The Marin County Jail is located in the San Francisco Bay Area, in San Rafael, CA. This 376-bed facility houses male and female adult detainees and inmates who have been sentenced for a California misdemeanor and/or felony crime. The typical population here is in pre-trial status or serving a short sentence.
This detention center was recently in the news due to local controversy over the jail's cooperative stance with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). The Marin County Correctional Facility is located in the “North Bay” Area. The address and phone number are:
13 Peter Behr Drive
San Rafael, CA 94903
Below, information is offered to assist family and friends of individuals detained in the Marin County Detention Center. Our team of California criminal defense lawyers provide key information on the following topics:
- 1. Find an Inmate
- 2. Marin County Bail Bonding
- 3. Inmate Phone Contact
- 4. Commissary Account Funding
- 5. Visitation in San Rafael
- 6. Mail Policies
- 7. Life and Health at the Marin County Jail
- 8. Property Release
- 9. Criminal Defense Help
1. Marin County Inmate Search
To determine if your friend or loved one is in custody at the Marin County Jail, you are encouraged to call the jail at (415) 473-7316. The staff will confirm an arrest, detail the criminal charges and provide bail information, if applicable.
Alternatively, you can go online to access the County of Marin Booking Log. There, you can plug in a specific name or access a complete list of current Marin County inmates. Information provided includes date of birth, arrest date, occupation, and physical characteristics, as well as the inmate's jail ID number and criminal charges. The category of each charge, felony or misdemeanor, is also provided.
2. Posting Bail
Many detainees at the San Rafael Jail will be granted the opportunity to gain freedom through payment of a bail bond. The jail accepts bail payment 24-hours a day, and accepts cash, money orders (made out to Clerk of the Court of jurisdiction), payment through govpay.net, as well as bonds posted by a bail bonding agency.
Note that California's bail bonding system is set to change as of October 1, 2019. At that time, current criminal bail protocols will be replaced with a new system, known as “preventive detention.”
3. San Rafael Jail Telephone Policies
In accordance with California law, Marin County Jail criminal detainees are permitted three, free (local) phone calls, which can be placed to contact family/friends or legal counsel. Friends and family members cannot call into the detention center and speak directly with a detainee or inmate. The Marin County Correctional Center staff are not allowed to take messages for inmates, but in case of a verifiable emergency, call (415) 499-7316 and ask to speak to the housing sergeant.
All housed inmates will have access to telephones from which to make outgoing, collect calls. (Note that collect calls can't be made to cell phones.) Phone calls can be funded with prepaid calling cards, which can be purchased through the jail commissary. You can also set up a pre-paid phone account through Global Tel Link at https://www.gtl.net (or call (866) 230-7761).
In addition, you can set up an account at accesscorrections.com to send “Secure Mail” electronic messages to your friend or loved one. Messages are delivered to inmates daily.
Please keep in mind that all inmate phone calls and messages will be subject to monitoring and recording. For this reason, it is never a good idea to engage in conversation about pending criminal charges or other details pertaining to the inmate's case.
4. Inmate Cash Accounts
Marin County Detention Center inmates will be issued a trust account that is used to pay for commissary purchases. Commissary products include snacks/treats, toiletries, shoes, pharmaceuticals, stationary materials and entertainment items.
Family members and friends can deposit funds in an inmate's account in one of a few ways:
- Lobby – A kiosk machine located in the jail lobby accepts cash and credit/debit card deposits. No money can be accepted by jail staff at the lobby window.
- Online – You can make a deposit with a credit or debit card at AccessCorrections.com. There will be a handling charge assessed for each transaction. The inmate's ID # is required to make a cash account deposit. (See County of Marin Booking Log).
- Telephone – Call (866) 345-1884 to make a deposit through Access Corrections Secure Deposits, which accepts credit and debit cards over the phone. Inmate ID #'s are required (accessible on the County of Marin Booking Log).
- Mail – You send funds for an inmate to the jail using postal mail. Only money orders are accepted, and the money order must include the inmate's name as well as your name. Cash and personal checks will not be accepted.
You can also place your own commissary order for an inmate at marinpackages.com. There is a facility maximum spending limit of $50 week. A $6.95 fee will apply to all orders.
