Inmate Visiting & Information
Blaine Street Facility
141 Blaine Street
Santa Cruz, CA. 95060
(831) 454-2177
Rules and Regulations

Attorneys licensed to practice law in the State of California and who possess a California Bar Card, or an attorney who is registered with the California Bar to represent an inmate pro hoc vice, may access jail inmates at any time. Access may be subject to procedural delays due to other priority activities occurring in the jail such as inmate feeding, counts or emergencies.


  • All mail will be opened and checked for contraband.
  • Postage stamps are NOT allowed to be mailed for inmate use.
  • Pictures (4"x6" or smaller). Five or less photos.
  • All mail will be scanned and available for viewing by the recipient on the tablets or kiosks in their housing unit.
  • Once mail is recieved at the facility it will be destroyed 30 days after scanned.
  • Please do not mail originals of important documents like marriage certificates, birth certificates, social security cards or pictures; as they will be destroyed after being scanned (you can send copies of these items). 
  • Greeting cards must be single layer (no plastic coating or oversized).
  • Books, newspapers and periodicals can only come from the publisher or Internet distributor (no hardbound books allowed).
  • Publications that are obscene, pornographic, intended to incite murder, arson, riot, racism, violence or material concerning gangs or gambling will not be allowed.
  • Mail to/from other penal institutions is prohibited unless authorized by the Facility Commander.
  • Mail must be addressed as follows:

    Smart Communications-Santa Cruz County Jail
    Attention To: (INMATE NAME - ID or S NUMBER)
    P.O. Box 9143
    Seminole, FL 33775-9143

Money can be left daily at the kiosks located in the Main Jail Lobby or the Rountree - Medium Facility Lobby. Reception staff cannot accept inmate deposits. Lobby kiosks accept cash and credit cards. Credit card deposits can also be made on line by visiting or by phone at (866) 345-1884. Money orders (payable to the inmate) can be sent via US mail and must be addressed as follows:

Inmate Name, Inmate S#
Santa Cruz County Jail
259 Water Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060

Commissary items may be purchased for inmates by visiting

Property Release
Upon an inmate’s or officer’s request, excess personal property may be released. A property release form must be signed by the inmate. Releases occur Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Preparing for Release 
It is important to prepare your loved one and yourselves for the transition from jail back into the community. There are many local programs, services, and community resources that can help ensure that returning to jail is not an option. Please follow this link for a list of resources and information for incarcerated persons and their loved ones:

The inmate is responsible for submitting a Visitor Clearance Form. The inmate will need each visitor’s full name, address, phone number, date of birth and a Government ID number (i.e. Drivers License, Passport). The inmate submits the completed form to the Jail Staff for visiting clearance. Anyone who has been in custody within the past 60 days, is on parole or formal probation, has a warrant or restraining order prohibiting contact may not visit.
Visiting days are Saturday or Sunday. Visiting hours are: 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. All visitors must be approved in advance.

Visiting Rules

  • Inmates must be in custody for 72 hours prior to having any visits. Inmates are allowed one 2 hour visit per week.
  • Visitors must arrive and register 15 minutes prior to their scheduled visit to avoid cancellation. Any visitor canceling or missing a total of 3 visits will be banned from visiting for 30 days.
  • Each visit may include up to 6 persons. Adult visitors must present a valid photo ID (i.e. Drivers License, Passport, Matricula). A parent or legal guardian must accompany visitors under the age of 18. The parent must bring the minor’s birth certificate and the legal guardian must present court papers showing they are the legal guardian or provide a notarized letter along with the minor’s birth certificate. Minors cannot be left unattended in the lobby area, parking lot or any other area on the jail property.
  • All visitors must be appropriately dressed. Attire, which is revealing, offensive, gang related or distracting to others will not be allowed. Shoes and shirts are required. Jail Staff will determine the appropriateness of the clothing.
  • Misconduct or violation of the jail rules will result in immediate termination of the visit and the possibility of being banned indefinitely.
  • Visitors will not be allowed to bring any food, tobacco or personal property into the jail (i.e. cell phones, purses, pagers). Lockers are available for 25 cents.

All visitors entering the secure area of the jail are subject to being searched. Any person refusing to be searched will be denied the visit and escorted from the facility.