Contra Costa County Jail – Alternative Custody Facility – Martinez, CA

Contra Costa County Jail – Alternative Custody Facility is located in Contra Costa County, California and is the primary correctional facility for this county. Know someone in Contra Costa County Jail – Alternative Custody Facility? This page will tell you information about everything you might need to know about Contra Costa County Jail – Alternative Custody Facility,such as: Find an inmate at Contra Costa County Jail – Alternative Custody Facility. Find inmate mughsots. The jail’s address and phone number. Bail and how to get out of jail. Intake procedures. Court records. And lots more.

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The thought of going to jail is a scary idea, not only for whoever goes to jail, but also their family, friends, and loved ones. The purpose of this guide is to give you all the info you need to make going to jail a lot easier. If you have a question, just ask them, and also any comments or feedback that might help other people in the same situation is much appreciated.

General Information

Address

Contra Costa County Jail – Alternative Custody Facility
1011 Las Juntas
Martinez, CA 94553

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: (925) 313-4251
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Map and Directions

Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a family member, loved one, or friend that is locked up and want to locate them?

Do you know somebody who has been arrested and you need to find out what jail they’re in?

To see who is in jail at Contra Costa County Jail – Alternative Custody Facility you need to navigate to their web site and use the inmate lookup.

Inmate Locator

The Contra Costa County Jail – Alternative Custody Facility Inmate List is an online list of persons who are in jail, including status, how much their bail is, and visiting hours. Also, you can find information on anyone arrested and booked or released in the last 24 hours. Inmates are listed alphabetically by last name. You can get their inmate information quicker if you enter their first and last name, birth date, or inmate ID Number.

If your friend or family member may be in another county jail you will want to look here, too: List of all county jails in California


Mugshots

A mugshot, or jail intake picture, is the picture that the jail takes when you are booked into jail. A mugshot is actually one frontal photo and a profile picture. Your full name and booking number will be in the mugshot, and they’re stored at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshots can be seen online, or you can see them in person at the Contra Costa County Jail – Alternative Custody Facility. When viewing mugshots online you have to input the full name, and the booking date, if you have one.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Are you trying to figure out what to do in order to get your mugshot erased from the Contra Costa County Jail – Alternative Custody Facility website? This can be tricky, since the mugshot is a public record. To get your mugshot taken down you must file a ‘Petition to Expunge’. This means that the record of your arrest will be sealed, and will not be accessible. Depending on your situation, this may be a longshot.

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


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

If you’re in jail, your main thought is when and how to get out. After you’ve gone through the booking process, a bail amount will be set using the bail schedule or the magistrate will decide it. If no bail is set this might mean that you will either be released on your ‘own recognizance’ until your court date, or you don’t get released while you wait for your court date.

If you are released from jail you will have to promise to go to your court date, and you are required not to go out of town.

Typically, prisoners at Contra Costa County Jail – Alternative Custody Facility will earn time off for good behavior when they follow the rules and area a good inmate while they are in jail.

If you prove to be trustworthy, you might be allowed to do work release. You will either have to go back to jail at the end of the day when you’re finished at your job, or you could be permitted to move to a halfway house instead of jail, so it is kind of like an early release.

Bail

Your bail is money that you have to pay to get out of jail until you go to court. The amount you will be required to pay all depends on the crime you’ve been charged with. You will need to pay to the courts 10 percent of the total amount that was set so you are able to bail out of jail. If you don’t show up for court, that person will not get their money back.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

To find out someone’s bail amount you have to call the jail or the county courthouse. If you’ve got the person’s info, including name, address and date of birth, they’ll tell you what their bail is set at. Also, you can see the bail amount online.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Needing to bail someone out of jail is never fun, but thankfully, its very simple to do. First of all, you need to know if their bail is a “Cash Bond Only” situation. If it is, you will not be able to get a Bail Bondsman. Take cash only to the jail – the jail can’t accept a personal check. When you’ve paid bail, the prisoner will be released into your care. If this person doesn’t violate any of the terms of their release, you will get this money back.

Bail Bondsman

If the bail amount is too high, or you just can’t afford to pay it, you should try a bail bondsman. They usually have a fee of 10-15% of the total bail amount, and usually with a minimum of $100. The money you pay to the bail bondsman will not be returned to you and the bondsman only accepts cash. If the bail has been set really high, the bondsman might ask to use your assets as collateral in addition to the fee they charge.

To find a local bail bondsman go to: How to find a bail bondsman

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Bail Schedule

In California the amount of bail you pay is already set by 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 includes every crime defined by state law and the exact bail you will have to pay for each of the crimes.

Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The jail intake procedure includes the following steps:

  • They’ll put you in a holding cell. If the jail is busy, it will take a while to get processed.
  • The first step is that you will answer a bunch of questions, like your full legal name, address, birthdate and a contact person.
  • Also, you will also be asked about your medical and mental history.
  • You’ll be given an inmate ID number.
  • You will be fingerprinted.
  • You will have a front and profile photo taken for your mugshot.
  • All of your personal property will get taken away from you and stored until you get released from jail.
  • You will get to make a telephone call so you can get in touch with family, friends, or bail bondsman.
  • If you are expected to be released quickly, they will let you wear your street clothes, otherwise you you will have to wear a jail issued jumpsuit.

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Discharge Procedures

When you finally post bail, you will be allowed to leave jail. This process can take anywhere from 15 minutes to quite a few hours. So, the faster bail is posted, the faster you will get let go. How quickly you get discharged depends on whether you’ve got a bond amount or if a magistrate still needs to determine how much your bail will be. For minor offenses, you will get booked and get released without having to post bail. When you have completed your jail sentence and are given a release date, expect to get discharged that morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

issued for your arrest, or if you must begin your sentence in jail, it is recommended that you follow the law and turn yourself in willingly. In the case of an outstanding warrant, go to the jail intake area, and tell someone that think that there is a warrant for your arrest. They will check to see if you have a warrant, and if they find one, you will be taken into jail custody. If it is for a jail sentence, go down to the jail on the date and time that the sentence order lists. Be sure that you are not late. Be sure to only bring required items when you go, for example a driver’s license or ID, any prescription medication you might take, and the sentencing order from court.

Visitation Procedures

In order to have visitors, inmates must provide information about each visitor to the jail in advance of any visit. Your visitor’s information will be put in the visitation log for the inmate that requested the visitor. Every visitor will have to provide acceptable photo identification when visiting an inmate. Visitors that arrives for visitation late or any visitors that are not approved to visit will not be allowed to attend visitation.
Visitation procedures can change, so make sure that you review the official site before you go to the jail to visit.

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 typically pricier than phone calls made at home. There are certain restrictions about 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 may be limited or eliminated altogether.

The Contra Costa County Jail – Alternative Custody Facility phone number is: (925) 313-4251

Sending Mail to Inmates

All inmate mail is required to be mailed using the US Postal Service. You must not use any other type of mail delivery. You have to write or type the name, inmate number, and jail address on the outside of the letter that you send. Do not send a box or package, envelope with padding or insulation, bag, or an envelope containing metal parts. Any mail will be opened and examined and read by the jail officers, and will get sent back if they decide it is inappropriate.

Mailing Address

The address that you should use if you are sending a letter to an inmate at Contra Costa County Jail – Alternative Custody Facility is:

Contra Costa County Jail – Alternative Custody Facility
1011 Las Juntas
Martinez, CA 94553

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE’S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Contra Costa County Jail – Alternative Custody Facility
1011 Las Juntas
Martinez, CA 94553


The Contra Costa County Jail – Alternative Custody Facility inmate mail policy changes often, so check the the Contra Costa County Jail – Alternative Custody Facility website before you send a letter to an inmate there.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

If you have been arrested, you have rights, one of these being the right to request a lawyer. You won’t get many phone calls in jail, so make sure to get a friend or family member to find an attorney when you call. You might be asking yourself ‘why do I need an attorney?’ You can represent yourself if you reall want to, but, an attorney will advise you about your rights, help protect your best interests and help you find your way through the complicated legal system in Contra Costa County. The quicker you hire an attorney to represent you and work on your situation, the better off you’ll be.

For more information on the benefits of hiring a lawyer, click: How to Find a Lawyer in Contra Costa County

Public Defender

If you’ve been arrested and don’t have the money to hire a lawyer, you will be assigned a public defender. Also, the Public Defender’s Office has access to independent investigators, crime scene and forensics experts as well as social case workers. You will be reassured to know that Public Defenders are real attorneys who are members of the State Bar and are legally licensed to practice law as an agent of the court.

Have you or someone you know had to use the services of a Public Defender? What was your experience?

Court Records

Contra Costa County court records are are public records and are available upon request. Court records include a case file with a sheet called a docket sheet and each of the documents and motions filed in the course of your case. You are able to access your court case records via the Contra Costa County website, or at the Clerk’s office of the Court where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

The Clerk of Court is a member of the court who maintains the records. They also administer the oath when court is in session, and read the court verdict when the jury has finished deliberations. All records and documents associated with your court case are maintained at Contra Costa County Clerk of Court office.

