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06-15-2003, 08:51 PM
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California Department of Corrections - Inmate Location Information (

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To locate an inmate within the California Department of Corrections, please call (916) 445-6713, which is available 24 hours a day. You must have either the inmate's CDC number, or the inmate's full name and date of birth to receive information. The Inmate Locator/ID Warrants will provide an inmate's location, mailing addresses and relevant phone numbers. The Inmate Locator/ID Warrants will not provide any future release date information. Please note that for new or transferring inmates it can take up to seven business days to update location information.

California Department of Corrections [U]Online inmate Locator (

06-15-2003, 09:46 PM
Also, in Los Angeles County, if you wanna find out if someone has recently been arrested (usually keeps track of about three months worth of people) Then you can use this link, to try to get a CDC number or any other info on an inmate. I know this wont be helpful to many of you, but depending on how recent your ordeal is--well, you understand what I'm saying. Anyways, here it is...

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Dept. - Inmate Information Center (

06-15-2003, 09:51 PM
Thanks Helen... we've got the L.A. County Jail locator in another thread here but since it is the largest in the state we'll keep it attached here as well... (I'm just gonna edit the URL in your post a little)... thanks again! :)

10-31-2003, 12:35 PM
hi lysbeth. do you think anyone can help me? i am starting to get so frustrated. i don't know his exact bday or his cdc # we got into an arguement 1 year ago and lost contact. i was approved to visit and lost his letters along with the approval letter although when i called scc i was told i should be in the computer as an approved visitor, i was unable to get info wether or not he can have visitors cuz i don't have a cdc#. i know there is someone out there with experience on what to say to get the information i need. but who????? he was first arrested in riverside in 01. i just want to make sure he is doing okay cuz of the fires.....please someone help

10-31-2003, 09:00 PM
I don't really know what you can do other than what's posted on the DOC site... maybe someone who is familiar with the California DOC has some other ideas...

11-17-2003, 12:37 AM
thats really very sad. i mean the least they can offer us is the ability to search the DOC online..instead of being forced to call that stupid #. which i will be doing in a few weeks once dude starts intake. this state is not only poor, but quite sad. lol :)

11-19-2003, 06:23 PM
I must admit I have always kind of found it strange that California's DOC website is still in the dark ages and doesn't have online location, I mean one would immediately assume that CA & NY (which does) would have the most high-tech stuff available. The rest of their website is pretty good and pretty informative, but I'm still scratching my head over why some place as backwards (and it is) as Alabama has that technology and California doesn't! Oh well...

11-20-2003, 10:29 AM
dear nica,
my son is there also, my girlfriend called there and claimming to be his wife was able to some information,

10-29-2004, 03:31 PM
That is pretty sad about California. I live in California and my husband of course is California as well and I cannot look him up on the internet. I was able when he was still in county but not in prison. Pretty odd because California is pretty up to date on everything but I guess not in the prison system.

10-29-2004, 03:52 PM
Pretty odd because California is pretty up to date on everything but I guess not in the prison system.

Yep, I have always found that kind of odd myself. And Texas too - one of our largest and most populated states - same thing... It's always seemed funny to me RE: both of them....

10-29-2004, 05:03 PM
I couldn't get DSL for a few years and I live in the city where computers were invented...Course I knew people in friggin IOWA that had DSL :lol

Anyways, yeah, its sad, but the way I see it, the prison INDUSTRY is there to destroy families - god forbid we have access to find out information about our loved ones!!!

11-25-2008, 01:47 PM
I don't know the exact day of the birthday, only the month and year, so the CDCR wont tell me his location and I have no idea what his number is. Any other suggestions, perhaps? Thank you!

11-25-2008, 11:13 PM
i didnt know my friends birthday either so what i did was i looked him up in the jpay website and it showed his cdc number so then i called the inmate locator number they told me where he was at!

i tried doing the same thing with my cousin but his name is soo common it gave me like 5 diff. names so i guess it doesnt work if its a common name