San Benito County Jail
The San Benito County Jail is the main jail in San Benito County California. While the police in the cities and towns in San Benito County can arrest and detain offenders, the San Benito County Jail is the facility that is accredited by California to hold inmates for more than 72 hours.
The San Benito County Jail, located at:
710 Flynn Road
PO Box 920
Hollister, CA 95024-0920
can be reached 24 hours a day, 365 days a year at 831.636.4060.
The main reason that people call 831.636.4060 is to find out if a particular person is in custody, although you can look up an inmate online by going here. You can also get answers to whatever questions about an inmate, and the services for San Benito County Jail that you may have by clicking on any of the questions below:
How to search for an inmate?
Can you look up an inmate’s mugshot?
How do you look up an offender’s criminal charges, bond or inmate number?
How do you visit an inmate?
What are the visitation hours?
Can you visit inmates in San Benito County by video from home?
How do you get phone calls from an inmate?
Can you send mail, books, or newspapers to an inmate?
How do you send an inmate money?
Does San Benito County Jail have inmate commissary?
Can an inmate receive and/or send email or text messages?
Do inmates in San Benito County have access to computers or tablets?
How do you pay an inmate’s bail or bond?
Every year the San Benito County Jail has approximately 2480 bookings, with a daily average of 124 inmates and maintains control of the facility with a staff of 31.
Inmates in this jail range from low level misdemeanor offenders to those being held and awaiting trial for violent crimes like robbery, rape, and murder. Therefore, given the mix of potentially dangerous inmates, the security level is very high.
The San Benito County Jail is equipped with a state-of-the-art locking system, closed circuit cameras covering every area where inmates are located, and jail staff that utilize a communication system that keeps each of the guards and civilian staff in constant contact.
Guards that circulate in the same general area of the inmates are armed with eye-blinding mace that will turn an inmate having a violent outburst into a weeping child. They also carry stun weapons, short clubs, flashlights that have dual use as both a light source and as a weapon, and handcuffs. Guards at entrances and in areas not frequented by inmates are armed with various firearms. The goal of such tight security is to keep both the staff and the inmates safe.
For other jails in San Benito County, jails in neighboring counties, and local police jails and juvenile detention centers for young offenders under age 18 in this county, click here.
Unlike the California Department of Corrections, where inmates are sent once convicted of a crime and sentenced to a period of more than a year, the San Benito County Jail System is populated by short-term offenders; those who have just been arrested and awaiting to be bonded out by friends or family, those who cannot afford or get bailed and are awaiting trial, or those who have already been convicted of a crime and sentenced to a term of less than one year. Many of the latter inmates become ‘workers’, who can reduce their sentence by performing jail maintenance or working in the kitchen. An upside to being a worker is they also get paid a small stipend so when they get released, they have a few dollars in their pocket.
Inmates that are convicted of a misdemeanor and/or sentenced to less than one year of a state crime serve their time in the San Benito County Jail.
Illegal immigrants convicted of a state or federal crime will first do their time, then may be transferred into ICE custody for deportation.
For full instructions on the San Benito County Jail Inmate Phone Syste, what the costs are, how it works, and tips and guidelines on rules, regulations and saving money on calls, check out our Send Money Page.
For complete Instructions on How to Bail or Bond an Inmate in San Benito County Jail, check out our Inmate Bail page.
San Benito County Jail uses GettingOut for some or all of its communication services with an inmate.
If you want to deposit money using this company for your use or your inmate's account, there are four ways to do it:
For all the information you need to know, including tips, guidelines and warnings about depositing money in a San Benito County Jail inmate's account for communication services, check out our Send Money page.
1. First, Register or Sign In to GettingOut/GTL
2. Purchase the services you want for your San Benito County Jail inmate.
3. All inmates have free access to the tablets to read their letters from family & friends, but there are many other services available to keep your inmate busy while incarcerated... such as Games, Books, Music and Movies. These other services come with fees that you can pay for when you pay for phone service.
To learn more about Tablet Rentals for inmates, including the cost, all the services available and everything else you need to know, check out our Tablet Rental Page.
When mailing a letter or postcard to an inmate, please address your mail as follows:
Inmate's First and Last Name
710 Flynn Road
PO Box 920
Hollister, CA 95024-0920
Emailing Messages & Photos
Facility_name_1} contracts with GTL GettingOut, the same service that handles iInmate Phone Systems and Video Visitation, for sending secure messages and photos between you and your inmate.
If you are not already registered, do so here, or Log in.
Then use the Facility Finder to:
1. Select San Benito County Jail,
2. Add your inmate to your list of contacts,
3. Add a credit or debit card to cover your costs.
Go here to this FAQ to get answers to how the transition to ViaPath from GTL and gettingout will affect your account.
Other than 'at the jail' visits between you and your inmate, which is explained and outlined in detail on our Visit Inmate Page, San Benito County remote video inmate visitation can be done using the services of GettingOut.
