Jail Inmate Search

What are prison imate searches?

There are many reasons to do a jail inmate search. If someone you know is arrested  this might be the fastest way to find out where they are and what is the status of the processing. If you were a victim of a crime and want to know the criminal is in the system then you can do so by searching for inmates. However the system sometimes takes more than two hours or more to be updated.

Jail inmate searches basically searches a prisons or sheriffs office or other law enforcement agencies to find an inmate’s location. You can also get information regarding prisons, visiting hours, location and other important information this is in particular important since each jurisdiction has different rules and you know of someone in the system then you should find out how and when you can visit them. Also rules about sending them gifts or food or money. How to communicate with them .  In some states or counties you will find information about bail system and how to post bail as well as list of businesses  who provide bail services. You might also find information to help family and relative deal with the fact that a relation is imprisoned, this is in particular useful and important when it comes to children.  You might also find information about care packages you can send privately or in some instances the system provides you with the service where you can buy car packages for those incarcerated or even get them prepaid calling cards so they can contact you or others while they are incarcerated.

Jail Inmate Searches by State

You might also need to contact the system because the person arrested has special medical needs whether physical or mental, the arresting officers might not have all the information or medication necessary so you can locate the arrested persons location and find out how you can get them medicine or make sure they do get medical attention they need.

If an inmate is unclassified it means he is still in the process and location has not been determined for them, therefore it might be more difficult to get in touch with them until they are processed through the system. Also in some states certain classifications such class N in California system is not allowed a visitor.  There are also special rules about legal runners, and mailing and what can be mailed to prisoners. Most of these information is available through sheriff’s offices or department of corrections or authorities who have jurisdiction over jails and prisons in each state.

When an inmate arrives at an institution, he/she receives an institution handbook that has visiting procedures, including:

* prison address/phone number, directions, and information about local transportation
* days and hours of visitation
* approved dress code
* items authorized in the visiting room
* special rules for children
* items visitors may bring to give to the inmate
* identification requirements for visitors
* special visitor requirements

An initial visiting list is ordinarily established within a few days. It includes immediate family members approved to visit. Additional family members and friends may be added following investigation.

Federal Prison Inmate Searches

 

What are the Guidelines for Federal Prisons?

To visit an inmate in Federal Prison, you must be on the inmate's approved visiting list. The inmate gives a list of proposed visitors to staff, who investigate the proposed visitors before putting anyone to the list. The list includes:

  • Immediate family: mother, father, step-parent(s), foster parent(s), brothers and sisters, spouse, and children. (Common-law spouses are considered immediate family if the state recognizes common-law marriages.)
  • Other relatives: grandparents, uncles, aunts, in-laws, and cousins.
  • Friends and associates: usually, an inmate's visiting list should not include more than 10 friends and associates.

When an inmate arrives at an institution, he/she receives an institution handbook that has visiting procedures, including:

  • prison address/phone number, directions, and information about local transportation
  • days and hours of visitation
  • approved dress code
  • items authorized in the visiting room
  • special rules for children
  • items visitors may bring to give to the inmate
  • identification requirements for visitors
  • special visitor requirements

An initial visiting list is ordinarily established within a few days. It includes immediate family members approved to visit. Additional family members and friends may be added following investigation.

The inmate is responsible for giving each approved visitor the visiting guidelines and directions to the prison.