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.