Updated February 6, 2020
The Todd Road Jail in Santa Paula, CA, is one of three correctional facilities operated by the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office. The 157-acre Todd Road Detention Center houses male and female inmates awaiting adjudication or serving sentences for California misdemeanor and/or felony offenses.
In Ventura County, newly arrested individuals are usually booked into custody at the Ventura Pre-trial Detention Facility or East County Jail, then may be transferred to Todd Road. Originally opened in 1995, this jail has a rated capacity for 796 inmates, but the population is generally above capacity. As of 2019, an expansion project is underway to add more beds to the facility.
Located about 20 minutes from coastal Ventura, CA, the address and phone number of the Todd Road Jail is:
600 Todd Road
Santa Paula, CA 93060
Below, you will find detailed information pertaining to policies at the Santa Paula Jail. This information is provided by California criminal defense lawyers for the benefit of detainees and their loved ones. Topics covered include:
- 1. Ventura County Inmate Search
- 2. Bail Bonding Information
- 3. Communication with Inmates
- 4. Funding Inmate Cash Accounts
- 5. Visitation at the Todd Road Jail
- 6. Mail for Inmates
- 7. Life at the Jail
- 8. Inmate Property Retrieval
- 9. Legal Help
1. How to Locate a Todd Jail Inmate
If you wish to verify custody of an inmate at the Todd Road Correctional Facility, you may call the jail at (805) 933-8501 or the correctional information line at (805) 654-3335. You can also access detailed inmate information via the Ventura County Sheriff’s online database.
Inputting the first few letters of a first and last name calls up a list of current inmates below, identified by their birthdate, race, and booking date. When you have located your friend or loved one, click to find detailed arrest information. If applicable, you will see his or her:
- Booking number
- Housing Location and visitation access
- Criminal charges
- Bail Information
- Upcoming court date
2. Posting Bail
After an arrest, most Ventura County inmates will have an opportunity to post bail to obtain temporary freedom from incarceration. Bail information can be obtained online or by calling the jail. Bail can be paid in person at the Pre-Trial Detention Facility at 800 S. Victoria Ave. in Ventura. Bail payment is accepted in cash, or in a money order, cashier’s or certified check (payable to Ventura County Superior Court). You can also pay bail on Govpaynow.com or use a fee-based bail bondsman.
3. Phone Calls and Email
In accordance with the laws of California, arrestees booked into the Ventura County Todd Road Jail are permitted three, free (local) phone calls. This opportunity can be used to place personal calls and/or secure legal counsel. Inmates cannot take incoming personal calls at the jail, but can call out using phones in the common areas.
All inmate calls are placed collect or funded through third-party correctional billing services. You can facilitate inmate calls by establishing an account on the Securus website, where you can deposit funds and purchase phone time. Securus options include “Advance Connect,” allowing prepayment for inmate calls, and “Direct Bill” which provides a monthly billing service. Once registered, you can also use a kiosk machine in the lobby of the jail to deposit phone funds.
To send email to an inmate, go to the inmate information page and type in his or her name. Once you have located the name on the list, a red envelope to the right indicates the email option is available. Click the envelope to sign in and send an email message. (There is a $1.00 fee plus $1.75 processing fee to send email; you can purchase packages, such as 25 emails for $23.75 plus a processing fee.) Note: email is incoming but not outgoing from the jail. Messages (text only) will be printed onto a single page and distributed with the daily mail.
Be aware that all inmate phone calls and messages are subject to monitoring and recording. It is always in the best interest of your friend or loved one to avoid discussing pending criminal charges. If you wish to block inmate calls, the number to call is (800) 844-6591.
4. Inmate Commissary Accounts
Although food and basic toiletries are provided by the Todd Road County Jail, inmates can obtain preferred products from the commissary, which offers snacks/treats, hygiene items, etc. There are opportunities to order items for weekly delivery.
The inmate trust account is started initially with funds the inmate brings into the jail, but family and friends can contribute to fund commissary if desired. After registering with Securus, you can make deposits in the following ways:
- In-person – A kiosk machine is located in the jail lobby, which accepts cash, credit and debit cards.
- Online – The Securus jpay website accepts inmate debit account deposits.
- By phone — Call (888) 574-5729 to make a cash account deposit.
5. Todd Road Jail Visitation
This correctional facility provides an option for off-site “video visits.” Note that on-site visits are non-contact, facilitated by kiosks equipped with video screens, while remote visits take place on your computer or Android device. Video visitation is facilitated through Securus.
