The Colusa County Jail, which is located in the small northern California town of Colusa, houses male and female adults who have been detained under suspicion or sentenced for a misdemeanor or felony crime. Inmates can serve up to a year's time per felony conviction in the Colusa County Detention Facility, where the stated capacity for detainees and incarcerated residents is 92.
Colusa is located about 65 miles northwest of Sacramento off of I-5 and State Highway 20. The physical address and main phone number at the jail is:
929 Bridge Street
Colusa, CA 95932
Phone: (530) 458-0205
Detailed information is provided here to assist family members and friends of individuals who may currently be detained or incarcerated in the Colusa County Detention Center. Our team of California criminal defense lawyers address the following topics below:
- 1. Search for a Colusa County Inmate
- 2. Bail Bond Information
- 3. Communication by Phone
- 4. Commissary Cash Account Funding
- 5. Colusa County Jail Visitation
- 6. Mail Policies
- 7. Colusa Detention Center Life
- 8. Criminal Legal Help
1. Colusa County Inmate Search
The Colusa County Jail does not offer an online inmate locator search, so to find out if your loved one is detained at the facility, you should call the jail phone number: (530) 458-0205. Alternatively, you can locate a California inmate online through the vinelink.com website, which provides detailed information about bookings and correctional incarceration across the country.
To use the Vinelink system, you will need to register with the website. You can also sign up at the site to receive notification regarding an inmate's release from custody.
2. How to Post Bail
If a bail bond has been granted for your loved one, you can pay it at the Colusa County Jail with cash, a cashier's check or a money order. For a misdemeanor charge, you can also pay by credit/debit card at govpaynow.com.
Note that as of October 1, 2019, California plans to end its traditional cash bail protocols. At that time, the current system will be replaced with a new “preventive detention” system.
3. Inmate Phone Communication
Incoming calls from family and friends are not accepted for Colusa County inmates, and the staff is not permitted to pass along messages. Detainees are allowed to make free initial phone calls to loved ones and legal counsel, and thereafter, resident inmates are given ample opportunities to make collect phone calls. The phones are available between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 10:00 p.m.
Be aware that all phone calls from the jail are subject to monitoring and recording. It is in the best interest of your friend or loved one to avoid discussing pending criminal charges.
4. Colusa Inmate Cash Accounts
A limited selection of comfort items is available for inmate purchase through the Colusa County Detention Center commissary. Family and friends can deposit funds into their loved ones commissary cash account to help pay for snacks, hygiene products, and correspondence supplies.
There are a few ways to add funds to an inmate cash account:
- At the Jail -- To make a deposit, bring cash or a cashier's check into the jail during visiting hours or during the Colusa Sheriff's Department office hours, which are Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
- You can also mail in a money order to fund an inmate's cash account. Personal checks are not accepted, and cash should not be sent through the mail.
- To pay with a credit or debit card online, use the govpaynow.com.
Unused funds in the cash account are refundable (by check) upon release from custody.
5. Visitation at the Jail
Colusa County Correctional Center inmates are permitted two 30-minute visits weekly. Visitation days and visiting hours are set according to gender and housing units. The schedule is as follows:
- General population – Wednesday and Fridays, 3:00 to 4:00 p.m.
- Maximum security – Mondays and Thursdays, 3:00 to 4:00 p.m.
- Administrative segregation – Tuesdays and Thursdays, Noon to 1:00 p.m.
- High Profile – Tuesdays and Saturdays, 10:00 a.m. - Noon
- General Population – Wednesdays and Fridays, 9:00 a.m. to Noon, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
- Maximum Security – Mondays and Thursdays, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
- High Profile – Tuesdays and Saturdays, 8:00 to 10:00 a.m.
- Administrative Segregation – Tuesdays, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. and Thursdays, 9:00 a.m. to Noon
Visitation rules at the jail include:
- Government-issued photo identification must be presented.
- Minors under the age of 18 must be in the company of a parent or legal guardian.
- Children must be supervised at all times, and may not be left unattended in the lobby or visiting room.
- Do not bring in any food or other items to give to inmates. Staff will not accept items at the front desk to pass along. (Prescription medication and medical devices are the exception to this rule and may be brought in on a case by case basis.)
6. Butte County Mail Policies
Mail to inmates at the Colusa County Detention Center should be addressed as shown:
Colusa County Sheriff's Office
929 Bridge Street
Colusa, CA 95932
You can send in letters, cards, and photographs by mail, but packages and envelopes containing any other items are not accepted. Softcover books and magazines can be ordered to be sent directly to the inmate from a publisher or vendor.
Any photos mailed in must be printed on photographic paper (no polaroid pictures) and must be 4” by 4” or smaller. Photos or reading materials that depict pornography, violence, or gang symbols or activities are unacceptable.
Writing materials and stamped envelopes are available for purchase through commissary. Inmates who are without funds are provided with materials with which to send out two letters a week.
7. Life at the Colusa County Jail
Colusa County inmates are housed separately according to gender and criminal classification. The population is provided with three meals a day and basic hygiene supplies, and inmates have access to general medical and dental care, if needed. There is also mental health treatment available. Meals are contracted out, provided by a local hospital.
This is a mid-century era facility, built in 1962. The staff roster includes a jail commander, sergeant, three corporals and eight correctional officers.
Several volunteer-backed services and programs are offered to Colusa Correctional Center inmates, including Alcoholics Anonymous meetings and religious services in English and Spanish. Some inmates have the opportunity to take college classes or participate in work furlough.
The work release opportunity, which must be approved by a judge, allows inmates to work outside of the jail for a private or public employer. The phone number for the work furlough office is (530) 458-0206.
8. Help From a Criminal Attorney
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