Stockton Jail

san-joaquin-county-jailThe Stockton jail serves San Joaquin county residents. It is located in French Camp, approximately five miles outside of Stockton. It consists of three separate facilities located in close proximity to each other. The Jail Core, Honor Farm and South Jail are all operated by the San Joaquin Sheriffs Department. We offer discrete, professional bond service at all locations.

The Stockton jail is for adults only. Juveniles are held at at separate facility, the San Joaquin Juvenile Hall. If you need to know where a friend or loved one is being held, you can obtain information by calling the main office or using the online inmate look up feature on the website. Intake and jail visiting centers can be found just off of the Matthews Road exit on I-5. The Jail Core and South Jail parking is on Callis Road. Honor Farms is a little further down, on Wolfe Road.

Visitors must abide by specific guidelines. You can not bring any personal items with you, such as bags, purses or strollers. Inmates are limited to 45 minutes per visit, and you have to sign in 15 minutes in advance. You can only visit at one facility each day, and a maximum of 3 people at once is allowed. This includes infants and children. Each facility has distinct visiting hours. The hours are:

  • Honor Farm: Monday to Sunday 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM
  • South Jail and Jail Core:: Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday thru Saturday 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM Wednesday 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM

The Stockton county jail works with the San Joaquin Superior Court, Stockton Courthouse and the Stockton Family Law Courthouse. Together, all three facilities have a capacity of approximately 1,400 beds. Jail Core is the smallest building, housing a maximum of 450 inmates. Honor Farm is the newest jail building and has a maximum capacity of 510.

Currently, construction is nearing completion on a $173 million state run prison medical complex. It is anticipated that some people being held at the county facility with serious medical or mental health conditions will be moved to this location. The complex is much larger, encompassing nearly 1.2 million square feet.

The Stockton jail was built to replace the old jail facilities, which closed in 1961 due to over crowding and inhumane conditions. The building featured old-world castle type architecture and was designed to hold 75 inmates. In 1954, the jail hit a record breaking total of 518 residents. The site is now a historical landmark in downtown Stockton.

The Speed Freak Killers, Wesley Shermantine and Loren Herzog, are probably the most infamous residents of the Stockton Jail. Arrested in 1999 for a series of serial murders, the sheriff originally booked them on charges of four homicides. Later in 2012, Shermantine divulged additional information that raises the body count to at least 20. To this day, the total number of victims remains uncertain.

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