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Inmates in federal prisons may be located for free on the Federal Bureau of Prison's website. As of 2015, users can visit Bop.gov and search under the Inmates heading. State prisons often have similar inmate locator websites, depending on the state, and are also free.


The Federal Bureau of Prisons, the Department of Corrections and many county sheriff's offices provide online inmate locators that online users can access for free. The search tool is often accessible on the official website of the respective agencies.


There are several reasons why an inmate's name does not appear on the state's inmate search site. The inmate may be on parole or probation, was released earlier or is no longer in custody, or is incarcerated in another state. The inmate may also be in a federal prison.


An inmate can be found by name using an online inmate locator. To use these locators, you must first know the jail or prison system in which the inmate is incarcerated. Jails and correctional facilities operate on every governmental level: local, county, state and federal.


To search for an inmate in a particular state, use that particular state's inmate search service, unless the inmate in question is in federal prison. For example, the state of New York lets the public search for an inmate by name, Department Identification Number or New York State Identification Num


Free online inmate searches are available from several sources. VINELink, or the Victims Information and Notification Everyday network, has information for most states. The Department of Corrections in many states has an inmate search portal with varying amounts of information on offender status.


Prison inmates can be searched using online tools at the county, state and federal level. Federal inmates throughout the country can be searched using the tool at the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) website. Inmates can be searched by an identifying number or name.


Prison inmate records for all 50 states are available for free on Records.com and federal inmate information is available through the Federal Bureau of Prisons inmate locator. Using Records.com provides links to each state’s department of corrections website, from which you can find a prison inmate


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.


The Federal Bureau of Prisons offers an inmate locator tool on its website, as of 2015. The agency's database contains information for felons sentenced from District of Columbia courts, and inmates held under jurisdiction of the federal court system.