El Dorado County Jail and Court Information

El Dorado County Jail

The El Dorado County jail in Placerville, CA, is one of two correctional facilities operated by the El Dorado County Sheriff. The Placerville Jail houses male and female detainees and inmates sentenced for California misdemeanor and felony offenses. Because of the 2011 passage of California's Public Safety Realignment bill, The El Dorado County Detention Facility now also houses inmates who have been transferred in from the state's prison system.

Larger and newer than the County's Lake Tahoe facility, the Placerville Detention Center has 303 beds and an additional 8 outpatient medical beds. The facility is located about 42 miles northeast of Sacramento, accessed via US-50. The address and phone number are:

300 Forni Road
Placerville, CA 95667
(530) 621-6000


El Dorado County Inmate Search Information

If you believe your friend or loved one may be in custody in El Dorado County, you can find out by using the sheriff's online “Currently in Custody” list. Once you have located the name you seek, click “View Inmate Details” to see the date of arrest, criminal charges, booking number and bail amount, if any. You can also call the jail to obtain inmate information.

El Dorado County Jail Visitation

El Dorado County allows for onsite visitation as well as video visitation through a home computer. At the Placerville Jail facility, daytime visitation takes place every day, Monday through Sunday.

Visiting hours are as follows: 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

There are also evening visitation hours Monday through Thursday from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Note: There is no visitation available on legal holidays.

Placerville Jail inmates are allowed a maximum of three visits a week (the week starting Monday and ending on Sunday). Visits are up to one hour long. Inmates participating in work programs can have unlimited visits, but cannot be pulled away from their work assignments for visits. Visitors to the jail can have no more than three visits per week and, unless with pre-approval, no more than one visit a day.

Visiting rules for the El Dorado County Detention Center are:

  • Visitation sessions are limited to one adult visitor only. A minor (under 18) may accompany his or her parent or legal guardian for a visit.

  • Adults must present valid, government-issued photo ID. Minors need a school ID or birth certificate showing a relationship to the inmate or visitor.

  • Do not bring personal property into the visiting area. This includes cell phones, purses, backpacks, cameras, books, and food/beverages. (Lockers are available in the jail lobby for storage of some items.)

  • If you arrive within 30 minutes of the end of the designated visitation period, it is too late to visit.

  • Any type of inappropriate or disruptive behavior will end your visit. This includes yelling, cursing, sexual activity, and indecent exposure. Further violations of visitation rules will terminate all future visitation privileges.

  • Unless prior written approval is obtained from the jail commander or a parole or probation officer, visitation is denied to those who have served time in a California prison.

The dress code for this El Dorado County Jail applies to visitors of all ages (and genders). The rules are as follows:

  • Shoes are required.

  • Shorts, skirts and dresses must reach mid-thigh or longer.

  • Do not wear see-through fabrics or exposed undergarments.

  • No bare torsos and no tank tops, crop tops, spaghetti straps or bra tops/bathing suits are permitted.

  • Garments should not resemble gang attire or promote gang affiliations;

  • The head may not be covered by a hat, bandana, visor, beanie or scarf.

Note that the staff does not pass along messages for inmates, either verbal or in writing. All visitation is subject to monitoring and recording, so conversations should not be considered private.

Video Visitation

Remote video visits are facilitated through JailFunds, costing $10.50 for a 30-minute session. El Dorado County Jail inmates are allowed one 30-minute video visit per day during normal visiting hours.

To create an account and schedule a visit, go to the website or call (855) 836-3364. (You can also use the kiosk in the jail lobby to schedule a video visit.) To take advantage of this technology, you will need access to the internet through a computer, phone or other electronic device (which includes a camera).

There are rules for video visitation sessions, which are also subject to monitoring and recording. The rules are:

  • Faces of both parties must remain in view of the camera at all times.

  • The dress code is the same as the onsite code, meaning no revealing clothing, gang-related attire and head coverings allowed.

  • Minors under 18 can have video visits only in the company of a parent or guardian.

  • Drugs or drug related items, weapons, gang symbols may not be displayed.

  • No sexual behavior or inappropriate conduct, including foul language, is allowed.

  • Prior California prisoners cannot participate without written permission.

Violations of the rules may result in permanent exclusion from video visitation.