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  • 180 North Los Angeles Street, Los Angeles, California 90012

  • Jail Phone: (213) 356-3400

  • Bail Bond Phone:


Visiting Hours:

  • The new Metro Center Jail detention center in Los Angeles is large – about 180,000 square feet as is administrated by the Central Bureau of the Los Angeles Police Department. It is a Type I detention facility which can only hold arrestees for a maximum of 96 hours. The new Metro Detention Center is right next door to the Police Administration Building.

  • You may visit an inmate at the Metropolitan Detention Center, which is operated by the Los Angeles Police Department, Monday through Sunday from 10:00 am to 12:00 noon and from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. Because the MDC's visiting hours and roster of inmates who are eligible for visits vary and are subject to change without notice, you should always call the MDC before visiting. 

  • IMPORTANT: In short order after booking, the arrestee/inmate will be transferred to another jail. This transfer usually leads to a longer time in Jail, resulting in anywhere from 12-96 hours as additional paperwork is conducted. To avoid the extra jail time, we always recommend that the bail bond process should be initiated as soon as possible, so the defendant can avoid the transfer process altogether.


  • Attorneys, clergymen and bail bondsmen are permitted to have face-to-face visits with arrestees/inmates; and, they may visit at any time for as long as they like.

Visiting Procedures:

  • All visitors must be eighteen years old or over and they must show a picture ID (such as a valid driver’s license, state identification card, military identification, passport or U.S. Immigration identification card). All visitors must be appropriately dressed (no tube tops or flip-flops) and bringing personal items to any defendant is prohibited. Anyone who misbehaves will be removed immediately.


Telephone Access & Mail:

  • During booking, the person being held in the MDC may make an unlimited number of free telephone calls. Once housed, inmates may make unlimited collect calls. Since arrestees will be housed at the MDC for no more than 48 hours, not including holidays and weekends, you should not attempt to send mail to an inmate at the MDC.

Personal Property:

  • Any time after arrest, an arrestee/inmate may authorize the release of his personal property to anyone unless that property has been entered into evidence. If property has been entered as evidence, it will not be available for release until after the criminal case is concluded.

How to Bail and Inmate Out of Jail: