Riverside County Jail is located in Riverside County and is the primary jail for that area. Are you looking for somebody in jail at Riverside County Jail? This page tells you about everything a person needs to know about Riverside County Jail,such as: Find an inmate at Riverside County Jail. Find inmate mugshots. The jail’s address and phone number. Bail and bail bondsmen. Riverside County Jail intake procedures. Court information and records. And much more…
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The prospect of getting arrested and going to jail is a scary situation, not only for whoever is incarcerated, but also that person’s family and friends. The goal of this guide is to give information and tips that you need to make the process a little less stressful. If you have questions, feel free to ask them, and any tips or comments that would be beneficial to others will be welcome.
Riverside County Jail
46057 Oasis Street
Indio, CA 92201
Phone Number and Fax Number
Phone: (760) 863-8252
Map and Directions
Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail
Do you know someone that has gone to jail and don’t know how to locate them?
Do you know someone that’s been arrested and you don’t know how to find out where they are?
To search who is in jail at Riverside County Jail you should click on their link and use the inmate lookup.
The Riverside County Jail Inmate Search has information on people who were arrested and are now in jail, including status, bail amount, and visiting schedule. You can also get info on anyone arrested and processed or discharged in the past 24-hour period. Jail inmates are shown in alphabetical order by last name. You will be able to find their arrest information quicker if you enter their name, date of birth, or inmate ID.
If your friend or loved one is in another jail you will want to check our California county jail guide: California County Jails Directory
A mugshot, also known as a booking picture, is a photograph taken by the police when you are processed at the jail intake. They take one frontal photo and a profile photo. Your name and intake number will be on the photos, and they will be kept on file at the jail.
Mugshots of people who have been arrested can be searched online, or you can see them at the Riverside County Jail. When you search for mugshots on the website you will need to put in the person’s first and last name, and the booking date.
How To Get Your Mugshot Removed
Want to get your mugshot removed from the Riverside County Jail website? This can be tricky, as the mugshot is public record. To get your mugshot removed you must file a ‘Petition to Expunge’. Basically, this means that the record of your arrest will be sealed, and will not be accessible. Unfortunately, this happens very rarely.
To learn more about getting your mugshot removed, the different mugshot sites, and the websites that offer to remove your mugshot for you: Mugshot Removal
Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail
Of course, if you are in jail, your primary thought is about getting out. After you’ve gone through booking, a bail amount is determined by a special judge called a magistrate. In cases where no bail is set this might mean that you will either get released, pending trial, or you must remain in jail until your trial.
If you do bail out you must agree to show up for court, and until then you are not permitted to go out of town.
Usually, inmates at Riverside County Jail will be given time off in exchange for good behavior when they follow the rules and conduct themselves properly while they’re in jail.
If you follow the rules, you might be allowed to do work release. You will be required to return to the jail at the end of the day when you’re finished at your job, or you may get to live in a halfway house when you are not working.
Bail is the amount of money that you have to pay to the court system to get out of jail until your trial. The amount of bail that is set depends on the crime you are charged with. Someone you know will need to post 10% of the amount that was determined in order for you to get discharged from jail. If you don’t show up for your scheduled court date, whoever paid your bail won’t get their money back.
Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is
To find out how much bail money you will need to bail someone out of jail must call the Riverside County Jail. If you’ve got the person’s info, including name, address and date of birth, they’ll let you know what their bail is set at. Also, you can see the bail amount on the Riverside County Jail site.
How To Bail Someone Out of Jail
Bailing out of jail is never fun, but usually, it’s simple to do if you have the money. To start with, figure out if their bail is a “Cash Bond Only”. If this is the case, you can’t get a bondsman. Take cash only to the jail – they won’t take a personal check. As soon as you’ve posted (paid) bond, the prisoner will be discharged. If the conditions of bail are not violated, you’ll get the bail money back.
If their bail has been set too high, or you can’t afford it yourself, you should try to hire a bail bondsman. Bail bondsmen generally charge a fee of 10-15% of the total amount of bail set, and usually charge a minimum of $100. The money you pay to the bail bondsman is non-refundable and is typically cash only. If bail is very large, the bail bondsman might use your assets, such as home, property or cars, as collateral for the bond.
You can find a bail bondsman go to: Find a bail bondsman
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In the state of California bail amounts are predetermined by the California Felony Bail Schedule, but keep in mind that the magistrate or judge has the ultimate say on how much your bail will be. The California Felony Bail Schedule lists each and every crime defined by state law and the exact bail amount for each one.
Other Ways to Get Out of Jail
- Get Time Off For Good Behavior
- Work Release
- Released For Time Served
- Get Out on a Pre-Trial Release Program
- Get Released on House Arrest
- Get Released on Your Own Recognizance
Jail Policies and Procedures
Intake Procedures / Booking
The intake procedure includes these steps:
- You will be placed in a waiting area or cell. If the jail is busy, you will have to wait, sometimes for many hours, before you get processed.
