Blythe Jail

The Riverside County Sheriff's Office in Riverside, California, operates the Blythe Jail, one of five different jails/correctional facilities in the county.

Blythe Jail houses:

  • Adult males and females who have been arrested by county or municipal law enforcement and are awaiting trial and have not made bail
  • Inmates who have been sentenced to the county jail, and
  • Inmates being held for transport to the California Department of Corrections.

Inmate Search

To find out if your loved one is being held at Blythe Jail, click here or use VINE (see below). 

VINE (Victim Information and Notification Everyday)

Victim Information and Notification Everyday (VINE) is a free and anonymous telephone service that provides victims of crime both information and notification. VINE monitors the custody status of offenders in the Riverside County Jail and receives updated information every 15 minutes.

The Toll Free Number for California VINE is 1.877.411.5588. Anyone can call the California State VINE line to determine an inmate's custody status. To search for offender information, callers will need one of the following items:

  • Offender name or alias
  • Secondary search option (if there is more than one offender with the same name), such as:
    • Arrest date
    • Date of birth
    • Middle initial
    • Offender identification number

VINE will let callers know about the offender's current custody status, the location of the inmate, and their offender number.

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Visiting Hours and Rules

The visiting schedule at Blythe Jail is as follows:

Tank A            Sunday                  12p-1p               Tuesday          4:30p-5:30p
                                                        1:30p-2:30p                               6p-7p

Tank B            Tuesday                 7:30p-8:30p      Saturday        1:30p-2:30p

Tank C             Monday                 6p-7p                  Saturday       9a-10a
                                                         7:30p-8:30p                             10:30a-11:30a

Tank D-1          Wednesday           4:30p-5:30p      Saturday        4:30p-5:30p

Tank D-2           Wednesday            6p-7p                Saturday        6p-7p

Tank D-3           Wednesday             7:30p-8:30p     Saturday       7:30p-8:30p

Tank E-1            Monday                   3-4p                   Friday            6-7p

Tank E-2             Monday                  4:30p-5:30p       Friday           7:30p-8:30p

F                           Sunday                   4:30p-5:30p       Thursday      6p-7p

                                                              6p-7p                                        7:30p-8:30p


Visiting Rules

Call 951-341-8888 between 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. to schedule a visit one day before your desired visiting date. Two visitors per inmate are allowed to visit due to physical distancing requirements. A valid photo ID is required to visit an inmate.

Inmates are allowed a maximum of two visits per week, with each visit approximately 45 minutes long.

Visitors are subject to a search of their person and belongings, as well as a warrant check and arrest.

Visitors must be 18 years or older to visit. Anyone under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

You may only visit the inmate you are signed up to visit. You can't change or trade inmates with another visitor. Once you leave the visiting area, the visit is terminated. 

No alcohol, illegal drugs, weapons, tear gas/O.C. dispensers, cameras, and/or knives are allowed in the visiting area. Any visitor bringing illegal contraband into the visiting area is subject to arrest.

No food, drink, or smoking is allowed in any part of the jail, including the lobby.

All visitors must dress appropriately. Visitors who fail to comply with the dress code will be denied their visit. 

Visitors’ clothing may not refer to gang affiliation, display sexual or lewd comments or pictures, or have the potential for being offensive to others. Clothing must cover the upper torso and lower/mid body parts. Skirts must be at least to mid-thigh length.

During the pandemic, all visitors receive a temperature screening prior to entering the facility and are required to wear a mask. Social distancing must be maintained at all times.

Public parking is available in front of the jail.

Physical Address

Blythe Jail
260 N. Spring Street
Blythe, CA 92225

Driving Directions:

General Phone Number

(760) 921-5780

Inmate Mailing Address(es)

Inmate Name/Booking Number
Blythe Jail
P.O. Box 1270
Blythe, CA 92226

Inmates are allowed to send and receive letters each day in order to maintain communications with their legal representatives, families, friends, business associates, and government authorities. 

