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Prisons and Prisoners

Đang chơi bàiFind the answers to the most commonly asked questions about prisons, jails, and inmates.

Đang chơi bài , or has been anytime since 1982, visit the Federal Bureau of Prisons . You can look up inmates in two ways: 

  • First and last name (required) and middle name, age, race, and sex (optional) 
  • Inmate number from the: 
    • Bureau of Prisons (BOP) Register 
    • D.C. Department of Corrections (DCDC)
    • Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
    • Immigration and Naturalization Services (INS) 
Đang chơi bài . Or, contact the of the Office of Enforcement and Removal Operations. If you know the facility where the person is being held, call that directly.

For information about the status of a particular court case, contact the.

 directly. Review information on  to ensure your visit is a success.

For further information, contact the Federal Bureau of Prisons.

Đang chơi bàiState or local correctional systems may have different procedures for visiting an inmate.


  • MoneyGram (electronically)

  • Western Union (electronically)

  • Đang chơi bàiUnited States Postal Service (money order through the mail)

If the inmate is at a , contact that facility or the contract operator for instructions on how to send funds.

Send Money to an Inmate at a State or Local Prison

Options for sending money to inmates in state and local prisons vary. Contact the state or local correctional departmentĐang chơi bài for more information.

Đang chơi bài . It has  once held at Alcatraz, Leavenworth, and other federal penitentiaries. Search by name for former inmates at each location to see if they served time there. 

Đang chơi bàiYou can , if available. Include the following information about the inmate in your request:

  • Name (including middle name or initial)

  • Date of birth or approximate age at the time of incarceration

  • Race

  • Đang chơi bàiApproximate dates in prison

Federal Prison Records 1982 - Present

Đang chơi bàiThe Bureau of Prisons (BOP) maintains . You can use the  to find out when a prisoner was, or is expected to be, released.

To learn more about an inmate,  to the BOP. Also include a completed .

The  provides a wealth of resources on corrections, criminology, and related fields.

State and Local Prison Records

For state and local prison records, contact the state or local corrections department

is in charge of ensuring federal prisons are safe, humane, cost-efficient, and secure. It is responsible for more than 200,000 inmates and nearly 40,000 employees.

Đang chơi bàiIn addition to maintaining the federal prisons, the BOP provides resources for:

  • Victims and witnesses

  • Employees

  • Đang chơi bàiHealth management

  • Đang chơi bàiEx-offenders

  • Đang chơi bàiMedia representatives

Complaints about Federal, State, and Local Prisons

You can file a complaint about a prison, policy, or procedure. You can also file a complaint about claims of abuse.

File a Complaint About a Local, County, or State Prison

Đang chơi bàiTo submit a complaint about a local, county, or state prison:

  1. File a formal complaint directly with the state or local correctional facility.

  2. Contact the state Department of CorrectionsĐang chơi bài office if the issue remains unresolved.

  3. Contact your governor.

File a Complaint About a Federal Prison

Đang chơi bàiTo submit a complaint about a federal prison:

  1. File a formal complaint directly with the .

  2. File a complaint with the that oversees the facility.

  3. Contact or the , which oversees the BOP.

Give the complaint a reasonable amount of time to progress before going on to the next step. Qualified legal adviceĐang chơi bài, as always, remains an option.

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Last Updated: May 11, 2020