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Los Angeles Men’s Central Jail
The Los Angeles County Men’s Central Jail is staffed and operated by the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department. They temporarily house defendants until they are able to post bail, released on their own recognizance, wait for trail, and they incarcerate convicted defendants were sentenced to serve time in county jail.
People who have been arrested are initially taken to this jail for booking, processing, medical evaluation, and then they are typically sent to a more permanent detention facility, such as the Twin Towers Detention Facility or the Pitchess Detention Facility. They have the capacity to house almost 7,000 inmates. It’s located at:
441 Bauchet Street,
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Convicted inmates who have been sentenced can also be incarcerated at the jail for the length of their sentence. Everyone that is processed at the Los Angeles County Central Jail will go through a medical evaluation in order to determine if they require special housing.
The facility has a Jail Mental Evaluation Team (JMET) who are responsible to help inmates who need mental health counseling or treatment. The staff will monitor inmates during their detention at the facility to check for symptoms mental health issues that could develop after the first screening.
After an inmate has been booked and processed they might need to post bail before they are eligible for release. Members of their family or a friend can post bail on their behalf. The jail accepts cash, cashier’s check, money order, or a jail bond. Bail payments will be returned as long as they appear at their scheduled hearings and follow court orders.
There is also the option to use a bail bondsman who will post the full amount of the bail required to have them released in exchange for a non-refundable fee. Their fee is typically between 8-10% of the total bail amount. In some cases, the bondsman might reduce their fee if you have retained a Los Angeles criminal defense attorney.
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