∗A resource guide providing inmate, bail, and visiting information for the Los Angeles Police Department Hollywood Community Jail and Police Station.
The Hollywood Jail is located within the Los Angeles Police Department's Hollywood Community Police Station. The Hollywood jail serves as a holding facility for men only who are arrested by the LAPD or California Highway Patrol.
Arrestees are only held at this facility until they
- are released on their own recognizance (known as an "O.R." release),
- post bail, or
- are taken to court for their arraignment.
After their first court date male defendants will generally be transferred to a larger Los Angeles County jail such as the Los Angeles Twin Towers Jail, the Century Regional Detention Facility, or the Los Angeles Men's Central Jail. This is typically because they cannot post bail or they have been convicted of their offense.
Housing a maximum of only 41 inmates, the Hollywood Jail is one of the smaller facilities in Los Angeles. It is located at
1358 North Wilcox Avenue
Los Angeles, California 90028
Free and metered parking are located on all the streets surrounding the jail.
In this article, our Los Angeles County criminal defense attorneys1 will explain the following:
If, after reading this article, you would like more information, we invite you to contact us at Shouse Law Group.
After an inmate has been booked into the Hollywood Jail, his bail will be set according to the Los Angeles County Bail Schedule and based on the crime(s) for which the inmate was arrested.
"Bail" is the amount of money that is designed to assure the arresting agency and court that the defendant will make his court appearances after being released from jail. Anyone can pay (or "post") bail on an inmate's behalf.
If you choose to post bail for an inmate, the Hollywood Jail accepts three forms of bail: cash bail, cashier's checks, and bail bonds, which are discussed in detail in our article "How to Post Bail in California".
You may post bail directly at the Los Angeles Police Department Hollywood Community Police Station (same location as jail) 24 hours a day / 7 days a week.
If you elect to post cash bail, you must post the full amount. Once you post cash bail, the inmate is released pending his arraignment. If the inmate attends his court appearances, the bail will be returned following the conclusion of the criminal case. If he does not, the defendant forfeits your money to the court.
Similar to cash bail, if you opt to use a cashier's check, you must post the entire bail amount. The Hollywood Jail only accepts certified California bank-drawn cashier's checks that are payable to the Los Angeles Police Department's Bail Account. Cashier's checks should include the inmate's full name and booking number.
The funds must be verified before the jail will release an inmate. Thus an inmate's release may take several hours or even a few days, depending on the time of day and whether the bail is posted on a weekday or a weekend.
The Hollywood jail does not accept Money orders.
Posting a bail bond tends to be the most common way to bail someone out of jail. When you post bail you are only required to pay a maximum 7-10% of the total bail amount.
However, bail bondsmen keep your 7-10% as their fee. If the defendant makes all of his court appearances, you do not have to pay any more, but you do not get that 7-10% back. If the inmate doesn't make those appearances, you may be liable for repaying the entire bail amount to the bondsman.
It generally takes about 20 minutes to obtain a bails bond from a bondsman and then from 1-4 hours for the inmate to be released from custody from the Hollywood jail.
Bail bondsmen advertise through the internet, phone books, television, and billboards. Make sure you verify the bondsman's license, and keep copies of all documents for your records.
∗NOTE: Once you post bail, you should immediately consult with one of our experienced Los Angeles criminal defense lawyers who can schedule a bail hearing to argue that the bail should be reduced or eliminated. A skilled local attorney will also review the case to develop the most comprehensive legal defense to help your loved one fight his case.
In order to obtain information about an inmate at the Hollywood Jail, you may
- call the Hollywood Jail at (213) 485-5125,
- call the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department Inmate Information line at (213) 473-6100, or
- access information via the web on the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department's inmate information website.∗The L.A. Sheriff's Department provides information for all inmates in Los Angeles County.
Before a deputy will release information, you must provide the inmate's correct full legal name or his booking number.
Generally, inmates who are being held in custody must be brought before a judge within two (2) court days of being arrested. At that point, the judge will either continue the arraignment or will set the case for a pre-trial hearing.
When an individual is booked into the Hollywood Jail, the jail staff typically allow the arrestee between 30 minutes and one hour to make free local telephone calls to arrange for bail, inform family members as to their whereabouts, and contact an attorney.
Thereafter, calls must be placed on a collect basis. If you know that a friend/family member is being held in the Hollywood Jail, you may want to contact your local telephone carrier to make sure that collect calls are not blocked on your telephone plan.
Inmates are not allowed to receive incoming calls. Also, because inmates are only temporarily housed at this facility, they are not there long enough to receive mail.
However, you may personally visit an inmate at the Jail, in accordance with the facility's visiting hours and policies described below.
Inmates may generally visit with one (1) adult guest and one (1) child once a day between the hours of 10:00am to 1:00pm on weekdays and 11:00 am to 1:00pm on weekends.
Visits typically last a maximum of 30 minutes. It is a good idea to call the Hollywood Jail at (213) 485-5125 prior to your visit to make sure the inmate
- is permitted to receive visitors, and
- will be present in the jail and not in court.
Appointments are not required. Visits are granted on a first-come, first-served basis. Attorneys and members of the clergy are not bound by these restrictions and may visit an inmate 24 hours a day / 7 days per week.
All visitors must bring valid picture identification, such as
- A California driver's license or identification card,
- a U.S. passport,
- an alien registration card, or
- A U.S. military card.
In addition, all visitors are subject to a search of their person and property. Visitors may not bring anything illegal to the facility nor may they bring anything to the inmates.
The Hollywood Police Station reserves the right to deny entry to anyone who poses a threat...either real or perceived...to the safety or security of the Jail staff or inmates.
When an inmate is booked into the Hollywood Jail, his belongings are collected and stored. This property is returned to the inmate once he is released or transferred to a county jail.
Alternatively, an inmate who was arrested on a misdemeanor charge can fill out a property release form designating another person to claim that property. Inmates who are arrested on felony charges must receive approval from a detective before they will be permitted to release their property.
If an inmate has chosen you to pick up his property from the Hollywood Jail, you must bring a government issued I.D. This procedure is available at the Hollywood Jail lobby 24 hours a day / 7 days a week.
Call us for help.
If you or loved one is charged with a crime and you are looking to hire an attorney for representation, we invite you to contact us at Shouse Law Group. We can provide a free consultation in office or by phone. We have local offices in Los Angeles, the San Fernando Valley, Pasadena, Long Beach, Orange County, Ventura, San Bernardino, Rancho Cucamonga, Riverside, San Diego, Sacramento, Oakland, San Francisco, San Jose and throughout California.
1 Our Los Angeles County defense attorneys have local law offices in Beverly Hills, Burbank, Glendale, Lancaster, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Pasadena, Pomona, Torrance, Van Nuys, West Covina, and Whittier.