James A. Musick Jail Facility

The James A. Musick Jail Facility (aka The Farm) is operated by the Orange County Sheriff's Office and is located in Irvine, California. This facility is part of the Orange County Jail system, but not part of the Orange County Central Jail Complex.

The James A. Musick Jail is a 1,250 bed facility that houses adult males and females who have been arrested by county or municipal law enforcement, have not made bail, and are awaiting trial. The facility also houses inmates who have been sentenced to the county jail, as well as inmates being held for transport to the California Department of Corrections.

The Intake Release Center at the Central Jail Complex is where inmates are booked after they are arrested. If an inmate is not bailed out, they are placed in one of the bureaus at the Orange County Central Jail Complex, or they are transferred to another Orange County facility, like James A. Musick Jail or Theo Lacy.

When it comes to the inmates who have been convicted and sentenced, the James A. Musick Jail only receives low-security risk inmates who have primarily been convicted of non-violent misdemeanor crimes like DUI, minor drug possesion, prostitution, and burglary.

This jail is known as The Farm, The County Industrial Farm, and The Honor Farm because of the emphasis on rehabilitative efforts that they've always placed on “farm-type” activities.

Inmate Search

To find out if your loved one is being held at the James A. Musick Jail Facility, click here or 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 Orange 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. 

Bailing Someone Out of the James A. Musick Jail Facility

Bail is determined based on the crime the person was arrested for, and is set according to the Orange County Bail Schedule. To find out the amount of bail that has been set for an inmate, you may call the Sheriff’s records’ department at (714) 935-6940.

Cash bail and bail bonds are not accepted at The James A. Musick Facility. The jail cashiering offices are located at the Intake Release Center in Santa Ana and the Theo Lacy Facility in Orange.

  • the Theo Lacy Jail (located at 501 The City Drive South, Orange, CA 92868) between the hours of 6:30pm and midnight, Monday through Thursday, or 8:00am and midnight Friday through Sunday, or at
  • the Intake Release Center “IRC” (located at 550 North Flower Street, Santa Ana, CA 92702) 24 hours a day/7 days a week.

The Orange County Jail System (including the James A. Musick Jail Facility) does not permit you to combine checks, money orders, and cash to make a cash bail payment. You must post bail using only one type of payment. For more details about posting bail, click here.

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Visiting Hours and Rules

Visiting hours at The Farm are Friday through Sunday between the hours of 8:00am and 6:00pm, with the last sign-up being taken at 5:00pm. All visits are on a first-come, first-served basis.

Visiting Rules

  • Two adults and two minors are permitted to visit any one inmate.
  • Face coverings are required and screening procedures are in place during the COVID-19 pandemic. Face coverings will not be provided. Non-compliance will result in denial of a visit.
  • Visitors are required to show valid photo identification. Only government issued IDs are accepted.
  • Each visit will last a minimum of 30 minutes.
  • Visitors may only possess identification and keys while inside the facility for their visit.
  • Visitors should not bring bulk items (e.g., purses, make-up bags, day planners, books, backpacks, baby diaper bags, etc.) to their visit. Due to COVID restrictions and protocols, lockers are not available for storage.
  • Cell phones, laptops, cameras and other electronic devices are prohibited and not allowed in the facility.
  • No food, drinks, candy, gum, cigarettes, matches, lighters, or pepper spray.
  • Weapons or anything deemed inappropriate are not allowed in the Orange County Central Jail Complex.
  • All documents requiring an inmate's signature must have the permission of the visiting staff.
  • Nursing mothers must be discreet and covered when breastfeeding their child in the visiting area. Failure to do so may result in termination of visiting for that day.
  • Visitors with babies or toddlers may possess necessary items such as diapers, wipes, clothing or garment(s) for breastfeeding, formula, and bottles, separate from the diaper bag. However, each item is subject to search.
  • Clothing that is derogatory, offensive, revealing, or deemed inappropriate by the visiting staff is not allowed.
  • Visitors under the influence of drugs or alcohol are not allowed in the visiting room and are subject to arrest.
  • Visitors who are disruptive or interfere with the normal operations are subject to removal from the facility and/or arrest.

Visitors who have been released from jail within the preceding 60 days are ineligible to visit. Unless they are a blood relative (i.e., mother, father, sister or brother) or spouse and have the Watch Commander's approval.

California law prohibits persons convicted of a felony and who have served time in California State Prison from entering any jail premises without prior approval. Parolees and felons can request a visit by completing the Parolee/Felon Request to Visit form available at the jail lobby.

Physical Address

James A. Musick Jail Facility
13502 Musick Road
Irvine, CA 92618

Driving Directions: https://goo.gl/maps/zgUbSMhR6x2n11q58

General Phone Number

(949) 855-2600 General Phone Number
(714) 935-6940 Sheriff’s records’ department
(714) 647-4666 Orange County Sheriff’s inmate information line

Inmate Mailing Address(es)

Inmate name and Booking Number (required information)
James A. Musick Jail
13502 Musick Road
Irvine, CA 92618

Books, Magazines, and Newspapers

New paperback books, magazines, or newspapers must be mailed or sent directly by the publisher, book store, or book distributor. Torn pages or torn articles from publications are not allowed. 