- First, must answer a number of questions, such as what your legal name is, home address, birth date and an emergency contact.
- Also, you will also be asked about your medical and psychological history.
- You will be given an inmate ID number.
- You will get fingerprinted.
- You will have a front and profile photo taken for your mugshot.
- Any property you have will be taken from you and stored until you are released.
- They will let you use the telephone to call a member of your family, friend, or bondsman to arrange bail.
- If you think you will get released quickly, you might be allowed to keep wearing street clothes, otherwise you will be given a jail uniform – the jumpsuit.
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When you post bail, you will be allowed to leave jail. This process will take from 30 minutes to many hours. In other words the quicker you post bail, the quicker you can get out of jail. Also, how fast you get released will depend on whether or not you have a cash bond amount or if a magistrate needs to figure out your bail amount. For minor offenses, you will get booked and then released on your recognizance without having to pay bail. When you have served your sentence and are given a release date, you should plan to get released in the morning.
How To Turn Yourself In
out against you, or if you must start a jail sentence, you really should follow the rules and go down to the jail and turn yourself in. If it is for a warrant, report to the jail intake area, and tell the intake officer that think that there is an outstanding warrant for your arrest. They will check to see if you have a warrant, and if they verify that you have one, you will be taken into jail custody. If it is for a jail sentence, go to the jail at the time and date that the sentence order requires you to. Ensure that you aren’t late. Be sure to only bring necessary items when you go, such as your driver’s license or state issued ID, prescription medication, and the official sentencing order.
To have visitors, you need to give the name and date of birth of each visitor to the jail in advance of the visit. Your visitors will go in a log of approved visitors for the requesting inmate. Each visitor will be required to provide identification. Anyone showing up late or that is not an approved visitor will not be allowed to attend visitation.
The Riverside County Jail visitation procedures frequently change, so double-check the official Riverside County Jail jail site before you go to the jail to visit.
Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy
The only phone calls that inmates are allowed to make are made through a jail approved pre-paid phone account or phone card . These phone calls are usually pricier than regular phone calls. 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 there are a limited number of phones, so all the inmates must share phone time. If you are under any sort of disciplinary procedure, phone calls might get cut back or cut altogether.
The Riverside County Jail phone number is: (760) 863-8252
Sending Mail to Inmates
All mail has to be sent via US Postal Service. You shouldn’t use any other type of delivery. You have to write the prisoner’s name, prisoner number, and the jail address on the letter. Don’t send a box, envelope with padding or insulation, plastic bag, or an envelope with metal inside. Any mail gets opened and examined and read by the jail officers, and the mail will get sent back if they decide it is inappropriate.
The address that you should use if you are sending a letter to an inmate at Riverside County Jail is:
Riverside County Jail
46057 Oasis Street
Indio, CA 92201
Here is how you should address the letter:
[INMATE’S FULL NAME]
Riverside County Jail
46057 Oasis Street
Indio, CA 92201
The Riverside County Jail mail policy is always changing, so be sure to review the official Riverside County Jail site before send a letter to someone in jail there.
Get A Lawyer
When you get arrested, you have particular rights, one of these is the right to request a lawyer. You are only allowed to make so many phone calls in jail, so make sure to have a friend or relative find a lawyer for you. You might be thinking ‘but do I really need a lawyer’ You are not required to have an attorney for some criminal charges, a criminal defense lawyer will advise you about your rights, protect your interests and help you navigate through the complicated legal system that you are now faced with. The quicker you hire a lawyer to represent you and work on your case, the better off you’ll be.
For more information about the benefits of hiring a lawyer, click: How to Find an Attorney in Riverside County
If you’ve been arrested and cannot afford a lawyer, the courts will assign you a public defender, which is a free lawyer. The Public Defender is staffed by independent investigators, experts in forensics as well as social workers. You should be reassured that Public Defenders are full-fledged attorneys, members of the California State Bar and are legally licensed to practice law as an agent of the court.
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Riverside County court records are public and available to anyone who requests them. Court records are comprised of a file containing a docket sheet and all documents filed in the course of your case. You, and anyone else, can access your court records with the website, or by going to the Clerk of Court.
Clerk of Court
The Riverside County Clerk of Court is an officer of the court that manages the records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath when court is in session, and read the jury’s verdict. All records, documents, and evidence relating to your case are maintained at the Riverside County Clerk of Court.
Court fees are the charges associated with your court case, such as filing fees, motion fees and various court charges. If you don’t have the money to pay these fees and have court appointed legal counsel or a Public Defender, you may not have to pay the fees.
A Magistrate is the type of judge that will preside over your case. Magistrates do a number of things, which include setting bail, issuing warrants, and acting as the presiding judge over initial court appearances and detention hearings.
A defendant’s pre-sentencing report is put together to include information about the arrestee’s background and information about the defendant’s life and history, which the judge will consider when deciding on the sentence. Information will be requested from the person on trial, his or her family members, and, if applicable, the victim of the crime. Bear in mind you are able to request to see a copy of this report before sentencing, so you can go over it and correct any mistakes in it.
