Legal Dictionary


Twin Towers Correctional Facility

Visiting Hours

You may visit an inmate at the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department Twin Towers Correctional Facility, commonly known as the "Twin Towers Jail," Saturday through Sunday from 7:30 am to 12:45 pm; and 2:30 pm to 3:45 pm; and on Monday through Tuesday from 9:30 am to 12:45 pm and 2:30 pm to 6:00 pm. Visiting hours for all inmates vary depending on where they are housed. Twin Towers' inmates may be housed in Tower I, Tower II or the Correctional Treatment Center ("Medical Ward"). Except for female inmates housed at the Medical Ward, there are no female inmates at the Twin Towers Jail. To find out if the inmate you wish to visit is eligible for visitation and the allowable times for visits, please call 213-473-6100 or see the information below.

If the inmate you wish to visit is a "general population" Twin Towers inmate, he may receive one visit per day for thirty (30) minutes twice a week. However, if the inmate you wish to visit is a "high powered" or "special handle" inmate, his visitation rights will depend upon the charges against him and where he is housed. During each permitted visit, an inmate may have up to two (2) visitors. A visitor under the age of 18 (a minor) counts as one visitor. Minors must be accompanied by an adult and have proof of age (a birth certificate). However, an inmate may request and gain approval to visit with a minor not accompanied by an adult.

Attorneys, clergymen and bail bondsmen may visit inmates Monday - Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.; and, from 2:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.; and, on Saturday – Sunday, from 7:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.; and, 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Remote Video and Scheduled Visitations

Under a new pilot program, a person wishing to visit an inmate at the Twin Towers Jail may now use the web to schedule remote video or traditional "face to face" visits. At the site, visitors can schedule the date and time of their next visit to Tower I or Tower II seven (7) days in advance and avoid waiting in long lines or schedule a remote video visit closer to home.


450 Bauchet Street, Los Angeles, California 90012. Visitors may park in the paid parking structure at the corner of Vignes and Bauchet Streets.

Booking Information

You can obtain information about persons arrested and taken to the Twin Towers Jail, one of the largest correctional facilities in the world, by calling 213-473-6100 at anytime. To get information about any inmate online, you can visit The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Inmate Information Center or you can call the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department's 24-hour "Booking Information" line at 213-473-6080. You will need to know the full name of the person being held in jail or his booking number to obtain any information.

Visitor Restrictions

Only visitors with valid forms of ID may visit inmates at the Twin Towers Jail:

  • California Identification Card
  • Driver's License (any state)
  • U.S. Military Identification
  • Passport/Visa
  • Mexican Consulate Card
  • Permanent Resident Card
  • Alien Registration Card
  • Valid School Identification Card or Birth Certificate (if visitor is a minor).

Visitors with outstanding warrants, traffic or parking tickets should not visit the Twin Towers Jail as they may be subject to immediate arrest. Ex-felons, persons on probation and persons formerly incarcerated in State prison must first obtain approval to visit an inmate at the Twin Towers Jail by submitting a "Visiting Questionnaire for Probationers and Ex-felons," which can be found at the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department webpage.

Officers at the Twin Towers Jail may deny visitation rights to anyone for many reasons. All visitors and all personal property brought into the Jail will be searched. Visitors in possession of weapons, illegal drugs or contraband may be arrested. Visitors may not bring cigarettes, incendiary devices, purses, cell phones, back packs, briefcases, cameras, radios or recording devices on visiting floors of the Twin Towers Jail. Since visitors may bring only one key and a plastic photo ID onto the visiting floors of the Twin Towers Jail, visitors are encouraged to bring quarters to use the lockers at the Twin Towers Jail to store their personal belongings. All vehicles entering or parked in a Twin Towers Jail or custody facility parking lot may be searched for contraband.

