When men are arrested in Riverside County, they will be taken to theIndio Jail, theBlythe Jail, theRobert Presley Detention Center, theLarry D. Smith “Banning” Jail, or the Southwest Detention Center, depending on which facility is closest to the arrest location. Women are taken to Robert Presley or Larry D. Smith.
The Southwest Detention Center was established in 1992 but didn’t open its doors to accommodate inmates until 1993. Located in an area known as the French Valley, it sits in the southwest portion of Riverside County, adjacent to the cities of Temecula and Murrieta. It is also known as the Cois M. Byrd Detention Center.
And because the Jail is right next door to theSouthwest Sheriff’s Station/Temecula Police Department, both complexes together are known as the Southwest County Justice Center.
The Southwest Detention Center
- temporarilyhouses arrestees until they
- post bail,
- are released on their own recognizance (known as anO.R. release), or
- appear for theirarraignment,and
- houses convicted defendants who have been sentenced to incarceration.
In this article, ourRiverside County criminal defense attorneys1will explain the following:
- 1. Procedures on How to Post Bail for an Inmate at the Southwest Detention Center
- 1.1. Cash bail
- 1.2. Cashier’s checks
- 1.3. Bail bonds
- 2. How to Get Inmate Information
- 3. How to Contact an Inmate at the Riverside County Southwest Detention Center
- 4. The Southwest Detention Center’s Visiting Hours and Policies
- 4.1. Rules and restrictions
- 5. Rules and Regulations Regarding Mail Correspondence
- 5.1. Prohibited items
- 6. How to Put “Money on the Books” at the Southwest Detention Center
- 7. Inmate Services
- 8. The Procedures on “Return of Property” at the Southwest Detention Center
- 9. Work Release in Riverside County
If, after reading this article, you would like more information, we invite you to contact us at Shouse Law Group.
“Bail” refers to the amount of money that a defendant (or typically someone on his behalf) must pay in order to be released from jail
After an inmate has been booked into the Southwest Detention Center, his bail will be set by theRiverside County Bail Scheduleand is determined based on the crime(s) for which he was arrested.
“Bail” refers to the amount of money that a defendant (or typically someone on his behalf) must pay in order to be released from jail. It is intended to assure the arresting agency and court that the defendant will appear in court as expected.
If you pay (or “post”) bail…and the defendant attends all court appearances…the bail will be returned to you at the end of the case. If, however, the defendant does not attend all of his court appearances, he forfeits that money to the court.
The Riverside County Southwest Detention Center accepts three types of bail: cash bail, cashier’s checks and bail bonds (all of which are discussed in detail in our article onHow to Post Bail in California). And if you choose to post bail for an inmate, you may do so directly in the Jail lobby seven (7) days a week from 7:00am to 10:30pm.
If you elect to pay cash bail, you must pay the entire bail amount. If you do, the inmate will be released pending his arraignment.
If the inmate attends all of his court appearances, the bail will be returned at the conclusion of the criminal case (minus a small administrative fee). However, if the inmate does not attend all of those appearances, he forfeits that money to the court.
Cashier’s checks are a type of cash bail. This means that if you choose to post a cashier’s check, you must also post the entire bail amount. Checks do not need to be from California, but must be bank-drawn cashier’s checks made payable to theRiverside Superior Court. Cashier’s checks must list the booking number and full legal name of the inmate.
The inmate’s release could take a while to secure with a cashier’s check, since the Southwest Detention Center will not release an inmate until it can verify the funds. This means that if you post a cashier’s check after banking hours or on the weekend, the inmate may still have to wait quite some time before being released.
To ensure that the inmate is released the same day, you should post a cashier’s check by 4:00pm in order to allow the Jail to verify the funds before the close of business.
If the inmate doesn’t make those appearances, you will be liable for repaying the entire bail amount to the agent
Because most people don’t have the cash to post full bail, bail bonds are the most common way to bail someone out of jail. When you use a bail bond, you are only required to pay a nonrefundable maximum of 10% of the total bond…that is, assuming that the inmate attends all of his court appearances.
