many reasons why you might need to locate someone who has been arrested
serving a jail or prison sentence in a state, local or federal
and federal agencies maintain searchable databases that allow the
locate an inmate. If a person is held in a local facility, such as the
Multnomah County Jail in Oregon, the sheriff's department is usually
to begin your search.
custody information is a public record, and searchable databases make
it a relatively easy process as long as you have an internet
are three methods you can use to locate an inmate. Which method you
depends on where the person is being held.
for someone held in federal custody
Federal Bureau of Prisons oversees 122 institutions located throughout
United States housing almost 200,000 inmates. It maintains a database
containing the names and information about all inmates imprisoned in
federal prison system since 1982. Searches may be conducted using the
Bureau of Prisons registration number or by searching for the
successful search will disclose the inmate's first, last and middle
will also provide you with the inmate's age, race, gender, BOP
number and the name of the facility at which the person is being held.
individual has been released from prison, the search will give the
Once you locate
who remains incarcerated, the website offers instructions on the
contacting the inmate by phone, mail or email. It also provides
about the various methods you can use to send money to an inmate.
an inmate search for someone incarcerated in a state prison
prison system has its own website that allows you to conduct a search
an inmate imprisoned within that particular state's prison system. The
can be conducted using the individual's name or you can use the state
prisoner identification number assigned to that person.
a search for someone in a state prison can be difficult if you do not
state in which the individual is incarcerated. The best procedure to
to begin by searching in the state in which you believe the individual
resided. If you do not have any information about the individual, then
have to search the database of each state and the District of Columbia.
person held in local jails
person you are trying to find is serving a sentence in a local jail or
recently been arrested, the task of locating that individual becomes
difficult than searching in state or federal databases. As a general
jails throughout the country are under the jurisdiction of a county
office or a local department of corrections. Chances are that either
those agencies will have an online database that you can search to find
who is being held in a local jail.
example, the Multnomah
County Jail in
Oregon is under the jurisdiction of the Multnomah County Sheriff's
Accessing their website allows you to search for an inmate using the
individual's first and last name. If the individual for whom you are
is being held in a jail in a different county, you must go to that
county's website to conduct your search.
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