George F. Bailey Detention Facility

Located at 446 Alta Rd. Ste. is the largest detention facility under the San Diego County Sheriff’s jurisdiction, George F. Bailey Detention Facility. This 189,050 ft.² facility had its earliest developmental phase initiated in the year 1991.  If a loved one is being held at this facility, you probably need the help of a good San Diego bail bonds company.

The facility was open for limited operation in 1993 before becoming fully operational in 1994. The facility is composed of an administrative area, a medical area, six housing units and an inmate processing area. In addition to the standard housing units, there are three specially designated units housing special management inmates.

In total, the detention center has an average daily population of 1774 and a Board of State and Community Corrections (BSCC) rated capacity of 1380 inmates. The total population includes 220 sworn staff and the number of professional staff as well. Both professional and sworn staff occupy roles that are primarily aimed at both support-oriented and primarily operational tasks.

Roles occupied by the support and operational staff members include fundamental services such as medical care, counseling, food preparation, religious service conduction, laundry, administrative support, maintenance and detention processing.

Mail Policies

Inmates are permitted to communicate with friends and family via pre-stamped envelopes while incarcerated. Both postcards and pre-stamped envelopes can be purchased from the jail commissary. In the event that an enemy doesn’t have the necessary funds to purchase their own postage, they may be provided with a small number of pre-stamped envelopes. Apart from whatever an inmate’s financial constraints may be, there is no established limit on the number of postcards or letters that they can send or receive.

Friends and family members of incarcerated inmates who don’t have sufficient funds to purchase additional pre-stamped envelopes can directly deposit funds into their accounts via the Sheriff’s Detention Facility’s information office. Friends and family of inmates may also remotely deposit funds into an inmate’s account by visiting the Sheriff’s Detention Facility website.

Envelopes that are addressed in incarcerated inmates must include the specific booking number after the inmate’s last name on the envelope. In order to determine what the booking number is, friends and family sending letters to an inmate may look there booking number of on the Sheriff’s website.

Though inmates are permitted to send and receive as much mail as they desire, there are certain restricted items that are not permitted to be included in any mail an inmate receives. No mail that is sent to an inmate can include any items that must be damaged in order to fully inspect them.

Common objects prohibited from being mailed

Examples of items that require a degree of destruction to inspect include things such as laminated objects, Polaroids and multilayer cards. Inmates are not permitted to receive any item in the mail that is composed of colored paper, whiteout, staples, jewelry, paper clips, flowers, hard plastic, wood, glass or hair. Inmates are generally not allowed to receive any material used for a color-based art medium such as crayons, watercolors, paint or markers.

Prohibited mailed item substances

Prohibited substances such as tobacco, alcohol and other drugs are strictly prohibited from being sent to inmates under any circumstances. Any objects that might cause the security of the facility to be jeopardized, including any sharp objects that could be fashioned into a weapon, cannot be mailed to inmates. Any objects that have either an unknown odor or ambiguous material composition are considered equal contraband to harmful objects and are equally restricted.

Mail size limit

The maximum size for any items to be mailed to an inmate cannot exceed that of a legal of paper. In addition to not exceeding the size limit, any item sent to inmates must not contain any partial or complete nudity. Any material that has sexually suggestive elements of any kind is strictly prohibited.

Mail with graphic material

In addition to photographs that depict any degree of nudity, photographs and in the mail must not have any visual elements that either depict or reference gang -related culture; this includes hand gestures, weapons or any depiction of illegal or anti-social activities. Because inmates must purchase their own correspondence material through the commissary, they are not permitted to receive any correspondence material such as pencils or papers through the mail.

Visitation Hours

Visiting hours at the George F. Bailey Detention Facility are organized by a series of modules. There are 12 modules in total, each with a different series of time slots permitted for 30-minute visits.

The module with the most generous visitation time slots is Module A, assigned to Houses 1-4 and House 6. Module A allows two visitation slots at 7:30 AM and 8:30 PM (along with an additional 1:00 PM slot on Saturday)on all days but Tuesday and Wednesday, the two days that no houses under any module have visits permitted on. A full list of modules with their visitation hours can be read here.

George F Bailey Detention Facility


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