Chula Vista Jail

The U.S. Marshals Service houses and transports all federal prisoners from the time they enter the jail until they are either acquitted or convicted. Chula Vista Jail holds 36 inmates who are charged with felonies.

Chula Vista Jail is a state-of-the-art, county jail run by the Chula Vista Police Department. The city of Chula Vista is the second largest in the metropolitan area of San Diego with a population of over 250,000. With such a large population, there are four correction facilities in San Diego County and Chula Vista Jail is the smallest, but newest of the jails.

Someone who has been arrested on federal charges in this area is likely to be brought to Chula Vista Jail. The jail was built in 2004 at a cost of over $3 million dollars, and the entire building is completely up-to-date. Originally, the jail was only a holding facility for 96 hours, allowing an inmate to see the judge for their first appearance. They receive the amount of their bond and bailout or they await trial in jail.

From 2006- 2011, the new jail ran the In-Custody Drug Treatment Program, which ended in June 2011. With the extra space, Chula Vista had room to house male inmates under U.S. Marshall’s service. In July 2011, the male population transitioned over to the female population that it is today.

Prisoners may be released or remanded into the custody of the respective U.S. Marshal to stand trial. If convicted at the actual trial, they will be transported to a detention facility.

U.S. Marshalls at Chula Vista Jail

For all prisoners charged with a federal offense, the U.S. Marshalls’ service is responsible. Marshalls are also responsible for taking the DNA samples that are used for the FBI database, handling prisoners that are contagious with a disease or have a terminal illness, and deciding where to transfer the prisoner after the trial. A bail bondsman is very important to allow the inmate to go home and wait for trial.

Bail Bondsman

Having your freedom ended by being arrested and put in jail is a huge liability. Because of the Speedy Trail Law, the inmate must see a magistrate or a judge within 24 hours. The judge will then evaluate the charges that have been filed and set an amount for bail. Then the inmate is able to call a dependable bail bondsman.

A quality bondsman will pay the court the 10 percent that is required to bail out, and they may accept a car or house title as security. Each arrestee is a risk for the bondsman because the bond guarantees that the defendant will appear at the second court date, which is typically 14 days from the arrest.

If the arrestee doesn’t show up for his court date, a warrant is put out for their re-arrest, and they must now repay the entire amount of the bond to the bail bondsman. For the majority of inmates, a bail bondsman provides a way out to the public that they would not have otherwise had.

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