CUSTODY DIVISION

BAIL PROCEDURE

Alternatives to incarceration at the San Joaquin County Jail will be utilized in every case consistent with our responsibility to ensure public safety and protect inmate rights. One alternative is a Release from Custody. Inmates are eligible for release in the following ways:

1) Pre-Trial Services, a liaison unit between the jail and the courts, releases inmates under the Misdemeanor Citation Release Program and also the Felony Own Recognizance Program.

2) Own Recognizance release by the courts following arraignment.

3) Cash Bail for the full amount of the bail posted at the jail. The jail accepts United States currency or a Cashier's check. The Cashier's check must be made out to the San Joaquin County Superior Court. Bail can also be posted with the courts directly, at the courthouse, under certain circumstances.

4) Bail Bond for the full amount of the bail posted at the jail. Bail agents generally charge a 10% fee for posting a bond. This is usually payable up front to the bail agent and is not recoverable or refundable. Bail agents are listed in the telephone book in both the White Pages and the Yellow Pages. The jail cannot make recommendations or referrals to the individual bail agents. Bail can also be posted with the courts directly, at the courthouse, under certain circumstances.