OCSD Newsroom Headlines

March 20, 2020 
NEWS RELEASE: Orange County Jail institutes changes, makes accommodations in response to COVID-19

SANTA ANA, Ca. (March 20, 2020): Based on directives handed down by federal, state and local authorities, the Orange County Sheriff’s Department has implemented measures in response to COVID-19 to protect the health and safety of the public, personnel and those in our custody in Orange County Jail facilities.


March 20, 2020 
Stay Cyber Safe during COVID-19

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We understand residents want to educate themselves with the latest and most accurate information on COVID-19 to keep themselves and their loved one’s information safe. Unfortunately, there are scammers who look to capitalize on such situations and attempt to steal or exploit personal information.

The Sheriff’s Department has seen an increase in malicious emails, mobile applications and websites promoting fraudulent COVID-19 information. However, there are things you can do to protect your personal information.


March 16, 2020 
NEWS RELEASE: Orange County Sheriff implements proactive measures to limit exposure to COVID-19

SANTA ANA, Ca. (March 16, 2020): Earlier today, Sheriff Don Barnes issued directives and implemented a strategy for decreasing potential COVID-19 exposure to the community and Department personnel.

“Our foremost responsibility is to keep the community safe, while implementing precautionary measures to safeguard the health of the public who rely on our service and the members of the department who respond to their call,” said Orange County Sheriff Don Barnes.


March 16, 2020 
NEWS RELEASE: Visiting, programing at OC Jails temporarily suspended; free inmate phone calls offered

SANTA ANA, Ca. (March 16, 2020): Based on recommendations from local, state and federal health authorities, and as part of the department’s ongoing COVID-19 prevention efforts, the Sheriff’s Department will temporarily suspend public visitation and inmate programming at all Orange County Jail facilities.


March 13, 2020 
NEWS RELEASE: Visiting at OC Jails temporarily suspended in response to COVID-19 concerns

SANTA ANA, Ca. (March 13, 2020): Based on recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and as part of the department’s ongoing COVID-19 prevention efforts, the Sheriff’s Department will temporarily suspend inmate visitation at all Orange County Jail facilities, with the exception of attorney visitation.

The temporary suspension will be in effect from Saturday, March 14, through Monday, March 16. The Sheriff’s Department on March 16 will reassess whether to extend the suspension.


March 13, 2020 
NEWS RELEASE: Visiting at OC Jails temporarily suspended in response to COVID-19 concerns

SANTA ANA, Ca. (March 13, 2020): Based on recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and as part of the department’s ongoing COVID-19 prevention efforts, the Sheriff’s Department will temporarily suspend inmate visitation at all Orange County Jail facilities, with the exception of attorney visitation.


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