When using the Vinelink service online, available inmate information includes the offender identification number, custody status and the location of the offender. The offender's date of birth, gender and race are also listed, along with the date of release when applicable.
In addition to services such as Vinelink, many major counties, such as Franklin County, Ohio, have public-access portals available online that provide inmate information about anyone who has been charged or arrested. After agreeing to the terms and services, users may search past and current inmates for free. These searches generally provide the charge or charges, along with the degree of the defense. Results may also include a description of the accused or incarcerated, an event schedule of court appearances, and a financial summary of fines and acquired fees.
The use of these online services and records portals is free to all users. Searchers must enter as much of the requested information about the offender as possible to achieve the best search results. Partial names and initials are searched when broader search results are desired. From the generated list of offenders, a user may click on the one that matches the person of her search. All of the available offender information is then provided on a separate page.