To begin searching for an inmate you will need to know the name and whether they are currently in federal or state prison. Persons convicted of a federal crime will typically serve their time in a federal prison. Most prisoners are in state prisons.
If a loved one or friend has been incarcerated you may be wondering how you can reach them. Depending on the offense that led to the arrest of your loved one, you can probably contact them by either telephone or through regular mail. Some inmates have access to email accounts, too. There are several options available to locate a state prisoner.
If you are having trouble locating an inmate with an Online Search, you may wish to seek additional resources for the information you need to reach your loved one are the legal agents involved in the criminal court proceedings. The judge, defense attorney, bail bondsmen and prosecutor's office have details about where your relative was sentenced to serve his or her time.
In our criminal justice system, if you are charged with a felony and convicted, you may face time in a federal or state prison. A prison is sometimes referred to as a penitentiary or a correctional facility. Inmates in a prison typically are housed for longer periods of time when compared to jails. Federal prisons differ from state prisons in a number of different ways.
You can only be sent to a federal prison if you are convicted of violating a federal law. If you only violate a state law, you will be sent to a state prison. In many cases, criminals violate both federal and state law during the commission of a crime. In such cases, it is left to the discretion of the judge and the court to determine where you will serve your prison sentence.
State prisons await criminals who commit violent crimes, property crimes and numerous other felonies that are not considered federal crimes. You might go to state prison for breaking into a house and stealing a computer, but if you break into a federal building and steal a computer, you may go to federal prison.
White collar crimes like bribery, fraud and extortion will generally result in a federal prison sentence. Other offenses that can send you to a federal prison include kidnapping, immigration violations and any crime that takes place in two or more states.
When there is an option of sentencing a convicted felon to federal or state prison, most people prefer to do their time in a federal prison. A judge may be willing to accommodate your request based on several factors.
State prisons far out number federal prisons. All states have state prisons, but not all states have federal prisons. While there are a little over 100 federal prisons, there are none located in Maine, Montana, Iowa and about 10 other states. State prisons number more than 1,500 and are spread out geographically within each state.
There are far more prisoners housed in state prisons compared to those housed in federal prisons. At the end of 2012, there was a federal inmate population of 217,815 and a state inmate population of 1,382,418.
Click your state to view links and instructions on searching for prisoners.