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This facility is for adult inmates.
The Contra Costa County - West Detention (WCDF) (ICE) is a medium-security detention center located at 5555 Giant Hwy Richmond, CA that is operated locally by the Contra Costa Sheriff's Office and holds inmates awaiting trial or sentencing or both. Most of the sentenced inmates are here for less than two years. Contra Costa County accepts inmates from surrounding towns, municipalities, the US Marshal's Service and the Richmond Police Department who do not have their own long-term lock-up.
Opened in 1991, this is the newest of three detention facilities in Contra Costa County. West County Detention Facility (WCDF), located in Richmond, is a direct supervision jail designed to operate as a co-educational, program-oriented facility.
The facility houses up to 1,096 inmates within the confines of five separate housing units; four for males, one for females. Each housing unit has a dedicated outside courtyard for recreational activities.
Inmates have the ability to leave the housing units and walk freely to attend various educational or vocational programs or classes, religious services, medical or dental appointments, or social visits with family and friends.
Inmates have the opportunity to work in the kitchen and laundry where they gain valuable experience and skills in culinary arts, safe food handling, and commercial laundering.
Educational and vocational programs are provided through a contract between the Office of the Sheriff and the Contra Costa County Office of Education. The Office of Education maintains a full-time on-site Adult School staff comprised of a principal, numerous teachers, and administrative professionals.
This site houses up to 1,104 inmates within the confines of five housing units, four for males and one for females, with separate recreation areas.
The grounds also contain individual:
Inmates have the ability to leave the housing units for classes, doctor's appointments or scheduled visits. Deputies patrol the facility and double-fenced perimeter on bicycles, as well as in marked police vehicles
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Contra Costa County - West Detention (WCDF) (ICE) 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Monday - Thursday:
Saturday and Sunday:
Up to three visitors may visit an inmate at one time and all visitors must be scheduled and at the facility no later than 30 minutes prior to the end of any visiting block. Inmates are responsible for notifying the supervising Deputy Sheriff of the visit and report to the visiting area 15 minutes prior to the visit. Failure to follow these regulations will result in cancellation of the visit.
Social visits will be scheduled only by the inmates. Please refer to Visiting Rules and Regulations for specific guidelines regarding these visits.
Custody Services Bureau information posted is for reference only and does not necessarily include a specific policy in its entirety. Custody Services policy is reviewed on a frequent basis and is subject to change at any time.
Please click the below links for details on visiting rules and regulations and visiting hours.
Each inmate and visitor is responsible for his or her own conduct during visits. Any violation of laws, regulations or procedures governing visits may result in termination, suspension, restriction, revocation, arrest, or denial of visiting with the person or persons involved. Visitors may be excluded from visiting activities by the Facility Commander because of prior misconduct. The visiting process is governed by rules and regulations.
Visitors are expected to dress appropriately and maintain a standard of conduct during visiting that is not offensive to others and is consistent with the goal of making visiting a safe, positive, and constructive time for families, inmates, and staff.
All regulations pertaining to visiting shall be made available to all visitors, staff, and inmates at the time of admission.
The privacy of inmates and their visitors shall be respected subject to the need to verify the identity of an inmate or visitor, enforce laws, regulations, and procedures, and/or ensure the safety of persons and facility security. The Office of the Sheriff may utilize video-recording devices in visiting areas, excluding areas where confidential attorney consultations occur.
Visiting privileges shall be suspended only by order of the Facility Commander, except where the suspension is imposed as part of a formal disciplinary proceeding. Inmates should not be denied access to visits with persons of their choice except when the Facility Commander or designee can present clear and convincing evidence that such visitation jeopardizes the safety and security of the facility or the visitors. The Classification Unit will be notified of all visiting suspensions.
SERVICE ANIMALS: Any animal that is utilized for the purpose of aiding an individual with a disability.
Any violation of the rules and regulations by an inmate may result in disciplinary action.
Visitors are subject to search of their person and/or property. Inspections may include a search of the visitor's person, personal property, and vehicle(s) when there is probable cause to believe the visitor is attempting to introduce or remove contraband or unauthorized items or substances into, or out of, a facility.
Visitors will not be forcibly searched unless the visitor is being detained for unlawful actions or activities.
Visitors shall be required to submit to contraband and/or metal detection device(s), and a thorough search of all personal items, including inspection of a wheelchair, implant, prosthesis or assistive device, prior to being allowed to visit with an inmate.
