Locating a Prisoner
Determine if the inmate is being held in a state or federal prison. State governments operate prisons that hold inmates convicted of crimes within their jurisdictions. The Federal Bureau of Prisons keeps track of inmates convicted of crimes in U.S. district courts as well as some people whose charges have not been decided or dismissed.
Access the Web site in the state where the person is incarcerated or the Federal Bureau of Prisons (see resources). For instance, in Ohio, you can locate the housing of inmates and sex offenders through pages on the state's rehabilitation and correction Web site. The U.S. Justice Department's Federal Bureau of Prisons has a Web site with a system to locate inmates in federal lockups.
Enter the prisoner's name; first and last names are required. Refine the search by entering as much information on the offender as possible. On Ohio's rehabilitation and correction Web site, for example, you can include the prisoner's offender identification number, the county where he's incarcerated and his county of residence, age, race and gender. The Federal Bureau of Prisons allows you to search for a prisoner by name, but recommends entering the offender's ID number on its site. The F.B.O.P. says the prisoner's ID number is on written correspondence and records of the case.
- Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction: Offender Search
- Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction: Electronic Sex Offender Registration and Notification
- Florida Department of Corrections: FAQs Regarding How to Locate an Inmate
- Federal Bureau of Prisons: About the Inmate Locator
- Federal Bureau of Prisons Differences Between Federal, State, & Local Inmates