To search for an inmate in the San Diego City Jail, find out their criminal charges, the amount of their bond, when they can get visits or even view their mugshot, go to the official Inmate Search Jail Roster, or call the jail at 619-661-7205 for the information you are looking for.
The San Diego City Jail typically maintains an average of 75 inmates in custody on any given day, with a yearly turnover of approximately 1500 offenders, meaning that every year the jail arrests and releases that many people.
Mugshots and personal details about the inmates are for informational purposes only and should never be used for any commercial use or to cause harm to them or their families. Unless an offender has already been found guilty in court, they should be considered innocent.
The San Diego City Jail is open 24 hours a day, however if you want to visit the facility for any reason, you should always call 619-661-7205 ahead of time to find out the best time to get your problem resolved.
The physical address is:
446 Alta Road
San Diego, CA 92154
If you wish to visit an inmate, first check the schedule to find out the visitation times and the rules for visiting your inmate. If you are on probation or parole, or you have recently been released from the jail, it is unlikely that your visit will be allowed. If you have any outstanding warrants, don’t even think about coming to the San Diego City Jail, as you will be arrested.
You can send mail to inmates in San Diego County but you need follow their guidelines carefully if you want your friend or loved one to get your correspondence. Go here to learn what mail is allowed and how to send it, otherwise they won't receive it.
If you want to send an inmate money so they can self-bail, or purchase commissary or phone cards, go here to find out where and how to send it. If you want to know more about the San Diego City Jail's commissary policy, go here.
If you want to set up an account so that your incarcerated friend or loved one can phone you, email you or text you, set up an account by going to this page for phoning, or this page for digital communication.
Communication With and Sending Money to Inmates in San Diego County
Jails throughout the United States are now partnering with various companies to provide and manage inmate servives for them and the inmates in their facilities.
Everything from video calls, to messages to visitation, and even digital mail and money deposits can be done from your home computer or personal device. Inmates in San Diego City Jail, if they don't already, will soon have their own personal tablets for watching movies, TV shows, access to educational and and legal information, and more.
The upside of all of this is the ease of which you can do all of this without ever having to physically go to the jail. The downside is that every word you exchange is now on file with law enforcement and could someday be used against you or your inmate if anyhing you do or say can be harmful to their pending case.
Regardless, as San Diego City Jail adds these services, JAILEXCHANGE will add them to our pages, helping you access the services and answering your questions about how to use them and what they cost. But always be very careful about what you say and do.
You can check out this information now by going to the: Family Info page, Visit Inmate page, Inmate Mail page, Inmate Phone page, Send Money page, Inmate Bail page, Mugshots page, Text/Email an Inmate page, Commissary page, Remote Visits page, or the Tablet Rental page.
Recent Arrests and/or Pre-trial Inmates in San Diego City Jail
If you are certain your inmate is in San Diego City Jail, or at the very least in San Diego County, go to this page to search for them.
If the San Diego City Jail inmate search website is not currently online or up to date, call 619-661-7205 for assistance in locating your inmate.
The San Diego 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 the county detention center 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 San Diego City Jail, call 619-661-7205 for assistance.
Recently convicted felons are sometimes held at this facility 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 San Diego City Jail.
How to find an Inmate already convicted of a felony and sentenced in the state of California
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.
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.
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.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do you search for an inmate that is in the San Diego City Jail in California?
To search for an inmate in the San Diego City Jail in California, use our JailExchange Inmate Search feature found on this page. Type in the person's name and click 'search'. If you are still unable to find the inmate you are seeking, call the jail at 619-661-7205. Within the Inmate Search Jail Listing you will find details such as their bond amount, criminal charges and mugshots, when available. If they have been sentenced, you will also be able to view their release date. Learn more about how to search for an inmate in the San Diego City Jail.
How do you find an inmate's ID Number in San Diego City Jail in California?
Inmate ID numbers, also known as Booking numbers, Book numbers or Case numbers are found next to their name in the San Diego City Jail Inmate Search feature of this page. The jail will require this when mailing the inmate a letter or adding money to their commissary or phone accounts. If you can't find the inmate or their ID number, call the jail at 619-661-7205 for this information. Learn more about how to search for an inmate in the San Diego City Jail.
Where do you find the information for visiting an inmate, writing an inmate, receiving phone calls from an inmate, sending an inmate money or purchasing commissary for an inmate in San Diego City Jail in California?
San Diego City Jail uses the services of several third party companies for most of these services, while some they handle internally with jail staff. Learn more about how to get phone calls from an inmate in the San Diego City Jail, visit an inmate and find the inmate visitation schedules, send money to an inmate and get directions for purchasing commissary items, and learn more about how to mail an inmate in the San Diego City Jail, review the letter writing rules and regulations, and how to address your envelopes to them. So begin by learning more about how to search for an inmate in the San Diego City Jail. From there you can arrange a visit, send money, help them set up a phone account and help get them commissary. If you still have questions and can't find an answer on JailExchange, call 619-661-7205 for information.