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Arizona Inmate Records

January 26th, 2015 · Arizona

If you need to research information about current or former inmates in Arizona, you can access those records using our “Arizona Jail and Inmate Records Directory” website.  Whether you are searching for someone from your past, a missing relative or confirming the status of an inmate, this site can assist you with your search.

The State of Arizona maintains a database containing over 112,000 inmate records relating to those who have been in the custody of the Department of Corrections in 1985 or at any time thereafter.  There are approximately 26,000 active records.  The records can be searched by inmate number or inmate name.  The search can be narrowed by those currently in custody, those that have been released, those on supervised parole and those who have absconded from parole.

How to access jail and inmate records.  Using the following steps you can easily access Arizona jail and inmate records.

1.      Main “Public Records” page.  On our “Free Public Records Search Directory” main page, click on the “Arizona” link to navigate to the “Arizona Free Public Records Directory.

2.      Choose a public record category.  On the “Arizona Free Public Records” page, click on “Choose a Public Record Category” and select “Jail and Inmate Records.”

3.      Choose state link.  On the “Arizona Jail and Inmate Records Directory” website, select the Arizona statewide “Inmate Records” link.  On Arizona’s inmate records website, you can search inmate records by Arizona Department of Corrections (ADC) inmate number or last name and first initial.  The search can be narrowed by gender or current status (active, inactive, parolee or absconder).  The search results will include inmate information such as:

  • Basic inmate data (photo, birthdate, physical description)
  • Commitment Information
  • Sentence Information
  • Infractions
  • Parole Action/Placement
  • Warrant Information

4.      Return to county links.  If you’d like to return to the main “Arizona Jail and Inmate Recordspage after concluding your search, you can click on “Return to Results” in the upper right hand corner of the page.

5.      County links.  Some of the Arizona counties provide links to county jail inmate records.  One of the available links is Maricopa County’s “Jail Bookings,” which provides a searchable link by inmate name.  The search results provide a mugshot of the inmate, date of booking and charges.  The website also provides mugshots which can be viewed by type of crime.  Some of the crime categories include the following:

  • Deadbeat parents
  • Drug offenses
  • Probation violation
  • Theft / Criminal trespass and burglary
  • Other types of crimes

6.      Return to home page.  When you have completed your search, you can return to the main “Free Public Records Search Directory” website by choosing “Home” or “Free Searches” located in the upper left corner of the page.

The “Free Public Records Search Directory” website provides links to a variety of public records by state and category.  A list of the types of records available are shown on the right side of the main page and include such records as land records, crime data, voter information, warrants, and more.  Watch for future blog articles regarding our website and ways to simplify your public record searches.

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Assessor and Property Tax Records Research

December 29th, 2014 · Pennsylvania, Using Public Records

If you are a real estate professional or a property owner, and need to obtain ownership or tax assessment information about a specific property, you can find that type of information by state and county using our “Assessor and Property Tax Records Directory.” Our “Free Public Records Search Directory” is comprised of a variety of public record categories with one of the categories being “Assessor and Property Tax Records.”

What type of information is available? Depending on the state and county, the following information is generally available using our “Assessor Records” website.
• Owner Name – Taxpayer Name (if different).
• Address
• Physical Description
• Legal Description
• Zoning
• Sales History
• Ownership Document Numbers
• GIS Maps
• Assessed Value

What does “assessed value” mean? “Assessed value” is the value assigned to each property by a municipality for purposes of collecting property taxes. The assessed value is based on recent sales of comparable properties, physical condition, or changes to the property or neighborhood and other economic factors. The assessed value of a property can be useful for comparison purposes, when comparing two or more properties.

How can you conduct a search? Many counties and cities provide property information online. To conduct a search you will need certain information, such as: owner name, address, parcel number, or account number.

How to research a property. Here is the process for researching a property in Pennsylvania, as an example.

1. Main page. On our “Free Public Records Search Directory” main page, click on the “Pennsylvania” link to navigate to the “Pennsylvania Free Public Records Directory.

