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Locate a California Prison Inmate

Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation (CDCR)

For information about locating, contacting, visiting and corresponding with California’s prison inmates use the Inmate Locator or call the Identification Unit at (916) 445-6713.

General Information: 916-445-6713

Frequently Asked Questions

Upon completing the visiting application process and being an approved visitor you can visit an inmate in the reception center. Reception Center visiting takes place behind glass and is by appointment only.
The Inmate Locator web page is an online database, updated daily. It was designed to help family members find inmates housed within CDCR prisons and includes the location of other CDCR inmates transferred/housed in California out of State Correctional Facilities (COCF) pursuant to a California placement agreement. The website also provides driving directions to facilities and includes other helpful links such as general information, visiting guidelines, and how to send money, packages and messages to inmates. The website is provided as an informational service only and does not constitute and should not be relied upon as an official record of the CDCR. It may contain errors or omissions and may not reflect the true name, age, CDCR number, current location, or admitted date of any individual. You may search by an inmate's last name or CDCR number. If the inmate's location cannot be found, contact the Department's Identification Unit at (916) 445-6713.
An inmate is in privilege group U until he/she has completed the reception and classification process. During this process; there are no family visits; one half of the maximum monthly canteen draw as authorized by the secretary; telephone calls on an emergency basis only, as determined by institution/facility staff and no personal packages. The inmate is informed of the specific privilege group and can give you this information. (California Code of Regulations, Article 3.5, Section 3044)

Related Links

Inmate Locator

To locate an offender within the jurisdiction of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation you can use the inmate locator application or call the ... http://www.cdcr.ca.gov/visitors/inmate_locator.html

Offender Information Reports

A compendium of tables, graphs and charts detailing the inmate and parole ... If you are trying to locate an inmate at a CDCR facility please use the CDCR ... http://www.cdcr.ca.gov/Reports_Research/Offender_Information_Services_Branch/Offender_Information_Reports.html

CDCR - Wasco State Prison-Reception Center (WSP)

Institution: 701 Scofield Avenue, P.O. Box 8800, Wasco, CA 93280; Inmates ( make sure to include Inmate's Name and CDCR number as well as last known ... http://www.cdcr.ca.gov/facilities_locator/wsp.html

CDCR - North Kern State Prison (NKSP) - Home Page/Mission ...

Institution: P.O. Box 567, Delano, CA 93216-0567; Inmates (include Inmate's name ... to inmates equipping them with skills which will aid them in finding gainful ... http://www.cdcr.ca.gov/Facilities_Locator/NKSP.html

How to Contact an Inmate

To get an inmate's CDC# or housing assignment, individuals should call the Public Information Officer (PIO) or the inmate locator at the institution (see below for ... http://www.cdcr.ca.gov/Reports_Research/howtocontact.html

CDCR - California State Prison, Solano (SOL) - Home Page/Mission ...

Local Inmate Family Councils (IFC's) are a gathering of family and friends of the incarcerated who meet regularly with Wardens to support visiting since keeping ... http://www.cdcr.ca.gov/Facilities_Locator/SOL.html

CDCR - San Quentin State Prison (SQ) - Home Page/Mission ...

Inmate Mail: San Quentin State Prison, San Quentin, CA 94974 (make sure to include Inmate's Name and CDCR number as well as last known housing) ... http://www.cdcr.ca.gov/Facilities_Locator/SQ.html

CDCR - Central California Women's Facility (CCWF) - Home Page ...

Institution: P.O. Box 1501, Chowchilla, CA 93610-1501; Inmates (make sure to include Inmate's Name and CDCR number): P.O. Box 1508, Chowchilla, CA ... http://www.cdcr.ca.gov/Facilities_Locator/CCWF.html