Humboldt County Correctional Facility

The Humboldt County Correctional Facility (HCCF) is located in Eureka, California and is operated by the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office. This county jail houses adult males and females who have been arrested by county or municipal law enforcement, inmates who have been sentenced to the county jail, and inmates being held for transport to the California Department of Corrections.

The Custody Services Division is the largest division in the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office. There are 119 full-time employees who work at the Humboldt County Correctional Facility, including 104 correctional officers.

Located in downtown Eureka adjacent to the County Courthouse, the HCCF spans approximately 155,000 square feet over six floors, with a capacity of 417 beds. 

The HCCF is a Direct Supervision facility, with the majority of the inmate population classified and assigned to dormitory style housing units. Inmates who require separation or segregation are housed in single or double-celled housing units.

Inmate Search

To find out if your loved one is being held at the Humboldt County Correctional Facility, click here to 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 Humboldt County Correctional Facility 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. 


There are two methods to bail a person out of the Humboldt County Correctional Facility: cash and bond.

Cash bail can be posted by anyone, including the inmate. Funds accepted are: cash, traveler's checks, money orders, and certified checks in the exact amount of bail made out to "Humboldt Superior Court." Personal and business checks are not accepted.

A bail bond executed by a licensed bail agent is the second method to bail an inmate out of the facility.

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Visiting Hours and Rules

Due to COVID-19, the Humboldt County Correctional Facility has made modifications to its inmate visitation procedures. A limit of four inmates and no more than two visitors per inmate are allowed per visitation session for social distancing purposes. 

Hand sanitizer is available in the lobby and a disinfectant wipe will be offered to visitors to take with them to their visit. All visitation booths are cleaned following each session. All visitors are required to wear a facial covering in compliance with the Humboldt County Health Officer’s Facial Coverings Order.

Inmates at the Humboldt County Correctional Facility are allowed a minimum of two 30 minute visits per week. The inmate's behavior while in custody, their classification, and their housing assignment determines how many weekly visits an inmate receives.

All visits are non-contact and are subject to monitoring. Visiting registration takes place between 8:00 A.M. and 9:20 P.M. (Visits end at 10:00 P.M.). Each visit is limited to two adult visitors or one adult visitor and one minor visitor. Minors must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

Visiting sessions begin on the hour and half hour. Inmates are only allowed one visiting session per day. Visiting is on a first come, first serve basis.

All visitors are subject to search. Visitors will not be allowed to bring anything to the visiting areas except one baby bottle or legal papers. Visitors are responsible for the conduct of their children. Any visit may be terminated due to uncontrolled disruptive behavior. 

Visits are permitted on a scheduled basis Sunday through Saturday, except during “Lock Down” times. Visiting times are as follows: 

  • Morning 8:30 A.M. to 11:00 A.M. 
  • Afternoon 12:30 P.M. to 4:00 P.M. 
  • Evening 7:00 P.M. to 10:00 P.M.

To see a detailed breakdown of visiting times by housing unit, click here.

Visiting Procedures

To visit an inmate at the Humboldt County Correctional Facility, you need to fill out a Visitor Request Form in the public lobby during scheduled visiting hours. After completing the form, present it to the receptionist, no less than 15 minutes prior to the visiting session you wish to attend, with one of the following forms of identification:

  • Any state driver's license
  • Any state identification card
  • Federal identification card
  • Military identification card
  • Passport
  • A current DMV printout requesting a Driver's License or State Identification card

After entering your information, the receptionist will tell you which visiting booth to use, which elevator to take and which floor the visiting room is on. 

Visiting Rules

No one under 18 is allowed to visit unless accompanied by a parent, legal guardian, or provides proof of emancipation. Only one visitor is allowed at a time.

  • No cameras or recording devices
  • No smoking, eating or drinking in the visiting room
  • No wearing provocative or revealing clothing
  • No hand signals or note writing
  • Disruptive behavior or interfering in another inmates visit is prohibited
  • Intoxicated persons will not be allowed to visit

Physical Address

Humboldt County Correctional Facility
826 4th St.
Eureka, CA 95501

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Inmate Mailing Address(es)

Humboldt County Correctional Facility
Inmate name and ID number
826 4th St.
Eureka, CA 95501

All incoming mail must include the following information on the envelope before it can be delivered to the inmate:

  • A name and return address 
  • The inmate's name under which they were booked 
  • The inmate's current housing location

Envelopes and/or letters with foreign matter or material on them will NOT be accepted. This may include, but is not limited to lipstick, perfume, glue, glitter, stickers, or any discoloration of the envelope. 

