Steve Muehler.jpg



  • 420 15th Street, Manhattan Beach, California 90266

  • Jail Phone: (310) 802-5140

  • Bail Bond Phone:

  • Free parking is available at the Manhattan Beach Jail, and so is street parking.


Visiting Hours:

  • Manhattan Beach Jail is the holding facility used by all law enforcement operating within Manhattan Beach. The jail is attached to the Manhattan Beach Police Department.

  • The facility is relatively small. It has 8 main cells that can hold up to 14 inmates total. There are also 2 short-term sobering cells where they place inmates who are under the influence and need special monitoring until they sober up; these cells can hold a total of 10 inmates. Manhattan Beach Jail also has a separate booking and holding area for inmates under the age of 18.

  • Manhattan Beach Jail is a Type I facility. This means that the jail is only allowed to hold an inmate for 96 hours or less. Since the facility has very little room, it is very rare for an inmate to be held for the full 96 hours; instead, the jail works to process inmates quickly and move them to the larger holding facilities in Downtown Los Angeles. At these larger jails, processing times are much slower; as such, the best thing you can do is get out of custody while still in Manhattan Beach Jail.

  • Attorneys, bail bondsmen and members of the clergy may visit at any time for as long as they like.

  • IMPORTANT: After about 24 to 96 hours, the arrestee/inmate will be transferred to another jail. This transfer usually leads to a longer time in Jail, resulting in anywhere from 12-24 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.

Visiting Procedures:

  • Only visitors with a valid ID will be allowed to visit inmates at the Manhattan Beach Jail. Acceptable forms of ID include:

    • California Identification Card

    • Driver's License (any state)

    • U.S. Military Identification

    • Passport/Visa

    • Mexican Consulate Card

    • Permanent Resident Card

    • Valid School Identification Card or Birth Certificate (if visitor is a minor).

  • Officers at the Jail may deny visitation rights to anyone for any number of reasons. Persons on probation may be allowed to visit while those on parole may not. For more information regarding this matter, would be visitors should contact the Watch Commander.

Telephone Access & Mail:

  • During booking, the person being held in the Malibu/Lost Hills Sheriff Station Jail may make an unlimited number of telephone calls within a one hour period. Arrestees/Inmates may not receive calls or phoned-in messages. Upon request, inmates are allowed to make free local calls. Collect calls are also permitted upon requests.

  • Pre-sentenced inmates will be housed at the Malibu/Lost Hills Sheriff Station Jail for no more than 96 hours, excluding holidays and weekends. Thus, you should avoid sending mail to a pre-sentenced inmate at the Manhattan Beach Jail.

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: