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Detention Bureau F.A.Q.
This section has been created to answer common questions about some of the Yuma County Detention Center procedures and/or services. If you need further assistance, please call (928) 782-9871.

1. How can I find out if someone is in jail?
Call the Detention Center at (928) 782-9871. Select the option for Admitting and you will be connected to the Admitting Clerk. You will need to provide the Admitting Clerk with the person’s full name and date of birth, if known.
2. My spouse/family member/friend was arrested. What happens now?
Generally most misdemeanors that are not domestic related have set bonds. If they are charged with a felony, they will have to appear in court within 24 hours and a Judge may set a bond. 

You can contact the Detention Center at (928) 782-9871. Select the option for Admitting and you will be connected to the Admitting Clerk. The Admitting Clerk will be able to tell you if the prisoner is eligible for a bond. If an inmate is not eligible for a bond, a court appearance (initial appearance) will be set. The Admitting Clerk can provide you with the location and time.
3. How can I post a bond for an inmate?
You can contact the Detention Center at (928) 782-9871. Select the option for Admitting and you will be connected to the Admitting Clerk. The Admitting Clerk will be able to tell you if the inmate is eligible for a bond. If an inmate is not eligible for a bond, a court appearance (initial appearance) will be set. The Admitting Clerk can provide you with the location and time.

You can post a bond for an inmate at the court of record. After business hours, the Detention Center can accept cash in the exact amount ONLY. Detention staff cannot make change. 

If you are going to use a bondsman, they are listed in the phone book under Bail Bonds. Per Arizona state law, the Detention Center cannot make recommendations for a bondsman nor assist you in contacting a bondsman.

Inmates released from custody or being bonded-out will be processed and released within a reasonable amount of time, barring any unforeseen events, security procedures or emergencies within the facility.

Click link to go to Bond & Court Information page.
4. How can I find out the charges for an inmate?
The Yuma County Detention Center can provide information regarding the court of record and charges for inmates. Contact the Detention Center at (928) 782-9871. Select the option for Admitting and you will be connected to the Admitting Clerk.

Click link to go to Bond & Court Information page.
5. How can I find out an inmate's next court date?

The Detention Center will have the inmate’s next court date if it has been provided to us by the court of record. If a court date is not on file with our office, then you will need to contact the court of record. Contact the Detention Center at (928) 782-9871. Select the option for Admitting and you will be connected to the Admitting Clerk. The Admitting Clerk will be able to advise you which court needs to be contacted.

Click link to go to Bond & Court Information page.

6. The court released my spouse/family member/friend this morning during court. When will they be released?
Inmates will be processed for release upon receipt of the release order from the court of record or appropriate authority. Inmates approved for release from custody will be processed and released within a reasonable amount of time, barring any unforeseen events, security procedures or emergencies within the facility.

Click here for Inmate Release information.

7. Where do I go to pick up my spouse/family member/friend when they are released?
All inmate releases are processed through the release gazebo located off of 1st Street at the Detention Center.
8. When is a sentenced inmate going to be released?
Sentenced prisoners (court commits) are usually released at the same time that they entered custody per court order. All other sentenced prisoners are usually released between the hours of 6:00 A.M. and 12:00 P.M. You can contact the Detention Center at (982) 782-9871. Select the option for Admitting and you will be connected to the Admitting Clerk. The Admitting Clerk will be able to check on the release time.
9. My spouse/family member/friend was arrested by the Border Patrol. What is going to happen to him/her?
You can contact the U.S. Marshal’s Office at (928) 783-6337 or the Federal Court at (928) 329-4766 for information regarding individuals arrested by the Border Patrol.
10. When and/or how can I visit someone in jail?
Inmate visitation is available by appointment only. Inmates are eligible for visitation after the first 72 hours unless the inmate is in disciplinary segregation.

All visitations are by appointment only and must be made one day in advance. You can contact the Visitation Office at (928) 539-7841 from 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. to find out what unit the inmate is in, visitation schedule for that unit and to schedule a non contact visit. All visitors must have a valid government picture identification with date of birth.

For more information, visit our jail visitation information page: Inmate Visitation Information
11. How can I send mail to someone in jail?

All Inmates will have access to services provided by the United States Postal Service to send and receive legal mail, general correspondence, and publications. All incoming correspondence, with the exception of legal mail, must be on a metered standard postcard.

All inmate postcards and legal mail will need to be addressed as follows:

Inmate's Full Name
Inmate's Jacket Number
200 West Court Street
Yuma, AZ 85364

If you do not know the inmate's jacket, contact the Detention Center at (928) 782-9871. Select the option for Admitting and you will be connected to the Admitting Clerk. The Admitting Clerk will be able to provide the inmate's jacket number.

Click link for more detailed information: Inmate Mail

12. How do I get items from someone who was arrested (car keys, check book, etc.)?
The inmate needs to authorize a property release to you. All items the inmate was arrested with are sealed upon booking. The entire sealed inventory will have to be authorized for release. You can contact the Detention Center Property Clerk at (928) 539-7874 for further information.

