Local Detention Facility Inspection Reports

Penal Code section 6031.1 and Welfare and Institutions Code sections 209 and 885 authorize the Board of State and Community Corrections (BSCC) to conduct biennial inspections of local adult and juvenile detention facilities. Inspection cycles begin on July 1 in even years, ending on June 30 two years later.

Pursuant to Assembly Bill 103 (Chapter 17, Statutes of 2017) biennial inspection reports will be posted on the BSCC website for public access. Beginning July 1, 2017, reports for the 2016-2018 cycle will be available at the link below.

Summarized below are the types of facilities that the BSCC inspects, the format of biennial inspection reports, a list of local detention facilities for reference (by county and type) and a link to the reports themselves.

Types of Local Detention Facilities 
(As defined in Title 15, California Code of Regulations, Division 1, Chapter 1, Subchapter 4, Section 1006, Definitions)

Type I facility – used for the detention of persons for not more than 96 hours excluding holidays after booking. May also be used for short-term sentences, depending on local policy.

Type II facility – used for the detention of persons pending arraignment, during trial, and upon a sentence of commitment.  These are typically referred to as “county jails.”

Type III facility – a local detention facility used only for the detention of convicted and sentenced persons.

Type IV facility – a local detention facility or portion thereof designated for the housing of inmates eligible under Penal Code Section 1208 for work/education furlough and/or other programs involving inmate access into the community.

Court Holding facility (CH) – a local detention facility constructed within a court building after January 1, 1978, used for the confinement of persons solely for the purpose of a court appearance for a period not to exceed 12 hours.

Temporary Holding facility (TH) – a local detention facility constructed after January 1, 1978, used for the confinement of persons for 24 hours or less pending release, transfer to another facility, or appearance in court.

Camp – a juvenile camp, ranch, forestry camp or boot camp established in accordance with Section 881 of the Welfare and Institutions Code, to which youth made wards of the court on the grounds of fitting the description in Section 602 of the Welfare and Institutions Code may be committed.

Juvenile Hall (JH) – a county facility designed for the reception and temporary care of youth detained in accordance with the provisions of Title 15 Minimum Standards for Juvenile Facilities and the juvenile court law.

Special Purpose Juvenile Hall (SPJH) – a county facility used for the temporary confinement of a youth, not to exceed 96 hours, prior to transfer to a full service juvenile facility or release.

Format of Inspection Reports

Many jurisdictions operate multiple detention facilities; county and facility type should be considered when searching for a facility report. Each inspection report includes:

  • a cover letter
  • a procedures checklist outlining compliance with Title 15 regulations
  • a physical plant checklist outlining compliance with Title 24 regulations
  • a living area space evaluation, which outlines the number and type of cells/rooms and detention related areas in the facility.

In reports for multiple facilities, there will generally be one letter and one Title 15 procedures checklist for all facilities followed by a single Title 24 checklist and a single living area space evaluation for each facility. For instance, in a county with three Type II jails, you will find one cover letter, one Title 15 procedures checklist, three Title 24 checklists and three living area space evaluations. All letters and inspection related checklists and attachments will be found in the county’s inspection report.

Juvenile Halls are subject to the provisions of WIC section 209 (d) and must submit a Corrective Action Plan (CAP) to the BSCC within 60 days after a finding of noncompliance; CAPs will accompany the biennial inspection report when appropriate.  Adult detention facilities and camps may choose to respond to items of noncompliance with a CAP; these responses will accompany the inspection report when provided by the agency.

Inspection Reports

Inspection reports are grouped into folders by type of facility and are listed alphabetically by county. For instance, the Los Angeles County Jails, which are Type II facilities, will be in the Adult County Jail and Court Holding Facility Inspection Report folder. See below for a list of the types of local detention facilities.

For a list of statewide local detention facilities, click here.

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