How Do I Find Out if Someone is Incarcerated?

Infotracer inmate search
By Ben Hartwig
02 January, 2019

Incarceration means that someone is currently in a local jail or state or federal prison. It may come to pass that at some point you’re trying to determine whether someone you know is currently incarcerated. Perhaps your attempts at reaching out to them have gone unanswered and you know they may be in trouble, or maybe you’re trying to determine if someone of interest in your life is still incarcerated from a conviction in the past.

What Are the Methods to Research Incarcerations?

The oldest method in the books on determining whether someone is currently incarcerated is by visiting the local jail or prison. You can call them directly or they typically have an inmate lookup on their website. The problem is that you must conduct this type of search at every possible facility the person could be incarcerated at. There are literally thousands of jails and prisons across the country, so searching this way isn’t the best necessarily.

Even if you decide to conduct your own online search, you will need to scan databases for both the local/state government sites as well as the federal sites. None of these facilities share records, so you must search each one individually to ensure you’re covering all your bases, so to speak.

The best way to search for a current inmate is to utilize online databases that contain both public and private sources of information. Infotracer offers such a service, and it’s quite user-friendly and hassle-free. All you need to do is search for a person’s name and any inmate records in their past will show up.

Conducting an Inmate Search

how to conduct inmate search

The only information you need to conduct a comprehensive background search is a full name, phone number, email or address. You can also limit the search to a state or city if your information is that detailed. Results will be generated almost instantly, and provide a complete criminal history that includes incarceration information.

The criminal records section of a background check at Infotracer includes arrests, warrants, convictions, and even inmate information for any time served in a facility.

Many government websites will also offer the ability to search for current inmates within the local and state system. The federal prison system also provides an online search engine for anyone incarcerated within their facilities.

However, searching only government sites won’t give you details about the person’s other records, such as social media profiles, contact information, court records, property records, and vital record information.

What Information Can I Learn?

When you search for someone to find out if they are incarcerated, a plethora of information is included with your records. Inmate records will typically include the following:

  • Location of incarceration
  • Date of booking and expected date of release
  • Date of probation hearing, if any
  • Conviction and sentencing details
  • Court records related to the criminal case
  • Mugshots
  • Physical description
  • Disposition of case

Why Would I Conduct a Search?

how to conduct inmate search

Most people try to determine if someone they know is incarcerated because they can’t locate them, or they have reason to believe the subject of their search may be in prison because of the lifestyle they were leading previously. Sometimes you may simply be curious about what the current status is of someone who used to be part of your life is. Or, perhaps you’re wondering why someone simply seemed to disappear without warning; it may also be the case that you’re trying to determine whether a rumor you’ve heard is correct.

Criminal Court Records

Court records connected to any convictions on an inmate’s record can detail dates of hearings, whether the defendant pleaded guilty or not guilty, and even transcripts of the proceedings. Other times, information about the evidence, depositions, and even witness statements and testimony are even outlined in these documents.

Criminal court records will also tell you when future hearings are scheduled for an inmate, or whether they will be up for a parole hearing soon.

Searching for someone who is incarcerated is far easier today than it was just a few years ago. If you conduct a nationwide search you’ll find much more information than simply visiting your nearest jail or prison on the Internet, and many more details about their case and disposition are also available. The short story here is that searching a multitude of databases from one website is far more thorough than trying to track down an inmate or former inmate through local records found online.

Infotracer's reverse email lookup

How to Find Social Media Profiles by Using InfoTracer’s Reverse Email Search

Do you have an email address in your possession and you don’t know very much…
10 January, 2019 Privacy Safety
dna test privacy

Ancestry DNA Privacy Concerns: Is Your DNA Data Being Shared with Police?

You may have heard in the news lately how at least a few serial killer…
07 January, 2019 Law Enforcement Privacy
Infotracer inmate search

How Do I Find Out if Someone is Incarcerated?

Incarceration means that someone is currently in a local jail or state or federal prison.…
02 January, 2019 Crime Law Enforcement
nigerian scams

Nigerian Scams: How to Catch a Scammer

As time goes on, the bad guys are getting better and better at tricking you…
21 December, 2018 Uncategorized
US courthouses

20 Historical Federal and Local Courthouses in the U.S.

Montgomery, Alabama The old federal courthouse in Montgomery was built in 1885 and used as…
18 December, 2018 Law Enforcement
background checks details

Does Infotracer Notify the Person You Ran a Background Check On?

So you finally decided to run a background check on that new guy or girl…
10 December, 2018 Safety

Background Check Gave No Results? Here’s How to Find the Info You Need

Are you trying to find more information about a person in your life and haven’t…
07 December, 2018 Privacy Uncategorized
crime rate during wars

Crime Rate During Wars: Facts & Statistics

Wartime is often a period of scarcity and uncertainty among citizens, but have you ever…
04 December, 2018 Crime
unwanted calls

Find Out Who’s Calling You: Be Your Own Detective

Let’s be honest. There are fewer things more annoying than receiving unwanted phone calls, calls…
01 December, 2018 Safety
web

5 Things You Should Know Before Exploring the “Dark Web”

Incarceration means that someone is currently in a local jail or state or federal prison.…
27 August, 2018 Cyber Security
online-scams

What are the 5 Biggest Online Scams?

Incarceration means that someone is currently in a local jail or state or federal prison.…
13 August, 2018 Cyber Security
facebook account

Privacy Controls: Part 1: Facebook: Must Do Changes To Secure Your FB Account

Incarceration means that someone is currently in a local jail or state or federal prison.…
13 August, 2018 Privacy
online-dating

5 Ways To Make Sure Your Online Date is Not a Sex Offender: Watch Out!

Incarceration means that someone is currently in a local jail or state or federal prison.…
13 August, 2018 Dating & Relationships
google privacy controls

Privacy Controls: Part 2: Control your Personal Reputation Online on Google

Incarceration means that someone is currently in a local jail or state or federal prison.…
04 September, 2018 Privacy

Top 10 Most Aggressive Cities in the US: Know Before You Travel

Incarceration means that someone is currently in a local jail or state or federal prison.…
13 August, 2018 Crime
DUI-DWI

DUI vs. DWI: Both Are Bad News!

Incarceration means that someone is currently in a local jail or state or federal prison.…
13 August, 2018 Law Enforcement
burglar

5 Ways To Burglar-proof Your Home

Incarceration means that someone is currently in a local jail or state or federal prison.…
20 August, 2018 Crime
Halloween laws

10 States with “No Candy” Laws for Halloween

Incarceration means that someone is currently in a local jail or state or federal prison.…
06 October, 2018 Law Enforcement Safety