Orange County Central Jail Complex – Santa Ana, CA

Orange County Central Jail Complex is located in Orange County, California and is the main jail for this region. Know somebody at Orange County Central Jail Complex? This page will tell you info about everything related to Orange County Central Jail Complex,like: Find out who’s in jail at Orange County Central Jail Complex? Find mugshots and inmate photos. The jail’s phone number and address. Bail and bail bondsmen. Booking and intake procedures. Orange County court information. And everything else.

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The prospect of going to jail is a scary situation, not only for whoever goes to jail, but also their friends and family. This guide is designed to give information and tips that you need to make helping someone get out of jail a little less stressful. If you have a specific question, please feel free to ask them, and any tips or comments that could be a benefit to others will be welcome.

General Information

Address

Orange County Central Jail Complex
550 N. Flower St.
Santa Ana, CA 92702

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: 714-647-4666
Fax:

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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you know someone that is in jail and need to find them?

Do you know somebody who has been arrested and you want to find out where they are?

To look up who is in jail at Orange County Central Jail Complex you should visit their link and do an inmate search.

Inmate Locator

The Orange County Central Jail Complex Inmate Search is a list of people who have been arrested and are in custody, which includes status, bail amount (if applicable), and times the inmate can have visitors. You can also get information on anybody arrested and processed or discharged within the past 24 hours. Jail inmates are listed in alphabetical order by their last name. You’ll be able to get the information more quickly if you enter your friend or family member’s first and last name, birth date, or inmate ID Number.

If your friend or loved one is in another county jail you should look here: Other County Jails in California


Mugshots

A mugshot, also called a jail processing picture, is a picture taken by the police when you get booked into jail. They take one and one profile photo. Your name and jail booking number will be in the mugshot, and they’re kept on file at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshotes of Orange County Central Jail Complex prisoners can be searched on the Orange County Central Jail Complex website, or you can see them at the Orange County Central Jail Complex. When viewing mugshots online you will need to enter the person’s name, and an arrest date, if you have one.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Want to get your mugshot erased from the Orange County Central Jail Complex site? This may not be possible, since your mugshot is public record. To get your mugshot removed you will need to file a Petition to Expunge in court. What this means is that your arrest record would be sealed, so no one will be able to see them. It is difficult to do this, and you will most likely need the services of a lawyer.

For more information about getting your mugshot removed, the many different mugshot websites, and the mugshot removal services: How To Get Your Mugshot Taken Down


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Once you’re in jail, your only thought is about when you get out. After you’ve been booked, a bail amount will be set either through a preset bail schedule or a magistrate. If there is no bail set this may mean that you will either be released, or you don’t get released while you wait for your court date.

If you do bail out of jail you will have to agree to be in court on your court date, and until that day you are required not to leave the county.

Usually, inmates are given an early release in exchange for good behavior if they follow the rules and act right while they are in jail.

If you do exhibit good behavior and the jail believes you can be trusted, you may be allowed to do work release. You will have to return to jail every day when you’re finished working, or you might be allowed to sleep in a halfway house instead of the jail.

Bail

Bail is money that you have to pay in order to be released from jail until your trial. The amount you will be required to pay depends on the seriousness of your charges. You or someone you know will have to pay to the courts ten percent of the total set in order for you to be released from jail. If you don’t show up for your court appearance, the person that paid your bail won’t get the bail money back.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

You need to call the jail. If you’ve got the person’s information, like name, address and date of birth, they’ll tell you the bail amount. Also, you can check their bail amount and status on the jail website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Bailing out of jail is no fun, but fortunately, it is simple to do if you have the money. To start with, figure out if they have a “Cash Bond Only”. If so, you won’t be able to use the services of a Bail Bondsman. They only accept cash at the jail, so you have to take cash – the jail won’t take a personal check. As soon as you’ve paid the bail bond, the prisoner will be released into your care. If the conditions of bail are not violated, you will get this money back.

Bail Bondsman

If their bail has been set too high, or you just don’t have the money, you should look into the services of a bail bondsman. They generally charge you a fee of 10-15% of the total amount of bail set by the magistrate, and in most cases with a minimum charge of $100. This will not be returned to you and is typically cash only. If their bail has been set particularly high, the bondsman might use your assets as collateral for the bond in addition to their charges.

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Bail Schedule

In California your bail is already set by by the California Felony Bail Schedule, but keep in mind that the judge or magistrate has the final word on how much your bail will be. The bail schedule includes every crime defined by state law and the exact bail amount for each one.

Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

  • Early Release For Good Behavior
  • Work Release
  • Time Served
  • Pre-Trial Release Programs
  • 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 is made up of 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.
  • The first step is that you will answer some simple questions, such as your legal name, home address, birthdate and a contact person.
  • They’ll also ask you about your medical and mental history.
  • You’ll be given an inmate number.
  • You will be fingerprinted.
  • You will have a front and profile photo taken for your mugshot.
  • All of your personal property will be taken from you and stored until you are released.
  • You will be allowed to make a telephone call to talk to family, friends, or bail bondsman.
  • If you are expected to be released quickly, you might be able to skip the jumpsuit and keep wearing your own clothes, if not you you will have to change into a jumpsuit.

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Discharge Procedures

When you post bail, you will be allowed to go home after you get discharged. Getting discharged will take anywhere between 10 minutes to all day long. Or, simply, the quicker you post bail, the quicker you will get discharged from jail. How quickly you get discharged depends on whether or not you’ve been given a cash bond or if a magistrate needs to figure out your bail amount. For lesser charges, you will simply be booked and released on your own recognizance. When you have served your sentence and know the release date, plan to be released between 9am and noon.

How To Turn Yourself In

If there is a, or if you have to start your sentence, it is highly recommended that you follow the law and turn yourself in willingly. For a warrant, go down to the jail processing area, and let them know that think that there is an outstanding arrest warrant out for you. They will check their system to see if there are any outstanding local, state or federal arrest warrants out for you, and if they verify that there is a warrant for your arrest, you will be taken into custody. When reporting to serve a sentence, go down to the jail at the time and date that the sentence order lists. Be very careful that you are not late to report. Make sure that you only bring necessary items when you go to jail, such as a driver’s license or even state issued ID, prescription medication, and a sentencing order from court.

Visitation Procedures

Inmates have to give each visitor’s name and date of birth to the jail. Your visitors will go into the log for the inmate that requested the visitor. Every visitor will have to provide proof of identification. Anyone showing up late or that is not on the visitation list will not be allowed to attend visitation.
Visitation procedures frequently change, so review 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 collect calls or through a pre-paid phone account . Phone calls made in jail are generally more costly than phone calls made outside of jail. Inmates are able to make phone calls, with restrictions on when and how often you can use the phone, but you should keep in mind that you are just one of many people who want to talk to their loved ones. If you break the jail rules, your ability to use the phone may be limited or eliminated completely, as part of the punishment.

Phone Number: 714-647-4666

Sending Mail to Inmates

All inmate mail is required to be mailed using the US Postal Service. You can’t use any other method of mail delivery. You should write the name, prisoner number, and jail address on the letter that you send. Do not send anything in a box or package, envelope with padding or insulation, plastic or paper bag, or an envelope containing metal parts. Any mail is opened and read by the jail administration, and will be returned if they decide it is inappropriate.

Mailing Address

The mailing address for Orange County Central Jail Complex is:

Orange County Central Jail Complex
550 N. Flower St.
Santa Ana, CA 92702

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Orange County Central Jail Complex
550 N. Flower St.
Santa Ana, CA 92702


The Orange County Central Jail Complex inmate mail policy can change, so we suggest that you double check the official website before you send a letter.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

If you have been arrested, you have certain rights, one of these is that you have the right to request an attorney. You only get so many phone calls when you get arrested, so it is important to get a friend or family member to locate an attorney when you call them. I know you’re probably asking yourself right now ‘do I really need a lawyer?’ You are not required to have an attorney for some criminal charges, an attorney will make sure you know your rights, look after your best interests and help you find your way through the court system. The sooner you get a lawyer involved with your criminal case, the better off you’ll be.

For more information on the benefits of and how to hire an attorney, read our guide: How to Find a Lawyer

Public Defender

If you need an attorney, but can’t afford an attorney, you will be assigned a public defender. In addition, the Public Defender’s Office is staffed by independent investigators, forensics experts as well as social case workers. All Public Defenders are full-fledged lawyers who are admitted to the California State Bar Association and are licensed to practice law as an agent of the court.

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

Court Records

Orange County court records are are public records and are available upon request. They are comprised of a court case file containing a docket sheet and all documents and motions in your case. You are able to access your court case records with the website, or by going to the Clerk’s office of the Court.

Clerk of Court

The Clerk of Court is an official part of the court that maintains court records and controls access to them. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath during court cases, and also read the verdict when decided by the jury. All records and documents associated with your court case are kept at Orange County Clerk of Court office.

Fees

Court fees and costs are all costs associated with your case, for example filing fees, motion and claim fees, and court charges. If you cannot afford these fees and have been assigned a Public Defender, you can get a waiver for these fees.

Magistrate

The Orange County court magistrate is the judge that presides over your case in court. Magistrates do different functions, which include setting your bail amount, issuing arrest warrants, and acting as the presiding judge over preliminary and procedural court proceedings and detention hearings.

