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Maximum/Medium Security

Kern County Sheriff's Office
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Mailing Address & Contact Information:

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

General Information

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.

Even though the housing portion of the Max-Med facility is temporarily suspended, it is still designated as the booking facility for contract inmates. The Kern County Sheriff’s Office currently holds contracts with the United States Marshal’s Service (USMS), the Bureau of Prisons (BOP) and Department of State Hospitals (AES Center). The facility includes a booking area, medical clinic, recreation yard, a legal resource center, visiting rooms and an inmate classroom.

When open for inmate housing, 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 Marshal’s Service (USMS) and Bureau of Prisons (BOP) federal inmates.

For specific information, click below:

Visiting Hours/Schedule
Elegible Inmates Days 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 Hours/Schedule (EFFECTIVE MONDAY, APRIL 1, 2019)
Elegible Inmates Days of Week Time of Day
Last Name A - F Tuesday and Friday 11:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Last Name G - M Wednesday and Saturday 11:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Last Name N - Z Thursday and Sunday 11:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 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.
Number of visits allowed per week:

  • All inmates are allowed two (2) thirty-minute visits.

3. 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.

4. 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)

**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.


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

  • Effective June 1, 2018, Inmates housed in KCSO Detentions Facilities will no longer be allowed to receive greeting cards through the mail. This restriction is being implemented for the safety and security of the facilities.
  • 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).


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:

  • Our online website:
  • By Phone at 1-866-345-1884 to speak to a live, bilingual agent.
  • 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.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

A: Address correspondence to:

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

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.
A: 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
A: The information will be available after 5:30 pm.
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.
A: Time Served inmates are released between 8am and 12am (Midnight). Inmates released at court will be released before midnight on their scheduled release date.
A: The release process can take up to 8 hours.
A: 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.