Hardcover, vinyl, and leather-bound books are NOT allowed. The package must be accompanied by an invoice listing the purchaser, recipient, contents, and the name of the online store.


Oversized packages or boxes will not be accepted and will be returned to the sender unless previously approved by the Division Commander. 

Inmate Mail Guidelines

All inmate mail sent to James A. Musick must meet the following guidelines:

  • Mail must contain both the inmate’s name and booking number and the sender’s name and return address. The envelope may not contain any other unnecessary writing, artwork, or markings on it.
  • Magazines, illustrations, or photographs showing female nipples, genitals, sexual activities, bondage, or degradation are not allowed. 
  • Personal photographs may not contain nudity, partial nudity or be sexually suggestive.
  • Photographs depicting gangs, gang hand gestures, weapons, drugs, unlawful activities are prohibited. As is any material tending to incite or promote racism, violence or any other prohibited conduct.
  • Mail containing correspondence material (envelopes, paper, pencils, stamps, etc.) will not be accepted. All correspondence material must be purchased through the jail commissary.
  • Money orders must be made payable to the " County of Orange—Sheriff’s Department," with the inmate’s name and booking number written on the reference line of the money order. Personal checks, cashier’s checks, corporate checks, and payroll checks are not accepted. 
  • There is a maximum of 10 items of correspondence allowed per envelope. Only mail written on postcards or white paper (plain or lined, not cardstock) is permitted.
  • One pair of prescription or reading glasses may be mailed in. Eyeglasses must be in a non-decorative plastic frame. Eyeglass cases are NOT allowed. Two boxes of contacts are allowed.

Mail containing the following Items will NOT be accepted:

  • Items that cannot be inspected without being damaged (e.g. multilayered cards, Polaroids, laminated or glued items, etc.).
  • Items containing foil or metal of any type, glass, wood, hard plastic, rubber, hair, leaves, flowers, paperclips, jewelry, staples, whiteout, colored paper, tracing paper, heavy art paper, glitter, confetti, stickers, tape, glue, paint, watercolors, tobacco products, or other prohibited substances, or any items written in crayon, chalk, or markers.
  • Wall posters, travel brochures, catalogs, wall calendars, or any other item larger than a legal size piece of paper.
  • Credit cards, personal checkbooks, original certificates (e.g., marriage, driver’s license, diplomas, etc.).
  • Any food item.
  • Any article of clothing, hygiene item or other personal property. 
  • Third party letters.
  • Any item that contains any unknown substance or unknown odor (e.g., stains, lipstick, perfume, smoke, etc.).
  • Greeting cards, cardstock paper and colored paper, with the exception of postcards. Only mail written on postcards or white paper (plain or lined, not cardstock) is permitted.

How to Call an Inmate

Inmates at the James A. Musick Jail Facility 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.

The Inmate Telephone System at the James A. Musick Jail Facility is not owned or operated by the OC Sheriff’s Department. Outside vendor Global Tel Inc. (GTL) is currently contracted to provide inmate telephone services. For information about setting up a GTL phone account, click here.

How to Send Money

Inmates in the custody of the Orange County Sheriff may have cash, government checks (made payable to the inmate), and money orders deposited into their inmate account. There is no jail cashier at the James A. Musick Jail Facility. Instead, you must go to one of the following locations to put money on your inmate's books.

Intake and Release Center - 24 hours a day
550 North Flower Street
Santa Ana, CA
92703(714) 647-6085

James A. Musick Jail Facility - Daily 8:00 A.M - 12:00 A.M.
501 The City Drive South
Orange, CA 92868
(714) 935-6905 

  • Money orders must be made payable to the “County of Orange–Sheriff’s Department.”  The inmate’s name and booking number must be shown on a memo line or a separate line of the money order.
  • Personal checks, cashier’s checks, and traveler’s checks are NOT accepted for inmate accounts.
  • Money orders may either be deposited at the Jail Cashiering offices or mailed to the inmate through the U.S. mail.
  • Government checks must be mailed.
  • Inmate accounts may have a maximum balance of $500.

Programs For Inmates

Correctional Programs at James A. Musick include educational classes, vocational education training, and "life skills" classes such as Parenting and Job Development.

Correctional Programs at the facility also focus on substance abuse recovery, domestic violence, anger management, fitness and exercise, general and law library services, religious and inspirational programs and pre-release preparation and assistance.

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Careers at James A. Musick Jail Facility

If you are interested in a career with the Orange County Sheriff's Department and would like more information about the job openings at the James A. Musick Jail, click here.