How To Do A Prison Inmate Search

If you are looking to locate a particular prisoner for whatever reason, doing a prison inmate search online is an easy way to locate them and the best part is that it if free of costs as this is public information. Before you start your search, be prepared with as much information as you can get about the prisoner. This is because often you may come across many prisoners with the same name or initials and knowing some additional information can help in refining your search to narrow down the results.

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The easiest source for doing a prison inmate search is to look up the website of the Federal Bureau of Prisons as it provides a listing of every prisoner ever held in a federal prison going back to records starting from 1982. However, this search only lets you find information about prisoners who have been given a prison sentence for a federal offense. In case you cannot locate the prisoner you are looking for on the federal database then chances are that they are in State or county prisons.

If searching the federal website is not successful, then you should next try searching online on the websites of the State correction facilities. This is a lengthier process as you may have to search around 37 different state websites to find the person you are looking for. This may be either a State department of corrections or the State Division of Prisons – it varies from one state to another. Doing a prison inmate search on the state correction facility websites is not only time consuming but also does not guarantee results as not every correction facility will have the prison records uploaded for online access.

If you still cannot locate the prisoner, then chances are that they could be in a county jail and this makes it even more difficult to locate them as not all counties have their records online. In such cases, it may be a good option to try using other networks that offers prison inmate search for free.  Some of these websites offer information of current crimes that are being tried and the status of the prisoners. If you are aware of the trial, which the prisoner you are looking for is involved in then this could give you an indication of his status. In addition, these websites provide links to each of the state correction facilities or division of prisons that makes your search process easier.

To begin your search, click the red Inmate Search button below.


  1. icey wyatt says:

    how do i find out when my son will be transferred from county jail to a state prison no one at the jail can tell me they say they dont know please help me to know and understand how this works . the inmates name is edward melvin henderson he was sentenced to 3 yrs

    • John says:

      RE:edward melvin henderson -
      Generally how that works is, After he goes to his sentencing date, and the judge imposes his sentence, Normally the officers will wake him up around 4:30 Am that following thursday, his books will be zeroed out, which means he wont be able to communicate with you and let you know. If he was in Montgomery County Correctional Faculity, He will than go to Graterford, He will be in intake there locked down for 21 hours a day for about 3-6 weeks, He will be able to make phone calls if there was money on his books before he left for there, Once he leaves there he will be transferred to CampHill SCI. He will remain there until they decide where they will send him, they wont tell him nor you where he is going to go, because they do it for saftey reasons I guess. So he wont know when he leaves Camphill where he is going either. Basically at Camphill they classify him, meaning seeing if his crime was violent or non violent, and other things that go in as well to see what type of jail he will be put into low security medium security or maximum security. I hope this information was helpful to you. If you have any other questions feel free to ask…

  2. cristopher r says:

    i want to know about my brother when is hes day out, how his doing and the things he does and what is he doing.

  3. Amber says:

    Wanting 2 know if kenneth s. is being released b4 his out date which is dec 10th 2012

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