Perhaps a loved one didn’t come home or never arrived at work. Maybe you've lost track of someone you know is imprisoned that you can't locate, and you have no idea what to do. Typically, either an accident, getting arrested, or being transferred is what’s happened. If you have no luck with hospitals, it’s time to find out if they are in jail or if a current inmate has been moved.
Unless you live in a small town with one or two facilities, you might not know where to call or how to find who you're looking for. We’re here today to offer you the best resources that can help you get the ball rolling to locate a friend or loved one that might be in jail.
Gather Pertinent Information About the Potential Inmate
You’ll need to have a few essential details about arrestees to assist in your location efforts. These include their full legal name and date of birth. If you do locate them, this allows you to find out if bail has been set along with any court dates set.
Top Resources to Find Someone in Jail
Typically, when someone is arrested, they are taken to the closest jail for processing and booking. This might be the first place you call locally. If you have the right information, you might be able to check local jails using their direct phone number or online. However, inmates are typically moved rather quickly to more suitable long-term institutions.
A top option used by searchers is called inmatesplus.com. When using this site for research, you will need to clarify what state they were arrested in. Then the site breaks down state prisons and county jails to help you search deeper.
Another great resource to find someone in jail is vinelink.com. This site is a popular one for those who might not know an exact date of birth or middle name. The interface is easy to use, and no sign up is required.
If you believe who you are looking for might be housed in a federal prison, you will want to check bob.gov to locate them. The aforementioned resources don’t search in federal institutions, but all of these sites are updated daily—often several times throughout the day.
After you locate who you’re looking for, you will be privy to more information, including:
- Inmate ID number
- Court dates
- Bond amounts
- Release date if applicable
This makes it easier to contact the inmate, send them funds, and get them bailed or bonded out if you choose to.
Need Some Help? Call Free at Last!
At Free at Last Bail Bonds, we understand the importance and urgency of reuniting families. If you or a loved one needs our services, we are here for you 24 hours a day at 404-577-2245.