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Learn how to access important documents with these videos.
You Will Need
- Internet access
- Letter to the Federal Bureau of Prisons
- Local government authority contact information
Go to the Federal Bureau of Prisons website
Go to the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) website's Inmate Locator tool to find federal inmates that have been incarcerated from 1982 to the present.
Search the Inmate Locator
Search the Inmate Locator by an inmate's prison ID number, or their first and last name.
Know about Inmate Locator search results
Understand Inmate Locator search results. They not only include the inmate's location, but also the projected release date or past date of release.
Mail a request to BOP's Historic Inmate Locator
Mail a request to BOP's Historic Inmate Locator to find Federal inmates that were released before 1982.
Go to the USA.gov website
Go to the USA.gov website for links to state corrections department websites with searchable state inmate locator tools.
Search for the location of sex offenders
Search for the location of sex offenders at the Department of Justice's Dru Sjodin National Sex Offender Public Website.
Contact city or county government authorities
Contact local government authorities for city or county prison inmate information. Many state corrections department websites list city and county prison contact info.