Telephone Access & Commissary Packages

During processing at the Inmate Reception Center ("IRC"), located next to the Twin Towers Jail, an arrestee/inmate may not make telephone calls. Processing at IRC can take several days and even if two (2) weeks. Once housed at the Twin Towers Jail, inmates may not receive calls or phoned-in messages, but may make unlimited calls during program hours (usually from 8:00 a.m. to 8 p.m.) by using a calling card purchased through an authorized program or by purchasing one from the commissary at the Twin Towers Jail. A calling card for an inmate's use can be set up via Global Tel* Link or via the Sheriff's Department's "Inmate Package Program." To place an order via the Los Angeles County Inmate Package Program for a calling card or a commissary care package, visit Keefe Commissary Network's website. To help an inmate obtain a calling card from the Twin Towers Jail commissary, read the section below on "Getting Money on an Inmate's Books."

Depositing Money on an Inmate's Books

For an inmate to purchase a calling card or any item from the commissary at the Twin Towers Jail, an inmate must have "money on the books." This simply means that you or someone you know will need to send a bank money order or U.S. Postal money order to the address identified below. Money orders sent via the mail must be signed and made payable to the inmate. Mailed-in money orders cannot exceed $200.00. If someone wishes to put more money on an inmate's books, they can do so by bringing cash or a money order to the Cashier at the Inmate Reception Center ("IRC"), next to the Twin Towers Jail. Once the Twin Towers Jail receives a money order for an inmate, the Twin Towers Jail will cash the money order and transfer the money to the inmate's account. With that money, the inmate can purchase calling cards or other items directly from the commissary at the Twin Towers Jail. To put money on an inmate's books, you must mail the money order to:

[Insert inmate's name and booking number]
P.O. Box 86164
Terminal Annex
Los Angeles, CA 90086-0164

A bank money order or U. S. Postal money order can be delivered in person to the Cashier's Window at the Inmate Reception Center (IRC) Lobby, which is closed only from 11:00 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. daily. You can reach the IRC at 213-893-5875.

Arrestee's Personal Property

After arrest, an arrestee/inmate may authorize the release of his personal property to anyone unless that property has been entered into evidence. Personal property can only be picked-up during regular visiting hours at the Inmate Reception Center (IRC), next to the Twin Towers Jail. The person picking up the inmate's personal property must present a valid California ID or an ID from an acceptable source. If you are seeking to obtain the release of an arrestee's vehicle, you must contact the arresting agency who will provide the name of the towing company that you will need to contact to learn if the vehicle has been impounded or not. If you need to obtain a car key in an inmate's possession at the time of arrest, ask the inmate to execute a property release form releasing the key and mail the signed form to you.

Mentally Ill Arrestees

A family member of a mentally-ill arrestee/inmate may immediately after the arrest of the family member fax information regarding the arrestee's mental condition and medications to the Sheriff's Department at: 213-972-4002 (for men) and 323-568-4650 (for women).

Sending Mail to the Twin Towers Jail

While there is no limit to the volume of mail that an inmate at the Twin Towers Jail may send or receive, an inmate may receive only three books and three subscription magazines per week. Inmates may send and receive "Confidential Mail," which Sheriff Deputies and staff are not permitted to read. Confidential Mail is defined by the Sheriff's Department as any correspondence between an inmate and any member of the State Bar; between an inmate and any state or federal court; or between any members in the chain of command of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

Any books or magazines sent to an inmate must be sent directly from the publisher or a bookstore—online or brick and mortar. Books that are allowed include personal, religious and library. If magazines are sent, they must be the current month's edition. No sexually explicit materials or materials containing nudity will be accepted. Although inmates may not receive a host of personal items or goods, including but not limited to food, stationery, blank envelopes, paper clips, pens, pencils, staples, cosmetics or greeting cards larger than 6x9", inmates may have up to five (5) photographs or computer generated images at one given time provided that each photo or image is no smaller than 2x3" and no larger than 4x6" in size.

You may send mail to a Twin Towers Jail inmate at:

[Insert inmate's name and booking number]
P.O. Box 86164
Terminal Annex
Los Angeles, CA 90086-0164

Los Angeles Criminal Defense Attorneys

If you need assistance with a criminal case, contact Los Angeles Criminal Defense Attorneys Stephen G. Rodriguez & Partners for a no-cost consultation. We can also answer your questions regarding posting Bail.