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Marin County Jail Overview and Important Information

Marin County Jail, located in San Rafael, Main County, California, is the facility where those who are awaiting trial, as well as those, have been sentenced are housed. It is under the administration of the Marin County Sheriff’s Office, specifically the Sheriff’s Office Detention Services Bureau. Currently, the head of the sheriff’s office is Sheriff Robert Doyle.

Both men and women are housed in the jail. However, there are no inmates under the age of 18 who are housed here, except when dictated by the law for special cases. As of July 2014, there were as many as 271 inmates at the jail. On average, jail houses about 293 inmates on a daily basis.

Moreover, Marin County Jail, in collaboration with the Probation Department, has more than 200 inmates who are in work release programs or on county parole. Inmates who are in work release programs are allowed to earn an income while still being incarcerated. The jail also temporarily houses inmates who are on their way to another prison or jail.

Marin County Jail
Professional and reliable staff to care for the facility

The staff here is extensively trained, and each has plenty of experience in their respective fields. Each staff member, whether they are deputies, kitchen personnel, cleaning personnel or others, is dedicated to carrying out their respective jobs to the best of their abilities. They are committed to creating and maintaining a safe and secure environment for the inmates, visitors and other staff members and volunteers.

 

Programs available for Marin County Jail inmates

Marin County Jail has some programs that inmates can benefit from. These provide them with a much-needed opportunity to learn life skills, new work and other important lessons to help correct their behavior. Some of these education and literacy programs, where inmates have the opportunity to learn and improve their education so they can live a crime-free life outside of jail.

Other programs such as Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, as well as programs that are related to substance abuse, anger management, parenting, domestic violence counseling, and work release programs are also available for inmates.

Moreover, Marin County Jail also caters to the religious and spiritual needs of inmates by providing them with chapel services and counseling from pastors.

Marin County Jail Booking Log

Visiting inmates at Marin County Jail

Inmates at Marin County Jail are allowed to have one visit per day, which lasts for a maximum of 30 minutes. Inmates must schedule their visits 24 hours before the visit, and each inmate is expected to inform visitors of the correct date and time of the scheduled visit.  No walk-in visits are allowed under any condition.

If an inmate is in Pod A or Lockdown, they are not allowed to have visitors until 5:45 pm on weekdays. If you are planning to visit an inmate with mental illness and you require assistance from the staff, you can call Prisoner Services at (415) 473-7268 for help.

The jail visiting hours were more flexible before, but they have been changed due to the increasing inmate population. The administration has introduced the new visitation timings with the hopes that it will improve visitation experiences for both the visitors and the inmates. Before, when there were no scheduled visits, people had to wait in the lobby for hours for a chance to see their loved ones who have been incarcerated. Moreover, at peak visiting hours, the environment inside could be rather unsafe. The goal is to increase safety and efficiency through an organized process, rather than limiting your time with your loved ones.

Marin County Jail can be contacted by phone at (415)473-6655, or email at sheriff@marincounty.org. their address is Marin County Jail, 13 Peter Behr Drive, San Rafael, CA 94903.


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