Placer County (Auburn) Jail Info


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Placer County Main Jail aka Auburn Jail

The Placer County Main Jail, also known as the “Auburn Jail,” is located near Sacramento in Auburn, CA. Built in 1985, this is one of two detention centers (including the South Placer Jail) operated by the Placer County Sheriff's Office. The main, 276-bed Placer County Jail houses men and women awaiting adjudication for misdemeanor and felony allegations and those serving sentences for criminal convictions.

The address and main phone number of the Placer County Main Jail is:

2775 Richardson Drive
Auburn, CA 95603
(530) 745-8500

Benefitting friends and family members of individuals detained and incarcerated in Placer County, our team of California criminal defense lawyers provide key information below. The following topics are addressed:

1. Locate a Placer County Inmate

If you have reason to believe your friend or loved one is in custody at the Auburn Detention Center, you can verify this online on the County website. Click on the “In Custody Report” pdf link, and you will find a detailed list of names and other data to facilitate your inmate search.

Included information is the birthdate, booking date, jail ID number, criminal charges and category (misdemeanor or felony) and release date, if applicable. You will also find bail information and any scheduled court dates, as well as personalized visitation information. Alternatively, you are free to call the jail to request inmate information.

2. Posting Bail

Most detained individuals have a chance to post bail to obtain temporary freedom from incarceration. At the Placer County Main Jail, bail can be paid at the facility in cash (exact amounts), or with a money order, cashier's or certified check. Checks for bail payment should be made out to “Placer Trial Court” or “Clerk of the Court” for an out-of-county jurisdictional case.

You can locate specific bail information for your friend or family member on the Placer County's Sheriff's web page or call the jail at (530) 745-8500.

3. Inmate Contact Policies

Under California law, Placer County Jail detainees are allowed to place a minimum of three outgoing, local phone calls. Typically, these free calls are used to contact family members and/or friends and to seek counsel from a criminal lawyer.

Personal, incoming calls for detainees and inmates are not accepted, and Placer County Correctional Facility staff do not pass along messages. (In a verifiable emergency, messages may be conveyed with the Sergeant's permission.)

Outgoing, personal inmate phone calls in Placer County are facilitated through “I C Solutions,” an outside vendor. You can set up your account for phone communication and voicemail by going online to or call (888) 506-8407. You can use debit/credit cards to pay for phone minutes and/or deliver 30-second voicemail messages to your friend or loved one. Voicemail fees are $1.00 per message. If desired, you can pay for inmate contact by sending a money order or cashier's check to:

IC Solutions, Att: Customer Service
2200 Danbury Street
San Antonio, TX 78217

Another contact option offered by the Placer County Detention Center is email. You can set up an account through Access Corrections (See the “Secure Mail” option) for this service.

Please note that all personal calls and messages for Auburn Jail inmates are subject to monitoring and recording. To avoid doing harm to your friend/loved one's case, it is wise to avoid conversations pertaining to criminal charges.

4. Commissary Cash Account Deposits

Placer County inmates have weekly opportunities to purchase products from the jail commissary. The selection includes snacks/treats, hygiene products, correspondence materials/stamps, and other items.

An inmate cash account is set up for incarcerated inmates, and friends and family members are free to deposit funds to pay for commissary comfort items (as well as medical co-pays, etc.).

At the Auburn Detention Facility, there are a few ways to make a deposit:

  • Jail Kiosk – The facility has a kiosk machine in the lobby, which accepts cash, credit or debit cards.
  • Online – You can make a deposit online at Access Corrections, and can also place your own “care package” orders. There is a $100 weekly limit for products purchased and a $300 deposit limit.
  • Telephone – To make a credit or debit card payment by phone, call Access Corrections at (866) 394-0490.
  • Mail – You can mail a money order or cashier's check (limit $100) to the jail for commissary (or drop it in the lobby drop-box). The check should be made payable to the inmate (ID number included), and your name and address must also be included.

Deposits must be received by Monday for delivery the following week. There is a $4.00 transaction fee for the jail kiosk. For phone and online orders, fees range from $3.95 to 11.95 per transaction, depending upon the amount of funds deposited.

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The Placer County Correctional Center offers both onsite and remote visitation opportunities

5. Visitation at the Main Jail

The Placer County Correctional Center offers both onsite and remote visitation opportunities. At the jail, inmates are allowed two 30-minute visits per week. A maximum of three visitors at a time are allowed, including children.

To determine visiting hours for your friend or loved one, check the County website “In Custody Report,” which may provide specifics. It is also recommended to call the jail at (530) 745-8500 to verify exact days/times for individual inmate visitation.

You should be checked in at the Auburn Visitation Center 35 to 45 minutes ahead of your planned visit. Adult visitors can fill out an online pre-registration form to expedite the check-in process for on-site jail visits.

