From the Blog
Jails in San Francisco
There are several county jails in San Francisco, as well as one located in San Bruno (although still within the jurisdiction of San Francisco county). They are run by the Sheriff’s Department.
- County Jail #1 at 425 7th Street – All prisoners are initially booked in through this jail in San Francisco, but moved to on of the other facilities after booking is complete.
- County Jail #2 on 7th Street – This facility houses both men and women inmates, but is the only jail in San Francisco that houses women.
- County Jail #4 at Bryant Street – This jail is the maximum security facility for San Francisco County.
- County Jail #5 on Moreland Drive, San Bruno – This large facility is actually located in San Mateo County, but falls under the jurisdiction of San Francisco County and City.
If a prisoner requires medical attention or mental health treatment, they are housed in a locked ward at San Francisco General Hospital on Potrero Avenue.
How do I visit someone in jail in San Francisco?
The Sheriff’s Department requires all visitors to schedule visits to inmate online, except for those who wish to visit people being held in San Francisco General Hospital.
Visits can be scheduled via the Sheriff’s Department website, here. Visits are available on weekends and holidays, and at the San Bruno jail on Thursday evenings, although attorneys can visit their clients outside of those times. There are strict rules that apply to jail visits, such as time limits and dress requirements. You should make sure that you review the rules carefully beforehand; otherwise you may not be allowed to visit.
Driving Directions to our San Francisco Office
From North (North Beach)
From North Point Centre in North Beach, drive East onto Bay St. Drive for .2 miles until you reach Pier 35. Take a right onto the Embarcadero. Follow the Embarcadero for .8 miles, passing Levi’s Plaza, The Battery, and The Punchline. Take a right onto California St. when you see San Francisco Soup Company. Follow California for 0.2 miles. Our office will be on your right, next to Events and Adventures San Francisco.
From East (Lower Pacific Heights)
From Alta Plaza Park turn onto Jackson St., heading West. Take a quick right onto Webster St, passing California Pacific Medical Center on your left. After 0.4 miles, take a left onto Bush St. Follow Bush St. for 1.5 miles, passing People’s Barber, St Francis Memorial Hospital, and the Dragon’s Gate as you go. Take a left onto Kearny St., and after two blocks, a right onto California St. Our office will be just to your left, kitty-corner from Wells Fargo and Newport Asia.
From South (South of Market)
From Gene Friend Recreation Center in South of Market, drive onto 6th St. going North. After 0.5 miles, you’ll see Dottie’s True Blue Café. 6th St. will turn into Taylor St. and Veer right slightly. Follow Taylor St. for half a mile passing Glide Memorial Church and Honey Honey Café & Crepery as you go. Turn right onto Bush St. right after passing Sanraku. Follow Bush, then take a left onto Kearny St. Drive North two blocks and our office will be on your right, in the same building as the Social Security Administration.
From West (Financial District)
From the heart of the Financial District, head South on Battery St. Passing Sensor Tower and Michael Mina. Take a right onto California St. Pass the Bank of California Museum and Wells Forgo History Museum, our office will be on your right.