Searching for inmate records used to be difficult and time consuming, but thanks to the advancement of Internet technology, it is now much quicker and easier. Most state prisons and many county jails provide an active inmate database to the public where you can search for inmates by name. You can obtain information such as offender name, incarceration date, offense, current location, projected release date, and sometimes even a mugshot. The information available is generally for current inmates only, but in some areas, past inmate records may also be available.
For example, in Stearns County, Minnesota, you can find past inmate records beginning from January 17th, 2002, as well as current inmate records. You can search for inmates by booking date or name. The search results provide inmate name, booking date, release date, photo, charges, court docket number, statute number, bail, and days sentenced. You can also obtain historical inmate information in Texas, such as a list of offenders sentenced to death from 1923 to 1973. Additionally, you can also view all Texas offenders on death row, executed offenders, scheduled executions, and offenders who are no longer on death row, as well as historical information concerning the death penalty in Texas.
In Idaho, the Ada County Inmate Roster provides information on all their current inmates and includes inmate name, photo, LE number, assigned cell, arresting agency, and charges. The Ada County Arrest Report includes adults who were arrested and taken to the Ada County Jail for criminal offenses and is updated daily. Results include inmate name, photo, address, age, custody status, book date, arresting agency, charges and court date.
In Iowa, the Polk County Jail provides a search of all their current inmates. Results include offender name, ID number, booking date, photo, case number and charges, and bonding information. They also provide access to 24 and 48 hour bookings, 24 and 48 hour releases, as well as a search for inmates released in the past year.
If you are trying to locate a federal inmate, the US Federal Inmate Locator includes all federal inmates from 1982 to present. This database also includes many pretrial detainees and pre-sentenced offenders for the U.S. Marshals Service and Immigration and Customs Enforcement, as well as sentenced felons from the District of Columbia. You can search by name or ID number. Search results provide inmate name, register number, age, race, sex, release date or projected release date, and current location.
You can find prison inmate records like these by visiting the Free Public Records Directory, Jail and Inmate Records Resources page. There you can easily search for inmate records and arrest reports by state, county, or city. There you can also find national records such as the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement detainee locator database, the Clandestine Laboratory Register, and national college campus crime information. The Free Public Records Directory also provides links and resources to many other types of public records, including foreclosures, professional licenses, wanted persons, sex offenders, and more. Searches can be made by city and state, zip code, or by type of record.