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Alameda County-Glenn Dyer Detention

County Jail

Last Updated: December 30, 2019
Address
550 6th St, Oakland, CA 94607
Beds
834
County
Alameda
County - medium
Phone
510-268-7777
Email
webmaster@alamedacountysheriff.org
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Alameda County-Glenn Dyer Detention basic information to help guide you through what you can do for your inmate while they are incarcerated. The facility's direct contact number: 510-268-7777

The Alameda County-Glenn Dyer Detention is a medium-security detention center located at 550 6th St Oakland, CA which is operated locally by the Alameda County Sheriff's Office and holds inmates awaiting trial or sentencing or both. Most of the sentenced inmates are here for less than two years. Alameda County accepts inmates from surrounding towns, municipalities, the US Marshal's Service and the Oakland Police Department who do not have their own long-term lock-up.

Glenn E. Dyer Detention Facility Facts

  1. The Glenn E. Dyer Detention Facility (GEDDF) measures at 234,000 square feet.
  2. 20 levels in the high-rise part of the jail.
  3. There are six housing floors with two levels on each floor, a main and mezzanine.
  4. Due to classification requirements and housing modifications, the maximum housing capacity for double-bunking is 626. Total housing capacity is 834.
  5. 576 cells on the six housing floors. 2 cells are on the hospital floor.
  6. Cells are minimally 80 square feet.
  7. There are two outdoor recreation yards at level 18.
  8. Sit down capacity for men's booking Holding tanks: Approx. 155.
  9. Sit-down capacity for women's booking Holding tanks: Approx. 50.
  10. Jail windows are generally made of tempered glass and lexan plastic or laminated Lexgard (lexan), 9/16ths thick. The tempered glass resists scratches and the lexan is basically the shatter proof part of the window. In Central Control the window is layer upon layer of glass/lexan/glass, etc., to a width of 1 1/2". The window is bullet proof.
  11. The outside walls of the jail are 12" thick and are re enforced concrete with steel. The outside walls bear the weight of the building. The walls around the outdoor roof top recreation area are about 10" thick and are also reinforced concrete.
  12. Gunnite is sprayed on cement. Gunnite is laid over the outside walls of each cell. In between the gunnite and the reinforced concrete is a Styrofoam type insular substance. The inside cell walls are 100% gunnite.
  13. The drop from the top of the building is 176 feet.
  14. Each cell has a smoke detector in the evacuator air system.
  15. There are three types of smoke detectors in the building:
    • Duct smoke detectors
    • Room smoke detectors
    • Supply Fan detectors
  16. Carpeting on the housing unit floors have been removed and replaced with linoleum.
  17. The material in the de tox and safety cells is a rubber covered and with sealed with a flexible resin coating.
  18. Medical Services have been contracted to Corizon Health Services medical division.
  19. Food services are provided under contract by Aramark food service.

Mail Procedures

  • Mail will be distributed daily (Monday through Friday, excluding weekends and holidays). Mail will be delivered only to the addressee.
  • Incoming mail MUST have the inmate's name AND PFN.
  • Incoming mail MUST have the name and address of the sender on the outside of the envelope.
  • All mail sent to, or from, any inmate may be opened and inspected by jail staff outside the presence of the inmate involved (except legal mail).
  • Incoming mail with any perceived bio-hazard (i.e. lipstick, gloss, perfume/cologne, etc) shall be returned to sender.
  • Envelopes and letters containing address labels, stickers, tape, glued surface (homemade cards) shall be returned to sender.
  • Items which are considered contraband and will cause the mail to be returned to the sender are envelopes, stamps, and writing materials.
  • Sexually explicit drawings on the outside of mailing envelopes will cause U.S. Postal authorities to return the envelope to sender.
  • Incoming mail from attorneys or governmental officials will be opened by the jail staff in the presence of the inmate involved.
  • Money may be sent by MONEY ORDER or CASHIER'S CHECK ONLY. Personal checks and cash will be returned to sender (refer to money section).

    Reading Materials
  • NEW Books and Magazines (Limit of six (6) per day) are allowed to receive through the mail (NO HARDBACK BOOKS ALLOWED) - PROVIDED THESE ITEMS ARE SENT DIRECTLY FROM THE PUBLISHER OR "ON LINE" BOOKSTORE, such as Amazon.com and Barnes and Noble.com, etc. On-line bookstore must have a legitimate website that is verifiable and allows consumers to order directly. Any website that re-directs to another website for ordering is not accepted. PACKAGES MUST BE PROFESSIONALLY LABELED and recognized as an on-line bookstore. Books from private sellers will be returned.
  • Envelopes, magazines, and periodicals sent to inmates may not exceed 8-1/2" x 14". Any mail exceeding this size will be returned to sender.
  • Inmate newspaper subscriptions must be made directly to the newspaper company by a third party. Cancellation or change of address for subscriptions must be made directly to the newspaper company. Newspapers will then be distributed through regular mail channels. Weekend and Holiday newspapers will be distributed the next working day. Newspapers for inmates no longer in custody will be disposed of by the mail room staff. (Each housing unit receives six daily Tribune newspapers, paid for by the Inmate Welfare Fund).