All persons under 18 years of age must be accompanied by their parent or legal guardian. Accompanying adults shall ensure that minors remain under their constant control and supervision.
The maximum number of visitors permitted to visit an inmate at one time is determined by the individual facility.
Infants and toddlers that must be carried are not considered to be visitors.
Nursing mothers shall be discreet and covered when breastfeeding their child in the visiting area if necessary. Failure to do so shall result in termination of visiting for that day.
Visitors under the influence of alcohol or drugs will not be allowed to visit and may be subject to arrest.
It is prohibited or unlawful for visitors to carry items such as cell phones, pagers, palm or laptop computers, cameras, tape or digital recorders, purses, bags, briefcases, 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.
Possession of tobacco or tobacco products within the detention facilities is unlawful.
No food or drink is permitted in the visiting areas.
Visitors are required to proceed directly to their respective visiting areas and to remain there until their visit is completed. Upon completion of the scheduled visit, the visitors must leave the facility.
Visitors found visiting an inmate other than the one scheduled shall have their visiting privileges revoked and will be required to leave the facility.
There will be no physical contact between visitor and inmate.
Visitors may not give articles or gifts to the inmate. Visitors and inmates attempting to exchange or pass any item shall have their visit terminated immediately.
When a deputy announces that the visit is over, the visit will end immediately.
An inmate may refuse to see any visitor.
Inmates are required to submit to search at the request of a deputy.
Visitors are not permitted to loiter in or about vehicles in the parking lot. Visitors refusing to comply may be asked to leave and may be subject to arrest. Special consideration will be made to individuals in designated disabled parking spaces when the vehicle operator and/or passenger displays their current disabled license plates and/or a disabled persons placard.
Any challenge or dispute of facility visiting rules and regulations will be directed to the immediate attention of the custody sergeant.
Visitors shall remain fully clothed at all times while in the facility.
Appropriate attire includes undergarments; a dress or blouse/shirt with skirt/pants or shorts; and shoes or sandals.
Prohibited attire consists of:
Undergarments shall be worn beneath translucent clothing, under all circumstances.
No clothing or accessories displaying obscene or offensive language, drawings or objects.
No gang related clothing, style of dress or items containing gang related symbols or markings.
No head coverings (except clear, see-through rain gear), and readily removable wigs or hairpieces. The facility commander, or designee, may grant an exception for a visitor to wear gloves, head coverings, and/or readily removable hair pieces or wigs, based upon verification of need. Written approval shall be required prior to visiting and subject to staff inspection during any visit.
No gloves or scarves
No coats or jackets
No bathing suits
No overalls or coveralls
No exaggerated hairstyles
Reasonable accommodations shall be afforded visitors and inmates with disabilities to facilitate their participation in the various visiting programs offered by the Office of the Sheriff.
Visitors with service animals will be allowed access to the facility and will not be denied the use of their service animal.
Visitors may be required to state the purpose of the service animal.
Any conflict regarding whether an animal is a service animal shall be resolved by the Facility Commander or his/her designee.
Visitors with disabilities, who require assistance, will be escorted to the proper visiting area. Wheelchair bound visitors will receive priority consideration for the use of the non-contact lobby visiting rooms designated and identified for this purpose.
All visitors shall arrive 30 minutes prior to their scheduled visit time.
Each adult visitor will complete a visitors form before approaching the Visitor Registration Desk. The registration must be complete, legible and include the following:
Visitors will approach the Visitor Registration Desk with their completed visitor form and acceptable photo identification. The following are acceptable forms of photo identification:
Visitors will return to the waiting area until called by the Visitor Registration Desk.
The facility representative managing visiting will:
The Facility Commander has the authority to approve or disapprove prospective visitors. The following are reasons for denying a prospective visitor:
Once the visitor has been cleared, the facility person managing visiting will contact the module where the inmate is housed. The module deputy will be told of the visit and asked to have the inmate ready for the visit.
Visits will then be logged using the JMS System.
Once cleared to conduct the visit, at the approved visit time, the visitor will be recalled to the Visiting Desk for entrance to the facility.
Visitors shall be required to submit to contraband and/or metal detection device(s), and a thorough search of all personal items, including inspection of a wheelchair, implant, prosthesis or assistive device, prior to being allowed entry to visiting.
Visitors who refuse to submit to contraband screening will be denied entry.
Visitors who appear to be under the influence of a controlled substance, intoxicated or otherwise impaired who present a risk to facility security will be denied entry.
