|The San Diego Sheriff’s
Department has established rules and regulations that inmates
must follow while in custody. During the booking process, all
inmates view an orientation video that explains how inmates are
expected to behave, as well as what happens when rules are not
followed. If an inmate is suspected of violating a rule, a
report is written to document the suspected violation and to
identify witnesses to the incident. Inmates refer to these Rule
Violation Reports (RVR’s) as “write-ups."
Violations range from very serious, such as assault, to less
serious violations such as not following directions. An inmate
may be charged with multiple violations arising from a single
event. For example, an inmate involved in a fight may receive a
Rule Violation Report alleging multiple charges such as
fighting, refusal to obey an order to break up the fight, and
using abusive language.
When an inmate is believed to have violated a rule, the
following things happen:
Discipline may include loss of certain privileges such as
telephones, visits, commissary, etc. More serious violations may
result in periods of disciplinary lockdown, loss of “good time”
credits, or other sanctions. When possible, an attempt is made
to match the discipline with the nature of the violation. For
example, if an inmate commits a visit-related offense, a
temporary suspension of visiting privileges may be imposed.
Occasionally an entire housing unit may have discipline imposed,
including the loss of telephone privileges or visits. Such
sanctions seldom last for more than a few days, but they will
affect your ability to visit or speak with the inmate by phone
during the disciplinary period.
- An investigation is conducted
- The violation is documented by a deputy
- A supervisor reviews the report
- A hearing is held by a supervisor
- If the supervisor finds that the inmate committed the
violation, he or she will determine the appropriate discipline
within established policy
- The inmate may appeal the findings or the level of punishment.
All inmates in the Sheriff’s Detention system have the right to
submit a grievance in regard to almost any aspect of their
confinement in the jail system. This means that if inmates feel
they are not being treated properly, or if they feel a condition
exists that presents a health hazard, they can voice their
complaint and receive a response from a Department supervisor.
Issues that can be addressed through the grievance process
include—but are not limited to—medical care, classification
actions, program participation, telephone use, mail
distribution, visitation procedures, food, clothing and bedding.
Disciplinary action can also be grieved. The Sheriff’s grievance
process ensures that problems or concerns confronting inmates
will be addressed by jail staff in an appropriate manner. It can
also provide inmates with an explanation on those occasions when
living conditions are affected necessarily by security
To file a grievance, inmates are provided with Inmate Grievance
forms within their housing areas, although any writing material
may be used. Grievances are generally filed with a sergeant, who
must respond to the grievance within seven calendar days, although
most responses occur sooner. After consideration by the
supervisor, the inmate receives a written response to the
grievance. If the sergeant is not able to resolve the issue
addressed in the grievance, then the grievance may be directed
to a higher ranking officer within the jail. If all lower
responses fail to resolve the issue to the inmate’s
satisfaction, the Facility Commander may render a final decision
regarding the grievance. Each grievance, including its
disposition, is logged in jail records for future reference.
INMATE RULES AND REGULATIONS
100 Conduct and Demeanor
400 Health and Hygiene
600 Clothing and Bedding
700 Facility Security/Safety
SECTION 100 – CONDUCT AND DEMEANOR
101 Inmates shall treat members of facility staff in a civil
102 Inmates shall obey staff instructions.
103 Inmates shall not threaten, assault, or attempt to
intimidate any other
inmate or any member of the Jail Staff.
104 Inmates shall not gamble.
105 Inmates shall not take part in aggressive or boisterous
106 Inmates shall not abuse phone privileges.
107 Inmates shall not participate in any form of sexual activity
at any time.
108 SENTENCED inmates may not refuse to work.
109 Inmates shall not maliciously throw any object.
110 Inmates shall not give false information to a staff member.
111 Inmates shall not take another person’s property without
SECTION 200 – COMMUNICATION
201 Inmates in the same facility shall not communicate with or
to inmates in other Housing Areas, including petitions or notes
permission from Jail Staff.
202 Inmates shall not communicate with Professional Staff except
required due to work assignment, consulting for provided
(medical or counseling) or at booking or release windows.
