FAQ

Can I visit with my only identification being expired?
 No.
How can I post bail / bond for an inmate?
  • Cash bail may be paid in cash, credit or debit card, bank Cashier’s checks, personal checks, money orders, and Traveler’s checks. 
  • Effective at noon on October 9, 2012, payment of bail may be made through EZ Card and Kiosk Company. EZ Card and Kiosk offers online payments using a debit or credit card, kiosk payments (located in the lobby of both the Intake and Release Center (IRC) and the Theo Lacy Branch Jail) as well as telephone payments.
  • Bail can be posted 24/7 at the IRC Cashier's Office for inmates housed at any Orange County Sheriff’s Department Jail facility.  
  • Bail can be posted at the Theo Lacy Cashier's Office only for inmates housed at the Theo Lacy Jail.  The Theo Lacy Cashier’s Office is open from 6:30 pm until midnight Monday through Thursday and from 8:00 am until midnight Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
  • If the inmate is a new booking and has completed the booking process or has appeared in court and has been remanded to the custody of the Sheriff, bail can be posted at the IRC Cashier's Office at 550 N. Flower St., Santa Ana.
  • If the inmate has been sentenced, bail cannot be posted.
  • Bail/Bond information will be available approximately six hours after booking time.
How long after booking time are charges and bail information available?
Usually, 2 to 3 hours.
Can I drop off books or magazines for an inmate?
No, these must arrive directly from the publisher or an approved online retailer.
Can I drop off a package of hygiene items for an inmate?
No. No packages or mail may be dropped off at any facility.
What happens to an inmate's property that is transferred to state prison?
The inmate can release the property to a designated person prior to being transferred. If the property is not released it goes with the inmate to prison.
Can I drop off prescription glasses or contact lenses for an inmate?
Yes. At the men's jail attorney bonds area. Glasses may not have metal frames or contain metal inside of the plastic frames.
When can I visit an inmate?
See visiting hours posted on this website.
Can an inmate sign official documentation, such as titles and child custody forms, while in custody?
Yes. You will need a process server to do this for you.
How do I know when an inmate is going to court?
Call the court.
How much money can an inmate have on their account?
$500.00
How long does it take to bail or bond out an inmate?
The average time is approximately 4 hours, but could be as little as 2, or as much as 6 hours.
Can inmate's clothes be replaced?
Yes. A clothing exchange form is completed by the person exchanging the clothes and is agreed to by the inmate. This may take several hours to complete.
Can I visit an inmate in the hospital?
No.
Are Federal Detainees being transferred to Orange County from other locations?
ICE has a severe shortage of housing for immigration detainees and needs bed space. The shortage of available housing is critical in Orange County. Some Orange County ICE detainees have been housed as far away as Arizona and New Mexico. In order to help ICE become more efficient in processing detainees, our contract allows ICE to house detainees from other jurisdictions as long as the detainees fall within the appropriate security classifications for our facilities.
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