El Dorado County Jail – Placerville, CA

El Dorado County Jail is located in El Dorado County, California and is the main correctional facility for this county. Looking for someone in jail at El Dorado County Jail? This guide will tell you all about anything a person needs to know about El Dorado County Jail,such as: Find an inmate at El Dorado County Jail. How to view El Dorado County Jail mugshots. The jail’s phone number and address. Bail and how to get out of jail. Booking and intake procedures. El Dorado County court information. And much much more…

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The thought of getting arrested and going to jail is a scary and stressfull prospect, not only for the person who gets locked up, but also their friends and family. This guide is meant to give advice and information that you need to make going to jail a lot easier. If you have specific questions, please feel free to ask it in the comment section below, and also any comments or tips that could be beneficial to other people in the same situation is appreciated.

General Information

Address

El Dorado County Jail
300 Fair Lane
Placerville, CA 95667

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone:
Fax Number:

Map and Directions


Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a family member, loved one, or friend that is locked up and don’t know how to find them?

Has someone that has been arrested and you need to find them?

To find out who is in jail at El Dorado County Jail you should visit their link and use the inmate lookup.

Inmate Search

The El Dorado County Jail Inmate Roster has information on persons who were arrested and are now in jail, including custody status, bail amount (if applicable), and times the inmate can have visitors. You can find the same information for anybody arrested and booked or released within the past 24 hours. Prisoners are listed alphabetically by their last name. You’ll be able to get the information more quickly if you have the arrestee’s full name, birth date, or inmate ID Number.

If your friend or family member could possibly be in another jail you can check the other California county jails in our California County Jail Guide: List of all county jails in California


Mugshots

A mugshot, or jail processing photo, is the photograph taken by the police when you get booked into jail. They will take one and a side photo. Your name and intake number will appear on the mugshot, and they will be kept on file.

View Mugshots

Mugshotes of El Dorado County Jail prisoners can be found online, or you can go in person to the El Dorado County Jail. When you search for mugshots on the website you need to put in the legal name, and a booking date, if you have it.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Are you trying to figure out what to do in order to have your mugshot removed from the El Dorado County Jail website? This is difficult, as your mugshot is public record. You have to file a Petition to Expunge with the court. Basically, this means that all of your arrest records will be sealed, so no one will be able to see them. It is difficult to do this, and you will most likely need the services of a lawyer.

Read our indepth tutorial about removing your mugshot, the many different mugshot websites, and the websites that offer to remove your mugshot for you: How To Get Your Mugshot Removed


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Naturally, once you’re arrested and put in jail, your only thought is about getting out. After you’ve been booked, your bail amount will be set by the magistrate. In cases where no bail is set this may mean that you will either be free to go until your trial, or you are kept in jail until your court date.

If you do bail out of jail you are required to promise to be there for your court date, and you can’t leave the county.

Usually, an inmate in the El Dorado County Jail can earn early release in exchange for good behavior when they follow the rules and conduct themselves properly while they are in jail.

If you do exhibit good behavior and the jail believes you can be trusted, you might be allowed to participate in work release. You will be required to return to the jail at the end of the day when you’re finished at your job, or you could be allowed to live in a halfway house instead of living at the jail.

Bail

Your bail is the amount of money that you have to pay to the courts to get out of jail until you go to court. The amount of bail that is set is dictated by the seriousness of your charges. You will have to pay to the courts 10 percent of the total amount that was set in order to be released. If you don’t show up for your court appearance, whoever posted your bail will lose that money.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

In order to find out how much someon’s bail is, you have to call the jail or the county courthouse. If know the person’s info, including name, address and date of birth, they’ll let you know the bail amount. Also, you can check their bail amount and status on the El Dorado County Jail website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Bailing out of jail is never a fun thing, but in some cases, it is easy if you have the money. First, figure out if it is a Cash Only Bond. If so, you won’t be able to use a bondsman. Bail can only be paid by cash – the jail won’t accept checks. Once you have paid the bond, the inmate will be discharged. If they don’t violate the terms of their bail, you’ll get your money back.

