The Central Magistrate is often called C-Mag or Mag’s Office.  It is a joint processing area that includes City and County personnel.  If an individual has been arrested for the first time on a charge he will be taken to the Magistrate’s Office to be processed.  (Individuals arrested on warrants go straight to the jail).  The arrested person will see a magistrate (judge) who will decide if he gets bond and how much that bond will be.

P.R. Bonds will interview the individual to see if he is eligible to be released on his personal recognizance, which is sort of like giving his word to appear in court.  While P.R. Bonds is validating the information he gave, County officers will begin verifying his identity which will include taking his fingerprints and photo.  If a P.R. bond is denied, the individual will be sent to the County Jail to complete the booking process.  If it is approved the individual will be released once the book-in then book-out processes are complete.

This system was set up to help with the overcrowding at the County Jail.  But because of this system the Central Magistrate’s Office frequently knows if someone has been arrested before the people at the  jail do.  If you call Central Records to find out information on someone who just got arrested and they don’t show him in the system, try calling the Magistrate’s Office.

Central Magistrate (City side): 210-207-7532

Or go to the joint County and City Central Magistrate website.

NOTE:  City is having some problems with their phone number.  Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t.  If it is not working when you call try 210-207-7534 instead.


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  • admin  On November 5, 2013 at 3:22 am

    Candace – No. That is a safety issue. Paper can be soaked in illegal substances. Commissary has those items for sale. You can also order a package from iCare that has writing supplies.

  • admin  On November 5, 2013 at 3:36 am

    Candace – If he is indigent he can get one sheet of paper and one stamped envelope from Human Services.

  • Amanda  On November 8, 2013 at 9:36 am

    my boyfriend just got arrested last night can I see him today or just on the visit days? like online it says the first 5 days we can see him but then it says that his last names can only get visits on Saturday and Monday… when can I see him?

  • admin  On November 19, 2013 at 9:11 pm

    Amanda – Immediate family only during the first five days but it still has to be on his visitation day.

  • Bill  On January 15, 2014 at 11:26 pm

    Im trying to do a inmate search using SID # and DOB but when i hit submit it goes back to same page with blanks empty again. Whats up with that?

  • admin  On January 21, 2014 at 1:10 am

    Bill – Just call Central Records at 210-335-6201. They are open 24/7. The Bexar County jail is in desperate need of some technical help with their websites.

  • Roxanne  On March 18, 2014 at 7:20 am

    I use to go to this website to see the info on my boyfriend…However it doesn’t show me anymore. Is it because he already been there for almost a month.If so do u know a good website to find out about when is the release date & how much is his bond??

  • admin  On April 1, 2014 at 5:16 am

    Roxanne – If you are talking about the Jail Activity List it only has one week’s worth of information and is a mess to read. You can call Central Records at 210-335-6201 for information.

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