​The Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office Custody Division is the fifth largest jail system in California and among the 20 largest systems in the United States. Our jail is among the 100 systems nationwide with an inmate population of more than 1,000. In 2015, the average daily population for the Santa Clara County Correctional facilities was 3,638 inmates.

Approximately 48,000 arrestees are booked annually with an average stay length of 206 days.

The Custody Bureau consists of several divisions: Main Jail Facility, Elmwood Correctional Facility, Custody Administrative Services, Jail Reforms, Support Services, and Compliance.


Inmate Programs

Weekend Work Program/Public Service Program

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.

Reentry Services

In order to decrease the number of individuals incarcerated and under probation and parole supervision, the County of Santa Clara is focusing on developing a comprehensive effort that addresses the needs and risks of former offenders. The County's Reentry Program represents a new way of doing business.

Inmate Welfare Fund

The purpose of the Inmate Welfare Fund Committee is to implement the provisions of California Penal Code Section 4025 which allows the County to establish, maintain, and operate a store (commissary and vending services) at the jail so that inmates may purchase confectionary items, postage, writing materials, toilet articles, and supplies. All commissions received from commissary sales shall be deposited into an inmate welfare fund. The statute also requires that any money, refund, rebate, or commission received from an inmate telephone service provider be deposited into the inmate welfare fund.

The IWF Committee shall meet twice a year or more often if determined necessary. All meetings shall be held in the Lower Level Conference Room at 70 West Hedding Street, San Jose or in another location when notice has been duly posted in a conspicuous place and as otherwise may be required by law.

IWF Committee meetings are open to the public to attend in compliance with regulations set forth in the Brown Act.

EDOVO Transcript/Certificate Requests

If a participant requests transcripts/certificates for the completion of self-paced instruction on the EDOVO tablet:

  1. The participant can send a message through the tablet to the vendor and request to have transcripts/certificates sent to their family or friend on their behalf.
  2. Family and friends can:
    1. Go to the EDOVO Web site.
    2. Click “Get Involved” at the top of the home page.
    3. Complete the request form.
    4. EDOVO will follow up and confirm account details.
    5. After confirmation, they will send the transcripts/certificates.

Daily Population Sheets

The County produces a daily report about the current inmate population for both Main Jail and Elmwood Custody Facilities.

Your Vigilance Matters: Help Keep Our Incarcerated Persons Safe

Dear Visitors/Family/Friends,

When you visit or speak to your incarcerated friend, loved one, or client, you play a vital role in maintaining a safe and secure environment for them. Your watchful eye can make all the difference. If you ever notice concerning language or behavior from your loved one, friend, or client, that suggests they may be putting themselves or others in danger, please don't hesitate to act and report it immediately.

Please Report the Following Behaviors

  • Aggressive language or threats
  • Changes in behavior, distress or depression
  • Statements indicating hopelessness or helplessness
  • Statements about giving away belongings or not being there in the future.
  • Self-harm
  • Harm of others
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