Adult Detention Facility
Chris Hewitt, Custody Bureau Captain
891 Mountain Ranch Road
San Andreas, CA 95249
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1045 Jeff Tuttle Drive
San Andreas, CA 95249

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JAIL PHONE: (209) 754-6499
JAIL FAX: (209) 754-6716
Mon - Fri: 8am - 4pm

The Sheriff’s Office has installed a drop box outdoors in front of the main lobby to headquarters located at 1045 Jeff Tuttle Drive, San Andreas, CA. The purpose of this box is to allow other county departments and the community to submit documents after hours or anytime during the day if you do not want to or need to enter the building.

If your document submission requires a payment of fees, please include payment with your packet (check, money order, cashier’s check, etc. – NO CASH).

If the documents are related to a case, please include your case number.

Custody Bureau

The Calaveras County Adult Detention Facility is commanded by the Custody Bureau Captain.

Custody consists of the detention facility (county jail), work release program, prisoner transportation, court security (bailiffs), and is responsible for the safety and security of persons pending trial or individuals convicted of crimes in Calaveras County.  The county jail is the central booking and intake location for all law enforcement agencies operating in Calaveras County.  The Sheriff’s Office is responsible for the care, custody, and control of individuals arrested in or transported to the custody of Calaveras County.  The State of California and federal government impose standards to which the Sheriff must comply. These include minimum square foot living space, medical and dental treatment and other tax-supported services.

Calaveras County Detention Facility Image

A Brief History of the Calaveras County Jail

The Historic Calaveras County Jail was built in 1963. It was originally constructed to house 45 male inmates, 4 female inmates and 10 juvenile inmates. While there were housing units assigned for our female population, typically female inmates were housed at the Amador County Jail. From 1963 until 1980, sworn deputies rotated time between staffing the jail and patrol duties. They also manned the 911/dispatch center as part of the jail, until a new dispatch unit was added in the early 1980’s. Correctional officers took over the duties of the jail in 1980, much to the relief of the patrol deputies.

Due to growth in the community more bed space was required. Thus, in 1983 the first modifications to the jail were set in motion. A new male housing wing was added and an existing wing was converted to house the growing population of female inmates. Modifications and additions were done to the kitchen, visitation and laundry rooms, along with the construction of a library. A secure exercise yard was also added.

Even with these expanded facilities, population growth overwhelmed the jail and dangerous jail overpopulation situations were occurring. A population cap was placed on the jail in 1993 by the Calaveras County Superior courts to help control the overpopulation problems.

In 1999 the jail saw its second expansion push with the addition of a maximum-security wing. This wing was built to separate the more violent offenders from the general jail population. It also had increased safety features to aid the Correctional staff. Even with the addition of these eight beds, there continued to be overpopulation problems.

Plans for a new jail were in the works for several years until 2007, when the voters of Calaveras County approved Measure J. Measure J authorized bonds to meet the match requirement for State funding to build a new Adult Detention Facility and Sheriff’s Administration complex. This new detention facility pictured above was completed in 2014.

For information on the overpopulation early release percentages see the Calaveras County Jail Weekly Booking Report.