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.