Reviews for Orange County Jail
Reviews by Barb
JM: Which jail did you visit?
Barb: OCJ Women's
JM: How long ago was your visit?
Barb: August 2012
JM: How many times did you visit?
JM: How do you go about making an appointment to see an inmate?
Barb: This is about picking up a prisoner that is being
released: The information-gathering process was
bureaucratic and time-consuming. The official
release time was 7 p.m. the next morning, but you
could come at 11 p.m. the night before if they had
someone to leave the premises with.
JM: How long did check-in process take?
Barb: After checking in at the desk, the Guard/Admin
kept us waiting there from 11 p.m. to 3:30 a.m.
standing outside, without telling us further
instructions on what we needed to do. We were
under the impression that they were prepping the
prisoner for release, since that's what they told
us. I inquired at the desk about what needed
doing and they didn't say what needed to be done
(something additional was pending but we didn't
know it). After an hour, I went back up to find
out what was going on and they said, "oh, you need
to do such and such." Why didn't they tell me the
JM: Were the guards accommodating?
Barb: They want to be sure that you know who is in
charge, even if you are not an inmate. Forcing you
to wait, even if you are polite and even, is one
way they do this.
JM: What was the visiting environment like?
Barb: Nice loading dock! The summer evening weather was
great for standing around and killing time for 4.5
hours while they took their good time getting our
DUI prisoner, who had been there a week, out for us.
JM: What was the parking situation like?
Barb: At 11 p.m. to 3:30 a.m. there wasn't much
competition for parking spaces.
JM: What advice would you offer to somebody who is going to visit an inmate in this jail?
Barb: If you are going to pick up an inmate, let them
wait until their 7 a.m. release time. Forget the
11 p.m. night-before stuff. The Guards and Admins
punish you more than the prisoner.