The Public Safety Center is the site of the consolidated jails as well as other Sheriffs Offices. The Public Safety Center facility has a 918 bed capacity for medium and maximum male and female inmates.

In 1992, the direct supervision concept Public Safety Center, located six miles south of downtown Modesto, was opened. This was followed by incremental openings of additional modulars within the Safety Center and a 196 bed minimum facility in 1994 directly East of the Safety Center. In October 2013, an additional 196 bed facility was opened directly East of the Safety Center. These housing facilities are referenced as Unit 1 and Unit 2.

The Average inmate population is 650. The Public Safety Center receives approximately 354 bookings (arrests) per month.

200 East Hackett Rd.
Modesto, CA 95358
(209) 525-5630

Lt Gregg CliftonLt. Gregg Clifton graduated in 1989 from California State University, Hayward with a B.S. degree in Criminal Justice. After graduation he worked in the private sector before beginning his career with Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department.  In 1997 he was hired as a Deputy in the Adult Detention Division.  In addition to working all three facilities he has served as Transportation Deputy, Field Training Officer and Scheduling Deputy.

In 2003 he was promoted to Sergeant where he continued working all three facilities.  In August 2004 he was assigned to the Jail Alternatives Division as Coordinator of Sheriff’s Parole, Electronic Monitoring, Work Furlough, and the Alternative Work Program. He also served as the Regional Director of CEMA (California Electronic Monitoring Association).  As a Sergeant he managed the FTO program and was an instructor for the Ray Simon Regional Criminal Justice Training Center.  Throughout his career, he has served on various committees including President and Vice President of the Sheriff’s Employee Foundation, member of the Sheriff’s Review Board, member of the negotiation team for the Deputy Sheriff’s Association, and CARE Ambassador for the Sheriff’s Department.

In July 2006, he was promoted to Lieutenant in charge of the Bureau of Administrative Services Unit and oversaw Personnel Scheduling, Classification Unit, Detention Narcotic K9 program, and policy and compliance. In 2009, he was assigned to the Public Safety Center as the Jail Commander and currently direct the FTO Program.

Regular Visit  - A visit between an inmate and family members, friends, and associates.

Contact Visit - A visit between an inmate and immediate family members which permits informal visitation.

Official Visit - A visit between an inmate and an attorney or other officials, i.e., law enforcement agents, Parole or Probation agents, psychiatrists, physicians, clergy, etc.

Court Ordered Visit  - A visit for an inmate requested by a Judge of the Municipal or Superior Court Judge. All court orders for inmate visits are to be referred to the Facility Commander for review.

Special Visit - A contact or non-contact visit, depending on the circumstances, between an inmate and their family members, friends, and associates who have traveled a long distance and are unable to visit during regularly scheduled visiting hours.


When there is reasonable suspicion that a visitor is concealing contraband, a Deputy or Sergeant will advise the visitor that they will not be allowed to enter the Facility for a visit without submitting to an unclothed search. The Deputy or Sergeant will verbally advise the visitor of their right to refuse an unclothed search. In the event the visitor refuses the search, the visitor will be allowed to leave the Facility, losing their visiting privilege on that date only.

In the event the visitor agrees to the unclothed search, the visitor will be required to sign a Consent to Search form. An incident or crime report will be written by the staff member conducting the search of the visitor, indicating the reason for the search, and what, if anything, was found. The Consent to Search form will be attached with the incident report.

Any criminal conduct by a visitor may result in their arrest.

Inmates are encouraged to maintain relationships with family and friends. Visiting is scheduled on a regular basis, limited only by the physical and personnel constraints of the Stanislaus County Adult Detention Facilities.

Inmates will be allowed a maximum of two (2) thirty (30) minute visits per week to maintain relationships with family and friends.  The visiting week will start Thursday and end on Tuesday. There is no visitation allowed on Wednesdays.

Two visitors may visit an inmate at the same time, providing all visitors register together.  As a general rule, three children, under the age of 10 may visit with an adult and not be counted as a visitor.

You must fill out the INMATE VISITOR REQUEST FORM to receive approval for visiting an inmate.

If you are denied visitation privileges you may fill out the INMATE VISITOR APPEAL / APPROVAL FORM to request an appeal.

Inmate Visitation Times

   If Last Name begins with…

     then Visitation Time is…

A - C

8:00am - 9:00am

D - G

9:30am - 10:30am

H - L

12:30pm - 1:30pm

M - O

2:00pm - 3:00pm

P - R

3:30pm - 4:30pm

S - Z

8:00pm - 9:00pm


Family contact visits are available if an inmate meets the following guidelines:

• Has been classified at the Public Safety Center to a minimum security housing unit (Unit 1 & Unit 2).
• No Incident Report has been written against the inmate for violating visiting rules.

Inmates confined within the Facilities will have equal and adequate access to telephones in order to maintain community ties and contact with legal representatives.

Collect call telephones are located in the day room area of your housing unit. These telephones are available to Inmates at any time during "Inmate Free Time". To utilize the phone, simply lift the receiver and follow the posted instructions. Telephone calls will be limited to fifteen (15) minutes in duration in order to provide telephone access to all inmates.

If an inmate is assigned to Administrative Segregation or the Maximum Security section of the Public Safety Center, they will be permitted access to the telephone during their scheduled recreation time.

All telephone calls are out going only. The staff of the Public Safety Center will not transfer incoming telephone calls to inmates, nor will they take telephone messages for them under any circumstances.


• Newly admitted inmates will be given the opportunity to complete at least three local or collect long distance telephone calls.

• Inmates assigned to Protective Custody will be provided the same telephone privileges as those available to the general population.

• Due to the unique housing capabilities of inmates assigned to Administrative Segregation, telephone privileges will be provided for the inmates on a regularly scheduled basis.

