List Of Prison Facilities in California

Below is a complete list of prison facilities in California. The state of California has 835 prison facilities. The list includes local jails, federal prisons, and private facilities. Browse the whole list of prisons from the below table.



247 / 100K
Imprisonment Rate

California has a staggering imprisonment rate of 247 per 100,000 people. A total of 1,72,379 people are currently incarcerated in California. 1,83,334 other convicts are on probation and 1,10,349 are on parole. View recent arrests in California.

Search any prison in California using the below form. Just insert the prison name and we will show you search results matching your query.

California Prison and Jail System

California has 379 correctional facilities under the Department Of Correction. California also has 313 regional facilities in cities and councils where convicts are housed pre-trial. State also has 8 reentry facilities for housing inmates post-prison. 110 other facilities in the state are being used as administrative offices.

How to Search for Inmates in California

California Department of Justice allows you to search for inmates using their public tool. Perform a search by using the person's name, Inmate number, and Inmate ID. The search tool also allows filters like gender, race, age, etc.

Inmate search results show many pieces of information like matching inmate's name, gender, arrest records, crime date, release date, incarceration status, etc.

Prison Population In California By Incarceration Status

Incarceration Status Population
Probation 1,83,334
Parole 1,10,349
Life Sentence 40,878
Total Incarcerated 1,72,379

Prison Population By Gender

Gender Population
Male 93,814
Female 3,505

How To Use The California Prison Locator!

Searching for prisons in California has never been easier, we have 835 prisons in California. Using the search box above you can just type in any prison name or location of the facility we will find the right matches. Or you can use the classic way of browsing through the list of prisons from the below table. Using the table you can easily browse all the prisons in California. Once you find the prison facility you are looking for, visit the prison page to find information like:

  • Visiting hours
  • Visitation Rules
  • Phone number
  • Email id of the prison warden
  • Facility Address
  • Driving map
  • Prison Inmate Locator

How To Contact, Visit and Send Money To an Inmate In California

You can visit an Inmate in California only if you are on their visiting list. Only one visitation is allowed per week. Follow proper rules and regulations for a smooth visiting experience. Below mentioned are a few of them:

  • Wear appropriate clothes for the occasion
  • Bring your ID Card
  • Don't be late for your visit
  • Have a prior appointment booked
  • Respect the prison guards

To know more about visitation you can read our ultimate visitation guide.

California DOC allows family, relatives, and friends to send money to an inmate. Below are the steps you can follow to send money to an inmates trust fund or commissary account:

  1. Online: Send money at,, Western Union, Moneygram
  2. Visiting Facility: Using Debit or Credit Card at Facility kiosks.
  3. Money Order: You can send a money order by Mail (USPS only). Some facilities might require you to fill up an additional form to send a money order to the inmate's trust fund.
  4. Cashiers Cheque: Send a cashier's check by mail; some facilities might require you to fill up an additional form attached in the mail.
  5. Using Phone: Touch pay and Jpay allows you to send money to your inmate's trust fund. Call 1-800-574-5729 to send money through Jpay, Or use TouchPay Service by calling 1-866-232-1899. [Service fee might be applicable].

Contact An Inmate in California by using any of the following methods:

  • Mail an inmate using USPS, and send it to the inmate by mentioning the Inmate ID, And Inmate Name with the prison facility's address.
  • Contact via telephone using the phone number mentioned on the prison page. For first-time telephone, setup read our phone account setup guide.

Type Of Prisons In California

835 Facilities in California are of different Type and Security level. Below is the distribution of prisons according to the facility type and security levels.

Complete List Of Federal Prisons & Jails In California

This is full list of prisons in California. List has been limited to 20 results per page for better browsing experience. Navigate through each page to view whole list of facilities.

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Counties in California