Contra Costa County-West Detention

County Jail

Last Updated: March 07, 2024
5555 Giant Hwy, Richmond, CA 94806
Contra Costa

WCDF is for County Jail offenders sentenced up to twenty four months.

All prisons and jails have Security or Custody levels depending on the inmate’s classification, sentence, and criminal history. Please review the rules and regulations for County - medium facility.

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If you are unsure of your inmate's location, you can search and locate your inmate by typing in their last name, first name or first initial, and/or the offender ID number to get their accurate information immediately Registered Offenders

Satellite View of Contra Costa County-West Detention

You can support your loved ones at WCDF on InmateAid, if you have any immediate questions contact the facility directly at 510-262-4200.

When someone you care about gets locked up, it's tough to figure out all the ins and outs of jail life. From sending mail to visiting, there are a lot of things to sort out. And getting info about the arrest? Not always easy. That's where this webpage comes in handy. It's here to help you get a handle on how things work at Contra Costa County-West Detention so you can stay connected and support your loved one behind bars.

The WCDF is a detention center located at 5555 Giant Hwy Richmond, CA which is operated locally by the Contra Costa County Sheriff's Office and holds inmates awaiting trial or sentencing or both. Most of the sentenced inmates are here for less than two years. Contra Costa County accepts inmates from surrounding towns, Richmond Police Department, and the US Marshal's Service.

New detainees arrive at the jail regularly, with some being released on bail, placed under pretrial services caseloads, supervised by probation agencies, or released on recognizance with a court appearance agreement. Those who are not released await their court appearances at the jail, receiving accommodations including bedding and meals. You can see all the arrest records for California here.

The WCDF, established in 1991, stands as the newest among Contra Costa County's three detention centers. Situated in Richmond, it functions as a direct supervision jail with a focus on educational and vocational programs. With a capacity to house up to 1,096 inmates across five distinct housing units—four for males and one for females—the facility boasts dedicated outdoor courtyards for recreational activities.

Inmates at WCDF enjoy considerable freedom of movement within the facility, allowing them to participate in various educational, vocational, and religious programs, attend medical appointments, and engage in social visits with family and friends. Moreover, they have opportunities to gain practical skills by working in the kitchen and laundry, where they receive training in culinary arts and commercial laundering.

The facility operates under a coeducational, program-oriented model, accommodating sentenced inmates ineligible for other county facilities and catering to special needs populations. With individual courtyards, educational classrooms, library facilities, and a chaplain program, WCDF offers a conducive environment for rehabilitation and personal growth.

Deputies ensure security within the facility and its double-fenced perimeter through regular patrols on bicycles and marked police vehicles, maintaining a safe and secure environment for both inmates and staff.

Inmate Locator

To utilize the Inmate Search page on InmateAid, begin by selecting the relevant prison facility in California. This allows you to view the current list of inmates housed at Contra Costa County-West Detention.

The second section features the InmateAid Inmate Search tool, providing a user-generated database of inmates. You can access this resource to utilize any of InmateAid's services. If you require assistance in creating an inmate profile to maintain communication, please contact us at, and we'll gladly help you locate your loved one.

As a last resort, you might have to pay for that information if we do not have it. The Arrest Record Search will cost you a small amount, but their data is the freshest available and for that reason, they charge to access it.

Visitation Information


Monday - Thursday:

  • 12:30 p.m.
  • 1:30 p.m.
  • 2:30 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday:

  • 8:30 a.m.
  • 9:30 a.m.
  • 10:30 a.m.
  • 12:30 p.m.
  • 1:30 p.m.

Up to three visitors may visit an inmate at one time and all visitors must be scheduled and at the facility no later than 30 minutes prior to the end of any visiting block. Inmates are responsible for notifying the supervising Deputy Sheriff of the visit and reporting to the visiting area 15 minutes prior to the visit. Failure to follow these regulations will result in cancellation of the visit.

Social visits will be scheduled only by the inmates. Please refer to Visiting Rules and Regulations for specific guidelines regarding these visits. Custody Services Bureau information posted is for reference only and does not necessarily include a specific policy in its entirety. Custody Services policy is reviewed on a frequent basis and is subject to change at any time.

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