Stanislaus County Jail – Modesto, CA

Stanislaus County Jail is in Stanislaus County, California and is the primary jail for this county. Know someone in jail at Stanislaus County Jail? This site will tell you info about everything related to Stanislaus County Jail,such as: Find an inmate at Stanislaus County Jail. Find mugshots. The jail’s phone number and address. Bail and how to get out of jail. Booking and intake procedures. Court information. And much more…

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The prospect of going to jail is a scary and daunting prospect, not only for whoever goes to jail, but also that person’s family and friends. This guide is designed to give information and advice you need to make the process a lot easier. If you have questions, feel free to ask them, and please leave any comments or feedback that could be beneficial to others will be much appreciated.

General Information

Address

Stanislaus County Jail
1115 H. Street
Modesto, CA 95354

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: 209-491-8727
Fax Number:

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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a family member or friend that is locked up and need to contact them?

Do you know somebody who’s been arrested and you need to find out where they are?

To find out who’s in jail at Stanislaus County Jail you should navigate to their website and do an inmate search.

Inmate Lookup

The Stanislaus County Jail Inmate Search has information on people currently in custody, including current status, how much their bail is, and visiting hours. You can get info on anybody who has been arrested or discharged within the past 24 hour period. Prisoners are listed in alphabetical order by last name. You can find their inmate information faster if you have their first and last name, birth date, or inmate ID.

If the person you’re searching for may be at a different jail you can check the other California county jails in our California County Jail Guide: California County Jails Directory


Mugshots

A mugshot, also called a booking picture, is the photo that the police take when you get processed at jail intake. They will take one face photo and a side photo. Your full name and jail ID number will be on the mugshot, and they’re kept on file at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshotes of Stanislaus County Jail prisoners can be seen online, or you can view them at the Stanislaus County Jail. When you search for mugshots online you will have to enter the person’s legal name, and the arrest date, if you have it.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Trying to figure out how to have your mugshot erased from the Stanislaus County Jail website? This may not be possible, as your mugshot is a matter of public record. To get your mugshot taken down you will need to file a Petition to Expunge with the court. Basically, this means that your arrest record would be sealed, and unavailable to the public. Depending on your situation, this may be a longshot.

To learn more about getting your mugshot removed, the various 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

Of course, once you are incarcerated, your main thought is about when you get out. After you’ve been booked, your bail amount will be determined either through a preset bail schedule or a magistrate. If no bail is set this may mean that you will either be released, or you have to stay in jail until your trial.

If you are are released you must promise to be there for your court date, and until that day you will not be permitted to go out of town.

In most cases, prisoners at Stanislaus County Jail can earn time off in exchange for good behavior if they follow the rules and act right while locked up.

If you follow the rules, you might be allowed to do work release. Either you will have to return to jail at the end of the day when you’re finished with work, or you might get to move into a halfway house when you are not working.

Bail

Bail is money that you have to pay to the courts to get out of jail pending trial. The amount you have to pay is determined by the seriousness of your charges. You will need to pay 10 percent of the total amount that was determined so you are able to get discharged from jail. If you fail to show up for your court appearance, whoever paid your bail will lose that bail money.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

To find out how much bail money you will need to bail someone out of jail need to call the Stanislaus County Jail or the County Courthouse. If you have all the person’s information, including name, address and date of birth, they’ll be able to let you know how much their bail is. 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 never a fun thing, but in some cases, it is easy. First, you need to know if they have a Cash Only Bond situation. If it is, you won’t be able to get a Bail Bondsman. They only accept cash at the jail, so you have to take cash – the jail won’t take a personal check. Once the cash bond has been paid, the inmate will be released. If the conditions of bail are not violated, the bail money you posted will be returned to you.

Bail Bondsman

If bail is set too high, or you just can’t afford to pay it, you might need to use a bail bondsman. Bail bondsmen will usually have a fee of 10-15% of total bail, and sometimes with a minimum fee of $100. This money is non-refundable and is typically cash only. If the bail is extremely high, the bondsman will in these cases request to use your assets, such as home, property or cars, as collateral.

To talk to a bail bondsman go to: Bail bondsman

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Bail Schedule

In California bail amounts are predetermined by by the California Felony Bail Schedule, but keep in mind, though, the judge or magistrate has the last word on how high your bail is set. The California Felony Bail Schedule includes all of the crimes included in state law and the exact amount of bail for each one.

Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

  • Early Release For Good Behavior
  • Get Out on Work Release
  • 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 jail intake procedure is made up of these steps:

  • You will get put in a holding cell. If the jail is busy, you may not be processed immediately.
  • You must answer a number of questions, like what is your legal name, home address, date of birth and an emergency contact person.
  • You will also be asked about your medical and mental history.
  • You will be given an inmate number.
  • Your fingerprints will be taken.
  • You will have your mugshot taken.
  • All personal property will get taken away from you and stored until you are released.
  • You will be allowed to use the phone so you can talk to a member of your family, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If you are expected to be released shortly, you will be allowed to keep wearing your own clothes, if not you will be issued a jail issued jumpsuit.

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Discharge Procedures

When you finally post bail, you will get released from jail. This process can take anywhere from 15 minutes to quite a few hours. In simple terms, the faster you post bail, the quicker you will get discharged. Also, how fast you get released can depend on whether or not you’ve been given a bond amount or if the judge still needs to figure out your bail amount. For minor offenses, you will simply be booked and released on your own recognizance. When you get to the end of your sentence and are given a date of your release, you should plan to get discharged anywhere between the hours of 9am and 12pm.

How To Turn Yourself In

for your arrest, or if you must start your sentence, it is highly advisable that you follow the rules and go down to the jail and turn yourself in. For a warrant, go to the jail intake center, and tell them that you think there is a warrant for your arrest. A record check will be run, and if they verify that you have one, they will ask that you surrender yourself and you will be taken into custody. When reporting to serve a sentence, report at the exact time and date that the sentence order states. Be sure that you are not late. Make sure that you only bring required items when you go, such as a driver’s license or your ID, prescription medication, and a sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

In order to have visitors, inmates have to list each visitor’s name to the jail in advance of any visit. This information will be put in the visitation log for the inmate that requested the visitor. All visitors will be required to provide proof of identification. Any visitors arriving late or that does not have a visting order will not be able to attend visitation.
Visitation procedures are always changing, so you should visit the jail site before go to the jail 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 . These phone calls are much more expensive than regular phone calls. There are certain restrictions about how often you can use the phone, but inmates must keep in mind that a long line can form at the phones, because everyone wants to use the phone, too. If you break the rules and are disciplined, phone privileges might get cut back or eliminated completely, as part of the punishment.

Phone Number: 209-491-8727

Sending Mail to Inmates

Any mail that you send to an inmate has to be sent via the actual US Postal Service. You shouldn’t use any other form of mail delivery. Clearly write or type the inmate’s name, inmate ID, and the address of the jail on the outside of the letter that you send. Don’t mail anything in a package, envelope with padding or insulation, plastic or paper bag, or an envelope containing metal parts. All mail sent to inmates will be opened and read and inspected by the jail officers, and will be returned if they decide it is inappropriate.

Mailing Address

The mailing address for Stanislaus County Jail is:

Stanislaus County Jail
1115 H. Street
Modesto, CA 95354

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Stanislaus County Jail
1115 H. Street
Modesto, CA 95354


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


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

When you get arrested, you still have certain rights, one of these being the right to request a lawyer. Remember that you may be limited to the amount of phone calls you can make, so it is important to ask a friend or family member to find an attorney when you call them. I know you’re probably asking yourself right now ‘I don’t have to get a lawyer – I can just represent myself’ While you are not required to have one, a criminal defense attorney will advise you about your rights, look after your best interests and help you navigate the complicated court system in Stanislaus County. The sooner you get a lawyer involved with your situation, the better off you’ll be.

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

Public Defender

If you need an attorney, but can’t afford an attorney, you will be given a public defender for a lawyer. The Public Defender has access to independent investigators, crime scene and forensics experts as well as case workers. Public Defenders are bona-fide attorneys who are admitted to the California State Bar Association and are licensed to practice law in California.

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

Court Records

Court records are a matter of public record. Court records have a file with a docket sheet and all of the documents in the case. You have the ability to access your court records with the online service, or at the Stanislaus County Clerk of Court where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

The Stanislaus County Clerk of Court is an officer of the court that manages the records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath for any court participant who must be under oath, and also read the verdict when the jury makes their final decision. All records and documents from your case are available at Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court fees are the costs from your case, such as for example filing charges, motion and claim fees, and court appearance fees. If you are low income and have court appointed legal counsel or a Public Defender, you may not have to pay the fees.

Magistrate

The magistrate is the judge that will preside on your case in court. Magistrate judges do a number of different things, such as deciding a bail amount, issuing warrants, and presiding over first court appearances and detention hearings.

Pre-Sentencing

Your pre-sentencing report is completed to include information about the defendant’s background and information about the arrestee’s life and history, which the magistrate will review and take into consideration when deciding on the sentence. Information and personal details will be requested from the defendant, their family, and in some circumstances the victim. Don’t forget you can request to receive a copy of this report before your sentencing, and make sure that you review it for accuracy and completeness, and correct any mistakes.

