If you have a loved one who has been arrested in San Diego you probably have a lot of questions. How can I find out where they have been taken? Can I help them post bail? When can I see them? Women who are arrested in San Diego County are, more often than not, booked and processed at the Las Colinas Detention and Reentry Facility in Santee. For additional information about the Las Colinas Women’s Detention Facility, or to learn about how we can help your loved one with their criminal case, do not hesitate to contact our office today.
Who is brought to and held at the Las Colinas Detention Facility?
The Las Colinas Detention Facility is the primary booking and processing center for women in San Diego.
Arrestees: Women who are arrested in San Diego County will be brought to the facility and processed under the new open booking philosophy. Rather than being kept in holding cells, arrestees wait in an open seating area with others. Arrestees will have access to bathrooms and phones while they wait to move through the formal booking process. Arrestees who display violent or dangerous behavior will be detained separately. The booking process can take a few hours and includes a thorough search, photographing and fingerprinting, and medical and mental health evaluations. Bail will be calculated and an arraignment will be scheduled.
Pre-Trial Detainment: Some inmates will be detained at the Las Colinas Detention and Reentry Facility while they wait to be arraigned. Inmates who do not make bail may also be detained at Las Colinas until their trial has finished.
Post-Sentencing: Many women who are convicted of crimes in San Diego County and receive a sentence that includes jail time will be assigned to Las Colinas.
The Las Colinas Detention Facility Location
The Las Colinas Detention and Reentry Facility is located at:
451 Riverview Parkway
Santee, CA 92071
The main phone number for the Las Colinas Detention and Reentry Facility is: 619-402-1312.
How do I get information about an inmate at the Las Colinas Detention Facility?
Online: Visit the “Who’s in Jail” section of the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department to find information about inmates held at the Las Colinas Detention and Reentry Facility. Information about court dates and trials can be found online at the San Diego County court case information portal.
Phone: You can get information about detainees at the Las Colinas Detention and Reentry Facility by calling the facility at 619-402-1312.
How can I get a family member out of the Las Colinas Detention Facility?
When women are booked and processed at the Las Colinas Detention and Reentry Facility they will either:
- be released on their own recognizance;
- held until they can post the amount of bail that has been assigned; or
- detained in lieu of bail until their arraignment hearing.
In many cases, arrestees will be held until a friend or family member posts bail to get them out. The Las Colinas Detention Facility will allow you to post bail in one of four ways: cash or personal check, cashier’s check, money order, or bail bond.
Cash, Check, or Money Order: If you can pay the bail amount in full you may do so using cash or a personal check or a bank-drawn cashier’s check. You may also post bail using a money order from a bank, credit union, the United States Postal Service, or Western Union.
Bail Bond: If you cannot pay the bail amount in full you may work with a bail bondsman to secure the release of your loved one. Generally, a bail bondsman will agree to post the full bail amount on your loved one’s behalf in exchange for a non-refundable fee. This fee is often approximately 10% of the total bail amount. Bail bondsmen may agree to a reduced rate if you display that you are working with a respected San Diego criminal defense attorney. A bail bondsman may also require additional collateral in exchange for posting bail.
Do not hesitate to contact our experienced San Diego criminal defense attorney for more information about the bail process.
How do I contact an inmate at the Las Colinas Detention Facility?
Phone: When women are arrested and brought to the Las Colinas Detention and Reentry Facility they are legally entitled to make three free phone calls. Once these calls have been made, any additional calls must be made using a Collect service or prepaid phone calling card. It is important to make sure that the facility’s number is not blocked by your provider. Inmates detained at the Las Colinas Detention and Reentry Facility may not receive any incoming phone calls.
Mail: Inmates at the Las Colinas Detention and Reentry Facility can receive mail. If you want to send mail to an inmate at Las Colinas you must use the United States Postal Service and follow all of the facility’s mail-related regulations. Here is a quick rundown of what you can and cannot do when sending mail to an inmate at Las Colinas.
- All mail must include the sender’s return address, the inmate’s full name, and the inmate’s booking number.
- Mail must be limited to letters, properly-sized cards, and photographs. Photographs containing nudity, offensive images, or anything that is gang-related will not be accepted.
- Mail will be rejected if it contains any of the following: staples, food, pens or pencils, posters, nudity, offensive material, jewelry, tape, stickers, crayon, or lipstick.
- Books and magazines can be sent to inmates at the Las Colinas Detention and Reentry Facility. However, packages must be sent directly from a reputable online or brick-and-mortar retail store (e.g., Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, Target, Walmart).
