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Inmate records are created, managed, and stored by prisons, jails, and the courts. Finding specific inmate records can be difficult and take time. Using InfoTracer’s powerful search engine, you can find millions of inmate records nationwide when available within minutes using just the person’s name and state.

  • Inmate Profile
  • Arrest Records
  • Convictions
  • Criminal Records
  • Sentencing Details
  • Incarceration Facility
  • Probation & Parole Details
  • And More

What are Inmate Records?

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Inmate records are documents related to someone who has been convicted of a crime and held in jail or prison. The journey through the criminal justice system begins with an arrest and then a court conviction and sentencing. After that, the offender is assigned to jail (for sentences less than one year) or prison (sentences for more than one year). Inmate records contain a lot of detailed information, including:

  • An inmate profile will contain general information about the inmate like full name, middle name, inmate ID, aliases, race, sex, date of birth, age, height, weight, eye and hair color, scars or tattoos, and more. These records also contain the offender’s last known address, including PO box, state, and zip code
  • Local law enforcement creates jail records when the offender has spent time in local county jails or detention centers
  • Correctional facilities create prisoner records whenever they hold a prisoner for any length of time. Facilities may include psychiatric institutions, military, private, state, or federal prisons. You can also see the level of facility (minimum security, medium, or maximum security)
  • Criminal records include details about each offense, court dates and case numbers, sentencing, probation, parole, and any dispositions. You may also find additional sentencing information such as pleas; fines paid, charges, expected release date, degree, level, and appeals

Types of Inmate Records

The United States penal system is comprised of various phases. Inmate records begin at the court level when an offender is charged and then convicted of a crime. It continues when the judge sentences the individual to prison or jail. There are different levels within the confines of incarceration, from minimum to maximum security and various types of facilities that hold inmates. These facilities create inmate records that are added to the offender’s criminal records file.

Court Records

Court Records

Most criminal court records are public records, and the public may access them freely. The only criminal court records that won’t be available are sealed and expunged records. Many court records can be expunged except for certain offenses like sex offender crimes.

Jail Records

Jail Records

Many county, city, and local police jails post records of newly arrested suspects daily online. However, processing a criminal can take up to 48 hours, so records may not be available immediately. Jail records will show the offender’s name, arrest date, charges against them, and a potential hearing or trial date.

Prison Records

Prison Records

In most U.S. states, the department of corrections is the government agency in charge of inmates, facilities, and inmate records. The offender may be sent to a private, state, or federal prison upon sentencing. A specific agency oversees each.

  • Private - privately owned prisons are operated and managed by the company that owns them. Private prisons usually have agreements with the state to take on the overflow of inmates
  • State - funded by the state, these prisons are staffed with state employees and run and managed by the department of corrections
  • Federal - all federal prisons are governed by the Federal Bureau of Prisons (FOB) and this agency manages all inmates and facilities

Inmate Statistics

  • Over 2.1 million people are currently serving time in the nation’s jails and prisons
  • The prison population in the United States has grown by 700% since 1970
  • 1 in 9 inmates serving life sentences and 33% of lifers’ sentences are without parole

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Frequently Asked Questions About Inmates

How to Find an Inmate

Searching for inmate information will depend on where the inmate is being held. If they are in jail, you may have to contact the specific local police or county detention center. If they are held in state or federal prison, you can contact the department of corrections or the Federal Bureau of Prisons. You can also enter the offender’s name in an InfoTracer search box and find them that way.

How to Find Someone in Prison

Typically, you must know the prison or where the inmate is being held to find them or contact them. Each state has different rules about visitation and contact. You can try searching the prison website online using an inmate name.

How to Find a Federal Inmate

The Federal Bureau of Prisons ( manages federal inmates. They have a helpful website with information about each facility and an inmate locator tool to find someone.

How to Find out if Someone is In Jail

You can check the state police or local law enforcement website for rosters of newly arrested suspects or use an InfoTracer search to find someone anywhere in the country.

How to Find out When an Inmate Will be Released

You can use online tools to find an inmate’s projected release date or contact the facility where they are located and ask the administrator. If you are the victim of an offender, you can sign up with VINELINK to receive notifications when the prisoner is released.

How Do You Find Out Where an Inmate is Located?

You may have to contact the local jail, state or federal prison, or private facility where they are located. You can also check online using an InfoTracer search.

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