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Visiting Bryant Street Jail

Posted on March 11th, 2011 by Tonya Page

General Information

Bryant Street Jail #1 (Hall of Justice/Classification)
850 Bryant Street, 6th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 553-1430

Bryant Street Jail #2 (Hall of Justice/Criminal Courts)
850 Bryant Street, 7th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 553-9506

The Bryant Street Jail, otherwise known as County Jail #1 (located on the 6th floor) and the County Jail #2, (located on the 7th Floor) includes both intake and release facilities. We can post bail bonds at the Bryant Street Jail 24×7.

All female prisoners in San Francisco are housed at County Jail #2.

All San Francisco Jails are operated by the County Sheriff’s Department Custody Division.The San Francisco Hall of Justice at 850 Bryant Street houses most of the county jail facilities for the City of San Francisco.

Rules for Visiting The Bryant Street Jail

County Jail #1:  

  • Only attorneys will be allowed to have interviews or visits at the Bryant Street County Jail.

County Jail #2: 425 7th Street

Glenn E. Dyer Detention Facility

Posted on March 4th, 2011 by Tonya Page

General Information

Glenn E. Dyer Detention Facility
550 6th St.
Oakland, CA 94607-3946
(510) 268-7777
Bail Bonds for Glenn Dyer Jail

Glenn E. Dyer is the 2nd largest detention facility in Alameda County. It has a maximum capacity of approximately 800 inmates.

The facility provides inpatient housing for both male and female inmates for the Alameda County Criminal Justice Department.

Once bail has been posted at the Glenn E. Dyer facility, release times for inmates can vary (generally 1-5 hours).

Rules for Visiting the Glenn E. Dyer Detention Facility

Inmate visitation at the Glenn Dyer Jail is from Thursday through Sunday only. The facility does not allow inmate visitation on Monday through Wednesday.

Would bail your adult child out of jail?

Posted on March 1st, 2011 by Tonya Page

Question: My son was arrested for shoplifting and was sentenced to 36-hours of community service. He then refused to do the community service hours and now he is back in jail for not complying with the court.

Answer: As a bondsman, I get this type of question from parents quite frequently. In fact, we published an article on this a few years back: Bail Bonds 101: Lessons for Parents. Knowing the state of the jails, I would certainly bail my adult child out of jail.

That said, there are certainly significant issues to consider in bailing out your adult child. For example, Read more »

LAPD Metropolitan Detention Center Jail

Posted on February 25th, 2011 by Tonya Page

General Information

Metropolitan Detention Center
180 North Los Angeles Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Main: 213-356-3446
Bail Bonds for the Metropolitan Detention Center

Newly opened in early 2011, the LAPD Metropolitan Detention Center (MDC) has replaced the now closed Parker Center Jail in downtown Los Angeles. Located right off of Highway 101, across from Union Station, the new 512-bed Metro Center Jail in Los Angeles is approximately 179,000 square feet. It is a Type I detention facility which can hold people for no more than 96 hours. 

The new Metro Center Jail is co-located with the Police Administration Building and has a ‘campus setting design’ plan. MDC is the Los Angeles Police Department’s largest jail.

Visiting Regulations for the Metropolitan Detention Center (MDC) Jail: 

Visiting Hours at MDC are 7 days a week from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

$155 Million Dollar Jail Weighs on San Mateo County Budget

Posted on February 22nd, 2011 by Tonya Page

In what could be a major budget breaker for the city, financially strapped San Mateo County is seeking a bond to fund a new jail project which would be constructed in Redwood City.

The Board of Supervisors met last week to discuss moving forward with building a new 4.8 acre correctional facility located on Chemical Way. The cost of the new jail would weigh in heavily at $155 million.

The current deficit is expected to exceed $100 million by the year 2015. Sheriff Greg Munks hopes the County will get state funding via Assembly Bill 900, which was slated just for jail construction projects. The Bill was passed by legislators in 2007.

Munks feels the County can’t put off the construction of the new jail because Read more »

How Do Bail Bondsman Pay Bail?

