If you are looking for information on an inmate within the California State corrections system then the best practice is to locate the inmate to gain information directly from the institute. The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation is responsible for California Correctional Institute, or ‘Tehachapi State Prison’.
The department’s website, www.cdcr.ca.gov, offers an inmate locator service that will give you details and contact information for inmates at California based correctional institutes. It does not offer release details but gives information on the inmate in order for family members to be able to locate inmates.
The inmate locator states that it does not hold information on every inmate and information may not be correct. The inmate locator facility is updated daily, meaning you may need to keep checking. This is because the inmate in question may not yet be in the online system, or details of the inmate may have changed, this may include the transfer of an inmate.
Once you have information as to the location of an inmate, you should be able to contact the facility and arrange to speak to the inmate face to face or find more information regarding inmates. An institute may be able to give you the exact date of an inmate’s parole or release date, or offer advice on how to gain the information.
Court records should state information regarding sentence length while contacting the individual courts in question to request court hearing information may be another way of finding an inmate’s release date. California’s judicial system does allow inmates to be contacted by letter and you may also consider writing to the inmate in question in order to obtain information on release dates.