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Inyo County Jail

County Jail

Last Updated: January 14, 2020
550 South Clay St, Independence, CA 93526
Mailing Address
PO Drawer 456, Independence, CA 93526

Inyo County Jail is for County Jail offenders sentenced up to twenty four months.

All prisons and jails have Security or Custody levels depending on the inmate’s classification, sentence, and criminal history. Please review the rules and regulations for County - medium facility.

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If you are unsure of your inmate's location, you can search and locate your inmate by typing in their last name, first name or first initial, and/or the offender ID number to get their accurate information immediately Registered Offenders

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Inyo County 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: 760-878-0370

The Inyo County Jail is a medium-security detention center located at 550 South Clay St Independence, CA which is operated locally by the Inyo 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. Inyo County accepts inmates from surrounding towns, municipalities, the US Marshal's Service and the Independence Police Department who do not have their own long-term lock-up.

Items can be purchased through commissary only. Money orders can be accepted for inmates. No cash, personal checks, or debit/credit cards.

The Inyo County Jail is the only correctional facility in the County. The dedicated trained staff provides a safe and secure facility for those persons serving their debt to society and awaiting court proceedings. The Jail facility offers many services for inmates in addition to providing counseling for a variety of issues.

(1) Photographs may be given to inmates, subject to the following guidelines:

A. The photographs shall be unadorned and shall not exceed 3 inches by 5 inches in size.

B. Jail staff may prohibit photographs which they deem capable of compromising the security of the facility. This includes Polaroid photographs.

(2) Mail or mail containing items considered to be contraband will be returned to sender.

(3) No packages will be accepted for inmates.


Inmates may obtain books, magazines, newspapers and periodicals from the jail library or through subscriptions mailed directly from a publisher or bookstore. The jail does not accept such materials from visitors on visiting days and will not accept packages received by mail for inmates.

Inmate Locator

Inyo County 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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Covid Visitation Information

As of March 18, 2020, registration and visitation rules have changed to protect inmates at Inyo County Jail 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 760-878-0370.


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

Visitation Information

INMATE VISITS: Saturday and Sunday, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. You must call between the hours of 8:00 am and 2:00 pm the day of intended visit to make reservations for inmate visitation.


Visiting hours for the jail are on Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Visiting is closed for lunch from 11:45 AM to 1:00 PM. All visitors must be present and sign in before 2:00 PM on the day of the visit.

Persons wishing to visit may call the jail for an appointment after 8:00 AM on the date they plan to visit, or they may come to the jail without an appointment and wait for the next available visiting period. Appointments are cancelled for visitors who arrive late, but they may wait for the next available visiting period. Visitors who wish to see different inmates may only sign up for one visit at a time. Visitors may be required to provide a valid picture I.D. before being allowed to visit.

Visitors under the age of eighteen (18) must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. SPECIAL NOTE: Children ages 12-18 may visit their biological parent without an adult present. Visitors will be limited to one thirty (30) minute visit per inmate per day. A maximum of two (2) persons will be allowed to visit an inmate at one time, including children. NO CONTACT VISITS WILL BE ALLOWED.

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