Frequently Asked Questions

QUESTIONS

ANSWERS

Jail Address Information

What is the physical address of the jail?

The jail is located at 1585 Kansas Avenue, San Luis Obispo, California  93405.

What are the driving directions to the jail?

When traveling on Highway 101 north or south of San Luis Obispo, take the Morro Bay/Highway 1 exit, following the signs to Morro Bay.  Make a right on Santa Rosa/Highway 1 and proceed three miles north of San Luis Obispo. Turn left on Kansas Avenue and follow Kansas Avenue until you reach the jail which is the last building on the left.

What is the mailing address for an Inmate?

The mailing address for inmates is:

  Inmate Name

  P.O Box 15409

  San Luis Obispo, California 93406


Address the envelope to the inmate using the last name first, then the first name, and then the middle name.  The inmate ID# is optional.

Visiting Information

What kind of identification is required for me to visit an inmate?

All visitors over the age of 18 must show a valid government issued photo identification card.  The following are acceptable: Driver’s license, DMV identification card, a current military identification card, a current passport, or a valid immigration identification card. Visitors without acceptable identification will not be allowed to visit.  Any person under the age of 18, unless a legal spouse of the inmate, must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

When can a male inmate have visitors and what is the Male Visiting Schedule?

Once an inmate is placed in a housing unit, they may receive visitors during regularly scheduled visiting times.  There is no male visiting on Mondays.  All visitors must come dressed appropriately and sign up 30 minutes prior to the visit.  Purses, backpacks, strollers, cell phones and other personal property will not be allowed inside the visiting areas.  A complete list of visiting rules is available at the jail or on our website.


Visiting hours for men are as follows:

Sunday-8, 9, and 10 am, 12, 1, and 2 pm

Monday-no visiting

Tuesday-7:30 and 8:30 pm

Wednesday-7:30 and 8:30 pm

Thursday-8, 9, and 10 am, 7:30 and 8:30 pm

Friday-8, 9, and 10 am

Saturday-12, 1, and 2 pm, 7:30 and 8:30 pm


Male Honor Farm Visiting:

Saturday from 12 noon to 3 pm for building #1

Sunday from 12 noon to 3pm for building #2


To find out where to visit an inmate call (805) 781-4600.

When can a female inmate have visitors and what is the Female Visiting Schedule?

Once an inmate is placed in a housing unit, they may receive visitors during regularly scheduled visiting times.  There is no female visiting on Fridays.  All visitors must come dressed appropriately and sign up 30 minutes prior to the visit.  Purses, backpacks, strollers, cell phones and other personal property will not be allowed inside the visiting areas.  A complete list of visiting rules is available at the jail or on our website.


Visiting hours for females are as follows:

Sunday -7:30 and 8:30 pm

Monday- 7:30 and 8:30 pm

Tuesday-8, 9, and 10 am

Wednesday- 12 and 1 pm

Thursday-12 and 1 pm

Friday- no visiting

Saturday- 8, 9 and 10 am

Female Honor Farm visiting is:

Saturday from 12 noon to 3 pm for bunks 1 thru 12

Sunday from 12 noon to 3 pm for bunks 13 thru 26


If you are unable to notify the inmate prior to the visiting day, you may call (805) 781-4596 to reserve a visiting time.  Please leave the inmate’s first and last name, your first and last name, and what day you plan to visit.  No other information will be taken on this machine.

Can an inmate be denied visitors?

Visiting may be restricted for disciplinary or medical reasons. Call 781-4600 and speak with someone to see if a particular inmate has any restrictions.

How many people can visit at one time?

For general visiting, only one adult per person is allowed into visiting at one time. Children may accompany the adult. For inmates housed on the Honor Farm, up to three people may visit at one time.

How do I get a message to an inmate?

Staff is not allowed to take any messages over the phone or through the Reception window. Messages may be delivered during a regular visit, through an attorney or bail agent, or by mail correspondence.

Inmate Phone System Information

Are inmates able to make or receive phone calls?

Telephones are available to inmates for outgoing collect or automated advance pay calls only. 

How do I set up advance pay?

To set up an automated advance pay account so that you can receive phone calls from an inmate at the jail you will need to call GTL at 800-483-8314, available 24 hours a day.  To speak to a representative of GTL call 866-230-7761.

How do I let an inmate know I have set up an account for them to make phone calls?

Staff is not allowed to take any messages over the phone or through the Reception window. Messages may be delivered during a regular visit, through an attorney or bail agent, or by mail correspondence.

An account was set up but I have not received a call.

Generally, phones are available for inmates to use between 8:00 AM. and 10:00 PM. Phone times may be restricted for various reasons throughout the day.

How do I place or remove a phone block?

To place or remove a block on your phone number, call GTL at 877-650-4249.

