Inmate Information for Ventura County & Guidelines

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Pre-trial Visiting Hours

Visits are handled on a first-come, first-served basis. Check-in begins one (1) hour prior to the session start time, with the exception of Sunday afternoon visiting from 1:30 to 4:30, check-in will begin 2 hours prior to this (Sunday afternoon) session.

8:30 a.m.
11:30 a.m.

A, E, G

B, F, H,
Special Housing
C, E
Segregated Housing
No Visiting

1:30 p.m.
4:30 p.m.

C, E, G

F, H,
Segregated Housing

A, G

B, F, H,
7:00 p.m.
9:00 p.m.
D, 3DS
Special Housing
A, D, 3DS
Segregated Housing
B, D, 3DS
Special Housing

The designations  A, B, C, D, E, F, G, 3MS, Segregated Housing, and Special Housing are inmate housing locations. You must know where the inmate is housed before making any plans to visit. Because inmates are routinely re-housed to different areas, it is recommended you call before making your visit. (805) 654-3335.

Todd Road Visiting Hours

Visits are handled on a first-come, first-served basis.
Check-in begins one (1) hour prior to the session start time, with the exception of
Sunday, which begins two (2) hours prior to the session start time.

  • Inmates receive 2 – ½ hour visits per week
  • Two visitors per visit. 2 adults or 1 adult 1 minor
  • Visiting days are on Saturday and Sunday
  • Our hours: 7:00am – 6:00 pm Saturday and Sunday
    8:00am – 6:00 pm Monday – Friday

Click here for Todd Road Visiting Schedule

Because inmates are routinely re-housed to different areas, it is recommended you call (805) 933-8501 before making your visit.

Inmate Visiting Guidelines

Visiting Inmate
  1. All persons entering any facility are subject to a search of their persons and property. Any person found violating any law will be arrested and prosecuted.
  2. Any person that has been booked into the Ventura County Jail may not visit for one calendar year from the date of their release.
  3. Visiting delays may occur due to emergencies within the facility.
  4. Inmates receive two (2) thirty-minute visits, which can consist of one or two adults, or one adult and one child, per week.
  5. Only two persons may visit an inmate at one time (two adults, or one minor child and one adult).
  6. Minor children of the inmate must be accompanied by either the child’s parent, grandparent or legal guardian. Evidence of parental rights or guardianship may be requested. The final decision to allow a visit by a minor child resides with the Facility Sergeant.
  7. Photo identification is required. Photo identification is defined as:
    1. A driver’s license issued by any U.S. state;
    2. An identification card issued by any U.S. state;
    3. A U.S. military identification card;
    4. A U.S. passport;
    5. Other forms of proof/photo identification may be accepted, based upon the discretion of the Facility Sergeant.
  8. No food, beverages, or smoking is allowed inside the visiting area.
    1. All visitors must adhere to the following dress code:
    2. Shirt and shoes are required. No sandals;
    3. No sheer, see-through, or provocative clothing allowed;
    4. No strapless or midriff tops are permitted;
    5. Clothing that is deemed inappropriate by facility staff may have the decision reviewed by the Facility Sergeant;
    6. Refusal to comply with this dress code may result in the visit being denied or terminated.
  9. The following items are ALLOWED in the visiting area:
    1. Personal key ring;
    2. Personal identification;
    3. One baby bottle and/or blanket (if bringing in an infant)
  10. The following are NOT allowed in the visiting area:
    1. Purses, wallets, backpacks, diaper bags, infant carriers, strollers,
      cell phones;
    2. Books, magazines, newspapers, pictures, or other miscellaneous papers;
    3. Candy, food, cigarettes, matches, lighters, pens, pencils;
    4. Cameras

Possession of items not allowed in the visiting area may result in your visit being terminated. Facility staff will not “hold” any item for you and there are no storage lockers available.