There are three ways to remotely visit your inmate in San Benito County Jail:
1. Using the GettingOut Kiosk at the jail.
2. Using your computer from home.
3. Using your phone on the GettingOut apps.
To remotely visit an inmate in San Benito County follow these steps:
1. Start by confirming that San Benito County Jail's Video Visitation is working correctly by looking up San Benito County here.
2. The next step is to create an account here for GettingOut.
3. Then add funds to your account.
4. Last, select San Benito County Jail, and then the inmate you wish to communicate with.
Other San Benito County Services provided by GettingOut:
- Phone Calls & Voicemail
- Email, Photo & Video Sharing
- Inmate Tablet Rental
* All the information you need to have complete knowledge about inmate visitation; policies, rules, fees, schedules, tips, dress codes, and children, lawyers and clergy visitation in San Benito County, can be found on our Visit Inmate Page.
San Benito County Jail Phone: 831.636.4060
Third Party Jail Inmate Services for San Benito County Jail
Gone are the days where San Benito County Jail supervised their own phone system, mail system, visitation, commissary and inmate money deposit systems. Jails throughout the United States are now partnering with high tech companies to provide and manage these servives for them and the jail in San Benito County is no different.
Everything from video calls, to messages to visitation, and even digital mail and money deposits can be done from your home computer or personal device. Inmates in San Benito County Jail, if they don't already, will soon have their own personal tablets for watching movies, TV shows, access to educational and and legal information, and more.
As San Benito County Jail adds these services, JAILEXCHANGE will add them to our pages, helping you access the services and answering your questions about how to use them and what they cost.
You can check out this information now by going to the: Family Info page, Visit Inmate page, Inmate Mail page, Inmate Phone page, Send Money page, Inmate Bail page, Mugshots page, Text/Email an Inmate page, Commissary page, Remote Visits page, or the Tablet Rental page.
Frequently Asked Questions
How many inmates are in the San Benito County Jail in California?
There are 124 inmates in the San Benito County Jail in California. While that is what they are approved to have incarcerated at any one time, they have on occasion had to add additional beds, even having inmates sleep on the floor when overcrowding becomes an issue. When possible, San Benito County Jail will temporarily transfer some inmates to a neighboring facility, or if necessary, release some offenders from custody. Learn more about how to search for a specific inmate in the San Benito County Jail.
How many people get arrested and booked into the San Benito County Jail in California every year?
In 2021, a total of 2480 offenders were booked into the San Benito County Jail in California. That is less than previous years, mostly due to restrictions related to the COVID pandemic. As of April 2022, the number of arrests and bookings are returning to normal, which means they are running higher than 2021. Learn more about how to search for an inmate in the San Benito County Jail.
How many people work at the San Benito County Jail in California?
The San Benito County Jail maintains a staff of approximately 31. Staff positions include correction officers, maintenance, clerical, kitchen workers and management. California law allows for inmates to work alongside the paid staff during their incarceration, saving the facility money. Even though the inmates are paid, the cost is less than 15% of what a normal worker from the outside would be paid.
Does the San Benito County Jail in California have an inmate search or jail roster to see who is in custody?
Yes, the San Benito County Jail in California has an Inmate Search Roster feature. Learn more about how to search for an inmate in the San Benito County Jail. When you get to this page click on the big green button that reads 'OFFICIAL San Benito County Jail INMATE LIST'. After clicking on the link, type in the offender's name and then click 'search'. You can always call and speak to someone on the staff at 831.636.4060 if you are have further questions. In most cases the Inmate Roster provides information about the inmate's bond, criminal charges, mugshot, and even their release date, as long as they are not being sent to a California prison or the US Bureau of Prisons to serve a sentence that is longer than one year.
What is the address and phone number of the San Benito County Jail in California?
The San Benito County Jail address and phone number is: 710 Flynn Road
PO Box 920
Hollister, CA 95024-0920. Their phone number is 831.636.4060. To find out the address for sending an inmate mail, sending newspapers, magazines or care packages, learn more about how to mail an inmate in the San Benito County Jail.
Where do I found out all the inmate services at San Benito County Jail, such as visitation policy and schedule, how the inmate phone system works, emailing an inmate, and sending them money to buy things in commissary?
Here is where you get direct access to all the information you need for San Benito County Jail inmate services: Learn more about how to visit an inmate in the San Benito County Jail. Learn more about how to get phone calls from an inmate in the San Benito County Jail. Learn more about how to text/email an inmate in the San Benito County Jail. Learn more about how to send money to an inmate in the San Benito County Jail. Learn more about how to mail an inmate and what's allowed in the San Benito County Jail. Learn more about inmate commissary in the San Benito County Jail.
How do I bail or bond an inmate out of the San Benito County Jail?
Call 831.636.4060 for the type of bond and any information that is required for a particular individual at San Benito County Jail. A bond is set according to a court-approved schedule. You will either have to pay a cash bail, or put up a private, surety or a property bond to guarantee to the court that the defendant will return on their assigned court date. Learn more about how to bail or bond out an inmate in the San Benito County Jail.
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