    Photographs
  • Photographs may not be larger than 4" x 6".
  • A maximum of ten (10) photographs may be mailed to inmates in an envelope at a time.
  • Polaroid and negative photographs are not accepted.
  • Photographs that are altered or blacked out in any manner shall be returned to sender.
  • Photographs or pictures that are pornographic, nude, suggestive, showing gangs, gang tattoos, or hand gestures (signs) are not allowed.

Money
The Alameda County Sheriff's Office takes pride in the services provided to inmates; including meals, library services, and inmate programs. In addition, the Sheriff's Office provides the opportunity for inmates to purchase additional items such as snacks, soups, drinks, stationery, hygiene supplies, medicines, and specialty items for women, to name a few. All proceeds from the sale of these items go directly to the Inmate Welfare Fund. This fund is used to support the numerous programs offered to inmates, as well as televisions, games, recreational supplies, etc.

PLEASE FOLLOW THE FOLLOWING PROCEDURE:

  • Deposits may be made by mail or in person. Only cash or money orders will be accepted for deposits on inmates accounts' (NO PERSONAL, PAYROLL, TAX REFUND OR SOCIAL SECURITY CHECKS OR COINS). Do not send cash through the mail. If depositing money in person, you must have the exact amount. NO CHANGE WILL BE GIVEN. If you have been an inmate within the last six months, you may not deposit money on another inmate's account.
  • Visitors must produce valid photo identification (driver's license, military, etc.) and have the inmate's PFN before depositing money on the inmate's account.

HOURS FOR MONEY DEPOSITS
Seven days a week, 24 hours a day. Although you may deposit money 24 hours a day, it is recommended you do so during normal lobby hours from 8:00am to 6:30pm.

Property
Property releases and clothing exchange transactions will be accepted until 11:00 pm at the Glenn E. Dyer Detention Facility.

Property release requests forms must be submitted by the inmate and received by lobby personnel prior to the day the visitor will be picking up the property. This usually takes up to seven working days at the GEDDF.

It is required that you provide photo identification when receiving the released property. It is recommended that you call the lobby to ensure the property is ready for pick-up.

Court clothing for inmates will only be accepted at the Lobby within 72 hours of a jury trial, preliminary examination, or if a Court Order has been received. You may only bring a maximum of two sets of clothing. The clothing in the inmate's property must be taken during the exchange. Clothing is exchanged on a one-for-one basis.

All medications are provided to inmates through Corizon Health Services. Lobby personnel will accept prescription glasses, dentures and contact lenses solution in sealed packages. It is recommended that you coordinate with Corizon Health Services prior to leaving items in the lobby (510) 268-7758.

Telephone Calls
Pay phones are available to all inmates daily. However, inmates can only make collect telephone calls.

  • In order to eliminate problems associated with 3-way calling, the telephone system in use automatically terminates the call if an attempt is made to connect a third party.
  • If you have call waiting, be advised the telephone system in use may terminate your call if the call waiting "click" is heard. The system cannot differentiate between the call waiting "click" and the 3-way calling "click".
  • Private citizens can prevent collect calls by having a BLOCK put on their personal phone line. This can be done by contacting your local telephone company.

Inmate Locator

Alameda County-Glenn Dyer Detention publishes the names of their inmates currently in their facility in California. Your search should start with this locator first to see if your loved one is there.

The second box is the InmateAid Inmate Search. This database of inmates is user-generated content for the purpose of accessing and utilizing any or all of the InmateAid services. If you need our assistance creating your own inmate profile to keep in touch, email us at aid@inmateaid.com and we will assist you in locating your inmate.

As a last resort, you might have to pay for that information if we do not have it. The Arrest Record Search will cost you a small amount, but their data is the freshest available and for that reason they charge to access it.

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Covid Visitation Information

As of March 18, 2020, registration and visitation rules have changed to protect inmates at Alameda County-Glenn Dyer Detention and their loved ones during the COVID-19 outbreak. At this time, there are no in-person visits for family and friends due to the COVID-19 situation. Video visitation is available; details can be found below or call 510-268-7777.

