Century Regional Detention Facility (CRDF) The Lynwood Jail for Women in Los Angeles

∗A resource guide providing inmate, bail and visiting information for the Century Regional Detention Facility

Century Regional Detention Facility (CRDF)


In March 2006, the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department ("LASD") transformed the Century Regional Detention Facility ("CRDF") into an all-female jail facility.  Also interchangeably referred to as the Los Angeles Century Jail for Women or "Lynwood Jail", this facility currently houses all Los Angeles County female inmates.  This means that CRDF temporarily houses female arrestees until their release or arraignment as well as convicted females who have been ordered to serve a jail sentence.

In addition to housing female inmates, the Century Regional Detention Facility is also used as a booking center for male arrestees from the L.A. Sheriff's Century and Compton stations before they are transferred to the Los Angeles Twin Towers Jail or, when that's too crowded, to the Los Angeles County Men's Central Jail.

This newer Century Jail for Women is located at 11705 South Alameda Street, Lynwood, CA 90262.  Their telephone number is (323) 568-4500.

In this article, our Los Angeles criminal defense attorneys1 will explain the following:

1. Procedures on How to Post Bail for an Inmate at the Century Regional Detention Center

1.1. Cash bail

1.2. Cashier's check

1.3. Bail bonds

2. How to Get Inmate Information
3. How to Contact an Inmate Incarcerated at the Century Jail for Women
4. Rules and Regulations Regarding
Mail Correspondence
5. Visiting Hours and Policies at the Century Regional Detention Center

5.1. General Public

5.2. Attorneys

6. Inmate Services
7. How to "Put Money on the Books"
for Inmates

7.1. Mailing money

7.2. Personally delivering money

8. The Procedures for "Return of Property"

If, after reading this article, you would like more information, we invite you to contact us at Shouse Law Group.

1. Procedures on How to Post Bail for an Inmate at the Century Regional Detention Center

In order to get your loved one out of Lynwood Jail, it may be necessary to post her bail.  "Bail" refers to the amount of money that a defendant must post in order to be released from temporary custody.  It is intended to help assure the arresting agency that the defendant will make her court appearances following her release.

If she attends all of her court appearances, the bail will be returned at the end of the case.  If she does not attend all of those appearances, she will forfeit that money to the court.

The Century Regional Detention Facility is under the jurisdiction of the Los Angeles County Bail Schedule and accepts the following methods of payment for bail (which are discussed more in-depth in our related article on How to Post Bail in California) 24 hours a day/ 7 days a week:

  • cash bail,
  • a cashier's check, or
  • a bail bond.

1.1. Cash bail

"Cash" bail is just that.cash that you pay directly to the L.A. Sheriff's Department.  When you elect to post cash bail, you must pay the entire bail amount.  Depending on how crowded the facility is, you may have to wait up to six hours or more for the defendant to be released once you post this bail.

1.2. Cashier's check

Similar to cash bail, if you opt to use a cashier's check, you must post the entire bail amount.  Make the check payable to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.  This method of bail can be paid directly to the cashier's office at the Lynwood facility or at the Inmate Reception Center cashier's office, located at 450 Bauchet Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012.

Cashier's checks must list the booking number and full legal name of the inmate.

1.3. Bail bonds

Bail bonds are the most common way to post bond.  When you secure a bail bond from a bail bondsman or bail agent, you only pay a maximum 10% of the bail amount.  The difference here is that the 10% is nonrefundable.  This means that even if the defendant makes all of her court appearances, you still lose that portion of the bail.  And if she fails to make those appearances, you are liable for repaying the full amount of the bail to the bondsman.

You can obtain a bail bond within about 20 minutes, although it generally takes another 30 minutes to four hours for the defendant to be released from custody.

*NOTE:  After you post bail, you should immediately consult with an L.A. criminal defense attorney to seek legal representation.  An experienced local attorney can even help you schedule a bail hearing to potentially reduce or even waive the inmate's bail.

2. How to Get Inmate Information

There are a couple of ways to get information about an inmate at the newer Century Jail for women:  over the telephone or on the Internet.

People who wish to receive inmate information via telephone should call (213) 473-6080 or (213) 473-6100.  These are the general inmate information lines for all Los Angeles Sheriff's Department County Jails.

If you wish to look up an inmate online, you can do so by visiting the L.A. County Sheriff's inmate information website.

In order to obtain information on an inmate, you must know the inmate's full name and her exact date of birth.  If you know her arrest date, that information is helpful but not required.

Typically, inmates who are being held in custody must be arraigned within two (2) days of being arrested.  At that point, the judge will either continue the arraignment or will set the case for a pre-trial hearing.  If you wish to look up the case information and/or upcoming court dates for an inmate or defendant being housed at Century Regional, visit the Los Angeles County case information website.

3. How to Contact an Inmate Incarcerated at the Century Jail for Women

Inmates who are incarcerated at the Century Regional Detention Facility are permitted to make a phone call once they are taken into custody.  Beyond that initial call, any further outgoing calls will be collect or must be charged through a calling card.  Incoming calls are prohibited at any jail operated by the L.A. County Sheriff's Department.

If you wish to receive collect calls from an inmate at the Lynwood Jail, be sure to contact your local telephone company to ensure that you are able to do so and that collect calls are not automatically blocked on your phone plan.

Or if you choose, you can set up a calling card account online through Global Tel* Link or by calling (800) 483-8314.  These cards are available in increments of $25 and $50.  In order to make sure that the correct inmate receives the card, be sure to specify the inmate's booking number and full and complete name.

You can also personally visit an inmate or correspond via mail.

4. Rules and Regulations Regarding
Mail Correspondence

If you wish to send mail to an inmate at the Century Regional Detention Center (Lynwood Jail), you send it to the facility's main address at 11705 South Alameda Street, Lynwood, CA 92062.  This facility.and for that matter, all facilities run by the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department.enforce strict rules and regulations when it comes to mail correspondence.

