Napa County Jail

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Napa County Jail

Located in Napa Valley, CA, the Napa County Jail houses adult, male and female inmates serving sentences for all types of California misdemeanor and felony offenses, as well as individuals detained at the jail awaiting bail and resolution of their charges.

The 264-bed Napa County Detention Center falls under the jurisdiction of the Napa County Department of Corrections. (This is one of only two California correctional facilities that is not governed under the authority of a County Sheriff). Suffering earthquake-related damage and experiencing overcrowded conditions, the “Napa County Justice Center” is currently in the middle of a construction/renovation phase.

The jail in Napa County is located about an hour north of San Francisco. The address and phone number are:

1125 Third Street
Napa, CA 94559
(707) 253-4401

Below, you will find detailed information pertaining to policies at the Napa Jail. This information is provided by California criminal defense lawyers for the benefit of detainees and their loved ones. Topics covered include:

1. How to Locate a Napa County Inmate

To locate a friend or relative who may have been taken into custody, you can call the Napa County Correctional Facility directly at (707) 253-4401. The staff will confirm an arrest, detail the criminal charges and provide any applicable bail information.

You can also search for inmate information online. Napa County provides two online reports: an up-to-date Booking Report identifies all individuals booked into the jail, and an In Custody Report , which has a list of those currently incarcerated.

Each detainee and inmate is identified by date of birth, height/weight and other descriptive characteristics. Detailed information includes:

  • Arrest date and time
  • Booking number
  • Applicable bail information
  • Criminal charges (listed by legal code) and category, felony (F) or misdemeanor (M)

2. Bail Bonding Information

After an arrest, most people will be offered the opportunity to post bail and obtain temporary freedom from incarceration. The bail amount is set by the court according to the criminal charge, previous record and assessed flight risk. Bail information can be obtained by calling the jail at (707) 253-4401 or through the online Booking or In Custody Report.

Please note: If the accused does not appear for an ordered court date, money or property used for bail may be forfeited.

3. Napa Valley Jail Phone Calls

In accordance with the laws of California, arrestees booked into the Napa County Jail are permitted three, free (local) phone calls. They can use this opportunity to make personal calls or secure legal counsel.

Inmates are not allowed to take incoming calls from family and friends, but can call out using phones provided by the jail. All calls are placed collect and must be funded through “correctional billing services.” You can call the Napa Detention Center at (707) 253-4401 to set up your phone account or go to the Securus website, where you can establish an account, deposit funds and purchase phone time.

Securus options include “Advance Connect,” which allows you to prepay for inmate calls, and “Direct Bill” which provides a monthly billing service. Once you have an account set up, you also have the option to leave your loved one 45-second voicemail messages. Voicemail, which costs $1.99 per message, can be left by calling the jail, extension #1.

Be aware that all inmate phone calls and messages are subject to monitoring and recording. It is, therefore, in the best interest of your friend or loved one to avoid discussing pending criminal charges.

4. Inmate Commissary Accounts

Though food and basic toiletries are provided by the facility, inmates can obtain preferred products from the commissary, which offers snacks/treats, hygiene items, etc. Family and friends can supply funds for their loved ones through a deposit account, which can be set up at Access Corrections.

If you prefer, you can also deposit funds:

  • In-person – A kiosk machine is located at the west entrance of the jail. The kiosk accepts cash, credit and debit cards and is available for public use seven days a week, 24-hours a day.
  • By phone -- Call (888) 277-2535. To deposit funds by phone, you will need the name and location of the jail and the inmate's full name and ID#.

Note: This facility has a commissary spending limit of $80 per week.

Another option for providing upgraded comfort items to an inmate is care package purchases, which you can make directly from www.mycarepack.com. Your selected items will be delivered along with other commissary orders.

