The Placerville Jail and the South Lake Tahoe detention facilities operate under the Corrections Standards Authority of California Code of Regulations Title 15, “Crime Prevention and Corrections,” and Penal Code Section 6030. Both facilities confine male and female inmates ordered into custody by the courts. Each jail is the main booking facility for its county geographical area. Often, individuals work with a trusted Placerville bail bonds company to try and avoid incarnation at the Placerville Jail.
The El Dorado County Sheriff is responsible for public safety through the safe and secure confinement of inmates under California government and penal code provisions. The Custody Division of the Sheriff’s Office maintains a structured environment to offer inmates programs and services for self-improvement and successful return to civil society.
These county jails have several purposes:
Pre-trial detention of defendants charged with criminal offenses.
Confinement of persons committed for contempt, upon civil process, or by other authority of law.
Confinement of defendants sentenced to imprisonment upon conviction of criminal offenses.
Detention of persons committed to secure their presence as material witnesses in criminal cases.
The Placerville and South Lake Tahoe county jails are Type II * facilities that house both pre- and post-sentence male and female defendants. The State Board of Corrections rates Placerville jail capacity at 265 beds, South Lake Tahoe at 158.
Placerville and Lake Tahoe operate work programs as alternatives to incarceration and for the incarcerated. The jails also transport inmates to and from court proceedings, medical appointments, and other custodial institutions.
All correspondence must be through the United States Postal Service with proper postage addressed to inmates by full names at either Placerville Jail, 300 Forni Road, Placerville, CA 95667 or South Lake Tahoe Jail, 1051 Al Tahoe Boulevard, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150. There is no limitation to the volume of mail that inmates may send or receive. For correspondence, they may use writing material available from only the commissary or otherwise from the jail facility.
Inmates may receive mailed copies of new or used paperback books directly from the publishers or approved bookstores and may subscribe to newspapers, magazines, and periodicals. Such subscriptions also must come directly from the publishers or approved bookstores and be delivered by the Postal Service. The jails will not forward subscriptions after an inmate subscriber’s release and departure but will return them to senders or donate them to the inmate library.
Only packages of personal clothing for jury trials are deliverable to inmates. Packages of other contents must have prior jail commander approval for delivery
Visiting Hours and Rules
Placerville Jail (530-621-6000) visiting hours are Monday Through Sunday 8:00 AM to 11:00 AM and 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM and Monday through Thursday 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM.
South Lake Tahoe Jail (530-573-3031) visiting hours are Monday through Saturday 8:30 AM to 11:00 AM and 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM and Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM.
Inmates may have only one visitor at a time except minors escorted by parents or legal guardians. All minors must have identifying documentation showing their legal status as children or wards of the escorting visitors or of the inmates. Minors must be accompanied by parents or legal guardians at all times unless visiting their parents.
Each inmate may have as many as three one-hour visits weekly. Any portion of an hour counts as a full hour. Abuse or violation of visiting rules may revoke visiting privileges for the following week. Weeks begin on Mondays and end on Sundays
Inmate workers may have an unlimited number of visits in a day up to an aggregate of one hour and visits on as many as three days per week limited to one hour per day. Inmate workers may not leave their work stations for visits, nor may any inmate leave a court-ordered class for a visit.
Visitors who have served time in the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation prison system or who are currently on parole or post-release community supervision may not visit without prior written approval from the jail commander and supervisory officer.
Visitors must show adequate photo identification and may not bring beverages, reading materials, cameras, cell phones, electronic devices, food, handbags, or writing supplies into the visiting area. Smoking is not permitted.
The facility dress code forbids visitors to wear:
- Bare backs, chests, or abdomens
- Tank tops, half tops, spaghetti straps, or bathing suits
- Short shorts, skirts, or dresses
- Sheer, revealing, or low-cut garments
- Gang attire
Jail staff will not pass on or deliver messages to inmates.
Money in the form of cash or cashier’s checks may be placed in an inmate’s account at any time and be sent via the Postal Service.
Any visitor engaging in inappropriate sexual behavior or indecent exposure may be banned from the jail facility permanently.
Visitors must arrive at least 30 minutes before the end of visiting time. The facilities are closed on legal holidays, and posted hours are always subject to change. Call ahead to confirm visitation availability.
Victim Information & Notification
Victim Identification & Notification is a free, anonymous, telephone service.
For offender custody information, call 1-877-441-5588 from any touch-tone telephone at any time and follow the prompts to find out whether the offender remains in custody. Callers may register for automatic notification when an offender’s custody status changes after a release, an escape, a transfer, an unsupervised status, a home incarceration, or work release.
To register, callers enter the full phone number where they want to be reached and a personal identification number chosen by the caller for use by the notification system.
* The California Board of State and Community Corrections says a “TYPE II FACILITY means a local detention facility used for the detention of persons pending arraignment, after arraignment, during trial, and upon a sentence of commitment,” California Code of Regulations Title 24 Section 1231.1.
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