Sentencing & Inmate Services


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 30 days or less. There is a sign-up fee of $60.00 and a daily fee of $10.00 payable by Cashier’s Check or money order made out to San Benito County Sheriff. Registration for the program is done by appointment only and you must call the jail immediately upon sentencing at 831-636-4123 to schedule an appointment. You must have your court paperwork available when you contact the jail for your appointment. The registration process takes approximately 30 minutes.

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 the work alternative coordinator at 831-636-4060.


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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
Life Skills
Basic Computer Skills
Coping with Loss
Recovery Group Men & Women
Women Support Group
Makeover for Success
In 2 Work Program
HIV Education & Testing
Planned Parenthood
Suicide Prevention
Tobacco Education
Community Services Workforce Development
Life in Focus
Department of Child Support Services
Bridging the Gap
Ministry Services
An inmate may be excluded or removed from any class based on failure to abide by the jail facility rules and regulations.