Seal Beach Pay to Stay/Work Furlough Program

The Seal Beach Police Detention Center (SBPDC) offers a Pay to Stay/Work Furlough program for citizens who have been sentenced by the court and are allowed to serve their time in a city jail. Our mission is to set the standard as a model police detention center, utilizing progressive custodial programs, professionally trained and State certified custodial staff, and continuous staff development, all effectively using available resources to protect the public, enhance the integrity of the law, and returning offenders to society as contributing members of the community.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. How does someone start the process?
    Start by calling the Detention Services office at (562) 799-4100 x1116 or email The process starts by telling a staff member of the details about your case, which can be done by the attorney or by the defendant. The staff member will then take a telephonic application and set-up a face-to-face interview for you.
  2. Is there an interview portion?
    Yes, there will be a face-to-face interview with a Detention Services Officer or Detention Sergeant. They will evaluate the case details prior to meeting with you. They will then meet with you to discuss your prior criminal history and the details of your case.
  3. Does the attorney need to be present?
    The attorney does not need to be present for the interview, but may be if he or she desires.
  4. What paperwork will be needed to start the process?
    Bring the following items to your interview:
    • Application fee of $50.00 (please bring cash only and exact change).
    • The latest court/minute order.
    • Health insurance card or State of California Health Access card.
    • A copy of the police report (for the original arrest charge/s) for review.
    • A form of ID (Government issued).
    • Social Security Card (if applicable).
    • Business License (if applicable).
    • Proof of address.
  5. How long does the interview/acceptance process take?
    If all the necessary paperwork is completed, the interview/acceptance process could be as little as 1-3 days. However, on most occasions the interview/acceptance process usually takes 7-10 days. Once the necessary documents are received by the Detention Services Sergeant and Seal Beach Police Lieutenant a decision will be made as to the acceptance. Assuming that the court has granted the private jail/city jail allowance, the only other hurdle will be the obtaining of the medical tests. The original minute order will also need to be updated to reflect the Seal Beach Detention Center language. Understanding that the final order might not be available at the time of the interview, this must be faxed or emailed when available.
  6. Who is eligible to participate in the program?
    Due to the variety of felony and misdemeanor cases, decisions will be made on a case-by-case basis.
  7. Is Work Furlough allowed?
    Work Furlough will be allowed with the approval of the court. You must also follow our guidelines once approved by the court.
  8. What work hours allowed?
    The court and the attorney will coordinate to create the work schedule. Reasonable allowances will be made for verifiable work schedules.
  9. What is the daily cost of the program?
    The daily cost of the program is $100.00/day for straight pay-to-stay time (no work release) or $120.00/day for the work furlough/work release client. The additional fee is for the use of the GPS monitoring device.
  10. Are femailes allowed in the program?
    Currently we do not accept female applicants.
  11. What medical tests will be required?
    If your sentence is for 10 days or less, the only medical test necessary will be a tuberculosis test that shows a negative reaction (either done by skin test or chest x-ray). For sentences greater than 10 days, several general health type blood tests and physical exam will be required prior to entry into the program. Click here for the medical test requirements form.
  12. Is the GPS a requirement?
    Yes. ALL Work Furlough inmates are required to wear the GPS ankle bracelet. During any given daily work period the inmate may be randomly “paged”, which will require him to contact the jail immediately. Inmates who do not leave the facility for their daily work needs are not required to wear the device.
  13. Additional Questions?
    Please contact the Seal Beach Police Department’s Detention Center Sergeant at (562) 799-4100 x1117 or a Detention Center Officer at (562) 799-4100 x1116 or by email
  14. What am I allowed to bring in with me?
    Please reference the Inmate Personal Possessions form for the list of items that are allowed inside the Detention Center.