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

Satellite View of Inyo County Jail

You can support your loved ones at Inyo County Jail on InmateAid, if you have any immediate questions contact the facility directly at 760-878-0370.

When someone you care about gets locked up, it's tough to figure out all the ins and outs of jail life. From sending mail to visiting, there are a lot of things to sort out. And getting info about the arrest? Not always easy. That's where this webpage comes in handy. It's here to help you get a handle on how things work here so that you can stay connected and support your loved one behind bars.

The Inyo County Jail is a 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, Independence Police Department, and the US Marshal's Service.

New detainees arrive at the jail regularly, with some being released on bail, placed under pretrial services caseloads, supervised by probation agencies, or released on recognizance with a court appearance agreement. Those who are not released await their court appearances at the jail, receiving accommodations including bedding and meals. You can see all the arrest records for California here.

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

To utilize the Inmate Search page on InmateAid, begin by selecting the relevant prison facility in California. This allows you to view the current list of inmates housed at Inyo County Jail.

The second section features the InmateAid Inmate Search tool, providing a user-generated database of inmates. You can access this resource to utilize any of InmateAid's services. If you require assistance in creating an inmate profile to maintain communication, please contact us at, and we'll gladly help you locate your loved one.

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.

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.

Ask The Inmate

Ask a former inmate questions at no charge. The inmate answering has spent considerable time in the federal prison system, state and county jails, and in a prison that was run by the private prison entity CCA. Ask your question or browse previous questions in response to comments or further questions of members of the InmateAid community.