Monthly Archives: November 2017

Sending Checks Through the Mail

In July 2017, CDCR’s Trust Accounting offices across the state began returning negotiable instruments (checks) that did not contain sender’s name and address on them.  This was due to a change in regulations. To view the regulation, click HERE. When this was implemented, inmates were notified. The number of checks that are being returned is averaging around 259 per month statewide (see attached).  Items are returned after the inmate is notified and is allowed 30 days to have the sender claim them.  Most items are properly identified when the sender calls and then funds are posted to the inmate’s account.

To avoid delays and returned checks, please be sure to put the sender’s name and address on the check.

Prop 57 – Revised Regulations and Public Comment

On November 29th, CDCR released the revised Prop 57 regulations for Public comments. The Public comment period is 15 days.

To read the Revised Regulations, click HERE
To read CDCR’s Response to Frequent Public Comments, click HERE
To read FAQ’s about Prop 57, click HERE
To read Credit Earning Opportunities FAQ with Prop 57, click HERE
To read Non-violent Parole Process FAQ in Prop 57, click HERE

Send your comments to:

Timothy M. Lockwood, Associate Director
CDCR Regulation and Policy Management Branch
P.O. Box 942883 Sacramento, CA 94283-0001
By fax: (916) 324-6075
By email:


How do I find my Loved One in a California prison?

The Statewide IFC website receives many, many inquiries from families asking for assistance to find their incarcerated Loved One who they have lost contact with. The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) maintains a website called the Inmate Locator. This website contains information for every inmate housed within the California prison system. The website is updated on a daily basis. You may search for your Loved One by name or by using their CDCR Number. Once you find your Loved One, you can click on their name and there will be information on their eligible release or parole date, if available.

Once you have located your Loved One on the website, write down their CDCR Number. This number must be written on any letters or correspondence you send to your Loved One. Then click Here for more information on how to find the correct cell/unit where your Loved One is located. You will have to call the prison to get the exact cell/unit.

For more information about the Inmate Locator, CDCR has posted an FAQ on their website. Inmate Locator FAQ