Find out where the prisoner is incarcerated. Friendsbeyondthewall.com combines inmate locators for state and federal prisoners in one place.
Search the public information tab in the Department of Corrections (DOC) website for the state housing the prisoner. Most states will only provide the location and scheduled release date of the prisoner. In Alabama, you can find out if someone is on death row. In Montana, you can find a list of escaped prisoners with their rap sheets. West Virginia provides sentencing information with the disclaimer that it may or may not reflect the nature of the crime.
Review local newspapers for arrest records. You can find criminal charges on a prisoner by looking at public notice sections of newspapers where the prisoner resided before their incarceration.
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