2. Choose a category. On the “Pennsylvania Free Public Records” page, click on “Choose a Public Record Category” and select “Assessor and Property Tax Records.”

3. Choose a county.  On the “Pennsylvania Assessor and Property Tax Records” page, select a link under the county where the property is located, such as Allegheny County “Property Search.” The properties can be searched by address or parcel number. Upon entering required data, results including owner name, address, municipality and parcel id will be listed on the page. By clicking on a specific property result, information such as building information, tax information, owner history, an image, comparable sales, and maps will be provided.  In Pennsylvania, certain counties provide property tax information through a paid subscription service.  Links that require a paid subscription are labelled as a “Paid Search” on the main “Pennsylvania Assessor and Property Tax Records” page.

4. Return to county links. Click on “Return to Results” in the upper right hand corner of the page to return to the prior specific state page “Pennsylvania Assessor and Property Tax Records.” On this page you can choose another property search link.

5. Return to main page. If you’d like to return to our main page for additional searches, you can click either “Home” or “Free Searches” located in the upper left hand corner. Both pages allow you to choose another state or record type to search.

The office responsible for maintaining property tax and assessment records varies by state.  In Pennsylvania, property tax and assessment records are maintained by the County Tax Assessor. A link for each County Tax Assessor is provided including any links for online property searches. If the county that you’re researching doesn’t provide online property searches, requests can be made to the County Tax Assessor in person, in writing or by phone.

There are many uses for property tax and assessment information including identifying current and former owners, finding sales history including sales price, determining size of house or property, and viewing property maps. You can research your own property, the property of a client, or a specific house in the neighborhood. No matter what your reason for researching a property, we are confident that you will find our website easy to use and a comprehensive source of information.

If there are other types of public records that you’d like to research, please read our “How to Use Free Public Records Search Directory” blog article for other useful tips. We will be covering other types of national, state and county public record searches in future blog articles.

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Warrants in Texas

October 31st, 2014 · Texas, Using Public Records

If you live in Texas and would like to research an arrest warrant, our “Texas Warrants Directory” provides links to a variety of resources containing arrest warrants and wanted persons.

Types of warrants. Available warrant links include:
• Child Support Evaders
• Located or Arrested Child Support Evaders
• Texas Department of Public Safety “10 Most Wanted Fugitives”
• U.S. Drug Enforcement – Texas Division
• Hot Check Warrants
• County and City Police Department Warrants
• Additional types of warrants

How to search. You can easily research the warrants in Texas by using these following steps:

1. Start on the main page. On our “Free Public Records Search Directory” main page, click on the “Texas” link to navigate to the “Texas Free Public Records Directory

2. Select a category. On the “Texas Free Public Records Directory” main page, click on “Choose a Public Record Category” and select “Warrants.”

3. Choose a link. On the “Texas Warrants Directory” main page, there are a variety of links for state, county, and city warrants. Select a link under the county you are searching within such as Galveston County “Wanted Persons.”

4. Return to record page. Click on “Return to Results” in the upper right hand corner of the page to return to the “Texas Warrants Directory” main page.

5. Return to main page. If you’d like to return to our main page for additional searches, you can click either “Home” or “Free Searches” located in the upper left hand corner. Both pages allow you to choose another state or record type to search for.

Once you’ve reviewed the “Texas Warrants” page, you’ll see that the links can be used for many different purposes. If you are meeting up with someone that you met online for the first time, you can check for any outstanding warrants. You might also want to use the site to research suspicious neighbors in order to curtail criminal activities in your neighborhood. If you’re owed child support, the link of “Child Support Evaders” includes parents who are delinquent in court ordered support payments and the link “Located or Arrested Child Support Evaders” could be useful for checking the status of an ex-spouse’s warrant.

No matter what your reason is for using this site, these resources can help provide both protection and ease of mind. For information about other state and federal warrant links, please see our blog article entitled “Warrants and Most Wanted Persons.”

You can also check out our “How to Use Free Public Records Search Directory” blog article for additional information about our site and the other types of searchable public records. Future blog articles will cover more of our free public record searches.

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