How to Do an Inmate Search

Do you need to search for an inmate? The process may be easier than you realize. Turning to an online public records search aggregator, such as IDtrue , will allow you to pull up the information you need quickly and efficiently. Keep in mind that most online databases will only display information on inmates who are currently incarcerated.

However, depending on the state you live in you may have access to both past and current records. These records will display information on inmates who have been incarcerated in the past,  but have since served their time and are now free.

While searching for an inmate is easy, you still need to know a few vital pieces of information to begin the process. For one, you should know the name of the facility where they’re being imprisoned, or at the very least know the state where they are being held.

Databases with limited access to online records may fail to turn up any useful information on the inmate you seek. This may occur if the inmate is being held in a facility that has not been recorded to a state database, or if they’re currently being held in a federal facility. This can prove to be a hassle. 

However, sites such as IDtrue aggregates millions of public records across federal, state, county, city, and local databases to deliver instant information through their easy-to-use, web-based reporting portal.

Simply knowing the first and last name of the inmate, as well as the state they live in, will greatly simplify your search while using IDtrue . A quick search will often reveal the following information:

  • Criminal record
  • Social media accounts
  • Address history
  • Education
  • Job history
  • Much more

As you run your search, there’s a possibility that many individuals with the same first and last nameas the inmate you’re searching for will pop up in the results. Be patient and sort through the list. Hopefully, the individual you’re seeking will eventually pop up.

If IDtrue is unable to turn up the information you’re seeking we encourage you to turn to VINELink .

VINE is an abbreviation for “Victim Notification System” and is an incredibly useful website that acts as a great backup if your initial search fails.

VINELink will update you on any changes to an offenders status. You can also choose to receive a notification via email, cell, or text if the inmate is ever moved to a new facility, or released.

We’ve created a table below to greatly simplify your search. Follow the links to begin:

Immigration an Customs Enforcement (ICE)
Federal Prison Inmates
Alabama
Alaska
Arizona
Arkansas
California
Colorado
Connecticut
Delaware
Florida
Georgia
Hawaii
Idaho
Illinois
Indiana
Iowa
Kansas
Kentucky
Louisiana
Maine
Maryland
Massachusetts
Michigan
Minnesota
Mississippi
Missouri
Montana
Nebraska
Nevada
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New Mexico
New York State
New York City
North Carolina
North Dakota
Ohio
Oklahoma
Oregon
Pennsylvania
Rhode Island
South Carolina
South Dakota
Tennessee
Texas
Utah
Vermont
Virginia
Washington
West Virginia
Wisconsin
Wyoming
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