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CDCR Inmate Search & California Inmate Search
Get detailed records of inmates serving their sentence in California state prisons which are maintained by California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation CDCR.
County jails, police jails, city jails in California maintains all the inmate database records individually and one can go to their individual website for detailed information.
Detailed instructions are given below so that you can lookup inmate information from the database across all prison types.
Find detailed records of inmates serving their sentence in California state prisons using Inmate Lookup. The records are maintained by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation CDCR.
Inmate Lookup is designed to make it easy for you to find information about people who are incarcerated. The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation maintains a centralized database of inmates that anyone can search. This database covers inmates in facilities administered by CDCR only, however. This includes state prisons and state jails but does not include city jails, county jails, or other detention facilities.
The respective CDCR maintains a centralized database of inmates that anyone can find easily.
Each facility’s page here at Inmate Lookup provides a link to its website. There, you may be able to find information about inmates they are currently holding along with details like projected release date. However, not all facilities have the same level of information available. You may need to call them on the phone to find the information you’re looking for.
Detailed instructions are given below so that you can look up inmate information from the database across all prison types. Further down on this page we provide a listing of city jails, county jails, and other facilities in California along with contact information. Again, with each listing, Inmate Lookup also provides a link to their website.
California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation CDCR Inmate Search:
The Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation operates and manages all the state prisons in California. To search any inmate in CDCR follow the steps shared by Inmate Lookup and provided below:
Step 1: Visit the California CDCR inmate search website.
Step 2: Enter the inmate’s name or ID in the required fields.
Step 3: Click on the ‘Submit’ button.
On the results page, you can see the list of all inmates matching the specified criteria.
You can also find out information about California CDCR inmate search by contacting the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation at:
California Inmate Search: http://inmatelocator.cdcr.ca.gov/search.aspx
Address: 1515 S St, Sacramento, CA 95811
If you discover the person you’re looking for is not in a state facility, Inmate Lookup has assembled a comprehensive listing of other facilities lower down on this page
Frequently Asked Questions about Performing an Inmate Search
What is the difference between jail and prison?
This is a popular question. Though both types of facilities have to do with public safety, the main differences have to do with the length of confinement and who runs them. Generally speaking, jails are used to hold persons who have been arrested and are awaiting trial in court or to detain offenders who have been convicted of minor crimes. They are operated by local governments on the city or county level. Inmate Lookup provides an accurate list of these kinds of facilities in California below.
Prisons, on the other hand, house offenders who have been convicted of more serious offenses and who have a projected release date farther in the future. They are typically run by the state or the federal government. Examples in California include the Calipatria State Prison and the Pleasant Valley State Prison. Inmate Lookup walks you through the process of finding someone in a state facility at the top of this page.
How do I lookup a CDCR ID number?
The CDCR ID number is assigned to each inmate who is in CDCR custody following a conviction. If you know the number, you can use it to lookup an inmate in the system. You can find the number on the CDCR website listed above by Inmate Lookup if you have the name or SID number of the person you are looking for.
What is a SID number?
A SID number is an abbreviation for State Identification Number. Individuals who are arrested for a crime are assigned a SID number, which is used for record-keeping and identification purposes. You can use the State Identification Number to look up a California inmate in the CDCR inmate database. Inmate Lookup has provided easy instructions for how to do this near the top of this page.
What kinds of information can I find out about inmates in an inmate search?
Inmate Lookup provides you with simple instructions for searching the CDCR database near the top of the page. When you look up an offender in the CDCR database, you’ll be provided with the following information collected in the system:
- SID number (State Identification Number)
- CDCR ID number (California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation number)
- Maximum sentence date
- Current facility
- Projected release date
- Parole eligibility date
- Inmate visitation eligible
- Offense history
If available, you will also see information about the scheduled release date, type, and location. A space near the bottom includes the offense history, which gives you details about their initial conviction and any additional convictions. Data includes the sentencing date and California county locations where offenses were committed. You’ll also see the case number and the length of each sentence. The current facility listed links to another page where you can find the address and phone number for that facility if you need to find out about how to contact or visit an inmate.
You won’t find photos (mugshots) or their date of birth.
You can also find out information about a CDCR inmate by writing to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, 1515 S St, Sacramento, CA 95811.
Information obtained from the database about a CDCR inmate is only to be used for permitted purposes.
If you need to find out about a prisoner who is not in the state system but rather in a local facility, Inmate Lookup has pulled together a comprehensive list below.
California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) Inmate Searcher
Fill out the form below and receive a detailed report on an inmate. This includes current and previous arrest records, social media handles, current and previous addresses & phone numbers.
Prisons and Jails in California
General Stats for California
California Total No. of Inmates
Number of people under Probation Supervision
Prison population rate: 100,000 residents
Incarcerated individuals with sentences of 50 years or longer