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Location/Directions and Contact Information:

    Lerdo Maximum-Medium Facility
    17645 Industrial Farm Road
    Bakersfield, CA 93308
    (661) 391-2064

The Lerdo Maximum Medium (Max-Med) Facility is a Type II jail facility, opened in 1978 with a rated bed capacity of 374. The facility is designed with both Dorm and Tier style housing  with multi-cell and single cell housing configurations. In 2012, the Board of State and Community Corrections (BSCC) approved 34 additional beds increasing the Capacity to 408.

The Max-Med Facility provides services to the community by incarcerating both county and federal pre-trial and court sentenced inmates, civil detainees, parole violators, and contracted US Marshall Service (USMS) and Bureau of Prisons (BOP) Federal inmates. Max-Med is designated as the booking facility for Contract Inmates.  The facility includes a booking area, medical clinic, recreation yard, a legal resource center, visiting rooms and an inmate classroom.

Under the management of a Detentions Lieutenant the facility is operated by: 5 Detentions Sergeants, 5 Detentions Senior Deputies, 56 Detentions Deputies, and 10 Civilian Support Staff. The Max-Med Facility is staffed  twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. The facility has cameras inside secure areas and outside of entrances and exits of the facility that are monitored by staff. Max-Med Facility operates under the following Policy and Procedures: Sheriff’s Office, Detentions Bureau, Max-Med Facility, Title 15, Title 24, and Prison Rape Elimination Act- (PREA). The facility ensures compliance through data tracking, compiling monthly reports reviewed by the Facility Manager. 

The Facility maintains a safety cell in order to provide a safe location to temporarily hold inmates who display behavior that could result in the destruction of cell furnishings, or reveal intent to cause physical harm to themselves or others. A sobering cell is also available and only used for inmates who, due to their state of intoxication are a threat to their safety or the safety of others. Kern Medical has allocated a full complement of staff to the Sheriff’s Jail facilities. Kern Medical provides services 24 hours per day, with 2 registered nurses on duty responsible for medical evaluations of inmates, dispensing medication and responding to critical incidents that involve any type of medical priority. Kern County Mental Health also has allocated staff to provide services to inmates who are under their care.

The facility provides programs that prepare inmates for re-entry in to our community and provide the tools necessary to reduce recidivism.  Substance and Treatment Abuse Programs, Thinking for Change (T4C), Aggression Replacement  Training (ART) are programs offered within the facility. The facility recognizes the value of regular exercise in promoting the overall health of inmates and reducing the stress of incarceration. For this reason, the facility maintains a safe and secure outdoor recreation area for the inmates. Inmates are offered access to the recreation area daily when weather permits. The Sheriff’s Office has contracted with Legal Research Associates (LRA) to provide legal reference material for the inmates housed in the Kern County Facilities.

The facility provides religious services to meet the spiritual needs of inmates. The inmate’s freedom of religion, both to participate or to abstain is protected. The Bureau Chaplain coordinates non-denominational religious services for general population and administrative segregation inmates. Inmates not wishing to attend non-denominational religious services can arrange to have individual visits with clergy of their choice through the Bureau Chaplain.

The Kern County Sherriff’s Office (KCSO) is committed to zero-tolerance of any form of sexual abuse and sexual harassment. KCSO is audited annually for PREA compliance and is currently in compliance with the PREA standards.  The Board of State and Community Corrections conducted the 2014-2016 biennial inspection of Max-Med on June 22, 2016, no compliance issues were noted during the inspection.

For specific information, click below:

Visiting Rules
Dress code
Visiting by Ex-Felon (PC 4571)
Property Releases
Mail
Money
FAQ

Visiting Hours/Schedule:

Eligible Inmates

Day of Week

Time of Day

Last Name A - F

Tuesday and Friday

12:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.   6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Last Name G - M

Wednesday and Saturday

12:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.   6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Last Name N - Z

Thursday and Sunday

12:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.   6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.


Visiting Rules:

Visits are recorded and may be monitored for the safety and security of the facility.

  1. Proper identification is required of all visitors to the Max-Med Facility. Acceptable identification is:


      • Valid, non-expired, U.S. Driver’s License with photo
      • Any other County or State identification with a photo
      • Any U.S. or Federal Government-issued photo identification
      • Photo passport
  2. The visiting week will begin on Sunday and end on Saturday.
  3. Number of visits allowed per week:
      • All inmates are allowed two (2) thirty-minute visits.
  4. A visit may include 1 adult and 3 children or 2 adults and 2 children. No more than two adults and two children will be allowed to visit at one time.
  5. All visitors eighteen (18) years and older must complete a visit request form. A guardian with proper identification must accompany visitors under the age of eighteen (18)
  6. **NOTHING is allowed in the visiting area (purse, stroller, phones, camera, food, etc.)
    Except:

    • photo ID
    • (1) baby bottle
    • (1) baby diaper
    • Vehicle keys

    All other items are to be left in your vehicle. Any visitor bringing in unauthorized items will be asked to leave the facility and return during the inmate's next eligible visiting time.