Video visits can also take place from home using your own computer or Android device. These 30-minute visits cost $9.99. Remote visits should be scheduled 8-12 hours in advance at These visits occur only when inmates are in their “dayroom” environment, so you must confer with your friend/loved before scheduling.

Placer County has a list of visitation rules, as follows:

  • You will need to present valid, government-issued, photo identification.
  • Visitors under age 18 can visit in the company of a responsible adult .
  • Children must be closely supervised and may not be left unattended on the premises.
  • Cell phones, laptops, tablets, etc. are not allowed in the visiting area.
  • Disruptive behavior or offensive language will end the visit.
  • You may not visit an inmate if you have been incarcerated in a California prison or at the Placer County Jail within the past 60 days. You cannot visit if have been convicted of a felony or have a restraining order involving the current inmate.
  • You must be prepared to submit to a search of your person and property on the grounds of the facility.

There is a strict dress code for Auburn Jail visitors, which applies to all adults and children. The rules are as follows:

  • Wear shoes at all times.
  • Shirts must include sleeves. This means no tank tops, spaghetti straps, halter tops, etc.
  • Length of shorts, skirts, and dresses must reach mid-thigh or longer.
  • Do not wear jeans with holes or revealing shirts that are low-cut, sheer, or exposing undergarments.
  • Clothing must not contain graphics that display or promote gang activity, hate, illegal drugs, profanity, violence or sex acts.
  • Do not wear any type of gang-related clothing.
  • No hats, bandanas, beanies or any head coverings.
  • No bathing suits.

6. Placer County Inmate Mail

You can send an unlimited amount of postal mail to inmates at the Placer County Main Jail, and inmates can send unlimited quantities of outgoing, personal mail. Correspondence materials, including stamped envelopes, are available for purchase through commissary. Indigent inmates are supplied with the means to send out two letters per week.

Mail to the Placer County Correctional Facility should include your return address (no address label stickers). Mail cannot be hand-carried into the facility.

Envelopes should be addressed as follows:

Inmate's name and ID number
Placer County Jail
2775 Richardson Drive
Auburn, CA 95603

All incoming mail will be opened and inspected for contraband. The following will not be accepted:

  • Envelopes larger than 10 x 13 inches or weighing more than 3 lbs.
  • Obscene or sexually explicit material
  • Gang related material
  • Material concerning gambling or inciting violence
  • Envelopes, stationery, stamps, any type of writing implements
  • Greeting cards
  • Handwritten letters in crayon or marker
  • Paperclips or staples
  • Letters containing fragrance, glitter, lipstick prints, tape, or stickers
  • Cash, money cards or personal checks
  • Polaroid photographs
  • Clippings cut from magazines or newspapers
  • Coded messages
  • Puzzles or games printed from a computer

You are permitted to order softcover books, newspapers or magazines that arrive directly from the following vendors:,, (This list may change without notice so call the jail to check.)

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The Placer County Detention Facility has several medium security “dorms” and a maximum security module.

7. Life and Health at the Jail

The Placer County Detention Facility has several medium security “dorms” and a maximum security module. Most cells are double-bunk units. (Although there was previously a minimum security area at the Auburn Jail, it was closed in 2014, and these inmates are now housed at the South Placer Jail facility.)

To determine housing classifications, new Placer County detainees are assessed according to their past criminal profile, current charges, observed behavior/attitude and other factors. All inmate housing is directly supervised by an officer at all times.

Medical, dental, and mental health care are provided to inmates, as needed. Drug and alcohol treatment is also available. Elective services have a $3.00 co-pay, but inmates are not denied necessary health care if they are without funds. Therapeutic dietary needs can be accommodated. Requests for a special diet must be submitted to medical staff.

Over-the-counter medications can be purchased from commissary. Prescription medication (with a written, approved order) will be dispensed by an on-site nurse.

The Placer County Correctional Center also provides inmate programs, including substance abuse sessions and nondenominational religious services. Inmates are provided with a minimum of three hours of recreation per week in the yard.

There is a “Inmate Rulebook” PDF which provides more detailed information about life in custody at this jail.

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. Work Release

Placer County has Work Furlough and Work Release programs, which are facilitated by the Placer County Probation Department. You can mail in a request for an application to:

Placer County Probation Department
2929 Richardson Dr., Suite B
Auburn, CA. 95603
Att: Work Furlough Administrator

The email address is: [email protected]v .

9. Inmate property

All money and property found in an incoming inmate's possession will be confiscated during booking. Money will be deposited in the inmate trust account and other property is stored at the jail pending release.

Within 72 hours of booking, Placer County Jail inmates can execute a property release form to authorize a friend or family member to pick up money, vehicle keys, or other property. After 72 hours, there will be one-time property release allowed, which will exclude money. (Note that clothing is only released after sentencing is confirmed or the inmate is transferred to prison.)

Property pick up hours at the Auburn Detention Center are Friday through Monday, 7:30 and 10:30 a.m. You will need to present photo ID to pick up inmate property.

10. Talk to a Criminal Attorney

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