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Custody Division

Published on: 10/12/2016 12:38 PM

​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.  The average daily population for the Santa Clara County Correctional facilities is approximately 4,000 inmates a day.

Approximately 65,000 arrestees are booked into the Main Jail annually. The average length of stay is about 110 days, and 80 percent of the inmate population has a history of drug or alcohol related problems.

The Custody Division consists of several units within the division: Main Jail Facility, Elmwood Correctional Facility, and Custody Administrative Services.  


  • Elmwood Men's Correctional Complex
    Elmwood Correctional Complex in Milpitas provides care, housing, and retention of approximately 2,600 medium- and minimum-security male inmates.
  • Elmwood Women's Correctional Complex
    The Elmwood Complex Women's Facility, established in 1964, is located in the northeast portion of the Complex.
  • Main Jail Facility
    The Santa Clara County Main Jail Complex is located at 150 West Hedding Street in downtown San Jose and is divided into Main Jail North and Main Jail South.

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.
    To access the calendar for scheduled meetings and agendas please click on the following link.

Daily Population Sheets

  • Daily Population Sheets
    A report produced daily about the current inmate population for both Main Jail and Elmwood Custody Facilities.


Prison Rape Elimination Act Report