You obtain a bail bond from a bail bondsman (aka a bail agent). If the defendant makes all of his court appearances, you pay nothing on top of the 10%, but you do not get that 10% back…it is the bondsman’s nonrefundable fee. If the inmate doesn’t make those appearances, you will be liable for repaying the entire bail amount to the agent.
Local bail bondsmen advertise via the Internet and in the phone book. Make sure you verify the bondsman’s license and retain copies of any documents for your records.
∗NOTE: After you post bail, you should immediately consult with one of our experienced Riverside criminal defense attorneys who can help you schedule abail hearingto hopefully reduce or even waive the inmate’s bail.
If you wish to obtain information on an inmate incarcerated at the Southwest Detention Center, you may call the facility directly at (951) 696-3050 or you may visit theRiverside County Sheriff’s Department’s inmate information website.
You must provide the inmate’s full name and date of birth before a deputy will give you information about a specific inmate.
You may also wantcase informationabout an inmate. Typically, inmates who are being held in custody must be arraigned within two (2) days of being arrested. At that point, the judge will either continue the arraignment or will set the case for apre-trial hearing. If you wish to look upcase informationor upcoming court dates for an inmate or defendant being housed at the Southwest Detention Center, visit theRiverside County case information website.
When an inmate is booked into the Southwest Detention Center, he is permitted to make one free outgoing phone call. After that, he is only allowed to place outgoing calls that are either collect or paid with a prepaid calling card. Inmates are not allowed to receive incoming calls.
If you would like to send an inmate a prepaid calling card, you may send the inmate money in accordance with the policies set forth underSection 6. How to Put Money “On the Books”so that he can purchase a card at the Jail’s commissary.
When you have a loved one at the Detention Center, you may want to contact your local telephone carrier to make sure that collect and calling card calls are not blocked on your telephone plan.
Fortunately, the telephone isn’t the only way to contact an inmate at the facility. You can also visit an inmate in person or correspond via mail. Both of these options are discussed in the next two sections.
The Riverside County Southwest Detention Center is located at
30755-B Auld Road
Murrieta, CA 92563
Inmates at the Southwest Detention Center are allowed to have two (2) visits per week. Both visits can be on the same day, as long as one is in the morning and one is in the evening. Visits are limited to approximately 45 minutes in length.
All visits must be scheduled ahead of time. If you are planning on visiting an inmate, you must arrange the visit 24 hours in advance by calling (951) 696-3470 from 9:00am to 5:00pm.
The Southwest Detention Center is open to visitors from 8:00am to 10:00pm seven (7) days a week. However, each unit within the Jail has its own visiting hours, which means you should call (951) 696-3050 or review theJail’s visiting hours websitebefore scheduling a visit. Check-in begins 30 minutes before the visit start time and ends 10 minutes before the visit start time.
Only one adult (18 years or older) visitor is allowed per inmate due to social distancing protocols.
Attorneys and members of the clergy are not bound by these visiting hours. Attorneys are permitted to visit during regular business hours and clergy visits are arranged within the Jail’s chaplain’s office.
Visitors are not permitted to bring anything to the inmates
All visitors of the Riverside County Southwest Detention Center must present a valid government issued photo I.D. card, such as
- a California driver’s license,
- a California identification card,
- a U.S. Passport,
- an alien registration card, or
- a U.S. military card.
The only items visitors may bring into the visiting area include a set of car keys and a baby bottle (when an infant is brought into the facility).
Visitors are not permitted to bring anything to the inmates. Additionally, visitors are prohibited from bringing
- firearms or any other type of object that could be used to injure another person,
- alcohol or illegal substances,
- drinks, or
into the visiting area. Inherently illegal items will be seized, and the owner will be subject to arrest. Prohibited items will be confiscated.
Similarly, anyone who commits a criminal act while at the facility will be subject to arrest and prosecution. And all visitors are subject to a search andwarrantcheck prior to entering the Jail.
In addition, anyone who doesn’t conform to the Southwest Detention Center’s dress code will be denied entrance. This means that anyone whose clothing exhibits any
- gang-related images,
- sexually suggestive images, or
- pictures or writing that may be offensive to another person,
or anyone who is dressed too provocatively will not be able to visit an inmate. The bottom line is that the staff at the Riverside County Jail reserves the right to deny entry to anyone they believe may pose a security threat to the staff or the inmates.
