Santa Ana City Jail

The Santa Ana Police Department operates the Santa Ana City Jail in Santa Ana, California. This facility houses adult males and females who are arrested within the Santa Ana City limits, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation parolees, and those pending trial in United States District Court. 

The jail is located at the corner of Boyd Way and 6th St. Public parking is available in the structure across the street from the jail. There is a fee for parking in the structure and parking will not be validated.

Inmate Search

To find out if your loved one is being held in the Santa Ana City Jail, click here for the inmate locator, call (714) 245-8100, or use VINE (see below). 

If the person you are attempting to locate was arrested outside of the Santa Ana City limits or at the Orange County Superior Court, contact the police department that arrested the individual or the Orange County Jail at (714) 647-4667 for additional information.

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 Santa Ana City 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 visitation hours at Santa Ana City Jail are as follows:

  • Monday through Friday    10:00 am to 2:00 pm
                                                    2:00 pm to 5:00 pm
                                                    7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
  • Saturday/Sunday               8:00 am to 12:00 pm
                                                    2:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Inmates may have two one-hour visits each week.

General Visiting Rules

Visits are on a "first come/first served" basis. All adult visitors must sign in at the Santa Ana Jail Front Lobby prior to any visits. Visitors must be over the age of 18. An adult must accompany minors 17 years of age or under.

A maximum of three adult visitors are allowed per visit. A maximum of five visitors in any minor/adult combination are allowed per visit.

All visitors must arrive at least 15 minutes before the start of their visit. Visitors for inmates housed in Administrative Segregation must check in at least 30 minutes prior to visit. All visitors are required to produce a valid government issued photo ID.

All personal items ie. cell phones, car keys, cannot be taken to visiting. Lockers are available for 50 cents.

Dress Code

Shorts and skirts are allowed in the visiting room. However, they can not be more than three inches from the knee. The following clothing is prohibited in the visiting room:

  • Sundresses
  • Halter tops
  • Bathing Suits
  • See-through clothing
  • Crop tops
  • Low-cut blouses or dresses
  • Miniskirts
  • Backless Tops/Dresses
  • Sleeveless Garments
  • Hats, Caps, Beanies, or Du-rags
  • Sunglasses (vision impaired exception)
  • Dresses or Skirts with slit opening(s) extending 3 inches above the knee in the back, front, or side
  • Any clothing that looks like inmate clothing
  • Any other clothing that is deemed provocative, revealing or unsuitable for order and security

Physical Address

Santa Ana City Jail
62 Civic Center Plaza
Santa Ana, CA 92701

Driving Directions:

General Phone Number

(714) 245-8100

Inmate Mailing Address(es)

Last Name, First Name
Booking #, Module & Cell #
C/O Santa Ana Jail
P.O. Box 22003
Santa Ana, CA 92701

All mail must be sent via the US postal service, and is subject to search. Inmates are not allowed to receive any mail, books, or magazines containing pornographic, gang, or violence-related materials.

Magazines and newspapers must come directly from the publisher. Only packages containing paperback books may be accepted.

How to Call an Inmate

Inmates at the Santa Ana City Jail cannot receive incoming phone calls. However, they have access to phones and can make outgoing collect or automated advance pay calls from the inmate housing area. Phone calls are recorded and may be monitored at any time.

California law has established the right of an arrested person to make at least three free local telephone calls when they are booked: one call to an attorney, one to a bail bond agent, and one to a relative or other personal contact. 

Friends and family may establish a prepaid phone account by calling Legacy Inmate Communications at (888) 729-4326.

How to Send Money

Friends and family who wish to deposit funds into an inmate's account may do so at the Santa Ana Jail Front Lobby—open everyday from 7:00 am to 11:30 am and from 1:00 pm to 9:00 pm.

Visitors may deposit United States currency, money orders, and cashiers checks to an inmate's account. Cashiers checks, and money orders must be made out to the City of Santa Ana.  Personal or business checks are not accepted. 

Cashiers checks and money orders may also be sent by mail. You must include the inmate's booking number on the reference line of the check or money order. No cash can be accepted by mail.

Funds may be added via internet through (using Facility ID: 192701 and the inmate/detainees Jail ID #). Or by telephone through Touch Pay by calling (866) 232-1899.

Programs For Inmates

Constructive and rehabilitative programs for incarcerated inmates are available at the Santa Ana City Jail. Educational classes and religious services are provided by seven different organizations:

  • Santa Ana College
  • Orange County Dept of Education
  • Alcoholic Anonymous
  • Planned Parenthood of Orange County
  • Catholic Church Services
  • Protestant Church Services
  • Orange County Department of Education (GED Testing Office)

Santa Ana Jail is considered a leader in inmate programming. The facility may be the only city jail in America that provides inmates the opportunities through formal education. 

Along with numerous crisis and recreational programs, inmates at the Santa Ana Jail are provided the opportunity to obtain their GED certificates and/or enroll in college-accredited courses. 

Classes available include: Computer Applications, Business Skills, ESL, GED, Parenting, Anger Management, Job Development, Substance Abuse, Art, Drug Court Counseling, Sex Education, Bible studies, AA meetings, Sociology 101, Sociology 112, and Protestant and Catholic services.

Pay To Stay

Because of the impact that court-ordered commitment has on families and careers, the Santa Ana Jail's Pay-to-Stay Program provides alternative options.

The Pay-to-Stay Program is for eligible individuals interested in serving their commitments over a series of weekends, or for those seeking a work-release program. 

For information, applicants must contact the Santa Ana Jail Pay-to-Stay program administrator at (714) 245-8102, either directly or through their legal representative.

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