Bail Bondsman

If the amount of bail set is large, or you can’t afford it yourself, you should use a bail bondsman. Bail bondsmen generally have a fee of 10-15% of the total bail amount, and in most cases with a minimum of $100. This is non-refundable and bondsmen usually only accept cash. If the bail is extremely high, the bondsman will in most cases request to use assets as collateral for the bond in addition to whatever their charges are.

To talk to a bail bondsman go to: Find a bail bondsman

Have you ever had to find a bondsman for yourself, a family member or friend? If so, leave a comment below and tell your story, and let us know how it worked out.

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Bail Schedule

In California the amount of bail you pay is predetermined by by the California Felony Bail Schedule, but the magistrate or judge has the last word on where your bail is set. The bail schedule contains each and every crime included in state law and the specific amount of bail for each crime.

Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

  • Get Time Off For Good Behavior
  • Work Release
  • Released For Time Served
  • Get Out on a Pre-Trial Release Program
  • Get Out on House Arrest
  • Be Released on Your Own Recognizance


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The intake process takes you through each of the following steps:

  • You will be placed in a waiting area or cell. If there are a lot of arrests, you will have to wait, sometimes for many hours, before you get processed.
  • You have to answer a number of questions, like what is your legal name, home address, date of birth and contact person.
  • They’ll also ask you about your mental and medical history.
  • You’ll be given an inmate number.
  • You will be fingerprinted.
  • You will get your mugshot taken.
  • All of your personal property will get taken away from you and stored until you get discharged from jail.
  • You will then be allowed to use the phone so you can talk to a member of your family, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If you are expected to be released shortly, you might be allowed to wear your own clothes, if not you will be issued a jumpsuit.

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Discharge Procedures

When you pay your bail, you will get discharged from jail. Getting discharged may take from 10 minutes to hours or even all day long. Or, simply, the faster you post bail, the sooner you will be released. How quickly you get discharged will depend on whether you’ve been given a cash bond amount or if a judge needs to decide on how much your bail will be. For a minor offense, you will get booked and get released without having to post bail. When you have completed your jail sentence and know the date of your release, you should plan to get discharged at any time that day – but usually in the morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

In the event there is a, or if you must start a jail sentence, you should do the right thing and turn yourself in. If you have a warrant, report to the jail processing area, and tell the intake officer that you think there may be an outstanding arrest warrant out for you. They will do a check to find out if there is an arrest warrant for you, and if so, they will ask that you surrender yourself and you will be taken into custody. If you have a jail sentence to serve, report to the jail at the time and date that the sentence order requires you to. Make sure that you aren’t late. Make sure that you only bring things that are allowed when you go, for example a driver’s license or ID, prescription medication, as well as the sentencing order from court.

Visitation Procedures

In order to have visitors, inmates must provide information about each visitor to the jail. Your visitor’s names will be entered into the visitors log for the requesting inmate. Each visitor is required to provide a photo ID when visiting. Visitors that arrives for visitation late or any visitors that are not approved to visit will not be able to attend visitation.
The El Dorado County Jail visitation procedures are always changing, so it would be wise to check the official site before you go to the jail to visit.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

Phone calls that inmates are allowed to make from jail are collect calls or through a pre-paid phone account . Calls made in jail are usually more costly than phone calls made outside of jail. There is no limit to how often you can use the phone, but bear in mind that every inmate wants to use the phone too, so they can call their family. If you are disciplined for an infraction, phone privileges could be reduced or totally denied.

The El Dorado County Jail phone number is:

Sending Mail to Inmates

Any mail that you send to an inmate is required to be mailed using the US Postal Service. You cannot use any other method of mail delivery. You must write or type the person’s name, inmate ID, and the address of the jail on the outside of the letter that you send. Do not send anything in a package, envelope with padding or insulation, bag, or an envelope with any metal in it. All mail is opened and examined by the jail staff, and will be returned to the sender if the jail decides it is inappropriate.

