Due to the record number of inmates currently housed in prison in California, as of 2013 all 33 CDCR prisons are now at or above maximum operational capacity, and 29 of the prisons are so overcrowded that the CDCR is required to house more than 15,000 inmates in conditions that pose substantial safety risks, namely, prison areas never designed or intended for inmate housing, including, but not limited to, common areas such as prison gymnasiums, dayrooms, and program rooms, with approximately 1,500 inmates sleeping in triple-bunks; and the current severe overcrowding in 29 CDCR prisons has caused substantial risk to the health and safety of the men and women who work inside these prisons and the inmates housed in them.
General Guidelines & Regulations:
Individuals are free to contact any state prison inmate by mail. All and every incoming letters are opened and inspected for contraband and then the inmate receives the letters. This slows down the process of the time of how fast the inmate will receive the letter. To ensure prompt processing the following information should be included on the envelope:
• Inmate’s full name, CDC#
• Institution Name
• P.O. Box Housing (preferable)
• City, CA ZIP
To get an inmate’s CDC# or housing assignment, individuals should call the Public Information Officer (PIO) or the inmate locator at the institution web site. Those people who don’t know where an inmate is housed may contact the Department’s ID Warrants unit at (916) 445-6713. A date of birth will be required if the person they are inquiring about has a common name. ID Warrants will not provide inmate-housing information.
Why Should You Write to an Inmate?
Understanding the process may vary for many people when someone is imprisoned for a long period of time. That’s when your family is needed the most and it allows a close relationship to be maintained during the period of incarnation. For first offenders it is a very scary and confusing time in their lives, some have made a mistake for the first time and never have experienced jail. Being confined and having your human rights taken away can be a very traumatizing time. Letters from family members often let the inmate know that he or she is not alone. Even though this is a not so enjoyable time, letters are very important. For families that can’t understand why this happened and is upset at their love one’s, it’s important to remember that these feeling are temporary and will eventually go away. Everyone makes mistakes and some of the mistakes land us in trouble with the law. Family is the only way a person in custody have any access to the outside world. It helps in the healing process and state of mind.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR ALL VISITORS
Visitors entering CDC institutions/facilities are subject to a search of their person, vehicle and property to the degree necessary to ensure institution/facility security, and prevent the introduction of contraband. Visitors may leave the institution grounds rather than to submit to a search of their person, vehicle or property. However, refusal to submit to the search will result in the denial of visitation for that day. Visitors may not elect to leave the institution grounds rather than submit to a search when institution officials possess a court-ordered search warrant or the cause for a search warrant arises while the visitor is on institution grounds.The prison may be surrounded by an electric fence. To protect visitors, especially children, from being injured, visitors are cautioned to stay away from the perimeter fence line. It is a crime to try and help an inmate to escape. You may not at any item bring onto the prison grounds any weapon, firearm, ammunition, explosive device, tear gas, pepper-spray, alcohol or controlled substance, cameras and/or recording devices, take letters and/or written documents to or from an inmate. You cannot lie about who you are; you must identify yourself to gain admission to the institution. If you have had any prior convictions of a felony, you may not enter onto the grounds.
If you are stopped by law enforcement, you must carefully follow all instructions the officer gives to you. Try to make no unnecessary moves, and keep your hands in clear view. The key is to put both your hands on the steering wheel. Speak only when asked questions, and then keep in mind your right to remain silent.
Remember You Right To Remain Silent:
If you are stopped by law enforcement, keep in mind the Miranda warnings made popular in television programs:
"You have the right to remain silent, Anything you say can and may be used against you in court, You have the right to an attorney before and during any questioning, If you cannot afford an attorney, one will be appointed to assist you." Many people feel they can easily handle any contact with law enforcement and try and to answer all of their questions, but in fact these contacts are most often filled with surprise, fear, confusion and many other forms of severe discomfort that typically affect human decision making capabilities. Additionally, if you are questioned by law enforcement, it is important to keep these rights in mind, and to invoke the rights as soon as possible. State clearly that you wish to have an attorney present at all times before and during any questioning they might have. If law enforcement continues to question you after you have requested an attorney, you must repeat your request for an attorney and otherwise remain silent.
