What Do the Search Results Mean?
Name: Self-explanatory. For a common name such as "Charles Brown," there will be many duplications. Fill in the Middle Initial field to help reduce duplications.
Please note: It is possible that a record may exist for an individual who was in BOP custody but never served a sentence of incarceration (e.g., a person was detained pre-trial but criminal charges were dismissed, held as a material witness, held for civil contempt).
Why is the inmate's location underlined?
If you click on the inmate's location, it will take you to specific information about that facility.
I want to conduct a new search. How do I do that?
Click on the new search button at the bottom of the page.
I did not get a result for the name submitted with search. What now?
All Federal inmates starting in 1982 are in the Inmate Locator. First, check to make sure you put the information in correctly. Is the name spelled correctly? Is the number correct? Searching for John Doe will not find Jon Doe (the name must be an exact match).
If you still do not get a result, either the person is not a Federal inmate (he/she may be a state or local inmate), or he/she was in the Federal system before 1982.
What is the difference between Federal, state, and local inmates?
How do I find inmates released before 1982?
How up-to-date are the Locator search results?
Inmate Locator data are taken from the BOPís main inmate database. Locator information is updated every day.
How can I contact a facility shown in the Location column?
Click on the facility name that is underlined in the search results. Each facility has a link to a contact page where you will find contact information for that facility.
Please note: some inmates will be shown with a location of either a Regional Office or a Community Corrections Management (CCM) office. This is for management purposes only. The inmates are not at these addresses, so any mail sent will have to be forwarded.
If you are not sure of an inmate's mailing address, call 202-307-3126 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 3:45 p.m., Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday.
I want to find more information on an inmate. How can I do this?
Two Federal laws - The Freedom of Information Act and the Privacy Act of 1974 - authorize the release of certain information about Federal inmates to any member of the general public requesting it. To get information beyond that provided here, please e-mail the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) office. FOIA requests are processed as quickly as possible. Usually, there is no charge for inmate location requests; but if you request more information, you may be charged for research time. Read through the FOIA page for information about fees.