will either have to return to the jail each day when you’re finished working, or you may have the chance to move to a halfway house instead of the jail.

Bail

Bail is the amount of money that you are required to pay to be released from jail until your trial. The amount you will be required to pay all depends on how serious your crime is. Someone will have to post 10 percent of the total that was determined before you can get out of jail. If you miss your scheduled court date, the person that bailed you out of jail will lose that bail money.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

You will have to call the Marin County Jail. If you’ve got the person’s info, such as name, address and date of birth, they will be able to let you know the bail amount. You can also check their bail amount and status on the Marin County Jail website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Needing to bail someone out of jail is never a fun thing, but fortunately, it’s easy if you have the money. First, figure out if their bail is a Cash Only Bond. If so, you can’t use a bail bondsman. Cash only – the jail can’t take checks. Once the cash bond has been paid, the inmate will be released to your care. If they don’t violate the terms of their bail, you will get this money back.

Bail Bondsman

If the bail amount is too high, or you just don’t have the money, you should try a bail bondsman. Bail bondsmen will generally have a fee of 10-15% of the total amount of bail set, and usually charge a minimum of $100. This money is non-refundable and is typically cash only. If their bail has been set particularly high, the bail bondsman will usually request to use assets as collateral for the bond.

If you need a local bail bondsman go to: Find a bail bondsman

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Bail Schedule

In the state of California your bail is already set by by the California Felony Bail Schedule, but keep in mind that the judge or magistrate has the last word on how high your bail is set. The California Felony Bail Schedule lists every crime included in California and the exact bail amount for each of the crimes.

Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The jail intake procedure includes each of these steps:

  • You will get put in a holding cell. If the jail is really busy, it will take a while to get processed.
  • Firstly, you will answer some questions, like your full legal name, your address, birthdate and an emergency contact.
  • You will also be asked about your psychological and medical history.
  • You will be issued an inmate ID.
  • You will get fingerprinted.
  • You will get your mugshot taken.
  • Any property you have will get taken away from you and stored until you get discharged from jail.
  • They will allow you to use the phone to contact a member of your family, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If you are expected to be released quickly, you will be allowed to keep wearing street clothes, if not you you will have to change into a jail uniform – the jumpsuit.

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Discharge Procedures

When you finally post bail, you will be discharged from jail. The discharge process can take from 15 minutes to all day long. In simple terms, the faster you can post bail, the quicker you will be released. It also might depend on if you’ve got a bond amount or if the judge still needs to determine how much to set your bail at. For minor charges, you will simply be booked and get released without having to post bail. If you have served a sentence in jail and know the date of your release, you should expect to get discharged anywhere between the hours of 9am and 12pm.

How To Turn Yourself In

If you have a, or if you must start your sentence, it is highly advisable that you follow the rules and turn yourself into the authorities. If you have a warrant, go down to the jail reception area, and tell the intake officer that you think they might have an outstanding warrant for your arrest. They will check their system to see if there are any outstanding local, state or federal arrest warrants out for you, and if you do, you will be taken into jail custody. If you are reporting to serve out your sentence, report to the jail at the time and date that the sentence order or court paperwork states. Ensure that you aren’t late. Only bring necessary items when you go, for example your drivers license or ID, any prescription medication you might take, along with your doctor’s prescription, as well as the sentencing order from court.

Visitation Procedures

To have visitors, you have to list the name and date of birth of each visitor to the jail. Your visitors will be entered in a log of visitors for the inmate. Each visitor must provide acceptable photo identification when visiting an inmate. Any visitors showing up late or any visitors that are not approved to visit will not be allowed to attend visitation.
Visitation procedures frequently change, so we suggest that you visit 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 with a pre-paid phone card or account, or are collect calls . Calls made in jail are a lot more expensive than phone calls made at home. Phone calls are restricted on how often you can use the phone, but bear in mind that every inmate wants to use the phone too, so they can call their family. If you break the jail rules, phone privileges might get reduced or cut altogether.

The Marin County Jail phone number is: 415-473-6655

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mall sent to inmates is required to be sent via the actual US Postal Service. You can’t use any other form of mail delivery. You should write the person’s name, inmate ID number, and the jail address on the letter. Do not mail anything in a package or box, padded envelope, bag, or an envelope with any metal in it. All mail sent to inmates is opened and examined and read by the jail administration, and the mail will be sent back if the jail decides it is inappropriate.

Mailing Address

The mailing address for Marin County Jail is:

Marin County Jail
13 Peter Behr Drive
San Rafael, CA 94903

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Marin County Jail
13 Peter Behr Drive
San Rafael, CA 94903


The mail policy is always changing, so you should visit the site when you send a letter to an inmate there.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

If you get arrested, you have rights, one of these being that you have the right to request an attorney. You are only allowed to make so many phone calls in jail, so it is important to get a friend or relative to find a lawyer when you talk to them. You might be thinking ‘I don’t have to get a lawyer – I can just represent myself’ You are not required to have an attorney for some criminal charges, a criminal defense lawyer can advise you of your rights, protect your interests and help you through the complicated court system that you are now faced with. The quicker you hire an attorney to represent you and work on your situation, the better.

For more information about how to find a lawyer, click: How to Find an Attorney in Marin County

Public Defender

If you can’t afford a lawyer, you will get a public defender. Also, the Public Defender Office has a number of staff such as independent investigators, experts in forensics and social case workers. You should be reassured that Public Defenders are actual lawyers, admitted to the California State Bar Association and are licensed to practice law and represent you in court.