What happens If You Are A Minor?
If you are 16 years old or less, you must request law enforcement to contact your parent or guardian, and wait until your parent or guardian arrives to where you are being held, before you answer any questions. Again remember your Attorney rights and should also request law enforcement to have an attorney present before and during any questioning, regardless of whether your parent or guardian is present.
Law Enforcement Must Advise You Of Your Rights
In order for an officer to question you, he must advise you of your rights. Law enforcement’s duty to advise you of your Miranda rights is limited. If you are “in custody” or being detained and are being questioned, the police may have to advise you of your rights. HOWEVER, you must not rely on the police advising you of your rights because there are many situations where law enforcement is NOT under a duty to make these advisements. The fact that law enforcement does not advise you of your rights does NOT render the arrest unlawful. You are under no duty to answer any questions except your name and address.
Does law Enforcement Have the Right To Search You?
Law enforcement is under NO DUTY to advise you of your rights in order to search you or your property while being detained or in custody. However, law enforcement can only search you or your property under certain circumstances. These circumstances are very limited. This area of the law is very complicated and you should check with an attorney about your particular situation at the time of the detention or arrest. While you do have the right to refuse to be searched or have your property searched, there are situations where law enforcement can search you or your property without your consent. Again this is complicated and every situation is different. You should make it clear to law enforcement that you do not consent to the search if asked for permission, again the answer is no. If law enforcement has a search warrant, ask for a copy of the warrant.
How do I find out if I have a warrant for my arrest? Many people do not know how to find out if there has been a warrant issued for their arrest. There are several ways individuals get warrants issued. Many times the individuals do not even know they have a warrant for their arrest. Many people move out of state and don’t realize there has been a warrant issued due to not taking care of tickets, not appearing in court and just simply forgetting that they ever had a ticket. Some tickets happen year’s earlier in life and a person gets older and just forgets to take care of the ticket or even know they had a ticket. In many situations, people think they have taken care of the tickets, when in fact there may be a minor detail that wasn’t taken care of and that’s why it turns to warrant status. In some situations, people sometimes apply for jobs not knowing they have a warrant and fail to get that job because of the warrant. Also many times when going to the airport and checking in may trigger the warrant and they will arrest you right there. There are several way to find out if you have a warrant for your arrest. Listed below are ways to find out and ways to get them taken care of, and also ways to get the warrant recalled.
Finding out how to check for warrants:
1. You can call the Access Bail Bonds office and they will be able to run your name and find out whether you have a warrant.
2. You can call the court clerk and have her run your name, she will also be able to tell you whether you have a warrant for your arrest.
3. You can call the district attorney’s office, they will also be able to tell you if you have a warrant.
4. You can run your name online with one of the services and they will check to see if you have a warrant.
When calling any of these offices, you must provide your name and date of birth. Also you have to call each county, each county can only advise you if you have a warrant in their county only. For example, San Bernardino County will not be able to tell you if you have a warrant in Riverside County. If you do in fact have a warrant, there are several way to take care of the situation and have the warrant recalled.
1. Go through Access Bail Bonds, they can post a bond directly with the court for the amount of the warrant. Once the bond is posted, the warrant gets recalled and a new court date is set. You must appear at that court date to handle the ticket or the court will issue another warrant.
2. You can appear at the court directly and have your name put on calendar the morning of. Once you place yourself on calendar, the warrant gets recalled and you must see the judge that morning.
What You Should Know About Bail:
Bail is money that is secured by defendants and their families that are required to deposit money to guarantee that they will return to court. When released from jail while their cases are pending they may return to work or school and continue to take care of their families. Although there are several exceptions, in general people arrested for an infraction or a misdemeanor must be released upon signing a written notice to appear. Below are the exceptions to this general rule include cases in which:
-The arrestee requests to be brought before a judge within a certain amount of time.
-The arrestee refuses to sign a promise to appear, due to the fact he does not believe he or she is guilty.
-The arrestee is charged with a violation of a domestic violence protective order that was previously ordered.
-The arrestee is severely intoxicated or requires medical attention
-The arrestee has outstanding warrants in other cities and counties.
-The arrestee fails to provide satisfactory identification or a current driver’s license.