All mail should be sent to:
[Inmate’s Booking Number]
Las Colinas Detention and Reentry Facility
451 Riverview Parkway
Santee, CA 92071
E-Mail: The San Diego County Sheriff’s Department recognizes that a significant percentage of the population uses technology as a means of communication. In an effort to make communicating with loved ones at San Diego County detention facilities easier, the Sheriff’s Department has created a way to contact inmates via email. It is important to note that inmates do not have direct access to email. Rather, emails will be received and reviewed by correctional officers and staff. Acceptable emails will then be distributed to inmates. Inmates who wish to respond must do so through the regular mail or during visiting hours.
When can I visit an inmate at the Las Colinas Detention Facility?
Visiting Hours: The Las Colinas Detention and Reentry Facility is one of the few facilities that allows inmates to have contact visits.Visiting hours at the Las Colinas Detention and Reentry Facility will depend on where your loved one has been assigned within the facility. You can visit the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department for specific days and times that social visits are permitted.
Scheduling a Visit: Visits must generally be scheduled in advance. However, some same-day visits will be permitted. You can schedule a visit online through the Who’s In Jail portal. You can also schedule a visit by calling the Las Colinas Detention and Reentry Facility at 619-402-1312 between 10:00 and 2:00 Wednesday through Monday. When you schedule your visit you must include the name(s) and relationship(s) to the inmate of each person who will be visiting the facility. An inmate can have a maximum of three (3) visitors at one time.
Visiting an Inmate: It is important to arrive at the Las Colinas Detention and Reentry Facility one hour before your scheduled visit. All visitors must have government (or school) issued ID. Visitors under the age of 18 must be with a parent or guardian. When you enter the visitation area you may not bring bags, weapons, food, drinks, pets, cigarettes, e-vapes, cell phones, or cameras.
Restrictions on Visitation: If you have been convicted of a felony, served time in prison, or have been incarcerated within the past three (3) months you must get approval from the facility’s Watch Commander before you can visit an inmate at the Las Colinas Detention and Reentry Facility
Virtual Visitation: You can also schedule a virtual visitation with your loved one at the Las Colinas Detention and Reentry Facility. Virtual visitation uses the technology of a webcam and the internet to connect you with an inmate. More information about virtual visitation can be found on the Securus Technologies website.
What services are available to inmates at the Las Colinas Detention and Reentry Facility?
The Las Colinas Detention and Reentry Facility is a model for future detention facilities. Rather than focusing on punishment, the Las Colinas Detention and Reentry Facility focused on rehabilitating its inmates so that they do not return after release. Inmates who are detained at Las Colinas are given the opportunity to fully immerse themselves in educational, vocational, and self-help programs. Some of the many services that are available to Las Colinas inmates include:
- Vocational programs: including landscaping, culinary arts, industrial laundry, and sewing;
- GED programs;
- Pathways to Success Training Program: inmates can receive up to 9 college credits through this partnership with the facility and Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College;
- Health and wellness programs, including classes for yoga and nutrition;
- Medical and mental health services;
- Counseling programs: Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, Domestic Violence
- Chapel services;
- Recreational facilities; and
- Commissary (to purchase items including food, snacks, clothing, toiletries, puzzles, games, stationery, etc.).
How Do I Get Money to an Inmate at the Las Colinas Detention Facility?
Inmates at the Las Colinas Detention and Reentry Facility are provided with the necessities required to ensure their health, wellbeing, and safety (e.g., basic clothing/uniform, meals, toiletries). Inmates who wish to purchase additional items may do so at the facility’s Commissary. Purchases are made using funds from an in-house debit account linked to each inmate. Any compensation earned by working inside the facility will be deposited into this account. Friends and family members can also put limited amounts of money into this account for the inmate to use.
There are a few ways you can put money “on the books” for an inmate at the Las Colinas Detention and Reentry Facility:
- TouchPay kiosks at the Las Colinas Women’s Detention Facility;
- Online at the San Diego County Sheriff Department website;
- Sending a cashier’s check, money order, or wire transfer directly to the facility;
- Direct deposit of retirement or paychecks.
How does an inmate get their belongings back after they are released?
Inmates who are booked and processed at the Las Colinas Women’s Detention Facility will have all personal items confiscated. These items will be searched, cataloged, and stored while the inmate is detained. When an inmate is released from the Las Colinas Women’s Detention Facility any personal items that were taken during this process will be released. Inmates can also sign a form to authorize a friend or family member to pick up these items on their behalf while they are still incarcerated.
If you have a loved one who has been arrested in San Diego County contact our experienced California criminal defense attorneys for help. Hiring an attorney can make it easier to post bail and get your friend or family member released from the Las Colinas Detention and Reentry Facility. When your loved one faces criminal charges, our attorneys can help to reduce the possible negative consequences she may face.