County Of Merced Correctional Facility – Merced, CA

County Of Merced Correctional Facility is in Merced County and is the main jail for this region. Know someone incarcerated at County Of Merced Correctional Facility? This page tells you info about anything you might need to know about County Of Merced Correctional Facility,like the following: Learn how to locate an inmate. How to view County Of Merced Correctional Facility mugshots. The jail’s phone number and address. Bail and how to get out of jail. Intake procedures and booking. Court information and records. And lots more.

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The thought of getting arrested and going to jail is a scary and stressfull prospect, not only for whoever gets arrested, but also that person’s family, friends, and loved ones. This guide is designed to give info that you need to make the process a little less stressful. If you have questions, feel free to ask them, and please leave any comments or tips that might be beneficial to other people in the same situation would be welcome.

General Information

Address

County Of Merced Correctional Facility
700 W. 22Nd St.
Merced, CA 95340

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: 209-385-7410
Fax Number:

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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a family member, loved one, or friend that is in jail and need to locate them?

Do you know somebody who’s been arrested and you don’t know how to locate them?

To find out who’s in jail at County Of Merced Correctional Facility you will have to navigate to their web site and use the inmate lookup.

Inmate Lookup

The County Of Merced Correctional Facility Inmate Search is a list of persons who have been arrested, including status, how much their bail is, and times the inmate can have visitors. Also, you are able to get information for anyone arrested and processed or discharged within the past 24 hours. Inmates are listed in alphabetical order by their last name. You’ll be able to find the information faster if you have their first and last name, birth date, or arrest number.

If the inmate you are looking for may be in another jail you will want to check the other California county jails in our California County Jail Guide: Other Jails in California


Mugshots

A mugshot, also known as a intake picture, is a photograph that the police take when you are processed at the jail intake. A mugshot is make of one full face and a side-view photo. Your full name and jail booking number will be on the photos, and they will be stored at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of County Of Merced Correctional Facility inmates can be viewed online, or you can see them at the County Of Merced Correctional Facility. When viewing mugshots online you have to enter their full name, and the arrest date, if you have one.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Trying to figure out how to get your mugshot taken down from the County Of Merced Correctional Facility website? This will be difficult, because the mugshot is public record. To get your mugshot removed you must file a ‘Petition to Expunge’. Basically, this means that your arrest record would be sealed, and will not be accessible. Unfortunately, this happens very rarely.

For more information about getting your mugshot removed, the many different mugshot websites, 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

If you are incarcerated, your main thought is about getting out. After you’ve gone through the intake process, your bail amount is set either by bail schedule or 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 have to stay in jail until your trial.

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

Usually, inmates in the County Of Merced Correctional Facility can earn time off in exchange for good behavior if they follow the rules and act right while they’re in jail.

If you prove to be trustworthy, you might be allowed to participate in work release. You will either have to go back to jail every day after work, or you may be allowed to sleep in a halfway house instead of jail, so it is kind of like an early release.

Bail

Bail is how much money that you have to pay to the courts to get out of jail pending trial. The amount of bail that is set is determined by how serious your crime is. Someone will have to pay 10% of the amount that was determined so you can get out of jail. If you don’t show up for your scheduled court date, whoever paid your bail won’t get their money back.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

In order to find out how much someon’s bail is, you will need to call the jail or the county courthouse. If know the person’s info, like name, address and date of birth, they’ll let you know the bail amount. Also, you can check their bail amount and status on the jail website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to bail someone out of jail is no fun, but in some cases, it is easy if you have the money. To start with, you need to find out if their bail is a “Cash Bond Only” situation. If so, you will not be able to use a Bail Bondsman. Cash only – the jail won’t take checks. Once the cash bond has been paid, the prisoner will be discharged. If the conditions of bail are not violated, you’ll get your money back.

Bail Bondsman

If bail is set too high, or you just can’t afford it, you should use a bail bondsman. Bondsmen will generally charge you a fee of 10 to 15 percent of total bail, and usually charge a minimum of $100. This money will not be returned to you and is typically cash only. If bail is very large, the bail bondsman might ask to use your personal assets as collateral for the bond in addition to whatever their charges are.

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Bail Schedule

In the state of California your bail is set by the California Felony Bail Schedule, but the magistrate or judge has the final word on how high your bail is set. The California Felony Bail Schedule contains all of the crimes defined by California and the exact amount of bail for each of the crimes.

Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The intake procedure includes each of the following steps:

  • They’ll put you in a holding cell. If the jail is busy, you will have to wait, sometimes for many hours, before you get processed.
  • You must answer some basic questions, such as what is your legal name, your address, birth date and an emergency contact.
  • You will also be asked about your medical and psychological history.
  • You’ll be given an inmate number.
  • You will get fingerprinted.
  • They will take your mugshot.
  • All of your personal property will get taken away from you and stored until you get released.
  • They will let you make a phone call to get in touch with a family member, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If you are expected to be released shortly, you might get to wear your own clothes, otherwise you will be issued a jumpsuit.

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Discharge Procedures

When you finally post bail, you will get discharged from jail. The discharge process takes anywhere between 15 minutes to quite a few hours. In simple terms, the quicker bail is posted, the faster you will get discharged. It also depends on whether you’ve got a cash bond or if a magistrate needs to figure out your bail amount. For minor charges, you will get booked and get released without having to post bail. If you have served a sentence in jail and are given a release date, you should expect to get discharged between 9am and noon.

How To Turn Yourself In

If the sheriff has a, or if you must start a jail sentence, it is recommended that you follow the rules and turn yourself in. For a warrant, go to the jail processing area, and let them know that think that there is an outstanding arrest warrant out for you. The officer will verify that you have an outstanding arrest warrant, and if you do, you will be taken into jail custody. If you are reporting to serve out your sentence, go to the jail on the date and time that the sentence order requires you to. Be very careful that you get don’t get there late, or they may decide to arrest you. Be sure to only bring allowed items when you turn yourself in, for example a driver’s license or photo ID, any prescription medication you might take, along with your doctor’s prescription, as well as a copy of the sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

The inmate must list each visitor’s full name to the jail. Your visitor’s information will go in a Visiting log for the inmate. Every visitor has to provide a photo ID when visiting. Anyone showing up late or that does not have a visting order will not be able to attend visitation.
Visitation procedures at County Of Merced Correctional Facility are always changing, so make sure that you check the official County Of Merced Correctional Facility jail site before you 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 . Phone calls made in jail are much pricier than phone calls made outside of jail. There are certain restrictions about when and 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 rules, phone calls might get cut back or eliminated completely.

The County Of Merced Correctional Facility phone number is: 209-385-7410

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mail has to be mailed using the actual US Postal Service, and not courier or delivery, or hand delivered. You shouldn’t use any other type of delivery. Clearly print the name, inmate ID number, and the jail address on the outside of the letter that you send. Do not send anything in a package or box, padded envelope, plastic or paper bag, or an envelope with metal inside. All mail will be opened and reviewed by the jail staff, and will get sent back if the jail decides it is inappropriate.

Mailing Address

The mailing address for County Of Merced Correctional Facility is:

County Of Merced Correctional Facility
700 W. 22Nd St.
Merced, CA 95340

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
County Of Merced Correctional Facility
700 W. 22Nd St.
Merced, CA 95340


The mail policy at County Of Merced Correctional Facility changes, so double check the official website when send a letter to someone in jail there.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

If you get arrested, you still have rights, one of these is that you have the right to request a lawyer. You are only allowed to make so many phone calls in jail, so make sure to have a friend or family member locate an attorney for you. You’re probably asking yourself ‘do I really need an attorney?’ You can represent yourself if you reall want to, but, a criminal defense attorney will make sure you know your rights, help protect your best interests and help you understand the criminal justice system. The faster you hire a lawyer to represent you and work on your case, the better.

For more info on how to find an attorney, go to: Find a Lawyer

Public Defender

If you are in trouble, but can’t afford a lawyer, you will be given a public defender for a lawyer. The Public Defender’s Office has a number of staff such as investigators, forensics experts and case workers. You will be reassured to know that Public Defenders are full-fledged attorneys, members of the California State Bar and are legally licensed to handle your case.

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

Court Records

Court records are public records. They include a file with a docket and every documents and motions that have been filed. You have the ability to access the records and documents in your court case using the Merced County website, or at the Clerk of Court’s office where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

The Clerk of Court is an official part of the court that maintains the records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath for all court participants, and also read the verdict when delivered by the jury. All records related to your case are kept and available to you at Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court fees and costs are the costs associated with your case, such as filing fees, motion fees and various court charges. If you don’t have the money to pay these fees and have a Public Defender, you can get a waiver for these fees.

Magistrate

The Merced County magistrate is the person that will preside over your case in court. Magistrates are judges that do a number of things, such as setting bail, issuing warrants, 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 and history, which the magistrate judge will review when determining the sentence. Information and personal details will be collected from the defendant, his or her family, and if necessary the victim. Remember you are allowed to ask to receive your own copy of the report prior to sentencing, so you get the chance to go over it and correct any mistakes in it.