SECTION 300 – CONTRABAND
301 Inmates shall not use or possess any material, whether
authorized or not,
which is used for other than its intended purpose.
302 Inmates shall not possess tattoo kits.
303 Inmates shall possess or consume only those prescription
prescribed by the medical staff or those over the counter drugs
purchased via Commissary Stores. Inmates shall not accumulate
prescription medications. When taking prescription medications,
shall completely consume all medications at the prescribed time.
304 Inmates shall possess only one razor and shall not alter
razors in any way.
305 Inmates shall not make or possess alcoholic beverages.
306 Inmates shall not possess water bags.
307 Inmates shall not possess any coins, currency, or legal
308 Inmates shall not possess tobacco products or smoking
lighters, matches and/or other ignition devices.
309 Inmates shall not cultivate, possess or be under the
influence of any
illegal/controlled substance such as marijuana, cocaine, etc.
310 Inmates will not accept any item from any person without
SECTION 400 – HEALTH AND HYGIENE
401 Inmates shall keep living areas clean and orderly.
402 Inmate shall not engage in tattooing or body piercing
themselves or other
403 Inmates shall not possess excess commissary items. Inmates
a reasonable number of items from Commissary stores, but no
items are allowed in cells or housing units without permission
of a staff
404 Inmates shall return all kitchen utensils, containers and
upon completion of meals.
405 All inmate workers assigned to assist with food preparation
shall wear plastic gloves and caps (as approved by the Health
Department), in addition to their issued clothing.
406 Inmates are to eat facility food only in designated areas
within the housing
units or dining room.
407 Inmates shall not save food from the daily meals for future
Any food not consumed shall be removed with the meal carts.
shall not remove food from the dining room.
SECTION 500 – MOVEMENT
501 Inmates shall possess only legal documents while outside the
502 Inmates shall be fully clothed when moving outside the
housing units, and
shall place their hands deep in their pockets or waistbands of
503 Inmates moving in groups under the supervision of a staff
move in a single file and in an orderly fashion.
504 Inmates shall not have any writing instrument in their
of the housing module.
505 Inmate movement outside housing areas shall be conducted in
a quiet and
SECTION 600 – CLOTHING AND BEDDING
601 Inmates shall not trade or sell personal property or
602 Inmates shall not possess items in excess of their clothing
603 Inmates shall exchange clothing and bedding according to
schedule. Clothing and bedding shall be used for intended
and shall not be damaged or destroyed in any way.
604 Inmates’ bedding shall be kept in designated sleeping area
605 The wearing or displaying of any Jail issued or authorized
clothing item, in
any fashion that implies gang association, including the use of
items implying such association, is prohibited.
SECTION 700 – FACILITY SECURITY/SAFETY
701 Inmates shall not engage in any activity that impairs or
interferes with the
operation of the facility.
702 Inmates shall not make fires.
703 Inmates shall not use any item or device to alter the view
through any bar,
window, door flap, camera device, etc.
704 Inmates shall not tamper with ANY locking devices or
705 Inmates shall not remove, alter, destroy, change, or tamper
706 Inmates shall not cover vents, intercoms, lights, windows,
707 Inmates shall not tamper with lighting, electrical
708 Inmates shall not impede or restrict the opening or closing
windows, gates, etc.
709 Inmates shall not enter a cell or living area of another
inmate without a
710 Inmates shall not tape or affix any item to walls, vents,
intercoms, or other
structures within the facility.
711 Inmates shall not possess or control possession of any key
or any device
that could be used as a key.
712 Inmates shall not engage in the planning or execution of any
confinement or community based programs.
713 No inmate shall violate any Federal law, State law, or local
SECTION 800 – PROPERTY
801 Inmates shall not possess property in excess of authorized
802 Inmates may be authorized to possess the following
quantities of property
within the module:
A. 10 photos, no larger than 3” x 5”.
B. 40 postcards, 15 letters, not including legal mail.
C. 4 magazines, 2 newspapers, or soft cover books, or any
combination not to exceed 6 total.
D. Packaged sugar not to exceed 50 packs.