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Butte County Jail

The Butte County Detention Center is a correctional facility that houses 614 beds and is situated in Oroville, California. It is considered the biggest facility of its kind in Northern California, surpassing Sacramento, and has an average daily inmate population of over 580. The Butte County Jail accommodates men and women who are awaiting trial for misdemeanors and felonies, as well as those who are serving a post-conviction sentence.

Located off of CA-70, Oroville is situated about 65 miles north of Sacramento, California. The Butte County Jail, located in Oroville, serves as the main detention center for Butte County. The facility offers essential services, including housing, food, and medical care, to those who are serving time or awaiting trial. The Butte County Jail also provides educational programs, substance abuse counseling, and vocational training to help inmates successfully reintegrate into society upon release.


inmate release information

Third parties have several options to help their incarcerated loved ones stay in touch with them in Butte County. They can register with VINE to get custody status updates on offenders and court case changes. Friends and family can also use the IC Solutions Prepaid Collect program to set up a prepaid account to deposit funds for future telephone calls to their telephone number only, or the Call Center Debit program to deposit funds to an inmate’s debit calling account. These transactions allow the inmates to call any county approved telephone number.

Another option for friends and family is the Voicemail Messaging program, which allows them to leave a 30-second voicemail message for their inmate by setting up a prepaid account. Deposits for these programs can be made through several means. They can be made via the phone or internet using a credit or debit card, through Western Union, or by mailing in a check or money order to the appropriate address.


PrePaid Account Set Up

2200 Danbury Street

San Antonio, TX 78217

Accepted Items for Inmates in the Facility

When sending reading materials to an inmate, it is important to note that the items must be sent directly from the publisher. Local companies are not allowed to send magazines, books or newspapers. Only paperback books that are delivered directly from the manufacturer are permitted, while hardback books will not be accepted. It is important to note that no other articles or packages are allowed to be sent to the inmate, including stamps, envelopes or any other items.


Depositing money for inmates

Inmate accounts can be funded through TouchPay, which offers online, kiosk, and telephone payment options for a small processing fee. Debit or credit cards can be used to make online payments, while kiosks accept cash and card payments. Telephone payments can also be made using a credit or debit card. Deposits made through TouchPay are typically credited to the inmate’s account within 30 minutes of the transaction’s completion.


guidelines for prescriptions medications

In case an inmate is currently taking any medication, you can take it to the Jail Office for verification by the Medical Unit. The Medical Unit will check if the individual has a valid prescription for the medication. If the prescription is valid, the medication will be given to the Jail Physician for further review and will be dispensed at the discretion of the Medical Unit.


Inmate Mail: Sending and Receiving Correspondence

To write to an inmate address the envelope as follows:

 (Inmate’s Name)

 7 Gillick Way

 Oroville, CA 95965


inmate phone services

Inmates can make collect calls using the phones that are available from 10 am to 10 pm. The facility does not accept calls or messages on behalf of the inmates.


Alternative Residential Options for Inmates

In the East Facility, the Sheriff’s Work Alternative Program (SWAP) Office is situated, which provides an alternative to serving time in custody by allowing individuals to work in the community. The Alternative Custody Supervision (ACS) program enables inmates to serve their sentence at home while being monitored with an ankle bracelet and a device connected to their phone. Both of these programs require a nonrefundable fee to participate.


Visitation Protocol

The Butte County Jail permits two 45-minute visits per week for each inmate on Saturdays and Sundays. As of April 3rd, 2023, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has modified its masking framework, and masking is no longer required for inmate visitation. However, prior written permission from the Jail Administrator is required for convicted felons to visit the jail premises.


butte county sheriff department

The Butte County Sheriff’s Office Corrections Division is responsible for managing the county jail and related inmate programs. The jail has a capacity of 614 beds and accommodates an average daily population of over 580 inmates, making it the largest correctional facility in Northern California. The Corrections Division ensures the safety, security, and basic needs of the inmates through the supervision and care provided by the staff.

In addition to managing the jail, the Corrections Division also oversees the Alternative Custody Supervision (ACS) unit, which is responsible for supervising offenders released from the jail and placed into the community. Offenders are assessed to determine the level of risk they pose to public safety, and if deemed acceptable, they may be placed into the ACS program. The program can currently supervise up to 200 offenders, who are monitored by Correctional Deputies through home visits and GPS-equipped ankle bracelets.

The Sheriff’s Office also operates a Day Reporting Center (DRC) for offenders in the ACS program. The DRC offers evidence-based classes to address the individual criminogenic needs of the offenders and reduce recidivism. Offenders in the ACS program have access to various services and programs at the DRC to assist them in their rehabilitation.


Overview of Butte county

Located in Northern California, Butte County is named after the Sutter Buttes in neighboring Sutter County, with “butte” meaning “small knoll” or “small hill” in French. The county was established on February 18, 1850, as one of California’s original 19 counties and originally included present-day Tehama, Plumas, Colusa, and Sutter Counties.

Tragically, between November 8 and 25, 2018, Butte County was devastated by a massive wildfire known as the Camp Fire. This disaster destroyed the majority of the town of Paradise, as well as the adjacent community of Concow, and a vast rural area east of Chico. The fire claimed the lives of over 80 people, displaced 50,000 individuals, burned more than 150,000 acres of land, and destroyed nearly 20,000 buildings. Regrettably, the Camp Fire holds the unfortunate title of being California’s most deadly and destructive wildfire.


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Butte County Jail

33 County Center Dr, Oroville, CA 95965

(530) 538-7471