San Luis Obispo County Jail is in San Luis Obispo County, California and is the correctional facility for that area. Know someone in jail at San Luis Obispo County Jail? This guide tells you about anything related to San Luis Obispo County Jail,like: Find an inmate at San Luis Obispo County Jail. Find mugshots. The jail’s address and phone number. Bail and how to get out of jail. San Luis Obispo County Jail intake procedures. San Luis Obispo County court information. And much more…
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The thought of going to jail is a scary and stressful thought, not only for the person who is incarcerated, but also their friends and family. The goal of this guide is to offer information and tips you need to make the process less stressful. If you have a specific question, please feel free to ask it, and any comments or tips that would help other people in the same situation is appreciated.
San Luis Obispo County Jail
1585 Kansas Ave.
San Luis Obispo, CA 93405
Phone Number and Fax Number
Map and Directions
Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail
Do you have a family member, loved one, or friend in jail and want to contact them?
Has a family member or friend that’s been arrested and you want to locate them?
To see who’s in jail at San Luis Obispo County Jail you will need to click on their website and use the inmate search.
The San Luis Obispo County Jail Inmate Roster is a list of persons who were arrested and are now in jail, which includes status, how much their bail is, and times you can visit. You can also get info on anybody arrested and booked or released within the past 24 hours. Prisoners are listed in alphabetical order by last name. You can locate their arrest information more quickly if you’ve got your friend or family member’s first and last name, birth date, or inmate ID Number.
If your friend or loved one is at another jail you should look here: California County Jails Directory
A mugshot, also known as a intake photograph, is a photo that the police take when you are booked into jail. A mugshot is actually one frontal photo and a profile photo. Your full name and booking number will be on the pictures, and they will be stored.
Mugshots of inmates are online, or you can view them at the San Luis Obispo County Jail. When you search for mugshots on the website you will need to put in the first and last name, and a booking date, if you have one.
How To Get Your Mugshot Removed
Are you trying to have your mugshot removed from the San Luis Obispo County Jail site? This may not be possible, as your mugshot is a matter of public record. To get your mugshot taken down you need to file a ‘Petition to Expunge’. This means that all of your arrest records would be sealed, and will not be accessible. Depending on your situation, this may be a longshot.
Read our in-depth tutorial about removing your mugshot, the many different mugshot sites, and the websites that offer to remove your mugshot for you: How To Get Your Mugshot Taken Down
Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail
Obviously, once you are arrested and put in jail, your primary thought is about when and how you will get out. After you’ve gone through booking, a bail amount is decided either through a preset bail schedule or a magistrate. If you don’t get a bail set this might mean that you will either be free to go until your court date, or you are kept in jail until your court date.
If you do bail out of jail you must promise to be there for your court date, and you will not be permitted to leave the area.
Typically, inmates at San Luis Obispo County Jail are given time off for good behavior if they don’t break the rules and conduct themselves properly while they’re in jail.
If you prove to be trustworthy, you might be given work release detail. You will either have to go back to the jail at the end of the day when you’re finished working, or you could have the chance to sleep in a halfway house instead of jail, so it is kind of like an early release.
Bail is the amount of money that you will be required to pay to get out of jail pending trial. The amount you will have to pay all depends on how serious your crime is. You will have to pay 10 percent of the total amount set so you are able to be released from jail. If you fail to show up for your court appearance, that person will not get their money back.
Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is
To find out someone’s bail amount you will have to call the San Luis Obispo County Jail or the County Courthouse. If you’ve got the pertinent information, such as name, address and date of birth, they will tell you the bail amount. Also, you can find out how much their bail is on the jail website.
How To Bail Someone Out of Jail
Posting bail to get out of jail is an unpleasant situation, but most of the time, it is really easy. First of all, you have to find out if it is a Cash Only Bond situation. If this is the case, you can’t use the services of a bail bondsman. They only accept cash at the jail, so you have to take cash – the jail will not accept checks. Once you have paid the bond, the prisoner will be discharged. If this person doesn’t violate any of the terms of their release, 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 a bail bondsman. They will generally charge you a fee of 10 to 15 percent of the bail amount, and usually have a minimum of $100. The money you pay to the bail bondsman is non-refundable and has to be paid in cash. If the bail has been set really high, the bail bondsman will in most cases require that they use assets as collateral in addition to the fee they charge.
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In the state of California bail amounts are set by the California Felony Bail Schedule, but keep in mind that the judge or magistrate has the last word on how much your bail will be. The California Felony Bail Schedule contains every crime included in state law and the specific bail amount for each of the crimes.