General Inmate Information

How do I find out if someone is in jail?

Click: Who Is In Custody or call the jail at 781-4600 and give the last name, then first name of the person you believe is in custody and we will check to see if they are in custody. We cannot give information on someone NOT in our custody.

They got arrested 3 hours ago, why aren’t they booked yet?

Sometimes it takes a while for the arresting agency to transport an individual to jail. Once they arrive at the jail, it can take between 15 minutes and several hours to book, depending on the circumstances.

What do I do if my arrested Loved One requires medication?

Inmate Medication Form for submittal to the agency holding your loved one.

What do I do if my arrested Loved One has mental health needs?

A step by step guide to help families cope with the mental health / criminal justice systems in San Luis Obispo County when a family member afflicted with a severe an persistent brain disorder is arrested.

Bails, Releases and Book and Releases

What is bail?

Bail is an amount set by the court for a specific charge, with higher amounts corresponding to the severity of the crime.

Is the bail amount 10% of the total bail?

Bail is the full amount listed for the crime. A bond can be posted in lieu of bail through a licensed bail bonds agency at a cost which is a percentage of the bail.

Can I bail an inmate out of jail?

Unless an inmate has a hold or has a “No Bail Status,” bail may be posted by paying to the jail the full amount in U.S. currency, cashier’s check, official bank check, certified check, or U.S. Postal Service money order made out to the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Office. Personal checks or credit cards are not accepted. To post a bond as bail refer to your local telephone book for a list of bail bond agencies. Bail for out-of-county warrants may be posted in the same manner as listed above. Bail releases may take longer if the inmate has been moved to a housing unit.  For bail information on an inmate currently in custody call 805-781-4600.

What is a Cite Release?

Generally, a person is released on fresh misdemeanor charges with a promise to appear in court on the date specified on their release paperwork if they meet the jail’s criteria. No bail payment is required.  An inmate cannot be Cite Released if arrested on a warrant.

When can an inmate be Cite Released?

Any person who was arrested for being under the influence or displays symptoms of being under the influence must remain in custody a minimum of 4 hours from arrest time, or longer if necessary until they are deemed sober. All other Cite Releases will be processed as soon as possible.

Does an inmate due to be released need a ride home?

Persons who are eligible to be Cite Released after dark are required to have a ride waiting at the jail prior to release, otherwise they stay in jail until daylight. Persons posting bail are released as soon as possible and are expected to make their own transportation arrangements.

When will an inmate go to court?

Newly arrested persons are required to be arraigned within 48 hours of their arrest, not counting weekends and holidays. If they are Cite Released or bail out, a future court date is set.

What is a Book & Release?

If you have a court order to be booked and released, or you have been issued a citation in lieu of arrest for a recordable offense that requires under California Penal Code Section 853.6 you to be Booked and Released prior to your scheduled court appearance.


The San Luis Obispo County Jail offers two options for this process.

Either process will require that you bring:


  • Court paperwork or

  • CHP 194 form or the equivalent from another agency

  • Copy of your citation


Option #1

You can come to the San Luis Obispo County Jail at any time to be Booked and Released. This process involves coming into the jail facility and could take up to 3 hours.


Option #2

You can make an appointment to be Booked and Released. Appointments are on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the County Jail Honor Farm. This process will take approximately 30 minutes and you will not be required to enter the jail facility.


If you chose Option #2, you MUST make an appointment. No walk-ins will be accepted. To make an appointment, call 781-4583 anytime and leave a message. Your call will be returned.

Information on Inmates in Custody

How do I find out when the inmate is scheduled for Court?

The jail will not release court appearance information. For court appearance information, dial 781-5670 or visit the court’s website at www.slocourts.net and click on Calendar, Criminal 5 day calendar.

How do I find out when an inmate will be released?

You can call the jail at 805-781-4600 to find out the inmate’s release date. Scheduled releases of inmates who have served their time take place in the morning between 7:30 AM and 9:00 AM Inmates serving 3 days or less are released 24, 48, or 72 hours exactly in direct correlation to the time they checked in. Inmates who have been released by the courts are processed as quickly as possible. Delays in obtaining paperwork from the courts will slow the release process and can take several hours.

When will INS/Other County pick up the inmate?

Transportation dates and schedules are not released to the public for security reasons. Generally, inmates are transported to other counties within 5 days of being time served on local charges. Inmates may be deported at any time after serving their local sentence at the jail.

When is the parole hold going to be released?

Parole holds are monitored by state parole agents who determine if a parolee will be sent back to prison, or released. Holds are updated upon notification from the parole agent.

When does an inmate sentenced to State Prison leave the jail?

Transportation dates and schedules are not released to the public for security reasons. Inmates sentenced to prison are transported on various days once their paperwork has been completed.