-The release would jeopardize the prosecution of the offense for which the person who was arrested or being detained.
-The safety of others would be jeopardized if the arrestee is released due to violence and previous arrests.
-The officer has reason to believe the arrestee will not appear in court as ordered.
-The arrestee is charged with Driving Under the Influence and has previous DUI’s.
What Is O.R?
An arrestee may be released on his own recognizance, or released “OR.” If released OR, the arrestee is required to appear in court as a signed citation by the arrestee or person being detained. If a court agrees to release the arrestee OR, the court will require him to sign an agreement specifying his acknowledgement of the requirement of an O.R. release. Which are specified below:
* Promise to appear at all times and places as ordered by the court.
* Promise to obey all reasonable conditions of the release of the court and not get rearrested while out on O.R.
* Promise not to leave the state without the court’s permission, or move unless the court is notified of your new address.
* Agreement to waive extradition from another state if it becomes necessary to apprehend and bring to another state.
* Acknowledgement the arrestee understands the consequences of violating the conditions of release of O.R.
How is Bail Set?
At a bail hearing, the judge will set the bail amount according to the County’s bail schedule and in light of the circumstances of the arrestee’s background and the conduct with which he is charged. Every County has their own bail schedule. Some counties have higher bail schedule than other counties. The bail schedule is set at the beginning of each year by the presiding judges and every year if decided, they can raise the bail schedule. The County of San Bernardino has a bail schedule guiding the amount of bail for the pertinent charges that is posted at http://www.co.san-bernardino.ca.us/courts/. The bail schedule is a guideline, thus the actual bail set may deviate from the schedule.
How Do I Post Bail?
There are several way to post bail. Access Bail Bonds is a 24 hour emergency bail service. Access Bail Bonds have agents in all cities and states. Once you have contacted Access Bail Bonds and have given them the information needed, Access Bail Bonds can get the bond posted immediately and have your loved one out as soon as he or she is processed. Another way to post bail is with cash, a cashier’s check or through a bail bond. A bail bond is a legal contract that requires someone to pay money if a defendant fails to return to court. It is guaranteed that if the defendant fails to appear in court, the court will forfeit the cash and a warrant will be issued. The best way to bail is through Access Bail Bonds, please call for free information at our toll free number 1-888-592-6637, a live agent will be ready to help.
In the state of California, Superior Court Judges from each county are responsible for setting bail amounts and for creating what is commonly known as a “Bail Schedule” which is reviewed on an annual basis. Once a year the get together for a meeting and decide what bail amount will go up and what bail amount will stay the same. These amounts are good for one year. The way they decide on the bail amount is, the type of crime the defendant has allegedly committed and that amount will dictate the amount of bail which is set for them, also if they are repeat offenders. The more serious the crime will of course pose a higher bail amount or weather the defendant will be receiving jail time, will generally equate to a higher bail amount set. Also there are the bail amounts that will result in higher bail do to the flight risk of the defendant. For example, is the defendant from this country? Or does the defendant have family here? The Superior Court Judge will always consider first is public safety; while the defendant’s “flight risk will also be considered. The Judge always wants to make sure the defendant shows up for their scheduled court dates. Every county is different, some bail schedules are higher than others. I have listed below the counties list of bail bond schedules for felony and misdemeanor regarding bail bonds. Some counties also list bonds for Traffic, Game & Fish, Parks & Recreation and Public Utilities.
Click on the link below to find out even more information about the California county bail schedule of
interest. A California county bail schedule refers to the list that sets the amount of bail a defendant is required to
pay through cash bail or bail bond company. The amount is based on the nature of the offense a person
is charged with and how serious the crime. A judge has the discretion to reduce the amount at the time of
the first schedule court date. The county superior courts usually maintain bail schedules and each county
may have its own rules for local bail schedules. This site is not sponsored by any governmental agency or any state or local court. This is simply a page to help find the bail bond cost for the county you or a loved one may have been detained.
Felony Bail Schedules for All California Counties:
Riverside County Bail Schedule
San Bernardino County Bail Schedule
Orange County Felony Bail Schedule
Los Angeles County Felony Bail Schedule
Kern County Felony Bail Schedule
Access Bail Bonds
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