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This facility is for adult inmates.
The Elmwood CA Main Jail Complex is a medium-security detention center located at 150 West Hedding St San Jose, CA that is operated locally by the Santa Clara 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. Santa Clara County accepts inmates from surrounding towns, municipalities, the US Marshal's Service and the San Jose Police Department who do not have their own long-term lock-up.
Main Jail South
Main Jail South, opened in 1956, has a rated capacity of 674 inmates and is designed in the older linear style, complete with bars and tiers. This indirect supervision model, although popular in the 1950s, is generally not the norm in modern jail settings because officer-inmate interaction is minimized. Included in the Main Jail Complex is the North County Facility located in the Palo Alto courthouse. This jail is operated daytime only for inmates with cases in Palo Alto.
Main Jail North
Main Jail North, a third generation correctional facility, uses the "direct supervision" inmate management model. Direct supervision is a concept that combines architectural design, specialized staff training, and an inmate management system based upon positive behavior. In this environment, one officer oversees a locked "module" or dormitory with up to 64 inmates. Each inmate has a cell with a toilet, sink, mirror, and bed. Inmates eat and participate in programs in a common day room area equipped with tables, chairs, and telephones. This scenario allows the officer to be the leader of the module and puts the officer in a position to know and understand the personality of each inmate. Direct supervision units have proven to be safer for both staff and inmates. Main Jail North is designed to house up to 919 inmates.
The Department of Correction's Programs Division delivers services for a vast number of recipients. Programs are offered by the department and partnered with community-based organizations. These services include, but are not limited to:
• Educational Treatment and Vocational Classes
• Departmental Services and Support
• Community Services
• Alternative Custody Programming
• Inmate Supervision and case management
• Provider Contracts
• Provider Performance Assessments and Reviews
Accommodation of Hearing Impaired Inmates
It is the policy of the Department of Correction to ensure that deaf or hard of hearing inmates are afforded full and equal access to programs and services provided by the Department of Correction. The Department of Correction will furnish appropriate auxiliary aids and/or services, to include but not limited to, the right to interpreters and the right to place telephone calls via a TTY/TDD machine. Assistive listening devices will be made available upon request of the inmate in order to assist them with communication during programs or services. Interpreter services shall be available twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, for all complex, confidential or important communications, such as Booking, Classification, Medical, Mental Health or disciplinary hearings.
Inmates with disabilities cannot be excluded from programs, activities or services offered solely because of a disability, because of inaccessible facilities. The Department of Correction will ensure physical accommodations are made to ensure facility accessibility to hearing impaired/deaf inmates. Closed-caption televisions shall be made available in designated areas housing hearing impaired inmates.
Various Educational and Recreational programs are available to inmates, based on their housing assignment. The Programs Unit offers the Regimented Correctional Program (RCP), Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, General Education Diploma (GED) classes, substance abuse classes, occupational training, computer skills, literacy (reading and writing skills), stress reduction, nutrition, personal hygiene, anger management, trauma recovery, parenting and others. To learn more about these programs, or to sign up for them, submit an Inmate Request Form to the Programs Unit or Classification.
Medical/Dental & Mental Health Services
Each inmate is interviewed at the time of booking and a medical screening questionnaire will be completed and maintained by the Medical unit. This questionnaire is confidential and is used by Medical staff to provide care. If your medical condition should change and you require care, speak with a nurse at pill call.
Minimum security inmates may receive medical care at the Medical Clinic located next to Processing. Notify an Officer immediately if your medical problem is an emergency or requires immediate attention.
If you are not yet sentenced and wish to see your own physician at their office, you must obtain a court order per 4011 P.C. If you are sentenced, you must obtain a medical clearance and, if eligible, you must apply for a 4011 P.C. release or obtain a court order. You are responsible for all costs.
Pill calls are conducted at regularly scheduled times every day. An Officer will announce pill call in each housing area. Over-the-counter medication may be purchased through the commissary. Emergency dental care is provided for all inmates. If you require dental care, submit a dental request form to the nurse at the morning pill call. If it is an emergency, notify an Officer immediately.
Mental Health Services Are Available to Every Inmate
Being incarcerated can cause a great deal of emotional stress. Notify an Officer if you wish to speak to Mental Health staff. If you think another inmate may be considering suicide, notify an Officer immediately. Some signs of suicidal tendencies are: looking sad or tired, not sleeping or eating, feeling hopeless or worthless, withdrawing, refusing medical treatment, giving things away, writing a will, suddenly "improving" from depression.
