How to Locate Inmates in Federal Prison

By Jessica Johnson
Locate an incarcerated individual.

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The Federal Bureau of Prisons is responsible for the custody and care of federal inmates. It maintains a database of incarcerated inmates from 1982 to present. Inmates who were incarcerated in federal prison prior to 1982 may still be located in the database, but the full population was not present until 1982. This database simplifies locating a federal prisoner.

Open your web browser.

Visit www.bop.gov/iloc2/LocateInmate.jsp. This is the link to the Federal Bureau of Prisons inmate locator.

Enter the ID number of the prisoner, or choose to search by name, race, sex and age.

Click "Enter" and a report will be generated matching your search criteria.

About the Author

Jessica Johnson began her writing career in 2010, writing for eHow and LIVESTRONG.COM. She graduated from Savannah State University with a Bachelor of Arts in journalism. She then earned a Bachelor of Science in health from Georgia State University and is now working on her Master of Science in public health from the University of Massachusetts.

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