Registration

  • All visits through the video visitation system require the visitor to establish a user account.

Visitation Information

Alameda County CA Glenn Dyer Detention - Visitation

  • All persons entering or leaving jail property are subject to search for contraband. Entry is a consent to search.
  • No photographs may be taken on jail property without first obtaining permission from the facility Commanding Officer. Unauthorized photographs will be confiscated.
  • Possession of firearms, narcotics, drugs, or alcohol is a felony on jail property. VIOLATORS WILL BE ARRESTED.

GDJ Face-to-Face Visiting Schedule* - For visiting appointments at Glenn Dyer Detention Facility, click HERE to make a reservation.

Days

Times

Housing Units

Thursday

12 p.m. - 3 p.m.

H1S, H3S, H5S

Thursday

6 p.m. - 9 p.m.

H1N, H3N, H5N

Friday

12 p.m. - 3 p.m.

H2S, H4S, H6S

Friday

6 p.m. - 9 p.m.

H2N, H4N, H6N

Saturday

8 a.m. - 11 a.m.

H1S, H3S, H5S

Saturday

12 p.m. - 3 p.m.

H1N, H3N, H5N

Sunday

8 a.m. - 11 a.m.

H2S, H4S, H6S

Sunday

12 p.m. - 3 p.m.

H2N, H4N, H6N

GDJ Video Visiting Schedule*

Days

Times

Housing Units

Monday

12 p.m. - 3 p.m.

H1S, H2S-C, H5N

Monday

6 p.m. - 9 p.m.

H1N, H5S

Tuesday

12 p.m. – 3 p.m.

H3N, H4N, H6N

Tuesday

6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

H2S, H3S, H4S

Wednesday

12 p.m. – 3 p.m.

H2N, H6S

Thursday

12 p.m. – 3 p.m.

H1S, H3S, H5S

Thursday

6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

H1N, H3N, H5N

Friday

12 p.m. – 3 p.m.

H2S-A&B, H4S, H6S

Friday

6 p.m. - 9 p.m.

H2N, H4N, H6N

Saturday

8 a.m. - 11 a.m.

H1S, H3S, H5S

Saturday

12 p.m. - 3 p.m.

H1N, H3N, H5N

Sunday

8 a.m. - 11 a.m.

H2S-A&B, H4S, H6S

Sunday

12 p.m. - 3 p.m.

H2N, H4N, H6N

*Visiting schedules are subject to change.

Visiting Procedure - VISITING IS BY APPOINTMENT ONLY.

Visitors may schedule an appointment up to three (3) days in advance. Appointments must be made at least 24 hours in advance. There will be no same-day appointments given.

Alameda County Sheriff’s Office has partnered with GTL to provide both video and face-to-face visits with inmates. All visitors must register through GTL’s website or download GTL’s Android App in the Google Play Store. This app is not available for Apple products. Video visits may be conducted on your home computer or at the lobby booths located at Glen Dyer Detention Facility or Santa Rita Jail.

Visitors must check in with the Lobby staff at least thirty (30) minutes prior to the scheduled appointment for all face-to-face visits, as well as video visits if using the lobby booths. Late arrivals are subject to cancellation.

WARNING: The submission of any false information to obtain this Visiting Reservation, including but not limited to the use of fraudulent credentials to establish personal identification, will subject the person making the reservation and/or a visitor associated with the registration to permanent revocation of visiting privileges!

Each adult visitor (18 years or older) must be registered before scheduling an appointment. When registering, you must provide the following information:

  • Visitor's name
  • Visitor's address (Post Office boxes are not acceptable)
  • Telephone Number
  • Visitor's date of birth (D.O.B.)
  • Visitor's driver's license or valid ID number
  • Email address

To make a visiting appointment, you will also need the following:

  • Inmate's name
  • Inmate’s PFN
  • Inmate’s date of birth

Visitors under 18 years of age must be accompanied by the parent or legal guardian. If legal guardian, documentation showing proof of this required.

The lobby will be staffed with deputies and one metal detector. When the visiting group number is called, visitors will line up in front of the Lobby metal detector and present his/her identification to the deputy. Acceptable identification is:

  • Valid driver's license.
  • State identification card.
  • Passport
  • Matriculate Consulate card
  • Other official identification, depicting photographs, physical characteristics, and signature issued by a governmental body.
  • Other types of identification approved by the visiting sergeant.

Once the visitor clears the metal detector, he/she will go directly to the inmate's housing unit visiting the control booth via the visitors’ elevator.

  • Visitors shall follow all staff instructions.
  • At the end of the allotted time, visitors are expected to exit the visiting area without delay.

