Jail and Inmate Search in California

California’s Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) is the agency in charge of inmates for the state. Searching for CA inmates is quick and easy. Currently, the state has 138,610 people incarcerated in jail and prison. Along with that, there are other 333,333 people on parole or probation in the state. The state is no stranger to crime and has an incarceration rate of 331 per hundred thousand with a violent crime rate of 445 and property rate of 2,553. They operate their prisons and jails on an annual budget of $ 10,600,000,000.

What are Jail Records?

California jail inmate search records are comprised of all the documentation created when a person is arrested, charged with an offense, goes to court, is punished and ends up in jail or prison. These records can include a RAP sheet, mug shots, personal details, information regarding court hearings and rulings and all other events that take place in the inmate’s life once they are in the penal system. The Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation organization maintains all the jail records and updates them daily as new events take place.

How to Perform California Inmate Lookup

CA makes it easy to locate inmates in their prison system with their inmate locator tool. Using just the person’s last name or inmate number you can see a list of results then select to view the inmate's details. Along with the inmate’s name, you can learn their age, when they were imprisoned, the facility they are being held in when they are eligible for parole and other details of offenses along with a notice to victims of the criminal. You can also get directions to the facility if you want to plan a visit or send them money. California inmate search records are also available on many third-party search portals where you can search and see their entire criminal history. You can also conduct more information with add of California prison inmate search tool.

Creating Public Jail Records

California’s Department of Corrections begins creating jail records the moment someone is arrested. They start by opening a file and then keep adding to it as the person progresses through the justice system. These files may begin at the local police department or arresting agency and then continue until the person is released from jail or prison. Every event that takes place including court transactions, altercations while in jail, health issues, visitors or anything else that takes place is entered into the record. The records are updated daily.

Criminal Justice Quick Facts

California Imprisonment Rate
California Imprisonment Rate: 349
Prison Population
Prison Population: 130,340
Probation Population
Probation Population: 238,911
Parole Population
Parole Population: 86,053
Racial Disparity in Incarceration Rate
Racial Disparity in Incarceration Rate: Black : White Ratio - 8.8 : 1 Hispanic : White Ratio - 1.9 : 1
Juvenile Custody Rate
Juvenile Custody Rate (per 100 000): 165
Disenfranchised Population
Disenfranchised Population: 222,557 (0.74%)
Disenfranchised African Americans
Disenfranchised African Americans: 63,390 (3.41%)
Corrections Expenditures
Corrections Expenditures (in millions): 12,697

California Prisoner Statistics by Gender

The number of California prisoners at the year-end of 2016 was 130,390, that saw a 0.6% increase compared to the previous year. Females made up 4.5% of prison population while the number of male prisoners counted 124,487 in 2016.

2 States with More Female Prisoners than California

State Number of Female prisoners

Only one State with More Male Prisoners than California

State Number of Male prisoners

The Prisoner Change by Gender in % for the Last 10 Years

Number of Male Prisoners
Number of Female Prisoners
Change in Number of Male Prisoners
Change in Number of Female Prisoners

The Timeline of Total Prisoners from 2007-2016

The prison population of California is 130,390 inmates, that is 25.2% lower than it was 10 years ago. The highest number of prison population in California was in 2007, when the number of prisoners was 174,282 inmates.

California Parole Population

California parole population as of the beginning of 2016 counted 86,053 people, 309 paroles per 100.000 population. That’s by 7 people more compared to the previous year, which has increased by 8.8%.

Paroles per 100.000 population

Parole Total Population in California

Parole Entries & Exits

Change in 2016, in Percentage and Number


Number on parole per 100,000 U.S. adult residents

Increased by

Adults entering parole, by type of entry

Type of Parole Entry Number of Parolees
Mandatory: 0
Discretionary: 0
Reinstatement: 0
Term of supervised release: 0
Other: 0
Unknown or not reported: 26,007

California Prisons

CA maintains a total of 114 jails spread over 58 counties and another 35 prisons. Currently, there are 82,220 inmates in jail and another 130,390 in prison. Along with that, the state community corrections system has 239,735 inmates on probation and 93,598 on parole. CA operates and manages their prisons and jails with a staff of 44,630 employees expending a budget of $1.06 billion annually. The cost for one inmate to live in a CA prison or jail for a year is $47,421. That is a lot of overhead to cover.

Prison Name Prison Type
Avenal State Prison (ASP)State Prison
California Correctional Center (CCC)State Prison
California Correctional Institution (CCI)State Prison
California Institution for Men (CIM)State Prison
California Health Care Facility (CHCF)State Prison
California Institution for Women (CIW)State Prison
California Medical Facility (CMF)State Prison
California Men's Colony (CMC)State Prison
California Rehabilitation Center (CRC)State Prison
California State Prison, Centinela (CEN)State Prison
California State Prison, Corcoran (COR)State Prison
California State Prison, Los Angeles County (LAC)State Prison
California State Prison, Sacramento (SAC)State Prison
California State Prison, Solano (SOL)State Prison
California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility and State Prison, Corcoran (SATF)State Prison

Private Facilities and Prisons

There are 9 private facilities and 22 private prisons in the state, compared to the national statistics, the state counts a share of 16.0% of all the prisons found in the US territory.

Federal Prisons located in California

Prison Name Prison Type
Atwater USP Federal Prison
Dublin FCI Federal Prison
Herlong FCI Federal Prison
Lompoc FCIFederal Prison
Lompoc USPFederal Prison
Long Beach RRM Federal Prison
Los Angeles MDC Federal Prison
Mendota FCI Federal Prison
Sacramento RRM Federal Prison
San Diego MCC Federal Prison
Terminal Island FCI Federal Prison
Victorville Medium I FCIFederal Prison
Victorville Medium II FCIFederal Prison
Victorville USPFederal Prison
Western RO Federal Prison