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JAILS

The Custody Division handles:
  • Jail Facility Operations

  • Station Transfers of arrestees from the police stations to the intake jail

  • Transportation of prisoners between facilities and courts
Jail Visiting Schedules
Directory (Jail addresses & phones)

The San Francisco County Jail system houses an average daily population of 2,200 prisoners in five jails, County Jails #1, 2, 3, 7 and 8. The system includes an intake and release facility, County Jail #9, and a ward in San Francisco General Hospital, County Jail #5. Approximately 55,000 people are booked into the jails annually.

County Jail #8, the newest jail facility in San Francisco, was opened in December of 1994, next to the Hall of Justice. This direct supervision facility has become a national model for program-oriented prisoner rehabilitation. Some 400 inmates participate in G.E.D., E.S.L. programs, alcohol and drug abuse counseling, and family unification. County Jail #9 includes the new intake and booking facility. The building's dramatic architectural design was praised by Pulitzer Prize-winning architecture critic Allan Temko, who called it "a stunning victory for architectural freedom over bureaucratic stupidity."


Jail Facilities
Intake & Release
  • County Jail #9 (425 7th Street, near Hall of Justice, San Francisco)
Classification
  • County Jail #8 (Hall of Justice, 6th Floor, San Francisco)
Housing
  • County Jail #1 (Hall of Justice, 6th Floor, San Francisco)
  • County Jail #2 (Hall of Justice, 7th Floor, San Francisco)
  • County Jail #3 (San Bruno)
  • County Jail #7 (San Bruno)
  • County Jail #5 (San Francisco General Hospital)
  • County Jail #8 (425 7th Street, San Francisco)
JAIL INFORMATION

This document provides basic jail information, explains the major rules and regulations, and answers many of the most frequently asked questions.


Basic Jail Information
To get information on someone in custody, call (415) 553-1430, County Jail #1 at the Hall of Justice.
There is no smoking in any County Jail facility. Matches or smoking materials are not allowed.

Visiting Rules and Restrictions
Visiting is offered on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays. All visitors are subject to search. Visitors must comply with any direction given by Sheriff's personnel.

Children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Children cannot be left unattended at any time in a jail facility or waiting area.

Visitors should be prepared to present a valid photo identification. Visits are limited to 20 minutes and are first come, first served, so early arrival is recommended.

Visitors who are inappropriately dressed with gang related clothing, hairstyles, or graffiti will be denied visits.
Visiting is a privilege. Persons not complying with direction or refusing a search will not be allowed to visit. Visitors who appear to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs, or who cause a disturbance, will not be allowed to visit. Future visits may also be denied.


Bail
At the time of arrest and booking, the bail is set according to a published bail schedule established by a panel of judges.
Bail may be posted at any time, 24 hours a day, at Room 201 of the Hall of Justice, 850 Bryant Street, 2nd floor.
After the bail is posted, the bail receipt must be delivered to the jail so that the person may be released. If the person is being held at the Intake and Release facility, the bail slip must be delivered there. If he/she is housed in any other jail, the bail slip goes to County Jail #1, 6th floor, 850 Bryant Street.

Call (415) 553-1443 to determine where the bail slip should be taken.


Money
No cash is allowed through the mail. Mail may contain Postal Money Orders or Bank Money Orders, at a maximum amount of $100. The jails do not accept personal checks, second party checks, business checks, or money orders from foreign banks. Postal Money Orders or Bank Money Orders are placed on an inmate's account and a receipt issued. He/She can use this money to order commissary.


The arrestee's own money is placed in an account, and a receipt is issued. That money can be used to purchase commissary items at the arrestee's permanent jail housing assignment. Unspent money is returned upon release.


Mail
No cash is allowed through the mail. Mail is delivered daily except Sundays and holidays. All mail is searched for contraband prior to being delivered. Legal mail is searched in the inmate's presence. It is not read by staff.
Inmates can send and receive unlimited mail. Packages, except books sent directly from a publisher, are not accepted at jail facilities. Mail is forwarded from the facility if an inmate moves, and returned to sender once the inmate leaves custody.
No cash is allowed through the mail. Mail may contain Postal Money Orders or Bank Money Orders, at a maximum amount of $100. The jails do not accept personal checks, second party checks, business checks, or money orders from foreign banks. Postal Money Orders or Bank Money Orders are placed on an inmate's account and a receipt issued. He/She can use this money to order commissary.


Booking
The Sheriff's Department is responsible for booking the charges filed against persons arrested by the Police.
County Jail #9, located at 425 7th St., is the intake and release center for the Sheriff's Department. Anyone arrested in the City is brought to this facility for booking. Prisoners who are being released, do so through this facility.
CJ #9 has 19 holding tanks with a capacity of approximately 301. This facility is the stop-off point for those arrested, although not everyone stays and is housed in other parts of the jail system.

