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California Inmate Search

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) is the 3rd largest law enforcement agency that runs and maintains the operation of state prison and parole systems in the State of California.

According to the Division of Correctional Policy Research and Internal Oversight (Department of Research), as of 1st August 2020, the total inmate population in California is 105,875.  These include both inmates in custody and offenders not in custody but under CDCR Supervision.

Currently, there are 101,864 male prisoners/offenders and 4,011 female prisoners/offenders in California prisons or under CDCR supervision. Out of these, 99,107 inmates are in correctional facilities/prison/jail/institutions and the rest are kept in camps.

In addition to this, there are 54,667 offenders under the parole system. Further, an additional 5,635 parolees can no longer be traced and are considered as absconders.

The current incarceration rate in the State of California is 328 inmates per 100,000 people living in California.

How Do I Find An Inmate Using DOC California Inmate Search, Or California Inmate Search Prison Wise Web Application, Or California County Jails Inmate Search Facility

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) collects and maintains the inmate records including the criminal records and arrest records of the inmates or prisoners who are currently incarcerated in STATE PRISONS.

The department provides certain selected information out of the inmate records by placing it on its CDCR Inmate Locator (Public Inmate Locator System) web-application. These extracts from inmate records are part of public documents and are made available by prison authorities to promote public safety.

The inmate lookup or inmate search is performed on the basis of the CDCR Number or Last Name of the inmate.

The inmate search result includes

  1. Inmate Name (First Name & Last Name),
  2. CDCR Number,
  3. Age on the Inmate,
  4. Prison Entry Date or Admission Date,
  5. Current Location,
  6. Parole Eligible Date (Month/Year),
  7. Parole Eligible Date Information,
  8. Victim Notification
  9. THE RECORDS DOES NOT INCLUDE A MUGSHOT and Expected Release date. Expected Release Dates and Parole Dates are only accessible using the VICTIM NOTIFICATION or VINE System.

Any federal inmate incarcerated at any federal prison can be located using the Federal Inmate Search web-application maintained by the Federal Bureau of Prison. The inmate search can be performed on the basis of inmate number or inmate’s name with race, age, and sex. One can access this web-application.

Most County Jails have their own County Jail Inmate Locator web-applications. A few of the important ones are listed here

Inmate Locator of Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department

The sheriff’s department’s inmate locator can be accessed at https://app5.lasd.org/iic/ajis_search.cfm. The inmate search is performed on the basis of the name of the inmate. The inmate search results include

  1. Booking No
  2. Inmate’s Name
  3. Sex
  4. Race
  5. Date of Birth
  6. Age
  7. Hair
  8. Eye Color
  9. Height and Weight
  10. Arrest Date
  11. Arrest Time
  12. Arrest Agency
  13. Agency Description
  14. Date Booked
  15. Time Booked
  16. Booking Location
  17. Location Description
  18. BAIL Records including the Bail Amount (if any)
  19. Court Records
  20. Inmate Release Search including inmate release date, inmate release time, release reason.
  21. Case Information

Inmate Locator of San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department

The County Sheriff’s Department maintains an inmate locator web-application. The search is performed either on the basis of Booking Number or on the basis of an Inmate’s Name with Date of Birth, Age, and Sex. One has to enter either date of birth or the age of the inmate.

Inmate Locator of Alameda County Sheriff’s Department

The County Sheriff’s Office maintains the inmate locator web-application at https://www.acgov.org/sheriff_app/. The inmate search is performed on the basis of the Inmate’s Name or the PFN Number.

Inmate Locator of Alameda County Sheriff’s Department

The County Sheriff’s Department maintains the inmate search or inmate lookup web-application at https://www.ocsd.org/howdoi/get. The search is performed on the basis of Inmate Name and Date of Birth.

Inmate Locator of Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department

The County Sheriff’s Department maintains the inmate search or inmate lookup web-application at http://www.sacsheriff.com/inmate_information/. The search is performed on the basis of Inmate Name and XREF Number.

How To Do A California Inmate Release Search

Information relating to the release, death, and escape of an inmate can be requested by the victims or victim’s family by applying in Form CDCR 1707 to the California DOC. The form 1707 can be accessed at https://e1707.cdcr.ca.gov/.

How To Contact California Department Of Corrections

For general information, one can visit the California Department of Corrections at 1515 S St #101n, Sacramento, CA 95811, United States, or can telephone them on 916-324-7308.

Where Inmates are Housed in the State of Connecticut

At present, there are 35 state prisons and correctional facilities in California. The details and contact information of major prison facilities are listed as below

Avenal State Prison (ASP)

It is a state prison that only houses male inmates. The prison has a staffed capacity of 4,719 and a design capacity of 2,920 inmates. The prison is very overcrowded and it is currently housing 3,824 inmates which is 31% more than the design capacity. The prison is located at #1 Kings Way, Avenal, CA 93204. One can contact the prison at (559) 386-0587. All other information such as visitation & support, inmate programs, etc can be viewed on its website at https://www.cdcr.ca.gov/facility-locator/asp/.

