Media Access to Persons in Custody

News media representatives have no greater right of access to detention facilities or inmates than any other member of the public. A visit by news media personnel shall be considered a social visit, not a professional visit. The Public Information Officer does not process requests for interviews.

Media representatives seeking an incarcerated person interview should proceed as described below:

  • Get on the incarcerated person’s personal visitation list. Any visit will be counted as a personal visit for the incarcerated person. There are no special "professional" visits for the media. If you do visit an incarcerated person, you will not be allowed to use any audio or video recording equipment. You may only take notes
  • You can have the incarcerated person call you (media) on the phone. This is a collect call. You may record that conversation, but you need to advise the incarcerated person that the call is being recorded.
  • Requests to gain contact with the incarcerated person or get on the incarcerated person's visiting list will need to be done by mail. Personal messages will not be delivered and mail dropped off at the jail will not be hand delivered.
  • Send via U.S. Mail to:
    Fresno County Jail
    Attn: Incarcerated person's name
    JID # and Booking #
    (This can be obtained from the FSO website by use of the incarcerated person locator)
    P.O. Box 872
    Fresno, CA 93712


The Fresno County Sheriff's Office may only release mugshots of those suspects directly involved in its own investigations.  Although the Sheriff's Office operates the Fresno County Jail and has photos of all inmates, it will not release a mugshot of another law enforcement agency's arrestee without first receiving its consent.

Jail Questions

How do I get information about someone who was arrested?

To see if someone is in custody, check the Inmate Information Center, or you may call (559) 475-9491.

Can I order packaged goods online for an inmate?

Yes -- gives you the opportunity to show friends and loved ones you're thinking of them while they're incarcerated.