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Colusa County Jail

Posted on October 21st, 2011 by Tonya Page

General Information

Colusa County Jail
929 Bridge St.
Colusa, CA 95932
Bail Bonds in Colusa County

The Colusa County jail houses both sentenced and pre-trial inmates and is rated to hold up to 92 inmates at one time.  The Sheriff’s Department is responsible for administering the facility with a staff of eight correctional officers, one jail commander, one sergeant, and three corporals.

A variety of programs within the facility are made available to the inmates.  These include religious, medical, dental, and mental health services as well as Alcoholics Anonymous.  School programs and work furlough is also available.

Visiting Colusa County Jail

Jail Oversight Committee Approved for LA County

Posted on October 19th, 2011 by Tonya Page

Just weeks after an FBI investigation into abuse allegations at Los Angeles County Jails, as well as reports by the LA Times and other organizations, county supervisors have voted to approve an outside jail oversight committee to oversee the troubled corrections system.

This vote may be viewed as a blow to Los Angeles County Sheriff, Lee Baca, who felt that there was no basis for the FBI’s investigation. He has, however, admitted that he has not done a good job of watching over the country’s biggest prison system.

Sheriff Baca did not attend the meeting with county supervisors.

An outside monitor made several recommendations, which were backed by Supervisor Gloria Molina. These include Read more »

How Long Does it Take to Post a Bail Bond?

Posted on October 16th, 2011 by Tonya Page

Today’s question comes from Yahoo! Answers, where this was chosen as “Best Answer” by the “Asker”, Darrell.

Question:  How long will it take a bail bondsman to post a bail bond?

Answer:  That is a very good question and how fast the bail bonds process can be completed is top amongst the concerns of our clients.

Time to post a bond is primarily dependent upon the jail.  In general, the smaller local jails will accept a bond in a couple of  hours.  The larger jails, such as the Los Angeles County Jail (which is the world’s largest jail), can take up to 12-24 hours for processing before the bond will be accepted.

There are several other factors as well: the need for the arrestee to be interviewed by detectives (or not), meal times, shift changes in jail staff,  “counting times” (when every inmate is actually counted by the staff), potential problems with the computer systems, the number of other arrestees waiting to be booked and processed, etc.

In terms of the bondsman getting the bail bond posted, that is usually the quicker part of the process. However, I have personally sat at a jail for over an hour waiting for the jailer to come out and accept a bond.


Calaveras County Jail

Posted on October 14th, 2011 by Tonya Page

General Information

Calaveras County Jail
891 Mountain Ranch Rd.
San Andreas, CA 95249
Bail Bonds in Calaveras County

The facility opened in 1963, and up unitl 1983 the sheriff’s deputies worked on shift rotations in order to oversee the jail operations.  After 1983, correctional officers were assigned to maintaining the supervision of the jail population. The jail has facing a growing population, additions have been made in order to accommodate the growth.

Anyone arrested in Calaveras County will likely be taken to the Calaveras County Jail for booking and processing.   This process will consist of  fingerprinting and photographs, background checks, as well as a  nationwide warrant search.  The booking process can take approximately 2 to 4 hours, depending how busy the jail is at the time.

Visting Hours and Regulations

Sunday: Read more »

LA County Sheriff Proposes $1.4 Billion Jail Plan

Posted on October 12th, 2011 by Tonya Page

The Chief Executive along with Sheriff Lee Baca pitched a plan to demolish and rebuild the LA County Men’s Central Jail (commonly known as the Twin Towers Jail) and build a new women’s detention facility at Pitchness Detention Center. The estimated cost for this plan is $1.4 billion.

According to William Fujioka, the top executive for LA County, the new plan will “allow the Sheriff’s Department to better manage the fluctuating and volatile inmate populations in the county’s jail facilities and address jail conditions cited by the US District Court.

Los Angeles County houses the highest inmate population in the country and now has to comply with the ruling set by the Supreme Court to improve conditions of the jails and reduce the number of inmates.

