San Diego County Jail – Las Colinas Detention Facility – Santee, CA

San Diego County Jail – Las Colinas Detention Facility is in San Diego County, California and is the main correctional facility for the county. Know someone in jail at San Diego County Jail – Las Colinas Detention Facility? This guide tells you about everything a person needs to know about San Diego County Jail – Las Colinas Detention Facility: Find an inmate at San Diego County Jail – Las Colinas Detention Facility. Find mugshots. The jail’s address and phone number. Bail and how to get out of jail. Intake procedures. San Diego County court information. And much more…

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The chance of going to jail is a scary idea, not only for the person who gets arrested, but also that person’s family and friends. This guide is designed to give you advice and information that you’ll need to make helping someone get out of jail a lot easier. If you have a question, feel free to ask it in the comment section below, and any comments or tips that could help other people in the same situation is much appreciated.

General Information

Address

San Diego County Jail – Las Colinas Detention Facility
9000 Cottonwood Ave
Santee, CA 92071

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: 619-258-3176
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a friend or family member that is in jail and don’t know how to find them?

Do you know somebody that’s been arrested and you don’t know how to find out where they are?

In order to see who is in jail at San Diego County Jail – Las Colinas Detention Facility you will have to visit their link and perform an inmate search.

Inmate Lookup

The San Diego County Jail – Las Colinas Detention Facility Inmate Lookup has information on persons who have been arrested and are in custody, including current status, bail amount, and times the inmate can have visitors. Also, you can get information about anyone booked or released within the past 24 hour period. Prisoners are shown in alphabetical order by last name. You will be able to find the information faster if you enter your friend or family member’s first and last name, date of birth, or inmate ID Number.

If the person you are looking for could possibly be at another jail you should look here, too: Other County Jails in California


Mugshots

A mugshot, also known as a intake picture, is the photo taken by the police during jail intake processing. A mugshot is actually one frontal photo and a side-view photo. Your full name and booking number will appear on the mugshot, and they’re kept on file at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of inmates can be searched on the San Diego County Jail – Las Colinas Detention Facility website, or you can go in person to the San Diego County Jail – Las Colinas Detention Facility. When viewing online you will have to enter the person’s legal name, and the arrest date.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Trying to figure out how to have your mugshot removed from the San Diego County Jail – Las Colinas Detention Facility website? This may not be possible, as your mugshot is a public record. To get your mugshot removed you will need to file a ‘Petition to Expunge’. This means that all of your arrest records would be sealed, and unavailable to the public. It is difficult to do this, and you will most likely need the services of a lawyer.

To learn more about getting your mugshot removed, the various websites with mugshots, and the mugshot removal services: Mugshot Removal


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Obviously, once you are locked up, your only thought is about when you get out. After you’ve been booked, your bail is determined either by bail schedule or magistrate. If 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 are released you are required to agree to go to your court date, and until that day you won’t be allowed to leave the county.

Typically, a prisoner in the San Diego County Jail – Las Colinas Detention Facility will be given early release in exchange for good behavior when they follow the rules and don’t cause any problems while in jail.

If you prove to be trustworthy, you may be allowed to participate in a work release program. You will be required to go back to jail every day when you’re finished working, or you could be allowed to live in a halfway house instead of jail.

Bail

Your bail is the amount of money that you will be required to pay in order to be released from jail until you go to court. The amount of bail that is set depends on what crime you are charged with and how serious it is. You or someone you know will have to pay to the courts 10 percent of the total that was set so you are able to bail out of jail. If you don’t show up for court, whoever paid your bail will lose all of the bail money.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

You will have to call the San Diego County Jail – Las Colinas Detention Facility or the County Courthouse. If you’ve got the person’s info, including 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 San Diego County Jail – Las Colinas Detention Facility site.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to bail someone out of jail is an unpleasant situation, but most of the time, it is easy if you have the money. First of all, you need to know if they have a Cash Only Bond. If it is, you will not be able to get a Bail Bondsman. Cash only – they won’t take checks. Once you have paid the bond, the inmate will be released to your care. If they don’t violate the terms of their bail, the bail money you posted will be returned to you.

Bail Bondsman

If their bail has been set too high, of if you can’t pay it, you you should hire a bail bondsman. Bondsmen will usually charge you a fee of 10-15% of the total amount of bail set by the magistrate, and sometimes charge a minimum charge of $100. This is non-refundable and is typically cash only. If the bail has been set really high, the bondsman will in most cases require that they use assets as collateral for the bond in addition to their charges.

To contact a bail bondsman visit our page about: Find a bail bondsman

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Bail Schedule

In the state of California your bail is set by the California Felony Bail Schedule, but keep in mind that the magistrate or judge has the final word on how much your bail will be. The bail schedule lists each and every crime included in California and the specific bail amount for each of the crimes.

Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

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

  • You will get put in a holding cell. If there are a lot of arrests, you will have to wait, sometimes for many hours, before you get processed.
  • Firstly, you must answer a number of questions, like what is your full legal name, your address, birthdate and contact person.
  • Also, you will also be asked about your mental and medical history.
  • You will be issued an inmate ID.
  • Your fingerprints will be taken.
  • You will get your mugshot taken.
  • Any personal property you have will get taken away from you and stored until you get released from jail.
  • You will then be allowed to make a phone call 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, they will let you skip the jumpsuit and keep wearing your own clothes, otherwise you you will have to change into a jail issued jumpsuit.

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Discharge Procedures

When you post bail, you will get discharged from jail. Getting discharged will take anywhere between 15 minutes to quite a few hours. In other words the quicker bail is posted, the faster you will get discharged from jail. How quickly you get discharged can depend on if you’ve got a bond amount or if a judge must determine the bail amount. For minor offenses, you will get booked and released on your own recognizance. When you have served your sentence and know the discharge date, plan to be discharged anywhere between the hours of 9am and 12pm.

How To Turn Yourself In

for your arrest, or if you have to report to start a sentence, it is recommended that you follow the law and turn yourself in. If you have a warrant, go to the jail intake center, and tell an officer that think that there is a warrant for your arrest. A record check will be run, and if they verify that there is a warrant for your arrest, you will be taken into jail custody. If it is for a jail sentence, go down to the jail at the exact time and date that the sentence order lists. Make sure that you are not late. Just bring allowed items when you go, like your drivers license or state issued ID, prescription medication, as well as the sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

Inmates must provide each visitor’s full name to the jail before anyone can visit them. Your visitor’s information will be entered in the visitors log as an Authorized visit. Every visitor will have to provide identification. Any visitors that arrives for visitation late or that does not have a visting order will not be allowed to visit the inmate.
The San Diego County Jail – Las Colinas Detention Facility visitation procedures are always changing, so we suggest that you review the official site before you try to visit an inmate.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

Phone calls that inmates are allowed to make from jail are made through a jail approved pre-paid phone account or phone card . Calls made in jail are usually more expensive than phone calls made at home. Inmates are able to make phone calls, with restrictions on 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 and are disciplined, an inmate’s phone privileges might get reduced or eliminated completely.

Phone Number: 619-258-3176

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mail has to be sent via the actual US Postal Service. You can’t use any other method of mail delivery. You should write or type the prisoner’s name, inmate ID, and the jail address on the letter that you send. Do not mail anything in a package or box, envelope with padding or insulation, bag, or an envelope with metal inside. All mail sent to inmates is opened and inspected by the staff, and the mail will be returned to the sender if it can’t be delivered.

Mailing Address

If you would like to send a letter to an inmate at San Diego County Jail – Las Colinas Detention Facility, use this address:

San Diego County Jail – Las Colinas Detention Facility
9000 Cottonwood Ave
Santee, CA 92071

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
San Diego County Jail – Las Colinas Detention Facility
9000 Cottonwood Ave
Santee, CA 92071


The mail policy changes often, so double check the site when you send a letter to an inmate.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

If you have been arrested, you should know you still have rights, one of these being that you have the right to request a lawyer. You don’t get to make many phone calls when you get arrested, so make sure you have a friend or relative find an attorney when you call them. You may be thinking ‘do I really need an attorney?’ You are not required to have an attorney for some criminal charges, a lawyer will make sure you know your rights, look after your best interests and help you through the criminal justice system in San Diego County. The faster you get an attorney working on your case, the better your chances.

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

Public Defender

If you are in trouble, but can’t afford a lawyer, you will be assigned a public defender. In addition, the Public Defender Office has a number of staff such as private investigators, crime scene and forensics experts as well as social case workers. You should be reassured that Public Defenders are actual lawyers who are admitted to the State Bar and are fully licensed to handle your case.

Have you or someone you know had to use the services of a Public Defender? Are you happy with how they handled your case?

Court Records

All court records are are public records and are available upon request. Court records are comprised of a file with a sheet called a docket sheet and each of the documents and motions filed during your court case. You can access your court records via the San Diego County website, or by going to the San Diego County Clerk of Court where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

The San Diego County Clerk of Court is an officer of the court that maintains court records and controls access to them. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath during court cases, and read the verdict when delivered by the jury. All records from your case are available at the San Diego County Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court fees are the fees and charges associated with your case, such as filing fees, motion fees and various court charges. If you cannot afford these fees and have court appointed legal counsel or a Public Defender, you will not be responsible for these fees.

Magistrate

The magistrate acts as the judge that will preside over your case. Magistrates do several different things, such as setting your bail amount, issuing arrest warrants, and overseeing preliminary and procedural court proceedings and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

A pre-sentencing report is completed to include background information and details of the defendant’s life history, which the magistrate will consider when deciding on the sentence. Information, details, and character witnesses will be solicited from the defendant, the defendant’s family, and if necessary the victim. Bear in mind that you should ask to see a copy of this report before sentencing, so you have the opportunity to review it for accuracy and completeness, and correct any mistakes.