• Inmates assigned to disciplinary detention ordinarily are not provided telephone privileges as a condition of the discipline imposed. This should not preclude emergency telephone calls to designated practicing attorneys in connection with prospective or pending litigation.

• Telephone privileges for the general population will be available on a daily basis.

• Immediately upon being booked, and, except where physically impossible, no later than three hours after arrest, an arrested person has the right to make at least three completed telephone calls. The arrested person shall be entitled to make at least three such calls at no expense if the calls are completed to telephone numbers within the local calling area.

• At intake and receiving areas, a sign containing the following information in bold block type shall be posted in a conspicuous place:

The arrestee has the right to free telephone calls within the local dialing area, or collect if outside the local area, to three of the following:
· An attorney of their choice, or if he has no funds, the Public Defender or other attorney assigned by the Court to assist indigents, whose telephone numbers shall be posted. (These phone calls shall not be monitored, eavesdropped upon, or recorded.)
· A bail bondsman.
· A relative or other person.

All fields on the Visitor Request Form must be complete and legible. If all fields are not complete and legible the receiving deputy will not accept the visit form. The receiving deputy will submit the completed visit request form to the visit clerk for review.

Visit request forms and visitor appeal forms will be available at each detention facility and online at Visit forms will be accepted at each facility during normal visitation hours or may be mailed directly to the appropriate facility. Forms may be accepted outside visitation hours at the discretion of the shift supervisor.

Visitor applicants must present a valid governmental identification that depicts, at a minimum, the bearers name, date of birth, physical description, and signature at the time of visitor application. Additionally, visitors must present their valid governmental identification each time they request to visit with an inmate. Any person who falsely identifies themselves to gain admittance to a Stanislaus County detention facility is guilty of a misdemeanor and may be prosecuted (California Penal Code Section(s) 4570.5)

The visitor approval clerk will review all requests for approval and return a copy of the visitor approval form notifying the inmate which visitors are approved or disapproved to visit. Under most circumstances, visit request forms will be reviewed by the visit clerk within 24 hours, but no later than 72 hours, from the time of submission. Special visits may occur prior to the approval process with the approval of the shift supervisor.


Any visitor applicant who has been confined in a State prison facility or who has been convicted of a crime will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis for visitor approval. Final approval/denial will be at the discretion of the Facility Commander. Visitor applicants who have been incarcerated in Stanislaus County may not visit within 30 days of their release.  Any visitor applicant who has been incarcerated for crimes involving weapons, controlled substances, or violence may not visit an inmate in Stanislaus County within three (3) years of their release from custody, final disposition of sentence, or release from probation or other alternative to custody.

Inmates may only have a total of six approved visitors. Minor children do not need to be submitted for approval and do not count towards the approved visitors.

Minor children must be accompanied by their parent or legal guardian during visitation. The accompanying parent or legal guardian must be an approved visitor and present proof of guardianship if requested to do so by the visit deputy or shift supervisor.

Visitors who are unable to adequately supervise their children while inside the facility will not be allowed to visit and asked to leave the facility. Visitors who are disruptive or cause disturbances that result in a crime may be arrested. If a visitor is escorted from the facility for disruptive behavior, the visitor will be denied approval to visit until re-approved by the facility commander.

An inmate may refuse to see a visitor. If an inmate refuses a visitor, that person may be removed from the approved visitor list. Inmates must submit an inmate request form (Kite) to delete visitors from their approved visitor list. Deletions to an inmate’s approved visitor list are conducted monthly provided the request is submitted by the first of the month.· Additional visitors may be denied visitation if the inmate has not adjusted their approved visitor list to allow for additional visitors.

Visitors must conform to the dress code approved by the facility commander and posted in the inmate informational guide available in each living area and in public lobbies. Displays by visitors of gang colors, symbols, marks or attire representing gang affiliation are strictly forbidden in visiting areas.

Suspension of regular visitation for reasons of safety, security or under exigent circumstances may occur at the direction of the shift supervisor or facility commander.

Visitors who aid or assist, or attempt to aid or assist, an inmate escape from jail will be permanently banned from visitation and may be prosecuted under California law (California Penal Code Section(s) 4534, 4535, 4550).

Bringing firearms, explosives, alcoholic beverages, narcotics, and controlled substances into a detention facility is a crime and cause for arrest (California Penal Code Section(s) 2772, 2790, 4573, 4573.5, 4573.6, 4573.8, 4573.9, 4574).

Visitors who appear to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs will not be allowed to visit and may be subject to arrest.

Cameras, radios, portable phones, video/audio recording devices, purses, bags, baby strollers, car seats, diaper bags, oversized hats, keys, backpacks, briefcases, wallets, food or drink, or similar objects that could be used to compromise facility security are banned from visiting and secure perimeter areas within the grounds of the facility (official visitors may be exempt and exceptions to this policy may be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the facility commander).

Visitors will not give to or take anything from an inmate without prior approval from the shift supervisor (California Penal Code Section(s) 2540, 2541, 4570, 4570.1)

Any person found to be communicating, in any manner, with an inmate other than the inmate they signed up to visit may constitute a crime and may be cause for arrest (California Penal Code Section(s) 4570, 4570.1).

Any visitor who destroys, damages or defaces any facility property will lose approval of visiting privileges and be escorted from the facility. If the damage is determined to be a crime, the visitor may be arrested (California Penal Code 4600).

Visitors entering a Stanislaus County detention facility may be subject to a search of their person, vehicle or property. The type and scope of the search will be based on the facility and the potential access the visitor has to the facility or inmates.

Hostages will not be recognized for bargaining purposes during escape attempts by inmates.

Visitors may only visit one inmate per day.

Download the .pdf version of the Visiting Rules.