How Do You Search for Someone in Jail?


Quick Answer

Online correction search tools, such as Inmatesplus.com and Corrections.com provide links to the inmate locator tools operated by the state's Department of Corrections. Corrections.com provides links to more than 20 inmate search tools, while Inmatesplus has direct links to free inmate locators for the Department of Corrections websites.

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How Do You Search for Someone in Jail?
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Most state jails and corrections facilities require the online user to provide the inmate's full name, state ID number or other identifying information to start a search. Depending on the state laws and the committed offense of the inmate, the search may provide information, such as age, sex, length of sentence, current and prior offenses and the tentative release date of the inmate. The Florida, Department of Corrections records are taken from the court records and are made available to interested individuals as a public service.

If an inmate's record is not available on the Department of Corrections listing, try locating inmate information in a county jail website, as stated by the Florida DC. The county sheriff runs most county jails and their facilities. The county sheriff's website may be able to provide records for someone serving his sentence in one of the county jails. However, not every county sheriff's website or office has online records of inmates. If the inmate is serving time in a state prison, visit the Federal Bureau of Prison's website to search for federal prisoners incarcerated from 1982 to the present.

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