High school for most people is followed by college, trade school, a family business, marriage or the armed forces, all of which leave a searchable paper trail. For people who didn't do so well or hung out with the wrong people, there may be records of arrest, imprisonment or deportation.
Someone held in prison and a correction facility has either been charged with a crime or convicted of a crime. Someone who has been charged with a crime is incarcerated until he/she is brought to trial or released. Someone officially convicted of a crime will remain in lockup or jail for the durations of the sentence.
When searching for someone who has been or might be incarcerated, it's necessary to know:
The Department Of Corrections, county jail, and the court systems maintain the history of someone who has been incarcerated. When conducting an online people search, searchable databases of the court system give insight on appearances, sentences and convictions, including where the sentence was or is being served. Court, prison or jail terms will appear on 'rap sheets' with details of:
Records can be found by state agencies, licensed individuals, or employers that have been authorized to perform online background investigations.
Jails are at the municipal and county levels: 'city jail' and 'county jail'. The newly-arrested and people awaiting trial typically populate these facilities as well as convicts of lesser crimes (misdemeanors) serving a year or less. Jail time can be less stringent, allowing work release, educational, substance-abuse and vocational programs for 'rehabilitation' (to keep inmates occupied and out of trouble).
Find someone in jail by accessing the various inmate websites by clicking on the corresponding State/Agency Below:
County jail: To find someone who has been arrested by local police, search google using words like arrested, detention, county jail with the person's name. Based upon your location the list of search results will pertain to counties near you followed by outlying sheriff departments in the state. These days detainees are published publicly on jail websites and for the most part are kept current.
Prisons are at state and national levels and are a more permanent form of residence carrying longer sentences for criminals convicted of felonies. People breaking state laws get penned up in state prisons and those violating US law find new homes in prisons (scattered throughout the country).
There are different types of prisons:
The easiest way to find someone in lockup is to visit the Vine website which allows victims of crimes and others access to information about offenders. The service is available via the website, a mobile app and a toll-free number. Anyone can register to receive alerts about inmate status changes via phone, email and text.
To do a search visit the website and select the appropriate state from the drop-down menu. Search a state-wide database of inmates or drill down into county databases to find a specific offender, edit your registration details or access additional resources.
To find someone who is currently an inmate in a prison, or has been anytime since 1982, visit the Bureau of Prisons Inmate Locator.
Find inmates in two ways:
Find the individual then use the Facility Locator to learn more about the facility which provides details on the type of penitentiary and the level of security (minimum security, maximum security, etc.).
Find an illegal immigrant who:
To do so use the Online Detainee Locator System or contact the field offices of the Office of Enforcement and Removal Operations. If you know the facility where the person is being held, call directly.
To learn more about an inmate, submit a Freedom of Information Act request to the BOP. Also include a completed Form DOJ-361. Include the following information about inmates to order copies of records:
To find information about the status of a particular court case, contact the immigration court.
The Bureau of Prisons (often referred to operationally as the BOP) is a law enforcement agency that is a subdivision of the United States Department of Justice. The Bureau is responsible for the administration of the confinement system in the United States.
The Bureau of Prisons consists of 119 institutions including six regional offices. Its headquarters are in Washington D.C.. It has two staff training centers and 28 community corrections offices.
State or local correctional systems may have different procedures for visiting an inmate. Each sets its own visiting hours. By law an inmate gets at least four hours of visiting time per month.
Inmates have bank-type accounts which allows them to receive money and withdraw it to by 'things'. Deposit money into a inmate's account by:
The jail does not provide court date and time information. Cases are forwarded to the judge who set the docket. Contact the court-appointed or hired attorney to obtain the court date and time.
An inmate is a person who is confined to an institution such (as a convict) or hospital (as a patient).
Corrections refer to the supervision of persons arrested for, convicted of or sentenced for criminal offenses. Correctional populations fall into two general categories: institutional corrections and community corrections.
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