Sonoma County Jail Overview: Population, Inmates, Arrests, and Information
Sonoma County Jail is part of the detention services offered by Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office since 1850. Law is enforced over an area over 1600 sq miles, in Sonoma and Windsor, and a population of 500,000. There are two detention facilities – the Main Adult Detention Facility (MADF) which was opened in 1991 is located at 2777 Ventura Avenue, the County of Sonoma’s Hall of Justice complex.
Designed keeping direct supervision in mind as opposed to the linear design of older jails in the County, it could accommodate 500 inmates initially. An expansion was opened in 1997 which added 290 more beds to the facility. The North County Detention Facility (NCDF) sits five miles to the north of Santa Rosa at 2254, Ordinance Road.
Sonoma County Jail Overview
The detention division of the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office manages the processing, care, and conduct of individuals who have been lawfully detained. A 300-strong staff base is responsible for the operations of the detention division. They aim to provide citizens of the State of California and County of Sonoma with safety and security, be it staff or inmate. Some of their objectives are –
- The enforce the principles of direct supervision as developed by the National Institute of Corrections
- To adhere to California Minimum Jail Standards as well as another applicable local, state and federal laws and standards agreed upon by the National Institute of Corrections.
- To involve inmates in various vocational, religious, recreational, educational and work programs in an attempt to rehabilitate them and send them back to their community with improved psychological and medical health
- To build a custodial environment which fosters positive behavior among inmates and disciplines them for misconduct
Sonoma County Jail Inmate Population
About 1473 inmates were housed in the MADF as of 2018.
Sonoma County Jail Correctional Officer Responsibilities
A Correctional Officer of Sonoma County Jail is expected to handle many additional duties apart from the regular supervision and care of inmates in custody. He/she must act as Central Control Deputy who is responsible for coordinating and monitoring all safety, security and communications system; as Classification Deputy whose task is to risk assess inmates and then allocate their housing accordingly; as Contact Visiting Deputy who oversees inmate visitations; as Court Holding/Movement Deputy who supervises inmate movement to and from court to cell; as Crisis Negotiations Deputy who negotiate crisis events and so on.
Sonoma County Jail Visitation
Inmates held in MADF can be visited throughout the week barring Thursdays and Fridays. All visits will be allowed for a maximum of 30 minutes. Only one visit per day is allowed for every inmate. Visitation time is from 10.15am to 9.50pm. Only two visitors will be allowed in a booth at a time. They must carry valid photo ID if they're above legal age. Minors must always be accompanied by adults. You may lose visitation privileges if you come to visit under the influence of alcohol or any other drugs. You must be dressed decently and maintain proper decorum.
Visitation in NCDF is open throughout the week. On Saturdays and Sundays, the timings are from 8am-9pm. On weekdays, it is 5.30pm-9.30pm. Inmates at NCDF are permitted one one-hour visit every week. Three people may visit at a time. Majors should come with a valid photo ID, and minors should be accompanied by majors. Any physical contact between inmate and visitor is forbidden. Visitors must be clothed properly and behave themselves. Any defiance of visitation rules can lead to cancellation of visitation rights.
Sonoma County Jail Contact Info
MADF/NCDF – (707) 565 1400
Write into - MADF at 2777 Ventura Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA 95403
NCDF at 2254 Ordinance Road, Santa Rosa, CA 95403