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Nevada County Jail

Posted on May 16th, 2011 by Tonya Page

General Information

Wayne Brown Correctional Facility
925 Maidu Ave.
Nevada City, CA 95959
Phone: 530-265-1291
Bail Bonds for Wayne Brown Jail Correctional Facility

Nevada County Jail is also known as Wayne Brown Correctional Facility.  The jail houses maximum, medium, and minimum security inmates.  It will hold up to 250 people and can be expaned to hold 450.  The facility is used to hold anyone pending court dates and for those that are being sentenced 1 year or less. 

Visiting Nevada County Jail

Tuesday – Friday 1/2 hour visit per day. 

Will I Get My Premium Back From My Bail Bondman?

Posted on May 11th, 2011 by Tonya Page

Today’s Ask the Bondsman question comes from “Yahoo Answers”, where we regularly answer questions pertaining to bail.

Question:  Will I get my premium back from my bail bondsman?

 Answer: That’s a great question — one that we hear often as a bondsmen, both from our clients and others.

First, you should be aware that in California the bail industry is regulated by the California Department of Insurance.  Other states have different regulatory bodies, but all states that offer bail have regulation. In California, by law, you do not get the bail premium back after the case is complete. In order to get bail money back after trial, you need to give the full bail amount to the court.

Bail “premium” (in most cases 10% of the full bail amount) is the fee for the bondsman’s service. When you use a bail bonds company, the bondsman is sharing responsibility with you to make sure the defendant goes to court as promised. The premium is the fee for the risk that the bondsman assumes in the case.
We love the bail questions, so keep them coming!

Monterey County Jail- Detention Division

Posted on May 10th, 2011 by Tonya Page

General Information

Monterey County Jail
1410 Natividad Rd.
Salinas, CA 93906
Phone: 831-755-3782
Bail Bonds for Monterey County Jail

The Monterey County Jail, run by the Monterey Sheriff’s Department, is also known as the Detention Division located in Salinas, California.  The facility houses pre-trial and sentenced inmates for both male and females and operates under the Sheriff’s Department’s Custody Operations Bureau.  The Court Services Division is also operated by the Bureau. Both of these divisions are under the command of Chief Ray McLaughling and Capt. Pat Hunton.

All of Monterey County police agencies transports its prisoners to the Detention Division. All inmates are processed into the system with the use of Iris Scan, digital imaging and digital fingerprinting.  With the use of Iris Scan, the facility is able to get a quick precise identification. All information is sent electronically to the Department of Justice in Sacramento.  All inmate bookings are completed via  computer,  there is also a limited video arraignment program and video conferencing that helps reduce the risk and cost of transporting inmates.

The Detention Division houses approximately 1200 inmates at one time.  These inmates are placed in 31 seperate housing units.  They range from single cells for maximum security to open dormitories for low risk and sentenced inmates.  The Classification Unit determines where they are placed based on gang affiliation, background, medical conditions, and characteristics.

Visiting Schedule for Monterey County Jail

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Bakersfield Jail – Central Receiving Facility

Posted on May 8th, 2011 by Tonya Page

General Information

Bakersfield Jail – Central Receiving Facility
1415 Truxtun Avenue
Bakersfield CA 93301
Phone: 661-868-6850
Bail Bonds for Bakersfield Jail

The Bakersfield Jail, also known as the Central Receiving Facility, is run by the Kern County Sheriff’s Department.  This facility houses anyone arrested in Bakersfield until their arraignment unless they are bailed out.  After the arraignment, they will be transferred to another facility called the Lerdo Jail Complex.

Visiting Rules for Bakersfield Jail (Central Receiving Facility)  

All visits are Read more »

Maguire Jail

Posted on May 1st, 2011 by Tonya Page

General Information – San Mateo County Jail

Maguire Correctional Facility
300 Bradford Street
Redwood City, CA 94063
Phone: 650-363-4000
Bail Bonds for Maguire Jail

In all of San Mateo County, the Maguire Correctional Facility is the only jail and faces a problem of overcrowding.   The county is currently trying to fund the construction of a new jail.  However, during this time the facility is committed to operating in a safe and secure manner.

