North County Correctional Facility (NCCF) is the maximum security jail for Los Angeles County inmates. Its capacity is 3,800 inmates and has 5 jails that segregates inmates based on discipline criteria and clinic level medical treatment. It is located within the Pitchess Detention Center or Wayside Jail.
NCCF has a inmate to guard ratio of 10:1. There are programs within the facility for:
- Outdoor recreation
- GED Certification
- Education Based incarceration (EBI) programs including vocational, academic and life-skills training
- Library and law library
- Chapel services
- Substance abuse programs including Alcoholic’s Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous
- Domestic violence programs
Inmates are permitted 3-hours of recreational activity or time outside their cells per week.
Note Regarding Bail: On October 1, 2019 the bail system in California is scheduled to dramatically change with the passage of Senate Bill 10. The bill changes the cash bail system and replaces it with a system of judicial discretion for felonies while misdemeanors will no longer require a defenadant to post bail.
Bail is a legal process whereby a person arrested and detained or incarcerated may be released on the payment of a certain sum of money so as to ensure their attendance at all future court appearances until their matter is concluded. Most crimes have bail amounts listed on a county bail schedule but these may be higher for individuals accused of very serious offenses such as homicide or crimes involving firearms, have prior felony convictions, pose a danger to the community or are considered a flight risk. You can call Inmate Information at (213) 473-6080 to see if bail has been set for an inmate and the amount. You will need the inmate’s birth date and booking number. You can also go online at the Inmate Information Center to obtain this information or a bondsman can make the inquiry if you are using one.
Once the inmate’s court proceedings is resolved by plea agreement, verdict or dismissal, the cash is returned to the inmate. This does not include the funds you paid to the bail bondsman.
Bail can be made by:
- Certified check on a California bank or credit union
- US Postal money order
- Bail bond
For any bail, you can pay cash for the entire amount owed. If doing so, have a valid, government-issued photo ID with you. This can be:
- Driver’s license
- California ID
- US passport
- Geen card
- Foreign passport with supporting documents.
- Military card
- Consulate card from Mexico or Argentina
- School ID with photo for children 14 to 17
Even with cash, the inmate may not be released for up to 6 hours.
Certified Check or Money Order
Your certified check or money order is to be made out the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department and include the inmate’s name and 7-digit booking number. Certified checks must be from a California bank or credit union. Only US Postal money orders are accepted.
Once you have the cash, check or money order, go to LA Inmate Reception area at 441 Bauchet Street, which is open 24 hours per day, every day of the week.
Bail bonds are obtained from a bail bondsman who can verify the amount of the bail. You will need some kind of collateral such as a car, house or other property of substantive value. Bail costs are typically 8%-10% of the bail amount, which is nonrefundable.
If an inmate for whom bail or bond was posted fails to appear at any mandatory court appearance, the court can forfeit the bail and you will lose the cash. Also, the bail bondsman will come after you for the bail that can be in the thousands of dollars.
When bail is posted, the inmate may be transferred to the Twin Towers Correctional Facility where he will be released. While using a bond may shorten the time for the inmate to be released, the process usually takes at least 4 hours.
North County Correctional Facility is located at:
29340 The Old Road
Castaic, CA 91384
Important Phone Numbers:
General Phone: (213) 893-5100
Inmate Information: (213) 473-6100
Inmate Booking Number: (213) 893-5327
Cashier Office: (213) 473-6049
Inmate Property: (213) 893-4428
Release information: (213) 893-5347
Medical Services: (213) 974-0149
You can locate an inmate at NCCF by either going to the LA Sheriff website for Inmate Information Center or by calling the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department inmate information line at (213) 473-6080. Have the inmate’s full name and birth date and booking number if you know it.
You can obtain the following information:
- Inmate’s booking number
- Location or where housed
- Next court appearance
- Bail information
For additional information on the inmate’s pretrial hearing, trial date or sentencing, go to the LA County Court Information link.
Visiting hours at NCCF are:
Saturday and Sunday: 8:00 am to 2:00 pm
Inmates are allowed one visit per day. No visit is for more than 30 minutes.
