About Inmate Lookup


Inmate Lookup offers a simple and free inmate search for individuals in every jail, prison and detention center in the United States.

You can conduct a free inmate search online using either the first or last name of an offender and the race, age, or gender of the individual. Alternatively, you can find an inmate if you have the Bureau of Prisons (BOP) Register Number, District of Columbia Department of Corrections (DCDC) Number, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Number or Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) Number.

According to The Sentencing Project, there are two million people currently incarcerated in the nation's prisons and jails — a number that has grown by 500% over the last forty years.

Inmate Lookup makes it easy to find an inmate, and learn how to send mail to an inmate, how to send money to an inmate, how to call an inmate, and how to visit an inmate.

FAQs


How do I Find a Federal Inmate?

To find someone who is an inmate in federal prison, anytime after 1982, you can look up the individual in two ways:

If you know the name of the correctional facility or the individual you can use Inmate Lookup to find contact information or other details for the federal, state or local corrections department.

How do I Visit a Federal Inmate?

Each federal prison sets its own visiting hours. Under federal law, an inmate gets a minimum of four hours of visiting time monthly. If you have a question about the visiting hours or policies of a particular prison, it is recommended to contact that prison directly or contact the Federal Bureau of Prisons directly.

You can use Inmate Lookup to find contact information or other details for the federal, state or local corrections department.

How do I Visit an Inmate in State or Local Prison?

Each state or local prison sets its own visiting hours. If you have a question about the visiting hours or policies of a particular jail, it is recommended to contact that facility directly as state or local correctional systems often have different procedures for visiting an inmate.

You can use Inmate Lookup to find contact information or other details for the federal, state or local corrections department.

How do I Send Money to an Inmate in Federal Prison?

You can send money to inmates in federal prison so they can purchase certain items. It is recommended to contact the prison or correctional facility directly as each facility may have different procedures for sending money to an inmate.

You can use Inmate Lookup to find contact information or other details for the federal, state or local corrections department.

How do I Send Money to an Inmate at a State or Local Prison?

You can send money to inmates in state or local prison so they can purchase certain items. It is recommended to contact the prison or correctional facility directly as each state or local facility may have different procedures for sending money to an inmate.

You can use Inmate Lookup to find contact information or other details for the federal, state or local corrections department.

How can I Obtain Prison Records?

You can find federal prison records by date. For state and local prison records, contact the state or local corrections department. You can use Inmate Lookup to find contact information or other details for the federal, state or local corrections department.

How Can I Obtain Federal Prison Records?

The Bureau of Prisons (BOP) maintains records of federal prisoners released after 1982. You can use Inmate Lookup to find out when a prisoner was, or is expected to be, released.

How Can I Obtain Older Federal Prison Records?

The National Archives and Records Administration maintains early prison and prisoner records (1870 – 1981).

How Can I File a Complaint About a Federal, State, or Local Prison?

You can file a complaint about a prison, policy, or procedure. You can also file a complaint regarding possible abuse with the federal, state or local correctional facility or contact your local or state representative.

You may also wish to contact a lawyer or legal aid service for additional assistance.

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