Sentencing

If you get convicted of a crime, you will be sentenced. There are several different options for sentencing, which include community service to probation, to prison or jail time. Depending on the severity of the crime, you may be locked up immediately, or you could get a date that you are supposed to go to jail to serve your term.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Are you trying to find out if a family member of friend is currently in jail, or has gone to jail in the past?

You can you will have to visit the jail’s website, and search by:

  • Name.
  • Birthdate.
  • Their approximate booking date.
  • or inmate ID.

If you think this person is in jail, you can call the jail get confirmation.

Warrant Inquiry

If you have a warrant out for your arrest, you are able to check the arrest warrants inquiry online or you are able to call the court. You have to have their first and last name. Or, you can just go the jail in person and ask them. Keep in mind that there is an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you will be taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you have a first and last name, as well as the date of their arrest, contact the San Diego County jail, by phone, go there in person, or check online. Records of arrests are in the public record and these records are available to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when when you get served with legal papers, which can be warrants. You can find these by contacting the San Diego County Sheriff’s office, by phone or online.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All people registered as sex offenders have to be registered and listed on the sex offender databases required by the area they live in. Those listed on these databases have been convicted in a court of law of a sex crime. You are able to see sex offenders online, but you should know that you won’t see the actual address, just the neighborhood block of the address that they registered.

Court Records

Court Records are public records. These records include a court case file containing a docket and any of the documents and filings filed in your court case. You can access your court records on their website, or at Clerk of Court office where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each and every state maintains records of their state citizen’s criminal background. These state databases are all connected so you are able to track criminal histories from another state. Go to county courthouse and check in person, or check the website. It is helpful to know the county the crime was committed in, and in the event that the crime was in a completely different state, you may have to pay for a more complete search.

A criminal records search you will find out if someone has been arrested, charged, or convicted for any crimes, which can include:

  • Driving Under the Influence (DUI).
  • Drug offenses.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Rape or other sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes including assault, battery and murder.
  • Theft.

During a criminal records search, you won’t discover if someone has had any infractions like moving violations:

  • Tickets for speeding.
  • Lost their drivers license or license revoked or suspended.
  • Accidents.
  • Moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To search for driving records, you must do a search for their driving history.

    Have you ever searched for criminal records? How hard was it? Was your search online or did you make a phone call to the San Diego County courthouse? Was the information correct? There are many reasons that folks look up criminal backgrounds and records, and your comments might help other people that are in the same situation.

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    Most Wanted

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

    FBI Ten Most Wanted List: External Link

    San Diego County Sheriff’s Department Ten Most Wanted List: Link


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Just the thought of serving a jail sentence in the San Diego County jail is quite unpleasant, soon you will become accustomed to the routine that is set for you. You will get an alarm for wake-up at 6:00am, and then you’ll have roll call. After roll call you will have breakfast. When you finish eating 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 San Diego County Jail – Las Colinas Detention 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 San Diego County Jail – Las Colinas Detention 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 San Diego County Jail – Las Colinas Detention Facility might change, so check the official San Diego County Jail – Las Colinas Detention Facility site when send money to someone in jail there.

    Commissary

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

    Inmate Medications

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

    Meals

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

    Pods / The Yard

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

    Gangs

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


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    News and Media

    News

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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at San Diego County Jail – Las Colinas Detention Facility

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the San Diego County Jail – Las Colinas Detention 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 San Diego County Jail – Las Colinas Detention Facility

    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:

    • 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 in this jail? Do you have a friend or family member there? Have you ever visited an inmate at San Diego County Jail – Las Colinas Detention Facility?

    If your answer is yes, then please write a review about it. Write about your experience because others will know what to expect.

    Things you can put in what you write:

    • Conditions at the jail.
    • Jail and pod facility and layout
    • Guards and jail staff
    • Commissary and food
    • Visitation Days
    • Inmates.
    • Inmate safety
    • Jail gangs
    • Prisoner programs and activities


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    Tell Your Story

    Anybody that’s ever been locked up has a story about it. Why’d you get arrested? Did you get fair treatment? How was life in jail? What were the other inmates like? Did going to jail affect your life? How?

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    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Make some good friends in jail? Trying to find out how to get in touch with an inmate you met while you were incarcerated? Say wassup here, just leave a message below.

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    Links and Resources

    Main San Diego County Jail – Las Colinas Detention Facility Website
    San Diego County Jail – Las Colinas Detention Facility Inmate Search Link
    View San Diego County Jail – Las Colinas Detention Facility Mugshots
    San Diego County Jail – Las Colinas Detention Facility Bail Link

    CA Bail Schedule

    San Diego County Jail – Las Colinas Detention Facility Visitation Procedures
    San Diego County Jail – Las Colinas Detention Facility Jail Mail Link
    Locate an inmate at San Diego County Jail – Las Colinas Detention Facility
    San Diego County Warrant Inquiry
    San Diego County Jail – Las Colinas Detention Facility Arrest Inquiry
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