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How Are Inmate Records in Arizona Created and Stored?

When someone is arrested in Arizona, local law enforcement completes a RAP sheet, which is the first document that goes into an Arizona inmate’s records. The RAP sheet includes the offender’s name, address, physical description, and details about his or her crime. After that, any change that takes place in the prisoner’s life gets recorded into the file. All inmate records are kept online in a searchable database. The Arizona Department of Corrections is the custodian of this inmate repository and they are responsible for keeping them updated. Local law enforcement, court clerks, and prison administration staff also enter and maintain prison inmate records within the system allowing the public to perform a thorough Arizona inmate locator on anyone incarcerated in the state.

How Does a Arizona Inmate Locator Work?

Arizona’s Department of Corrections has an Arizona inmate locator feature on their website called “Inmate Datasearch.” Visitors to the website can search for someone incarcerated in state prisons and private facilities by entering either the ADC inmate ID or the person’s first and last name. The results will yield a list of inmates with offender ID, a thumbnail mugshot, first and last names and the date they were admitted. By clicking on the inmate’s ID, the person searching will see a ton of information including personal details, sentencing, disciplinary actions, moves to other facilities, parole information, work program participation, and any outstanding warrants. When performing an official Arizona inmate offender search, contact the ADOC or use their website. When searching for inmate records like arrests, incarcerations and other criminal history, try Infotracer search tool.

What Does Arizona’s Prison System Look Like?

Arizona’s prison system is typical of many U.S. states in structure and is headed up by the Arizona Department of Corrections, led by Deputy Director, Joe Profiri. The Governor oversees the entire prison system in cooperation with a superintendent at each prison facility location. The components of the Arizona prisons system include:

  • 10 State Prisons
  • 16 County Jails
  • 6 Private Prison Facilities
  • 4 Federal Prisons
  • 1 Juvenile Detention Center

The Arizona Department of Corrections inmate locator works in tandem with Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, and SMART Recovery programs along with having their own Addiction Treatment Services (ATS) program and a Sex Offender Education and Treatment Program (SOETP).

Did you Know?

  • 0.60% of people in Arizona are under correctional control, from which 77,373 are on probation, and 7,500 are on parole.
  • Every year, about 8,119 people walk out of prison gates in Arizona, but people go to jail 1.1 times more each year
  • 91% of prison inmates in Arizona are male, 9% female.
  • From 1979–80 to 2012–13, state and local government expenditures on corrections in Arizona increased by 491 percent (from $234,030,418 to $1,383,473,000).
  • Between 2007 and 2016, the Arizona prison population increased by 12%

Types of Jails and Prisons in Arizona

The state of Arizona uses a combination of state-funded, owned, and run prisons along with private prison facilities to house their various inmates. They also have four federal prisons, along with sixteen county jails (one in each county) and a juvenile detention center which is run by The Arizona Department of Juvenile Corrections (ADJC). Inmates residing in any of the long-term facilities, including juvenile detention, are eligible to participate in the extensive educational programs offered by the prison. The programs offered include:

  • Functional Literacy Program
  • GED Preparation Program
  • Work-Based Education
  • Special Education
  • Resource Centers


How Many People are Locked up in Arizona?

Arizona’s prison system holds 42,320 residents in various kinds of correctional facilities, from which 33,959 residents are held in state prisons, 76 in juvenile correctional facilities.

Correctional Facilities:Totals:
Juvenile Correctional Facilities76
State Prisons33,959
Private Prisons8,285

Arizona State Prisons

The state of Arizona has ten state prisons where they house adult inmates held in custody for crimes committed within the state. Only the Perryville facility has a unit for women prisoners. The ten state-owned and run prisons are:

  • Perryville
  • Lewis
  • Yuma
  • Douglas
  • Tucson
  • Safford
  • Eyman
  • Florence
  • Phoenix
  • Winslow


Each state prison is overseen by a superintendent working for the Arizona Department of Corrections (ADOC).

How to Perform an Arizona Prison Inmate Search

The ADOC has a particular area on their website called “Inmate Datasearch,” making it easy for visitors to run an Arizona prison inmate locator search to find someone incarcerated in the state. Use the steps below to find someone in an Arizona state prison:

  1. Visit the Arizona Department of Corrections website
  2. Look for the “Inmate Datasearch” feature
  3. Enter either the ADC inmate ID or last name and first initial
  4. Choose from male/female and pick a current status and hit the search button
  5. The search will yield results in a table, including a small mug shot. Click the inmate ID to see the full details


Arizona Federal Prisons

Additionally, Arizona has three federal prisons to house inmates who have violated federal laws, and one field office to help with reentry. The facilities are:

  • Phoenix FCI - male and female offenders (1274 inmates)
  • Phoenix RRM - A Residential Reentry Management (RRM) field office
  • Safford FCI - male only offenders - (852 inmates)
  • Tucson FCC - male and female offenders (433 inmates)


Each facility has a web page on the Federal Bureau of Prisons (FOB) website with information about visitation and other details.

How to Search for Federal Prison Inmates

Federal prison inmate information is maintained by the Federal Bureau of Prisons (FOB). Therefore anyone wanting to lookup an Arizona inmate in the federal prison system must either contact the FOB directly, or they can visit the FOB website, find the page for the correct facility, and call them. There are strict guidelines about visiting inmates in federal prison, and forms must be filled out along with other requirements.

