There are thirty-four state prisons in California. Two of them are specifically for women. Two others are rehabilitation centers with treatment services for drug and alcohol addiction. Another is a conservation center where inmates work while helping the environment, and another is a training academy for correctional staff and guards.
Additionally, the state of California has forty-four fire camps where more than 3,700 inmates are employed. All inmates receive intense training before working at one of the fire camps. California also has seven reentry and community corrections facilities to help inmates transition out of prison and back into society.
The entire state prison system is run and managed by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation and Secretary, Ralph Diaz. They are also in charge of all California state prison inmate records. On their website, they have an inmate locator feature so that the general public can perform a California state prison inmate search at any time. The CDCR’s mission statement reads: "We enhance public safety through safe and secure incarceration of offenders, effective parole supervision, and rehabilitative strategies to successfully reintegrate offenders into our communities.” They drive the correctional system using the following objectives:
The CDCR runs on a budget of more than $12 million which is approved and overseen by Governor, Gavin Newsom.
There are about 125,000 people in prison in California. Of that total 119,420 are male and the rest female. Approximately 42% of inmates are Hispanic, 28.5% are Black, 21.6% are white, and 7% are unknown races.
There are more than 125,000 inmates in state prison in California. Roughly 76% are in prison due to committing crimes against another person. Ten percent are in prison due to property crimes, 4.8% are in prison for drug charges, and 8.7% are in for other types of offenses. Eleven percent of California inmates committed murder in the first-degree. Sixteen percent committed robbery, and 10% committed assault with a deadly weapon. Only 7.6% are in maximum-security level units. More than 25% are in level II custody. Most inmates fall into the age category between 25–39 years old. About one-third of the inmates were caught in the Los Angeles area.