Reading glasses may be obtained through Catholic Charities Inmate Support Services Program and the Chaplain.
Prescription glasses are not provided by Medical. You are allowed to possess your prescription glasses.
Property and Money
When you are booked, your money, personal property and clothing are taken for safekeeping. You should keep your receipt. The Department of Correction will not be responsible for any personal property not surrendered at the time of booking. You may release your property to anyone you wish, except another inmate.
To release property, a Prisoner's Property Release Form must be completed. The person picking up the property should fill in a form as completely as possible and bring it when they come to the jail to get the property. Failure to bring a filled in form will delay the release of the property.
If you release any of your property, you must release all of it (with the exception of personal clothing). Personal clothing may be released if you are going to prison.
CDC only accepts the following items if you are in route or sentenced to State prison (there are no exceptions!):
Once you are sentenced to State prison, you must make arrangements to have your property picked up. If it is not picked up prior to your departure, you will be required to sign a property release form authorizing someone to pick it up. Property left unclaimed will be destroyed after 180 days.
If it becomes necessary to confiscate any in-custody property, you will be given a receipt and the property will be placed with your personal property.
Your money is credited to your account and your commissary purchases will be subtracted from your account. You may release money from your account to anyone you wish, except another inmate. Anyone may send money to your account by sending a Cashier's Check or Money Order made payable to the SANTA CLARA COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTION (SCCDOC). The sender must write your name and PFN (three letters and three numbers) on the Cashier's Check or Money Order. There is a three hundred dollar ($300.00) maximum limit for each check or money order per week. Personal checks will not be accepted. Cashier's Check or Money Order must be sent through regular U.S. Postal Service, no overnight, express mail, etc., will be accepted.
Mail for DOC Inmates
Mail for inmates is only accepted when delivered through regular U.S. Postal Service, no overnight, express mail, etc., will be accepted. Mail from private delivery services, UPS, FedEx, etc., will not be accepted.
The following items will NOT be accepted through the mail service:
All photographs received must have your name and PFN written on the back, unidentifiable photographs will be destroyed.
Inmates may receive newspapers, magazines, periodicals and books through the US Postal Service if they are mailed directly from the publisher. They will not be accepted if sent by a bookstore or any other person. You may arrange with Catholic Charities Inmate Support Services Program for some materials to be delivered. No hardbound books will be accepted.
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Elmwood CA Main Jail Complex 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.
Inmates are allowed two 30-minute visits a week (Sunday being the first day of the week, Saturday the last). Only one visit per day is allowed; two adult visitors per visit.
MEN’S FACILITY: M2, M3, M4, M5, M8, MINIMUM CAMP
945 Thompson Street, Milpitas, CA 95035
M2, M3, M4, M5, M8 VISITING SCHEDULE
MINIMUM CAMP VISITING SCHEDULE
**If the inmate you are scheduled to visit is moved to a new housing unit, all scheduled visits will automatically be cancelled.
Visit may be cancelled for non-compliance with below rules
Visiting Office: (408) 957-5900 Web Site: Online Visit Reservation (OVR) Services Business Hours: Monday - Friday 07:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
The facility is located off Great Mall Parkway between Abel Street and Interstate 880 in Milpitas. The West Gate Elmwood Men's visiting lobby faces the northbound lanes of Interstate 880 and is accessible via the Great Mall Parkway exit.
From Interstate 680
Take the North Capitol Avenue exit in San Jose. Proceed north about 3.6 miles. Turn right on frontage road along northbound I-880 lanes to West Gate parking lot entrance.
From Interstate 880
Take the Great Mall Parkway exit. From southbound I-880, turn left from the exit, over the freeway overpass, then left again to the frontage road along I-880 to the West Gate parking lot.
From northbound I-880, continue north through the off-ramp intersection with Great Mall Parkway to the frontage road along I-880 to the West Gate parking lot.
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Elmwood CA Main Jail Complex 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 Santa Clara 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.
Elmwood CA Main Jail Complex 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 Elmwood CA Main Jail Complex is located in California and takes in new arrests and detainees are who are delivered daily - call 408-299-8890 for the current roster. Law enforcement and police book offenders from Santa Clara 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.