Sentencing

After you are convicted of a crime, you will be given a sentence for your crime. The presiding judge in your case will weigh several options when determining your sentence, which include community service, house arrest, and probation, to prison or jail time. Depending on sentencing guidelines and the severity of your crime, you will either be locked up immediately, or you could get a date that you are supposed to turn yourself into jail to serve your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Want to find out if someone is in jail, or has been an inmate in the past?

This is pretty easy to do, simply you will have to access the jail website and do an inmate search, and search using:

  • Name.
  • Birth date.
  • Their booking date.
  • and their jail ID.

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

Warrant Inquiry

If you believe you have an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you are able to check the arrest warrants inquiry on the website or you are able to call the jail directly. You have to have the person’s first and last name. Or, you can just go down to the jail and ask the officer in charge. You should be clear that if there is an arrest warrant out for you, they will take you into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you have a first and last name, as well as their arrest date, contact the jail, on the phone, in person, or find out online. Arrest records are in the public record and the information is accessible to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

Civil processes are when you get served with papers, which can be warrants. You can find these civil process orders by going to the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s office, by phone or online.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All convicted sex offenders are required to be listed and registered on a sex offender database. The people on these databases have been tried by jury and convicted in a court of law of a sex crime. You are able to see sex offenders online, but keep in mind that you can’t get the exact address, but only the neighborhood block of the address that they registered.

Court Records

Court Records are considered public records, so they are accessible to anyone who requests them. These records include a case file containing a court docket and all of the filings and documents filed in the case. You are able to access court records via the internet service ‘Public Access to Court Electronic Records’, or at Clerk of Court office where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each state maintains records of their state citizen’s criminal past. These state databases are linked together and you can track criminal convictions from other states. You can go to county courthouse and make an inquiry, or you can check online. It helps to know which county the crime occurred in, and if it was in a completely different state, you may have to pay a fee for a more comprehensive search.

A criminal records search 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.
  • Drug crimes.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sexual offenses including rape, assault.
  • Violent crimes including assault, battery and murder.
  • Theft.

If you do a criminal records check, you generally will not be able to find out if that person has had any moving violations, like:

  • Tickets for speeding.
  • Drivers license suspended or revoked.
  • Been in a traffic accident.
  • Moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To search for this kind of information, you must do a search for their driving record.

    Have you ever needed to find criminal records? How easy was it? Was your search online or did you have to make a phone call to the courthouse? Was it correct? There are many reasons that folks look up criminal backgrounds and records, and your story could help other people.

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    Most Wanted

    The FBI has a listing of the Top Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Stanislaus County,The Sheriff’s Department has their own list of the most wanted criminals, that you can access online.

    FBI Ten Most Wanted List: Link

    Stanislaus County Top Ten Most Wanted List: Link


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    While the prospect of being incarcerated in Stanislaus County Jail is quite unpleasant, eventually you will settle into the routine that is set for you in jail. Prisoners get an alarm to wake up at about 6:00am, and next they’ll do roll call. Next, you will eat breakfast. After breakfast, you will 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 Stanislaus 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 Stanislaus 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 process for sending funds to Stanislaus County Jail inmates might change, so it would be best to 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 Stanislaus County Jail

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Stanislaus 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 Stanislaus 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 locked up in this jail? Do you have a friend or family member that spent time there? Have you ever visited an inmate there?

    If so, then we would like you to write your review about it. Write down your experience so that others can find out what to expect.

    Things you might want to write in your review:

    • Conditions in Stanislaus County Jail.
    • Jail, yard and pod layout and facility
    • Staff and guards
    • Jail food and commissary
    • Visitation Days
    • The other inmates – what are they like?
    • Prisoner safety
    • Gangs
    • Inmate programs and activities


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    Tell Your Story

    Anyone who’s been in jail has some stories to tell about the whole experience. How’d you get locked up? Were you fairly treated? How was day to day life at Stanislaus County Jail? How did you get along with the other inmates? How did getting locked up affect your life?

    Click here to share your story about when you did time in Stanislaus County Jail

    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Make some good friends in jail? Trying to reconnect with somebody you met in jail? Say wassup here, just leave a message below.

    Post a message to someone at Stanislaus County Jail

    Links and Resources

    Main Stanislaus County Jail Link
    Stanislaus County Jail Inmate Search
    Stanislaus County Jail Mugshots
    Stanislaus County Jail Bail Link

    California Bail Schedule

    Stanislaus County Jail Visitation Policy Link
    Stanislaus County Jail Jail Mail Link
    Locate an inmate at Stanislaus County Jail
    Stanislaus County Warrants
    Stanislaus County Jail Arrest Lookup
    Send Funds to an Inmate at Stanislaus County Jail
    Stanislaus County Jail Employment


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