At the Glenn Dyer Jail, visits are held Thursday through to Sunday, depending on the Housing Unit that the inmate is currently in. So, before you go to the jail for a visit, you should make sure that you have the most up to date information on exactly which Unit the person is in.
The visiting schedule is listed on the Sheriff’s Department website, here. You do not need to book a visit in advance, however, you do need to make sure that you attend the jail without enough time to go through the registration and security procedures before visiting times are over. It is often best to get to the jail as early as you can during the registration period, to avoid delays that may shorten the time you have to visit.
To visit an inmate held at Santa Rita Jail, you must book a visit in advance. You can book a visit up to three days in advance by calling the Visiting Line on (925) 551-6578 between 8am and 12 noon, and 1pm to 5pm. You can also book a visit online through the Sheriff’s Department website, here.
If you’re not sure where an inmate is being held, you can find inmate information online here. It is useful to check on the most recent status of an inmate, as well as where they are housed, before trying to book a visit.
As with all jails, there are rules that all visitors must follow. You should review the rules for visits before going to the jail, available here, and make sure that you follow them at all times. Any violation of the rules, such as inappropriate clothing or trying to take prohibited items into the jail, will result in your visit being cancelled.
If your friend or relative is being held at the GDJ, you can post bail there at any time. Their bail will be set in accordance with the bail schedule when they are booked, or else after they appear in front of a judge in court. If the person is released on their own recognizance, however, they will be released without bail having to be paid.
To post bail for someone held in the GDJ, you need to go to the jail. They accept bail payments 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, in either cash, cashier’s check, or as a bail bond.
To post bail at Santa Rita Jail, Jail lobby is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and you can post bail by way of cash, cashier’s check, or a bail bond. The rules as to how bail is posted and what payment is accepted, however, may change from time to time, so it is often a good idea to check with your attorney before going to the Jail, or to call the Jail on (925) 551-6500.
For clients of Summit Defense Attorneys who do not have access to the cash required to post bail, we can recommend a bail bond company that we work with, and that offers our clients a discount. Alternatively, a property bond may be able to be posted in some cases – you should speak to your attorney about whether it is possible to post a property bond in your case.
No, your criminal records from Oakland are not available online. If you want to view your record, or obtain copies, then you need to attend the courthouse. First, however, you need to make sure that the record is available to view.
To make a request to view a record, call the Court’s Criminal Division on (510) 891-6009. Once you know where the record is available, attend the specified courthouse with identification and ask to view it. You will not be able to take the record outside of the court, but you can pay for copies to be made.
If you need a full and complete copy of your criminal record, such as for expungement proceedings, you will need to apply to the California Department of Justice for an official copy. This requires fingerprinting at an accredited livescan facility, plus submission of a form and the appropriate fee. More information can be found on the Department of Justice website, here.