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.
California — For a copy of your
state-wide criminal record, visit a Live Scan fingerprinting site. After providing your fingerprints and paying the required fee, a copy of your criminal record will be mailed to you. To find a Live Scan site near you, see www.ag.ca.gov/fingerprints/publications/contact.php
More information about requesting your statewide criminal history is available at www.ag.ca.gov/fingerprints/security.php
. The fee may be waived if you are low income. Call the Attorney General’s Records Review unit at (916) 227-3835 for more information.
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
Berkeley ~~~ http://www.ci.berkeley.ca.us/Police/Home/Records_Bureau.aspx INFO http://www.ci.berkeley.ca.us/Police/Home/CA__Public_Records_Act.aspx
Dublin ~~~ http://www.ci.dublin.ca.us/1334/Request-a-Copy-of-a-Report
Emeryville ~~~ http://www.ci.emeryville.ca.us/302/Request-Police-Report
Fremont ~~~ http://www.fremontpolice.org/index.aspx?NID=88
Hayward ~~~ http://user.govoutreach.com/hayward/faq.php?cid=11091
Livermore ~~~ http://www.cityoflivermore.net/citygov/police/records_and_reporting/reports/default.htm
Newark ~~~ http://www.newark.org/obtain-a-copy-of-a-police-report/
Oakland ~~~ http://www2.oaklandnet.com/Government/o/OPD/DOWD002845
Piedmont ~~~ http://www.ci.piedmont.ca.us/police/lower right corner of screen
Pleasanton ~~~ http://www.cityofpleasantonca.gov/gov/depts/police/investigations/records.asp
San Leandro ~~~ http://www.sanleandro.org/depts/pd/services/reports.asp
Union City ~~~ http://www.ci.union-city.ca.us/departments/police-department/general-information/request-a-report-
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
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:
- BART Police Department
- California Highway Patrol
- Department of Corrections (State Parole)
- East Bay Regional Park District Police Department
- Newark Police Department
- Union City Police Department
- U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)
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.