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Is the free inmate search reliable?

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Websites that offer reliable free inmate searches are simply compilations of links to federal, state and county inmate records. However, since they are third-party Web pages not affiliated with the government, the links are not always updated and can result in browser errors.

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Federal law requires jails and prisons to publish up-to-date inmate information on government websites. If the state or county an inmate is believed to be held by is known, find the inmate records by visiting that government entity's website. If searching multiple states or counties for an offender, Web pages such as Records.com and TheFreeInmateLocator.com can be useful. There is no nationwide search database for inmates in state prisons or county jails available to the public, as of 2016.

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