Prison Inmate Locate

If you are looking to search for a prisoner or jail inmate search you can use the resources by state or by county jail. Each state and county jail might have different rules for search or contact or visitation.

Inmate Search

Why use jail inmate search?

Doing a search for persons incarcerated in jail is a good way to find a friend or family member whose location may be unknown in order to visit them. Another group of people who search is victims. Victims often search for information about the status of a prisoner, or about where the offender is being housed. There are certain rights that victims have in most states regarding information about offenders.

How to use the search effectively

One of the best ways to find an inmate is to use their identification number. However, if you don’t have that then you can search using their name or part of their name. Include the person’s last name and at least the first initial. It will help to narrow down the search if you can indicate whether the inmate is male or female. Next, it will help to know if they are an active prisoner or inactive. This will often change if the search goes through current listings of inmates or through the archives of past prisoners.

What will be searched?

Most commonly searched are records from jails and prisons. The current records and information about prisoners who are serving their sentence at the present time is available and the most frequently searched. The county, state or city records of past incarcerations are also searched, and these are called archives.

Who has access?

According to some state laws, inmates themselves are not allowed to have access to the information regarding other prisoners. Most of the time they will be allowed to see their own information, but they can only view this once per year or some other similar time restriction. Information from a jail inmate search must not be sent to a current prisoner without first checking with the laws and regulations regarding this issue. If it is against the law then it is a very serious offense and can be a criminal offense.

Unfamiliar terms

  • Death Row List – Indicates inmates who are currently on Death Row
  • Absconder – Indicates an inmate who was released under supervision but who fails to report to their parole officer.
  • Escape – Refers to an inmate who has not served their complete incarceration time, but who has escaped from confinement.
  • PED – Parole Eligibility Date means the first date the inmate is eligible to be considered to be released for parole.

What information is provided?

The typical information that will be brought up when a search is done is the following:

  • Basic inmate information—Name, age, inmate number, etc
  • Sentence Information – Information regarding the inmate’s sentencing
  • Infractions – Any information regarding criminal infractions either related to their time before being incarcerated or while they were in jail
  • Work Program – Information regarding the work release program if the prisoner is involved
  • Parole Action – Any information regarding parole if the inmate has been released on parole conditions
  • Aliases – Information about other names that the inmate has used at any point