Napa Valley Jail Visiting Hours
Each inmate at the Napa County Jail is permitted a maximum of three on-site visits per week

5. Napa County Jail Visitation

This correctional facility provides an option for on-site visitation as well as off-site “video visits.” Note that on-site visits are non-contact, facilitated by kiosks equipped with video screens at the west entrance of the jail.

Each inmate at the Napa County Jail is permitted a maximum of three on-site visits per week. To schedule an on-site or remote video visit, you can register at one of the kiosks at the west entrance (nearest Coombs Street.) You can also register online for video visits through Securus. All jail visits must be scheduled 24 hours in advance.

The Napa Correctional Facility has several strict rules for visitation at the jail. If any rule is violated, visitation privileges may be revoked.

  • You must check in 10 minutes prior to your appointment at the jail.
  • Valid government issued photo ID is required for entry. Appropriate identification includes a driver's license, state ID card or military ID.
  • Minor children (17 and under) must arrive in the company of a parent or legal guardian.
  • With the exception of identification and car keys, do not bring in any items to the visitation area. No cell phones, other electronics, food, or drinks.
  • Dress code: no nudity, tight, revealing or provocative clothing.
  • Do not engage in disruptive behavior or deface jail property.

Off-site visits:

Remote visitation from your computer or android device is an additional option. Unlimited 20-minute remote visits can be scheduled for any day of the week. The visiting hours are 8:30am to 10:30am, 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., and 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Video visits must be scheduled a day ahead. For more detailed information on Napa County Detention Center visitation, please consult the county's “Video Visitation Guidelines.”

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 Napa County Jail inmates should be addressed as follows:

Inmate's Full Name
Napa County Department of Corrections
1125 Third Street
Napa, CA 94559

Inmates are encouraged to write letters, and can purchase correspondence materials through commissary. Those without necessary funds will be provided with the means to send out two personal letters per week to family and friends (as well as unlimited legal mail).

All personal mail is opened and inspected. The jail has a number of rules regarding correspondence and “contraband:”

  • Envelopes and letters should be plain without added stickers, glitter, or other foreign material.
  • Do not send polaroid photographs, photos over 5 x 7” in size, or photos with a backing attached.
  • Greeting cards should be 8.5 x 11” or smaller and should not include musical applications.
  • No cash or checks through the mail.
  • Do not send material that is obscene, gang-related or may be considered an incitement to violence, drug use or racial hate crime.
  • Books and periodicals must be sent directly from a publisher or vendor such as Amazon or Barnes and Noble. Only soft cover books 8.5” x 11” or smaller are permitted.

7. Health and Safety at the Jail

Originally built in 1976, the Napa Detention Center sustained significant damage in the 6.0 earthquake that occurred in 2016. In recent years, it has been dealing with repair work to remedy its aging infrastructure and overcrowding concerns.

Inmates are generally classified and housed separately according to their offense, criminal history, and observed behavior. Inmates considered to be dangerous will be housed apart from the general population and closely monitored.

At the Napa County Jail, inmates will have access to medical, dental and mental health care, as well as prescription medication. Several inmate programs are provided, facilitated by jail volunteers, including 12-step substance abuse programs, Bible Study, literacy programs and G.E.D. coursework.

Note: All U.S. jails must comply with the federal Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) of 2003, which includes a “zero tolerance policy” for acts of sexual abuse, sexual assault, or sexual harassment involving jail inmates or staff. Incidents of abuse should be reported immediately to jail staff.

8. Alternative Sentencing

If a judge has given approval for an inmate to work or reside outside of the Napa County Jail, he or she may be able to participate in the Work Furlough or a Home Detention program. There is also a Community Conservation Corp program.

Information about alternative sentencing in Napa is provided on the County website. An application must be completed and approved to participate in work release. There is a $75 one-time application fee, plus a daily charge equal to one hour's wage.

9. Inmate Property

When an individual is booked into the Napa County Jail, all property in his or her possession is sealed 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. With the signed authorization, the property may be picked up Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. at:

Hall of Justice (front entrance)
1125 Third Street
Napa, CA 94559

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