|Address/phone||630 E Rialto Ave |
San Bernardino, CA 92415 (map)
|Find an inmate||Inmate locator|
|Bail info||Call jail at (909) 350-2476.|
|Visiting hours||Wednesday to Saturday from 8:30am to 7pm. Make appointment online.|
|Send care packages||Icaregifts.com|
The Central Detention Center (CDC) in San Bernardino, CA, houses adult detainees and County inmates sentenced for California misdemeanor and felony offenses. As a West Coast hub for the U.S. Marshals Service, this San Bernardino Jail also houses a large number of federal inmates.
One of four detention centers under the direction of the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, the Central Detention Center (CDC) is the primary booking facility used by East Valley police and sheriff stations.
Our team of California criminal defense lawyers provides important information to assist family and friends of detainees currently held at the San Bernardino CDC. The following topics are covered:
- 1. How do I search for an inmate in San Bernardino?
- 2. How do I post bail at the Central Detention Center?
- 3. Can I call an inmate?
- 4. How do I put money on an inmate’s account?
- 5. What are the visiting hours and policies?
- 6. Can Central Detention Center inmates send and receive mail?
- 7. What is life like at the San Bernardino Jail?
- 8. Is there a work release option?
- 9. How can an inmate’s property be collected?
1. How do I search for an inmate in San Bernardino?
The Sheriff’s Department provides an online Inmate Locator search engine that can help you find out if your loved one is currently in custody at the Central Detention Center.
The CDC Inmate Locator provides each subject’s
- custody location,
- booking number,
- scheduled court date,
- criminal charges, and
- bail amount, if eligible.
2. How do I post bail at the Central Detention Center?
If your loved one has been granted temporary bail release, you can post bail in one of a few ways:
- money orders,
- property bonds, and
- bail bonds.
The Central San Bernardino Jail accepts bail payment 24/7. Call (909) 350-2476 for more specific instructions on bonding out your particular loved one.
3. Can I call an inmate?
No, you cannot call Central Detention Center inmates, though they may make free outgoing calls to you.
It is important to remain aware that inmate phone calls are always subject to monitoring and recording. It is best to refrain from speaking about criminal charges to avoid harming your friend or loved one’s case.
4. How do I put money on an inmate’s account?
To put money on the books for a Central San Bernardino Jail inmate so they can make commissary purchases, you can either:
- make a deposit using the CDC lobby kiosk, which accepts cash, credit card, and debit card; or
- mail a cashier’s check or money order made payable to the Central Detention Center and including the name and booking number of the inmate on the memo line or within the mailing (use this address: Inmate full name, Booking Number, Central Detention Center, 630 East Rialto Avenue, San Bernardino, CA 92415)
Note you can also order care packages online at the San Bernardino commissary store.
5. What are the visiting hours and policies?
Visiting hours at Central Detention Center are Wednesday to Saturday, from 8:30am to 7pm. Though you have to make an appointment at least 24 hours in advance by:
- scheduling an appointment online; or
- calling (909) 887-0364 from Tuesday through Saturday from 9am to 3pm.
CDC inmates get two visits per week with a maximum of two visitors per session. Be sure to
- arrive 30 minutes early,
- bring your ID,
- dress appropriately, and
- wear a mask.
Visits at the CDC will not be private and conversations may be monitored and recorded. Be careful not to say anything incriminating pertaining to criminal acts or charges.
6. Can Central Detention Center inmates send and receive mail?
Yes. Be sure to address envelopes to:
Inmate full name, Booking Number
Central Detention Center
630 East Rialto Avenue
San Bernardino, CA 92415
Also write your return address on the envelope.
Envelopes may include only
- lined paper,
- plain paper, and/or
- up to 50 photographs.
You can send postcards as long as they are not cardstock thickness.
You may also order books and periodicals for inmates, but they must be shipped directly from the publisher or seller (such as Amazon.com).
7. What is life like at the San Bernardino Jail?
When new inmates arrive at the Central Detention Center, they go through an intake assessment process. This includes screening for any medical conditions requiring immediate attention, as well as determination of classification status.
There is access to medical and dental care onsite as well as mental health and substance abuse treatment. Depending upon criminal background, charges, and staff observations, inmates may be housed in minimum or maximum security units.
Through staff and a variety of volunteer organizations, a number of services and programs are provided to CDC inmates. These include
- academic classes and vocational training,
- religious services,
- individual and group therapy, and
- 12 step programs.
8. Is there a work release option?
Yes, a work release program is available to San Bernardino inmates. Candidates must
- receive court approval to participate,
- complete required classes, and
- wear a GPS ankle transmitter.
Inmates can work for an approved, past employer as well as provide manual labor for public facilities and agencies.
9. How can an inmate’s property be collected?
If your loved one is incarcerated at Central Detention Center, they can sign a “property withdrawal slip” designating you to pick up their property (usually their car keys, phone and wallet). To pick up the property, you will need to show your photo ID.
Call the jail at (909) 386-0969 for more information.