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Custody FAQs


  • Cash bail may be paid in cash, credit or debit card, bank Cashier’s checks, personal checks, money orders, and Traveler’s checks. 
  • Bail can be posted 24/7 at the IRC Cashier's Office for inmates housed at any Orange County Sheriff’s Department Jail facility.  
  • Bail can be posted at the Theo Lacy Cashier's Office only for inmates housed at the Theo Lacy Jail.  The Theo Lacy Cashier’s Office is open from 6:30 pm until midnight Monday through Thursday and from 8:00 am until midnight Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
  • If the inmate is a new booking and has completed the booking process or has appeared in court and has been remanded to the custody of the Sheriff, bail can be posted at the IRC Cashier's Office at 550 N. Flower St., Santa Ana.
  • If the inmate has been sentenced, bail cannot be posted.
  • Bail/Bond information will be available approximately six hours after booking time.

Usually, 2 to 3 hours.

No, these must arrive directly from the publisher or an approved online retailer.

No. No packages or mail may be dropped off at any facility.

The inmate can release the property to a designated person prior to being transferred. If the property is not released it goes with the inmate to prison.

Yes. At the men's jail attorney bonds area. Glasses may not have metal frames or contain metal inside of the plastic frames.

See visiting hours posted on this website.

Yes. You will need a process server to do this for you.

Call the court.


The average time is approximately 4 hours, but could be as little as 2, or as much as 6 hours.

Yes. A clothing exchange form is completed by the person exchanging the clothes and is agreed to by the inmate. This may take several hours to complete.