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Things To Know In Jail
Administrative Segregation—A status of confinement for non-disciplinary reasons that provides closer supervision, control and protection than is provided in general population.
Commissary—The jail store for inmates, which provides food and hygiene items, correspondence material, tennis shoes, reading glasses, phone cards and over-the-counter medication.
Contraband—Includes illegal items, explosives, deadly weapons, drugs, controlled substances, and any item that is controlled, limited or prohibited on the grounds or within the secure perimeter of a correctional facility.
Custody level—An assigned category achieved by objective scoring that identifies an inmate’s required housing and supervision needs, and which determines to a large extent where and how the inmate is housed.
Detainer—A warrant placed against an inmate for pending charges from another jurisdiction.
Disciplinary Lockdown—A restrictive status of confinement to which an inmate receiving major discipline can be committed. Inmates in this status are restricted to their living area and lose all revocable privileges, retaining the rights to professional visits, showers, and legal phone calls. Inmates shall be placed in disciplinary custody status for no longer than 72 hours per hearing.
Disciplinary Isolation—A restrictive status of confinement to which an inmate receiving major discipline can be committed. Inmates in this status are housed separately and are denied the use all personal items except bedding, clothing, legal papers, personal correspondence, hygiene items, and religious reading material. Inmates shall be placed in disciplinary custody status for no longer than ten days per hearing.
DNA Detection of Sexual Violent Offenders Act—A state law that requires a blood sample be taken from inmates who have been convicted of certain sexual and violent offenses.
Facility Commander—The highest ranking sworn supervisor assigned to a facility. The Facility Commander, who is responsible for the overall operation of the facility, is a Captain at the larger facilities and a Lieutenant at the smaller facilities.
Grievance—A formal written complaint that is submitted by inmates to address a perceived problem in their housing, care, or treatment by staff.
Disciplinary Hearing Officer—The person who is responsible for conducting misconduct hearings and decides if discipline is deserved.
Indigent Inmate—Inmates shall be deemed indigent if their account balance is $2.00 or less.
Security Lockdown—Securing a correctional facility or unit by restricting prisoner movement to their housing area.
Disciplinary hearing—A hearing held in the jail to determine if a Rule Violation Report is substantiated and, if so, what discipline the inmate will receive.
Non-Contact Visit—A visit in which the inmate and the visitor are not permitted to be in physical contact and are generally separated by a physical barrier.
Psychiatric Security Unit—A housing area or group of cells designated for inmates confined in a facility-based mental health unit licensed by the California Department of Mental Health.
Reclassification—The reassessment of an inmate’s custody level following the addition or removal of charges, sentencing, or jail incidents.
Revocation—Refers to an administrative decision ending a parole because the offender violated the conditions of parole. An offender is entitled to a hearing before the Board of Probation and Parole before a decision to revoke the supervision period is made.
Rule Violation Report—A written report completed in response to a violation of a formal rule or regulation by an inmate in the custody of the Department.
Special Visit—A visit granted when there is a special need which cannot be satisfied through normal procedures.
Zero Drug Tolerance Policy—A policy that states that NO drug possession or use will be tolerated in Sheriff’s facilities.
If you have any questions about things to know in jail, please contact San Diego Criminal Defense Attorney Vik Monder at 619.405.0063 or visit San Diego Criminal Attorney