Inmates at the Southwest Detention Center are permitted to send and receive an unlimited number of letters each day. If you wish to send mail to an inmate housed at this facility, send it to
[Inmate’s name and booking number]
Southwest Detention Center
30755-B Auld Road
Murrieta, CA 92563
Be sure to include a return address because, if you do not, your mail will not be delivered. Similarly, any mail that is stained or dirty will be returned to sender as contaminated.
All mail will be inspected to make sure that it does not contain
- any contraband (inherently illegal or prohibited items, described below),
- escape plans,
- criminal conspiracies, or
- any other type of threat or compromise to the security of the Jail, staff or inmates.
Mail that contains any of the following will not be delivered to the inmates at the Riverside County Southwest Detention Center:
- more than 10 photographs at a time,
- photos that contain nudity, sexual undertones, violence or gang-related images,
- mail written in gel-type ink, crayon, lipstick, or containing glue or “white-out” correction fluid,
- odor-causing substances like cologne or perfume,
- instant photos, stickers, labels or stamps of any kind,
- pens, plastic, glitter, tape, stationary, envelopes, “post-its”, craft materials, ribbon, parchment paper, black paper, staples or paperclips,
- “care” packages, flowers, candy,
- phone cards, greeting cards or postcards, or
- cash or personal checks (althoughU.S. Postal Service money ordersare okay),
- hardback or leather-bound books, or
- any paperback books that are not mailed directly from the publisher or from a verifiable and reputable Internet/mail order company or bookstore and that are delivered in any manner other than via theU.S. Postal Service.
If you wish to send an inmate a newspaper…and it is not delivered directly from the publisher by mail…it must be delivered to the Jail by an employee of the publisher, clearly marked with the inmate’s name.
Inmates at the Riverside County Southwest Detention Center are allowed to have in-house money accounts to make purchases at the Jail’s commissary. Such purchases may include snacks, drinks, cosmetics or hygiene items and writing materials.
Whatever money is in the inmate’s possession at the time of booking will be placed into his account (as long as it was not stored as evidence relating to the arrest). And in addition to this money, anyone else may deposit money into an inmate’s account in one of two ways.
If you wish to deposit money in person, you may do so in the Jail lobby seven (7) days a week from 7:00am – 4:00pm and from 6:15pm – 9:00pm. The Detention Center accepts cash or a U.S. Postal Service money order for the exact amount you wish to deposit. The Jail will not provide change.
If you wish to mail money, the only method of payment that will be accepted is a U.S. Postal Service money order that includes the inmate’s name and booking number.
Any other form of payment will be returned to the sender.
The Riverside County Southwest Detention Center offers a number of inmate services
The Riverside County Southwest Detention Center offers a number of inmate services which are typically used by convicted defendants who have been sentenced to serve their jail time at this facility (as opposed to the new arrestees awaiting bail or arraignment).
Some of these services include:
- psychological counseling services,
- work opportunities for inmates who have demonstrated good behavior (such as working in the kitchen),
- religious counseling and services run by a variety of religious chaplains,
- recreational facilities,
- a library, and
- a commissary.
Although the facility offers some drug / alcohol counseling, defendants who are in need of severe drug treatment programs are typically transferred to the Larry D. Smith “Banning” Jail.
When an inmate is booked into the Southwest Detention Center, his belongings are collected and stored. This property is returned to the inmate once he is released. Alternatively, an inmate can designate another person to claim that property (with the exception of clothing and money) by filling out a property release form. Clothing and money will remain in storage until the inmate is released from the Jail.
That said, there is an exception where money is concerned. An inmate may designate someone to withdraw money from his account within 24 hours of booking. But after the 24-hour period expires, that money will only be released
- when the inmate is released, or
- pursuant to a court order.
Anyonepicking upproperty must bring valid identification (listed above underSection 4. Visiting Hours and Policies). This does not need to be arranged ahead of time and can be done at the time of the visit.