Mailing Address

The address that you should use if you are sending a letter to an inmate at El Dorado County Jail is:

El Dorado County Jail
300 Fair Lane
Placerville, CA 95667

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
El Dorado County Jail
300 Fair Lane
Placerville, CA 95667


The El Dorado County Jail mail policy can change, so it would be best to double check the the El Dorado County Jail website before you send a letter.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

Even if you’ve been arrested, you should know you still have rights, the most important of which is that you have the right to request an attorney. You don’t get to make many phone calls when you get arrested, so make sure you get a friend or relative to find an attorney when you call them. You might be thinking ‘but do I really need an attorney’ You are not required to have an attorney for some criminal charges, an attorney will advise you about your rights, help protect your interests and help you navigate through the legal system that you are now faced with. The sooner you get an attorney working on your criminal case, the better.

To read more about how to find an attorney, click: How to Find a Lawyer in El Dorado County

Public Defender

If you cannot afford an attorney, the courts will assign you a public defender, which is a free lawyer. In addition, the Public Defender Office has access to independent investigators, forensics experts and social workers. All Public Defenders are bona-fide lawyers that are admitted to the State Bar and are completely licensed to practice law as an agent of the court.

Have you or someone you know had to use the services of a Public Defender? Do you think they properly handled your case?

Court Records

All court records are are public record and are available upon request to anyone who requests them – not just the person who they pertain to. Court records have a court case file containing a docket and all of the documents and motions that have been filed in your case. You are able to access your court case records with the internet service, or at the Clerk’s office of the Court where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

The El Dorado County Clerk of Court is an officer and clerk of the court that manages the records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath for any court participant who must be under oath, and also read the verdict when delivered by the jury. All records and documents from your case are kept and available to you at Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court costs and court fees are the charges and fees associated with your court case, for example filing fees, motion fees and various court charges. If you are low income and have a Public Defender, you can get a waiver for these fees.

Magistrate

The El Dorado County court magistrate acts as the judge that rules on your case. Magistrates do different tasks, like deciding a bail amount, issuing arrest warrants, and acting as the presiding judge over preliminary court appearances and detention hearings.

Pre-Sentencing

A defendant’s pre-sentencing report is put together to include your background information and details of the arrestee’s life and history, which the magistrate judge will review and take into account when determining a sentence. Information and personal details will be collected from the person on trial, the defendant’s family, and if necessary the victim of the crime. Be sure to remember that you can request to see a copy of this report before sentencing, so you can correct any mistakes that it contains.

Sentencing

After you are convicted of a crime, you will be sentenced. There are a number of different options, including community service to probation, to even incarceration in either jail (short term) or prison (long term). Depending on the particulars of your trial, the severity of your crime, and any sentencing guidelines that they judge will use, you will either be locked up immediately, or you could get a date to turn yourself into jail to serve out your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Do you want to find out if some you know is incarcerated in jail, or has ever been in jail?

You can you need to query the jail website and do an inmate search, and search by:

  • Name.
  • Date of birth.
  • Their approximate booking date.
  • and their jail inmate ID.

If you’re not sure if this person is in jail, you can also call the jail get confirmation.

Warrant Inquiry

If you have an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you are able to check the arrest warrants on the El Dorado County court website or you are able to call the court. You have to have their first and last name. You can also go to the local jail and ask one of the officers. You should know that if you do have an outstanding warrant, you will be taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know the person’s name, and the date of their arrest, contact the jail, by phone, in person, or find out online. Records of arrests are a matter of public record and this is freely available.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when when you are served with legal papers, which can be, subpoenas, and arrest warrants. You can access civil process orders by getting in touch with the Sheriff’s office, on their website or by phone.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All people registered as sex offenders are registered on a sex offender database. The people listed on these databases have been convicted in a court of law of a sex offense. You can access sex offenders online, but bear in mind that you can’t get the precise address, just the block of the address that they registered.

Court Records

Court Records are public records. Court Records include a case file containing a docket and all of the documents filed in your case. You are able to access your court records via the internet service ‘Public Access to Court Electronic Records’, or at the El Dorado County Clerk of Court office where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each state maintains a record of a person’s criminal background. These databases are all linked and you can track criminal convictions from any other state. Go to courthouse and inquire, or you can check online. It helps to know which county the crime occurred in, and if it was in a totally different state, you may have to pay a fee for a more comprehensive search.

When you look up a person’s crminal records you are able to find out if a person has ever been arrested, charged or convicted for any crimes they may have committed, which could include:

  • DUI or DWI.
  • Drug crimes like possession or trafficking.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sex offenses which could include rape, and sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes like assault or murder.
  • Property crimes like theft or larceny.