The booking process proceeds as follows:
All arrestees are evaluated by Department of Public Health personnel to determine if there are any medical problems requiring immediate care. Those who do not require immediate medical care remain in holding cells while the booking process is started.


Free phone call(s)
Each holding cell has a telephone. This phone is available for arrestees to make calls to arrange bail, inform family of their circumstances, or to reach the Public Defender. Calls are free within the local dialing area.


Fingerprinting
All arrestees are photographed and have a set of fingerprints taken to establish their identity.
Own Recognizance/Supervised Citation
If appropriate, an arrestee may be interviewed by Project OR or Supervised Citation to determine his/her eligibility for release on his own recognizance. A more thorough medical screening takes place at this point.


Property
After booking, those arrestees not eligible for immediate release are searched by Sheriff's staff and dressed in jail clothing. Inmates must also wear a colored plastic wristband which contains name and jail number. Clothing and property are stored at the Property Room at the Intake and Release Center. Property items are returned upon release.



Inmate Money
The arrestee's money is placed in an account, and he/she is given a receipt. That money can be used to purchase commissary items at the arrestee's permanent jail housing assignment. Unspent money is returned upon release.


Public Defender
The Public Defender may be reached at 555 7th Street, 2nd floor, San Francisco, CA 94103. The phone number is (415) 553-1671.
Classification

After the booking process is completed at County Jail #9, arrestees are moved to County Jail #1 for further processing. County Jail #8 is located at 425 7th Street. While there, arrestees are classified for housing in the jail system.

The arrestee's classification (minimum, medium, or maximum security), determines where the arrestee will be housed in the jail system. The classification is based on running the subject's rap sheet, and on the answers to a number of interview questions.


Housing
When the arrestee is moved to a more permanent housing site, he/she is given bedding, basic personal hygiene items, and assigned a bed.

You may be housed at
  • County Jail #1 or County Jail #2, which are located at 850 Bryant St, 7th floor,
  • County Jail #8, which is located at 425 7th St., or
  • County Jail #3 or County Jail #7, which are located at #1 Moreland Dr., San Bruno. These two jails are located in San Mateo County, 15 miles south of San Francisco.
Commissary
Commissary is not available at County Jail #9 during intake and release. It is available once a week at all other jails. You may purchase writing paper, candy and other food items, or personal hygiene items.
There are limits to the number of each item you may have in your possession, so you must familiarize yourself with the jail rules regarding this. Commissary personnel will not deliver commissary to you unless you have the money in your account to pay for it, and have a legible wristband.


Visiting
Public visiting is held at each housing jail on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays. Visiting times should be posted in your housing area.
Visitors may bring money to leave in your account, but they cannot bring you any personal items.

If you are housed in a facility with contact visiting, you are not allowed to touch or pass anything to your visitor. These rules are for your safety and the safety of others in your housing unit.

At all jails, visits are on a first come, first served basis. Visitors must comply with any direction given by Sheriff's personnel. Visitors under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Children cannot be left unattended at any time in a jail facility or waiting area. Visitors must be prepared to show valid ID with a current photograph, showing name, address, and date of birth. All visitors are subject to search.

Visitors who are inappropriately dressed with gang related clothing, hairstyles, or graffiti will be denied visits. Visiting is a privilege. Persons not complying with direction or refusing a search will not be allowed to visit. Visitors who appear to be under the influence or cause a disturbance will not be allowed to visit. Future visits may also be denied.

Attorneys are allowed to visit their clients in a confidential setting at any time except during meals and counts.


Legal Assistance
Inmates are allowed unlimited legal correspondence.

The Sheriff's Department has a Prisoner Legal Services section
which is available to assist you in questions regarding the law, through bars except for the current case you were arrested on.
They are available Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. by calling 558-2480.


Custody Staff
Custody staff will be in your area 24 hours a day.

If you have problems, safety issues, or medical emergencies, they are there to help. Feel free to approach staff with questions regarding issues around your confinement. They are not attorneys, however, and cannot give you legal advice or help you with your case.

Custody staff is there to insure that your stay is safe, and that you move on to the next step in the system (including release) with a minimum of confusion.


Medical Services
Medical staff is on duty twenty-four hours a day for medical issues. If you have a medical problem, fill out a "Request for Medical Service" and give it to medical staff at pill call or place it in the mailbox in your area designated for that purpose.

In case of emergency, contact any custody or medical staff member immediately.

Jail Psychiatric Services has assistance available if you need psychiatric help. You may be referred to them by medical or custody staff, or use the medical services request form.

When you are housed in the jail system, you will be living with other people charged with criminal offenses. As in any place where numbers of people live in small spaces, it is very important that you treat people with respect. Mind your own business and do not stay on the telephone more than the allotted time. Please respect jail property. Damage to any property, such as telephones or televisions, is a major rule violation as well as a new criminal offense.

