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El Dorado County Jail - Placerville Jail

County Jail

Last Updated: March 31, 2020
300 Fair Ln, Placerville, CA 95667
El Dorado
Security Level
County - medium
Facility Type
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COVID-19: Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, El Dorado County Jail - Placerville Jail is facing VISITATION SUSPENSION for the next 15-30 days. Please call 530-621-6000 for the most current visiting room updates and when visits will resume.

El Dorado County Jail - Placerville Jail basic information to help guide you through what you can do for your inmate while they are incarcerated. The facility's direct contact number: 530-621-6000

This facility is for adult inmates.

The El Dorado County Jail - Placerville Jail is a medium-security detention center located at 300 Fair Ln Placerville, CA which is operated locally by the El Dorado 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. El Dorado County accepts inmates from surrounding towns, municipalities, the US Marshal's Service and the Placerville Police Department who do not have their own long-term lock-up.

The Custody Division’s Mission is to ensure public safety through the safe and secure incarceration of inmates. The Mission will be achieved through adherence to employee performance standards, accountability and teamwork. The Custody Division is committed to creating a structured environment to facilitate the inmate’s assimilation back into their communities, as well as providing the opportunity for self-improvement through programs and services.
Jails are maintained for the purpose of:
• Detention of persons charged with a crime and committed for trial.
• Confinement of persons committed for contempt, or upon civil process or by other authority of law.
• Confinement of persons sentenced to imprisonment upon conviction of a crime.
• Detention of persons committed in order to secure their attendance as witnesses in criminal cases.
The Placerville and South Lake Tahoe County jails are Type II facilities and may house both pre-sentenced and post-sentenced male and female defendants. Placerville has a State Board of Corrections rated capacity of 265 beds. South Lake Tahoe jail has rated capacity of 158.
The Placerville and Lake Tahoe Jail provides all programs for the care and custody of sentenced inmates and operates defendant work programs as an alternative to incarceration, as well as work programs for those incarcerated. The Jail also provides transportation for jail inmates to court proceedings, medical appointments and other custodial institutes.
Adult Education - The jail’s education program is operated by the El Dorado Adult School and is staffed by a full time Adult Education teacher with assistance from volunteers around the community. This program was developed to meet the needs of those who are incarcerated. Inmates who wish to attend must have the desire to learn and be in custody at least six weeks to enroll.

Courses offered:
  • General Education Development-G.E.D.
  • English As a Second Language
  • Adult Basic Education
  • High School Diploma
  • Adult Enrichment
  • Career Awareness


Is an acronym for Health Education, Addiction Recovery Toward Self-Responsibility. The program teaches substance abuse education along with personal development and the tools necessary to stay clean and sober.

The three month HEARTS program consists of two sessions per week, covering alcohol and drug use and health ramifications, family issues, career and recover steps.

Religious Services

The jail has a volunteer chaplain and a staff of volunteers from the community that offer all inmates a variety of religious services and bible studies.

Alcoholics/Narcotic Anonymous

The AA and NA programs are the standard programs that are utilized around the country. The facilitator s for these programs are volunteers from within the community.

HIV/Infectious Diseases

These are state mandated programs that are conducted by the El Dorado County Health Department. The subject is covered with the use of visual media and lecture. How HIV and other infectious diseases are transmitted and preventative measures are discussed.

In addition, the following is offered:
* Prenatal Counseling
* Anger Management
* Programs may be added or deleted at the discretion of Jail Management.

Inmate Locator

El Dorado County Jail - Placerville Jail 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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Visitation Information

El Dorado County Jail - Placerville Jail - Visitation

Monday Through Sunday

  • 8:00 AM to 11:00 AM
  • 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Monday through Thursday

  • 7:00PM to 10:00PM

The facility is closed to visiting on legal holidays. Regular posted hours are subject to change.

Visiting Rules and Policies

  • Only ONE (1) visitor may visit an inmate at a time; exception, a minor may be escorted by the legal guardian or parent. All minor children require I.D. (i.e.: birth certificate, school I .D.). The minor’s ID must show that the child is legally that of the visitor or the inmate’s. The minor will be accompanied by parent or legal guardian at all times, unless visiting their parent.

  • Visitors will be required to show a proper identification prior to visiting. Example: driver’s license, birth certificate with photo I.D., etc.