Bubble Wrap envelopes are not accepted. For the safety and security of the facility and in order to reduce/prevent the introduction of contraband to the facility, only mail written on postcards or white paper (plain or lined, not cardstock) is accepted. The HCCF will not accept greeting cards or mail written on colored paper.

All personal letters are inspected, scanned, and may be read by officers for security reasons. If items of contraband are enclosed in the letter, they will be confiscated. 

Incoming mail that contains money orders will have the money credited to the inmate's trust account. Envelopes containing personal checks will be returned to the sender. Inappropriate photos will be returned to the sender. 

New books, magazines, and newspapers must be mailed directly from the publisher or one of the following (Amazon, Borders, WaldenBooks, Barnes & Noble). Any books, magazines, or newspapers received from someone other than those listed above will be returned to sender.

The following items are unacceptable in inmate mail and will be returned to sender:

  • Stationary and/or stamps 
  • Polaroid pictures 
  • Photographs larger than 5”x 7” 
  • Stickers on envelopes or inside of an envelope or on the letter 
  • Hard bound books 
  • Tobacco Products 
  • Greeting Cards 
  • Letters written on card stock or colored paper

How to Call an Inmate

Inmates at the Humboldt County Correctional Facility cannot receive incoming phone calls. However, they 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.

How to Send Money

There are four different ways to place money into an inmate's trust account. You can visit the Humboldt County Correctional Facility in person and use the Kiosk in the public lobby. You can mail in a money order. You can use Access Secure Deposits online, or call toll free 1-866-345-1884. 

Cash may be deposited in person by using the Kiosk in the public lobby between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 10 p.m. seven days a week. Money must be deposited no later than Monday in order for the inmate to use the money for the Commissary that is ordered on Tuesday. 

Family and friends can purchase commissary for inmates by going to Humboldt County Correctional Facility Access Securepak.

Care Packages

Family or friends can order a pre-made commissary package for their inmate at . These packages are delivered on Wednesdays with the other commissary orders.

Programs For Inmates

The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office provides vocational, educational, and treatment based programs to people currently incarcerated in the Humboldt County Correctional Facility. 

The goal of inmate programming is to reduce the rate of recidivism and to support successful integration back into the community.

Some of the programs offered include: College of the Redwoods course, substance abuse education, AA/NA groups, motivational enhancement therapy, jail ministry services, Native American talking circles, resume building classes, and much more.

Inmate Work Program

Inmate workers in the kitchen of the Humboldt County Correctional Facility prepare an average of 1,120 meals on a daily basis. Inmates staff the kitchen under the direction of a civilian Correctional Cook. 

Inmate workers in the laundry are responsible for sorting, washing, drying, and folding of all the inmate clothing and bedding issued at the Humboldt County Correctional Facility. The laundry room is staffed 24 hours a day with a crew of three to four inmate workers. 

Inmates from the Inmate Worker dorm are assigned to the numerous janitorial duties that are needed to maintain the facilities cleanliness. 

The Cal-Trans work program uses inmates housed in the Humboldt County Correctional Facility to work on projects outside the jail under the supervision of a correctional officer. Projects are generally roadside projects and clean-ups along the local highways.

Sheriff's Work Alternative Program (SWAP)

The Humboldt County Work Release Program is an alternative form of confinement for low-risk offenders. This allows the Sheriff to reduce overcrowding, and it allows individuals to remain productive members of society. Note: Sex-related and qualified felony charges are NOT eligible.

To be eligible to participate in SWAP, inmates must meet the following criteria:

  • Sentenced to 180 days or less of county jail time
  • Have no pending cases
  • Physically fit to perform manual labor
  • Must be able to work one day per week
  • Must work eight hours per day
  • Must have reliable transportation
  • Must have a physical address

Inmate Holiday Art Contest

The Inmate Holiday Art Contest is a painting contest held within the Humboldt County Correctional Facility. Each housing dorm is provided with a canvas and painting supplies, and the inmates are tasked to work together to create a holiday scene. The local community votes on the paintings, and the winning dorm receives popcorn and a movie as a Christmas reward.

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Careers at Humboldt County Correctional Facility

If you are interested in a career with the Humboldt County Sheriff's Department and would like more information about the job openings at the Humboldt County Correctional Facility, click here.