Sierra County Jail
The Sierra County Jail is located in Downieville, California and is operated by the custody division of the Sierra County Sheriff's Department. This facility offers safe, secure, and humane temporary housing for pre-sentenced and sentenced inmates.
As of 2015, the Sierra County Jail has operated as a Temporary Housing Facility. Long-term Sierra County inmates are generally housed at the Wayne Brown Correctional Facility in Nevada County. Occasionally, they are sent to the Plumas County Jail in Quincy, California.
To find out if your loved one is being held in the Sierra County Jail, call the facility directly 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 Sierra 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.
Sierra County Jail
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Visiting Hours and Rules
Because the Sierra County Jail is a temporary housing facility, no inmate visitation is permitted. Visitation is allowed for long-term Sierra County inmates who are housed at the Wayne Brown Correctional Facility in Nevada County and the Plumas County Jail in Quincy, California.
Please check those facility listings for visiting information.
Sierra County Jail
100 Courthouse Sq.
Downieville, CA 95936
Driving Directions: https://goo.gl/maps/QN6uHuwTCiMcNMda6
General Phone Number
Inmate Mailing Address(es)
No mail, packages, gifts, food, drink, or any other item is accepted for any inmate at the Sierra County Jail.
How to Call an Inmate
Inmates at the Sierra County Jail cannot receive incoming phone calls. However, when they are booked they are allowed to make three calls – one call to an attorney, one to a bail bond agent, and one to a relative or other personal contact.
Inmates cannot receive personal messages through jail staff, via phone, or otherwise.
How to Send Money
Because the Sierra County Jail is a temporary housing facility, there is no method for sending money to an inmate. Please call the facility directly for more information.Long-term Sierra County inmates are sent to the Wayne Brown Correctional Facility in Nevada County and the Plumas County Jail in Quincy, California. Please check those facility listings for information about sending money to an inmate.
Programs For Inmates
There is no inmate programming at the Sierra County Jail.
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Careers at Sierra County Jail
If you are interested in a career with the Sierra County Sheriff's Department and would like more information about the job openings at the Sierra County Jail, click here.