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This facility is for adult inmates.
The Merced County Main Jail is a medium-security detention center located at 700 W 22nd St Merced, CA which is operated locally by the Merced 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. Merced County accepts inmates from surrounding towns, municipalities, the US Marshal's Service and the Merced Police Department who do not have their own long-term lock-up.
INMATE CLASSIFICATION AND HOUSING: Classification is the process that decides where you will be housed while in custody. In most cases, your classification will be decided within 72 hours of your arrival. The initial classification process shall include an interview with a trained Classification Officer, an evaluation of current and past criminal records, incarceration history, medical and psychiatric needs, and any supplemental information available at the time of booking and identified special needs of the inmate.
Your classification and / or housing can be changed based on, but not limited to, a change in legal status, disruptive behavior, supplemental information or an incident that may require a change in an inmate’s classification.
You may request a review of your classification after being in your assigned housing for 30 consecutive days. This is done by submitting an Inmate Request Form to the Classification Unit. Upon request, you may have to attend a review hearing and present information on your behalf.
You may appeal a classification decision by submitting an Inmate Request Form to the Classification Sergeant.
INMATE MONEY: When you are booked in with money, your money will be placed in an account that you will have access to make purchases from the jail commissary. You may have family or friends place additional funds electronically in your account by depositing such funds in the automated funds repository in the lobby.
SECURITY SEARCHES: All inmates and living quarters are subject to search at any time. Inmates will cooperate with Correctional Officers conducting the search. If any personal items are seized, you will be notified. If any items of contraband are seized, you may be disciplined and / or criminally charged.
Contraband is any item not issued, not purchased through commissary or has been modified from its intended use. The contraband found will subject to destruction or evidence. Failure to cooperate with searches or possession of contraband may result in disciplinary and /or criminal actions taken against you.
Merced County Main 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 email@example.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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Visiting days and times are subject to change based on facility needs. For visiting days and times, family and friends can contact the following number: Main Jail 209-385- 7419 or JLCC 209-385-7575.
It is recommended that families call prior to visitation to ensure there have been no changes.
Visitors shall only bring their identification, vehicle keys and a baby bottle, if accompanied by an infant, inside the facility.
All visitors are subject to being searched.
There is no limit to the amount of visitors you may have on your approved visiting list, however, only two visitors may visit you at a time. The first two visitors who sign in at visiting sign up time will be allowed to visit.
Visitor(s) must have a valid government issued I.D. card (U.S. Driver’s License, U.S. Identification Card, Passport, Military I.D., Consulate I.D.).
Persons who have been in custody in Merced County within the last 60 days will be denied.
Persons "pending" violent or drug related misdemeanor or felony charges (non- conviction and currently under prosecution), will be denied.
Persons with violent or drug felony conviction within one year will be denied. No restriction on other felonies.
Persons currently on "Felony" Probation, Parole or AB109 Supervision will be reviewed by the Facility Lieutenant or appointed person. Misdemeanor probation shall be allowed regardless of charges.
Persons with an active warrant will be denied.
Persons who have an active restraining order protecting either the inmate or the visitor from one another will be denied.
If your visitor is under the age of 18, they must be accompanied by their parent or legal guardian. The parent or legal guardian must be on your approved visiting list. The minor must have a valid government-issued I.D. card. A copy of the minor’s birth certificate or legal documentation showing proof of guardianship must also be provided before the visiting request form can be processed.
Visitation regulations will include regular scheduling of visits at times that will assure reasonable access to inmates by family, friends and attorneys/investigators.
The Corrections Lieutenant will establish limits to the number and length of visit appropriate to the size of the visitation area and other relevant factors. Attorney/Investigator visits are not scheduled but are processed on a first-come, first-served basis and conform to regular daily events and security issues. Notice will be given to both visitors and inmates of contraband restrictions and visiting regulations, including procedures for obtaining approval for family members and friends to visit. This information will be included in the facility's Inmate Hand Book.
APPROVAL: Each inmate will submit the names of potential visitors using the Inmate Visitor Information Form. Inmates may complete and submit the form upon intake processing. The inmate may submit a new form each month between the 1st and 5th day. Inmates may have as many visitors on their visiting list as they like. Only two visitors are allowed to visit each visiting day. The visitors will be signed in on a first-come, first-served basis. Merced County Corrections Division staff will approve or deny the Inmate’s Visitor request after conducting a criminal history evaluation, warrants check and local Incident Report System. Visitor requests will be approved or denied within five (5) days from the date the visitation form was submitted. The inmate may appeal the decision to the Corrections Lieutenant through the grievance procedure. A Shift Sergeant may for compelling reasons, approve a special visit and that visit will be documented in an Incident Report. Correctional Staff will complete the approval/denial process using the following guidelines:
Visiting Process: Any person, other than attorneys/investigators and official visitors, wishing to visit an inmate housed at a Merced County Correctional Facility will report to the Lobby Window to sign in for a visit at the times designated on the visiting schedule. Visitors will be processed In the order in which they arrive.
DENIAL OR TERMINATION OF A VISIT: A visit may be denied or terminated and visiting privileges suspended under the following circumstances:
A full report on any such incident will be submitted by the attending Corrections Officer to the Shift Sergeant and if the inmate was involved, a Disciplinary Report will be filed against the inmate involved.
When an individual is not approved, notice of and reasons for the exclusion will be given to the inmate who submitted the individual's name within five (5) days of the date the form was submitted.
Searches: A sign is posted at each visitation entrance stating facility rules and search policy for visitors. Each visitor must register and submit to a search prior to entry into the visiting room. Visitors, who refuse registration, fail to consent to search, or violate any of the posted facility rules, will be denied admission. If there is reasonable suspicion that the person is carrying contraband, a further consensual pat-down search may be undertaken and/or entry will be denied.
Visitation Schedule: Inmates will be allowed a minimum of two 30 minute visits per week. Visits for days other than the scheduled days and times may be approved by the Corrections Lieutenant or their designee.
Visiting Conditions: Visits will be supervised by staff at all times. Visits will be at such determined times and for as long as but not less than 30 minutes that permit equitable distribution of visitation resources. Space in the visitation area will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. The shift supervisor may extend visits by reason of distance traveled, past infrequent visits, or other compelling reasons.
Attorney/Investigator Visits: A visitation area will be available to ensure privileged communications between inmates and their attorneys; however, the area used for these visits is subject to general staff supervision. Each attorney requesting to see an inmate must be identified through their California State Bar card and photo identification. Inmates may refuse to see any attorney.
Once the inmate is placed into an interview room, the attorney/investigator will be allowed entry into the interview room.
News Media: Any News Media persons requesting entry and/or access to interviewing staff or inmates must first obtain authorization from the Sheriff or his/her designee. Refer to Merced County Sheriff’s Office Policy, Chapter 3, Section 346, News Media Relations.
Records: Inmate Visitor Information Forms will be scanned and imported in the document section of the inmate’s computer booking file. Daily records of persons entering the facility are contained in a binder and stored as needed for future reference.
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Merced County Main Jail 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 Merced 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.
Merced County Main Jail 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 Merced County Main Jail is located in California and takes in new arrests and detainees are who are delivered daily - call 209-385-7410 for the current roster. Law enforcement and police book offenders from Merced 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.