Local Detention Facility Inspection Reports

Pursuant to Penal Code section 6031.1 and Welfare and Institutions Code sections 209 and 885 the Board of State and Community Corrections (BSCC) is responsible for conducting biennial inspections of local adult and juvenile detention facilities and posting those reports on the BSCC website for public access beginning July 1, 2017.

Click here to view biennial inspection reports and related documents

For a list of statewide local detention facilities, click hereopens PDF file ; facility types inspected by BSCC are summarized below.


Types of Local Detention Facilities 
(As defined in Title 15, 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.

Types of Juvenile Facilities 
(As defined in Title 15, Section 1302, Definitions)

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.