Marine Corps Brig - Camp Pendleton

Military Prisons

Last Updated: December 15, 2019
24100 Powder Magazine Rd, Camp Pendleton, CA 92055
San Diego
Security Level
Medium - general
Facility Type
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Marine Corps Brig - Camp Pendleton basic information to help guide you through what you can do for your inmate while they are incarcerated. The facility's direct contact number: 760-725-4111

This facility is for adult inmates.

The brig supports the Commanding General, MCB, Camp Pendleton, CA. by confining military members from all branches of the armed service on board MCB, Camp Pendleton, CA. All military commanders located west of the Mississippi, including Pacific military installations, are authorized to confine personnel accused of a crime serious enough to warrant pre-trial confinement or those already convicted by a Court-Martial. The Brig has a rated capacity of 97. Custody classification of prisoners covers all custody classes from minimum to maximum-security requirements. With a staff of approximately 83 Marines and 3 civilians, the Brig is nearly self-supportive in its mission to the Commanding General. Operating 24 hours a day, this facility maintains itself in areas such as laundry, minor structural repair, and most importantly security. The security personnel are trained continuously in all areas of corrections, ensuring professionalism and consistency.
Established in 1972, the Brig has a rated capacity of 347 (including minimum annex) 313 without annex space. Custody classification of prisoners covers all custody classes from minimum to maximum-security requirements. With a staff of approximately 180, including administrative, medical and food service personnel, the Brig is nearly self-supportive in its mission to the Commanding General. Operating 24 hours a day, this facility maintains itself in areas such as laundry, minor structural repair, and most importantly security. The security personnel are trained continuously in all areas of corrections, ensuring professionalism and consistency.

Confinement - Ref: SECNAV 1640.9C (Chapter 7): The purpose of confinement. An individual is sentenced to confinement as punishment and as a deterrent to other individuals. The sentence to confinement expresses the retribution demanded by the society that the individual offended and removes offenders from society for a specified period. The confinement period shall be oriented towards the rehabilitation of the confinee. Personnel being confined at Marine Corps Base Brig, Camp Pendleton are required to have the following items in their possession:

Legal Documents, to include.

  • Original Confinement Order (Branch Specific Forms are Accepted)
  • Original Results of Trial (If Adjudged)
  • Medical Certificate (Pre-Confinement Physical, signed by a Medical Officer, must be completed within 24 hours prior to confinement)
  • Letter of Deferment, Request for Deferment (If Sentence Deferred by Convening Authority)
  • Transfer Order / Prisoner Receipt (If Transferred from Another Facility)
  • All Items on Gear Inventory Sheet.

Funds/Valuables - Prisoner Funds and Valuables maintains all prisoner/detainee articles that are not authorized to be maintained by the prisoner, such as jewelry, bank cards, ID cards, and driver license. (See the required/authorized items list for information regarding items not accepted by brig Valuables.) The Valuables Office maintains a non-interest bearing account where all prisoner/detainee funds are kept. From this account, a prisoner/detainee can access funds to pay bills or purchase necessary health and comfort items. A general ledger is kept depicting each prisoner's/detainee's available funds. Weekly, confinees receive a PX call, which allows them to request items available through the brig exchange. The Valuables office conducts this service for confinee's in both pay and non-pay status. Non-pay status confinee's are those who have been sentenced to punishment of forfeiture of all pay and allowances.

Mail Room - The mailroom is responsible for handling all mail for confinees and staff members. Outgoing and incoming confinee mail is scanned for content and searched for contraband before being forwarded to the Base Post Office or the confinee. This is an area of high risk for the entrance of unauthorized items and is carefully scrutinized. All packages are received in the same manner and unauthorized items received are returned to sender. Packages containing food items are not normally allowed except during prescribed dates set by the Commanding Officer. During this time all food items received must be store-bought and still in the manufacturers seal. No "home-made" items will be allowed. Staff personnel mail is handled the same as all other unit mailrooms in accordance with Postal Regulations.