What type of mail can an inmate receive?

Inmates may receive letters, paperback books ONLY if mailed by the store from which they are purchased and magazines and newspapers sent directly from the publisher. Hardback books are not accepted. A complete list of mailing rules is available under Mail Regulations. All mail is subject to search. For a complete list of items that are not permitted view Prohibited Items

How do I deposit money into an inmate’s account?

Money may be deposited on an inmate’s account in person at the jail reception window or by mailing it to the inmate.  Funds deposited must be in the form of U.S. currency, cashier’s certified check, official bank checks, or U.S. Postal money order.

What kinds of inmate property may I drop off or pick up from the jail?

Inmates may release personal property and money, excluding needed clothing. Inmates who are sentenced to state prison may release all their property, including clothing.  Incoming property or clothing must be initiated by the Inmate and pre-approved by a Correctional Sergeant.

Can I bring in cigarettes for an inmate?

No

How do I get information concerning the California Victim Information and Notification Everyday System Program (VINE)

Dial: 1-877-411-5588 or call the jail at 805-781-4600 and choose option #5 and then option #6 to be transferred directly to VINE or access VINE through the Sheriff's Office website www.slosheriff.org or the VINE website www.VINELINK.com

Sentencing  Alternative Programs

How do I apply for the Alternative Sentencing Programs?

To apply for any Jail Alternative Programs you must contact the Alternative Sentencing Program Coordinator (ASP) at (805) 781-4635 between 8:00 AM and 4:00 PM, Monday through Friday.  Programs include Home Detention, Work Release, and Weekender Program.  Applicants must have their Court Sentencing Paperwork when contacting the ASP coordinator.

How do I apply for the Home Detention Program?

Home Detention applicants complete an application (available at courthouses and online at www.slosheriff.org and mail it.  Processing may require 3 weeks.  For information contact the Alternative Sentencing Coordinator at (805) 781-4635.

How do I apply for the Alternative Work Program?

To apply for the Alternative Work Program, applicants must contact the Alternative Sentencing Program Coordinator at (805) 781-4635.  The phone interview precedes a scheduled in-person interview to select a job site, dates, and pay fees.

Warrants

How do I find out Warrant Information?

For warrant information and for certain information on arrestees recently released, please call the Records Dept. at 805-781-4588.

Adult Arrestees no longer in custody

How do I find out information about an adult arrestee who is no longer in custody?

Please call the Records Dept. at 805-781-4588.

Megan’s Law & Registration

How do I find out about Megan’s Law?

For Megan’s Law, please call the Sheriff’s Permits Dept. at (805)-781-4575 or the website at www.slosheriff.org.

I am required to register for a sex, arson, drug, or gang offense.  How do I register?

Please call the Sheriff’s Permits/Registration Dept. at (805)-781-4575.

Weapons Permits and Livescans

How do I have fingerprints taken for a Concealed Weapon Permit, Business License, Registrant or background check?

Please call the Sheriff’s Office Permits Dept. at (805)-781-4575.

Inmate Marriage

Can I marry someone who is in jail?

Yes, as long as only one party is in custody.

What do I have to do?

You must make all arrangements, including obtaining the marriage license, an Affidavit of Inability to Appear, and the Officiant to perform the ceremony.

Where do I get the marriage license and Affidavit of Inability to Appear?

You can get the packet of forms entitled “Clerk’s Checklist for Marriage License When Either Applicant Cannot Appear” from the County Clerk-Recorder’s Office, located at 1055 Monterey Street, Suite 120, San Luis Obispo, CA 93408 805-781-5080, or their North County office location at 5955 Capistrano Avenue, Suite B, Atascadero, CA 93422, only the marriage license application is available online at www.slocounty.ca.gov/clerk.

How do I find an Officiant who can perform the marriage?

The San Luis Obispo County Clerk-Recorder has a list of certified Officiants.

Does the inmate have to request the marriage?

Yes, the inmate must fill out and submit an Inmate Request Slip for approval at least 14 days prior to the requested date for the ceremony. The inmate must have one hour of visiting available for the ceremony. The inmate will provide the Correctional Sergeant with the names and telephone numbers of all involved parties for approval notification.

Where will the ceremony be held?

In an attorney room in visiting at the jail, or you may be able to obtain a court order to be married in a courtroom at the courthouse.

Who can attend the ceremony?

The Officiant performing the ceremony, the intended, and one witness will be the only visitors allowed.

Can we exchange rings?

No physical contact or exchanging of rings is allowed. Cameras, cell phones, and other items not normally allowed in the jail are prohibited.

How will I know if my request to marry has been approved?

Upon approval, the Correctional Sergeant, or their designee, will notify all parties involved of the date and time.