To initiate an LA County jail inmate search, you will need to start with some preliminary information in your hands like the full name of the person you are looking for, the specific DOC or identification number assigned to the prisoner and his/her date of birth. There are three sources of information for an inmate look up.
If you are only looking for details on prisoners serving time at one of the 5 correctional facilities in Los Angeles County, you can use the inmate locator provided on the official website of the sheriff. However, for details on prisoners housed at state correctional centers, it would be more appropriate to initiate a jail inmate search through the website of the California Department of Corrections.
Looking for inmates through the LA County sheriff’s website
The Los Angeles County has 5 correctional facilities in its jurisdiction of which the Men’s Central Jail is the largest facility of its kind not only in the state but also the world with an inmate population of no less than 5000 prisoners.So, when you initiate a sheriff inmate search, you are essentially only browsing through the database of prisoners lodged in these correctional centers. To use the website of the law enforcement agency, go to https://app5.lasd.org/iic/.
To find a prison inmate in LA County, you will need at least the first, last and middle names of the subject of your inquiry along with his/her date of birth. The webpage mentioned above has an online inmate locator tool that gets results almost instantaneously. When on the site, insert the perquisite information and click on search.
This will lead you to a CAPTCHA page; simply insert the alphabets and numbers you see on the screen in the space provided to access the results page. This is done to safeguard the database from automated systems that are trying to access the information held in there.
The results page will have a listing of all prisoners incarcerated in LA County jails who meet your search criteria along with their booking numbers. You will have to choose from this list. Once a selection is made, you will be redirected to the inmate information page which will have details about the arrest of the prisoner, bail, charges filed, booking, facility of incarceration, case data, court dates and release and parole dates.
Conducting an LA County jail inmate search through the DOC website
Another approach to conduct an inmate search throughout the prison system of the state of California is by using the inmate locator on the site of the Department of Corrections. Visit their site at http://inmatelocator.cdcr.ca.gov/default.aspx. On the disclaimer page, read the terms and conditions and agree to them by clicking on the tab. This will give you access to the DOC tool for inmate search.
While the database is regularly updated the Department makes no guarantees about the accuracy of the information found through this site. Also, prisoners who have just entered the correctional system of the state will not show up in the results listing.
The minimum information you need to conduct the search is the last name of the inmate or his/her DOC number;providing middle and first names will certainly help to narrow down the search and bring back more accurate results.
After inserting the required information, simply click on search and you will be directed to a results page which will have the names of all inmates that match your query given in a tabular form. Here you will find details on the name of the prisoner, his/her age, CDCR number, admission date and location of incarceration. Clicking on the name of the correctional facility will get you additional details regarding the center. There is also a maps tab to get directions to the facility.
Getting information about LA county inmates through the VINE system
A service provided by the sheriff’s department of Los Angeles County, the Victim Information and Notification System is a telephone based, automated program that provides victims of a crime regular updates on the status of an inmate through the prison network of the county.
The service is free, anonymous and computer bases. People can register for it easily and receive daily updates on a telephone number of their choice. For one time information in an inmate lodged in a prison of Los Angeles County, you can dial 1-877-VINE4-LA and simply follow the prompts. Callers are expected to furnish basic details about the subject of their inquiry to search through the VINE database.
In response, the caller will quickly be told if the prisoner he is looking for is still incarcerated in an LA correctional facility or if the inmate has been freed. Also, if the prisoner is still in the jail system, the VINE service will prove the location of the facility where he/she is being held.
Once you have received the information you need, you will have the options to register for the regular notification service which will provide an update everyday on whether the inmate has been released or transferred from one facility to another.
To register for the notification program, you will simply have to provide a telephone number with the area code where the information can be offered. You will also be asked to pick a four digit Personal Identification Number that can be used to stop the automated responses at any time.
While the VINE program does not guarantee the security of the victim, the information provided has helped many people to safeguard their personal and professional interests.