Sentencing

When you are convicted of a crime, you will be given a sentence for your crime. The judge will have several different options when sentencing you, which include community service and probation, to even 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 could be immediately taken into custody, or you could get a date that you must go to jail to serve your term.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Do you want to find out if some you know is incarcerated in jail, or has gone to jail in the past?

To do so, you will have to access the Merced County jail website, and do a search using:

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

If you’re not sure if this person is in jail or not, you can call the jail find out if they’ve been arrested.

Warrant Inquiry

If you think you might have an outstanding warrant, you can check court records on the website or call the court. You have to have their first and last name. You can also go to the local jail and ask one of the officers. Bear in mind that there is an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you should be prepared to get taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know the person’s name, and possibly an arrest date, contact the Merced County jail, on the phone, in person, or you can check online. Records of arrests are a matter of public record and these records are available to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

Civil processes are when when you get served with legal papers, like court orders. You can access civil process orders by contacting the Merced County Sheriff’s office, either by phone or through their website.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All convicted sex offenders are required to be registered 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 sex offenders on the website, but bear in mind that you won’t see the street address, just the address block of the address that they registered.

Court Records

Court Records are public records and available to anyone. These records include a case file that contains a court docket and any documents filed in the court case. You are able to access court records via the internet, or at Clerk of Court in the county where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Every state maintains records of people’s criminal past. These state databases are linked together so you are able to track criminal convictions from another state. You can go to courthouse and inquire, or you can check online. It helps to know the county, and if the crime was in a different state entirely, you may have to pay for a more comprehensive search.

A criminal history search you will find out if a person has ever been arrested, charged or convicted for any of the following crimes:

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

During a criminal records search, you generally will not be able to find out if they had:

  • Speeding or wreckless driving.
  • Drivers license revoked or suspended.
  • Any accidents.
  • Minor infractions or moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To search for this information, you must do a search for their driving history.

    Have you ever had to look for criminal records online? How hard was it? Dis you do your search online or did you have to make a phone call to the Merced County courthouse? was the information you recieved correct? There are many reasons that folks search for criminal backgrounds and records, and your feedback could help other people.

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    Most Wanted

    Everyone knows that the FBI maintains a list of the Ten Most Wanted Fugitives. In Merced County,The Sheriff’s Department has their own list of the most wanted criminals, that you can access online.

    FBI’s Ten Most Wanted List

    Merced County Sheriff’s Department Ten Most Wanted List: Link


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    While the prospect of spending time in County Of Merced Correctional Facility is quite unpleasant, you will soon get accustomed to the routine that is set for you. You should expect a wake-up alarm each morning at six in the morning, and next they’ll do roll call. Then you will have breakfast. When you finish 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 County Of Merced Correctional Facility, 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 County Of Merced Correctional Facility 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 money to someone in jail at County Of Merced Correctional Facility could change, so review the the County Of Merced Correctional Facility website when 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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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at County Of Merced Correctional Facility

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the County Of Merced Correctional Facility, 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 County Of Merced Correctional Facility

    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:

    • You have the right to protection from the accused.
    • You have the right to notification.
    • You have the right to attend proceedings.
    • You have the right to speak at criminal justice proceedings.
    • You have the right to consult with the prosecuting attorney.
    • You have the right to restitution.
    • You have the right to a speedy trial.
    • You have 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 a prisoner at County Of Merced Correctional Facility? Do you know anybody that spent time there? Have you ever visited an inmate at County Of Merced Correctional Facility?

    If yes, then we would like you to leave a comment below about it. Tell us about your jail experience so that others can learn what to expect.

    Things you could put in your review:

    • Conditions in County Of Merced Correctional Facility.
    • Jail, yard and pod layout and facility
    • Jail staff and Guards
    • Food and commissary
    • Visitors
    • The other inmates.
    • Inmate safety
    • Gang activity
    • Activities and programs


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    Tell Your Story

    Everbody that’s been incarcerated has a story to tell. Why were you locked up? Were you fairly treated? How was day to day life at County Of Merced Correctional Facility? What about the other inmates? Did going to jail affect your life? How?

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    Links and Resources

    Main County Of Merced Correctional Facility Website
    County Of Merced Correctional Facility Inmate Search Link
    County Of Merced Correctional Facility Mugshots
    County Of Merced Correctional Facility Bail Amount Link

    CA Bail Schedule

    County Of Merced Correctional Facility Visitation Policy Link
    County Of Merced Correctional Facility Jail Mail Policy Link
    Locate an inmate at County Of Merced Correctional Facility
    Merced County Warrant Lookup
    County Of Merced Correctional Facility Arrest Inquiry
    County Of Merced Correctional Facility Send Money Procedure
    Jobs at County Of Merced Correctional Facility


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