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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)

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