Our Oversight

Thank you for reporting misconduct. The Office of the Inspector General is responsible for the independent oversight of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. We do not have any authority over local law enforcement, local/county jails, or any federal entity. If you want to file a complaint regarding an employee who does not work for California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, or that involves a state agency other than the department, you can contact the California State Auditor at www.auditor.ca.gov/hotline or call (800) 952-5665. The Office of the Inspector General does not conduct investigations; however, our staff work directly with prison administrators to resolve issues at the local level. If your complaint results in an investigation or disciplinary action by the department, it may be subsequently monitored by the Office of the Inspector General. To read our retaliation protection policy, see below. To address your concerns, it may be necessary for us to release your name and correspondence. To read our confidentiality policy, see below. Before making a complaint to the Office of the Inspector General concerning misconduct by employees of the department, we encourage you to complete the department’s standard investigative, appeals, or grievance procedures. If you think an investigation has been improperly conducted, you may then contact our office and file a complaint via mail, telephone, or this webpage below.

NOTICE: While your complaint is very important to us, the current community outbreak of COVID-19 in California has caused us to alter our operations, which may cause significant delays in responding to your complaint. We will continue monitoring complaints regarding the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation and will return to normal operations as soon as local and state public health agencies recommend that it is safe to do so.

Office of the Inspector General
10111 Old Placerville Road, Suite 110 Sacramento, CA 95827
(800) 700-5952
CONFIDENTIALITY
Information reported to the Office of the Inspector General is confidential. Identifying information, and personal papers or correspondence from any person reporting information to the Inspector General, shall not be disclosed. Names and other information may be released in those cases where the Inspector General determines it is necessary in the interest of justice.
PROTECTION FROM RETALIATION
State law provides penalties for those who retaliate against anyone reporting misconduct to the Office of the Inspector General. If you experience retaliation, you may report the incident to the Office of the Inspector General. Be advised, however, that the Office of the Inspector General does not have the resources to physically protect complainants from retaliatory acts.

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The Office of the Inspector General can only help with cases that directly relate to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. If you do not see the location you are looking for, we do not have the ability to take action for your concerns. We recommend you return to the Connect page and review related resources for further action. Thank you.