In Hollywood, CA, the Hollywood Area Jail is one of ten detention facilities operated under the jurisdiction of the Los Angeles County Police Department (LAPD). The jail, located within the Hollywood Community Police Station, is a temporary holding facility for men and women who have been arrested for a California misdemeanor and/or felony crime. This is a small jail, one of the smallest in the LAPD network.
The Hollywood Jail is located about seven miles north of downtown Los Angeles, off of US-101N. The address and phone number is:
1358 North Wilcox Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90028
Assisting family and friends of individuals who may currently be incarcerated in the LAPD Hollywood Jail, our team of California criminal defense lawyers provide some helpful information below. We provide details on the following important topics:
- 1. Locating an Inmate in L.A. County
- 2. Booking/Intake and First Steps
- 3. Bail Bonding Information
- 4. Inmate Phone Calls
- 5. Hollywood Jail Visitation
- 6. Property Release
- 7. Criminal Defense Law
1. Inmate Search
If you are unsure whether or not your friend or loved one has been taken into custody in the Hollywood area, you can verify custody status in one of a few ways:
- Call the Hollywood Jail at (213) 972-2975
- Call the L.A. County Sheriff's Department (LASD) 24-hour inmate information line: (213) 473-6100 (While the Hollywood Jail is a satellite of the Los Angeles Police Department, the LASD provides information pertaining to all arrests taking place in Los Angeles County.)
- Go online to the LASD inmate information webpage.
To use the online search engine, you simply type in the individual's first and last name to call up a list of potential inmates (who are identified by name, birthdate and race). Click on the booking number to see detailed information, including criminal charges (and category, felony or misdemeanor) as well as bail information, if applicable.
2. Intake and Release or Transfer
As part of the booking process, the L.A. County arresting officer will assess the incoming detainee, completing a medical screening and inmate classification form. Medical needs will be discussed as they relate to detention housing, and medical care is provided, if needed. It is important to know: arrestees have the right to request counsel with an attorney prior to booking into a California jail.
Arrestees are held at the Hollywood Detention Facility for just a short period of time. Some leave when they post bail or are released on their own recognizance (an "O.R." release), while others stay to await transfer to court. Generally, California inmates who are being held in custody are brought before a judge for their arraignment hearing within two to three court days after being arrested.
At the initial hearing, the Superior Court judge may continue the arraignment or set the case for a pre-trial hearing. Male defendants may be transferred to a larger L.A. County jail such as the Los Angeles Twin Towers Jail or the Los Angeles Men's Central Jail. Women will generally be housed in the Century Regional Detention Facility (also known as “Lynwood.”)
3. Posting Bail
Your friend or loved one will likely be granted a chance to post bail to gain temporary release from custody. To find out specific bail bonding details, you can call the jail directly at (213) 972-2975 and/or locate information on the L.A. Sheriff's Inmate Locator link.
"Bail" for criminal detainees in Hollywood is set according to Los Angeles County Court guidelines. Once an inmate's bail has been set, a friend or family member can post bail* on his/her behalf. (See "How to Post Bail in California".) The money is meant to ensure that the defendant attends scheduled court appearances after he or she is released from jail. But, be aware: if the inmate does not show up for court appearances, your bail money is forfeited to the court.
Bail payment is accepted at the Hollywood Police Department Jail each day, 24 hours a day. Call the jail at (213) 972-2975 to verify payment amount/accepted methods. Most LAPD jails accept:
- Cashier's check made payable to the Los Angeles Police Department's Bail Account (drawn on a California bank.)
- Western Union or US Postal Money Orders
If you choose to use a licensed bail bondsman, you will be asked to pay just a percentage of the total bail amount, however, this money is retained by the bonding agency as a fee for services. If the defendant does not make required court appearances, the entire bail amount is collectable by the bonding agent.
*Note: An experienced Hollywood criminal defense attorney can schedule a bail hearing, and argue that the defendant's bail should be reduced or eliminated.
4. Jail Phone Calls
California law mandates all arrestees be allowed to make some free, local calls within the first few hours in custody. These calls may be used to contact friends or family members, arrange bail, and/or to seek help from a criminal lawyer.
Regarding contacting an inmate, detainees at the Hollywood Area Jail cannot take incoming personal calls. However, once situated, they will be allowed to make collect outgoing phone calls from the jail. In L.A. County, detention facilities are served by an outside vendor, “Global Tel,” which facilitates prepaid inmate calls for friends and family.
To set up an account and deposit funds for inmate phone calls, go online to Global Tel ConnectNetwork or call the company at (877) 650-4249. The service allows you to set up an “advance pay” phone account to fund calls from the jail to a specific telephone number.
It is important to be aware that inmate phone calls are not private, but will always be subject to monitoring and recording. To avoid damaging your loved one's case, it is wise to refrain from speaking about criminal charges over the phone.
5. Visit an Inmate
At the Jail in Hollywood, the daily visiting hours for inmates are as follows:
- Weekdays from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
- Weekends from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Detainees at this jail are allowed one visit per day of a personal nature (and unlimited legal or clergy visits). One adult and one child can visit in a single session, and visits generally are permitted for 15 to 30 minutes.
Visitation appointments are not required, and personal visits are granted on a first-come, first-serve basis. It is a good idea to call the Hollywood P.D. Jail at (213) 972-2975 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.
All visitors must bring valid photo identification to jail visitation, such as
- a California driver's license or identification card,
- a U.S. passport,
- an alien registration card, or
- a U.S. military card.
Hollywood Jail visitors are subject to a search of their person and property. Visitors may not bring anything illegal to the facility nor may they bring any items to give to inmates. The Hollywood Police Station Jail may deny entry to anyone who is deemed to pose a threat...either real or perceived...to the safety or security of the staff or inmates.
As is the case with phone communication, visits with jail inmates are subject to monitoring and recording, and incriminating statements can be used against your friend/relative.
6. Inmate Property Release
When an inmate is booked into the Hollywood PD Jail, his or her belongings are collected and stored. Property is returned to the inmate upon release or transfer to a county jail. Inmates who will be transferred can fill out a property release form to designate another person to claim their property.
Once property retrieval is approved, family/friends may pick up inmate property at the Hollywood Jail lobby. You must bring a government issued photo ID for property pick up.
7. Talk to a Criminal Lawyer
The experienced attorneys at the California Legal Defense Group successfully defend men and women accused of all types of crimes. Our team, which includes former prosecutors and police officers, can help you or your loved one avoid jail time and other undesirable consequences of criminal conviction. Don't hesitate to reach out to us for a free consultation and case assessment today. Call (855) LAW-FIRM or contact us online.