If you wish todrop offcourt clothing or prescription medication or wish to have an inmate sign checks or other legal documents, contact the Riverside County Southwest Detention Center directly at (951) 696-3050 Monday through Friday from 7:00am to 4:00pm to make the appropriate arrangements. Once you arrive, check in at the Jail’s lobby for assistance.
If you are sentenced to serve time at the Riverside County Southwest Detention Center, your skilled Riverside criminal defense attorney may be able to convince the judge to allow you to participate in a work release program instead.
Non-violent, low-risk offenders who are eligible to participate in this program work between two (2) and five (5) days a week at an assigned job site where they perform eight (8) to ten (10) hours of labor a day in lieu of one (1) day of jail time.
For more information about Riverside County work release, you can contact the department directly at (951) 922-7330.
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1Our Riverside criminal defense attorneys’ offices are located at 4480 Main Street, Riverside, CA 92501. We also have local offices in Hemet, Palm Springs, Rancho Cucamonga and San Bernardino. And our Los Angeles criminal defense lawyers have local law offices in Beverly Hills, Burbank, Lancaster, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Pasadena, Pomona, Torrance, Van Nuys, West Covina, and Whittier.
You can send money through the mail, using a US Postal Money Order. Remember to put the name and booking number of the inmate for whom you are depositing money, on the front of the money order. Cash and checks are not accepted through the mail and will be returned marked “Return to Sender.”
Money can be deposited by using the kiosks in the lobby of the jail facilities. You can deposit the money at any facility regardless of where the inmate is housed as long as the inmate is in the custody of the Riverside County Sheriff's Department. Cash or credit card is accepted in the kiosk.
2. How to Get Inmate Information. If you wish to obtain information on an inmate incarcerated at the Riverside County Jail, you may call the Jail directly at (951) 955-4500, or you may visit the Riverside County Sheriff's Department's inmate information website.
Special housing units help ensure the safety, security, and orderly operation of correctional facilities, and protect the public, by providing alternative housing assignments for inmates removed from the general population.
What Is CorrLinks? CorrLinks is the official email system used by the Bureau of Prisons to allow federal inmates to communicate with people on the outside. Inmates have to pay in order to use CorrLinks. However, the service is free to those on the outside if the inmate is within the Federal Bureau of Prisons.
Ways to order:
Online: vajailpackages.com. Phone: 1-800-546-6283. Mail: Access Securepak (VA), 10880 Linpage Place, St. Loius, MO 63132.
Corrective Services NSW (CSNSW) has made it easier to deposit money into inmate accounts by using BPAY or by making a deposit at a post office. Cash, cheque and money order deposits are not accepted at any correctional centres.
If an inmate asks you to put “money on his book” so he can make commissary purchases there are several ways you can do it; You can MAIL in a money order or cash. We highly recommend that you don't send cash through the mail. Personal checks are not accepted.
- Call 1-800-CALL-CASH® (1-800-225-5227).
- Follow the prompts and provide the requested information. You'll need the correctional facility name, inmate's name, inmate's account number and the send amount.
- Save your tracking number (MTCN) as proof of payment.
Dwelling Unit (or Housing Unit): A building or portion of a building arranged for an intended for occupancy as an independent living facility for one family, including permanent provisions for cooking. Unit (or Housing Unit): Residential space for the private use of a family.
Inmates may be held in restrictive housing for their protection or for the safety of other inmates. They may be held while awaiting classification or reclassification, while awaiting transfer to another facility or unit within a facility, or while awaiting a hearing or as a sanction for violating a facility rule.
Inmates may be placed in SHU for Administrative Detention or for Disciplinary Segregation (see the Program Statement for Special Housing Units for more information).
For information about locating, contacting, visiting and corresponding with California's prison inmates use the Inmate Locator or call the Identification Unit at (916) 445-6713.
A: SP3 means that there was a sentence to State Prison and all the inmate's paperwork has been processed and he/she waiting for transportation to the Department of Corrections. Once the inmate has left County jail, the release information section will show the date and time they were sent.
Railroad Transportation and Operation Agreement. RTOA.