The Maguire Jail also provides incarceration and rehabilitation services to court sentenced inmates and pretrial.  This is designed to help reduce the reoccurance of crime.

Rules For Visiting the Maguire Jail

Visitors must  sign-in and register  at least 15 minutes before the visit, but no more than one hour prior to the visit time.  Visits are on a “first come, first served” basis

All visitors are required to Read more »

Sacramento Main Jail

Posted on April 26th, 2011 by Tonya Page

General Information

Sacramento Mail Jail
651 I Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: 916-874-6752
Bail Bonds for Sacramento Main Jail 

The Sacramento Main Jail is run by the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department. The jail facilitates minimum security risk to maximum security risk for both male and female inmates.

Rules for Visiting

Inmates are allowed  two 45 minute  visits per week.  Sentenced inmate workers are allowed three 45 minute visits per week.  

Hours are Read more »

Rio Cosumnes Correctional Center (RCCC)

Posted on April 21st, 2011 by Tonya Page

General Information

Rio Cosumnes Correctional Center
12500 Bruceville Road
Elk Grove, CA 95757
Bail Bonds for Rio Cosumnes Correctional Center

The Rio Cosumnes Correctional Center is operated by the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department and facilitates many different types of  inmates.  It is a type II facility and staffs approximately 200 employees.

Rules and Regulations for visiting RCCC

Vistor Identification and Requirements:

All visitors must present proper identification when registering to visit and upon the request of a uniformed officer at any time.  Proper forms of identification are Read more »

Ask The Bondsman: What Happens If I Bailed Someone Out Who Is Arrested Again?

Posted on April 17th, 2011 by Tonya Page

We answer questions at Yahoo! Answers regularly. Here’s one: What happens if I co-signed a bail bond for someone who goes back to jail?

Answer: Upon co-signing the bail bond, you became responsible for a couple of things:

  • to pay the fee to the bail bondsman (generally 10% in California, but this varies by state)
  • to guarantee that the defendant shows up for required court cases
  • to help the bondsman get the defendant back into the court system if they do not show up as required (called failure-to-appear)

Assuming the defendant you signed for is in jail based on the same case, Read more »

Glendale Police Department on Community Policing

Posted on April 13th, 2011 by Tonya Page

Glendale Police Department, Glendale CaliforniaThe Glendale Police Department has utilized the policing enforcement tactics provided by the COPPS Unit (Community Police Partnership.) Community policing is not only the responsibility of the unit, but the entire agency.

Community policing is a way for the people to be able to connect with the police force, in an easy accessible manner. This allows for the community to voice their concerns in an orderly fashion and be heard.

Basically, it is a way for both the law enforcement agencies to work hand-in-hand with everyone in the community in order to prevent and solve crimes.

Community policing also works by the community’s willingness to share and educate, as well as inform others and the law enforcement agencies.

If you live in Glendale, you can Read more »

How Do I Negotiate the Price of Bail?

Posted on April 8th, 2011 by Tonya Page

Question from a reader: How do bail bonds work and how do I negotiate their price? If the bond is set at $100,000, 10% would mean a price of $10.000, correct? $10.000 is a very steep price, and I’m worried that most bail bond places wouldn’t cover the amount. Could I work the price down to something around 5%?


The bail bonds industry differs from state to state. California, for example, is regulated by the California Department of Insurance and rates are either 8% or 10%. Discuss with the bondsman what he or she can do for your case.

10% of such a large sum is a lotof money, granted, and this is made worse by the fact that you’re not going to see any of it back — it’s a fee. The risk though lies with the bondsman, and if a client skips court and cannot be located, the bail bond company is obligated to pay the amount to the courts in full. Of course, the bondsman will Read more »

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