Inmate Locator

Marine Corps Brig - Camp Pendleton 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 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

Marine Corps Brig - Camp Pendleton - Visitation

Visitation Rules

  • Ensure that vehicles are parked and located in the visitors’ parking spaces that are provided.
  • All visitors are required to sign in and out in the visitor's log as directed by the Quarter Deck Sentry. All visitors must have a picture ID.
  • You must be on the Prisoner/Detainee visitation roster in order to visit.
  • All visitors must consent to an electronic search. Persons refusing an electronic search will be denied access to the facility.
  • The Duty Brig Supervisor (DBS) must approve visits by anyone other than family members.
  • All active-duty military (Sgt's and below) must have written approval from their Battalion/Squadron Commanders prior to being authorized visitation. This form is available from the Brig Administrative Officer during normal working hours.
  • Married prisoners are not allowed visitation by members of the opposite sex unless the visitor is a relative or is accompanied by the prisoner's spouse.
  • Visitors under 18 years of age are not authorized to visit the prisoner unless their parents, legal guardian or the prisoner’s parents accompany them.
  • All attire must be in good taste and be in accordance with the standards set forth in current Camp Pendleton Base regulations. The DBS may disapprove or terminate a visit by reason of improper attire or the spirit in which this regulation is intended. The standards for wear of civilian attire are summarized as follows:
  • Clothing should be clean, well maintained and properly fitted. No clothing that is torn, ragged, or dirty will be allowed.
  1. Clothing should be worn in the manner intended by its designer (e.g., buttoned, belted, or zipped, tucked or fastened). Undergarments are not authorized to be worn as outer garments.
  2. No jogging, warm-up suits or PT gear may be worn.
  3. Clothing with printing, insignia, or pictures which are obscene, gestures or profanity, or suggestive in nature, or which promote the illegal use of drugs may not be worn.
  4. Clothing which depicts derogatory social, religious, racial, or ethnic beliefs are also considered inappropriate and may not be worn.
  5. Clothing which has been altered in fit to appear either excessively brief, tight, or revealing may not be worn.
  6. Clothing such as cut-off shorts, shower shoes, flip-flops, tank tops, or swimwear will not be allowed. No bare feet.
  7. Clothing and accessories which are intended to present a paramilitary appearance or to serve as weapons will not be allowed.
  8. Do not accept from or give anything directly to a Prisoner or Detainee. All items for prisoners must be turned over to the Quarter Deck Sentry prior to the visit.
  9. No personal items (i.e. purses, diapers, baby seats, books, packages, or loose money) will be brought to the visiting area. Personal effects will be secured in vehicles or a locker that is provided. Exceptions: 1 small toy, per child, 1 baby bottle (no glass)
  10. Children must be kept under control. Diapers will be changed in bathrooms. Excessive noise and/or bad behavior will cause visits to be terminated.
  11. A brief embrace is authorized when meeting and departing from your visit. Holding hands is authorized although you must keep your hands in plain view of Security personnel at all times.
  12. No mail or correspondence of any type will be brought in for a prisoner. These items must be sent through the mail.
  13. Visits will be disallowed if the visitors are suspected of being under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Disorderly conduct will not be tolerated.
  14. Due to space constraints, the maximum number of visitors allowed per prisoner may be limited at the Duty Brig Supervisors discretion.
  15. Conflicts with a listed rule will be resolved by the Duty Brig Supervisor. The Duty Brig Supervisor is the direct representative of the Commanding Officer and will be the final authority on all matters relating to weekend visitation.

No one shall be present in the Brig area after visitation hours. After visiting hours, depart the Brig promptly. No photographic equipment or walking around the Brig is authorized.

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Facility Type

This is a military prison for housing military personnel that have been convicted by a court martial. In the military such prisons are known as the ‘guardhouse’ or ‘stockade’, with the aim of rehabilitating inmates so they can rejoin society after their sentence is completed. Use the inmate search feature to find an inmate here.

Custody/Security Level

Marine Corps Brig - Camp Pendleton is a medium security facility located at 24100 Powder Magazine Rd in Camp Pendleton, CA. Medium custody inmates live in either one or two-man units within specific pods. Medium security prisons are the standard facilities used to house most criminals. They feature cage-style housing, armed guards, and a much more regimented daily routine than a minimum or low-security prisons. These are more serious offenders which must be supervised 24/7 with controlled movements. The prison yard has strengthened perimeter fence, rows of triple razor wire on double fencing and electronic detection systems to ensure inmates stay within the confined areas within the facility.

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How To Send Things

There are strict procedures for everything related to "sending things to an inmate" in a Medium - general 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 Marine Corps Brig - Camp Pendleton that you'd ever want to know. If there is anything that you were looking for, but don't see, please email us at

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 Marine Corps Brig - Camp Pendleton 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 Marine Corps Brig - Camp Pendleton at 24100 Powder Magazine Rd, Camp Pendleton, 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

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.

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