FAQ

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.
What are the visiting hours?
Visiting hours are Fri-Sun, 8:00 - 6:00. The last sign-up is taken at 4:45 PM.
What can I wear?
Your attire must be appropriate for a correctional facility. Prohibited items include, but are not limited to see-thru clothing, halter tops, tops that expose the midriff and mini-skirts that are too short.
What type of identification is required to visit an inmate?
You must have a valid picture ID, such as a driver's license, state identification or passport.
What items can I bring to the visit?
The only items you can bring to a visit are your identification, and your keys.
How many people can visit?
The limit is two visitors. The only exception is a third visitor may be added if that visitor is a child who is four years old or younger. The child must be held on the lap of an adult visitor.
How many visits are allowed?
Each inmate is allowed one 30-minute visit per visiting day.
How old do you have to be to visit an inmate?
You must be 18 years of age or accompanied by an adult to visit. Unaccompanied minors may visit a parent, but must have prior permission from the Watch Commander.
Can I visit if I am on probation or parole?
The only people given consideration for this are spouses or children of the inmate. You will need permission from your Probation/Parole Officer and the Watch Commander prior to the visit. You must also wait at least 60 days from the last time you were incarcerated to make this request.
What is required for me to drive my vehicle onto the facility?
You must have a valid driver's license, vehicle registration and current proof of insurance.
What are the hours of the Cashier's Office?
There is no Cashier office at the Musick Facility. Please refer to Theo Lacy (501 City Drive South, Orange, 8 am to 2 am) or Intact Release Center's Cashier (550 N. Flower St., Santa Ana, 24-hours per day).
What forms of money are accepted for deposits?
We DO NOT accept credit cards. Please refer to IRC or Theo Lacy FAQs for more info.
Can I mail money to an inmate?
You can mail in money orders only. They must be payable to the Orange County Sheriff's Department. They must have the inmate's full name and booking number on the front of the check. No personal checks will be accepted.
How much money can I send in?
Inmates are allowed to have a maximum of $500 on their account. If the amount you send in will cause their account to exceed the $500 limit, the check will be placed on their property and not deposited to their account.
What happens to the money in an inmate's possession when they are arrested?
All cash on their person is deposited into their account. An exception is money that was taken as evidence by the arresting agency.
What court is an inmate going to, and when are they to appear?
This information may obtained from the inmate or by calling Inmate Records at (714) 647-4666.
What can I mail to an inmate?
The most commonly sent items are letters, photos (no Polaroid photographs), cashier's checks, and money orders. Books and magazines may be sent in, but must be sent directly from the publisher. Any item that can be purchased through our commissary cannot be mailed to an inmate. This includes writing paper, envelopes, stamps, and blank cards. For a partial listing of items available for inmates to purchase on commissary click here.
Where do I send the mail?
The inmate's full name and booking number must be on the front of the envelope. Our address is 13502 Musick Road, Irvine, CA 92618.
An inmate is unable to call me collect. What can I do?
The most common cause of this problem is a billing conflict between your phone carrier and AT & T. You must call AT & T Service at 1-800-844-6591 to remove the block from your phone. You should speak with a supervisor to discuss the capabilities of your phone.
Can you deliver a message to an inmate?
We do not deliver messages to inmates. Inmates are allowed to make collect phone calls only when the dayrooms are open, or they can write letters at any time.
What is an inmate's sentence ending date?
The James Musick Facility does not release this information to the public. This information must be obtained from the inmates themselves. Inmates may submit a message slip requesting their release date.
When can I pick up the inmate?
The inmate will have an opportunity to call family or friends to set up a ride upon their release. If they do not have a ride available, we will provide transportation for them to the Central Jail Complex, located at 550 N. Flower St., Santa Ana.
What do I need to pick up an inmate being released from your facility?
You must have a valid driver's license, vehicle registration and current proof of insurance.
What is the “Beds for Feds” Program?
The Federal Government, specifically the Department of Homeland Security/Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), is responsible for enforcing the immigration laws of our country. In the Post 9/11 era, procedures were put in place to allow local jurisdictions to enter into agreements with ICE for local law enforcement to screen arrestees booked into jails across the country to verify their citizenship status (this is known as the "287g Program," named after the authorizing federal statute). As a result of this screening, immigration holds are placed on the arrestees who are unable to provide proof that they are either a citizen of the US or living here legally on a temporary/legal condition of residency. Arrestees who are suspected of being in the Country illegally and who are not charged by the District Attorney or who are ordered released by the Superior Court are turned over to ICE pursuant to the immigration hold. Arrestees who are suspected of being in the Country illegally who are convicted must first complete their jail sentences. Then, they also are turned over to ICE to begin the administrative process to determine their citizenship status.