5. Marin County Detention Visitation
Visitation at the San Rafael Detention Center takes place every day of the week, including holidays. Marin County inmates are allowed one 30-minute visit per day. A maximum of three people can visit at one time. (Children under 1 year of age, who are carried, do not count as a visitor.)
All visits must be scheduled ahead of time by the inmate, and no walk-ins are accepted. Plan to arrive at least 15 minutes before your scheduled visit.
Visiting hours at the jail include the following time slots:
9:00 a.m., 9:40 a.m., 10:20 a.m., 1:00 p.m., 1:40 p.m., 2:20 p.m., 5:45 p.m., 7:00 p.m., 7:40 p.m., 8:20 p.m., 9:00 p.m.
9:00 a.m., 9:40 a.m., 10:20 a.m., 2:00 p.m., 2:40 p.m., 3:20 p.m., 5:45 p.m.
9:00 a.m., 9:40 a.m., 10:20 a.m., 2:00 p.m., 2:40 p.m., 3:20 p.m., 5:45 p.m., 7:00 p.m., 7:40 p.m., 8:20 p.m., 9:00 p.m.
Note that Pod A and “Lockdown” visitation takes place after 5:45 pm on weekdays only. For visits with inmates who have a diagnosed mental illness, call Prisoner Services at (415) 473-7268.
Visitation rules at the Marin County Jail include:
- Visitors must present valid, government-issued photo identification.
- Minors under 18 must be in the company of a parent or guardian. School aged children must present student ID.
- Children should be closely supervised at all times and must not be left unattended. Unruly children will result in a cancelled visit.
- No food or beverages are allowed in the visitation area.
- Do not bring in any personal property other than a key, eyeglasses and emergency medication. All other items must be left behind or stored in the quarter lockers at the facility.
- Visitors under the influence of alcohol or drugs will be denied entry.
- Rule violations may lead to suspension of all future visitation privileges.
There is a dress code at the Marin County Jail. Forbidden clothing includes:
- Items displaying gang colors or affiliation
- Drooping (sagging) pants
- Revealing clothes such as too-short skirts or shorts, sheer or low cut tops and tube tops/halter tops/crop tops
6. Mail Policies
Marin County inmates can send and receive an unlimited amount of personal correspondence . Inmates can purchase writing materials and stamped envelopes through commissary.
All incoming envelopes should include a full return address, with sender's name, and should be addressed as follows:
(Inmate's Full Name)
Marin County Jail
13 Peter Behr Drive
San Rafael, CA 94903
You can order magazines and soft-cover books for inmates, but they must arrive directly from a publisher or vendor, such as Amazon or Barnes & Noble. Note that inmates cannot have more than five books at a time in their possession.
7. Life/Health in Detention
The Marin County Sheriff's Office states a goal of supporting positive inmate behavior and providing discipline for misconduct. There is also a pledge to help inmates become productive community members, and the detention center provides a number of programs to this end. Inmates are offered educational, parenting programs, addiction counseling, etc.
Marin County Jail inmates have access to medical and psychological treatment seven days a week, 24 hours a day. If you believe your friend or love one has a medical or mental health issue that needs to be addressed, forms are available in the lobby for this purpose. In an emergency situation, call the jail staff at (415) 499-7316.
The Marin County Correctional Facility has a culinary program for selected inmates. The program teaches restaurant skills and baking. Participating inmates are given the chance to pass a test and receive a “food handler's card.”
The Marin County Detention Center complies with the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) of 2003. They state a “zero tolerance policy” for acts of sexual abuse, sexual assault, or sexual harassment. All reports of abuse are investigated. The facility's 2018 PREA Annual Report shows most reports are determined to be “unfounded” or “unsubstantiated.”
8. Inmate Property
Any money found in the possession of an arrestee will be confiscated during booking and held for later release. Within the first 48 hours, the inmate can release this money to a designated individual. A request form must be filled out by the inmate and approved by an on duty sergeant.
For information about picking up other types of inmate property, contact the jail at (415) 499-6655.
9. Criminal Legal Assistance
If you or a loved one has been arrested in Marin County, advice from an experienced criminal defense lawyer can make a difference in the outcome of the case. The criminal attorneys at California Legal Defense Group have assisted many individuals, and we can help you beat the charges or obtain significantly reduced consequences. For a free consultation and case review, please call us today at (855) 396-0370 or contact us online.