Inmates at the Todd Road Detention Facility are permitted two 30-minute jail visits per week. At this jail, visitation days are Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday, and visiting hours are 7:30 to 9:30 a.m., 10:00 a.m. to Noon, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., and 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. (Note: the last visiting time slot begins 30 minutes prior to the end of visiting hours.)
You can check in and sign up for a visit 30 minutes prior to the start (so 7:00 a.m. for early hours.) Visits are scheduled on a first-come, first-serve basis. It is best to confirm an inmate’s availability for visitation ahead of time by calling the jail at (805) 933-8501.
The Santa Paula Jail has several rules for visitation. If any rule is violated, visitation privileges may be denied or revoked.
- Valid government issued photo ID is required for entry. Appropriate identification includes a driver’s license, passport, state ID card or military ID.
- Minor children (17 and under) must arrive in the company of a parent, grandparent, or legal guardian. (Be prepared to show documentation.) Children must not be left unattended on the jail grounds.
- There is no eating, drinking, or smoking allowed in the visitation area.
- With the exception of identification, keys, and one baby bottle and/or blanket for an infant, leave personal property at home or locked in your car. No lockers are provided at the jail. This means no purses, wallets, backpacks, baby transport items, cell phones, smart watches, reading/writing material, cameras, food, tobacco products.
- You may not visit if you have been booked into/released from a Ventura County jail in the past year.
There is also a dress code for visitors to the Todd Road County Jail. Shoes and shirts are required. Do not wear:
- Sleeveless or strapless shirts
- Torn (holey) pants or jeans
- Shorts/skirts/dresses with hemlines shorter than one inch above the knee
- Midriff-baring tops, sheer materials or any clothing that staff may deem “provocative”
Important to note: All visits at the jail or through your computer are monitored and recorded. Be careful to avoid incriminating conversations pertaining to criminal acts or charges.
6. Mail for Inmates
Mail to Todd Road Jail inmates should be addressed as follows:
Inmates name and booking number
The Todd Road Jail
P.O. Box 6929
Ventura, CA 93006
Inmates can receive unlimited postal mail, and are encouraged to write letters. Correspondence materials can be purchased through commissary. (Inmates without sufficient funds will receive writing materials and postage to send at least one letter/postcard per week.)
Softcover books and periodicals can be ordered for inmates, but must be sent directly from a publisher or vendor such as Amazon or Barnes and Noble. Inmates are limited to the quantity of material that can be stored in their housing units.
All incoming mail is opened and inspected. The jail has a number of rules regarding correspondence and items banned as“contraband.” This includes any type of drug as well as:
- Envelopes, letters, and postcards must not be altered/enhanced with layered material, glue, stickers, glitter, paint/crayon, foil, lipstick, fragrance, or other foreign or staining material.
- Material must not contain gang codes or markings
- No content depicting nudity or sex acts is accepted
- Material that could incite or encourage violence, rioting, or racial hatred (or pose any type of security threat) is banned
- Blank correspondence materials or postage stamps is not accepted
- No paper clips, metal clasps, wire
- Personal checks or money is not accepted through the mail
7. Life at the Jail
On-site medical care and mental health services are provided to Todd Road Jail inmates through California Forensic Medical Group. If your incarcerated friend or relative has a known mental health (or medical) condition, you can fill out an Inmate Mental Health Information Form to notify the jail staff.
The San Paula Detention Center also offers a variety of inmate programs and services. Examples include:
- Substance abuse treatment and Narcotics Anonymous (N.A.) and Alcoholics Anonymous (A.A.) groups
- Academic opportunities, including ESL classes and G.E.D. coursework
- Vocational programs, including a print shop, sewing classes, and culinary training
- Religious services and programs
A Work Release opportunity is facilitated through the Ventura County Probation Department. “Low risk” inmates with a sentence no longer than one year may be eligible to perform manual labor as a custody alternative. This labor generally entails work on community landscaping and clean-up projects.
8. Inmate Property
When an individual is booked into the Todd Road Ventura County Jail, all property in his or her possession is confiscated and stored for safe keeping. The property will be returned upon the inmate’s release, or the inmate can sign an authorization form to allow a visitor to pick up property.
Once the authorization is submitted and processed, property pick-up takes place at the Pre-Trial Detention Facility located at 800 South Victoria Ave. in Ventura.
9. Legal Help
An experienced criminal defense lawyer can help you beat the charges or negotiate better terms to avoid harsh penalties. The California Legal Defense Group has assisted numerous people accused of all types of crimes. Our attorneys have been instrumental in helping many maintain their freedom and clean record. For a free consultation after a California arrest, please call 24/7 or contact us online.