Prisoners sentenced in Alameda county are generally sent to Berkeley Corrections Department in the city of Berkeley, Always call first to make sure an inmate can receive visitors and is at the facility at Berkeley CA, 94704-3266 in Alameda before traveling or booking hotels.
Inmates need contact with their friends and family on the outside. But Jails and Prisons don't make this easy. Some charge inmates up to $14 a minute just to make a long-distance phone call. Fortunately, you can get a local number your inmate can call that will ring your phone and/or those of other family and friends no matter where they live. An inmate can then make their calls using the local number rate while talking to friends and family long distance. This service is provided by Securtel at [Link to Secrutel]. To send mail to an inmate, go to send postcards. Call your inmate to get details about mail, visitation and approved prison call times. Each type of facility in CA will have its own rules. Your loved one will generally always know the rules for that facility.
Everything in prison costs money. Soap, toothpaste, phone calls and stamps and envelopes must all be purchased at the commissary. Step one is to get set up with phone service so you can communicate. Then you can learn what an inmate needs and how to properly send it.
It's important for prison families to help each other to help their loved ones inside and out. By sharing information about Berkeley Corrections Department with other families, it will help them avoid mistakes and confusion that no one needs or wants. Read more... »