Los Angeles County

Pitchess Detention Center (Wayside)

Address:29320 The Old Rd, Castaic, CA 91384, USA (google maps)
Website:Los Angeles Sheriff Pitchess Detention Website
Phone:213-473-6100
Visiting:Saturday & Sunday (8:00am – 2:00pm)
Capacity:8,600 male inmates
Search:Inmate Locator

 
Peter J. Pitchess Detention Center, also known as Pitchess Detention Center or “Wayside”, is an all-male Los Angeles County detention center and correctional facility located directly east of exit 173 off of Interstate 5 in the unincorporated community of Castaic in the County of Los Angeles in southern California.

The 2,620 acre site was previously known as the Wayside Honor Rancho or the Wayside Jail and was nicknamed the Wayside Drunk Farm in the 1940’s because of the large proportion of inmates serving time for alcohol-related offenses— when first built for prison use in 1938 it was a minimum-security facility where inmates worked on a farm setting. In 1983 it was renamed the Peter J. Pitchess Honor Rancho. All farming operations were terminated in 1992 and the “rancho” component of the center was closed altogether in 1995 because of budgetary constraints, at which point it acquired its current name. It is run by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, and is divided into a North Facility, East Facility, South Facility, and North County Correctional Facility, each managed under different levels of prison security. In its current designation it was designed to house approximately 8,600 men.

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PITCHESS MAILING ADDRESS:

[INMATE NAME, BOOKING NUMBER]
Terminal Annex
P.O. Box 86164
Los Angeles, CA 90086-0164

For further instructions on mailing, please view the INMATE MAIL REGULATIONS PAGE

VISITING INSTRUCTIONS:

All visitors must provide a government issued photo ID:

  • a California driver’s license,
  • a California identification card,
  • a U.S. Passport,
  • an alien registration card, or
  • a U.S. military card.

Individuals who are prohibited from visiting inmates include:

  • Persons who have been incarcerated in the California state prison,
  • Persons on formal probation and do not receive prior permission from the Jail’s unit commander, or
  • Persons with an outstanding warrant.

Visitors are prohibited from bringing the following inside the visiting lobby:

  • purses,
  • cameras,
  • cell phones,
  • writing tablets,
  • recording devices, or
  • weapons

Please note all visitors are subject to a search of their person and property.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

It’s important to note that sometimes inmates are transferred to the Men’s Central Jail or the Twin Towers Facility from the Pitchess Detention Center.

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