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10-17-2011, 03:40 PM

Captain Ron White

Mission Statement

The men and women assigned to the James A. Musick jail facility serve the residents of Orange County by providing a safe, secure and humane environment for pre-trial and sentenced inmates. Inmates are encouraged and afforded the opportunities for self improvement, personal growth and development with a variety of educational, vocational, and religious programs and classes. The dedicated and trained staff strives to treat everyone professionally with respect and dignity while maintaining or exceeding detention standards and adhering to federal, state and local laws.
The James A. Musick Facility provides custodial and rehabilitative programs for 1,250 adult male and female inmates. Educational programs are available which enable the inmates to receive a G.E.D. while incarcerated. In addition, educational classes are offered in subjects such as; parenting, substance abuse, math, and government. Vocational Classes that are offered at the facility includes; Sewing, Cabinetry Welding, Workforce Readiness, and Food Preparation. A laundry facility is also set up to service the other jail facilities as well as Juvenile Hall and the Orangewood Children's Home.


The James A. Musick Facility is a one hundred acre minimum security facility known as "The Farm." The facility is located in an unincorporated area of the county near the cities of Irvine and Lake Forest. Captain Ron White manages the daily operations of the 1,250 bed facility. The facility was originally opened in 1963 and was named in honor of James A. Musick, who was the Sheriff of Orange County from 1947 to 1975. Originally the facility held a maximum of 200 male minimum-security inmates and was referred to as the "County Industrial Farm" or the "Honor Farm." Since 1986, the inmate housing capacity has increased to 1,250, and includes both men and women. The inmates housed at the facility are considered to be a low security risk and most are in jail for crimes such as driving under the influence, minor drug possession, burglary, failure to pay child support, and or prostitution. Inmates who have committed violent crimes, sex crimes or mayhem are not eligible for transfer to the facility.

Address: 13502 Musick Rd
Irvine, CA 92618


Click here for Directions to the James A. Musick Facility

10-17-2011, 03:40 PM
There is no Cashier at the James A. Musick Facility. Please contact Cashier at Theo Lacy (501 city Drive South, Orange, 08:00 AM 0200 AM) or the Intake Release Center (550 N. Flower St., Santa Ana, 24-hours per day).

10-17-2011, 03:42 PM
Mailing Address:

(Inmate Name, Booking Number)
James A. Musick Facility
13502 Musick Rd.
Irvine, CA 92618

Acceptable mail items:

Money Orders
Magazines must be mailed or sent by the publisher
Photographs (no larger than 8x10)
New paperback books must be mailed or sent directly by the publisher or an accepted distributer (i.e. Amazon.com, barnesandnoble.com, costco.com, walmart.com, etc.). Inmates may only possess a maximum of 5 books or magazines.

Unacceptable mail items:

Addressee not in custody at any of our facilities
Items which cannot be inspected by normal means or without damaging the item, i.e. multilayered cards, photographs, laminated items, etc...
Items containing foil or metal of any type, glass, wood, hard plastic, rubber, or other prohibited substances
Maps, travel brochures, wall calendars, and wall posters
Credit cards or personal checkbooks
Any food item
Any article of clothing, hygiene item or other personal property
Personal checks/Payroll checks
Padded envelopes
Photos or any items showing nudity or sexually explicit material - Any items which can be purchased through our commissary. This includes writing paper, envelopes, stamps, and blank cards. For a partial listing of items available for inmates to purchase on commissary click here (http://egov.ocgov.com/ocgov/Sheriff-Coroner%20-%20Sandra%20Hutchens/Commands%20and%20Divisions/Custody%20&%20Court%20Operations%20Command/Inmate%20Services/Commissary%20Operations).
Writing paper, envelopes and stamps (These items can be purchased through Commissary)
Hard cover books or used paperback books

10-17-2011, 03:43 PM
All persons who enter the James A. Musick Facility are subject to a search of their person, property and vehicles. Visitors will be required to pass through a metal detecting screening device prior to entering the Visiting Center. Anyone found in possession of contraband, firearms, deadly weapons, mace or any instrument likely to produce injury are subject to arrest.

Refusal to submit to this screening process will result in a denial of your visit.

Public visiting is conducted Friday - Sunday, 8:00AM - 6:00PM. The last sign-up is taken at 5:00 PM.


Upon request, visitors must provide proof of identity in the form of a picture ID. such as a driver's license, state identification or passport.
Each visit will last 30 minutes.
Each inmate is allowed one visit per day.
Two adults and one child under the age of five may visit.
A minor may visit without an adult only if they are a direct blood relative of the inmate and only with the approval of the Watch Commander.
No food, drinks, candy, gum, cell phones, cigarettes, matches, lighters, pepper spray, weapons or anything deemed inappropriate is allowed on the facility.
All documents requiring an inmate's signature must be submitted to the visiting staff for processing.
Visitors under the influence of drugs or alcohol will not be allowed and are subject to arrest.
Visitors shall proceed to their assigned seat and remain there until the inmate arrives.
Clothing that is derogatory, offensive, revealing, or deemed inappropriate by the Watch Commander or his representative will result in a denied visit.
Children must be under parental supervision at all times.
A visitor whose conduct is disruptive, offensive or in any way not conducive to the orderly conduct of jails will be told to leave the facility.
Visitors who are disruptive or interfere with the normal operations of the facility are subject to arrest.

10-17-2011, 03:47 PM
What are the visiting hours?

Visiting hours are Fri-Sun, 8:00 - 5:30. The last sign-up is taken at 4:30 PM.

What can I wear?

Your attire must be appropriate for a correctional facility. Prohibited items include, but are not limited to see-thru clothing, halter tops, tops that expose the midriff and mini-skirts that are too short.

What type of identification is required to visit an inmate?

You must have a valid picture ID, such as a driver's license, state identification or passport.

What items can I bring to the visit?

The only items you can bring to a visit are your identification, your keys and any cash you may be depositing on the inmate's account.

How many people can visit?

The limit is two visitors. The only exception is a third visitor may be added if that visitor is a child who is four years old or younger. The child must be held on the lap of an adult visitor.

How many visits are allowed?

Each inmate is allowed one 30-minute visit per visiting day.

How old do you have to be to visit an inmate?

You must be 18 years of age or accompanied by an adult to visit. Unaccompanied minors may visit a parent, but must have prior permission from the Watch Commander.

Can I visit if I am on probation or parole?

The only people given consideration for this are spouses or children of the inmate. You will need permission from your Probation/Parole Officer and the Watch Commander prior to the visit. You must also wait at least 60 days from the last time you were incarcerated to make this request.

What is required for me to drive my vehicle onto the facility?

You must have a valid driver's license, vehicle registration and current proof of insurance.


What are the hours of the Cashier's Office?

There is no Cashier office at the Musick Facility. Please refer to Theo Lacy (501 City Drive South, Orange, 8 am to 2 am) or Intact Release Center's Cashier (550 N. Flower St., Santa Ana, 24-hours per day).

What forms of money are accepted for deposits?

We DO NOT accept credit cards. Please refer to IRC or Theo Lacy FAQs for more info.

Can I mail money to an inmate?

You can mail in money orders only. They must be payable to the Orange County Sheriff's Department. They must have the inmate's full name and booking number on the front of the check. No personal checks will be accepted.

How much money can I send in?

Inmates are allowed to have a maximum of $500 on their account. If the amount you send in will cause their account to exceed the $500 limit, the check will be placed on their property and not deposited to their account.

What happens to the money in an inmate's possession when they are arrested?

All cash on their person is deposited into their account. An exception is money that was taken as evidence by the arresting agency.

What court is an inmate going to, and when are they to appear?

This information may obtained from the inmate or by calling Inmate Records at (714) 647-4666.


What can I mail to an inmate?

The most commonly sent items are letters, photos (no Polaroid photographs), cashier's checks, and money orders. Books and magazines may be sent in, but must be sent directly from the publisher. Any item that can be purchased through our commissary cannot be mailed to an inmate. This includes writing paper, envelopes, stamps, and blank cards. For a partial listing of items available for inmates to purchase on commissary click here (http://egov.ocgov.com/ocgov/Sheriff-Coroner - Sandra Hutchens/Commands and Divisions/Custody & Court Operations Command/Inmate Services/Commissary Operations).

Where do I send the mail?

The inmate's full name and booking number must be on the front of the envelope. Our address is 13502 Musick Road, Irvine, CA 92618.


An inmate is unable to call me collect. What can I do?

The most common cause of this problem is a billing conflict between your phone carrier and AT & T. You must call AT & T Service at 1-800-844-6591 to remove the block from your phone. You should speak with a supervisor to discuss the capabilities of your phone.

Can you deliver a message to an inmate?

We do not deliver messages to inmates. Inmates are allowed to make collect phone calls only when the dayrooms are open, or they can write letters at any time.


What is an inmate's sentence ending date?

The James Musick Facility does not release this information to the public. This information must be obtained from the inmate themselves. Inmates may submit a message slip requesting their release date.

When can I pick up the inmate?

The inmate will have an opportunity to call family or friends to set up a ride upon their release. If they do not have a ride available, we will provide transportation for them to the Central Jail Complex, located at 550 N. Flower St., Santa Ana.

What do I need to pick up an inmate being released from your facility?

You must have a valid driver's license, vehicle registration and current proof of insurance.

Housing Federal Detainees (Beds for Feds Program)

What is the “Beds for Feds” Program?

