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How can you locate an incarcerated inmate?

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Information about incarcerated federal inmates, including their current location, is available at the website of the Federal Bureau of Prisons. Public access to this information is often available through the website of a state's department of corrections and rehabilitation.

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The Federal Bureau of Prisons provides information on the location of incarcerated inmates from as far back as 1983. Its database is searchable based on inmate number or name.

  1. Access the Federal Bureau of Prisons website
  2. Go to the website of the Federal Bureau of Prisons by using a browser. Move the cursor over the "Inmates" tab in the header menu, and click the "Find an Inmate" link.

  3. Provide search criteria
  4. To find an inmate by number, select "BOP Register Number," "DCDC Number," "FBI Number" or "INS Number" from the "Type of Number" drop-down menu. Enter the number in the empty "Number" field, and click the "Search" button. To find an inmate by name, enter the inmate's first, middle and last name, complete the race, age and sex fields if desired and click the "Search" button.

  5. Review results
  6. The search tool will display the matching results with information about each inmate's name, register number, age, race, sex, release date and location. Click on the title for a column to sort the information based on it.

Many states provide their own tools for locating inmates. For example, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation allows the public to search for inmates on its website, as noted on its site. Follow these steps below to find an inmate with its inmate locator tool.

  1. Visit the website of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation
  2. Go to the inmate locator tool on the website of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation from a browser. Read the site's terms and conditions, and click the "Agree" button to proceed.

  3. Define search criteria
  4. Enter the inmate's number. Alternatively, search for the inmate by name by providing a first, middle and last name. Click the "Search" button.

  5. Review search results
  6. The site provides each inmate's name, number, age, admission date and current location with directions. If results are greater than 50, click the "Next Page" link to go to the next page.

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