Other Ways to Get Out of Jail
- Get Time Off For Good Behavior
- Work Release
- Get Out For Time Served
- Be Released on a Pre-Trial Release Program
- House Arrest
- Own Recognizance
Jail Policies and Procedures
Intake Procedures / Booking
The jail intake process includes each of the following steps:
- You will be placed 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 will have to answer some basic questions, like your full name, address, date of birth and contact person.
- They’ll also ask you about your medical and mental history.
- You will be issued an inmate ID number.
- You will be fingerprinted.
- You will get your mugshot taken.
- All of your personal property will be taken away from you and stored until you get discharged from jail.
- They will let you make a phone call so you can call family, friends, or bail bondsman.
- If you think you will get released quickly, you might get to keep wearing your own clothes, otherwise you will be given a jail uniform – the jumpsuit.
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Once bail has been posted, you will get discharged from jail. Getting discharged from jail will take anywhere between 30 minutes to quite a few hours. In simple terms, the faster bail is posted, the quicker you can get released from jail. It also might depend on if you have a cash bond amount or if the magistrate has to decide on your bail amount. For minor charges, you will be booked and then released on your recognizance without having to pay bail. When you get to the end of your sentence and know the release date, expect to be released that morning.
How To Turn Yourself In
If the sheriff has a, or if you have to start your sentence, you really should follow the law and turn yourself in. If it is for a warrant, report to the jail, and tell the intake officer that believe that there could be an outstanding warrant for your arrest. The officer will verify that you have an outstanding arrest warrant, and if there is one, you will be taken into custody. If you are reporting to serve out your sentence, go to the jail at the time and date that the sentence order lists. Be very careful that you aren’t late. Make sure that you only bring approved items when you go, like a driver’s license or your ID, any prescription medication you might take, along with your doctor’s prescription, as well as a sentencing order from court.
In order to have visitors, inmates must provide each visitor’s full name to the jail before anyone can visit them. Your visitors will be put into the visitation log for the inmate that requested the visitor. Each and every visitor will have to provide acceptable photo identification when visiting an inmate. Any visitors that gets to visitation or that is not an approved visitor will be turned away.
The San Luis Obispo County Jail visitation procedures frequently change, so you should visit the official jail site before go to the jail to visit an inmate.
Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy
The only phone calls that inmates are allowed to make are collect calls or through a pre-paid phone account. These phone calls are typically more expensive than phone calls made at home. There is no limit to 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 break the jail rules, phone calls might get cut back or forbidden.
The San Luis Obispo County Jail phone number is: 805-781-4600
Sending Mail to Inmates
Any mail that you send to an inmate is required to be mailed using the US Postal Service. You cannot use any other form of delivery. You have to clearly print the inmate’s name, inmate number, and jail address on the envelope. Don’t send anything in a box or package, envelope with padding, plastic bag, or an envelope with metal in it. All mail received by the jail is opened and examined by the jail administration, and the mail will get returned to the sender if they decide it is inappropriate.
The mailing address for San Luis Obispo County Jail is:
San Luis Obispo County Jail
1585 Kansas Ave.
San Luis Obispo, CA 93405
Here is how you should address the letter:
[INMATE’S FULL NAME]
San Luis Obispo County Jail
1585 Kansas Ave.
San Luis Obispo, CA 93405
The inmate mail policy at San Luis Obispo County Jail changes frequently, so we suggest that you visit the the San Luis Obispo County Jail website when you send a letter to an inmate there.
Get A Lawyer
Even if you’ve been arrested, you still have certain rights, and an important one is that you have the right to request an attorney. You don’t get to make many phone calls when you get arrested, so make sure to ask a friend or family member to find an attorney when you talk to them. You might be thinking ‘I don’t have to get a lawyer – I can just represent myself’ You are not required to have an attorney for some criminal charges, an attorney can advise you of your rights, look after your best interests and guide you through the legal system that you are now faced with. The sooner you hire a lawyer to represent you and work on your case, the better off you’ll be.
For more info on the benefits of and how to hire an attorney, click: Find an Attorney
If you cannot afford an attorney, you will be given a public defender for a lawyer. Also, the Public Defender’s Office is staffed by independent investigators, crime scene and forensics experts as well as social workers. Public Defenders are licensed attorneys who are admitted to the California State Bar Association and are legally licensed to represent you in court and practice law.
Have you or someone you know used the services of a Public Defender? Do you think that they did a good job of defending you?
San Luis Obispo County court records are public records and are available upon request. They include a case file with a docket and each of the documents in the case. You have the ability to access court records via the internet service, or by going to the Clerk’s office of the Court.
Clerk of Court
The Clerk of Court is an official part of the court that manages court records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath when court is in session, and read the jury’s verdict. All court records from your court case are kept and available to you at Clerk of Court.
Court fees are the fees and charges associated with your case, such as filing charges, motion and claim fees, and court appearance fees. If you are low income and have a court appointed attorney, you may not have to pay them.
