Riverside County Jail Overview, Population, Inmates, Arrests, and Information
Riverside County contains five jails/correctional facilities. All of these jails fall under the administration of the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department Corrections Division, i.e., one of the largest jail operations not only in the state but the entire country. Rules are duly enforced in the jail facilities, which are intended to protect inmates, corrections staff and visitors. Each rule has its own separate rules and regulations. A visitor must acquaint himself/herself with the restrictions and requirements before making a visit at the facility or sending forth mail/money to an inmate inside.
Riverside County Jail Overview
The five jails servicing Riverside County are –
- Robert Presley Detention Center – The Robert Presley Detention Center or RPDC is located in downtown Riverside. It opened its doors in 1989, replacing the former Riverside County Jail. It is under the command of a Sheriff’s Captain and is administered by the Corrections Department Chief Deputy.
- Cois M. Byrd Detention Center – The Cois M. Byrd Detention Center is located in French Valley, i.e., an area southwest of Riverside County, adjacent to Temecula and Murrieta cities. It was built in 1993. The facility is under the command of a Sheriff’s Captain and runs according to the directions of the Correction Department Chief Deputy.
- Indio Jail – Indio Jail is located in the city of Indio which includes the Coachella Valley, which has seen mass urbanization in the last two decades. A shared Sheriff’s Captain oversees this facility. The Corrections Department Chief Deputy takes care of the rest of the functions.
- Blythe Jail – The Blythe Jail was built in 1964. It is administered by a shared Sheriff’s Captain and the Corrections Department Chief Deputy.
- Larry D. Smith Correctional Facility – The Larry D. Smith Correctional Facility in Riverside County's largest correctional facility. It is located in Banning. Inmates awaiting hearings, trials, and sentencing and arraignment are accommodated here. Inmates sentenced to serve a county jail sentence are also held here. Several Corrections Division programs like the Supervised Electronic Confinement Program, Residential Substance Abuse Treatment program, Sheriff's Inmate Training, and Education Bureau, Work Release Program, centralized warehouse, and laundry services, a commercial printing shop and other vocational, counseling and educational programs are held here. Here too, the administrative head is a Sheriff’s Captain and Corrections Division Chief Deputy.
Riverside County Jail Inmate Population
Riverside County has only about 3,900 jail beds for its 2.3 million population. Due to the capacity shortage, it has let go of many of its inmates before time. Many inmates have been allowed early release because of jail overcrowding. The practice is called “fed-kicks.” Those sentenced for non-violent crimes are being released from the jails, leaving only hardened criminals back. Security is becoming a concern as violence is on the rise within the jails. Almost 24 inmates are being set free every day. Planning is underway to add more beds and hire more security staff for the jails, which will hopefully take care of the problem of overcrowding.
Riverside County Jail Contact Information
Robert Presley Detention Center – 4000 Orange Street. Riverside, CA 92501. Ph: 9519554500
Blythe Jail – 260 N. Spring Street. Blythe, CA 92225. Ph: 7609215780
Southwest Detention Center – 30755-B Auld Road. Murrieta, CA 92563. Ph: 9516963050
Indio Jail – 46057 Oasis Street. PO Box 1748. Indio, CA 92201. Ph: 7608638252
Larry D. Smith Correctional Facility – 1627 S. Hargrave Street. Banning, CA 92220. Ph: 9519227300
Visitation can be scheduled at any of these facilities by calling between 9am-5pm on the provided contact numbers. Any two people can visit at a time. Parking facility is provided at each of these premises. Visitors are requested to come in a minimum of 5 minutes early so that they do not miss their scheduled time for the visit.
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