But, when you do a criminal records check, in most cases won’t discover if someone has had any moving violations, like:

  • Speeding tickets.
  • Drivers license revoked or suspended.
  • Any accidents.
  • Minor infractions or moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To get this information, you must do a driving records search.

    Have you ever needed to find criminal records? Was it easy? Was your search online or did you make a phone call to the courthouse? was the information you recieved correct? There are many reasons that folks look up criminal backgrounds and records, and your feedback might help other people.

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    Most Wanted

    On a Federal level, the FBI keeps a list of the Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In El Dorado County,the Sheriff maintains their own list of the top most wanted criminals in the county.

    El Dorado County Top Ten Most Wanted List:


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Just the thought of spending time in the El Dorado County jail is something you wish you could avoid, eventually you will get used to the routine that is set for you in jail. Expect an alarm for wake-up at about 6:00 AM, and then roll call. Next, you will have breakfast. When you finish breakfast you will be required to work in the work program or other activity that you are assigned. This could be working in the kitchen, laundry, or some sort of manufacturing job. While this may seem tedious, it may help you when you leave jail, as you are gaining experience in a certain field of work. Other inmates go to school, while some take part in mandated treatment programs. After lunch, there will be another roll call, then back to work. Your evening will be spent either in your cell or a common room. During this time dinner is served and you will be expected to take a shower. After another roll call, it’s lights out. Even though you will be confined to your cell, there may be enough light to read or write letters. Then again, most inmates welcome lights out, and try to get as much sleep as they can.

    Most people are frightened at the idea of jail because they don’t know what to expect. If you have spent any time in El Dorado County Jail, your experiences would be welcomed, if it can help another person to deal with it.

    Dress Code

    When incarcerated, all inmates are expected to wear the El Dorado County Jail uniform. This is normally a jumpsuit or scrubs. Of note to anyone visiting an inmate – you must be properly dressed. Any clothing considered inappropriate will not be permitted.

    How To Send Money to an Inmate

    You will have your own ‘bank account’ while in jail. This money is used to purchase items from the Commissary. Family and friends can deposit money into this account for you, and any money you earn while in prison will also be deposited into your account. Outside money can be paid in to your account via a money order, cash or check. If someone sends a check or money order, make sure that they write your inmate ID on it. The maximum amount you are allowed in your account is $290 per month.

    The procedure to send funds to inmates at El Dorado County Jail is likely to change, so check the the El Dorado County Jail website before you send any money.

    Commissary

    The commissary is the jail store. You can purchase a number of things here, such as toiletries, snacks and writing supplies. Bear in mind that you will probably want to use the commissary daily, and any infractions will get that privilege taken away from you.

    Inmate Medications

    If you are on any type of prescription medication, you will be allowed to continue taking it while in jail. When you are first processed, you will be asked what medication you take. You will then be referred to the jail nurse or doctor who will be in charge of monitoring your health and prescribing your medication.

    Meals

    You will get three meals a day: breakfast, lunch and dinner. As expected, they are very basic, but healthy. A typical breakfast might be cereal, toast, coffee and fruit. Lunch might be spaghetti, salad, bread and milk. Dinner could be chicken casserole, rice, vegetables, dessert and milk. Contrary to popular belief, prison food has greatly improved over the years, and you might find that it’s not much different from what you would eat at home.

    Pods / The Yard

    The jail is designed in a ‘pod’ layout, with self contained housing arranged around an outdoor yard. Each pod has a central control station and a common room, and the inmates take turns in using the yard. The jail is designed this way to keep certain inmates together, and others away from the general population.

    Gangs

    As with life in general, gangs are a part of prison life. Obviously it is best to avoid becoming a part of this environment as it will only lead to trouble. When you first enter prison, you might find yourself being ‘primed’ to join a gang, or worse, you might get their attention in a negative way. The best thing to do is keep your head down and don’t get involved.


