Federal Prison Inmate Locator Information

At some time you might need to locate a Federal Prison Inmate.
The Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) provides a federal inmate locator Look for “Inmate Locator” under “Tools” on the top left corner of the website. Here you will be able to search a database of all federal inmates since 1982.

Only persons convicted of violating Federal laws (that is, laws of the United States) are sent to Federal prisons. Most inmates convicted of violating state or local laws are sent to state prisons or city or county jails.

The Federal Bureau of Prisons was established in 1930 to provide more progressive and humane care for Federal inmates. The Bureau is responsible for the custody and care of approximately 210,000 Federal offenders.

Get more information and detailed instructions for how to use the Federal inmate Locator use this How To Guide at WikiHow, How to Use the Federal Inmate Locator

The BOP are free and they might just tell you everything you need to know, find more information about federal prison inmate location in this prison inmate location article.

Using an identification number, such as a Register Number, results in a better chance of finding a match. Select the drop down box next to “Type of Number” in the box entitled “Choose the proper type of ID number.” The options are Register Number, DCDC Number, FBI Number and INS Number.

The Bureau of Prisons only lists information for individuals who are incarcerated for Federal crimes. Those imprisoned for violating local or state laws are housed in state prisons or local jails. To locate a non-Federal inmate, contact the state’s department of corrections. Links to state corrections departments can be found at USA.gov.

The federal inmate locator is a free service at the Federal Bureau of Prisons. If you cant find what you are looking for You May Not Need to Make a FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) Request!

You may be able to access the information you require via the World Wide Web without making a FOIA request. Many documents are available on the Bureau of Prisons’ or other websites. Also, frequently requested information is available electronically in our electronic reading room.

The Electronic Reading Room was developed to provide the public with access to certain types of information created by the Bureau of Prisons after November 1, 1996.

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