The Federal Government, specifically the Department of Homeland Security/Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), is responsible for enforcing the immigration laws of our country. In the Post 9/11 era, procedures were put in place to allow local jurisdictions to enter into agreements with ICE for local law enforcement to screen arrestees booked into jails across the country to verify their citizenship status (this is known as the “287g Program,” named after the authorizing federal statute). As a result of this screening, immigration holds are placed on the arrestees who are unable to provide proof that they are either a citizen of the US or living here legally on a temporary/legal condition of residency. Arrestees who are suspected of being in the Country illegally and who are not charged by the District Attorney or who are ordered released by the Superior Court are turned over to ICE pursuant to the immigration hold. Arrestees who are suspected of being in the Country illegally who are convicted must first complete their jail sentences. Then, they also are turned over to ICE to begin the administrative process to determine their citizenship status.
These ICE "detainees" are housed (or detained) in correctional facilities across the country. With the increased population of undocumented immigrants and the limited availability of federally operated and owned detention facilities, the Federal Government began contracting with local jurisdictions for beds to house these detainees. Currently, there is a shortage of detention beds in Southern California for the increasing number of detainees in the custody of ICE. ICE is forced to send detainees from Southern California to be housed in other states which is very costly and delays the deportation process.
Our inmate population has steadily decreased over the past two years. With vacant beds in our facilities, we approached ICE to explore a possible partnership to house federal detainees.

Why should Orange County house the ICE detainees?

Housing ICE detainees in the Orange County jail system generates significant additional revenue that will prevent the closure of more jail facilities and will help avoid significant cuts to core public safety services of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department. By partnering with ICE, we are making a fiscally responsible decision that will lessen the financial burden on the taxpayer while maintaining our current level of law enforcement services.
The City of Santa Ana has had a similar contract for over ten years to house ICE detainees in the City’s jail facility. ICE still does not have a sufficient number of beds for detainees in California and transporting detainees to other states carries a significant cost. Therefore, this contract will assist ICE in addressing illegal immigration. By reducing the cost for ICE to house detainees, ICE will have more resources for front-line immigration enforcement.

What if the County Inmate jail population rate begins to increase?

County jail facilities are not expanding or increasing capacity to accommodate ICE detainees. County inmates will always have priority. If the county inmate population begins to increase, our contract with ICE gives us a "right of refusal" to control the number of detainees as well as the ability to provide for beds on a “space available basis”.

What types of federal detainees are housed in the Orange County Correctional facilities?

None of the federal ICE detainees we house have any criminal charges pending. They are simply being detained while their immigration holds are being processed. We will house detainees of all classifications. Our current classification system will be used to classify detainees to ensure detainees are housed in appropriate facilities. For instance, ICE Detainees housed at Musick will be classified as minimum-security – consistent with county inmates currently housed there. ICE detainees will be housed at the Theo Lacy and James A. Musick jail facilities on a space available basis. There is a "right of refusal" clause in our contract with ICE, which will be used to control the number and type of detainees accepted. Our contract currently includes a total of 838 beds to be used for ICE detainees, with 472 located in the Theo Lacy Facility and 366 in the James A. Musick Facility.

Will ICE release detainees directly from an Orange County Jail facility?

No, most detainees are deported and will be transported to an airport or directly to the Mexican border. Other detainees who post a bond, or if it is otherwise determined that release from custody is merited, are transported by ICE personnel from either the Theo Lacy or Musick facilities to one of ICE’s five major offices, including downtown Los Angeles, Santa Ana, San Bernardino, Lancaster, or Ventura for out processing. It is only from an ICE office that detainees are released from custody.
Are the Sheriff-Coroner Department jail staff qualified to house ICE detainees?

Yes, the Department provides specific training to jail staff. The Department is also responsible for ensuring the safety of detainees through a classification process that will assign housing to detainees with persons of similar background and criminal history.
The Sheriff-Coroner Department staff operates the ICE housing areas and provides all security and operational duties. ICE staff performs oversight, compliance, and other administrative duties only. ICE has reviewed our jail policies and the facilities and has determined that they are appropriate for housing detainees

Are Federal Detainees being transferred to Orange County from other locations?

ICE has a severe shortage of housing for immigration detainees and needs bed space. The shortage of available housing is critical in Orange County. Some Orange County ICE detainees have been housed as far away as Arizona and New Mexico. In order to help ICE become more efficient in processing detainees, our contract allows ICE to house detainees from other jurisdictions as long as the detainees fall within the appropriate security classifications for our facilities.

Will the County incur any additional costs?

No, all associated costs of the contract will be paid by the federal government. Additionally, many of the costs of staffing and building upkeep that we currently pay out of the Orange County budget will be funded by revenue from the federal government, resulting in significant savings to the County. These savings will prevent the closure of more jail facilities and will help avoid significant cuts to core public safety services in the Sheriff-Coroner Department.

Will ICE be involved in the physical custody and care of the detainees?

No, the Orange County Sheriff's Department is responsible for the care and custody of the detainees in accordance with ICE Detention Standards. Detainee health care is provided by the County’s Health Care Agency while detainees are housed within the Orange County jail system.
ICE personnel handle administrative oversight of the program and performs the deportation process.

What is the duration of the contract?

This is a 5-year contract with the option of a rate/contract adjustment annually. Both parties have a 120 day "opt out" option. The daily bed-rate can be reopened annually to accommodate changes in the costs of housing the detainees.