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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. 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.
Riverside County Jail
  • 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. Constructed in the 1950s, the 353-beds jail is due to be replaced by the new Benoit Detention Center in 2019. When completed, the John J. Benoit Detention Center will house 1,626 beds. This number will include 1,536 general population beds, 74 special use beds and 16 one-person cells. 
  • Blythe Jail – The Blythe Jail was built in 1964 and is a medium-security detention center for adult inmates. 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 is Riverside County's largest correctional facility and is a medium-security detention center. 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 but most of the sentenced inmates are here for less than two years. Several Corrections Division programs like the Supervised Electronic Confinement Program, Residential Substance Abuse Treatment program, Sheriff's Inmate Training, and Education Bureau and the Work Release Program are available in this detention center. The Larry D. Smith Correctional Facility also houses a centralized warehouse and laundry services, a commercial printing shop and other vocational, counseling and educational programs. 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.

Fed Kicks in Riverside County 2019

The term Fed Kick was popularized in Riverside but other counties simply call them early releases. Which inmates are available for fed kick is determined by the jail and the County Sheriff, who has jurisdiction over the Riverside County Jail, but the law requires that the sheriff’s department make people serve a minimum of 50% of their sentence if they are convicted of a misdemeanor and at least 85% if they are convicted of a felony.

As of December 11, 2019, California’s prison population is 134.7% of design capacity, which has called for a number of early release programs. The Office of Administrative Law approved two emergency regulation packages which implement a parole consideration process for nonviolent offenders and allows inmates who achieve a High School diploma or who complete 52 hours of programming under the Rehabilitative Achievement Credit program to earn credit towards their release.

Riverside County Jail Inmate List
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

Additional Information

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 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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Riverside County Jail Inmate Roster and Inmate Search

If you want to view the Riverside County jail inmate roster and perform a Riverside County jail inmate search, there are two online tools at your disposal:

Jail Information Management System – the Riverside sheriff operates an online Riverside County jail inmate roster search you can use to find inmates in the facility. To find the person you are searching for, you will need to enter their first name, last name, date of birth, and gender. The system will then search the inmate in question, so you will be able to find out if the person you are searching for is indeed held in the facility. The Sheriff's Riverside inmate locator search service gets updated daily, so you will be able to see the latest names of the people who are held in the facility. If you cannot find the particular person you are searching for, you can contact the Sheriff's office/Riverside jail, and ask to perform a Riverside inmate locator search.

GoLookUp's inmate search directory – the website offers a name-based search directory that allows you to find inmates who are on the Riverside County jail roster. All the searches on the site are based on public records, so you can search criminal records relating to the person you want to find. When you enter the name of the inmate you are interested in into GoLookUp's inmate search directory, you will get a report with details about the person in question, including their booking data and whether they are in Riverside County jail. The accurate Riverside inmate locator search service available on GoLookUp is completely secure, so you can be certain that no one will be able to view your search history. At the end of the Riverside inmate locator search, GoLookUp will provide you with a report on the person you want to find within minutes, so you will be able to contact the said person during visiting or calling hours.

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