Santa Cruz County Inmate Search


Santa Cruz County Inmate Search is a tool that provides public access to information related to inmates who have been booked into the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office Jail Viewer jail.

The tool is called Web Jail Viewer and it allows users to search for inmates by any single field or combination of fields such as last name, first name, booking from date, and booking to date.

The tool also provides information on inmate visiting, jail commissary sales, and jail inmate locator.

Additionally, there is a Santa Cruz County Jail Roster Lookup tool that allows users to search for inmates by booking number or inmate name.

Santa Cruz County Inmate Search

Inmate Search and Prison Roster

  1. Go to the jail’s website: Visit their “Inmate Locator” page.
  2. Type in who you’re looking for: You can use either their booking number or their name and birthday.
  3. See the results: If the person is there, you’ll see their booking number, name, birthday, release date, and the charges they’re facing.
  4. Remember: Release dates and charges can change, so this might not be the latest info.


  • Spell names correctly! Mistakes can lead to wrong results or no results at all.
  • If there are lots of people with the same name, use the booking number or birthday to narrow things down.
  • Can’t find someone online? Call the jail directly at (831) 454-2420.

Visitation Guidelines and Hours

  1. Call the jail first: Get in touch with their “Visitation Department” at (831) 454-2420. They’ll tell you how many visits your person can have and how long each one lasts.
  2. Double-check: Make sure visiting isn’t blocked for any reason. Sometimes visits stop for safety concerns or if someone gets in trouble.
  3. Get ready: You’ll need a valid ID like your driver’s license. They might also check your things, so pack light and leave anything sharp or illegal at home.
  4. Be on time: Get there 15 minutes early so everything goes smoothly.
  5. Follow the rules: Dress politely, be friendly, and don’t cause any trouble. If you do, your visit might end early.

Inmate Communications

  1. They can only call you, not the other way around. Be ready to pick up the phone when it rings!
  2. The call will cost you. It’s either a collect call (you pay when you answer) or you can add money to their account beforehand.
  3. They might be listening! Most calls are recorded, except for talks with their lawyer.
  4. Be nice and follow the rules: No bad words, no extra people on the line, and no messing around with your phone settings.
  5. Got questions? Call the jail at (831) 454-2420. They’ll be happy to help.

Inmate Mail

  1. Use the right address: Write their full name and booking number, then the jail address: 259 Water Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060. Don’t forget your return address!
  2. Keep it simple: Write on plain white paper, with no staples, clips, or anything sharp. No glitter, stickers, or fancy pens either.
  3. Photos are okay: Send 4×6 photos without nudity, drugs, or gang stuff.
  4. No money: Don’t send cash or checks through the mail. They can’t use them.
  5. Reading materials: Books, magazines, and newspapers are fine, but only if they come straight from the publisher.
  6. Don’t break the rules: If you send anything not allowed, they’ll send it back or keep it for the inmate’s stuff.

Sending Money to Inmates

  1. Online: Go to the jail’s “Inmate Commissary Deposit” website. There might be extra fees for this.
  2. Mail: Send a money order with their full name and booking number to the jail address. Never send cash!
  3. Kiosk: At the jail lobby, there are machines where you can put money in using cash, credit, or debit cards. They’re open 24/7.

Just remember:

  • They can only receive a certain amount of money each week. Ask the jail how much that is.
  • It takes 1-3 days for them to get the money you send, depending on how you send it.
  • The jail will take a small amount of the money you send for fees.

Location and Contact Details

Official Mailing Address

Santa Cruz County Jail
259 Water Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060

Official Phone Number

You can contact the jail at: (831) 454-2420

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