If you violate those rules, your mail will be returned, assuming your mail contains nothing inherently illegal.  Many otherwise legal items that are not permitted to be sent via mail are available in the jail stores for the inmates to purchase (discussed below in Section 7. How to "Put Money on the Books" for an Inmate).  If, however, you attempt to send and deliver any contraband, it will be confiscated and booked into evidence, potentially subjecting you to criminal prosecution and/or the inmate to further charges.

You may not send

  • stationary, blank envelopes, envelopes with metal clasps, postage stamps, or envelopes with gang or suggestive drawings or art work,
  • cash or personal checks,
  • a single money order exceeding $200, blank money orders or non U.S. Post Office out-of-state money orders,
  • musical, plastic, plastic covered, blank, greeting or post cards larger than 6"x9"
  • I.D. cards
  • paper clips, staples, pens, pencils, glitter, stickers, glued or gummed labels,
  • rosary beads, balloons, string bracelets or other jewelry items,
  • lottery tickets or prepaid telephone cards, or
  • cellophane tape or any type of tape on letters.

With respect to photos and computer-generated pictures.

  1. you may not send more than five (5) photographs at a time (inmates are actually only allowed to possess five (5) photographs at a time),
  2. you must restrict photographs or computer generated pictures to a size of between 2"x3" and 4"x6", and
  3. you may not send photos or pictures that are nude or suggestive or that depict gangs, gang tattoos or hand gestures (known as "gang signs").

With respect to books, magazines or newspapers, the jail will not accept.

  1. anything not sent directly from a bookstore or publisher,
  2. anything of an explicit sexual nature,
  3. more than three (3) books or three (3) magazines per week.

And as a general rule, the L.A. County Sheriff's Department and the L.A. County Jail System have the right to return any mail item(s) if the item(s) are deemed potentially harmful or may pose a possible security violation to the general inmate community.

5. Visiting Hours and Policies at the Century Regional Detention Center

Inmates at the Lynwood Jail facility are able to see visitors but only according to a very strict schedule.

5.1. General public visiting information

If you wish to visit an inmate at the Century Jail for women, you must bring a valid picture I.D. which includes

  • a California driver's license or identification card,
  • a U.S. Passport,
  • an alien registration card, or
  • a U.S. military card.

And children over the age of 14 who wish to visit an inmate must bring

  • a school identification card,
  • a California driver's license or identification card, or
  • passport.

Visitors are permitted Saturday through Tuesday between 8:30am and 6:00pm with the last check in by 4:30pm. Century Regional does not accept visitors Wednesday through Friday.  Visits are 30 minutes in length.  Inmates are only allowed one visit per day, and visitors are taken on a first-come, first-served basis.

Inmates may see two adult visitors and one child visitor or one adult and two child visitors at a time.  At no time may an inmate have three adult visitors at once.  Minors under the age of 16 must be accompanied by and remain under the close supervision of their parent or a legal guardian.  However, if the inmate has a child who is between the ages of 13 and 15, he/she may be permitted to visit his/her mother unaccompanied by an adult with the prior approval of the facility unit commander.

Visitors may only bring an I.D. card and a single key up to the visiting floors.  All other items must be left in your car or stored in a locker which is available for $0.25.  Public parking is available for a fee and is accessible off of Alameda Street, just south of Imperial Highway.

5.2. Attorney visiting hours

Attorneys may visit inmates Monday through Friday from 9:15am to noon and from 1:00pm to 4:30pm.  Once inside, attorneys are not restricted by the 30 minute time limit and may stay as long as necessary.

Lawyers are only permitted to bring items that are necessary to the visit.  Wallets, cell phones, keys, etc. must be secured in a locker or kept in their car.

6. Inmate Services

The Century Regional Detention Facility offers a number of services to their inmates.  Some of these include

  • a medical dispensary,
  • psychological counseling (including drug and/or alcohol groups such as AA or NA as well as long-term rehabilitation services),
  • religious counseling (volunteer chaplains from almost all religious denominations are onsite to provide spiritual guidance for interested inmates),
  • a library, and
  • a commissary for inmates to purchase items such as cosmetics, food and drinks, reading materials, etc.
7. How to "Put Money on the Books" for Inmates

There are a variety of items that are sold in the Century Regional Detention Facility's commissary (discussed above in Section 6. Inmate Services) that inmates may choose to purchase if they have the money to do so.  There are two ways that you can put money into an inmate's account at this facility:  in person or through the mail.

7.1. Mailing money

If you wish to mail money to a Lynwood Jail inmate, you must first ensure that you are in compliance with the rules regarding mail correspondence (addressed above under Section 4. Rules and Regulations Regarding Mail Correspondence).

As long as you are in compliance with those rules, you may send a bank-drawn cashier's check, a California money order or a U.S. postal money order that is specifically payable to the inmate to P.O. Box 86164 Terminal Annex, Los Angeles, CA 90086-0164.

Cash payments may only be made in person.

7.2. Personally delivering money

If you wish to deposit money in person, you can go to the cashier's office that is located directly at the Lynwood Jail for women from 6:00am to 10:00pm daily or you can go to the cashier's office at the Inmate Reception Center located at 450 Bauchet Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012.

8. The Procedures for "Return of Property"

Once an inmate is booked into the Lynwood Jail facility, any money and/or property that she has on her at the time of her arrest will be collected and stored.  If she wishes to have a visitor claim this property, she can ask one of the deputies to give her a "property release form".  Once she signs it, the deputy will mail a copy to the named individual.

If you have received such a letter, you may go directly to the Century Regional Detention Facility to claim your loved one's belongings.

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