  • Each visitor is allowed a maximum of three (3) one-hour visits per week and is limited to one (1) hour visit per day unless pre-approved through jail administration. Any portion of one hour, counts as the entire one (1) hour visit.

  • Each inmate is allowed a maximum of three (3) one-hour visits per week. Any portion of one hour counts as the entire one (1) hour visit.

  • Inmate workers may have unlimited amount of visits, however, the visitor is limited to one (1) hour visit per day and a maximum of three visits per week. Inmate workers will not be pulled away from their work stations for visits.

  • The visiting week begins on Monday and ends on Sunday.

  • Inmates will not be pulled away from any court-ordered classes to visit.

  • Visitors who have served time in the CDCR prison system or who are currently on Parole or PRCS will not be permitted to visit without prior written approval of the Jail Commander or Parole/Probation officer.

  • DRESS CODE: All visitors, male, female, adult and children must adhere to the following dress code: NO BARE BACKS, CHESTS, and/or ABDOMENS. NO TANK TOPS, HALF TOPS, SPAGHETTI STRAPS OR BATHING SUITS. NO SHORT SHORTS, SKIRTS OR DRESSES - THEY MUST BE MID THIGH IN LENGTH OR LONGER. NO SHEER FABRIC OR EXPOSED UNDERGARMENTS. GANG ATTIRE IS NOT ALLOWED. SHOES MUST BE WORN AT ALL TIMES. NO HATS, BANDANAS, BEANIES, ETC. (Nothing is to be worn on the head). Failure to comply with the dress code will result in the visitor being turned away.

  • No personal property is allowed within the visiting area, including but not limited to: CELL PHONES, handbags, writing supplies, books, cameras, any electronic device, food, and beverage. Leave these items in your vehicle or you may stow items in the lobby lockers. The locker key may remain on your person during your visit.

  • Staff will not pass on or deliver messages to the inmates.

  • Money, in the form of cash or cashier’s check may be brought to the facility at any time and placed on the inmates account. These forms of money can be sent via postal service as well.

  • Loud, boisterous and rude language will not be tolerated during the visit. Any visitor within the facility observed in inappropriate conduct, sexual behavior, or any type of indecent exposure, may be permanently banned from visiting.

  • Should visiting rules constantly be abused, i.e.; end/start times, dress code, or disruptive behavior during your visits, the following week's visitation privileges will be terminated.

  • Visiting will end at the posted times. Visitors that do not arrive 30 minutes before the end of visiting will not be allowed to visit at that time.

  • Previous inmates must be out of custody 30 days prior to visiting the facility or making deposits to inmate accounts.

**Failure to adhere to these rules will result in loss of visiting privileges for both inmate and visitor. **

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Facility Type

El Dorado County Jail - Placerville Jail 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 El Dorado 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.

El Dorado County Jail - Placerville Jail 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%.

Custody/Security Level

The El Dorado County Jail - Placerville Jail is located in California and takes in new arrests and detainees are who are delivered daily - call 530-621-6000 for the current roster. Law enforcement and police book offenders from El Dorado 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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How To Send Things

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.

All of the information you could ever need to know is below, patiently scroll the page and get as much information about El Dorado County Jail - Placerville Jail that you'd ever want to know. If there is anything that you were looking for, but don't see, please email us at aid@inmateaid.com.

How To Send Money:

How to Send an Inmate Money in California

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.

What is a Commissary?

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.

How you send money to an inmate?

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.

How do I send money using MoneyGram?

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.

Who else can access the money you send?

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.

Why is my inmate asking for more than I normally send?

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.

Who can I call if I suspect something?

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.

Inmate Care Packages:

How to Buy Inmate Commissary Care Packages Online

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

Inmate Commissary:

What is Inmate Commissary?

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.

What is an Inmate trust account?

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.

How To Send Mail:

This is how to send your inmate at El Dorado County Jail - Placerville Jail letters, photos, postcards, greeting cards and magazines

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.

How To Send Greeting Cards and Postcards:

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.

How To Send magazines and Books:

Send magazines to El Dorado County Jail - Placerville Jail at 300 Fair Ln, Placerville, CA

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.

How To Save Money on Inmate Calls

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.

Ask The Inmate

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