Signal Hill City Jail

The Signal Hill City Jail is operated by the Signal Hill Police Department and is located in the city of Signal Hill, California. It is a type 1 facility that can house a total of 13 inmates. It features two cell blocks, one which is used as a sobering cell for arrested persons who are under the influence of drugs or alcohol. 

For the safety of inmates and staff, video cameras are installed in each cell and cell block. This allows jailers to monitor inmates 24/7, and to record their activity for evidentiary purposes. 

The Signal Hill Jail temporarily houses pre-sentenced adult, male prisoners who have been arrested on open charges and/or warrants from Signal Hill and other law enforcement agencies statewide and nationwide.

All females are released on their written promise to appear in court or transported to either the Long Beach Women's Jail or to the Los Angeles County Inmate Retention Center pending their arraignment.

Juveniles who have been booked and/or detained at the Signal Hill City Jail are either picked up by their parents or a guardian, or taken to Los Padrinos Juvenile Hall or McClaren Hall for housing.

The Booking Process

All inmates brought to the Signal Hill City Jail undergo a routine booking process. This includes the removal of all contraband and weapons, and a computer records check for outstanding warrants and prior criminal history. The booking officer finds this information from the Los Angeles County Wide Booking System.

Charges are determined by the arresting officer, and there is a uniform bail schedule set by the County of Los Angeles for all offenses. A copy of the charges and bail amount is given to each prisoner.

Inmates also go through a medical screening process before they are fingerprinted and photographed. 

After an inmate is booked, the next step is a court appearance for arraignment. After their court appearance, the inmate is either remanded to the custody of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department or they are released.

Inmate Search

To find out if your loved one is being held in the Signal Hill City Jail, call 562-989-7200 and ask for the jail, or use VINE (see below). To find out if a specific prisoner is going to court that day, call the jail at noon.

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 Signal Hill City Jail and receives updated information every 15 minutes.

The Toll Free Number for Los Angeles VINE is 877-VINE-4-LA (877-846-3452). 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

Inmates at the Signal Hill City Jail are allowed to have visitors once they have been in custody for at least 24 hours. They are allowed one 15 minute visitation per day between the hours of 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. All visitors must be 18 or older and must have a valid, government-issued photo ID to visit.

Physical Address

Signal Hill City Jail
2745 Walnut Ave
Signal Hill, CA 90755

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Inmate Mailing Address(es)

No mail, packages, or any other item is accepted for any inmate at the Signal Hill City Jail.

How to Call an Inmate

Inmates at the Signal Hill City Jail cannot receive incoming phone calls. However, they have access to phones and can make outgoing 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.

How to Send Money

The Signal Hill City Jail is a temporary housing facility that does not have an online system set up for inmate deposits. To send money to an inmate, please call the facility directly.

Programs For Inmates

There is no inmate programming at the Signal Hill Jail.

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