You can also visit the Inmate Property page for further information.
13. How can I drop off money or other items for an inmate?
Money
The Yuma County Sheriff's Office Detention Center offers several ways to deposit money into inmate accounts.
  • Detention Center Visitation Lobby
  • Cash only (no checks, money orders or debit/credit cards) deposits for inmate accounts may be dropped off at the Visitation window between the hours of 8:00 A.M. and 5:00 P.M. Monday through Friday excluding holidays. There are no fees for this service.
  • U.S. Mail: You may send cashiers checks, postal or telegraphic (Western Union) money orders via U.S. mail to: Yuma County Detention Center, 200 W. Court Street, Yuma, AZ  85364. NOTE: Please write "FOR DEPOSIT ONLY" on outside of envelope.
  • Cybersuite Correctional Services: The Yuma County Sheriff's Office Detention Center and Keefe Commissary Network proudly present Cybersuite Correctional Services. Now more than ever it is easier for friends and family to deposit money into inmate accounts in the most efficient and secure manner possible. NOTE: There is a fee charged for this service. Click here for Cybersuite Fee Schedule.

    Friends and family can deposit money (cash, credit card and Debit card deposits accepted) into inmate accounts in the following ways:

    • Via Web:  www.accesscorrections.com
    • Via 24/7 Phone:  (866) 345-1884
    • Detention Center Front Lobby Kiosk:  Kiosk deposits are accepted between 7:30 A.M. until 9:00 P.M. The Kiosk is also available weekends and holidays.
For more information, visit the Inmate Accounts page.


Clothing & Other Items
Inmates can no longer have clothing or other items dropped off to them. Inmates can purchase T-shirts, underwear and socks through the Detention Center Commissary. Inmates can also purchase items such as writing paper,stamps, envelopes, snacks and hygiene items through the Detention Center Inmate Commissary.

Clothing for trial appearances can be dropped off only after the inmate has been scheduled for Jury Trial.
14. Can an inmate receive incoming calls and/or can I get a message to a inmate?
Inmates cannot receive incoming calls and we do not pass messages to inmates. Inmates have access to collect call phones. If collect calls are not accepted at your home, inmates may purchase calling cards in the amountsof $10, $20 or $30.

Outside calling cards are not accepted by the YCDC telephone systems. The collect call phones are available during non-secure mode times.

You can contact the Visitation Office at (928) 539-7841 for more information about the calling card program.
15. How do I contact an inmate for emergencies (child issues, death in family, etc.)?
Contact the Detention Center at (928) 782-9871 with your emergency and select the option for Admitting. Once your emergency is validated, arrangements will be made to inform the inmate of the situation.
16. Can I send an inmate food items?
No. Regular meals are served to all inmates. The inmates may also purchase commissary items at a cost to them. Additionally, friends and family can place commissary orders through Securepak in the following ways:
  • Via internet: You can order from Access Securepak online 24 hours a day.
    They accept Visa, MasterCard, and Discover. Click link below to get started.
    Access Securepak

  • Via Telephone: Monday - Friday from 7:30 AM to 7:00 PM CST (excluding major holidays)
    Tel: (800) 546-6283

    For more information regarding, visit the Detention Center Inmate Commissary page.
17. Do inmates have access to reading materials?
Yes. All inmate housing units have book carts that are changed out regularly by the Detention Center Programs Department staff.
18. If I have a complaint about how my spouse/family member/friend is treated, who do I call?
Contact the Detention Center at (928) 782-9871. Select the option for Admitting. The Admitting clerk will connect you with the on-duty supervisor who will be able to process your complaint. Please ensure your complaint is specific to include dates and times if possible.
19. If my spouse/family member/friend is on medications for their health how do I get the medications to the jail?
Medications can be dropped off at the Detention Center release gazebo located off of 1st Street. Medications will be accepted Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:00 AM-4:00 PM. The medications have to be in the original bottle and must be a current prescription ordered by a U.S. physician. The prescription has to be filled in the U.S. No medications will be accepted  from Mexico. No over the counter medications will be accepted. Acceptance of all medications is subject to review by medical staff.
20. Do you have medical staff to take care of my spouse/family member/friend?
The Detention Center staff includes a range of qualified medical personnel and care providers available 24 hours a day to address medical needs.
21. If my spouse/family member/friend is mentally unstable, how do you take care of them?
The Detention Center staff includes a range of qualified medical personnel and care providers that specialize in managing those that have mental health issues.
22. What services do you provide to try and help my alcohol/drug addicted spouse/family member/friend?
Programs are available to inmates in all custody levels. Such programs include Narcotics Anonymous, Alcoholics Anonymous, the Kitchen Skills program, faith based programs, and other community outreach assistance. Several cognitive life skills programs are also provided.

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