The Corrections Division oversees the operation of the 614 bed county jail and other inmate-related programs. With an average daily population of over 580 inmates, the Butte County Jail is the largest county correctional facility north of Sacramento. Corrections Division staff supervise and care for inmates within the jail by providing for their safety, security, and basic needs.
The Corrections Division includes a number of specialized working groups and Units. These include inmate support services (e.g. chaplains and drug and alcohol abuse counselors), the Sheriff’s Road Crew, the Jail Medical Unit, the Gang Unit, the Classification Unit, the Inmate Transportation and Extradition Unit, and food preparation and laundry services.
The Corrections also includes an Alternative Custody Supervision (ACS) unit responsible for supervising offenders released from the jail and placed into the community. Prior to being placed in the program, the offenders are assessed to determine the level of risk their release would pose to public safety. If the risk is determined to be reasonable, and the offender meets other program requirements, he or she may be accepted into the program. Currently the program has the capacity to supervise 200 offenders. Correctional Deputies assigned to the ACS unit supervise the offenders by conducting regular and unannounced home visits; ensure compliance with the terms and conditions of release and provide basic case management. The ACS unit uses both Radio Frequency (RF) and Global Positioning System (GPS) equipped ankle bracelets to monitor offenders released to the Sheriff’s Alternative Custody program. Offenders are required to remain at their residence, unless they are working, attending classes or have permission to leave.
The Sheriff’s Office also has a Day Reporting Center (DRC), where offenders released to the ACS program meet with Correctional Deputies and programming staff to participate in evidenced based classes designed to address their individual criminogenic needs and reduce recidivism. Offenders have access to a variety of services and programs at the DRC.
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Information About Inmate Release
The general public can
register with VINE to receive
custody status updates on
offenders and court case
Download the Jail Inmate Handbook.
Items we accept for Inmates
If you wish to send an inmate a magazine, book or newspaper, they must be sent directly from the publisher. (No local companies)
Paperback books delivered directly from the manufacturer are the only books allowed. No Hardback books will be accepted.
No other articles or packages will be accepted. (This includes stamps, envelopes, etc.)
Effective at noon on April 1, 2015, funds can be deposited to inmate’s accounts through EZ Card and Kiosk. EZ Card and Kiosk offers online payments using a debit or credit card, kiosk payments, as well as telephone payments for a nominal processing fee. Funds will be credited to the inmate’s account approximately 30 minutes upon completion of the transaction.
EZ Card and Kiosk provides the following payment options:
- Lobby Kiosks: (24 hours a day) Cash/Credit/Debit card transactions (located in the lobby of the jail).
- Toll Free Call: 888-497-2387
Standard Fee Structure for Electronic Deposits
| $0.01 - $19.99
| $20.00 - $99.99
| $100.00 - $199.00
| $200.00 - $300.00
If an inmate is presently taking any Medication, you can bring it to the Jail Office for the Medical Unit to verify that the person has a prescription for it. If so, the medication will be turned over to the Jail Physician for review, and dispensed at the discretion of the Medical Unit.
To write to an inmate address the Envelope as follows:
35 County Center Drive
Oroville, Ca. 95965 (Mail rules)
Additionally, you may use the Secure Mail system to e-mail inmates in the Butte County Jail.
The telephones are on between 10:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. for the inmates to make collect calls.
We will not accept calls or take messages for inmates.
Sentence Alternative Housing
The SWAP (Sheriff’s Work Alternative Program) Office is located in the East Facility. The program consists of working in the community rather than serving time in custody.
The ACS (Alternative Custody Supervision) program allows inmates to serve their sentence at home while being monitored by an ankle bracelet and a device connected to your phone. There is a fee associated with each of these programs, which is nonrefundable.
We do not accept any clothing for inmates except for Jury Trial Clothes. We will not accept the clothing until we have received paperwork from the court confirming a Jury Trial.
Inmates are allowed to spend $80 a week on Commissary. The money must be in their account before 4:00pm on Sunday evening. They are allowed to buy stamps, paper, hygiene items and snacks from the commissary. Visit the online commissary.
We accept only cash, money orders, Cashier’s checks, or a bond from a licensed Bail Bondsman. Cashiers checks and money orders should be made out to the specific court which the person is bailing out of.
The Butte County Jail allows 2 Forty-five minute visits per week, per inmate. The visiting schedule can be downloaded at: Jail Visiting Schedule Alternately, the jail now has video visitation available through Securus Technologies. There is no limit to the number of at-home video visits an inmate can receive. (Visiting rules)
Convicted Felons are NOT allowed on the Jail premises without prior written permission of the Jail Administrator. The Application for visiting approval can be downloaded here. Application to visit
When receiving a phone call from the Butte County Jail, there is an option during the voice prompt that will allow you to block your phone from receiving phone calls. Be aware that blocking your phone from receiving calls blocks ALL calls from the Butte County Jail. Issues with the phone system should be directed to Securus Technologies.