How to Find a Prison or Jail
In the United State’s fifty states there are roughly 1,700 state prisons, 100 federal prisons, 1,850 juvenile facilities, and 3,000 local jails. If an inmate’s location is unknown, the sheer number of institutions make locating an inmate seem like a daunting task.
Types of Facilities
While the federal and local governments like the Federal Bureau of Prisons (FBOP) run many of these, some are co-run by private organizations (sometimes in conjunction with the government.) When it comes to finding an inmate, it is helpful to have an idea of which facility they are housed in – or at least which umbrella organization the facility is a part of.
Facility Search by State
Many departments of correction and prison or jail facilities offer inmate search databases, but before conducting this type of search, one must know which facility or umbrella network they are searching for. The first place to start is looking by state for the facility. With this database, you will find a list of states to narrow your search for a prison or jail.
Finding an Inmate by State
When searching for an inmate within the state or a particular facility, entering their first and last name is often enough to yield results. Other information that can help narrow down search results includes their date of birth, gender, race, or last residence. If you have it, entering an inmate’s identification number is enough to find them in any state.