The magistrate acts as the judge that presides over your court case. Magistrates do different tasks, which include setting your bail amount, issuing warrants for arrest, and presiding over first court appearances and detention proceedings.
A defendant’s pre-sentencing report is prepared to include the defendant’s background information and information about the arrestee’s life and history, which the magistrate will take into account when determining your sentence. Information and personal details will be solicited from the defendant, their family, and in some cases the victim. Be sure to remember you are able to ask to see your own copy of your pre-sentencing report before you are sentenced, so you get the chance to correct any mistakes that it contains.
If you get convicted of a crime, you will be sentenced. There are a number of different options, including community service and probation, to even incarceration in jail or prison. Depending on sentencing guidelines and the severity of your crime, you will either be locked up immediately, or you could be given a date that you are supposed to go to jail to serve your jail term according to your sentence.
Do you want to find out if some you know is currently in jail, or has gone to jail in the past?
To do this, just visit the jail’s website, and search using:
- Their name.
- Birth date.
- Their booking date if you know it.
- and their jail inmate ID.
If you’re not sure if this person is in jail, you should call the jail get confirmation.
If you have a warrant out for your arrest, you can find out by checking the arrest warrants online or you can 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 one of the officers. 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 the person’s name, and possibly an arrest date, contact the jail, by phone, in person, or check online. Arrest records are public record and this information is freely available.
A Civil Process is when someone has been served with papers, like , subpoenas, and arrest warrants. You can access civil process orders by contacting the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s office, either by phone or through their website.
Sex Offender Search / Lookup
All convicted sex offenders are registered and listed on the sex offender databases required by the area they live in. The people on these databases have been convicted in a court of law of a sex or kidnapping crime. You can access these offenders online, but bear in mind that you can’t find the precise address, just the block of the address that they registered.
Court Records are public records. They include a court case file that contains a docket sheet and all of the documents filed in the case. You are able to access the court records via the internet, or at Clerk of Court in the county where the case was filed.
Every state maintains records of someone’s criminal background. These online databases are all linked and you can track criminal convictions from another state. Go to the San Luis Obispo County Courthouse and inquire, or check online. It is helpful to know the county the crime was committed in, and if the crime was in a totally different state, you may have to pay a fee for a more comprehensive search.
A search of someone’s criminal history you will be able to find out if someone has been arrested, charged, or convicted for crimes, which include:
- Drug Possession of Drug Trafficking.
- Sex offenses which could include rape, and sexual assault.
- Violent crimes like assault or murder.
- Breaking and entering, theft, larceny.
But, when you do a criminal records check, you generally won’t see if someone had:
- Speeding tickets.
- Lost their driver’s license or license revoked or suspended.
- Traffic accidents.
- Other moving violations.
- Parking Tickets.
- You must be over the age of 21.
- You must possess a High School Diploma or GED
- You must be a US Citizen.
- You must pass a Criminal, Credit and Driving History background check.
- You must pass a drug test.
- You must have a good level of fitness.
- You must be in good health.
- You must have a valid Driver’s License
- An applicant for Deputy Sheriff must possess a Law Enforcement Certification.
- 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.
- 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
- Jail staff and Guards
- Commissary and food
- Prisoner safety
- Prisoner programs and activities
To find this kind of information, you have to do a driving records search.
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The FBI has a list of the Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In San Luis Obispo County, the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Department keeps their own list of most wanted criminals and fugitives.
Life In Jail / What Its Like
Everyone knows that being incarcerated in San Luis Obispo County Jail is no fun, eventually you will become accustomed to the daily routine. Prisoners get an alarm to wake up every morning at six in the morning, and next you’ll have roll call. After roll call you will get breakfast. Following breakfast you will have 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 San Luis Obispo 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 San Luis Obispo 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 money to someone in jail is likely to change, so we suggest that you double check the official website when you send funds 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.
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Types of Jobs at San Luis Obispo County Jail
The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the San Luis Obispo 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.
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.
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 San Luis Obispo County Jail? Do you know anybody there? Have you ever visited a prisoner there?
If yes, then you should write your review about it. Write down what you experienced because others will know what to expect.
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Tell Your Story
Everybody who’s been arrested and thrown 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 San Luis Obispo County Jail? How did you get along with the other inmates? How did it affect you to go to jail?
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Links and Resources
San Luis Obispo County Jail Visitation Policy Link
San Luis Obispo County Jail Jail Mail Policy Link
San Luis Obispo County Jail Inmate Search
San Luis Obispo County Jail Warrant Inquiry
San Luis Obispo County Jail Arrest Lookup
Send Money to an Inmate at San Luis Obispo County Jail
Jobs at San Luis Obispo County Jail