Richmond City Jail Inmate Search

To locate an inmate within the Contra Costa County jail system, go to Vinelink2.0 and then follow these steps:

In the upper left side of the page, click on the blue offender tab.

  • A pop-up window will appear. Click “Continue”. (You can search for your inmate without registering for victim notifications. Click “continue” to proceed).
  • Near the top left of the next page you will see: “All Agencies”, “Department of Corrections”, “Choose Agency”.

Check the “Choose Agency” option.

  • From the dropdown menu to the right of “Choose Agency”, highlight Contra Costa Sheriff’s Office and click once. This narrows the search to the Contra Costa County jail system.
  • Enter either the inmate’s booking ID number or the inmate’s last and first name and click search.

If unsure of the exact spelling of the last name, check the “partial last name” box. Then input the first letter or first couple of letters of the last name.

The partial search option will pull up all inmates in the Contra Costa County jail system whose names begin with the few letters you typed in.

From this list, you can scroll down until you find your inmate.

NOTE- If you know the inmate’s birthdate, input this in the appropriate box using this format:


Example: 04/16/1986

If you are not sure of the inmate’s birthday, skip this step, otherwise the results will be incorrect.

The inmate names will appear as blue links. Each listing includes a birthdate to help choose between inmates with the same names.

Click on the inmate’s name.

You will then be shown the inmate’s information including his or her “offender number” which is the number you put on money orders and envelopes. You can also double check to be sure which facility is holding the inmate.

Reminder If you get “No offenders matching your criteria were found”,“ clear the name fields and only type in the first letter or two of the first and last names and click submit. The system is designed to pull all inmates whose names begin with those letters.
It is possible that you or the facility are slightly misspelling the inmate’s legal name. This method will pull everyone whose name begins with the one or two letters you typed in. From that list you can locate the inmate.

Additional information available on the page about the inmate:

  • Name
  • Birthdate
  • Age
  • Race
  • Custody Status
  • Scheduled date of release (If there is one at this time)
  • Any aliases used by the inmate

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

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

If the Richmond City Jail inmate search website is not currently online or up to date, call 510-233-1214 for assistance in locating your inmate.

The Richmond 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 Contra Costa 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 Contra Costa County County Jail, either look them up here or call 510-233-1214 for assistance.

Recently convicted felons are sometimes held at Contra Costa 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 Contra Costa County County Jail system.

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

State Inmates

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 Inmates

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.