Visitors who are not appropriately dressed will be denied entry.
Visitors under the age of 18 who are not accompanied by a parent or legal guardian will be denied entry.
Visitors will check-out with the Visiting Desk as they depart the facility.
All visitors will be logged out from their visit as they depart the facility.
Legal representatives of detainees are authorized to visit their clients during the following hours:
Official Visitors (California attorneys working in their official capacity, “Out of State” Attorneys practicing immigration law) shall be allowed to enter Contra Costa County Detention Facility to meet with detainees at any time, unless an emergency situation exists. Visits by Official Visitors are not required to be scheduled.
A list of pro bono (free) legal organizations will be posted in all detainee housing units and other appropriate areas. This list shall be updated quarterly. If a detainee wishes to see a representative or paralegal from that organization, it is the detainee’s responsibility to contact them for an appointment.
Consular officials may meet with their detained nationals at any time. It is requested that prior arrangements be made with the ICE Supervisory Deportation Officer to the extent possible, and that consular officials bring appropriate credentials when they come to the facility. The ICE Supervisory Deportation Officer for this facility can be reached at (415) 844-5512.
Clergy may visit detainees at any time, but must make prior arrangements with the Chaplain’s Office.
All individuals requesting admittance to the facility or the visitation area are subject to a pat-down search of their person, an inspection of their belongings, and a metal scan search. Individuals refusing to cooperate with a reasonable search will not be admitted. No firearms or weapons of any kind are permitted. No electronic devices (cell phones, pagers, radios, etc.) are permitted in the secure areas of this facility.
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Contra Costa County - West Detention (WCDF) (ICE) is run by the county sheriff’s department and the prison is run by the state department of corrections. Jail is for inmates who are awaiting time or who have been sentenced to less than a year. Prison is only available for people who have been sentenced to more than a year on any one charge.
Neither prison nor jail is nice but they differ in their levels of security, the programs they have and the quality of the environment. Additionally, an inmate cannot ask for a motion to reconsider once they have been transferred to the custody of the department of corrections.
The Sheriff’s department calculates what percentage of your jail time that you actually have to serve. The law requires that the sheriff’s department make people serve a minimum of 50% of their sentence if they are convicted of a misdemeanor.
The jail will accept inmates from the US Marshal and ICE where space is necessary. In comparison, state prison is for inmates serving lengthier sentences on crimes that are more severe in nature.
The Contra Costa Sheriff’s Department calculates what percentage of a felony jail sentence a person will serve. The law requires that an inmate serve at least 85% of their felony jail sentence for non-mandatory time and 100% of their mandatory time.
Contra Costa County - West Detention (WCDF) (ICE) also offers and manages alternatives to jail such as work release programs, work furlough, house arrest, and private county jails where the person convicted can serve their sentences on weekends. Because overcrowding is a problem in both county jail and state prison, both systems operate a good behavior program. Those who are on good behavior can have their sentences reduced or cut.
If you are not serving a mandatory minimum sentence and you do not get into trouble while in jail the sheriff’s department will typically give automatic good behavior time. When you first receive your release date from the jail, within a few days of being incarcerated, the good time deduction will have already been included in most cases. For non-mandatory misdemeanor good time off is 50% and for felonies is typically about 10-15%.
The Contra Costa County - West Detention (WCDF) (ICE) is located in California and takes in new arrests and detainees are who are delivered daily - call 510-262-4200 for the current roster. Law enforcement and police book offenders from Contra Costa County and nearby cities and towns. Some offenders may stay less than one day or only for a few days until they are released in a court proceeding, some after putting up a bond and then are released to a pretrial services caseload under supervision by the court, or are released on their own recognizance with an agreement to appear in court.
The jail is divided into "pods," each of which includes individual cells, common areas, and an outside recreation court — a space bound by towering concrete walls. All meals, are approved by a dietitian. Common area tables are made of solid steel with attached four seats. Inmates crowd around the tables playing cards or board games like chess and checkers. Inside the cells, there is only a sliver of a window allows inmates to peer out. There are two to three inmates per cell, The jail is crowded at about 90 percent capacity and this population varies day-to-day sometimes over-crowded. There are a number of people who arrive at the jail actively or recently drunk or high, or arrive with injuries from fights/assaults that led to their arrest, and/or are mentally ill with no other place for law enforcement to deliver them. This makes the intake process challenging for the jail’s staff and its medical personnel.
