The Van Nuys Jail serves as a temporary holding facility for men and women who are arrested by the LAPD or California Highway Patrol in the San Fernando Valley. It is located within the Los Angeles Police Department’s Van Nuys Community Police Station.
People who are arrested are only held at this facility until they are released on their own recognizance, (known as an “O.R.” release), post bail or are taken to court for their arraignment
Male defendants who are taken into custody, must remain in jail either because they cannot post bail or because they have been convicted of their offense. They will generally be transferred to a larger Los Angeles County jail such as the Los Angeles Twin Towers Jail, the Pitchess Detention Center, or the Los Angeles Men’s Central Jail. Generally, female defendants will be transferred to the Century Regional Detention Facility.
Once an inmate has been booked into the Van Nuys Jail, his/her bail will be set according to the Los Angeles County Bail Schedule and based on the crime(s) for which the inmate was arrested.
“Bail” is the amount of money that is designed to assure the arresting agency and court that the defendant will make his/her court appearances after being released from jail. A family member, friend, and anyone else can pay (or “post”) bail on an inmate’s behalf.
If someone chooses to post bail for an inmate, the Van Nuys Jail accepts four forms of bail: cash bail, cashier’s checks, money orders and bail bonds, many of which are discussed in detail in our article “How to Post Bail in California“.
To pay bail directly, do so at the Van Nuys Police Station (where the jail is located) 24 hours a day / 7 days a week.
Van Nuys Police Station is located at 6420 Sylmar Avenue Van Nuys, CA 91401 (818) 374-9645