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Santa Clara County Jail - South

County Jail

Last Updated: June 28, 2019
150 W Hedding St, San Jose, CA 95110
Santa Clara
County - medium
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Santa Clara County Jail - South basic information to help guide you through what you can do for your inmate while they are incarcerated. The facility's direct contact number: 408-299-3438

The Santa Clara County Jail - South is a medium-security detention center located at 150 W Hedding St San Jose, CA which is operated locally by the Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office and holds inmates awaiting trial or sentencing or both. Most of the sentenced inmates are here for less than two years. Santa Clara County accepts inmates from surrounding towns, municipalities, the US Marshal's Service and the San Jose Police Department who do not have their own long-term lock-up.

The Santa Clara County Main Jail Complex is located at 150 West Hedding Street in downtown San Jose and is divided into Main Jail North and Main Jail South. The annual budget for the Main Jail Complex is approximately $37 million dollars. Each year, the Main Jail Complex receives and books about 65,000 persons. Most of those booked are cited and released or post bail on their charges. There are 350 badge and civilian staff assigned to the Main Jail Complex. Main Jail plays host to a number of community events each year, including Every 15 Minutes and Sober Graduation programs aimed at preventing teen drunken driving.

Main Jail South

Main Jail South, opened in 1956, has a rated capacity of 674 inmates and is designed in the older linear style, complete with bars and tiers. This indirect supervision model, although popular in the 1950s, is generally not the norm in modern jail settings because officer-inmate interaction is minimized. Included in the Main Jail Complex is the North County Facility located in the Palo Alto courthouse. This jail is operated daytime only for inmates with cases in Palo Alto.

The Department of Correction's Programs Division delivers services for a vast number of recipients. Programs are offered by the department and partnered community based organizations. These services include, but are not limited to:

• Educational Treatment and Vocational Classes
• Departmental Services and Support
• Community Services
• Alternative Custody Programming
• Inmate Supervision and case management
• Provider Contracts
• Provider Performance Assessments and Reviews

Programs Division
The Santa Clara County Programs Division delivers services which cover a vast number of recipients including, the Department of Correction, community based organizations, the inmate population and the community at large.
Jail Industries
The Correctional Industries Program trains inmates to work while providing high quality products at bargain prices to government and non-profit organizations across the country.
Services Overview
classes, vocational, community, alternative
Weekend Work Program
The Courts of Santa Clara County identify low-risk offenders and sentence them to the Weekend Work Program as an alternative to jail.

The Correctional Industries Program trains inmates to work while providing high quality products and services to government and non-profit organizations across the country.
We manufacture top quality products for below market prices!

Wood Products
• Computer Desks
• Office Desk
• Drawing Easel
• Bookshelf Units
• TV - Video Cabinet
• Coat Racks
• Toys

Metal Products
• Institutional Tables
• Exercise Equipment
• Range Equipment
• Benches
• Security Cabinets
• Push Carts
• Institutional Bunk Beds

Upholstered Products
• Chairs
• Institutional Mattresses
• Institutional Pillows
• Blankets
• Custom Upholstery

Wood and Metal Refinishing
• Custom Refinishing
• Substance Abuse
• Domestic Violence
• G.E.D.
• High School Diploma
• Literacy
• Art
• English As a Second Language
• Computer Learning
• Parenting
• AIDS Education
• Self-Esteem
• Cultural Awareness
• Life Skills
• Career Development
• Conflict Resolution
• Group Processing
• Trauma Recovery
• Religious Educational/services
• Regimented Corrections Program - R.C.P.
• Daily Reporting Program - D.R.P.
• Weekend Work Program - W.W.P.
• Public Service Program - P.S.P.
• Horticulture
• Computer Skills
• Grounds Maintenance
• Road Maintenance
• Parks Maintenance
• School Maintenance
• Program Transports
• Flood Control
• Office Assistance
• Educational Conferences

Inmate Locator

Santa Clara County Jail - South publishes the names of their inmates currently in their facility in California. Your search should start with this locator first to see if your loved one is there.

The second box is the InmateAid Inmate Search. This database of inmates is user-generated content for the purpose of accessing and utilizing any or all of the InmateAid services. If you need our assistance creating your own inmate profile to keep in touch, email us at aid@inmateaid.com and we will assist you in locating your inmate.

As a last resort, you might have to pay for that information if we do not have it. The Arrest Record Search will cost you a small amount, but their data is the freshest available and for that reason they charge to access it.

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Covid Visitation Information

As of March 18, 2020, registration and visitation rules have changed to protect inmates at Santa Clara County Jail - South and their loved ones during the COVID-19 outbreak. At this time, there are no in-person visits for family and friends due to the COVID-19 situation. Video visitation is available; details can be found below or call 408-299-3438.


