Tulare County – Main Jail – Visalia, CA

Tulare County is in Tulare County, California and is the main correctional facility for that area. Looking for somebody in Tulare County? This page tells you all about everything related to Tulare Countysuch as the following: How to locate an inmate. Find inmate mughsots. The jail’s address and phone number. Bailing out of jail. Intake procedures. Court information. And everything else.

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The thought of going to jail is a scary and stressfull prospect, not only for whoever goes to jail, but also their family, friends, and loved ones. The goal of this guide is to give you all the advice and information that you’ll need to make going to jail a lot easier. If you have a question, just ask it, and please leave any tips or comments that could be beneficial to other people in the same situation would be welcome.

General Information

Address

Tulare County
2404 West Burrel Avenue
Visalia, CA 93291-4580

Phone Number and Fax Number

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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you know someone that has gone to jail and need to find out where they are?

Has somebody that’s been arrested and you need to locate them?

To find out who is in jail at Tulare County you need to click on their website and do an inmate lookup.

Inmate Search

The Tulare County Inmate List is a list of people who have been arrested and are in jail, including current status, how much their bail is, and times the inmate can have visitors. Also, you are able to get info about anyone who has been arrested or released in the past 24 hours. Jail inmates are listed in alphabetical order by their last name. You will be able to find their inmate information fast if you have their full name, birth date, or inmate ID.

If your friend or family member is at another jail you will want to look here: California County Jails


Mugshots

A mugshot, or jail booking photo, is a picture that the police take when you are booked into jail. A mugshot is actually two photos one face photo and a side photo. Your name and jail ID number will appear on the mugshot, and they’re kept on file at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of inmates can be seen on the Tulare County website, or you can view them at the Tulare County. When you search for mugshots online you will have to put in the person’s name, and a booking date, if you know it.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Do you want to have your mugshot taken down from the Tulare County website? This will be difficult, since your mugshot is a public record. To get your mugshot removed you will need to file a Petition to Expunge in court. This means that all of your arrest records would be sealed, and unavailable to the public. It is difficult to do this, and you will most likely need the services of a lawyer.

For more information about removing your mugshot, the different mugshot websites, and the mugshot removal services: How To Get Your Mugshot Removed


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Once you’re arrested and put in jail, your main thought is about getting out. After you’ve gone through booking, a bail amount is set by a special judge called a magistrate. If there is no bail set this may mean that you will either be free to go until your court date, or you are kept in jail until your court date.

If you are released from jail you are required to promise to be in court on your court date, and until then you can’t leave town.

Typically, inmates can earn time off in exchange for good behavior when they follow the rules and area a good inmate while incarcerated.

If you do exhibit good behavior and the jail believes you can be trusted, you may be granted work release. You will either have to stay the jail at the end of the day when you’re finished at your job, or you may be permitted to live in a halfway house instead of the jail.

Bail

Bail is how much money that you have to pay 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 or someone you know will have to post 10 percent of the total set before you can get out of jail. If you don’t go to your court appearance, whoever put up your bail money will lose that money.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

To find out someone’s bail amount you will need to call the jail. If you have all the pertinent information, such as name, address and date of birth, they’ll be able to let you know the bail amount. Also, you can find out how much their bail is on the Tulare County website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Bailing out of jail is no fun, but fortunately, its really easy. To start with, find out if it is a “Cash Bond Only”. If so, you will not be able to get a bail bondsman. Bail can only be paid by cash – the jail will not accept checks. Once the cash bond has been paid, the person will be discharged. If this person doesn’t violate any of the terms of their release, you’ll get your money back.

Bail Bondsman

If bail is set too high, or you can’t afford it yourself, you will need to use a bail bondsman. They generally charge a fee of 10 to 15 percent of the total amount of bail set by the magistrate, and sometimes with a minimum fee of $100. This money will not be returned to you and is typically cash only. If the bail is extremely high, the bail bondsman may use your assets as collateral for the bond.

To talk to a bail bondsman go to: Find a Bail Bondsman in Tulare County

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Bail Schedule

In the state of California your bail is predetermined by by the California Felony Bail Schedule, but keep in mind, though, the magistrate or judge has the final word on how much your bail will be. The bail schedule contains all crimes defined by California and the specific amount of bail for each of the crimes.

Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The intake process includes these steps:

  • They’ll put you in a holding cell. If there are a lot of arrests, it will take a while to get processed.
  • The first step is that you have to answer a number of questions, like your legal name, home address, date of birth and a contact person.
  • They’ll also ask about your medical and mental history.
  • You will be issued an inmate number.
  • Your fingerprints will be taken.
  • They will take your mugshot.
  • All of your personal property will be taken away from you and stored until you are released.
  • You will then be allowed to make a telephone call in order to get in touch with a family member, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If you are expected to be released quickly, they will let you wear your street clothes, otherwise you you will be given a jail uniform – the jumpsuit.

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Discharge Procedures

When you pay your bail, you will be discharged from jail. Getting discharged may take anywhere between 10 minutes to quite a few hours. In other words the quicker you post bail, the quicker you will be freed. Also, how fast you get released might depend on if you have a bond amount or if a judge needs to determine the amount of bail to be set. For lesser charges, you will be booked and released on your own recognizance. When you have completed your jail sentence and have a discharge date, you should plan to get released between 9am and noon.

How To Turn Yourself In

for your arrest, or if you have to start a jail sentence, it is highly recommended that you follow the law and turn yourself into the authorities. For a warrant, go to the jail intake center, and tell the intake officer that you think there may be an outstanding warrant for your arrest. They will do a record check, and if you do, you will be taken into jail custody. If it is for a jail sentence, report to the jail at the exact time and date that the sentence order requires you to. Be very careful that you don’t show up late. Just bring required items when you turn yourself in, like a driver’s license or your ID, prescription medication, and a official sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

Inmates have to give each visitor’s name to the jail. Your visitors will be put in the visitors log as an approved visitor. Each and every visitor must provide proof of identification. Anyone that gets to visitation or that is not an approved visitor will not be allowed to visit the inmate.
Visitation procedures change often, so you should review 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 with a pre-paid phone card or account, or are collect calls . These phone calls are usually more costly than phone calls made at home. Inmates are able to make phone calls, with restrictions on how often you can use the phone, but inmates must keep in mind that there are a limited number of phones, so all the inmates must share phone time. If you are under any sort of disciplinary procedure, phone calls may be limited or eliminated completely, as part of the punishment.

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Sending Mail to Inmates

Any mail that you send to an inmate must be mailed using US Postal Service. You cannot use any other type of mail delivery. You have to write the name, prisoner number, and jail address on the letter that you send. Do not mail anything in a box, envelope with padding or insulation, bag, or an envelope containing metal parts. All mail sent to inmates gets opened and inspected and read by the jail officers, and will be sent back to the person who mailed it if they decide it is inappropriate.

Mailing Address

Use this address when sending a letter to someone incarcerated at Tulare County:

Tulare County
2404 West Burrel Avenue
Visalia, CA 93291-4580

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Tulare County
2404 West Burrel Avenue
Visalia, CA 93291-4580


The mail policy at Tulare County can change, so double check the official Tulare County site when send a letter to someone in jail there.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

If you have been arrested, you have particular rights, and an important one is your right to request a lawyer. You don’t get to make many phone calls when you get arrested, so make sure to ask a friend or family member to locate an attorney when you talk to them. I know you’re probably asking yourself right now ‘I don’t have to get a lawyer – I can just represent myself’ You’re not required to have an attorney in all cases, a criminal attorney will make sure you know your rights, look after your best interests and guide you through the court system. The sooner you hire a lawyer to represent you and work on your charges, the better your chances.

For more information about this, read our guide: Find a Lawyer

Public Defender

If you cannot afford an attorney, you will get a public defender. In addition, the Public Defender Office has access to private investigators, forensics experts as well as social case workers. All Public Defenders are bona-fide lawyers, members of the California State Bar and are fully licensed to represent you in court and practice law.

Have you or someone you know used a court appointed attorney or Public Defender? Do you think that they did a good job of defending you?

Court Records

Court records are are public records and are available upon request. Court records include a court case file containing a docket sheet and every motions, documents, and evidence that have been filed in the case. You have the ability to access court records using the internet service, or by going to the Tulare County Clerk of Court where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

A Clerk of Court is an officer and clerk of the court who manages court records. They also administer the oath for all court participants, and also read the court verdict when the jury has finished deliberations. All records, documents, and evidence associated with your case are available at the office of the Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court fees and costs are the fees and charges from your court case, such as for example filing charges, motion and claim fees, and court appearance fees. If you cannot afford these fees and have been assigned a Public Defender, you may not have to pay them.

