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Intake And Release Specialist

Salary: $14.88-$18.16 hourly / $2,588-$3,159 monthly / Range: 4746

DEFINITION: Under general supervision, books inmates into and releases them from the County jail; books juvenile detainees into and releases them from Juvenile Hall, Los Prietos Boys Camp, and and Los Prietos Boys Academy; and performs related duties as required.


1. Interviews persons who have been arrested in order to obtain and record personal, medical, mental health information, and criminal charges against detainees; explains criminal charges, release options, and procedures to detainees and their parents/guardians; issues release citations.
2. Creates, updates, and maintains inmate trust accounts; receives and records cash and personal property from inmates or detainees; releases cash or property in accordance with detention facility procedures.
3. Records arrest, booking, and release information; records, and maintains records of all inmate transactions; checks release dates and confinement time for accuracy; informs Corrections Officers, Deputy Probation Officers, or Juvenile Institutions Officers of persons to be released; checks court orders for requirements and to verify that release of detainee is appropriate; arranges holds, transportation, and extraditions; compiles monthly statistical data, completes various reports and correspondence as needed; updates and maintains pertinent detainee program information.
4. Conducts routine warrant checks on inmates; receives and verifies incoming warrants; enters active warrants in local and statewide records systems; checks warrant status on inmates; confirms and abstracts warrants to other agencies and field officers.
5. Allows visitor access to the detention facility and monitors and facilitates movement of staff and detainees within the detention facility using audio/video monitoring equipment and electric lock operation; with prisoners of the same gender, may perform personal searches in the company of Corrections Officers, and may accompany Corrections Officers on required rounds into the detention dormitories and during transportation of prisoners; may supervise detainees in office area as needed.
6. Prepares daily transportation and release rosters; computes inmates' sentence time, resolving any discrepancies with court staff and accounting for good time credits and loss of time demerits; accepts cash bail and bail bonds; provides public and family status information on inmates; explains jail or detention facility regulations.


1. Possession of a high school diploma or equivalent and two years of increasingly responsible clerical experience that included public contact; or,
2. a combination of training, education and experience that is equivalent to the employment standard listed above and that provides the required knowledge and abilities.

A background investigation will also be conducted for all persons being hired into this classification. Current or excessive use of drugs, sale of drugs, serious criminal history, or deception relating to employment history may bar employment.

Incumbents in this class work in 24-hour detention facilities. Incumbents must be willing to work shifts, weekends, and holidays.

Knowledge of: standard office practices and procedures; alphabetical, numerical, and chronological filing methods; telephone procedures, including operation of multiline equipment and message-taking; record-keeping methods; basic computer data entry; knowledge of basic office software.

Ability to: read and apply departmental policies and procedures related to receiving and releasing inmates or detainees; elicit information from inmates or detainees, often in hostile situations, in order to obtain and record information required for record-keeping purposes; respond tactfully, discreetly, and courteously to inmates/detainees and the public; react calmly and make rational decisions in hostile or emergency situations; maintain confidentiality; keep accurate and complete records; follow oral and written directions; work with minimum supervision in an enclosed work space in a detention facility; interact with potentially derisive individuals; observe unpleasant behavior; observe and identify persons with possible medical or mental health problems; maintain concentration amid multiple interruptions.

Desirable Qualifications: The ability to speak Spanish is desirable.

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