How to Find an Ohio Inmate

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Most Ohio jail and inmate records are available to the public. Once you have located an inmate from an online search, you will need to write the correctional facility to request information on how to contact the inmate personally. You need to know at least the offender's first and last names, but the more information you can provide about the individual the better chance you will have of finding them.

Offender Search

Go to and select the "Offender Search" link.

Enter as much specific information in the search blocks as you can. The more information you can provide the greater your chances of finding the correct inmate.

Select the inmate you're looking for from the list and click on the inmate number for incarceration information. If the search returns no results, the individual is either not currently incarcerated, or you did not enter enough specific information into the search engine. Try the "Jail and Inmate Records" search by following the steps in the next section.

Jail and Inmate Records

Go to and select the "Jail and Inmate Records" link.

Click "Offenders" on the left-hand side of the page. It is not necessary to register for the site.

Enter the offender's ID number or first and last name into the search boxes. If you know the offender's age or date of birth you can enter that information also.

Click on the offender's name for specific information about his or her incarceration.


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