How to Find Someone in a UK Prison

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In the United Kingdom there are no Internet databases with details of prisoners in custody. If you are trying to trace someone you think is in a UK prison you must send an official request to the prison service.

Contact the Prisoner Location Service, which is part of the UK prison service. You can either write, fax or send an email. The address and fax number can be found on the prison service website (see Resources).

Include the following information in your letter or email: the full name of the person you want to contact, any other names he or she is known by, date of birth and the reason you are getting in touch.

If the person you are looking for is in prison in the UK, the location service will pass your message to the prisoner.

The prisoner will be asked to give consent for his whereabouts to be released to you. If he gives consent, you will be given details of their location.

If you are the victim of a crime and want to locate a prisoner without going though these steps, contact the National Prison Service Victim Helpline at 0845 7585 112.


  • Victims of crimes can contact the independent charity Victim Support for free advice.


About the Author

Lynne Susanne is a British broadcast and Web journalist with over 12 years' experience writing and producing for the BBC. She has an undergraduate degree in history from Reading University, UK, and a postgraduate degree in broadcast journalism from the University of Central Lancashire, UK.