The GettingOut Android mobile app is the easiest way to stay connected with an incarcerated loved one or friend.
Over the last year, the prison technology company JPay has parachuted into prisons across the state with a stunning pitch: giving every inmate one of its tablets — which usually cost $69.99 — free of charge.
- Enter a valid incarcerated ID.
- Select the correct incarcerated individual from the list you will be provided.
- Provide us with your email and password.
- Enter your billing information as it appears on your card statement.
Amazon.com makes deliveries to prisons. However, we recommend that you contact the prison first to confirm that they accept deliveries and to ask about any special policies they have. The label on the outside of the package should only state the destination address, Amazon.com company name, and return address.
Address the envelope.
On the first line, write the inmate's name and booking number. On the second line, write the physical address of the jail, or the P.O. box where the jail accepts inmate mail. On the third line, write the city, state, and zip code.
Inmates can have up to 10 photographs per envelope. The photos can be as large as 8"x10" but must not contain nudity, hand gestures, tattoos, or anything illegal or gang related. Whenever sending photos to an inmate it is a good idea to write the inmates name and ID number in pen on the reverse side of the photo.
Log in to your GettingOut account. Click on the “Deposit” link on the left-hand side or the My Account tab and then “Deposit.” Choose the inmate you'd like to receive funds, the payment method and the amount. You can also set up recurring deposits for your convenience.
You can send money via Western Union by using the Internet, by phone or by a Walk-in Cash Payment. The website for internet is www.westernunion.com/corrections. The phone number for phone quick collect is 1-800-634-3422.
- Cash App.
- Apple Cash.
- Google Pay.
- Samsung Pay Cash.
Funds go to the detainee's commissary account. To deposit money in a detained person's phone account, call 1-866-348-6231 or go online at www.talton.com. You'll need your loved one's A number.
Voicemail. To leave a voicemail for an inmate, Friends and family can now leave inmates a voice mail message up to 3 minutes for about $1.25 (may vary slightly). Just call 1-866-516-0115 and follow the prompts.
With the GettingOut Visits app, it's easy to visit anytime, anywhere from your mobile device! IT'S A VIDEO CALL: Remote video visits are an easy, instant way to connect with your incarcerated friend or loved one. This service will allow you to make a video call to an inmate, just like Skype or FaceTime.
There is NO legitimate reason for an offender to request that their family and friends place money on a Cash App Account for purchases inside the prison.
The agency has an annual budget of approximately $8 billion, primarily devoted to three operational directorates — Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) and Office of the Principal Legal Advisor (OPLA).
Federal law says that state and local law enforcement authorities may only hold persons on immigration detainers for 48 hours after the completion of their jail time.
A: If ICE does not assume custody after 48 hours (excluding weekends and holidays), the local law enforcement agency (LEA) is required to release the individual. The LEA may not lawfully hold an individual beyond the 48-hour period.
New apps like Paypal and Zelle make it easy to send money to friends and family in a matter of minutes, with no fees. Western Union and MoneyGram can be used to send money to a different city, state, or country for a fee.
Depositing a big amount of cash that is $10,000 or more means your bank or credit union will report it to the federal government. The $10,000 threshold was created as part of the Bank Secrecy Act, passed by Congress in 1970, and adjusted with the Patriot Act in 2002.
- Zelle. Zelle can be used online, through the Zelle mobile app or through participating banks' online banking platforms. ...
- PayPal. PayPal lets you send, request or collect money online or with the PayPal app. ...
- Venmo. ...
- Western Union. ...
ICE can put an immigration “hold” or “detainer” on you if you are deportable. If ICE puts a hold on you, ICE will likely pick you up from the jail. To allow ICE to do this, the jail will probably keep you for up to 48 hours after the time you are supposed to be released.
An ICE hold is a request to a jail regarding someone in custody. The request asks the jail to notify ICE when the person will be released, and to hold the person for an extra 48 hours so that ICE has an opportunity to come get them.
Report an Immigration Violation
Or call 1-866-347-2423 (in the U.S., Mexico, or Canada) or 1-802-872-6199 (from other countries). See a complete guide to Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) from ICE and a 2016 report on removal statistics.