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There are strict procedures for everything related to "sending things to an inmate" in a County - medium facility. This includes sending money for commissary packages, sending mail like letters with photos, magazine subscriptions, buying phone time, postcards and greeting cards, and even distance learning courses (get your degree, you've got a lot of extra time). You also need to know about visitation, what are the hours and rules.
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Here are some general guidelines for sending money to an inmate's trust account; but not specific to a particular facility, institution or jail. Inmates need money to access several privileges like weekly shopping at the commissary, making phone calls, using the email service where offered, using the electronic tablets where offered and paying their co-pay when needing the medical or dental services. Some county jails require a per-night fee for the jail’s expenses.
A commissary is a store within the jail. Commissary day is usually held once a week and can only be used if the inmate has funds in their commissary account, like a bank account within the institution. If the inmate has a job, their paycheck is deposited into this account, too.
The Commissary sells various products that the inmates may purchase if they have money on their books. Items sold are clothing, shoes, snacks and food, as well as hygienic products like soap, shampoo, and shavers. The commissary also sells products like books, magazines, televisions, radios, playing cards, headphones, MP3 players, electronic tablets, songs and educational programming. They also sell paper, envelopes, and stamps allowing the inmate to write their loved ones, friends and family. Facilities will provide stamps and paper to inmates who are indigent – eligible where no money has been in their commissary account for at least 30 days.
Sending money to an inmate varies from state to state, depending if it is county, state or federal, their ways of accepting money for inmates’ changes by the money transfer company they’ve contracted with. Federal Prisons and some state-level prisons have centralized banking systems which means that you do not need to know where they are specifically, just that they are in the state systems of for instance the California, Texas, Florida DOC or the FBOP to name a few.
Some facilities will allow you to deposit cash through the lobby window stand-alone kiosk in the lobby or visitation room. Most facilities will also accept a postal money order mailed to the institution’s inmate mailing address made payable to the full inmate’s name.
Electronic banking allows friends and family members to send the funds online, and correctional departments are starting to favor this method because it is less work for staff and more accurate/easier to keep track of, as well as being more convenient.
Regardless of the method of sending funds, there are several key things you will need to know:
• Inmate’s full committed name
• Inmate’s ID number
• Inmate’s location – or a system like the federal BOP
Before sending any funds you should find out what online transfer companies the institution your inmate is incarcerated in uses. You can find this information on our site by navigating to the facilities page click on the Money Transfer button under the address and phone number.
Pay close attention to the rules of the facility. Sometimes they will require money senders are on the inmate's visitation list. Some correctional facilities have a deposit limit, like $200-300 at a time, but in federal, there is no limit.
MoneyGram, JPay, OffenderConnect, AccessCorrections, JailATM, WU, Touchpayonline, tigercommissary, smartdeposit are some of the money transfer firms being used by various facilities. MoneyGram is by far the oldest and most trusted.
An inmate with fines or restitution will be subject to commissary/trust account garnishment. If the inmate has these financial obligations, they will be extracted from the inmate’s bank account. It may be a percentage or the entire amount depending on the situation. We recommend inmates who are going into their bid contact the counselor and make an arrangement beforehand. If you go in knowing they are taking 20-25% of all deposits is better than have them take it all and you find out in the commissary line when the account is zero.
This is generally a signal that the inmate is doing something they shouldn’t and need money to get them out of or through a situation. It could be gambling, it could be extortion it could be other things you don’t need to know on this forum (for now). Set boundaries with your inmate. Tell them that “this is the amount I can send each month” and that is it. There are no extras beyond the boundary. Also, NEVER send money to the account of another inmate on your inmate’s instruction. This is a sign that something is not right. If the corrections people discover this, and they do more times than not, it will result in some severe disciplinary action to the inmate, and certainly the loss of all privileges.
We recommend speaking with the counselor or case manager of the facility and use a generic reference in the event that your suspicions are wrong. You needn’t put them in a more difficult position if they are.
Show your loved one how much you care – order a package today! The facilities usually have a weekly limit of about $100 per inmate, plus processing and tax. The orders do NOT count towards the inmates weekly commissary allowances Deposits can be made online for inmates 24/7 using a credit/debit card
There are also a few services that allow you how to order inmate commissary online. These trusted providers are approved and share revenue with the prisons from the sales to the inmates.