You are advised to schedule a visit with the inmate by registering with the Inmate Visitation Scheduling Center and selecting an open slot since you risk not having an open spot if you arrive without an appointment. By going to this website, you can see if the inmate has visiting privileges and see what open slots are available. When visiting, be sure to have your confirmation number from the website unless you are a walk-in.
Also, arrive at least one hour before your scheduled visit or your registered slot will be canceled.
Holiday visits are permitted on:
- New Year’s Day
- Memorial Day
- Independence Day
- Labor Day
Inmates are allowed one visit per visiting day with no more than 3 persons per visit, including any family members. Any visitor under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Additionally, all visitors must have a valid, government-issued photo ID which may be any of the following:
- California driver’s license
- California ID card
- US passport
- Foreign passport with supporting documents such as alien registration card or US visa
- US military card
- Consulate card from Mexico or Argentina
- School photo ID card for children 14 to 17
You are not permitted to visit if you are of the following status:
- On formal probation
- Have an outstanding warrant
- Previously served time in a California state prison
You can still visit if you are on formal probation if you receive permission from the unit commander at the jail before you arrive and submit a completed Visiting Questionnaire for Probationers and Ex-Felons. All visitors are subject to a records check.
You are not permitted to bring anything to an inmate and you can be searched before you can visit the inmate. Be aware that your vehicle is also subject to a search. Also, please leave the following items behind and do not bring them into the visiting lobby:
- Cell phones
- Pads or other writing tablets
- Recording devices
- Weapons including knives or firearms regardless if you have a license to possess one
- Tobacco items
- Health products
- Lighters or matches
- Hand sanitizers with alcohol
These items should be left in your vehicle or may be stored at a locker at the jail.
Do not wear revealing clothing, short skirts, tube tops, strapless tops, bare midriffs, muscle shirts or sleeveless shirts. You must have a shirt and shoes. Provocative clothing in the opinion of the staff will bar you visiting the inmate. No clothing that is suggestive of gang affiliation or is indicative of drugs or violence is allowed or your visit will be denied.
Be aware that visiting hours may be suspended if there is a lock down or other emergency. Also, the inmate you are visiting may have lost visiting privileges for disciplinary reasons. Always check before you visit to see if the inmate has visiting privileges and if visits in general are allowed that day.
All inmate calls can only be made via collect or by use of a prepaid calling card.
Inmates can purchase prepaid calling cards at the commissary. You can assist the inmate in making calls by any of these methods:
- Deposit funds in the inmates in-house bank account
- Purchase one yourself at the jail commissary and have it sent to the inmate via the commissary
- Go to Global Tel Link and click on Inmate Communications Solutions or call the company at (800) 483-8314 to set up an inmate account so that he can call you or anyone else
You can send unlimited correspondence to an inmate but not packages unless they come from the jail commissary or directly from a bookstore, publisher or online bookstore.
Send mail to:
Inmate’s Name and 7-digit booking number
PO Box 86164
Los Angeles, CA 90086-0164
Your letters may not contain any sexually suggestive markings or artwork on the outside or that makes references to a gang.
You may send:
- Up to 5 photographs that are a minimum of 2”x 3” and a maximum of 4” x 6”. No nude or sexually suggestive photos are permitted. No inmate may possess more than 5 photographs at a time.
- 3 books or magazines per week delivered directly from a bookstore, publisher or online bookstore. No hardback books are permitted. No book or magazine may be sexually explicit in the opinion of the facility staff.
- Packages through the Keefe Commissary–go to the web site and order them for the inmate
- Certified checks drawn only on a California bank or credit union or an in-state US Postal Service money order. These must be made out to the inmate and contain his 7-digit booking number. No money order can be for more than $200.
Packages from any other source will not be permitted.
You can deposit cash, certified check or money order in-person for the inmate’s in-house account at the cashier’s office at the LA Inmate Reception Center located at:
441 Bauchet Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Mailed money orders or certified checks may not exceed $200. Mail them to:
Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department
P.O. Box 86164 Terminal Annex
Los Angeles, CA 90086-0164
Attn: Inmate Name, Booking Number
For information, call the cashier’s office at (213) 893-5875. Deposits may be made 24 hours per day, 7 days per week.
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