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Understanding Inmate Information Codes

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If you or a loved one has to deal with being incarcerated, it can be very helpful to be familiar with the inmate information codes in your area. This is a guide about understanding inmate information codes.


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September 4, 20091 found this helpful

What does the disposition code "SP4" mean on the inmate information search on the website (Los Angeles Sheriff's Department)? I read that it could mean state prison four years or supervised probation, but I am not sure which one it could be.

By jasmine from Pasadena, CA


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Well in the sites FAQ it says ( for sp3 not sp4 ):

Q: What does the code SP3 mean next to a case?

A: SP3 means that there was a sentence to State Prison and all the inmate's paperwork has been processed and he/she waiting for transportation to the Department of Corrections. Once the inmate has left County jail, the release information section will show the date and time they were sent.

So, I assume SP4 is just another level of documentation. I'd be willing to bet that since SP3 means they are in transportation stage that SP4 means they are transferred and set where they are going. (07/21/2009)

By Becca25

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The best way to get an accurate answer is to telephone the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department and ask them. (07/18/2009)


By Deeli

Inmate Information Codes

It generally means sexual predator 4 which is pretty bad here in Oregon. But yes, do ask or see if there is a legend you can look up. Good luck. (07/18/2009)

By Sandi/Poor But Proud

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SP4 means on his way to State Prison. Sorry. I googled it. I put in the line. "SP4 in Los Angeles County Jail system" and that is what it told me.


By norma carlyon

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February 28, 20170 found this helpful
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Sp, Sp3, Sp4 are all codes to the paper work filed by the county and prison. Sp3 paper work already filed and sent to the prison. So the inmate is waiting on the approval of the state or federal prison's. Sp4 paperwork already accepted and the inmate will be transferred out at anytime.

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September 4, 2009

What does the abbreviation " sp" mean for an inmate?

By karla from Los Angeles


September 5, 20090 found this helpful
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Mostly likely just State Prison. Does that sound fitting to your inmate?

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June 21, 20160 found this helpful
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SP means State Prison not sexual predator

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September 9, 2018

My friend is in jail waiting for trial. The last I heard he was going to trial last Monday, but I haven't heard anything. I went to look his name up on my county's jail roster and saw the code by his name changed from "CH" to "SE" with a P after it that has always been there.


September 10, 20180 found this helpful

I have looked up and have not seen these charges. You could call the jail and ask them or a lawyer in your county.


This is a general question. You are not asking for personal information

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September 10, 20180 found this helpful

Most likely the first is "charged" and the second is "sentenced". But yes, look it up or call them to be sure.

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September 11, 20180 found this helpful

I believe Sandi is right about the charged and sentenced but you should be able to call the courthouse and find out for sure.

Also, all of this is usually public record so you should be able to find what the sentence is but it may take several days before it is posted on their site.

If you know the facility where he is/was located, you may be able to go there and request permission to see him. They should be able to tell you if he is there and if he is eligible for having visitors. You may have to complete a form and he may have to agree to see you. But maybe you will find out where he is or where he is going to be placed.

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September 12, 20180 found this helpful

Your sheriff's office, jail main number or courthouse main number should be able to help you.


If you Google your town's name and roster codes, some even have that info in their FAQs.

Prayers for you and your friend!

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