After you are convicted of a crime, you will then get sentenced. There are a number of different options, which include community service and probation, to even incarceration in either jail (short term) or prison (long term). Depending on the particulars of your trial, the severity of your crime, and any sentencing guidelines that they judge will use, you might get taken into custody immediately, or you could receive a date that you are supposed to go to jail to serve your jail term according to your sentence.
Want to find out if someone is incarcerated in jail, or has ever been locked up?
This is pretty easy to do, simply you need to visit the Riverside County jail website and do an inmate search lookup, and search by:
- Their name.
- Birth date.
- Approximate booking date.
- and their inmate ID.
If you’re not sure if this person is in jail, you can also call the jail find out if they’ve been arrested.
If you believe you have an outstanding warrant, you can find out by checking the arrest warrants inquiry on the Riverside County jail website or you are able to call the court. This requires a first and last name. Or, you can just go down to the jail and inquire at the information desk. You should know that there is an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you should be prepared to get taken into custody immediately.
If you know a person’s name, and their arrest date, contact the Riverside County jail, either by phone, in person, or check online. Arrest records are public record and these records are available to anyone.
Civil processes are when someone has been served with papers, like , subpoenas, and arrest warrants. You can find these by contacting the Riverside County Sheriff’s office, either by phone or through their website.
Sex Offender Search / Lookup
All convicted sex offenders must be registered on both a national and state sex offender database. The people listed on these databases have been convicted of a sex crime. You can access this information on the website, but keep in mind that you won’t get the exact address, but rather the block of the address that they registered.
Court Records are public, and are accessible by anyone. These records include a court case file that includes a docket and all of the documents and filings 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 Riverside County Clerk of Court office in the county where the case was filed.
Each and every state keeps a record of someone’s criminal background. These state databases are all linked so you are able to track criminal convictions from any other state. You are able to go to the courthouse and check in person or you can check the website. You must know which county the crime occurred in, and if it was in a different state entirely, you might have to pay a fee for a more complete search.
A search of someone’s criminal history you can find out if someone has been arrested, charged, or convicted for the following crimes:
- Drug offenses such as possession or trafficking.
- Sex offenses which could include rape, and sexual assault.
- Violent crimes like assault or murder.
- Property crimes like theft or larceny.
But, when you do a criminal records check, you will not be able to find out if that person has had:
- Speeding or reckless driving.
- Lost their driver’s license or license revoked or suspended.
- Other moving violations.
- Parking Tickets.
- 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 Driver’s License
- An applicant for Deputy Sheriff must possess a Law Enforcement Certification.
- Victims have the right to protection from the accused.
- Victims have the right to notification.
- Victims have the right to attend proceedings.
- Victims have the right to speak at criminal justice proceedings.
- Victims have the right to consult with the prosecuting attorney.
- Victims have the right to restitution.
- Victims have the right to a speedy trial.
- Victims have the right to be treated with fairness, dignity and respect.
- 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.
- Jail conditions.
- Jail layout and facility
- Staff and guards
- Commissary and food
- Visitation Days
- The other inmates – what are they like?
- Inmate safety
- Jail gangs
- Activities and programs
To get this information, you have to do a driving records search.
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On a Federal level, the FBI has their list of the Ten Most Wanted Fugitives. In Riverside County, the Sheriff keeps their own list of most wanted criminals and fugitives.
Life In Jail / What Its Like
While the prospect of serving a jail sentence in Riverside County Jail is quite unpleasant, soon you will get used to the routine that is set for you in jail. You will get an alarm to wake up at six in the morning, and then roll call. After roll call you will eat breakfast. Following breakfast participate 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 Riverside County Jail, your experiences would be welcomed, if it can help another person to deal with it.
When incarcerated, all inmates are expected to wear the Riverside 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 rules for sending funds to someone in jail at Riverside County Jail changes, so you should visit the site when you send money to an inmate.
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.
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.
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.
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.
News and Media
Photos / Pictures
Types of Jobs at Riverside County Jail
The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Riverside 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.
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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.
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Important Note: If you, or someone you know, are in immediate danger, call 911.
The Victim Rights Act grants victims the following rights:
The definition of victim includes:
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.
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.
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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.
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.
Reviews of this Jail
Have you ever been a prisoner at Riverside County Jail? Do you know anybody that spent time there? Have you ever been to visit someone at Riverside County Jail?
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Tell Your Story
Anyone who’s been in jail has some stories about their time ‘inside’. How’d you get locked up? Were you mistreated? How was day to day life at Riverside County Jail? What about the other inmates? How has this experience impacted your life?
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Send a Message to Your Cell Mate
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Links and Resources
Riverside County Jail Visitation Policy Link
Riverside County Jail Jail Mail Link
Locate an inmate at Riverside County Jail
Riverside County Warrants
Riverside County Jail Arrests
Send Funds to an Inmate at Riverside County Jail
Riverside County Jail Jobs