The San Joaquin County Jail (SJCJ), also known as the John Zunino Jail, is operated by the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Department. Built in 1992, this correctional complex houses adult male and female detainees and inmates sentenced for misdemeanor and/or felony crimes. With a rated capacity for 1,550 residential “guests” the complex includes a “South Jail” and an “Honor Farm” for low risk offenders.
The San Joaquin County Jail is located about six miles south of Stockton in Northern California. The address and phone number is:
999 W. Matthews Road
French Camp, CA 95231
If your friend or loved one has been detained or incarcerated in the Stockton Jail, the information below may be of interest to you. Our team of California criminal defense lawyers provide important details about the following topics:
- 1. Locate a San Joaquin County Inmate
- 2. Bail Bonding
- 3. Inmate Phone Policies
- 4. Commissary Cash Accounts
- 5. Jail Visitation
- 6. Mail and Packages
- 7. Life in Custody
- 8. Alternative Incarceration Programs
- 9. Inmate Property Retrieval
- 10. Legal Help for Criminal Charges
1. Inmate Search
To confirm that your friend or relative has been booked in San Joaquin County, you can use the Sheriff’s online “Who’s in Custody” search engine. This inmate locator application provides many identifying details, including date of birth, height and weight, and date of arrest. The online information will also tell you the criminal charges and classification (felony or misdemeanor), the bail amount (if granted), projected release date, visiting information, and the booking ID number.
Alternatively, you are free to call the jail at (209) 468-4562 to obtain inmate information.
2. Bail Bond Payment
There is a good chance your friend or loved one will be granted temporary release through bail bonding. You can determine the amount on the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s “Who’s in Custody” page, or by calling the jail. Bail can be paid at the facility in cash or with a cashier’s check (made out San Joaquin County Superior Court). Alternatively, a licensed bail bondsman can assist you with posting bond.
3. Inmate Phone Communication
Friends and family are not permitted to call into the San Joaquin County Detention Center to speak to detainees and inmates. Newly arrested individuals in California are allowed to make some free, outgoing phone calls, and thereafter, John Zunino Jail inmates are provided opportunities to make collect calls.
To facilitate inmate phone calls, San Joaquin County contracts with a third party vendor: Securus. You can set up a phone account on the Securus website (or call the company at (800) 844-6591) to arrange “Advance Connect” service. This will facilitate prepaid collect calls, which your friend or loved one can use with multiple landline and/or cell phone numbers.
When speaking with a detainee at the jail, it is important to remain aware that your conversations are subject to monitoring and recording. Please refrain from discussing your loved one’s case to avoid making potentially incriminating statements.
4. Commissary Funding
The San Joaquin County Correctional Facility provides for the basic needs of residents, but most will want to order comfort items from the commissary. The selection will generally include food items, toiletries, correspondence materials, etc.
An inmate cash account is started with funds confiscated during the booking process, and this account is used for commissary purchases. Friends and family members can also contribute money to the account to fund commissary orders. There are a few ways to do this at the French Camp Jail:
- In person – Deposit kiosks are located in the public lobby of the main jail, available 24 hours a day. (There are also kiosks in the visitation areas at the South Jail and Honor Camp, available during regular business hours.)
- Online – You can make a credit/debit card deposit online at “Smart Deposit.”
- Phone –– Call (866) 394-0490 to make a deposit by phone.
- Mail – You can send a money order into the jail for inmate deposits. Send this to: 999 W. Matthews Road, French Camp, CA 95231, and be sure to include the inmate’s name and booking number.
5. Visiting a SJCJ Inmate
San Joaquin County inmates are permitted two personal visits a week (the week beginning Monday), with a maximum of one 45-minute visit a day. There is a limit of three persons per visit, including children and infants.
Visiting hours at the John Zunino Jail are every day of the week from 9:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. and 11:45 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. On Wednesdays only, the afternoon visitation hours are extended until 7:00 p.m. Honor Farm visiting hours are 10:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. and 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Note: Visits start at the top of the hour. Sign-ups are on a first-come, first-serve basis, and you must be present 30 minutes ahead to secure your time slot. Registration stops 15 minutes prior to the next appointment.
Phone numbers to call for visitation information (during business hours) are:
Main Jail: (209) 468-4295
South Jail: (209) 468-4676
Honor Farm: (209) 468-4384
There are many strict visitation rules provided by the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office. Posted rules include:
- Current, government-issued photo identification will be required for each adult visitor.