Incoming mail is inspected to prevent the following:

  • Transmission of contraband, i.e. drugs or any other prohibited materials or substances into the facility
  • Escape plans
  • Criminal conspiracies
  • Any other type of threat or compromise to the overall security of the facility and/or the safety of staff and inmates

Mail contraband includes: drugs or any other prohibited materials or substances into the facility,

escape plans, criminal conspiracies, or any other type of threat to the overall security of the facility and/or the safety of staff and inmates.

Incoming Mail Rules

All incoming inmate mail at Blythe Jail must have:

  • Sender's complete name and return address
  • Inmate's complete first and last name 
  • Complete and correct booking number

Any mail that is dirty or stained is considered contaminated and will be returned. Mail that contains any of the following will be rejected:

  • Care packages
  • Greeting cards
  • Flowers
  • Candy
  • Food
  • Any perishables
  • Postcards
  • Pamphlets
  • Business cards
  • Mail written in crayon, paint, or colored pencil (colored copies from a copier are okay)
  • Gel ink
  • Marker
  • Felt-tip
  • Highlighter
  • Mail with lipstick imprinted on it
  • Items containing glue or white-out
  • Blank stationery, envelopes, Post-it Notes
    • Colored paper (standard, white, 1-ply paper only, no legal size)
    • Craft materials
    • Glitter
    • Paper clips
    • Parchment or stock paper
    • Plastic
    • Metal
    • Ribbons
    • Staples
    • Tape
  • Cash or personal checks (U.S. Postal money orders only are accepted)
  • 10 photos maximum per envelope, no larger than 4 by 6 inches
    • The pictures may not contain violence, nudity, sexual acts, or gang-related activities including hand signs.
  • Odor-causing substances like perfume or cologne that permeate the mail
  • Polaroids
  • Phone cards
  • Postage stamps (loose or book)
  • Hardback or leather-bound books (see below for details)
  • Torn-out book, magazine or newspaper clippings or pages
  • Stickers, labels, or anything with adhesive
  • Stick-on return address labels
  • Used books, magazines or periodicals

Books & Magazines

All books, magazines, and periodicals must be prepaid and delivered by the postal service. The publication/subscription must be mailed directly from the publisher or originate from a verifiable internet company or a bookstore.

All books, magazines, and periodicals must have the inmate's complete name and booking number clearly marked.

  • No more than three books can be sent at one time.
  • Hardback or leather-bound books are not allowed.
  • No obscene or sexually oriented publications or writings (including magazines such as Playboy, Penthouse, Hustler, etc.), and mail containing information concerning where, how, or from whom such matter may be obtained.
  • Publications may not include any matter of character tending to incite murder, arson, riot, racism, or any other form of violence. 
  • No used books, magazines or periodicals.

How to Call an Inmate

Inmates at the Blythe Jail cannot receive incoming phone calls. However, they have access to phones and can make outgoing collect calls from the inmate housing area. 

California law has established the right of an arrested person to make at least three free local telephone calls upon being booked: one call to an attorney, one to a bail bond agent, and one to a relative or other personal contact. Phone calls are recorded and may be monitored at any time.

How to Send Money

Inmate deposits can be added to a resident’s account at Blythe Jail via the internet at, by telephone, or via lobby kiosk at any one of the Riverside correctional facilities. 

To make an inmate deposit via the internet, customers must register online. An inmate deposit cannot be completed unless a profile has been established and the Terms and Conditions have been accepted.

Cash transactions for inmate deposits are only accepted at Access Secure Deposits lobby kiosk locations. Kiosks will not accept coins or $1 bills. Kiosks will not make change for large bills.

To order supplies—toiletries, clothing, food, stationary, etc…—for your inmate, click here. These care packages will be sent directly to your inmate at the Blythe Jail.

Programs For Inmates

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Careers at Blythe Jail

If you are interested in a career with the Riverside County Sheriff's Department and would like more information about the job openings at Blythe Jail, click here