Inmate Mail Guidelines

Inmate Mail
  1. Inmate mail must be addressed as follows:
    Booking numbers may be obtained by calling (805) 654-3335
  2. Letters containing any of the following will be returned to sender or placed into an inmate’s property:
    1. Envelopes, stamps, paper, pens, pencils
    2. Personal or payroll checks
    3. Food items
    4. Musical, blank or homemade cards
    5. Any homemade items
    6. Polaroid pictures or other plastic items, which includes original ultrasounds, or any type of item that cannot be torn
    7. Nude and suggestive items
    8. Stickers or other gummed labels
    9. Jewelry
    10. Personal I. D. cards
    11. Magazines, newspapers not from the publisher (magazines with nudity, such as Playboy, Penthouse, and some biker magazines will not be accepted, even if from the publisher)
    12. Books that are not from the publisher, are hardbound, or have leather covers (books from and are accepted)
    13. Lottery tickets
    14. Any item larger than 8 x 10
    15. Heavy crayon, ink, watercolor, painted, glittered, or glued drawings/items
    16. Clothing or cloth material
    17. Packages
    18. Gang-related writings or photos
    19. Any unknown substance
    20. Any item that contains bodily fluids (blood, semen, etc) will be destroyed
  3. All inmate mail must have the sender’s return address, otherwise it will be saved in the inmate’s property and not delivered to the inmate.

Receiving / Not Receiving Telephone Calls

Inmate Telephone Calls

If you cannot receive telephone calls from inmates, or would like to block your number so that inmates cannot call you, call (866)-230-7761.

Putting Money Into an Inmate’s Account

Money may be deposited into an inmate’s account for commissary under the following conditions:

  • Cashiers check or money order with the inmate’s name and booking number may be sent by mail to the inmate for deposit. The address is as follows:
  • Inmate’s name and booking number
    P.O. Box 6929
    Ventura, CA 93006
  • U.S. currency may be deposited in person at either the Pre-Trial Facility (800 South Victoria Avenue, Ventura), which is open 24 hours a day; or, The Todd Road Jail (600 South Todd Road, Santa Paula), which is open Mon. -Fri. 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Sat – Sun. 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
    • These locations accept CASH ONLY
  • JPAY: Send Money to Inmates Fast and Easy

Posting Bail

Bail may be posted at the Pre-Trial Detention facility (800 South Victoria Avenue, Ventura) under the following conditions:

  • Cash – Exact amount
  • Cashier’s check – made payable to the Ventura County Superior Court or the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department for out of county matters.
  • Certified check – made payable to the Ventura County Superior Court
  • Personal check – only with non-felony Vehicle Code violations, made payable to the Ventura Court
  • Travelers check – made payable to the Ventura County Court
  • Money order – made payable to the Ventura County Court
  • Bail bond
  • Credit Card / Debit Card – Click here to use a credit/debit card to post an inmate’s online at or over the phone at 1 (888) 604-7888 (Please use PLC # 6404). The Inmate’s account will be credited within 24 hours, not including weekends and banking holidays.

Bringing Books to an Inmate

Books for Inmates

Inmates may only receive books sent directly from the publisher,, or Bibles are included in this restriction. If an inmate would like a religious book (Bible, Koran, etc.), a request may be submitted to the Chaplain and one will be provided to the inmate. There is a limit of three (3) books that may be sent at one time.

My Family Member With a Mental Illness Has Been Arrested What Do I Do?

NAMI Ventura County is an affiliate of NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness.  Founded in 1981, NAMI Ventura County has become the community’s voice on mental illness.  NAMI is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to improving the lives of persons living with serious mental illness and their families.

Click here to visit Ventura County NAMI

Click here for the NAMI Information Guide 

Click here for the Inmate Mental Health Information Form

How Do I Setup a Prepaid Calling Account for an Inmate?

Family members and friends of inmates can set up an AdvancePay™ prepaid calling account for their respective telephone numbers using credit cards, money orders, checks or through Western Union. Calls that may otherwise be blocked can now be completed through GTL’s AdvancePay™ program.

For more information please click here.

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