Magistrate

The Tulare County court magistrate is the type of judge that presides on your case. Magistrates do different functions, like determing how much your bail will be, issuing arrest warrants, and presiding over initial court appearances and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

Your pre-sentencing report is prepared with background information and as much detail about the arrestee’s life, which the magistrate judge will take into account when decide your sentence. Information will be requested from the defendant, their family, and if necessary the victim in the crime. Bear in mind you are able to ask to see a copy of the pre-sentencing report before sentencing, and correct any inaccurate information.

Sentencing

If you get convicted of a crime, you will then get sentenced. There are several different options for sentencing, including community service, house arrest, and probation, to incarceration in jail or prison. Depending on how serious your crime was, you could be taken into custody, right there in court, or you could receive a date to go to jail to serve your jail term according to your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Want to find out if someone is incarcerated in jail, or has gone to jail in the past?

To do so, you will have to go to the jail’s website, and do a search using:

  • Their name.
  • Date of birth.
  • Their booking date if you know it.
  • and their inmate ID.

If you’re not sure if your friend or family member is in jail, you should call the jail find out if they’ve been arrested.

Warrant Inquiry

If you believe you have a warrant out for your arrest, you can find out by checking the arrest warrants on the website or call the jail directly. This requires a first and last name. Or, you can just go the jail in person and ask them. Bear in mind that if there is a warrant for your arrest, they will take you into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you have a first and last name, and the date of their arrest, contact the jail, on the phone, in person, or look online. Arrest records are in the public record and the information is accessible by the public.

Civil Inquiry

Civil processes are when when you get served with legal papers, which can be a court order. 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 convicted sex offenders have to be registered and listed on both a national and state sex offender database. The people on these databases have been tried by jury and convicted in a court of law of a sex crime. You can access sex offenders on the internet, but bear in mind that you won’t get the actual address, but rather the address block of the address that they registered.

Court Records

Court Records are public records. These records include a court case file containing a docket and all documents filed in your case. You are able to access your court records on the internet, or at Clerk of Court office in the county where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each state maintains a record of a person’s criminal past. These online databases are connected and you can track criminal convictions from another state. You are able to go to the Tulare County Courthouse and make an inquiry, or check the website. It helps to know the county, and in the event that it was in a completely different state, you might have to pay for a more comprehensive search.

When you look up a person’s crminal records you will get a listing of all the arrests, charges, or convictions for these crimes:

  • Driving Under the Influence (DUI).
  • Drug offenses such as possession or trafficking.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Rape or other sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes.
  • Theft, breaking and entering.

If you do a criminal records check, you won’t see if they has had any infractions like moving violations:

  • Speeding.
  • Lost their drivers license or license revoked or suspended.
  • Any accidents.
  • Moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To search for this kind of information, you will have to do a search for their driving record.

    Have you ever searched for criminal records? How easy was it? Was your search online or did you call the courthouse? Did you get information that was correct? There are plenty of reasons that folks search for criminal backgrounds and records, and your feedback could help other people that are in the same situation.

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    Most Wanted

    The FBI has their list of the Top Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Tulare County,the Sheriff has a list of most wanted criminals, too.


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    While the prospect of spending time in Tulare County is very scary, in time you will settle into the daily routine. All inmates get a wake-up alarm each morning at 6:00 AM, and then you’ll have roll call. Then you will have breakfast. When you finish eating breakfast you will be required to work in the work program that you’ve been assigned to. 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 Tulare County, 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 Tulare County 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 process for sending funds to people in jail changes, so review the site before send funds to someone in jail there.

    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 Tulare County

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Tulare County, 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 Tulare County

    Requirements:

    • You have to be over the age of 21.
    • You have to possess a High School Diploma or GED
    • You have to be a US Citizen.
    • You have to pass a Criminal, Credit and Driving History background check.
    • You have to pass a drug test.
    • You have to have a good level of fitness.
    • You have to be in good health.
    • You have to 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 incarcerated in this jail? Do you know someone that is an inmate there? Have you ever visited someone in this jail?

    If yes, then please write your review about it. Write down your jail experience so that others will know what to expect.

    Things you could put in what you write:

    • Conditions in Tulare County.
    • Jail and pod layout and facility
    • Guards and staff
    • Food and commissary
    • Having Visitors
    • The other inmates.
    • Prisoner safety
    • Gangs
    • Inmate programs and activities


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    Tell Your Story

    Everyone’s who has been put in jail has a story about it. How’d you get locked up? Did you experience fair treatment? How was life in jail? How did you get along with the other inmates? How did getting locked up affect your life?

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    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Did you make friends in jail? Want to say wassup to someone you met in jail? Say wassup here, just leave a message below.

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