How to search for inmate?
This website provides comprehensive information about federal and state prisons, county and city jails with contact details. If you need to find information about current persons in custody in a particular prison or jail, you will probably need to search for inmates using official inmate rosters or inmate locators provided by corresponding facilities. Some inmate rosters are simple and show only basic information such as name, gender and arrest or booking time, other inmate locators are comprehensive and you will be given details about current and previous charges, bail or bond amount, photo, address and much more about each inmate. Inmate search is available not for each US jail and prison, but we constantly update official inmate locator services.
Here are detailed instructions how you can search for inmates on this website.
US federal, state, county prisons and jails
Federal prisons or state prisons are intended to incarcerate for felony offenses. In genetal, the term “prison” refers to special facilities which are holding those offenders whose sentence is at least one year. There are different levels of security in the U.S. prisons, ranging from minimum security prisons for non-violent prisoners to super-maximum security (supermax) for incarceration of the most dangerous prisoners.
Offenders convicted for less serious misdemeanor offenses (crimes which carry a sentence of less than one year) may serve a short-term sentence in a local city jail or in a county jail. Jails are usually referred to facilities for persons awaiting trial, or those being held pending citations for non-custodial offenses, as well as individuals convicted of misdemeanors. These persons may be also subject to any of alternative sanctions, such as house arrest or community corrections (halfway house).
According to the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS), 2,266,800 adults were incarcerated in U.S. federal and state prisons, and county jails at year-end 2010 – about 0.7% of adults in the U.S. resident population.
Jails and prisons by state
In order to search for an inmate, please choose a state and/or county below and select prison or jail. You will also have each facility information, address, map and contact details.