The availability of inmate mugshots depends upon the policy of the jurisdiction where the inmate is located. Some jurisdictions, such as the Florida Department of Corrections, release mugshots online, while others, including the Federal Bureau of Prisons, do not. Many local jurisdictions also release inmate mugshots.
Aggregator websites, such as Mugshots.com, allow the user to search for a particular inmate by name. This website searches for that name across official law enforcement records and publicly available databases. However, not all law enforcement agencies release inmate mugshots online. In those cases, an interested party contacts the jurisdiction detaining the inmate and requests the release of the mugshot to the general public.