North County Correctional Facility
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North County Correctional Facility (NCCF) is a Los Angeles County jail, run by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. Located approximately 40 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles, it is one of four jails located within the Pitchess Detention Center (named after former Sheriff Peter J. Pitchess), in Castaic, California.
The facility's construction began in 1985, and it was formally dedicated on March 1, 1990 by then Sheriff, Sherman Block, and the President of the United States, George H. W. Bush. NCCF consists of five jails within the same facility, and it has an inmate population of about 3,800. It can provide for disciplinary segregation and clinic-level medical treatment.
The facility is commonly referred to as the "Flagship"; it was designed and constructed to be cost-efficient with regard to the ratio of staff members to inmates and vocational productivity. NCCF has a ratio of ten inmates to each staff member. The facility features educational, vocational and counseling programs. These programs have been designed to assist the facility's inmates in becoming self-sufficient within the law.
Visiting, Mailing and Communicating by Phone with Inmates
Inmates at the North County Correction Facility are allowed a total of one hour of visits each week in 15 and 30 minute increments. Visitation must be between the hours of 8:00 AM and 2:00 PM on Saturdays and Sundays only. It is highly recommended that you register and schedule a visitation appointment online in advance. Another option would be to register and make an appointment over the phone.
Incoming mail to inmates is closely monitored and there are many items that are not allowed. It is recommended to read the mail policy closely before mailing a letter or sending photographs. Magazines, books and newspapers mailed to an inmate must come from a reputable third party publisher.
Inmates are allowed to call friends and family members at this facility but cannot receive outside phone calls. In order to receive calls from an inmate, a friend or family member must set up a prepaid calling card account with the vendor approved by the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department.
On Saturday, February 4, 2006, a prison riot at the facility injured over 100 inmates. Nine were critically injured, and eight had minor injuries. One inmate was pronounced dead at the scene. Numerous ambulances were summoned to the remote facility after fighting began and custody personnel deployed tear gas to quell the disturbance. No law enforcement personnel were injured in the riot. According to deputies, the four-hour riot was sparked by racial tensions generated outside the prison between Mexican and African-American gang members. In retribution for a conflict between these gangs and in a show of the reach of their power, Mexican gang leaders had successfully ordered Mexican prisoners within the NCCF compound to drop furniture items from several stories above onto unsuspecting African-American prisoners below, with whom they had no personal differences.
On Wednesday, April 28, 2010, two inmates, Jose Baldeno and Winder Barrios, were discovered missing during a 3:15 a.m. headcount. The two were captured several hours later.
- Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department's information about the North County Correctional Facility
- Instructions for Visiting Inmates at NCCF and Visiting Hours
- Los Angeles County - Pitchess Detention Center, North Facility
- Los Angeles County - Pitchess Detention Center, South Facility
- Los Angeles County - Inmate Reception Center
- Los Angeles County - Men's Central Jail
- Los Angeles County - Pitchess Detention Center, East Facility - CLOSED January 2015
- Los Angeles County - Century Regional Detention Facility
- Los Angeles County - Twin Towers Correctional Facility
- Boston Globe article about the 2006 riot at NCCF
- Authorities hunt for two escapees from Castaic jail; officials say they faced prison time in armed-robbery case