Posted on February 21st, 2011 by Tonya Page

This week’s question is taken from Yahoo! Answers, where we frequently answer bail bond questions:

How do bail bondsman pay bail?

When a defendant cannot afford to pay the total amount of bail set by the judge: how much would the individual need to pay a bail bondsman in order to be released if, for example, the amount of bail is $6000? Will the defendant have to pay the remaining balance to the court or bondsman? What happens to the bail bond if the defendant fails to appear on the court date?


A bail bond is simply a piece of paper that the bondsman gives to the court or jail which guarantees the defendant will show up for their scheduled court date, or the court will be paid. The bondsman does not pay the court anything unless Read more »

Deal to Get LAPD Officers on Patrol Okayed by Villaraigosa

Posted on February 17th, 2011 by Tonya Page

On Wednesday, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, signed off on a deal that would borrow money, originally from a fund for improving neighborhoods in Sunshine Canyon Landfill,  that would enable 27 officers to be placed back on patrol rather than acting as staff at the newly opened Metropolitan Detention Center, the LAPD’s brand new jail.

According to the Daily News, City Councilman, Greig Smith, devised the plan that would transfer $639,706 to the LAPD from the Sunshine Canyon Landfill community fund. It is said that the money will be used to keep civilian jailers on the job so that sworn officers can stay on the streets. The loan is interest-free and is supposed to be paid back in-full within two years.

Villaraigosa was extremely happy with Smith’s plan, and praised it along with detention officers and police at his side. Villaraigosa also revealed that the plan is an extreme help, but only a temporary fix. He suspects it will only last until June 30, 2011.

Villaraigosa said, “After July 1, Read more »

Van Nuys Bail Bondsman Charged With Grand Theft Embezzlement

Posted on February 11th, 2011 by Tonya Page

In another case which separates the wheat from the chaff, a licensed bail bondsman took liberties with the system, and lost.

Ms. Stephanie Diane Johnson, a Van Nuys bail bondsman, is accused of collecting at least $34,000 in gross premiums from several defendants’ she bailed out of custody.  However, she also failed to remit $5,070 in net premiums due to her surety, diverting the funds for her own personal use.

According to records, Ms. Johnson executed 13 American Surety Company’s bail bonds in Los Angeles County, totaling a face value of $390,000.

To really buck the system, she went as far as Read more »

Santa Cruz Main Jail

Posted on February 10th, 2011 by Tonya Page

General Information

Santa Cruz Main Jail
259 Water Street
Santa Cruz, CA. 95060
(831) 454-2420

The Santa Cruz main jail opened in 1981, with a newer wing added in the late 1980s. Santa Cruz County offers only one detention facility which provides maximum security units.

This facility is rated as a Class II detention facility. It detains those pending arraignment, being tried, and serving a sentence. The Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office Detention Bureau administers and oversees the Santa Cruz Main Jail.

We recommend that you contact us as soon as the inmate is arrested as to allow for the fastest release possible from this jail.

Rules for Visiting Santa Cruz Main Jail:

All visitors must Read more »

Rountree Medium Facility Jail

Posted on February 6th, 2011 by Tonya Page

General Information

Rountree Medium Facility
90 Rountree Lane
Watsonville, CA. 95076
(831) 454-5112

The Rountree Detention Center has two jail facilities (a medium facility and minimum facility), located in southern Santa Cruz County. Both facilities house inmates convicted and sentenced for up to one year in jail.

The medium security facility houses inmates who require incarceration and/or segregation from other inmates and those with court cases pending.

The minimum security facility houses inmates who do not have a high level of criminal sophistication and those who do not pose a threat to other inmates. They may also qualify for the Work Furlough program.

Once a bond has been posted, release can take anywhere from 2 to 4 hours or more, depending upon their individual situation. We can post a bond 24 hours a day.

Rules for Visiting Rountree Medium Facility:

If you are planning to visit an inmate, you must be approved in advance by Read more »

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