These ICE "detainees" are housed (or detained) in correctional facilities across the country. With the increased population of undocumented immigrants and the limited availability of federally operated and owned detention facilities, the Federal Government began contracting with local jurisdictions for beds to house these detainees. Currently, there is a shortage of detention beds in Southern California for the increasing number of detainees in the custody of ICE. ICE is forced to send detainees from Southern California to be housed in other states which is very costly and delays the deportation process.

Our inmate population has steadily decreased over the past two years. With vacant beds in our facilities, we approached ICE to explore a possible partnership to house federal detainees.

Why should Orange County house the ICE detainees?
Housing ICE detainees in the Orange County jail system generates significant additional revenue that will prevent the closure of more jail facilities and will help avoid significant cuts to core public safety services of the Orange County Sheriff's Department. By partnering with ICE, we are making a fiscally responsible decision that will lessen the financial burden on the taxpayer while maintaining our current level of law enforcement services.

The City of Santa Ana has had a similar contract for over ten years to house ICE detainees in the City’s jail facility. ICE still does not have a sufficient number of beds for detainees in California and transporting detainees to other states carries a significant cost. Therefore, this contract will assist ICE in addressing illegal immigration. By reducing the cost for ICE to house detainees, ICE will have more resources for front-line immigration enforcement.
What if the County Inmate jail population rate begins to increase?
County jail facilities are not expanding or increasing capacity to accommodate ICE detainees. County inmates will always have priority. If the county inmate population begins to increase, our contract with ICE gives us a "right of refusal" to control the number of detainees as well as the ability to provide for beds on a "space available basis".
What types of federal detainees are housed in the Orange County Correctional facilities?
None of the federal ICE detainees we house have any criminal charges pending. They are simply being detained while their immigration holds are being processed. We will house detainees of all classifications. Our current classification system will be used to classify detainees to ensure detainees are housed in appropriate facilities. For instance, ICE Detainees housed at Musick will be classified as minimum-security – consistent with county inmates currently housed there. ICE detainees will be housed at the Theo Lacy and James A. Musick jail facilities on a space available basis. There is a "right of refusal" clause in our contract with ICE, which will be used to control the number and type of detainees accepted. Our contract currently includes a total of 838 beds to be used for ICE detainees, with 472 located in the Theo Lacy Facility and 366 in the James A. Musick Facility.
Will ICE release detainees directly from an Orange County Jail facility?
No, most detainees are deported and will be transported to an airport or directly to the Mexican border. Other detainees who post a bond, or if it is otherwise determined that release from custody is merited, are transported by ICE personnel from either the Theo Lacy or Musick facilities to one of ICE's five major offices, including downtown Los Angeles, Santa Ana, San Bernardino, Lancaster, or Ventura for out processing. It is only from an ICE office that detainees are released from custody.
Are the Sheriff-Coroner Department jail staff qualified to house ICE detainees?
Yes, the Department provides specific training to jail staff. The Department is also responsible for ensuring the safety of detainees through a classification process that will assign housing to detainees with persons of similar background and criminal history.

The Sheriff-Coroner Department staff operates the ICE housing areas and provides all security and operational duties. ICE staff performs oversight, compliance, and other administrative duties only. ICE has reviewed our jail policies and the facilities and has determined that they are appropriate for housing detainees.
Will the County incur any additional costs?
No, all associated costs of the contract will be paid by the federal government. Additionally, many of the costs of staffing and building upkeep that we currently pay out of the Orange County budget will be funded by revenue from the federal government, resulting in significant savings to the County. These savings will prevent the closure of more jail facilities and will help avoid significant cuts to core public safety services in the Sheriff-Coroner Department.
Will ICE be involved in the physical custody and care of the detainees?
No, the Orange County Sheriff's Department is responsible for the care and custody of the detainees in accordance with ICE Detention Standards. Detainee health care is provided by the County's Health Care Agency while detainees are housed within the Orange County jail system.

ICE personnel handle administrative oversight of the program and performs the deportation process.
What is the duration of the contract?
This is a 5-year contract with the option of a rate/contract adjustment annually. Both parties have a 120 day "opt out" option. The daily bed-rate can be reopened annually to accommodate changes in the costs of housing the detainees.
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