Most criminal cases at Harbor Justice Center Newport Beach are prosecuted by the Orange County District Attorney, although some misdemeanor crimes are handled by local city attorney’s. If you end up in custody on a case originating from the Newport Beach court you will be in the care of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department. Orange County has a reputation throughout Southern California as the only place where you actually have to serve your full jail time.
This is because neighboring counties like LA, Riverside, and San Bernardino all suffer from a lack of jail space. In those counties early release is the rule. In OC, you get sentenced, you serve your time. Inmates are of course eligible for good time work time credit under California Penal Code 4019, but that’s it. Anyone facing a criminal case in Orange County should contact a local attorney, with experience handling Orange County cases.