Fees

Court fees and costs are the charges and fees associated with your court case, which include 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 is the person that presides on your court case. Magistrates are judges that do different functions, such as determing how much your bail will be, writing arrest warrants, and acting as the presiding judge over preliminary court proceedings and detention hearings.

Pre-Sentencing

A defendant’s pre-sentencing report is prepared to include your background information and as much detail about the arrestee’s life and public history, which the magistrate judge will take into account when determining a sentence. Information and personal details will be gathered from the person on trial, their family, and if necessary the victim of the crime. Don’t forget you are able to request to see your own copy of this report before your sentencing, so you get the chance to review it for accuracy and completeness, and correct any mistakes.

Sentencing

If you get convicted of a crime during your trial, you will be sentenced. There are several different options for sentencing, ranging from community service to probation, to even incarceration in either jail (short term) or prison (long term). Depending on the severity of the crime, you might get immediately taken into custody, or given a date that you are supposed to go to jail to do your time.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Are you trying to find out if someone is locked up, or has been an inmate in the past?

To do so, you need to visit the Contra Costa County jail website and do an inmate search lookup, and do a search using:

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

If you’re not sure if this person is in jail, 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 access arrest warrants inquiry on the website or you are able to call the jail directly. You have to have their 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, you will be taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know the person’s first and last name, as well as their arrest date, contact the jail, by phone, go there in person, or check online. An arrest is public record and the information is accessible by the public.

Civil Inquiry

Civil processes are when when you are served with legal papers, which can be court orders. You can find these civil process orders by getting in touch with the Sheriff’s office, either by phone or through their website.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All people registered as sex offenders are registered and listed on either a national or state sex offender database. The people listed on these databases have been convicted in a court of law of a sex crime. You can access these listings online, but remember that you can’t get the precise address, rather the block that they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are public, and are accessible by anyone. These records include a court case file that includes a court docket and all of the documents filed in the case. You are able to access your court records via the internet service ‘Public Access to Court Electronic Records’, or at the Contra Costa County Clerk of Court office where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each state maintains a record of a person’s criminal past. These databases are linked together so you are able to track criminal convictions from another state. You can go to courthouse and check in person, or you can check online. It helps to know which county the crime occurred in, and in the event that the crime was in a different state entirely, you may have to pay for a more complete search.

When you look up someone’s criminal record you will be able to find out if a person has ever been arrested, charged or convicted for these crimes:

  • DWI or DUI.
  • Drug crimes like possession or trafficking.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sexual offenses including rape, assault.
  • Violent crimes including assault, battery and murder.
  • Theft.

During a criminal records search, in most cases won’t be able to see if that person has had any moving violations, like:

  • Speeding or wreckless driving.
  • Drivers license revoked or suspended.
  • Traffic accidents.
  • Minor infractions or moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To search for driving records, you must do a driving records search.

    Have you ever needed to find criminal records? Was it a difficult process? Did you search online or did you make a phone call to the Contra Costa County courthouse? Was it correct? There are lots of reasons that folks look up criminal records, and your comments might help other people.

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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    While the prospect of being incarcerated in the Contra Costa County jail is something you wish you could avoid, eventually you will settle into the routine that is set for you. Inmates get an alarm to wake up at 6am, and then you’ll have roll call. Then you will eat breakfast. Following breakfast you will be required to 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 Contra Costa County Jail – Alternative Custody 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 Contra Costa County Jail – Alternative Custody 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 funds to jail inmates can change, so check the official Contra Costa County Jail – Alternative Custody Facility site when you send funds to an inmate 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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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Contra Costa County Jail – Alternative Custody Facility

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Contra Costa County Jail – Alternative Custody 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 Contra Costa County Jail – Alternative Custody 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 locked up in Contra Costa County Jail – Alternative Custody Facility? Do you have a family member or friend that is an inmate there? Have you ever visited someone there?

    If yes, then we would like you to tell us about it. Tell us about your jail experience so other people will know what to expect.

    Things you can include in your comment:

    • Jail conditions.
    • Jail and pod facility and layout
    • Jail staff and Guards
    • Commissary and food
    • Visitation
    • Inmates.
    • Prisoner safety
    • Jail gangs
    • Inmate programs and activities


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    Tell Your Story

    Everybody who’s been arrested and thrown in jail has a story to tell. Why’d you get arrested? Were you mistreated? How was life in jail? What were the other inmates like? Did going to jail affect your life? How?

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