Pre-Sentencing

Your pre-sentencing report is completed to include the defendant’s background information and information about the arrestee’s life, which the magistrate judge will review and take into account when determining a sentence. Information and personal details will be requested from the defendant, his or her family, and in some cases the victim of the crime. Remember you are allowed to request to have your own copy of this report before your sentencing, so you have the opportunity to review it and correct any mistakes.

Sentencing

After being convicted of a crime, you will be given a sentence for your crime. There are a number of different options, ranging from community service to probation, to prison or jail time. Depending on how serious your crime was, you will either be taken into custody immediately, or you could be given a date to go to jail to serve your term.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Want to find out if someone is currently in jail, or has ever been in jail?

You can just go to the jail website and do an inmate search, and search by:

  • Their name.
  • Birth date.
  • Approximate booking date.
  • or jail ID.

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

Warrant Inquiry

If you have a warrant out for your arrest, you can access arrest warrants on the website or you can call the jail directly. This requires a first and last name. Or, you can just go down to the jail and ask them. Bear in mind that if you do have an outstanding warrant, they will take you into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know a person’s name, and the date of their arrest, contact the jail, either by phone, go there in person, or you can check online. Records of arrests are a matter of public record and these records are freely available.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when you get served with papers, which can be warrants. You can find these civil process orders by getting in touch with the Orange County Sheriff’s office, by phone or online.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All people registered as sex offenders are registered on either a national or state sex offender database. The people listed on these databases have been convicted of a sex or kidnapping crime. You are able to view these listings on the website, but bear in mind that you will not be able to get the street address, but rather 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 all filings and documents filed in your case. You can access court records on the internet, or at the Orange County Clerk of Court in the county where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each and every state maintains records of people’s criminal background. These online databases are all linked and you can track criminal histories from any other state. You can go to the Orange County Courthouse and inquire, or check the website. You must know which county the crime occured in, and if it was in a totally different state, you might have to pay for a more intensive search.

When you look up a person’s crminal records you are able to get a report detailing any arrests, charges, or convictions that may be on a person’s record for these crimes:

  • DUI or DWI.
  • Drug crimes.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Rape or other sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes like assault or murder.
  • Theft, breaking and entering.

When you do a criminal history search, you generally will not discover if that person has had:

  • Speeding or wreckless driving.
  • Lost their drivers license or license revoked or suspended.
  • Accidents.
  • Minor infractions or moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To search for driving histories, you have to do a driving history search.

    Have you ever had to look for criminal records online? Was it an easy process? Was your search online or did you have to make a phone call to the Orange County courthouse? was the information you recieved correct? There are lots of reasons that people search for criminal backgrounds and records, and your account could make it easier for others.

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    Most Wanted

    For Federal crimes, the FBI has their list of the Top Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Orange County,The Sheriff’s Department keeps their own list of most wanted criminals and fugitives.

    FBI’s Ten Most Wanted List

    Orange County Sheriff’s Department Ten Most Wanted List: External Link


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Just the thought of being incarcerated in the Orange County jail is something you wish you could avoid, in time you will get accustomed to the daily routine there. You should expect an alarm for wake-up at about 6am, and next you’ll have roll call. You will then eat breakfast. When you finish breakfast you will 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 Orange County Central Jail Complex, 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 Orange County Central Jail Complex 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 Orange County Central Jail Complex inmates is always changing, so check the site 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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    News and Media

    News

    Photos / Pictures

    Videos


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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Orange County Central Jail Complex

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Orange County Central Jail Complex, 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 Orange County Central Jail Complex

    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 an inmate in Orange County Central Jail Complex? Do you know someone there? Have you ever been to visit an inmate in this jail?

    If you have, then please write a review about it. Write about your experience so other people will know what to expect.

    Things you might want to include in what you write:

    • Conditions at the jail.
    • Jail facility and layout
    • Guards and jail staff
    • Jail food and commissary
    • Having Visitors
    • The other inmates – what are they like?
    • Inmate safety
    • Gangs
    • Activities and programs


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    Tell Your Story

    Anybody that’s ever been locked up has a story to tell. Why were you locked up? Were you fairly treated? What happened to you while you were locked up? 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

    Make some good friends in jail? Are you trying to talk to a person you met in jail? Say wassup here, just leave a message below.

    Post a message to people still locked up at Orange County Central Jail Complex

    Links and Resources

    Main Orange County Central Jail Complex Link
    Orange County Central Jail Complex Inmate Search
    View Orange County Central Jail Complex Mugshots
    Orange County Central Jail Complex Bail Link

    CA Bail Schedule

    Orange County Central Jail Complex Visitation
    Orange County Central Jail Complex Jail Mail Policy Link
    Find an inmate at Orange County Central Jail Complex
    Orange County Central Jail Complex Warrant Inquiry
    Orange County Central Jail Complex Arrest Inquiry
    Send Money to an Inmate at Orange County Central Jail Complex
    Orange County Central Jail Complex Jobs


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