OTIS is an acronym for the Offender Tracking Information System, a database developed to help people find those under the supervision of the Michigan Department of Corrections, notes the agency. The department retains offenders' information in the database for three years after their release from supervision.
In order to search the OTIS database, people must know the last name of an offender or his Michigan Department of Corrections number, states the agency. The system returns data more quickly if people add other identifying information such as gender, age, race and offender status. Offenders in prison, on parole or probation, those who have escaped from custody, and those who have absconded from probation or parole are in the database.