California Penal Code §851.5 establishes the right of an arrested person to make at least three free local telephone calls upon being booked: one call to an attorney, one to a bail bond agent, and one to a relative or other personal contact. In addition to any telephone access provided by the arresting agency, the intake holding areas of the Jail are equipped with phones providing free local calls. Long distance calls may be made “collect.”
After completing the booking process, inmates remaining in custody will be assigned to a housing unit. Depending on the type of housing unit to which the inmate is assigned, telephones will be available either in common areas (“dayrooms”) or inside their cell. Under normal conditions, inmates have access to phones between the hours of 8:00 am – 9:45 pm. Telephones may not be available during certain periods, such as searches, emergencies, temporary lockdowns, etc. Telephone access may also be restricted for disciplinary reasons against an individual inmate or an entire housing unit.
Inmate telephone service is provided through Legacy Inmate Communications. All outgoing calls are collect or prepaid collect calls, except for calls to designated organizations, which are free of charge. All calls are subject to recording and monitoring.
Many cell phone providers are unable to accept collect billing. Check with your service provider. If your provider doesn’t accept collect billing, a prepaid account will need to be established to offset this restriction and ensure future calling. Legacy Inmate Communications offers prepaid collect services described in the following brochures:
|Friends & Family Prepaid Collect Service (English)||Full Brochure 8 MB (pdf)|
|Amigos y Familia Servicio de llamadas prepagadas (Español)||Full Brochure 8 MB (pdf)|
The following scenarios are automatically detected by the inmate telephone system, and may result in your call being terminated. By following these helpful hints, you can help to keep your call from being disconnected:
For other customer service issues regarding inmate telephone services, please contact Legacy at (888) 729-4326 or online at www.legacyinmate.com.
Inmates cannot receive incoming phone calls or messages. In the event of an emergency, call the Watch Commander at (559) 600-8440 or contact the facility where the inmate is housed and ask to speak with a sergeant. He or she will determine if notification to the inmate is appropriate.
If you are receiving unwanted calls or attempted calls from inmates, you may contact Jail Services at (559) 600-8535 between the hours of 8:00 am – 3:30 pm, Monday – Friday, and request that a block be placed on your phone number. You may be requested to bring the telephone bill and personal identification to the Jail for verification purposes.
To see if someone is in custody, check the Inmate Information Center, or you may call 1-888-373-7011.
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