How do I visit a loved one in Santa Barbara County Jail?


Most visitation questions can be answered by visiting

Santa Barbara County Jail Address and phone number:
4436 Calle Real, Santa Barbara, CA 93110


Property pick-up
The inmate must release all personal property. The person picking up the property must have a valid government issued picture identification card. Property pick-up times for male and female inmates are Friday from 6 PM to 8 PM, and Saturday and Sunday from 4 PM to 7 PM. The pick-up location is at the Inmate Reception Center (IRC) building.

Placing money on an inmate’s account
Only cash, money orders and cashier checks are accepted at the Custody Records front counter. Cash may only be deposited between the hours of 7 AM to 10 AM, or 1 PM to 4 PM, or 7 PM to 9 PM every day. You must have a valid government ID. Cash will not be accepted through the mail.

Money orders and Cashier’s checks must be made payable to Santa Barbara Sheriff’s Custodial Account. Please include the inmate’s last name and CID number in the lower corner of the money order or cashier’s check. Mail the money order or cashier check to:

Santa Barbara County Custodial Account,
In care of inmate’s name, CID number and booking number
4436 Calle Real
Santa Barbara, CA 93110

Do not include a letter with the money order or cashier’s check. If you do, the money order or cashier’s check will be returned to you.

Money placed on an inmate’s account, must be received no later than 9PM Monday night. This will make sure the inmate will able to order commissary for the week. Commissary orders are delivered each Friday evening.

Another way to order commissary for an inmate is to visit You will need to have the inmates name and CID # to place an order. Click on Link for Updated Menu Items Commissary Menu Items

Inmate Mail
Inmates may receive mail.

Allowable mail must meet US Postal Services requirements and be delivered through the U.S. Mail.
U.S. Mail will be accepted into the facility unless deemed contraband as stated in the Rejection of Inmate Mail section.

All incoming mail must be properly addressed with the inmates name and booking number and be mailed to:

4436 Calle Real, Santa Barbara, CA 93110.

There is no limit to the amount of mail an inmate may receive. If the amount of mail in an inmate’s cell is excessive and poses a fire hazard, it may be placed into the inmate’s property or mailed out at the inmate’s expense.

The Deputy will inspect mail for contraband and security issues. These issues include jail management and criminal activity.
Incoming mail generally takes several days to process and deliver to inmates. Incoming mail will be delivered to the inmate providing they are free from articles, words, drawings, pictures, or suggestions of hatred, violence, frontal nudity, jail safety and security compromises, or other issues which may jeopardize the legitimate penological interest of the jail facilities.

The following rules will govern inmate mail privileges:

All correspondence must be clearly addressed

All correspondence must have a return address.

No gang codes or markings will be accepted; incoming correspondence will be returned to sender, outgoing correspondence will be returned to the inmate

No drugs or other contraband may be enclosed in the mail

No obscene, provocative or suggestive pictures will be accepted

Writing or pictures that tend to incite violence, riot, racism or threaten the security of the facility will not be accepted.

Inmates shall not possess excessive amounts of paper products. All items will fit in the issued inmate property box. Extra items will be sent to inmate property or be subject to voluntary destruction.
Contraband includes but is not limited to:

Polaroid pictures with backing

Blank postcards, stationary, envelopes, or greeting cards

Postage stamps from incoming mail, stickers, gum labels, musical or plastic cards, metal cards, wood cards, or multi-layer glued/bonded cards

Pamphlets, paper clips, wire, staples, spiral bindings, pens or pencils

Food items, lottery tickets, musical items, balloons, jewelry, etc.

Personal ID cards

Heavy crayon, ink drawings, glitter, foil, cloth or clothing material or leather

String, buttons, bows, ribbons and any similar items

Currency, money orders, or checks addressed to the inmate. (Refer to Acceptance of Currency, Checks and Money Orders’ Policy)

Any other items determined to be inappropriate or unacceptable for safety or security reasons.

Are only accepted through a publisher. Books that are pornographic or pose a threat to the security and safety of the jail will not be accepted. The publisher must place an invoice with the book or it will be returned.
A maximum of five (5) photographs may be mailed to inmates in an envelope addressed to the Main Jail. “PHOTOGRAPHS” must be clearly marked on the outside of the envelope. The inmate’s name, County ID and Booking Number must be written on the back of each photograph. Nothing else is to be written on the photographs. No letters or other items shall be included in the envelope.

Mail the postcard or photographs to:

Santa Barbara County Jail
In care of inmate’s name, CID number and booking number
4436 Calle Real
Santa Barbara, CA 93110

Photographs MUST adhere to the guidelines listed in this policy. Which include, but are not limited to the following:

Not allowed are Polaroid photographs or photos larger than 4″x6″. There is currently not a limit on the amount of photographs inmates are allowed to possess.
Also, photographs or pictures that are pornographic, nude, suggestive, showing gangs, gang tattoos, or hand gestures (signs) are not allowed.

Inmate Telephone System

The inmate telephone system is operated by IC Solutions. You may contact them at 1-888-506-8407, or 1-888-888-8413, or online at to set up a prepaid account.

Legal Document Signing
If you need an inmate’s signature on official documents, you may bring the documents to the County Jail on Wednesday’s from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM or during regular visitation times.

Visitation Schedule
Visitation at both male and female Medium Security Facilities is on Saturdays and Sundays from 8 AM to 8:45 AM. Registration is from 7 AM to 7:30 AM. You must have a valid picture ID, you must be on a visitation list, and only two visitors are allowed per visitation day. For all other inmates, please contact Custody Records at 805-681-4260.

Court Information
If you need court information for inmate’s please contact the court at the following numbers:
Santa Barbara Superior Court 805-882-4559
Santa Maria Superior Court 805-614-6590
Lompoc Superior Court 805-737-7789

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