California Inmate Search

California Arrest Records and Warrant Search

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How to find California prison inmate information

Before you begin your search for CA inmate information, you must determine whether you are searching for an individual in a state prison or a county jail. If you are searching for information about California state prison inmates, you can use the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation’s Inmate Locater. You can find the Inmate Locater at this website: This search tool allows you to search by last name or inmate number. You can also use a first or middle name to narrow your search. A partial name can also be entered. This search tool will provide the California offender’s CDCR #, their age, and their admission date, as well as their current location.

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation advises that not all of the information in their database is up to date and accurate. Recently admitted or transferred inmates may not show up in database for several days. If you plan on visiting an inmate, you should contact the institution ahead of time. You should also note that only California adult inmates will show up in this search; not minors. The CDCR’s inmate locater tool can only be used to find inmates who are serving time in a CA state level institution. There is no statewide database for locating individuals serving time in county jails.

To find information about inmates in CA county jails, you must contact the sheriff’s department of the county the person was sentenced in. While citizens can be residences of only one county, they can be arrested and serve jail time elsewhere if they commit crimes in other counties. This means that you must know where the crime was committed and where the initial police report was filed in order to locate an inmate. Start by contacting the sheriff of the county where the individual in question committed the crime. They should be able to direct you to the appropriate resources for finding inmates in the county jail. If you guess the wrong county, try the sheriff of a different county. Again, there is no California statewide database for this information.

How can I use information about California inmates?

There are a number of ways that information about CA inmates can be useful. You can use the California inmate locater to search for people from your past and find out if they are in prison. You can also conduct background checks on individuals you need detailed information about, such as potential babysitters. Obviously, this information is very important for people who have loved ones in the California penal system. If someone you know is in a CA prison, you can get visitation information and schedule a visit. You can also find out how to send packages and mail to inmates.

California Statistical Information about Inmates and Crime

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation has a dedicated Offender Information Services branch, the duty of which is to compile information about inmates and parolees for the purpose of public knowledge and safety, as well as a prison population predictor and budgeting tool. This departmental branch frequently publishes information about adult and juvenile prison populations, parolees, condemned inmates, recidivism, behavior, and more. You can view a variety of California Offender Information Reports at this page: You can find information about California inmate demographic characteristics, escapes, employees killed by inmates, paroled felons, and annual time served.

The California Department of Criminal Justice provides statistical information on crime. They publish a variety of statistics in the form of annual reports. You can find these reports here: Crime in California is the go-to report for information about “crimes, arrests, adult felony arrest dispositions, adult corrections, criminal justice expenditures and personnel, citizens’ complaints against peace officers, and domestic violence.” You can visit the California Department of Justice’s Crime Data homepage to begin exploring the wealth of information they make available to the public:

The Federal Bureau of Investigation publishes uniform crime reports that track crime in a consistent way across the United States. This allows citizens to accurately compare crime in one place to crime in another place. You can find more information at the FBI website: