Theo Lacy Facility

 
Captain Jon Briggs

Mission Statement

Our mission is to safeguard the community by ensuring the security, protection, and welfare of those persons incarcerated within our facility. We pledge to be vigilant and dedicated in our duties to ensure the humane care and control of our inmate population. Our services will be exceptional and fostered by honor, uncompromising integrity, and professionalism. We will meet or exceed local, state, federal, and industry standards of inmate custody and facility operations. These are the principles that make us a distinct leader in our profession.

Theo Lacy Facility Overview

The Theo Lacy Facility is a maximum security jail complex situated on the banks of the Santa Ana River bed in the City of Orange. The facility covers approximately 11 acres of land between the Orangewood Children’s Home and the Orange County Animal Shelter. With a maximum capacity of 3,442 inmates, the Theo Lacy Facility maintains the custody and welfare over a diverse inmate population ranging from those charged or sentenced for misdemeanor crimes to more serious felonies. Others have been sentenced and are awaiting transfer to State Prison.

The Theo Lacy Facility is staffed by approximately 450 sworn and professional staff members who are employed in a variety of assignments to ensure the safe and efficient operation of this maximum security jail. The staff is dedicated to providing for the security and welfare of the inmates incarcerated within the facility.

Inmates incarcerated at Theo Lacy are classified into various housing locations depending on their past confinement history, current charges, criminal sophistication, and a host of other indicators. Once classified, inmates are housed in areas ranging from multiple bunk dormitories to one or two-man cells. The purpose of the classification system is to minimize the risks to inmates and staff while maximizing the smooth and orderly operation of daily activities. The classification of inmates is continually evaluated and inmates who are not adjusting to their environment are often re-classified to minimize potential problems.

Inmates have access to television, outdoor recreation, local newspapers, mail, commissary purchases (minor grocery store food items and sundries), and special programs. Inmates also receive medical, mental health, and dental care. Religious services, vocational, and educational programs are also offered. Public visiting is also available on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays each week. Sentenced inmates may be eligible to perform work in the facility kitchen or labor crews and receive “work-time” credits to reduce their sentences. Eligible inmates may qualify for the Community Work Program or Electronic Monitoring Program. 

Theo Lacy FacilityHistory

The Theo Lacy Facility, named in the honor of former Sheriff Theo Lacy, was opened in 1960 on approximately seven acres in the City of Orange and initially housed 424 minimum security inmates. The original construction was intended to alleviate overcrowding at Santa Ana's Sycamore Street Jail.

Over the years, the facility has undergone a large number of expansion projects to further reduce crowding in the Orange County Jail system. The Theo Lacy Facility has the capacity to house a maximum of 3,442 inmates and is the largest jail facility in the County.