Kern County Lerdo Minimum Security Facility

County Jail

Last Updated: December 19, 2020
17635 Industrial Farm Rd, Bakersfield, CA 93308

Kern Co Lerdo Minimum is for County Jail offenders sentenced up to twenty four months.

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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 at Kern County Lerdo Minimum Security Facility so you can stay connected and support your loved one behind bars.

The Kern Co Lerdo Minimum is a detention center located at 17635 Industrial Farm Rd Bakersfield, CA which is operated locally by the Kern 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. Kern County accepts inmates from surrounding towns, Bakersfield 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.

Lerdo Minimum Security Facility is where the inmates with the lowest risk to the community are held. The facility is next door to the Lerdo Pre-Trial Facility. Inmates here get to work in a civilian environment preparing them for the near-term release back into society.

The Inmate Services Section consists of 7 subordinate work units. The work units operate to assist the Detentions Bureau and the Department in accomplishing the goal of maintaining a safe, secure and effective jail system. These work units include inmate commissary, food service, laundry services, Lerdo warehouse, maintenance services and inmate services; which includes the law library, inmate education programs, inmate telephones, and chaplain services and released inmate transportation. The Inmate Services Section is staffed with 1 Lieutenant, 1 Detention Sergeant, 2 Sr. Detention Deputies, 7 Detention Deputies, 21 civilian employees and numerous contract employees.

Kern County Lerdo Minimum Security Facility Rules:

1. Receiving Money:
Cash, money orders and cashier's checks sent via U.S. Mail or brought into the Maximum-Medium Facility for an inmate will be accepted in any amount and placed on the inmate's commissary account. Money will be accepted Monday through Friday from 7:00 am to 9:00 pm and on Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm.
2. Releasing Inmate Money and/or Property:
Inmates may release their money and property to any out of custody person, if the person possesses a U.S. government or U.S. State government issued picture identification.
Money or personal property may be released completely or partially at any time of the day or night with the inmate's approval. The shift supervisor may postpone a release if the release will interfere with court pulls, meal passes or sick call.
3. Mail Rules: Rules for mail coming into the facility are as follows:
All mail is inspected for contraband when it is received.
Money orders and cashier's checks may be sent to an inmate through the mail and will be added to the inmate's commissary account. Please include the inmate's booking number on the money order or cashier's check.
Personal checks are not acceptable and will be returned to the sender.
No photographs, pictures or photocopies of photos will be accepted.
Books and magazines will only be permitted if they are sent to the inmate directly from the publisher.
The inmate is not allowed to receive any unused envelopes, stamps, or paper in the mail.
Letters and envelopes must be free from any white-out, lipstick marks, address labels, or stickers of any kind.
No large cards, musical cards, cards with glitter or other items attached will be allowed.

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Visitation Information

Kern County Lerdo Minimum Security Facility - Visiting Hours and Rules

Any and all physical contact during visiting is prohibited. Any contact between visitors and inmates regardless of type will result in termination of the visit. Inmates shall be allowed one visit, of at least one hour, per week. Each inmate will be allowed a total of four visitors per table. At the discretion of the on-duty supervisor, family members may swap out with additional visitors during their allotted hour as long as all other visiting requirements are met. Time will not be added to the visit to accommodate visitors over the four-person limit. Additionally, it is the responsibility of the visitors, not security staff, to keep track of their time remaining if they are requesting to share their hour with more than four people.

  • All visitors will be seated on the side of the table labeled "visitors". Minors will remain seated at the table with their parent/guardian.
  • Infants and children will not be placed, sit, or stand on top of the tables.
  • All approved items brought in by visitors will be placed on the bench next to them or on their person, not on top of the table. The tabletop is to remain clear.

Proper identification is required of all visitors to the Lerdo Minimum Facility. Acceptable identification:

  • Valid non-expired Driver's license with photo
  • Any U.S. state or federal government-issued photo identification
  • Photo passport

All visitors shall register at the visiting booth and provide identification. Any visitor without proper identification will be denied visitation privileges. Proper identification shall be official picture identification. All visitors 16 years and older will be required to have proper identification. All visitors under 18 years of age must be accompanied by an adult (18 years or older) (this adult must be a parent or legal guardian). High school students may use their high school identification cards.

All visitors are expected to abide by the facility rules. Anyone not following these regulations will lose their visitation privileges. Visiting regulations will be posted in a place accessible to the inmates and the public. Visitors and inmates will visit only at their assigned table. Failure to do so will result in termination of the visit.

Visitors are allowed to bring in the following items only:

  • Identification
  • One (1) individual vehicle key and/or remote
  • One (1) infant diaper and wipe in a clear see-through bag
  • One (1) clear infant bottle
  • One (1) infant blanket
  • Guardianship documentation and/or paperwork approved by the on-duty supervisor
  • Life-saving physician-prescribed medication with the approval of the on-duty supervisor (i.e. epi-pens, asthma inhalers, nitroglycerin).

Absolutely NO food, gum, drinks, toys, gifts, wallets, purses, cell phones, electronic devices, or money will be allowed into the visiting yard. Any visitor bringing in unauthorized items will be asked to leave the facility and return during the inmate's next eligible visiting time.

Once visitors are admitted into the visiting area, they will not be allowed to leave and return the same day. Exiting the visiting yard for any reason indicates the end of the visiting session.

Visiting Yard Dress Code - Visitors will be denied entrance into the visiting yard wearing any of the following clothing:

  • Short/Mini skirts
  • Short shorts
  • Excessively torn clothing
  • Midriff shirts
  • Spaghetti strap tops or dresses
  • Tank Top shirts
  • Low cut/Scoop neck shirts
  • Excessive, unsafe and/or oversized jewelry that could pose a security risk
  • Anything that shows undergarments, see-through and/or revealing clothing
  • Anything with obscene material and/or gang references
  • Any clothing or lack thereof deemed inappropriate by the Shift Supervisor will not be allowed.

The visiting week will begin on Saturday and end on Sunday. Visiting times are by the last name of the inmate to be visited.

The Minimum Facility bus will transport visitors to the visiting yard from the Lerdo main gate parking lot. The bus begins transporting at 7:30 A.M. and 12:30 P.M. on both Saturday and Sunday. Transportation continues until the last bus times listed below. If visitors fail to make the last bus times, they will not be allowed to enter the facility for visiting and must wait until the inmate's next eligible visiting time.

  • A thru H - Saturday from 7:30 am to 10:30 am (last facility bus leaves @ 8:45 am)
  • I thru Q - Saturday from 12:30 pm to 3:30 pm (last facility bus leaves @ 1:45pm)
  • R thru Z - Sunday from 7:30 am to 10:30 am (last facility bus leaves @ 8:45 am)
  • Females visit on Sundays from 12:30 pm to 3:30 pm (last facility bus leaves @ 1:45 pm)

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