How Do You Locate an Inmate at the Federal Bureau of Prisons Website?

Locate an inmate at the Federal Bureau of Prisons website by providing either an inmate identifying number or the inmate's name and other vital information. Using one of four possible identifying numbers, site users can narrow the results, according to the Federal Bureau of Prisons.

To get the fewest number of results to search among, provide either the inmates Barreiro of Prison, or BOP, register number; Department of Corrections, or DCDC, number; Federal Bureau of Investigation, or FBI, number; or Immigration and Naturalization Services, or INS, number. After entering the number, press Search and choose the right prisoner from the list. The list provides the inmate's name, register number, age, race, gender, release date, if any, and location, explains the Federal Bureau of Prisons.

The other option requires the inmate's name and personal information. The more information provided, the easier it is to locate a specific prisoner, although searches only require a first and last name, says the Federal Bureau of Prisons. Possible information includes first name, middle name, last name, race, age and gender. The list of results displayed when searching by vital information is the same as that from providing an inmate number. The system only shows 100 possibilities at a time and sorts by each of the categories.