The proposed plans will Read more »

LAPD’s Foothill Division Headquarters Celebrates Golden Anniversary

Posted on October 9th, 2011 by Tonya Page

Approximately 100 people came out to celebrate the 50th annicersaty of the LAPD’s Foothill Division on Saturday, partaking in food, drink and to reminisce in nostalgic memories of years past.

The station, which includes an onsite jail, services the communities of La Tuna Canyon, Lake View Terrace,  Pacoima, Shadow Hills, Sun Valley, Sunland and Tujunga, was a lot different in its early years, retirees said, noting that drugs, guns and concern about heavily armed suspects were non-existent.

People in those days submitted to arrest,” Retired Sgt. Phillip Siegal told the Contra Costa Times (CCT). “You say, ‘You’re under arrest’, put handcuffs on them, they went.  They didn’t challenge you to fight, they didn’t try to pull a gun or knife on you.

Retired Officer Jerry Jorgensen also spoke with the CCT, noting “There was no drugs on the street in our days.  Now, you might stop someone with a truck full of cocaine.

First opened on Sept. 1, 1961, the station recently Read more »

California Inmates Transferred to County Jails

Posted on October 7th, 2011 by Tonya Page

The LAPD and the LA Sheriff’s Department are suddenly finding themselves a bit more stretched. Mandated under the Public Safety Realignment Act of 2011, each of California’s 58 counties, including Los Angeles, will need to take responsibility of certain current and future state prisoners within their jurisdiction.  The Act, also known as AB109, went into effect on Oct. 1.

Under the direction of the Act, non-serious, non-violent and non-sex offenders (known as “non-non-non”) will now serve out their sentences in county jails instead of in state prisons.

Los Angeles Impact

LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Los Angeles Police Department Chief Charlie Beck, and other city officials point to increased expenses to the city, including the need to hire additional officers.  Additional gang intervention and prevention personnel will also need to be trained, points out Los Angeles gang expert Connie Rice.

Response times for 911 services may also increase, Beck said.

For the average citizen, the question may be “why?”.

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) suggests that approximately 7,000 inmates currently sentenced to serve time in state prisons will now be housed within the Los Angels County Jail System.

According to an Aug. 2011 report prepared by the County of Los Angeles Community Corrections Partnership (CCP), the CRCR also projects that “approximately 9,000 offenders will Read more »

What Is An Arraignment Hearing?

Posted on October 7th, 2011 by Tonya Page

When someone is arrested, they will attend an arraignment hearing. This is where they will be informed of the charges against them and enter a plea of guilty or not guilty. For those who have never had to deal with a criminal proceeding, the arraignment procedure can be somewhat confusing.

Here are the reasons for arraignment hearings:

  • Arraignment hearings were an important part of criminal proceedings historically due to the fact that many defendant’s couldn’t read. The District Attorney would Read more »

Amador County Jail

Posted on October 6th, 2011 by Tonya Page

General Information

Amador County Jail
700 Cout St.
Jackson, CA 95642
Bail Bonds for Amador County

The Amador County Jail houses Both pre-trial and sentenced inmates. All inmates are provided with adequate care.  As an effort to better themselves they are given the opportunity to serve the community. The facility has the capacity to house up to 76 inmates at one time.

Visiting Amador County Jail

The Amador County Jail allows inmates Read more »

San Mateo County to Construct Bigger Jail

Posted on October 5th, 2011 by Tonya Page

County elected officials in San Mateo have voted to build a bigger San Mateo County Jail. Members of the County Board of Supervisors approved the measure in a 4-1 vote on Tuesday, allowing Sheriff Greg Munks to move forward with the proposal. County officials estimate the cost to build the new detention facility will run between $145 million and $160 million.

Although Supervisor Dave Pine had warned that construction of the new jail would put additional stress on a county already facing a $50 million deficit, proponents of the plan pointed out that up to $100 million in state grant funding could be sought.

Pine said that instead of building a bigger jail that the larger focus should be on keeping people out of custody. Sheriff Munks, however pointed out that the current jail is running approximately 30 percent over its intended capacity.  Because of that, he said, additional space was needed.

At its completion the new, three-story Redwood City Jail will Read more »

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