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No Cost Release

No Cost Release from Jail: Know your rights, Know your options. If you have been arrested, you have a right to: 
  • ​Meet with Own Recognizance /Pretrial Staff to discuss your options for free release at no cost
  • A Public Defense Attorney at no cost if you can’t afford an attorney
  • Reentry Services in and out of custody



Office of Pretrial Services
2310 N. 1st Street Suite 104
San Jose, CA 95131
(408) 918-7910 – Information line​
(408) 918-7900 - Main number​​pretrial​​​​



Just Ask
About no-cost release options

If arrested, ask to speak to a Pretrial Services representative about free options for release:

  • Own Recognizance (OR) – Release on the condition you return to court 
  • Supervised Own Recognizance (SORP)- Release under the supervision of a pretrial officer 
  • Self-Surrender Program
In-custody Arraignment Process FAQs – Jail, Court, Supervision


Helpful links:

Office of the Sheriff Department of Correction               
Main Jail:

150 W. Hedding St.
San Jose, CA 95110 ​​

Just Ask
About incarceration information


Elmwood Complex
945 Thompson St.
Milpitas, CA 95035

Main Jail Complex
150 W. Hedding St.
San Jose, CA 95110

​Office of the Public Defender 

120 W. Mission St.
San Jose, CA 95110
(408) 299-7700

Just Ask
About no-cost attorney services


  • No-cost attorney services for indigent/incarcerated clients
  • Immigration attorney services
  • Record Clearance Information (Expungements; Prop 47 & 64)
Helpful links:

The Reentry Resource Center

151 W. Mission St.,
San Jose, CA 95110
(408) 535-4299
M-F 8:00 AM -5:00 PM​

​Just Ask
About help after release

Services and support for currently and formerly incarcerated Santa Clara County residents released from custody

Public Benefits: General Assistance, food assistance, Medi-Cal eligibility
Health Services: Primary health, mental health, substance use assessments & referrals and peer support
Community-Based Services: Connections to onsite, faith-based and other services, such as employment, education, housing and legal services

Helpful links:

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Last updated: 11/12/2020 11:50 PM