California Jails A-Z

Jails in California are operated by cities and counties and these facilities hold inmates who are awaiting trial or serving sentences for misdemeanor or felony crimes. Historically, jails only held inmates serving sentences of up to one year. Inmates with longer sentences went to state-run prisons.

However, much of this changed with realignment in 2011. Now jails hold many of the inmates who are serving felony sentences of several years. Prisons are reserved for inmates convicted of serious felonies -- such as robbery or murder -- and inmates sentenced under California's three strikes law.

Each jail facility has its own policies regarding visiting, contacting inmates, putting money on inmates books, and return of property. In the sections below, our California criminal defense lawyers present this information for many of the state's jails. If you have further questions or need assistance with a case, please contact us at 855-LawFirm.

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