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Inmate Visiting & Information
Rountree Medium Facility
90 Rountree Lane
Watsonville, CA. 95076
(831) 454-7873

Rules and Regulations

Attorneys licensed to practice law in the State of California and who possess a California Bar Card, or an attorney who is registered with the California Bar to represent an inmate pro hoc vice, may access jail inmates at any time. Access may be subject to procedural delays due to other priority activities occurring in the jail such as inmate feeding, counts or emergencies.


  • All mail will be opened and checked for contraband.
  • Postage stamps are NOT allowed to be mailed for inmate use.
  • Pictures (4"x6" or smaller). Five or less photos.
  • All mail will be scanned and available for viewing by the recipient on the tablets or kiosks in their housing unit.
  • Once mail is recieved at the facility it will be destroyed 30 days after scanned.
  • Please do not mail originals of important documents like marriage certificates, birth certificates, social security cards or pictures; as they will be destroyed after being scanned (you can send copies of these items). 
  • Greeting cards must be single layer (no plastic coating or oversized).
  • Books, newspapers and periodicals can only come from the publisher or Internet distributor (no hardbound books allowed).
  • Publications that are obscene, pornographic, intended to incite murder, arson, riot, racism, violence or material concerning gangs or gambling will not be allowed.
  • Mail to/from other penal institutions is prohibited unless authorized by the Facility Commander.
  • Mail must be addressed as follows:

    Smart Communications-Santa Cruz County Jail
    Attention To: (INMATE NAME - ID or S NUMBER)
    P.O. Box 9143
    Seminole, FL 33775-9143

Money can be left daily at the kiosks located in the Main Jail Lobby or the Rountree - Medium Facility Lobby. Reception staff cannot accept inmate deposits. Lobby kiosks accept cash and credit cards. Credit card deposits can also be made on line by visiting or by phone at (866) 345-1884. Money orders (payable to the inmate) can be sent via US mail and must be addressed as follows:

Inmate Name, Inmate S#
Santa Cruz County Jail
259 Water Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060

Commissary items may be purchased for inmates by visiting

Property Release
Upon the request of an inmate or officer, excess personal property may be released.  This only pertains to property in the inmate’s possession in the housing unit.  A property release form must be signed by the inmate.  Releases occur Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.  Property left upon release will be stored no longer than 120 days.

Preparing for Release 
It is important to prepare your loved one and yourselves for the transition from jail back into the community. There are many local programs, services, and community resources that can help ensure that returning to jail is not an option. Please follow this link for a list of resources and information for incarcerated persons and their loved ones:

The inmate is responsible for submitting a Visitor Clearance Form.  The inmate will need each visitor’s full name, address, phone number, date of birth and a Government ID number (i.e. Driver’s License, Passport).  The inmate submits the completed form to Jail Staff for visiting clearance.  Anyone who has been in custody within 60 days, is on parole or formal probation, has a warrant or restraining order prohibiting contact, may not visit. 

Visiting days for “S” Unit Inmates are Monday, Wednesday and Saturday.
Visiting days for “R” Unit Inmates are on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday.
Visiting days for “T” Unit Inmates are on Saturday and Sunday.

Visiting hours are 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.  Visits are by appointment only and all visitors must be approved in advance.  To schedule a visit, you must call (831) 454-7873, Monday – Thursday 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Friday from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm. Visits may be scheduled up to one week in advance.

Visiting Rules

  • Inmates must be in custody for 72 hours prior to having any visit.
  • Inmates are limited to two 1-hour visits per week (Sunday through Saturday) and must be on separate days.
  • Visitors must arrive and register 15 minutes prior to their scheduled visit to avoid cancellation. Any visitor canceling or missing a total of 3 visits may be banned from visiting for 30 days.
  • Each visit may include either 2 adults or 1 adult and 2 minors. Adult visitors must present a valid photo ID (i.e. Drivers License, Passport, Matricula).  A parent or legal guardian must accompany visitors under the age of 18. The parent must bring the minor’s birth certificate and the legal guardian must present court papers showing they are the legal guardian or provide a notarized letter along with the minor’s birth certificate.  Minors cannot be left unattended in the lobby area, parking lot or any other area on jail property.
  • All visitors must be appropriately dressed. Attire, which is revealing, offensive, gang related or distracting to others will not be allowed.  Shoes and shirts are required.  Jail Staff will determine the appropriateness of the clothing.
  • Misconduct or violation of jail rules will result in immediate termination of the visit and may result in the termination of visiting privileges.
  • Visitors will not be allowed to bring any food, tobacco or personal property into the jail (i.e. cell phones, purses, pagers).  Lockers are available for 25 cents.
  • Allowable items* may be left for the inmates on visiting days.
  • Athletic shoes must be shipped to inmate directly from distributor only (applies to Medium Facility only).  Shoes must be new and undamaged, no gang-colors or inappropriate graphics, no hidden compartment.

All visitors entering the secure area of the jail are subject to being searched.  Any person refusing to be searched will be denied the visit and escorted from the facility.