Knowing how the Downey Jail operates will help you avoid mistakes.
When a person is arrested for any crime, misdemeanor or felony charge(s), they will be detained and taken directly to the Downey Jail which is inside the Downy Police Department located in Downey, CA. Although the police department and jail is open 24 hours to accept bail bonds and release arrestees, the jail will often transfer arrestees shortly after they arrive to the jail. It is important that our bail bondsman makes contact with the jailer immediately to prevent the arrestee from being transferred to one of the Los Angeles County Jails where it takes significantly longer to complete the booking and release process.
Booking and Bail for the Downey Police Station Jail
Once a person arrives at the jail, the jailer will start the booking process by collecting the individual’s personal information such as name, contact information, employment info, emergency contact info as well as the person’s electronic finger prints. Finger prints are sent out to the county, state and federal government for a background check. The background check ensures that the person has no additional warrants, holds, or other issues that may prevent them from bonding out from custody or that may increase the total bail amount. The jailer also conducts a health evaluation, stores all the person’s property for safe keeping and takes their photo (mug shot). In order for a person to be released from custody, they must complete the booking process which includes completing the background check that can take several hours depending on the department of Justice’s work load.
Bail Bonds Downey: The Process
The fastest and easiest way to bail anyone of the Downey Jail is to meet one of our licensed bail bondsmen in the lobby of the Downey Police Department. This will expedite the bail process and help prevent the jail from transferring the arrestee to the county jail. Once we meet you at the jail lobby, we will sit down with you and explain the entire process, answer any questions and walk you through the process.
Our Process is as easy as 1-2-3
- Complete our limited paper work (takes about 15 mins)
- Fill out our bail bond application
- Sign the bail bond which is also your receipt
- Sign our terms of release form
- Pay for the bail bond
- Wait for release (takes about 15 mins)
Once we have completed the paper work, answered all questions and the bond has been paid for, we will call the jailer up to the lobby window where they will review the bond, accept it, and start the release process. The release process is very short in Downey and typically only takes about 15 minutes to complete. The jailer brings the arrestee irectly to the lobby where we will wait for them. Once the arrestee is released, they must complete their part of the bail bond application and terms of release form. This shouldn’t take more than 15 minutes. Once the paper work is completed, we will need to take a picture of the defendant and answer any questions they may have. Whenever someone bails out of custody, they will be issued a new court date typically 30 days from the day that they bond out from custody. Once out, the bond is good for the entire court case even if it takes a year to complete.
What Happens When an Arrestee is transferred?
If an arrestee is transferred to one of the Los Angeles County Jails, they will start the booking process all over again. The booking process for the county jail is much longer than the booking process at a small station jail such as the Downey Police Department Jail. The volume of inmates in the county jails causes delays that a person in a station jail will not encounter. Male inmates will be taken to the Men’s Central Jail a.k.a. Twin Towers located in downtown Los Angeles. Female arrestees will be taken to the women’s jail facility in Lynwood, CA called Century Regional Detention Facility (CRDF). We are able to post a bail bond at either county jail facility once the inmate has completed the booking process. We provide 24 hour local and direct service for county jails as well. Release times range from 4-8 hours once a bond is accepted. You may have heard of CRDF due to the high exposure it receives when celebrity inmates are held at the facility such as Lindsey Lohan and Paris Hilton. We are pleased to announce the addition of the following to our bail bond service provider community, Compton, Huntington Park Bail Bonds and Tustin Bail Bonds.
More About Downey, CA
The city of Downey was founded by and named after the former Civil War California governor John Gately Downey in the late 1800s. In 1873, the Southern Pacific Railroad arrived in Downey, and farmers in the area grew castor beans, grain, fruit and corn until the 1940s. The city was officially incorporated in 1956 and residents instituted a charter form of government in 1964. After World War II, residential areas sprang up and outnumbered and replaced the factories and farms that one called Downey their home. Until 1999, the largest employer in the city was Vultee Aircraft, which would eventually be bought by Boeing after several name changes. The Boeing facilities produced some of the systems used on the Apollo Project and the space shuttle. Located near the center of the city sits what was once one of the busiest intersections in the world; Lakewood Boulevard and Firestone Boulevard, the first being a major thoroughfare between Pasadena and the Port of Long Beach and the second was part of the Old Spanish Trail System, helping to connect Los Angeles to San Diego. The oldest surviving McDonald’s makes its home in Downey. Built in 1953, it was the third McDonald’s franchise and was listed on the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s 1994 list of the eleven most endangered historic places, and the building still retains its original ‘Golden arches’ and 60-foot animated neon ‘Speedee’ sing. The building was temporarily closed in 1994 after the Northridge earthquake, but outrage from the public caused the company to spend two years renovating and restoring the building. Patrons may now visit the restaurant and an adjoining museum and gift shop. The first ever Taco Bell was also opened in Downey in March, 1962 by Glen Bell. Although Downey has crime rates lower than the national average in many categories, it does stick out in one, car theft; the levels of vehicle thefts in the area are 1.76 times the national average. Like other Los Angeles County cities, Downey experienced its share of gang activity in the 80s and 90s. Although there is still gang activity today, the city responded by forming GOOD or Gangs Out of Downey. GOOD is a community-based organization which helps young people between 10-20 stay away from gangs. The group has also helped to organize after school sports, scholarships, and after school care for at-risk kids looking to attend college. The organization also provides counseling for kids who are at a high risk of joining gangs and their parents. GOOD keeps a close partnership with the Downey Police, to aid in keeping kids out of the gang life.
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