Visiting Rules and Regulations

Any violation of the rules and regulations by a visitor or inmate may result in the end of the visit, and the visitor will be required to leave the facility. If the visitor engages in unlawful conduct, he/she is subject to arrest. Violation of the rules and regulations or infractions of the law may result in the visitor having privileges suspended or permanently revoked.

  1. Any person who has been confined in the Alameda County Jail System within the last six (6) months cannot visit an inmate without prior written or verbal authorization from the Commanding Officer or his/her designee.
  2. Any visitor having been previously convicted of a felony and confined in a State Prison in California will not be allowed to visit without written permission from the Commanding Officer.
  3. Any visitor having previously been convicted of a felony or a misdemeanor and who are currently on County Probation will not be allowed to visit without written permission from the Commanding Officer.
  4. All persons under 18 years of age must be accompanied by their parent or legal guardian unless they are married to the inmate receiving the visit. The visitor must provide the birth certificate and/or legal documentation upon request.
  5. Bringing firearms, explosives, alcoholic beverages, narcotics, or any controlled substance, including marijuana, into the facility is a crime, and the visitor will be subject to arrest.
  6. Any visitor who routinely cancels scheduled visits may have their visiting privileges suspended or revoked.
  7. Any visitor under the influence of alcohol or drugs will not be allowed to visit and may be subject to arrest.
  8. Visitors are not allowed to carry laptop computers, cameras, tape recorders, purses, bags, briefcases, cellphones, baby strollers/carriers or any other items into the visiting areas. Personal items should be left at home or locked in the visitor's vehicle. Items may also be locked in the public lockers located in the lobby area. Items not reclaimed by visitors at the conclusion of visiting will be removed and disposed of. The Alameda County Sheriff's Office is not responsible for lost, stolen, or removed items.
  9. Visitors and their possessions are subject to search by Sheriff's Office personnel. Entering the facility is consent to search.
  10. Smoking is prohibited in the building and within 20 feet of entrances, pursuant to County Ordinance.
  11. You must provide your own pen or pencil. None will be given out in the lobby.
  12. No food or drink is permitted in the visiting areas. Visitors will be allowed to bring one (1)diaper and one (1) baby bottle into the visiting area.
  13. All visitors are required to proceed directly to their respective visiting areas and to remain there until their visit is completed. Upon completion of the visit, the visitors must leave the facility, or if they wish, may visit another inmate. At any time, the visitor may terminate the visit and return to the lobby. Visits will last approximately thirty (30) minutes at the Glenn E. Dyer Detention Facility with each visitor.
  14. Visitors will not be allowed to revisit an inmate whom they have previously visited that day.
  15. Visitors found visiting an inmate other than the one scheduled, or in an area other than the one designated, will have their visiting privileges revoked and will be required to leave the facility.
  16. There will be no physical contact between visitors and inmates.
  17. Visitors and inmates shall not exchange or pass any item. If they do, the visit will be terminated. Any person passing contraband is subject to arrest and additional charges may be added to the inmate.
  18. Visitors and inmates are to refrain from loud talking or any disruptive behavior. Visitors with disruptive children may have their visit terminated.
  19. When a deputy or technician announces that the visit is over, the visit will end immediately.
  20. An inmate may refuse to see any visitor.
  21. Children must be supervised and controlled by an adult at all times.
  22. Any discourteous acts will immediately terminate your visit.

Visitor Apparel
Visitors are expected to dress to meet the constraints of the institutional setting. Attire should be conservative and not revealing. Lobby staff has the final determination of clothing dress standards.

  • Visitors shall be fully clothed;
  • Visitors shall wear shoes or sandals;
  • Visitors will not be permitted to remove clothing items such as sweaters, jackets, etc.which would violate the dress code standards.

The Following Types of Clothing/Items are Prohibited

Excessive jewelry - If visitors have problems being cleared through the metal detector, after three (3) attempts, they will move to the end of the line and try clearance again.

  • Articles of clothing that could be deemed "gang" colors, such as hats, belts, bandanas, shoes, sportswear, etc.
  • Attire displaying obscene offensive language or drawings.
  • Display of tattoos or other body art that is gang or hate related.
  • Sleeveless, strapless, halter, spaghetti straps, swimsuits, or bare midriff clothing.
  • Shorts or skirts exposing more than mid-thigh (includes slits in the garments)
  • Undergarments must not be visible.
  • No sheer or "see-through" clothing.
  • Pajamas (top and/or bottom)
  • Clothing with non-removable metal buckles.
  • No bib-overalls/clothing of any kind with metal.
  • No cigarette packs, loose cigarettes, cigarette lighters or cigars.

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