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Federal US Prisons and most county jails keep an active inmate roster record available to the public. In most cases, this relates only to current inmates - previous jail history may not be available.

Also, some private companies (in particular, VINELink - see below) have developed proprietary databases and notification systems whereby citizens can stay informed as to the location of an inmate, as well as details regarding their release date and parole details. Some people - such as victims of a crime - use these services as a way to keep track of when the inmate will be released so they can make necessary plans as appropriate.

Some databases may include historical prison data - but based on our research, most regional "prison records" and so on are largely current data, especially local or county jails. Meaning that if you're looking to see if someone has served jail time - this might not be possible with these online searches.

The exception would be the Federal inmate locator search (see link below), which includes prison records for past and present detainees who were incarcerated at some point from 1982 to the present date. They do have a location program for searching for inmate records prior to 1982, but since those records are non-digital, the search request must be made in writing.

Most databases enable you to query them by the name or inmate ID of the prisoner.

Nationwide Prison & Inmate Records Resources:

Federal & Nationwide Prisoner Databases

Federal Inmate Locator - A service provided by the US Federal Beaurau of Prisons, this database includes a record of all detainees (both released and currently incarcerated) since 1982. Records prior to 1982 can be obtained manually in writing upon request. Search by name or inmate ID. Filter by gender, race and age.

VINELink - This is a service provided by Appriss, Inc which is specifically designed for victims to monitor the status of criminal cases, custody status, inmate location and release dates. Historical records are also available and are labelled as "Out of Custody".

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