Alameda City Jail Inmate Search

If you want to find an inmate who is in the Alameda County Jail system - go to the Alameda County Inmate Locator.

There are two search options on this page.

  1. Search by first and last name.
  2. Search by PFN# (Personal File Number).

To Search by Inmate Name:

  • Enter the first and last name of the inmate.
  • Optional (to narrow the search). Choose a gender from the dropdown menu/ enter inmate’s birthdate.
  • Type the letters shown in the rectangle into the box.
  • Click “Find Inmate”.


  • This jail requires that you enter the entire first and last name of the inmate.
  • If unsure of the name spelling, check the box for that. It will use phonetic spelling to find your inmate.
  • If only interested in bookings from the past 24 hours, click the appropriate box.

To search by PFN#

Enter the exact PFN#.

Type the letters shown in the rectangle into the box.

Click “Find Inmate”.

Inmate Information Offered

When you locate the inmate, click on the name to view:

  • Full Name
  • PFN#
  • Race
  • Gender
  • Hair Color/Eye Color/Height/Weight
  • Date/Time/City of Arrest
  • Booking Date/Type
  • Housing Location
  • Housing Unit #
  • Bail Amount
  • Location of Next Hearing
  • Purpose of Next Hearing
  • Charges

Recent Arrests and/or Pre-trial Inmates in Alameda City Jail

If you are certain your inmate is in Alameda City Jail, or at the very least in Alameda County County, go to this page to search for them.

If the Alameda City Jail inmate search website is not currently online or up to date, call for assistance in locating your inmate.

The Alameda City Jail is "open" 24-hours-a-day. When you call, give the staff member the name of who you are looking for and a birthdate or age if you have it. That person will let you know if your inmate is there.

At minimum you will need a first and last name. If you can provide the middle name or initial that is even better. In a perfect world you will also have the inmate's birthdate, but if not, an estimated age will help.

If you are not sure what county jail the inmate is located in, it helps to at least know the geographic area. Knowing what state the inmate is in is good; knowing which county is even better.

In some cases, there will be more than one possibility. Use patience and check them all. Go here to get started on a search for any jail in the state of California or go to this page to begin a search for all jails in the United States.

If your inmate has been charged but not yet convicted of a misdemeanor or a felony, he or she will most likely be held in Alameda County County within the county where the crime occurred. If you only have the city name, look up the city's police department, call and ask them if they keep inmates at a local jail or send them to the county jail. If they are sent to the Alameda County County Jail, either look them up here or call for assistance.

Recently convicted felons are sometimes held at Alameda County County Jail until transport to a California State Prison is available. Inmates sentenced to less than one year incarceration or those convicted to serve time for misdemeanors will do their time in the Alameda County County Jail system.

How to find an Inmate already convicted of a felony and sentenced in the state of California

State Inmate

Most states have Department of Corrections websites that allow you to type in a felon's first and last name and pull up inmates in that state. Go to this page for inmates in California. If you need to find an inmate in another state prison system, go here.

When you click next to the inmate's name or on a link, it will show you which jail or prison the inmate is housed in. If the inmate is no longer incarcerated, but is on parole/probation or discharged, it will tell you that as well. In addition, many state prison inmate pages show recent mug shots.

Federal Inmate

The federal prison system has its own inmate locator called the Bureau of Prisons Inmate Locator.

Type in the inmate's name and it will tell you where he or she is incarcerated and their projected release date. It also lists released federal prison inmates and the date they were released.

Federal inmates who are moved from one prison to another will show as "No longer in federal custody" on the system until they reach their next federal prison destination. This movement can take a few days to several months to complete, so keep checking back to find out where the inmate was taken.

ICE Inmates

The ICE Detainee Lookup allows friends, family members and interested parties to locate illegal and/or undocumented immigrants that are in the United States without permission.

They are held in detention centers approved by Immigration Custody and Enforcement until their hearing or date they are deported back to their home country.

To look up the detainee, users need the full legal name the person used upon their arrest and the country the person claimed they originated from. It helps to also have the "A-number", which is the number that ICE assigned to them upon their detention, which you can use instead of attempting to type the detainee's name.