Arizona County Jails

Arizona has sixteen county jails with at least one in each county. The local Sheriff’s Office in each county oversees the jail. Each Arizona county jail is listed below:

  • Apache County Jail
  • Cochise County Jail
  • Coconino County
  • Gila County Jail
  • Glendale City Jail
  • Graham County Detention Center
  • Greenlee County Jail
  • La Paz County Jail
  • Maricopa County Jail
  • Mohave County Jail
  • Navajo County Detention Center
  • Pima County Jail
  • Pinal County Jail
  • Santa Cruz County Jail
  • Yavapai County Jail
  • Yuma County Jail


How to Perform an Arizona Jail Inmate Search

Most county Sheriff’s Offices have their own websites with a search feature so the public can perform an Arizona jail inmate search to find someone locked up in county jail. For example, the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office has a website for this specific purpose. Visitors can search using either the booking number or first name, last name, and date of birth. They also include visiting hours and other jail information.

Arizona Juvenile Detention Centers

Arizona has one juvenile detention center called the Adobe Mountain School. It is operated and managed by The Arizona Department of Juvenile Corrections (ADJC). Instead of just offering punishment for youth offenders, their focus is on a combination of education, health, and special rehabilitation programs to change the path of juvenile delinquents. Family participation is encouraged and part of the treatment program.

Juvenile Population in Custody During 2011-2016 years


How to Search for Juvenile Detention Center Inmates

Generally, juvenile records are private and not public record. Performing an Arizona inmate locator search is not possible. Therefore, anyone requiring information about someone housed in the juvenile detention center in Arizona must contact either The Arizona Department of Juvenile Corrections (ADJC) or the Adobe Mountain School directly. Chances are unless they are family or other authorized individuals, they will be denied access.

Arizona Private Prisons

Arizona also contracts with six privately owned and run prison facilities. Some of them specialize in sex-offender treatment and rehabilitation. The private facilities are:

  • Phoenix West
  • Marana
  • Florence West
  • Kingman
  • Central Arizona Correctional Facility (CACF)
  • Red Rock Correctional Center


Four of them are owned and run by the GEO Group, Marana is owned and operated by the Management and Training Corporation, and CoreCivic, Inc., owns and runs the Red Rock Correctional.

How to Search for Out-of-State Prison Facilities Inmates

The process for finding someone incarcerated in the Arizona prison system is the same as for state inmates. The ADOC includes prisoners in private facilities in their searchable database. Anyone wanting to perform an Arizona prison inmate search can follow the instructions below:

  1. Visit the Arizona Department of Corrections website
  2. Look for the “Inmate Datasearch” feature
  3. Enter either the ADC inmate ID or last name and first initial
  4. Choose from male/female and pick a current status and hit the search button
  5. The search will yield results in a table, including a small mug shot. Click the inmate ID to see the full details

Why are People Incarcerated in Arizona?

There are approximately 62,000 people incarcerated in Arizona. The majority (42,000) are in state prison, 14,000 are in local jails, 4,600 are in federal prison, and the rest spread among youth detention centers and other facilities. Everyone serving time in Arizona was found guilty of breaking state or federal laws. Almost half (47%) of all inmates were incarcerated due to committing non-violent offenses. Another 20% are in prison due to drug charges, and 78% of inmates in Arizona admit to having drug or alcohol addiction. Only a small portion (1.4%) is in prison for committing sexual offenses.

Arizona’s Incarceration Rate and Statistics

Arizona’s incarceration rate for year-end 2016 under state prison or local jail jurisdiction per 100,000 population was 585, which is higher than an average incarceration rate by 30%. The number of Arizona prisoners at the year-end of 2016 was 42,320, from which 9% were female prisoners, whereas the number of male prisoners was 38,323 in 2016.


Where Do Arizona Inmates Go When They are Released?

Most inmates released from Arizona prison will go back home to family or friends. The federal prison system does offer a reentry program that includes halfway houses for prisoners with substance abuse issues. These programs help to reintroduce inmates into society with the highest level of success by offering treatment along with supervision.

How Does Parole Work in Arizona?

When an inmate serves a portion of their sentence in state or federal prison, the prison board may decide to grant them parole. They are released with specific stipulations and must meet regularly with a parole officer for a term of 3-5 years. This supervisory program is intended to help inmates re-acclimate to society and secure steady work, regular income, and a stable home environment. Arizona also offers other types of release, such as work furlough, home arrest, and emergency parole for specific circumstances.

Parole Population

Type of Parole Entry:Number of Parolees:
State Parole Population:7,500
Change in 2016:1%

How Does Someone Get Probation in Arizona?

Offenders who commit less serious crimes where the judge does not feel that there is a danger to others may sentence the person to probation rather than prison. What this means is that they are free to work and live but must check-in regularly with a probation officer and may have to satisfy other stipulations set by the court. Usually, parole is for several years, and during that time, the offender must stay out of trouble, or their probation will be revoked, and they will go directly to prison.

Probation Statistics

Type of Parole Entry:Number of Parolees:
State Probation Population:77,373
Change in 2016:1%

5 Most Unsafe Counties in the Area

A list of 5 counties in Arizona that have the highest arrest rate

CountyCrime Rate
Mohave County1,265.29
Pima County934.95
Cochise County640.06
Yavapai County621.56
Pinal County576.77

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