Here is a list of other similar programs prison commissary: Keefe Group, Access Securpak, iCareGifts, Union Supply Direct, Walkenhorst's, CareACell
Prison commissary (also sometimes referred to as inmate canteen) is a store for inmates housed within a correctional facility. While the very most basics may be provided for by a given correctional department, there are also other important goods/services that Florida prisoners and inmates must buy. For instance, supplies such as supplementary food, female hygiene products, books, writing utensils and a plethora of other things are examples of things that can be purchased as part of an inmate commissary packages for goods.
When you add money to an inmate account, the prison funds are stored on an inmate trust fund. This prison account basically acts as a personal bank account of an inmate. They will use this account to make Inmate Calls, pay for postage to Send Photos from Inmates, send emails from inmates, purchase Items from Commissary, receive wages from jobs, and more.
Incoming and outgoing inmate mail is subject to inspection for the presence of contraband that might threaten the safety, security or well-being of the jail/facility, its staff, and residents. Inmates may receive only metered, unstamped, plain white postcards no larger than 4" x 6" as mail. Writing must be in pencil or blue or black ink. Any other mail will be returned to the sender. If no return address is available, unauthorized mail will be stored in the inmate's locker until the inmate's release.
Inmate mail cannot contain any of the following: Create an immediate threat to jail order by describing the manufacture of weapons, bombs, incendiary devices, or tools for escape that realistically are a danger to jail security; Advocate violence, racial supremacy or ethnic purity; No current inmate-to-inmate mail will be allowed and will be destroyed.
The easiest workaround is to look over the mailing services of InmateAid. We have an automated system for sending your loved one that special message or picture. We send thousands of pieces of mail per month with NO issues with the prisons or jails. The envelopes display the InmateAid logo, the mail room knows for certain that the contents will not be compromising. This trust was established in 2012.
Greeting cards are great for the holidays and birthdays. The ones from the store often have more than just the message because the policies surrounding appropriate content (no nudity or sexually suggestive material no matter how funny), and they cannot have glitter, stickers or anything else that makes the card different from a normal plain old card. Instead of going to the Hallmark store in the mall and looking around for hours - go to our easy to search Greeting Cards service.
It takes literally 45 seconds and it's very affordable for what you're getting (and what they are getting, too!). Select from 100s of birthday, anniversary and every holiday you can think of, and VERY easy to send from your phone on InmateAid:
Don't forget Christmas, Thanksgiving, Mother's Day, Father's Day, New Year's, Ramadan, Hanukkah, Passover, Easter, Kwanzaa or Valentine's Day!
In less than a minute and only $0.99, this act of kindness will be worth a million to your inmate. If you have a picture or two and don't want to write a long letter. Type out a little love in the message box and send your latest selfie... only 99 cents!
Don't wait until the moment has passed, it's easy and convenient to let them know you're thinking of them at every moment.
Send the best magazines and books to your Inmate in jail or prison, it's the gift that keeps on giving all year round, There is nothing more exciting to an inmate (besides their release date) than getting their favorite magazine every month at mail call.
Magazines and books must come directly from the publisher. You are not allowed to send single magazines in an envelope. They need to come directly from the publisher with your inmate's name affixed to the address label. Magazine subscriptions are easy to set up, it takes literally 2 minutes.
You know when you go into the grocery and browse the new magazines on display? You see hundreds. Inside they place a little card that if you fill it out and send it in with your inmate's name, ID number and facility address - you drop it in the mail and in 8-12 weeks your inmate gets an issue every month for a whole year. Thankfully, there is an easier way, just CLICK here and browse yourself. Select a title or two and add your inmate's name to the order. It's fast, it's reliable and it's at a discounted rate for your convenience.
The prison phone companies have a monopoly at the facility they have a contract with. Profits are shared so there is no incentive for their representatives to show you how to save money. They post their rates and in almost every case, there are at least two pricing tiers. Depending on where you are and where your inmate is, the type of phone number you use will make all the difference.
In federal prison, the answer is simply that a new local number will change your inmate's call rate from $.21 per minute to only $.06 per minute. Fed gives you only 300 minutes per month, the local line service is only $8.95, no hidden fees or bundling of other unwanted service charges
For the other facilities that are not federal, it used to be that a local number was the answer. Now, its market intelligence and InmateAid has made it their business to know what the best deal is in every scenario. And we can tell you that in 30% of the cases, we cannot save you a penny - and neither can anyone else. But we will give you a refund if we can't save you money.
For more specific information on inmate calls, you will want to navigate to the facility your inmate is incarcerated in through our site by going to Prison Directory and following the links to the Discount Telephone Service - get an honest estimate before you buy.