California Inmate Search

California

About California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation are responsible for keeping up-to-date records of inmates in the California state prisons. The database that the department of corrections supply the public should not be used as official records. It may contain errors in its information and the department of corrections does not imply is correct.  

You can search for an inmate using their CDCR number or their first and last name.  Information on inmates that were recently booked, or transferring state prison, will not be available for a few days.

 If you have any issues with finding an inmate or want to know more on visitation schedules, you can contact the department of corrections Monday through Friday between the hours of 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at 916-445-6713. 

Unlike the department of corrections, city and county jails, keep their own records separate. If you are looking for an inmate in one of those jails, you will need to find the appropriate site for further details. 

Basic Information

Department Name California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation
Official Website http://www.cdcr.ca.gov/
Currently Incarcerated Inmates http://inmatelocator.cdcr.ca.gov/search.aspx
Location 1515 S St, Sacramento, CA 95811, United States
Phone Number 916-324-7308

How to Do an Inmate Search in California

When an offender is housed in a state prison, they are the property of the Department of Corrections Division. As stated above every state’s Department of Corrections Division has their own jail roster or database that the general public may use.

The CDCR inmate locator database can be found on the official California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation website.

You can search the database by using the following pieces of information:

The CDCR number will take precedence during all searches. The CDCR is a six-digit number. All incoming inmates will be assigned their CDCR by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. This will be the easiest and quickest way to locate an inmate.

If you decide to enter their CDCR number in the field provided, you will NOT need to enter their first and last name. However, the CDCR field will only show results for the EXACT number you have entered, so you will want to double check, if no results pop up.

If you don’t know the inmate’s CDCR number or there is no search results for the AIS number you plugged in, your next thing you can do is search by the inmate’s first and last name.

When you finally get some search results, you will see a list of all inmates that fit the criteria you plugged in.

You will see the following pieces of information:

You can click on the inmate’s name to bring up their own personal file. When you do this, you will see the following information:

Who’s in Jail

As we stated above, the only prisons you will be able to find in the California inmate search are state-operated facilities. All city and county jails are NOT in this database whatsoever. 

In the state of California, there is 97 state prisons. These prisons are available in the above database. All other prisons that are not listed below will NOT come up in the roster. Keep this in mind when searching for an inmate.

Looking for who’s in jail in city and county jails will be more difficult than trying to find out who’s in jail in a state or a federal prison. There is typically not much information on these smaller jails. A lot of city jails do not even supply an inmate database to the general public. However, it is not impossible to locate an inmate in one of those facilities, if you know exactly who to seek out with your questions. 

As far as county jails, majority of county jails will be managed and operated by that county’s Sheriff’s department. They will be the agency, you should reach out to if you believe the person you are looking for is in a county jail. 

As far as city jails, majority of city jails do not have much information about them. They are typically just holding pens for inmates to be transferred out to their “permanent” jail. If you believe the person you are looking for is in a city jail, it is best to contact that cities corrections division. You can typically find all department information on the city’s official website.

Jail Roster and Mugshots

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation offender search database is updated regularly. It is typically updated during normal business hours. You will notice that inmate’s information can change quite frequently. Especially, if they have court proceedings and such.

If you have any questions or want to have the updated information, you will be required to contact the facility that the inmate is in. They will have the utmost updated information available on the inmate.

If you believe the information on an inmate is incorrect, you will want to contact the facility in which the inmate is held to dispute the information.

In the jail roster, you will also find the inmate’s mugshot. This mugshot is taken when an inmate is being booked and processed into a state prison. The mugshots typically do not change unless an inmate is getting transferred into another state prison facility.

You can also use the VINELink (VINE) to get notifications on inmate’s moving throughout the system. You will need to select the state of California. You will then want to select that you are searching for an offender or a defendant.

Sex Offender Search

You may notice that there is not a way to search for sex offenders in the California prison inmate lookup. That’s because the sex offender search is in a whole different database. Unlike the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation offender search this database is not available to the general public to use.

If you need to find information on a sex offender, you will need to contact the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation at 916-324-7308.

Types of Correctional Facilities in California

List of Correctional Facilities in California

There are 718 jails and prisons in California.
Showing 1 – 50 of 718 results
Correctional Facility Name Type County
Alameda County Glenn Dyer Detention County Jail Alameda County
Alameda Jail City Jail Alameda County
Alameda County Santa Rita Jail County Jail Alameda County
Berkeley Police Jail Facility City Jail Alameda County
Concord Jail City Jail Alameda County
Oakland Jail City Jail Alameda County
Alameda County Juvenile Justice Center County Jail Alameda County
Alameda County Camp Sweeney County Jail Alameda County
Alpine County Jail County Jail Alpine County
Amador County Jail County Jail Amador County
Butte County Juvenile Hall County Jail Butte County
Amador County Juvenile Detention Center County Jail Amador County
Calaveras County Jail County Jail Calaveras County
Calaveras County Juvenile Hall County Jail Calaveras County
Colusa County Jail County Jail Colusa County
Antioch Jail City Jail Contra Costa County
Contra Costa County - Martinez Detention County Jail Contra Costa County
Contra Costa County - Marsh Creek Detention County Jail Contra Costa County
Contra Costa County - West Detention County Jail Contra Costa County
Richmond Jail City Jail Contra Costa County
Contra Costa County Juvenile Hall County Jail Contra Costa County
Chris Adams Girl Center County Jail Contra Costa County
Del Norte County Jail County Jail Del Norte County
Orin Allen Youth Rehabilitation Facility County Jail Contra Costa County
Bar-O Boys Ranch County Jail Del Norte County
Del Norte County Juvenile Hall County Jail Del Norte County
Placer County Juvenile Hall County Jail El Dorado County
Placer County Juvenile Treatment Center County Jail El Dorado County
Fresno County Main Jail County Jail Fresno County
Elkhorn Correctional Facility County Jail Fresno County
Fresno County North Annex Jail County Jail Fresno County
Fresno County South Annex Jail County Jail Fresno County
Fresno County Satellite Jail County Jail Fresno County
Fresno County Juvenile Justice Campus County Jail Fresno County
Glenn County Sheriff's Jail County Jail Glenn County
Glenn County Juvenile Hall County Jail Glenn County
Humboldt County Correctional Facility County Jail Humboldt County
Humboldt County Juvenile Hall County Jail Humboldt County
Regional Adult Detention Facility County Jail Imperial County
Imperial County - Herbert Hughes Correctional Center County Jail Imperial County
Imperial County Juvenile Hall County Jail Imperial County
Inyo County Juvenile Hall County Jail Inyo County
Kern County Central Receiving Facility County Jail Kern County
Kern County Lerdo Max-Med Security Facility County Jail Kern County
Kern County Lerdo Minimum Security Facility County Jail Kern County
Kern County Lerdo Pre-Trial Facility County Jail Kern County
Twin Pines Ranch State Prison Riverside County
Acton Conservation Camp #11 State Prison Los Angeles County
Alder Conservation Camp #20 State Prison Del Norte County
Antelope Conservation Camp #25 State Prison Lassen County
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