Finding information on Alameda County criminal matters and inmates
Civil law is not the only area we help our patrons research at Alameda County Law Library. We have the California Penal Code sections, as well as, secondary sources that discuss criminal law procedure. CEB’s California Criminal Law Procedure and Practice (KFC 1155 C36 2015 and available on OnLaw) provides an excellent overview of California criminal law. We have other resources available through Westlaw.
At the Reference Desk, we are frequently asked more factual questions about procedures for criminal matters. Examples of requests – where and how to get copies of police reports and how to obtain any video record of an incident. We have even been asked for guidance in finding family members who may have been taken into police custody.
This post presents web links for sources of information for locating information on Alameda County criminal matters including records and individuals who have been detained.
Information covers Alameda County only. The availability of criminal docket information varies greatly from one court system to another. A researcher needs to check each system’s information site for more details.
Criminal case records. The Superior Court of California, County of Alameda, provides the public with online access to request non-confidential criminal records through the Court’s new Public Records Web Portal, Criminal Record Requests. There is a cost to you for this service.
http://www.alameda.courts.ca.gov/Pages.aspx/Criminal-Record-Requests ~~~ for information on the service from the Alameda County Superior Court site
https://criminalrecords.alameda.courts.ca.gov:453/CRRWeb/ ~~~ to access the on-line request page on Alameda County’s DomainWeb website –
Scheduled court dates. Alameda County criminal court docket finder.
Information on the defendant’s appearance at public criminal court proceedings. This system does not provide juvenile case data. Information will only be shown for those individuals with future court hearing dates. To find on-line criminal docket information, a searcher will need to have either:
- Docket Number and Court Name (BOTH) OR
- Police Report Number and Agency Name (BOTH)
To access, the Alameda County criminal docket, use the link on the Alameda County Sheriff’s web site – http://acgov.org/sheriff_app/docket/
Individuals’ criminal records.
Law enforcement incident reports.
Looking for information on a police incident? Request the information from the agency and not the court.
First step, consider which law enforcement agency was involved – local municipal police, county sheriff, California Highway Patrol, BART police or federal law enforcement agency. You will need to make a records request to the specific agency.
Alameda County Sheriff. Records.
Alameda County Sheriff’s Records section is responsible for processing, tracking, storage of over 30,000 incident reports, citations and other official documents each year. The records section is responsible for the release of incident reports to specific individuals, agencies and businesses.
If you are requesting a police agency report from the Alameda County Sheriff use this link – https://www.alamedacountysheriff.org/les_wr.php
Links to information for obtaining police record/public record for the cities of Alameda County.
Alameda (City) ~~~ https://alamedaca.gov/police/records
Albany ~~~ http://www.albanyca.org/index.aspx?page=193
Emeryville ~~~ http://www.ci.emeryville.ca.us/302/Request-Police-Report
Fremont ~~~ http://www.fremontpolice.org/index.aspx?NID=88
Piedmont ~~~ http://www.ci.piedmont.ca.us/police/lower right corner of screen
San Leandro ~~~ http://www.sanleandro.org/depts/pd/services/reports.asp
Unincorporated areas and communities (Castro Valley) may contract for law enforcement services with the County Sheriff or another law enforcement agency.
BART – Call 510.464.7032 or 510.464.7034 to obtain a copy of a BART Police Report. http://www.bart.gov/about/police/contact
Alameda County criminal courts.
Use the link above for general information about criminal law and court services.
NOTE: THE ALAMEDA COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT IS UNDERGOING A MAJOR REORGANIZATION OF ITS DIVISIONS AS OF APRIL 2016
- Many criminal matters are being re-set.
Please check the calendar status of your case by using the court’s website at:
- https://www.alamedacountysheriff.org/courts_info.php ~~~ is a criminal court listing from the Alameda County Sheriff.
Inmate locator. Online. Alameda County.
The Alameda County Sheriff’s Inmate Locator has records for the following Alameda County jails.
- Glen E. Dyer Dentention Facility
- Santa Rita Jail
- Fremont Detention Facility
- Berkeley Police Department Jail Facility
- Hayward Police Department Detention Facility – Jail
All of the information shown for arrested/in-custody persons represents the most recent information known to the Sheriff’s Office. As individuals move through the judicial process, information may change.
Names of individuals arrested and booked by Alameda County agencies, in certain circumstances, may not appear on this site based on exemptions provided under Government Code section 6254(f). In the event a name does not appear on this site, please contact the local jurisdiction for information.
Searcher will need to know either:
- BOTH First Name and Last Name.
- PFN (Personal File Number)
You can also search on this page for all bookings within the last 24 hours.
Don’t forget the security Captcha must be entered.
Inmate locator. Telephone. Santa Rita jail.
Charges, custody status, court dates, bail amounts, release dates and other inmate information can be obtained 24 hours a day, seven days a week by calling 1-925-551-6500. You must have:
- the inmate’s name, PFN (Person File Number), or correct date of birth before obtaining information.
Inmate locator. Telephone. Glen E. Dyer Detention Facility, Oakland CA.
Charges, custody status, court dates, bail amounts, release dates and other inmate information can be obtained 24 hours a day, seven days a week by calling 510-268-7777. You must have:
- the inmate’s name, PFN (Person File Number), or correct date of birth before obtaining information.
