Where Can You Look up an Inmate in Federal Prison?


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Inmates currently incarcerated within a federal prison can be located using the search tool at the Federal Bureau of Prisons website. This tool can be used to find records pertaining to all federal inmates since 1982. To find inmate details from prior to 1982, data requests can be submitted to the National Archives via its website.

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Where Can You Look up an Inmate in Federal Prison?
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Searches can be conducted by name or register number. If conducting a search by name, however, users should be aware that many common names have duplicate records. Including middle names in searches is therefore likely to narrow down the results.

Included in the Bureau of Prisons search results are the following inmate details: name, register number, current age, race, sex, date of release and location.

The release dates for people currently incarcerated are calculated projections. If the prisoner has died, this information will be displayed under the "Release Date" column. All information is officially correct and updated daily.

The records also contain details about people who were once in custody but never sentenced to federal jail time. This is commonly because their charges were dismissed or else they were being held for some other reason, such as civil contempt or to give evidence as a material witness.

Further detail may be obtained on inmates by submitting a Freedom of Information Act request.

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