In lieu of incarceration, the Jail Division of the San Benito County Sheriff’s Office has an inmate Work Alternative Program. The program is known to most as W.A. (Work Alternative) or S.W.A.P. (Sheriff Work Alternative Program).
To qualify for S.W.A.P., the person must have received a jail sentence of 40 days or less. The cost of the program is $30.00, in CASH, and the registration process takes approximately 30 minutes. The $30.00 fee must be brought in cash as exact change. The facility cannot make change, and does not except checks or money orders. The program accepts court commitments from other Counties only if a reciprocity agreement is on file with that county.
The program is located at the County Jail. The address is 710 Flynn Road, Hollister, CA. and operates everyday from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Registration for the program is done by appointment only. Please call 831-636-4123 to schedule an appointment.
S.W.A.P. inmates must report to the jail at 7:15 a.m. on scheduled dates. Return time is around 3:30 p.m.. Transportation to and from the work site is the responsibility of the jail staff or delegated county employees.
If you have any questions, please contact Correctional Deputy Landeros between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Thursday only.
The Inmate Services Program Manager joined efforts with Gavilan Community College to provide academic/vocational education to both sentenced and non sentenced inmates via credentialed instructors.
Additional services are also offered with coordination of volunteers and other community agencies.
The following is a list of programs currently being offered at the San Benito County Jail.
ESL/English as a Second Language
Basic Computer Skills
Coping with Loss
Recovery Group Men & Women
Women Support Group
Makeover for Success
In 2 Work Program
HIV Education & Testing
Community Services Workforce Development
Life in Focus
Department of Child Support Services
Bridging the Gap
An inmate may be excluded or removed from any class based on failure to abide by the jail facility rules and regulations.