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Can People Find Out if I'm Incarcerated?

If you’re like a lot of people, you value your privacy and if you’re facing criminal charges you may be wondering, “Can others find out if I’m incarcerated?” This is a valid question indeed, especially because defendants don’t usually want the general public to know when and where they’re incarcerated. Given the choice, most defendants would prefer it if the public did not have access to that information.

When people are facing criminal charges, they’re usually at a difficult point in their life – they may even be at an “all time low” so to speak. If they’re facing a short sentence, they may be hoping their parents don’t find out about it. They may hope their former spouse doesn’t learn of the conviction. They may even be hoping that their friends and family back home don’t find out that they’ve been incarcerated. After all, it can be embarrassing.

Can Others Find Out if You're in Jail or Prison?

In a word – yes. If you’re sentenced to a California State Prison, someone would have to call the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) Inmate Locator. However, they must have your CDC number or your full name and date of birth to gain access to your information.

If you’re housed in a federal prison, people can search the Federal Bureau of Prison’s Inmate Locator database, but they’d need your first and last name, or they’d need one of the following:

  • Your register number
  • Your DCDC number
  • Your FBI number
  • Your INS number

If you’re in a federal prison, people can also find a list of federal correctional facilities and fill out what information they know about you, such as the city or state they’re looking for and click on “submit.”

If you’re housed in a county jail, people can track down the address and phone number of the jail you’re in by contacting the county sheriff. To find the addresses and telephone numbers of county sheriffs in California, others are often sent to this link.

Are you facing criminal charges in Orange County? The best way to prevent people from finding out that you’re incarcerated is to avoid a conviction in the first place. To protect your freedom, future, and reputation, contact the Law Offices of Virginia L. Landry, Inc.