Find a County Jail Inmate

Locate the whereabouts of a federal inmate incarcerated from 1982 to the present day. Due to the First Step Act, sentences are being reviewed and recalculated to address pending Federal Time Credit changes. As a result, an inmate's release date may not be up-to-date. Website visitors should bookmark this page and check back periodically to see if any changes have occurred.

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Locating a County Jail Inmate

Searching for a county jail inmate can be overwhelming, but our online inmate locator tool makes it a hassle-free process. Our extensive database allows you to search for inmates at any county jail across the United States. You can search by the inmate’s first and last name after selecting the state and jail facility where the inmate is located. In addition to finding the inmate, some facilities will also give you access to useful information such as their arrest date, release date, details of their charges, and even a booking photo in some cases.

How to locate an inmate using our county inmate locator tool

Step 1: Select State and Jail Facility To begin your search.

Select the state in which the county jail is located from the drop-down menu. Then, choose the specific county jail facility from the list provided.

Step 2: Enter First and Last Name.

Once you’ve selected the jail facility, enter the first and last name of the inmate you are searching for. It’s always best to enter their full legal name though in some cases partial names and even aliases are acceptable. You can also search by last name only, however, the list may be extensive if it is a common name. It’s important to note that this database only includes information on county jail inmates, not federal or state inmates. To search for a federal inmate, you can use our federal inmate locator tool.

Step 3: Access Inmate Information.

After entering the inmate’s name, our tool will provide a list of matching results. Click on the details of each result to find the specific inmate you are looking for. In addition to finding the inmate, some facilities will give you access to other useful information about them, such as their booking date, release date (if available), and details of their charges.

Frequently Asked Questions


What determines an inmate’s placement in a county jail facility?

The placement of an inmate in a county jail facility is generally determined by the crime they committed. Inmates convicted of a misdemeanor will usually be sentenced to time in a county jail facility. Criminals who have been convicted of a felony will usually end up in a state or federal prison facility. Each county jail facility has its own security level, so the specific facility to which an inmate is sentenced usually depends on the nature of their crime. Low-security criminals will serve their time in a low-security facility, while dangerous inmates will be sentenced to a maximum-security facility.

What do county inmate ID numbers mean?

County inmate ID numbers are a way for the county to identify each person who is in custody. These numbers allow for an easy way to positively identify individuals. A booking or inmate number is assigned to everyone who comes into the facility, whether they are incarcerated or are simply being detained. These numbers also make it easier for friends and family to find an inmate at a county facility. The ID number is not only used for identification but is also used for other purposes, like properly routing an inmate’s mail or depositing money to an inmate’s commissary account.

How do I find a picture of a county inmate?

Some county inmate databases include a picture of inmates in the system. Simply search for the inmate using the locator tool at the top of this page. If no picture is available, you may attempt to call the facility in which they are located as they may have a recent booking photo that they can provide to you.

Can I send mail to a county jail inmate?

Yes, you can send mail to a county jail inmate. However, it’s important to follow the facility’s guidelines for sending mail, as they may have restrictions on the type of mail that is allowed. In general, you should address the envelope with the inmate’s full name, booking number (if available), and the jail facility’s address. All mail is subject to inspection by jail staff. A properly addressed envelope should look like this:


Inmate Full Name

Inmate ID/Booking Number (if available)

Facility Name

Facility Address

Can I send money to a county jail inmate?

Yes, you can usually send money to a county jail inmate. Many facilities offer several ways to send money, including online, by phone, or through the mail. It’s important to check with the specific facility for information on the accepted methods of sending money and any associated fees.

Can I visit a county jail inmate?

Yes, you can visit a county jail inmate. However, each facility has its own visitation rules and schedules, so it’s important to check with the jail facility for specific information. In addition, visitors may be required to go through a security screening process before being allowed to visit an inmate. You can find all the information you need about a specific prison or jail’s visitation rules by using our prison directory.