San Francisco County Jail # 2 Inmate Search
To find out if someone is in the San Francisco County Jail system call (415) 553-1430, press 1 for English, then press 8 and follow the prompts. Inmate information is available 24 hours a day.
Alternatively you can also check on line by going to VINELink.
To Search by Offender Name
*TIP*- If you are not sure how to spell the entire name, click on the “Partial Name Search” box before pressing “Search”.
To Search by Offender Number
*NOTE* - The offender number must be correct or your search results will not be accurate.
Click on the inmate’s name. (Blue link)
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.
Available Information Includes:
*NOTE* 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.
If the search does not locate the inmate:
Recent Arrests and/or Pre-trial Inmates in San Francisco County Jail # 2
If you are certain your inmate is in San Francisco County Jail # 2, or at the very least in San Francisco County County, go to this page to search for them.
If the San Francisco County Jail # 2 inmate search website is not currently online or up to date, call 415-575-4401 for assistance in locating your inmate.
The San Francisco County Jail # 2 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 San Francisco 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 San Francisco County County Jail, either look them up here or call 415-575-4401 for assistance.
Recently convicted felons are sometimes held at San Francisco 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 San Francisco County County Jail system.
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.