  • All visits through the video visitation system require the visitor to establish a user account.

Visitation Information

Santa Clara County Jail - South - Visitation
All visitors must be approved for inmate visiting prior to signing up for visits. Registration may be done in person or online. If you prefer to submit a paper registration form (https://eservices.sccgov.org/OVR/Home/VisitorRegistrationForm), print the Visitor Registration form and mail it to: Office of the Sheriff | Custody Bureau | Visiting Office | 150 W. Hedding Street | San Jose, California 95110. The approval process may take up to 4 business days to complete. If you provide a valid email address, you will be sent an email to notify you of your application’s approval status.
§ Applications to visit will be denied if:
Ÿ You are on probation or parole
Ÿ You have an open or pending court case
Ÿ You were convicted of a misdemeanor within the past 3 years
Ÿ You were convicted of a felony within the past 5 years
Ÿ You were released from a State / Federal Prison within the past 5 years
If any of the above statements apply to you but you believe you should be given special consideration, you may write a letter to the Facility Commander at the address above and explain the reasons why you believe you should be approved. In your letter, please include your full name, date of birth, driver’s license / ID#, your current address, telephone number and CDC discharge papers (if applicable).
§ Visitors to Main Jail North may schedule up to 2 weeks in advance but no less than one hour before a visit.
§ Visitors to Main Jail South may schedule visits up to 3 days in advance but no less than one hour before a visit.
Main Jail South Only
SCHEDULE VISIT on the Previous

· In Person Registration – at the Main Jail North Lobby. If time and workloads permit, the Visiting CSA may process registration applications and sign up visitors for a same-day visit. However, there is no guarantee the registration approval process will be completed.

Ÿ Days: Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Friday, Saturday (closed Wednesdays)
Ÿ Times: 7:00 am – 11:00 am; 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Ÿ ALL adult visitors must show a current government-issued picture I.D. (Driver’s License, Green Card, Passport, Military I.D., or Mexican Consulate Card) to prove identity.
· Online Registration – Online Visiting Registration (OVR): https://eservices.sccgov.org/OVR/Home/Disclaimer. If you provide a valid email address, you will be sent an email to notify you of your application’s approval status.

No visiting on Wednesdays. Visits are subject to cancellation without prior notice. You must arrive at least 30 minutes before your scheduled visit, otherwise it will be cancelled. Missing or cancelling a scheduled visit counts as having a visit. Inmates may have two 60-minute visits per week.

8:10 am
9:20 am
10:30 am
2:00 pm
3:10 pm
4:20 pm
7:00 am
8:10 am
9:20 am
10:30 am
2:00 pm
3:10 pm
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Visits are accommodated on a first-come, first-served basis.
Up to two (2) adults may visit, but the visit will be split into one half-hour for each (one visitor at a time).
Any changes to a scheduled visit can ONLY be made by the person who originally scheduled the visit. For example, a second visitor CANNOT change the visiting time, cancel a visit or replace the original visitor with another person.
Adult visitors and the inmates' or the visitors' children may visit. Any reasonable number of dependent children may visit as long as they are constantly supervised and remain well behaved. If you cannot control your children, your visit will be terminated. An original and/or notarized birth certificate is required for each child at the time of visit. Children who are 18 years or older will be counted as adults.
Hospital visits must be scheduled at the Main Jail North Lobby on the same day of the visit. Inmates must be in the hospital for 7 days prior to any visits being scheduled.
The inmate will not be eligible for a visit if he has lost his privilege as a result of any disciplinary action.
All visitors must wear shoes and clothing that is appropriate for visiting at the MAIN JAIL. Your visit will be cancelled and you will be denied entry into the facility if these rules are not followed. Any questions or clarification of these rules must be directed to the Information Desk Officer.
• Dresses, skirts, skirts with slits that are more than 2 inches above the knee
• Clothing that exposes any part of the back, shoulders, chest or midriff
• Visible undergarments
• Transparent clothing, strapless, halter, spaghetti straps, bare midriff clothing, tank tops
• Unfastened buttons and zippers (they must remain fastened)
• Clothing that resembles jail / inmate clothing
• Law Enforcement or military patterned clothing
• Clothing or footwear containing metal
• Hats
• Medical attire (scrubs)
• Attire displaying obscene or offensive language or drawings
• Visitors with tattoos of an offensive nature, or visible gang-associated tattoos or clothing, will not be allowed to visit
• Anything else deemed inappropriate by the Facility Commander or his/her designee will not be allowed
For More Information Please Contact
County of Santa Clara | Office of the Sheriff | Custody Bureau
150 W. Hedding Street | San Jose, California 95110
Phone: (408) 299-3438 (Recorded Information)

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