Inmate locator. Mental health issues.
https://www.alamedacountysheriff.org/dc_mentalhealth.php ~~~ “My Family Member Has Been Arrested – What Do I Do? A guide to help families when a family member who suffers from a serious mental illness is arrested.”
Call the mental health (CJMH) intake unit 925-551-6905. Inform the staff or leave a message that your family member suffers from a serious mental illness.
Criminal Justice Mental Health Program – Santa Rita Jail
5325 Broder Blvd., Dublin, CA 94568
Tel: (925) 551-6740, Fax: (925) 551-6727
Not part of the Alameda County criminal justice system but an Alameda County mental health facility:
John George Pyschiatric Hospital
15400 Foothill Blvd Building C3, San Leandro, CA 94578
1411 East 31st Street Wing B2, Oakland, CA 94601
Alameda County jails.
Glen E. Dyer Detention Facility, 550 6th Street, Oakland CA 94607 (510) 293-7043
Santa Rita Jail, 5325 Broder Blvd, Dublin, CA 94568 1(925) 551-6500
Fremont Detention Facility (Jail), 1990 Stevenson Blvd., Fremont, CA 94523 (510) 790-6703
The Fremont Detention Facility is a Type-I jail with a rated capacity of 96 prisoners and a total of 54 beds. The facility is responsible for the temporary care and safe custody of persons arrested or detained by the Fremont Police Department prior to arraignment in court or transfer to the Alameda County jail (Santa Rita). Aside from booking, housing, and releasing of pretrial prisoners, the Detention Facility also provides other services, such as court-ordered bookings, registrant bookings, and Live Scan services.
Currently, the Detention Facility books and houses adult prisoners for:
Berkeley Police Department Jail Facility, Ronald T. Tsukamoto Public Safety Building at 2100 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Berkeley, 94704 (510) 981-5766.
Hayward Detention Facility – Jail, 777 B Street Hayward, CA 94541 , (510) 293-7043
Housing up to 30 prisoners. The facility processes all arrests for the city of Hayward and other agencies by contract, registrant processing and public fingerprinting, but not immigration finger-printing.
The following information is taken the Shouse California Law Group site – http://www.shouselaw.com/jail-oakland.html
The Glenn E. Dyer Detention Facility — commonly referred to as the Glenn Dyer Jail (“GDJ”) — can house up to 834 male inmates at a time. Individuals who are arrested in Alameda County are either taken here or to the larger Santa Rita Jail, depending on
- the gender of the arrestee (women are exclusively taken to Santa Rita),
- which facility is closer to the arrest location (if the arrestee is a male),
- the arrestee’s medical needs (severe medical needs are handled at Santa Rita), and
- whether the GDJ is at capacity.
Operated by the Alameda County Sheriff’s Department, the Glenn Dyer Jail
- temporarily houses arrestees until they post bail,
- houses convicted defendants who have been sentenced to incarceration.
California Department of Corections and Rehabilitation. To locate an offender within the jurisdiction of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation you can use the inmate locator application or call the Identification Unit at (916) 445-6713.
You must provide:
- full name and the month, day and year of birth OR
- CDC identification number of person you are inquiring about
You may also fax your inquiry to the Identification Unit at (916) 322-0500.
There may be a delay (7 business days) in the availability of inmate information.
Finding an inmate in federal prison on the Federal Bureau of Prisons website. You will need a number: Register Number , DCDC Number, FBI Number or INS Number.
There are also unofficial websites established for the use by victims of crimes to track the status of inmates. VINE is one organization that provides information on the internet.
For information on status of California offenders, you can use VINE – California https://vinelink.com/#/home/site/5000.
10/25/2017 Generally speaking about availability of a comprehensive national criminal search resource – Notes from the law librarian an a DA office of a major US city
- The Department of Corrections for each state, city and the Bureau of Prisons for the federal Government. It only captures anyone who has been in prison for a year or more but often has historical information on people who have been released
- Each state and city has its own department
- Local Newspapers and websites are an excellent sources for arrests that aren’t covered anywhere else and often the only source for misdemeanors.
- Sex Offender Registries http://www.criminaljustice.ny.gov/SomsSUBDirectory/search_index.jsp (federal state and local) (people who commit sex crimes in other states and move are often required to register in new state)
- Civil cases – Often there is a fine associated with a criminal case. Civil courts will usually have a record of unpaid fines.
- District Attorney websites often issue press releases
Internet site with miscellaneous public records including information on availability of criminal records including California
California Penal Code section 11105 makes it illegal to provide a full statewide criminal history to anyone outside of law enforcement, except to the person who is the subject of the report. To search the criminal records of someone else you must submit fingerprints of applicants and be authorized by the state as a: contractor; employer; in-home supportive care provider; youth organization; human resources agency; contract/proprietary security organization; city, county or special district; school or other authorized agency. If you aren’t authorized by the State of California, then your best option is to check county court records. We suggest checking the free county and city resources below for arrests, inmates, court dates, court records, crime maps, and traffic court records. You can also look under the “Featured Public Records” area for statewide California Department of Corrections inmate records, Federal Bureau of Prisons inmates, Federal PACER system criminal court records (an inexpensive pay site).
Another source of internet information for locating inmates has been drafted by the First District Appellate Project http://www.fdap.org/t-prisons.shtml
I was told by a Canadian lawyer you can’t purchase a criminal history of a Canadian. Only law enforcement can access criminal history records. They have stricter privacy rules than the U. S. -Carole Levitt JD, MLS, President, Internet For Lawyers