jail and prison records
People arrested or charged with state crimes who can't post bail usually are kept in a county jail facility while their cases are pending.
Federal prisoners often are also housed in a county jail facility while their cases are pending. If convicted, those charged with state crimes can be sentenced to continue to serve time in the county jail or they could be sentenced to state prison for more serious felony offenses.
People convicted of federal crimes will be sentenced to a federal prison or penitentiary.
Generally, jails and prisons will provide the following information on people being held:
- The name of prisoner
- The prisoner's date of birth or age
- The facility where they are being held
Sometimes the jails or prisons will also provide the date the person was first incarcerated, the court that referred the person to the jail or prison, the penal code section the person was charged with or convicted of violating, the scheduled release date of the prisoner if any, and even a record of prior incarcerations of the person for other offenses.
For people in county jail, contact the local County Sheriff's Department, which usually runs the county jail (in rare cases a city may run a jail, in which case contact that city's police department).
For people in state prison, contact state corrections or prisons officials. In California that's the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.
For people in federal prison, contact the Federal Bureau of Prisons.
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