You must keep yourself clean, your bed and housing area clean, and use the hygiene items provided for that purpose. There are showers available in each housing unit of the jails.

Failure to keep yourself or your area clean is a violation of a jail rule.

Never lend commissary items to other prisoners. This is a source of tension that may lead to fights or assaults. Keep your personal items safe and in your possession. If you are experiencing problems with other people housed in your area, let custody staff know immediately.

When you are due in court, a bailiff will pick you up and escort you to your courtroom. Have your living area clean before you go. You are not allowed to bring anything but your legal papers to court.

Custody staff in the housing units do not know anything about your case, including when you are due in court. Staff cannot answer any of your legal questions.

Every week in every jail facility, there will be a routine in jail inspection. The managers and supervisors of each w/made bunk jail walk through and inspect the cleanliness of your housing area. You are expected to participate in the clean up of your area, and to have your bunk made and personal items stored in an orderly fashion. Failure to do so is a violation of the jail rules.

Recreation
You will be allowed recreation during your stay in jail. Depending on your housing assignment, it may be either indoor or outdoor. Please take advantage of recreational opportunities as they are made available.


Programs
Most housing jails have programs available for inmates. These may include high school equivalency, basic education, English as a second language, and others. Use your time in custody wisely. Take advantage of this opportunity to upgrade your education.

Each housing jail has a Program Coordinator to help you enroll in an appropriate class.

Ask any staff member about information regarding programs, or fill out an action request.

Opportunities exist for you to participate in religious services and counseling on a voluntary basis.

The Sheriff's Department encourages inmates to vote in local, state, and national elections.

Each jail facility maintains its own library of religious, educational, and recreational books with a weekly distribution schedule.


Release
When you are released, you will be escorted to County Jail #9, the Intake and Release Facility.

Your clothing and property will be returned to you, as will any money left in your account. When you are given your money, the first $50.00 will be in cash, the remainder will be a check. All inmates are released from this facility, so once you are out you will be at 425 7th St. If someone is to pick you up, this is where you will be.

Again, your stay in the jail system may be short or it may be extended, according to the complexity of your case. Treat all people with respect, and obey the rules of the jail. Let custody staff know if you are having problems, and you will get through the system safely and with a minimum of problems.

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JAIL PROGRAMS
Education, skill development, and counseling are integral to the San Francisco county jail system. Prisoners are expected to participate in programs while in jail. Prisoners who progress satisfactorily in jail programs may be transferred during the latter part of their sentence to a Sheriff's Alternative Program: SWAP/PREP or Residential County Parole.


GENERAL EDUCATION
Literacy, mathematical skills, English language development, and other educational courses are provided throughout the county jail system. Among programs offered are GED - high school equivalence preparation, testing and certification, English as a Second Language, literacy tutoring, computer literacy, multi-cultural and ethnic studies, Learning Assesssment and Mediation Project, Instructional Television Series, health and nutrition, creative writing, Library of America, Introduction to the law, mentor counseling and women's studies. Teaching staff is provided by the Milpitas School District, San Francisco City College, California Arts Council, and the Department of Public Health.




SUBSTANCE ABUSE
SISTERS (Sisters in Sober Treatment Empowered in Recovery) - An in-custody
therapeutic community which provides educational and substance abuse counseling for
women, staffed by counselors from Walden House and Deputy Sheriffs.


ROADS TO RECOVERY - An in-custody therapeutic community which provides educational and substance abuse counseling for men staffed by counselors from Milestones and Deputy Sheriffs.


COUNSELING AND TREATMENT - Acupuncture detoxification is used in some jail programs for treatment for stress and to reduce cravings for drugs.






Group counseling and discussion of addictive behavior and treatment. Narcotics Anonymous and Alcoholics Anonymous, 12-step programs are open to everyone including groups for men, women and Spanish speakers.




VIOLENCE PREVENTION
RSVP
(Resolve to Stop the Violence Project) - RSVP is an in-custody and post
release violence prevention program based on the principles of Restorative
Justice.

Violent offenders are required to participate in a 16-hour-a-day program staffed by
deputy sheriffs, community violence counselors and staff from organizations
representing victims and survivors of violent crimes.
Other aspects of this program are described under Post-Release Programs
(RSVP/Community Restoration) and Community Programs
(RSVP/Victim Services).




