The new Siskiyou County Jail was opened in 1988 with a 68 bed capacity. This has since been expanded to 107 beds. Our average daily population in 2007 was 90 inmates. We hold pre-trial felons and sentenced misdemeanor and felony violators.
There are 40 personnel employed at the jail, in either a civilian or correctional officer capacity. We are a totally self-contained facility, with on-site food & medical services.
Contact the Siskiyou County Jail : 315 S. Oregon Street, Yreka, CA 96097 (530) 842-8157
Inmates are allowed to purchase everything from envelopes & stamps, to get well cards, snacks when commissary is held once per week and orders must be placed on Monday morning. DO NOT BRING "CARE PACKAGES" to the jail. They will be refused. Instead mail the inmate suitable money for use in the commissary (see inmate mail).
Inmates are allowed to receive US Mail, subject to inspection for contraband. DO NOT SEND Polaroid pictures or pictures depicting nudity or illicit acts or cash. Send money orders or certified checks payable to the inmate. Don’t forget to put the inmate’s name on the envelope, along with the jail’s address. Books will be accepted as shipped from recognized publishing houses only. Send to: Siskiyou County Jail, 315 S. Oregon St., Yreka, CA 96097
Messages to inmates are not taken by Correctional Personnel. Exception: death notifications.
Inmates are allowed to make collect calls to unblocked numbers, from 6:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. daily. For security purposes the phone call may be monitored. Make sure you have an unrestricted phone line - your phone service allows you to accept collect calls. If you do not want to receive these calls, your line can be blocked - please call 842-8156 and request that your line be "call blocked".
All Inmates will be restricted to a maximum of two visitors and a maximum of one hour per visiting day.
The jail employs 3 civilian cooks who follow a dietician approved menu, providing 3 meals daily per inmate. In 1998, we prepared in excess of 8500 meals on average per month. Medical & Special Diet needs are coordinated by the medical service provider (see medical services).
The Siskiyou County Jail provides its own medical staff through a partnership with the Siskiyou County Department of Public Health Services. We have an on-site Registered Nurse, specializing in correctional medicine. In turn, she consults as needed with the County Public Health Official and local doctors regarding the medical, dental, & psychiatric needs of inmates. Medical testing, X-rays, & prescription medication are provided for the inmate.
Reading & Education:
Literacy service is provided through the Siskiyou County READ program. An on-site tutor will assist the willing inmate in learning math, English, computer skills, life-skills (checking account, job applications, drivers license, etc.). In 1998, 12 inmates gained their GED certificate through the READ program.
Alcoholics Anonymous & Narcotics Anonymous:
Both services are offered weekly at the jail, through recognized representatives from either group. Attendance is voluntary for the inmate.
Non-denominational religious services are offered by volunteer lay-ministers twice per week. Visits by a particular inmate’s pastor are accommodated as best possible during regular visiting times.
Tobacco, Drug & Alcohol Counseling:
This program offered by Behavioral Health Services, offers the addict a program similar to AA or NA; and is coordinated with a post-release treatment program. Again, attendance is voluntary.
Domestic Violence Counseling:
This program is offered by Siskiyou Domestic Violence Prevention, particularly oriented towards the female inmate.