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When a person is arrested and brought to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility, they must go through the booking process.  The first step in the process is a medical questionnaire form.  The person will be asked a series of medical questions to ensure that they are not sick or injured.  The person is searched by correctional staff for weapons and contraband.  During this search, the handcuffs are removed and the person removes excess clothing leaving a single layer of outer garments.  His/her personal property and extra clothing are put  into a storage bin for safe keeping.  The person will next be asked a series of questions required to book the person into the facility.

As correctional staff enters the information into the computer system, the person is allowed to sit in a booking waiting area.  While here the person may use the inmate phone system to place free local or collect long-distance telephone calls, use the restroom, get a drink or water or watch television.  If a person is too intoxicated to safely sit in the waiting area, correctional staff will move them to a detoxification cell.  When the person is sober enough to safely sit in the waiting area, they will be removed from the detoxification cell.

After the person's information has been completely entered into the computer system, they proceed to the photograph and fingerprinting portion of the booking process.  The person is first photographed using a digital camera system and then fingerprinted using a laser fingerprinting computer system.  Using a computer based fingerprinting system allows us to digitally transmit the fingerprints to the California Department of Justice for comparison with their database of fingerprints.

If the person is going to be housed in the facility, they will be taken to a changing room by correctional staff once the photograph and fingerprinting portion is complete.  They will be offered a chance to take a shower and provided with a set of jail issued clothes to wear.  Their personal clothing will be placed into property storage with rest of their belongings.  After they are dressed they will be given an issue of bedding and have a wristband placed on their wrist.  Once all of their paperwork is completed and signed, they will be sent to an intake housing unit.

The inmate will be taken to court in the next two court days.  Court days are days that the court is in session, this excludes weekends and holidays.  To find out when an inmate is scheduled for court, call the clerk of the court.  Or you may wish visit the court. The court calendar will be posted outside the courtrooms. 

The booking process can take several hours depending on the workload of the staff.  Bail and booking information may not be available until a person is completely entered into our computer system.

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If a person is being released on his/her own recognizance, they will be released soon after the booking process is completed.  However, intoxicated persons must remain in custody until such time that they can safely care for themselves.

Inmates who have been released by the court are processed as quickly as possible.  Inmates are released as soon as we receive and process the paperwork from the court.  Delays do occur due to daily variations in the number of inmates in court or because of difficultly in getting the paperwork from the court.

Inmates being released after having served a sentence are generally released between 2:00 a.m. and 5:00 a.m.  These releases do depend on the current workload of the correctional staff.

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There are two methods to bail a person out of the Humboldt County Correctional Facility.  Cash Bail may be posted by anyone, including the inmate.  Cash, traveler's checks, money orders and certified checks in the exact amount of bail.  Personal and business checks are not accepted.

A bail bond executed by a licensed bail agent is the second method to bail a inmate out of the facility.  If you have any questions regarding bail bonds, please contact an agent of your choosing.  Their phone numbers can be found in the phone book or on the bulletin board in our public lobby.









 Inmate Telephones
Most inmates have daily access to telephones in their housing units.  Inmates may place phone calls between 7:30 a.m. and 11:00 p.m., except during lockdown times.  All telephone calls by inmates are collect, except for the free local calls allowed during the booking process.

Inmates cannot receive incomingPhone calls.  Messages by telephone or in-person will not be taken by staff unless there is a verifiable emergency.

If you have any questions regarding your phone bill or wish to block or unblock your phone number, please call GTL at 1-877-650-4249. To set up an account please call GTL at 1-866-230-7761.

 Inmate Mail
All mail for inmates should be addressed:

   Inmate's Full Name c/o
   Humboldt County
   Correctional Facility
   826 Fourth Street
   Eureka, CA  95501

A valid return address, including sender's first and last name, must appear on the envelope.

Inmates can receive newspapers, magazines and soft cover books if they are mailed directly from the publisher.

Inmate's may not receive the following items:

 Obscene pictures or writings
 Gang related materials
 Escape materials
 Polaroid photos
 Cash or personal checks
 Stickers or Stamps

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