    Dress Code:

    All visitors, including children will adhere to the Facility Dress Code. No exceptions.

    1. There will be no see-thru tops allowed.
    2. No clothing with personal pictures or gang related items on them.
    3. No spaghetti strap/halter tops are permitted, including dresses.
    4. Shorts and skirts must be no shorter than 3 inches above the knee.
    5. Stomach and back must be covered.
    6. Bra straps cannot be showing.
    7. No cleavage.

    Visiting by Ex-Felon (PC 4571):

    All persons requesting visiting privileges at Max-Med, who have been previously confined in a State or Federal Prison, must obtain written permission from the facility Lieutenant or his designee, prior to being granted access. If approval is granted, you must have it in your possession while at the Lerdo Complex. To download the form, click here.


    Property Releases:

    • Property releases will be processed on Monday thru Friday, from 8am to 8pm and Sundays from 8am to 2pm.
    • We will not release inmate clothing.
    • Inmates may release their money and property to any out of custody person, if the person possesses a valid state or federal government issued picture identification.

    Please be aware the process time will take anywhere from 30 minutes to 3 hours. You must be willing to wait. Once the property release has been started you must stay at the facility.


    Mail:

    Correspondence may be made via the US Postal Service. Before it is accepted, it must meet the following, but not limited to:

    • Please include the inmates booking number on the envelope.
    • Mail must be plain. Only the letter and the envelope.
    • DO NOT send money orders, cash, personal or cashier’s checks. See “Money” below.
    • C.O.D. or “Postage Due” mail will not be accepted.
    • No sexually explicit material
    • No stickers
    • No tape
    • No photographs
    • No photocopies
    • No blank paper
    • No blank envelopes
    • No stamps
    • No blank greeting cards
    • No large, musical or glitter greeting cards
    • No personal checks
    • No lipstick on envelope or letter
    • No hair
    • No perfume
    • No foreign substances
    • No address labels
    • No white out
    • No glitter
    • Appropriate books and periodicals may be sent through the mail “ONLY” if they come directly from the publisher. (Limit 2 Books per Shipment)

    Money:

    The Facilities no longer accept money (money orders, cashier's checks, cash, etc.) at the window or through the mail. You may deposit money to the inmate's account via one of the following ways:

    1. Mail money orders to the TouchPay lockbox at:
        TouchPay
        P.O. Box 660587
        Dallas, TX 75266-0587
    2. Online at www.touchpaydirect.com
    3. By phone at 1-866-232-1899
    4. By the lobby kiosk located at:
        CRF – 1450 Truxtun Ave., Bakersfield CA 93301
        Work Release – 1415 Truxtun Ave., Bakersfield CA 93301
        Max-Med – 17645 Industrial Farm Rd., Bakersfield CA 93308

    All money sent to the Facility will be placed in the inmate's personal property bag.


    FAQ:

    How do I send a letter?

    Address correspondence to:

    Inmate’s Name and Booking Number
    17645 Industrial Farm Road
    Bakersfield, CA 93308

    Can I drop off clothing for an inmate that is going to be released?

    No. We are not equipped to handle any additional property. If the clothing is for an Immigration inmate please contact Immigration at 661-328-4500.

    What jury trial court clothes are allowed for drop off? Inmate will only be allowed two (2) sets at one time.

    FEMALES:
    Only one of the following three items:
     A dress, or A pair of pants and a blouse, or A skirt and a blouse.
     One slip.
     One jacket, vest or sweater.
     One belt (no large buckles).
     One pair of shoes.
     Two pair of pantyhose.


    MALES:
    One pair of pants.
     One Shirt.
     One coat, vest or sweater.
     One pair of shoes.
     One necktie.
     One belt (no large buckles).
     One pair of socks.

    Who is responsible for the inmate phones?

    Global Tel Link Corp. - Advance Pay. Inmate families with blocked numbers or billing problems should call 1-866-230-7761 Mon-Fri 7am to 11pm CST and Sat-Sun 8am to 7pm or visit their website at www.offenderconnect.com.

    When can I get court information about an inmate that went to court?

    The information will be available after 5:30 pm.

    How do I obtain information about a U.S. Marshall, Immigration, or Board of Prison inmate?

    For inquiries about U.S. Marshal Eastern (Fresno) inmates, call 559-487-5600.

    For inquiries about U.S. Marshal Central (Los Angeles) inmates, call 213-894-2485.

    For inquiries about Board of Prison inmates, call 916-930-2010.

    For inquiries about Immigration and Customs Enforcement inmates, call 661-328-4500.

    What time do inmates get released?

    Time Served inmates are released between 8am and 12am (Midnight). Inmates released at court will be released before midnight on their scheduled release date.

    If I post bail for an inmate, how long does it take to release them?

    The release process can take up to 8 hours.

    Can I leave a message for an inmate?

    No. We do not accept messages for inmates. If you need to contact an inmate, please send your message via the U.S. Postal Service. If it is an emergency, you may contact the Facility Chaplain at 661-391-7881.