Nationwide Inmate Search Guide

Nationwide Inmate Search GuideWhen someone you know is locked up in a city or county jail or a state or federal prison, all you want to do is be able to find information on them. Whether it is identifying information or information on his or her charges.

This information can either be readily available on the web for you to search at your leisure, or this information may require you to call up the facility where the inmate is currently residing.

However, for today, we will break down how you can do an inmate search on inmates in city and county jails along with state and federal prisons.

City & County Jails

First and foremost, city and county jails are facilities that house inmates either for the short-term or they house them for a year or less.

Majority of city jails will not have their current inmate roster available on the web for the general public to search at their leisure. If you find that the city jail that the inmate you are trying to find information on does not have have an inmate roster to easily search, you will need to contact the city jail directly.

When contacting the city jail, you should have all the vital information available. This information should be the inmates first and last name and their date of birth.

Nearly all the county jails within the United States are operated and managed by their counties sheriff’s office. The counties sheriff’s office will be the law enforcement agencies that are responsible for keeping and maintaining an up to date inmate roster with all the inmates they currently have in custody.

Majority of all county jails will have their inmate roster available for the general public to search through at their leisure. Most inmate rosters can be searched by the inmates first and last name, date of birth, race, sex, and ethnicity.

If by the off chance, the county jail does not have their inmate roster on the web, you will need to contact the facility directly with the inmates first and last name and their date of birth.

State Prisons

Just like county jails, state prisons are operated and managed by one agency. This agency is the department of corrections for each state. This means that the state’s department of corrections is the agency responsible for keeping and maintaining an up to date inmate roster with all the inmates they currently have in custody within ALL the state’s facilities.

The state’s department of corrections agency is responsible for ALL state facilities that reside in the state. This does not just mean the prisons, but it means detention centers, correction programs, and the like as well.

Luckily for you, nearly every state has their giant inmate roster available online for the general public to sift through at their leisure.

The only downside from this is that the inmate roster does not just identify with one facility, but with all facilities that the department of corrections oversees.

In order to successfully search through the inmate roster, you will need the following pieces of information:

  • Inmate’s First & Last Name
  • Inmate Identification Number
  • Date of Birth
  • Ethnicity
  • Race
  • Gender

All the inmate rosters for state prisons can be found on the that state’s department of corrections official website.

Federal Prisons

Just like the county jails and state prisons, the federal prisons are operated under one agency. This agency is known as the Federal Bureau of Prisons or BOP for short.

The Federal Bureau of Prisons is the agency responsible for maintaining and keeping an up to date records of all inmates within their facilities within the United States.

The Federal Bureau of Prisons is responsible for 102 federal prisons throughout the states. These prisons will range from minimum-security all the way up to maximum-security.

If you know an inmate who is in federal prison, you will have the easiest time when it comes to searching for an inmate.

The Federal Bureau of Prisons has one database. This database will include all inmates that are currently serving out their sentence in one of the 102 federal prisons in the United States.

This database can be searched by the following information:

  • First Name
  • Middle Name
  • Last Name
  • Race
  • Sex
  • Age
  • BOP Number
  • DCDC Number
  • FBI Number
  • INS Number

The Federal Bureau of Prisons updates its database on a regular basis to ensure the correct information. If you feel as if the information is not the most current information, you can contact the facility directly with any comments, concerns, or questions. You will want to provide the inmates first and last name and their date of birth to easily locate them.

Bonus Content: VINELink

It does not matter whether this is a city, county, state or federal institution. Many of these institutions utilize this tool is known as VINELink.

VINELink is a great tool for victims or people who just want to keep tabs on their loved ones while they are going through the prison system. You can opt-in to receive real-time notifications. You can choose to have a phone call, text messages, or email notifications.

In order to use the VINELink, you will need to know the inmates first and last name. Keep in mind that not all institutions will utilize VINELink software.