Calipatria State Prison (CAL)

This male prison has a staffed capacity of 3,451 and a design capacity of 2,308 inmates. This prison is also overcrowded with 2,955 prisoners which is 28% more than its design capacity. The prison is located at 7018 Blair Road, Calipatria, CA 92233. One can contact the prison at 1-800-374-8474. All other information such as visitation & support, inmate programs, etc can be viewed on its website at https://www.cdcr.ca.gov/facility-locator/cal/.

California Correctional Center (CCC)

  1. This male prison has a staffed capacity of 4,752 and a design capacity of 3,883 inmates. Currently, there are 3,275 inmates in this prison. One can learn more about this at https://www.cdcr.ca.gov/facility-locator/ccc/.
  2. California Correctional Institution (CCI) – This male prison has a design capacity of 2,783 inmates and there are currently 3,445 inmates in this prison. One can learn more about this on https://www.cdcr.ca.gov/facility-locator/cci/.
  3. Centinela State Prison (CEN) – This male prison currently has 3,237 inmates which are 40% more than its designed capacity of 2,308 inmates. One can get more inmate information about this prison on its website at https://www.cdcr.ca.gov/facility-locator/cen/.
  4. California Health Care Facility – Stockton (CHCF) – This male prison facility has a staffed capacity of 3,111 and a design capacity of 2,951 inmates. It currently houses 2,575 inmates. One can get more information about this facility at https://www.cdcr.ca.gov/facility-locator/chcf/.

In addition to this, there are more than 100 county jails in the State of California. Only Alpine County and Sierra County does not have any jail facilities. The Following are some of the County Jail Facilities in California

  1. Santa Rita Jail
  2. Amador County Jail
  3. Butte County Jail
  4. Calaveras County Adult Detention Facility
  5. Marsh Creek Detention Facility
  6. Martinez Detention Facility
  7. West County Detention Facility
  8. El Dorado County Jail, Placerville
  9. El Dorado County Jail, South Lake Tahoe
  10. Glenn County Adult Detention Facility
  11. Humboldt County Correctional Facility
  12. Herbert Hughes Correctional Center
  13. Imperial Adult Regional Facility
  14. Imperial County Oren Fox Detention Facility
  15. Inyo County Jail

How to Visit an Inmate in California Prison and What are the Visitation Rules

CDCR has a visitation program that helps the family and friends of an inmate to locate, contact, visit, and correspond with the inmates and juveniles who are incarcerated in any state prison.

One can read the guidelines for visiting inmates here.

The following steps are to be followed to visit an inmate in prison:

  1. Make a Visitation Application in CDCR Form 106. This has to be mailed to the Visiting Sergeant and/or Lieutenant where the prisoner you want to visit is housed.
  2. Locate The Inmate using CDCR Inmate Locator as specified above. If you cannot do so, you can simply contact the Identification Unit at (916) 445-6713.
  3. Check Inmate Eligibility to Visit and Type of Visits.
  4. Check Visiting Days and Hours.
  5. Set an Appointment for Visit.
  6. All Adults must carry identification proof including A driver’s license (from any state) with photo; A Department of Motor Vehicle identification card (from any state) with photo; An armed forces identification card with photo; A United States Department of Justice Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) identification card; A United States passport with a photo or a foreign passport with a photo; or A photo identification issued by the Mexican Consulate.
  7. You must not wear the following attire:
  • One that is similar to the inmate’s clothing,
  • One that is similar to the uniform of law enforcement agencies, correctional officers, custodial staff wear, etc.
  • One that is immodest,
  • One that cannot be taken off or can pass the metal detector.

How To Send Money To An Inmate in California State

One needs to first locate the prisoner using the methods specified above. One can transfer money by using Electronic Fund Transfers through vendors like GTL/ConnectNetwork, JPAY, and Access Corrections. Also, the money can be transferred to a lockbox using Money Orders, Personal Check, and Cashier’s Check.

How To Send Package To An Inmate in California State

The Correctional Department has authorized a certain number of private vendors to directly sell items to the inmates. This means that no inmate can receive a package directly from anybody outside of the approved vendor list. One can review the list of vendors at www.cdcr.ca.gov/visitors/.

What Can You Send To A Prisoner Housed In A California Prison

A care package may include items like permissible edibles such as meat, sea-foods, coffee or tea, or items of personal hygiene such as shampoo, toothpaste, deodorants, etc. If the facility guidelines permit, these packages may also include shoes, undergarments, sweatshirts, etc.

The Connecticut Department of Corrections allows the inmate’s family and friends to send care packages. Before sending such packages, the sender must make sure that the contents of the package are not in violation of the prison rules and procedures in this regard. It may take anywhere from 10 to 21 days for the package to reach the inmate. Packages can only be sent through authorized providers associated with the prison facility where the inmate is housed.