Kings County Jail Inmate Search Hack

Some jails are no longer publicizing a list of incarcerated inmates, but there's a way to find an inmate in Kings County Jail if their jail roster is not available.

Here's how you find them: 

Kings County Jail uses a service called (VendEngine) for ‘inmate money deposits’ (and other communication services) which allows you to look up an inmate on their website if this jail’s Inmate Search feature is not available.

The steps to look up an inmate in Kings County Jail on is simple:

  • Choose California.
  • Choose Kings County Jail.
  • Select one of the Services.
  • Select the letter of the inmate’s last name.

If your inmate is in this jail, you will find their name on the list.

Kings County Jail Inmate Search

To locate someone in the Kings County Jail system in Hanford, California, go to the King County Booking Report page.

There are three search options:

  • 24 Hour Booking Report (Updated Daily)
  • 72 Hour Booking List (Updated Daily)
  • Current Inmate List (Updated Every Five Minutes)


  • Click on the provided link on the page to view inmates booked within the past 24 hours.
  • Scroll to locate your inmate.


  • Click on the provided link on the page to view inmates booked within the past 24 hours.
  • Scroll to locate your inmate.


  • Click on the provided link to list a roster of all current inmates, listed in alphabetical order by last name.
  • Scroll to locate your inmate.

The list allows you to view:

  • Full Legal Name
  • Booking Number
  • Inmate Number
  • Gender


You may want to bail the inmate out. Only do so if you are sure he/she will appear at all court hearings, otherwise you might be held financially liable for the entire bond amount if you use a bond company. If you pay a cash bond to the court, you will forfeit the money if the defendant does not appear at all court hearings.

Click here to get an idea of this county’s typical Felony Bail Amounts by charge.

Click here to get an idea of this county’s typical Misdemeanor Bail Amounts.

NOTE: These are general guidelines. Many factors go into deciding a bond amount for an inmate. Your inmate’s bond could be more or less than the suggested amount.

Recent Arrests and/or Pre-trial Inmates in Kings County Jail

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

If the Kings County Jail inmate search website is not currently online or up to date, call 559-584-1431 ext 2812 for assistance in locating your inmate.

The Kings County 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 Kings 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 Kings County County Jail, either look them up here or call 559-584-1431 ext 2812 for assistance.

Recently convicted felons are sometimes held at Kings 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 Kings 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.

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