- Minors under the age of 18 must be in the company of a parent or legal guardian. Proof of relationship will be required.
- Children must remain under close supervision throughout the visitation process, and should be prevented from creating a disturbance.
- Food, drink, and tobacco may not be consumed or brought into the visitation area.
- Visitors who are under the influence of alcohol or drugs will be denied entry.
- Do not bring purses, diaper bags, strollers or any type of container into the visiting room. You may not bring in cell phones, pagers, cameras or recording devices, any type of weapon, drugs or alcohol, lighters or matches. No cosmetic bags, nail files or clippers. Lockers are provided onsite to store small items.
- Visitors are restricted to visiting one SJCJ facility per day.
- If you leave the visiting room once the visit is in progress, you will not be allowed to return.
- Convicted felons and individuals incarcerated in San Joaquin County in the past 30 days are not permitted to visit the facility. Those on parole or probation may visit only after obtaining written consent from the supervising agency.
There is also a strict dress code for San Joaquin Jail visitation. The dress code applies to male and female visitors. Clothing should not be revealing or sexually suggestive/provocative. Prohibited items include:
- Skirts or dresses that fall above the knee
- Tank tops, spaghetti straps or any shirts without sleeves
- Sheer fabric
- Bare midriffs or exposed undergarments
- Clothes styled in recognized gang fashion or displaying gang-related graphics or symbols
- Coats, jackets, sweatshirts
- Hats or hoods
- Jeans with holes
Note: Visits are not private. Please do not discuss pending criminal charges.
6. Mail Policies
Friends and family are encouraged to write to San Joaquin Detention Facility inmates and can send (and receive) unlimited quantities of postal mail. Inmates are directed to purchase their correspondence materials/stamps through commissary. If indigent and without funds, he or she will receive materials to send out two personal letters a week.
Mail should be addressed as follows:
Inmate name and Booking Number
San Joaquin County Jail
999 W. Matthews Road
French Camp, CA 95231
All mail will be opened and inspected, but will not generally be read unless there is “cause” for this action. Packages are not allowed. You are permitted to send letters and greeting cards and may enclose photographs 4 x 6” or smaller. Any polaroid photos must have the backing removed.
Do not send any type of material depicting:
- Nudity or obscenity
- Gang signs, colors, or graffiti
- Violence or racial bigotry
You can order softcover books or magazines to be delivered directly to the inmate from the publisher or bookstore.
7. Life and Health at the Detention Center
San Joaquin County Jail inmates have daily access to medical, dental, and mental health care. Correctional Health Care services for inmates is provided by San Joaquin General Hospital, with transport to the hospital available, if necessary. Over-the-counter and prescription medications are also dispensed, as needed. A co-pay may be assessed for onsite care, deductible from the inmate cash account.
The detention center provides work and “good time” opportunities to reduce the confinement period. There is a recreation yard and a library. Religious services and educational programs are also provided at the jail. Inmates can work toward their G.E.D., learn ESL, and/or receive training/certification in auto body shop. There are also classes in conflict resolution, parenting, and other topics available, as well as substance abuse programming.
The John Zunino Detention Center has a stated mission to provide an environment free from sexual abuse for incarcerated individuals. Following the precepts of the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA), the Sheriff’s office pledges zero-tolerance for sexual assault or sexual harassment in the jail, providing information and instructions for reporting violations.
8. Custody Alternatives
The San Joaquin County Sheriff’s office facilitates custody alternative programs for individuals who have been granted leave by the court. The following are offered:
- An “Alternative Work Program,” allowing sentenced inmates to work 8-10 hour days for a nonprofit organization or public works program.
- An Electronic Monitoring Program, which allows inmates to serve their sentence at home.
- Work Furlough (or School Furlough), allowing inmates to continue with a previously-held job or educational commitment.
More information on these programs is available online, or call (209) 468-4620.
9. Inmate Property
All personal property is confiscated by staff during booking and stored at the facility. If desired, the inmate can execute a property release form to authorize property pick up by a friend or relative. Only one appointment is allowed, and 48 hours’ notice is required to pick-up property at the jail. Please be prepared to show identification for property retrieval.
10. Talk to a Criminal Lawyer
With appropriate legal representation, you or your loved one can avoid the unwanted consequences of criminal allegations. An experienced criminal attorney at the California Legal Defense Group can help you fight the charges and achieve a preferred case outcome. Our defense attorneys have assisted countless Californians in a similar situation and offer a strong record of results. To obtain a free consultation and case review, please call us 24/7 or contact us online.