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 California inmates is quick and easy. Currently, California has 138,610 people incarcerated in jail and prison. Along with that, there are another 333,333 people on parole or probation in the state. California 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.
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What are Jail Records?
California jail 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 Search for Inmates in California
California 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 records are also available on many third-party search portals where you can search and see their entire criminal history.
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 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.
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
Adults entering parole, by type of entry
|Type of Parole Entry||Number of Parolees|
|Term of supervised release:||0|
|Unknown or not reported:||26,007|
California 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 California community corrections system has 239,735 inmates on probation and 93,598 on parole. California 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 California prison or jail for a year is $47,421. That is a lot of overhead to cover.
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 FCI||Federal Prison|
|Lompoc USP||Federal 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 FCI||Federal Prison|
|Victorville Medium II FCI||Federal Prison|
|Victorville USP||Federal Prison|
|Western RO||Federal Prison|