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    News and Media

    News

    Photos / Pictures

    Videos


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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at El Dorado County Jail

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the El Dorado County Jail, overseeing the day to day operations and administration of the jail. An inmate is unlikely to have much interaction with the Deputy Sheriff, unless they have committed an infraction. Detention Officers are responsible for the custody and care of the inmates. They maintain order in the jail, and handle security. A Detention Officer is assigned to a certain pod, and therefore is responsible for the same inmates each day. They get to know the inmates on a certain level, and are well equipped to handle any problems that may occur.

    Apply for a Job at El Dorado County Jail

    Requirements:

    • You must be over the age of 21.
    • You must possess a High School Diploma or GED
    • You must be a US Citizen.
    • You must pass a Criminal, Credit and Driving History background check.
    • You must pass a drug test.
    • You must have a good level of fitness.
    • You must be in good health.
    • You must have a valid Drivers License
    • An applicant for Deputy Sheriff must possess a Law Enforcement Certification.


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    Family Resources

    There are resources for families of both the perpetrator of the crime and the victim. The social and emotional impact of crime is far reaching, affecting many. Families can receive professional counseling, court related assistance, social services assistance and help in navigating the criminal justice system.

    If you are a family member, which resources did you find to be particularly helpful? Please let us know, as this will be helpful to other families in the same situation.

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    Victim Resources

    Important Note: If you, or someone you know, are in immediate danger, call 911.

    Victim’s Rights

    The Victim Rights Act grants victims the following rights:

    • The right to protection from the accused.
    • The right to notification.
    • The right to attend proceedings.
    • The right to speak at criminal justice proceedings.
    • The right to consult with the prosecuting attorney.
    • The right to restitution.
    • The right to a speedy trial.
    • The right to be treated with fairness, dignity and respect.

    The definition of victim includes:

    • Spouses and children of all victims.
    • Parents and guardians of minor victims.
    • Parents, guardians and siblings of mentally or physically incapacitated victims or victims of homicide.
    • Foster parents or other caregivers, under certain circumstances.

    There are a number of services and programs designed to help victims and their families. You can find out about these services by contacting the courthouse, or local law enforcement agency.

    Victim Notification

    The Department of Justice Victim Notification System (VNS) is a system that provides victims with information pertaining to their case and/or any defendants in the case. You will receive a Victim Identification Number (VIN) and a Personal Identification Number (PIN) that will allow you to access VNS via the internet or by phone. Here, you will find information about future court hearings, historical court events, and detailed information about the defendant. This will include criminal charges filed, the outcome of charges, sentence imposed, custody location, projected release date and any other release information. The VNS website is updated daily. You will also receive any ongoing information by mail or email.

    Have you, a family member or friend ever used the Victim Notification System? If so, was it effective? Did you get the information in a timely manner? Was the system difficult to use? We would like to hear from you, so please post any comments here.

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    Sex Offender Information and Search

    All people registered as sex offenders are registered on either a national or state sex offender database. The people on these databases have been convicted of a sex or kidnapping crime. You can access this information online, but bear in mind that you will not get the exact address, rather the block that they live on.

    Domestic Violence

    If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence, there are services to help you. Your county will have a Domestic Violence Services office. They provide free and confidential services, such as emergency shelter information, legal advocacy, support groups and domestic violence education. They will work to help you create a safe and violence-free life, and heal from the trauma of abuse.

    Important Note: If you, or someone you know, are in immediate danger, call 911.


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    Reviews

    Reviews of this Jail

    Have you ever been a prisoner in El Dorado County Jail? Do you know anybody that is an inmate there? Have you ever visited a prisoner in this jail?

    If so, then please write a review about it. Tell us about your experience so other people can find out what to expect.

    What to put in the review:

    • Jail conditions.
    • Jail and pod layout and facility
    • Staff and guards
    • Food and commissary
    • Visitors
    • The other inmates.
    • Inmate safety
    • Gangs
    • Inmate programs and activities


    Speak Your Mind

    Tell Your Story

    Everbody that’s been incarcerated has at least one story to tell about it. How’d you end up in jail? Were you mistreated? What was it like in jail? What were the other inmates like? How did going to jail affect your life?

    Click here to tell about all about it

    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Did you meet some cool folks in jail? Need to find out how to get in touch with somebody you met in jail? Post a message to them below.

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