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    If you have any questions about posting bail in the San Francisco Jail System,  please call 888 Bail Bond.

    Jail Information

    The San Francisco County Jail System houses about 2,500 prisoners daily in nine jails. The County Jails are numbered 1, 2, 5, 7, 8 and 9.

    The system also includes an intake and release facility, and a ward in San Francisco General Hospital, known as Ward 7D/7L.

    Approximately 60,000 people are booked into these jails each year.

    The San Francisco Sheriff’s Department is contracted by the Police Department to administer all of the jails. Bookings are handled by 800 deputy sheriffs.

    Intake and Release - San Francisco County Jail #9

    When a defendant is first arrested in San Francisco County,  they are usually brought to County Jail # 9, located at 425 7th St., San Francisco where they are booked and processed. This process can take up to several hours to complete.

    The location is known as the “Intake and Release Center" (IRC). Such "IRC" facilities are common in larger counties where a centralized processing of inmates is highly beneficial.  There, the defendants’ information is entered into the jail’s computer system.

    The booking process generally consists of photographing, fingerprinting and so on. This information is also entered into a nation-wide computer database for a background check.

    After the booking process is completed, defendants may remain at this facility, or they may be transferred to one of the other county jails.

    Opened in 1994, San Francisco County Jail #8 and #9 are located at the same address: 425 7th St., San Francisco and are next to the Hall of Justice.

    The facility is known as the "Glamor Slammer".  The building has a very dramatic and contemporary architectural design that fits in well with the city’s landscape.

    County Jail #8 primarily holds post-conviction prisoners, but also houses all female prisoner. 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, along with family counseling/support groups.

    At the time of arrest and booking, bail is set according to a published bail schedule established by a panel of judges.

    San Francisco Jail Housing

    After initial booking, defendants are housed at one of the County's jails. Generally, pre-trial defendants (those awaiting trial) stay at the Bryant Street Central Jail on the 6th floor of the Hall of Justice. Others are sent to County Jail #2, located on the 7th Floor.

    County Jail #2 (Hall of Justice, 6th Floor, San Francisco)
    County Jail #4 (Hall of Justice, 7th Floor, San Francisco)

    Ward 7D/7L - San Francisco General Hospital

    Another of the San Francisco County jails is located in ward 7D/7L in San Francisco General Hospital, which caters to defendants with medical or mental issues.

    Because it is the only Level I Trauma Center in the area, the hospital maintains a high patient volume and is usually on a constant "Total Divert" status, which means that incoming emergency patients (with the exception of trauma, psychiatric, pediatrics, and OBGYN) are diverted to other nearby hospitals.

    San Bruno Jail

    The newest San Francisco jail complex is not located in San Francisco, but in an unincorporated part of San Mateo County between Pacifica and San Bruno at 1 Moreland Drive.  This new facility opened in 2006 and is named County Jail #5. It replaced the Old County Jail #3, which at the time of closing held the distinction of being oldest operating county jail in California. County Jail #3 stands vacant and will soon be demolished.

    Visiting a Prisoner

    Visiting at County Jail #1, County Jail #2 (Hall of Justice) and County Jail #5 (San Bruno) can be arranged by making advance phone reservation. Visiting at County Jail #8 is arranged by signing up in person on visiting day morning.

    Visiting is held at each jail on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays.

    • Visitors may bring money to leave on a prisoner’s account but they are not allowed to bring him/her any personal items.
    • Visitors under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or a guardian. Children cannot be left unattended at any time.
    • Visitors must be prepared to show a valid ID with a current photograph, that has a name, address, and date of birth.
    • All visitors are subject to a search.
    • Visitors who are inappropriately dressed (gang related clothing, hairstyles, or graffiti) will be denied visits.
    • Visitors who appear to be under the influence or cause a disturbance also will not be allowed to visit and future visits may be denied.
    • Attorneys and bail bondsmen are allowed to visit their clients in a confidential setting at any time except during meals and count time.

    Bail Bond Information

    When you are in a stressful situation, because somebody you care about has been arrested, you need access to level-headed bail bond professionals. Their support, knowledge and confidentiality are crucial factors in obtaining a fast jail release.

    At 888 Bail Bond, we are a family owned company with a 40 year history of success. We do all the work ourselves, ensuring that the best and brightest in the business are at your disposal 24/7.

    For complete San Francisco bail bonds information or immediate bail service, please call to speak to a bondsman at 415-831-2245 or 888-BAIL-BOND.


    Bail may be posted at any time, 24 hours a day, at Room 201 of the Hall of Justice, 850 Bryant Street, 2nd floor. Afterwards, the bail receipt must be delivered to the jail so that the person may be released. If the person is 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.

    To get information on someone in custody, call (415) 553-1430, County Jail #1 at the Hall of Justice. Or better yet, call a bail bondsman who can help you navigate the complicated San Francisco jails and post the bond for you.  888 Bail Bond is at your service 24/7.  You can call them at 415-831-2245.

    San Francisco County Jail Bail Bonds Solutions for You

    You likely have many questions and concerns and we're here to help you through the process. We offer:

    Free 24-Hour Phone Consultations – you will speak directly with a professional San Francisco County bail bondsman, likely a Trusted ExpertBail Network member, who can quickly explain how a bail bond works and how this applies to your needs.
    Fast Bail Service throughout San Francisco County – Bail bonds can be arranged by fax and email or fast phone approvals to help get your loved one out of jail quickly. If meeting in person is more to your comfort, we'll come to you or you can meet us at the office or the jail. Once the process is complete, we post the bond within the hour to obtain the quickest release possible.
    Bail Bond Payment Options – All major credit cards are accepted. You may also choose to pay in cash. If financing a bail bond is necessary and you qualify, we're here for you with no financing charges. Often, collateral is not required.
    Need More Information on San Francisco County Bail Bonds – Please see our Frequently Asked Questions or call us now toll-free 888-224-5266.