VOCATIONAL TRAINING


Vocational training in the jails includes the Garden Project/Horticulture, Culinary Arts, Print Shop, Landscaping, and Job Readiness.
COUNSELING
A wide range of counseling services are available to inmates, varying from jail to jail depending on what type of facility they are housed in. Included are: Parenting, Children's Center, Drama Therapy, Issues and Treatment, Horticulture Therapy, Group Counseling, Women's Support Group, AIDS Workshops, Life Skills, Stress Reduction, Yoga and Meditation, Anger Management, Conflict Resolution, Violence Prevention, Men's Groups, Tools for Healing.
ARTS - Arts instruction and activities include: Introduction to Music, Art, Graphic and visual Art Therapy, Theater, Post-Release Art Therapy.
LIBRARY SERVICES -
Library services are available in all of the jails including regular book
and magazine distribution, Project READ and Law Library.


RELIGIOUS SERVICES -
Services for all denominations are available.


Jail Alternative Programs

San Francisco is a national leader in using alternatives to incarceration. The Sheriff's Department sponsors these programs:For more information, contact the Sheriff's office.

HOME DETENTION
Description
Prisoners are confined in their home except for pre-approved periods of employment, schooling, or counseling. Compliance with the curfew is verified by electronic equipment installed in the prisoner's home. A radio-signal anklet and a video monitor confirms the prisoner's presence in the home. DUI offenders have a breath alcohol tester installed in their home.
AuthorityPC 1203.016
Established1989
Fee$100 registration plus $1 - $20 per day (based on ability to pay)
Eligibility1) Referrals by sentencing court in lieu of jail
2) Court order authorization for unsentenced prisoners

SWAP/PREP
Description
Sheriff's Work Alternative Program (SWAP) and Post Release Educational Program (PREP) are located at 930 Bryant Street. Prisoners are evaluated for educational and substance abuse counseling needs by Sheriff's Counselors. Prisoners are assigned to a combination of PREP classes and SWAP work crews. Classes and counseling are conducted Monday through Friday, and work crews, primarily DPW street cleaning, are seven days a week. Prisoners referred by the court in lieu of jail must participate a minimum of two days a week. Prisoners transferred from jail, during the last 60 days of their sentence, must participate five days a week, Monday through Friday.
AuthorityPC 4024.2
Established1981 SWAP 1995 PREP
Fee$100 registration plus $20 per day. No fee if Monday - Friday participant
Eligibility1) Referrals by sentencing court in lieu of jail (90 day sentence limit)
2) Jailed prisoners last 60 days of sentence


RESIDENTIAL COUNTY PAROLE


Description


Prisoners are placed in licensed residential substance abuse programs after in-jail program participation or upon referral by the court. Program placement is for six months. The following contract to house county parolees:
Asian American Recovery Center
Casa Aztlan
Casa Maria
Jelani House
Liberation House
Milestones
Rites of Passage
Start to Finish
Walden House





AuthorityPC 3076
Established1993
Fee$50 registration plus $1 - $30 per day (based on ability to pay)
Eligibility1) Referrals by sentencing court, or court order authorizations for unsentenced prisoners.

2) County Parole Board consideration of jailed prisoners after minimum 30 days participation in SISTERS, ROADS, or RSVP (in-jail counseling programs).





Post-Release Programs
Garden Project
Tree Corps
PREP
RSVP/Community Restoration


PREP


Post Release Education Program (PREP) is a component of the Sheriff's Department's Alternative Programs Division. PREP was developed to address the educational, counseling and community transitional needs of prisoners.
Eligible prisoners are transferred from jail during the last 60 days of their sentences to participate in SWAP/PREP. Participants spend two days per week in educational and counseling programs at the PREP Center at 930 Bryant Street; the remaining three days are spent on supervised work crews in the community.
PREP staff provides a variety of counseling, educational and community reentry services to assist participants in their transition back to the community. Special note is made of substance abuse issues, history of violence and medical or psychiatric needs. Recommendations for in-house classes/groups and/or outside referrals are made where appropriate.
Participants are responsible for adhering to program rules and polices. Failure to adhere to all program requirements results in disciplinary action, which may include return to jail.






RSVP/COMMUNITY RESTORATION
Upon release from custody, RSVP (Resolve to Stop the Violence Project) program graduates must continue the program, as a condition of their probation or parole, at PREP and in the community.
Required community restoration activities include attending support groups and job training, speaking at schools, juvenile hall and in the faith community, and participation in community theater productions and public forums in neighborhoods with high crime rates.
The custody component of this program is described under Jail Programs (RSVP), and victim services are under Community Programs (RSVP/Victim Services).



COURTS
The Sheriff's Department provides security for the Criminal and Civil Courts in San Francisco. Approximately 70 sworn officers and supervisors are assigned to the Courts Division. Their responsibilities include escorting defendants to court, acting as bailiffs, providing building security, transporting psychiatric patients to and from medical facilities, and responding to emergency calls for assistance from the courts.

The Criminal Courts are located in the Hall of Justice, 850 Bryant Street, the Civil Courts at 400 McAllister Street, and the Youth Guidance Center at 375 Woodside Avenue.



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