Have you or someone you know used the services of a Public Defender? Are you satisfied with how they handled your case and represented you in court?

Court Records

Marin County court records are are public record and are available upon request to anyone who requests them – not just the person who they pertain to. Court records include a court case file with a sheet called a docket sheet and every documents and motions filed in the case. You, and anyone else, can access the records and documents in your court case via the website, or by going to the Marin County Clerk of Court.

Clerk of Court

A Clerk of Court is a member of the court that maintains court records and controls access to them. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath when court is in session, and read the jury’s verdict. All records related to your case are maintained at Clerk of Court’s office.

Fees

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

Magistrate

The magistrate is the judge that presides over your case. They do many different things, such as determing how much your bail will be, writing arrest warrants, and acting as the presiding judge over first court appearances and detention hearings.

Pre-Sentencing

A pre-sentencing report is put together with background information and information about the defendant’s life and public history, which the magistrate will consider when determining a sentence. Information and personal details will be collected from the person on trial, his or her family members, and in some cases the victim of the crime. Remember that you should ask to receive a copy of this report before sentencing, so you get the chance 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, which include community service and probation, to incarceration in jail or prison. 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 immediately, or you could receive a date to turn yourself into jail to serve out your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Do you need to find out if someone is locked up, or has gone to jail in the past?

This is pretty simple to do, just you need to go to the Marin County jail website, and search using:

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

If you’re not sure if this person is in jail, you can call the jail to find out.

Warrant Inquiry

If you think you have an outstanding warrant, you can check arrest warrants inquiry on the Marin County jail website or you are able to call the court. This requires a first and last name. Or, you can just go the jail in person and ask one of the officers. Keep in mind that if there is a warrant for your arrest, you will be taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you have a first and last name, and the date of their arrest, contact the jail, on the phone, in person, or check online. Arrest records are public record and the information is available to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

Civil processes are when when you get served with legal papers, which can be a court order. You can access civil process orders by going to the Sheriff’s office, either by phone or through their website.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All convicted sex offenders must be listed and registered on both a national and state sex offender database. The people on these databases have been convicted of a sex offense. You are able to view this information on the website, but remember that you will not find the precise address, just the neighborhood block of the address that they registered.

Court Records

Court Records are public records. They include a case file that contains a docket and any documents filed in your court case. You can access court records on the internet, or at Clerk of Court office in the county where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each and every state keeps a record of people’s criminal past. These online databases are all connected so you can track criminal convictions from another state. You can go to courthouse and inquire, or check online. You must know which county the crime occured in, and in the event that the crime was in a totally different state, you may have to pay for a more intensive search.

A criminal history search you will be able to get a report detailing any arrests, charges, or convictions that may be on a person’s record for any of the following crimes:

  • DUI.
  • Drug crimes.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Rape or other sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes including assault, battery and murder.
  • Theft.

When you do a criminal history search, in most cases will not find if they had:

  • Tickets for speeding.
  • Drivers license revoked or suspended.
  • Traffic accidents.
  • Moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To search for this kind of information, you have to do a search for their driving record.

    Have you ever had to search for criminal records of someone you know? How easy was it? Was your search online or did you make a phone call to the jail? was the information you recieved correct? There are lots of reasons that people search for criminal backgrounds and records, and your comments may help other people.

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    Most Wanted

    On a Federal level, the FBI maintains a list of the Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Marin County,the Marin County Sheriff’s Department has a list of most wanted criminals, too.

    FBI Top Ten Most Wanted List

    Marin County Top Ten Most Wanted List: Link


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    While the prospect of serving a jail sentence in the Marin County jail is very scary, soon you will get accustomed to the daily routine. All inmates get a wake-up alarm each morning at six in the morning, and next you’ll have roll call. After roll call you will eat breakfast. After breakfast, you will have to work in the work program that you’ve been assigned to. 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 Marin 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 Marin 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 money to someone in jail is likely to change, so we suggest that you double check the site before you send money to an inmate.

    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 Marin County Jail

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Marin 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 Marin 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 incarcerated in Marin County Jail? Do you know anybody that is an inmate there? Have you ever visited an inmate in this jail?

    If you have, then please leave a comment below about it. Write about your experience so that others can learn what to expect.

    Things you can include in your review:

    • Conditions at the jail.
    • Jail and pod facility and layout
    • Guards and staff
    • Jail food and commissary
    • Visitation Days
    • Other Inmates.
    • Inmate safety
    • Jail gangs
    • Activities and programs


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    Tell Your Story

    Everybody who’s been arrested and thrown in jail has at least one story to tell about it. How’d you end up in jail? How did the guards treat you? What happened to you while you were locked up? Were the other inmates cool? Did going to jail affect your life? How?

    Click here to tell about all about it

    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Make some good friends in jail? Are you trying to throw a shout out to somebody you met in jail? Throw a shout out to them here.

    Say Hello to someone at Marin County Jail

    Links and Resources

    Main Marin County Jail Website
    Marin County Jail Inmate Search Link
    View Marin County Jail Mugshots
    Marin County Jail Bail Amount Link

    CA Bail Schedule

    Marin County Jail Visitation
    Marin County Jail Jail Mail Policy Link
    Marin County Jail Inmate Search
    Marin County Warrant Inquiry
    Marin County Jail Arrest Lookup
    Marin County Jail Send Money Procedure
    Marin County Jail Employment


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