Federal Inmate Searches
Some inmates in New Jersey are held in federal prisons. When this is the case, you'll have to search through the federal system rather than the state system. Federal prisons are managed and operated separately from any other state facilities. You can do an inmate searches through the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) inmate locator tool.
Using this tool, you can search for inmates based on the first, last, and middle name. If you want to narrow down the results you get from that, you can add information about their race, age, and sex to clarify who you're looking for. The other option is to search by a unique identification number, which is either the BOP register number, DCDC number, INS number, or FBI number.
This system will show anyone who is currently incarcerated or anyone who has been incarcerated between 1982 and the current date. You'll see where they're located and their current custody status, even if they've been released.
New Jersey State Prison Searches
If the inmate you're looking for is incarcerated in state prison, they're under the jurisdiction of the New Jersey Department of Corrections (DOC). You won't find these inmates through federal prison searches and must use the official New Jersey DOC search tool online.
After reading and accepting the disclaimer, you'll get to the search tool. There are a variety of ways that you can search for an inmate, as well as ways secondary search options to narrow down the results. The primary search options are either an SBI number or some combination of first and last names. If you choose, you can search through aliases as well as exact name matches. You need to have at least a first or last name, but both are not required.
To narrow down the search, you can select the sex, hair color, eye color, birth date range, age range, and race of the inmate. You can select multiple items from hair color, eye color, and race selection windows. If your search criteria yield more than 250 results, you'll be asked to add more information to reduce the number of results below 250. If you have an idea of the county or facility they might be in, you can choose to search only in specific areas.
Local and Community Correctional Facilities
In New Jersey, most correctional facilities will show up in the DOC search tool. However, some facilities won't. If you can't find the inmate you're looking for through the DOC search, even after changing up the search criteria to give different results, you may need to look at individual facility webpages instead.
Correctional facilities that aren't searchable through the DOC site are likely to have their own search tools on their individual websites. However, you'll do better if you have an idea of where the inmate might be, even if that's only narrowed down to a specific county. If you don't know where they are at all in New Jersey, you'll have trouble finding all the individual facilities in order to search for the inmate there.
This process can be tedious. You will have to do the legwork yourself to find the facilities and contact them or use their online search tools one at a time. If you don't already know any information about the inmate, such as their case number or other identifying information, you're not going to have an easy time finding them.
Custody Status Change Notifications in New Jersey
If you want to find an inmate and get updates about any custody status changes they experience, VINE (Victim Information Notification Everyday) is a service that could help you. You can sign up for free to get updates about changes about specific inmate's custody status. You'll need to know basic information about the inmate in order for VINE to locate them and create the alert system for you.
VINE serves victims, family members, loved ones, and others who need to get updates about a specific inmate. The VINE system is connected to county jails, DOC facilities, the Juvenile Justice Commission, and the New Jersey Parole Board. Updates are usually released within 24 hours of the status change.
Online Public Record Search Options
Although there are tools available for many of the prisons and individual correctional facilities, some third-party search options can help you look everywhere at once. Instead of going to a lot of different websites and inputting the same information every time, use one website that collects and displays all the public records and information for the inmate.
There are a variety of options for third-party inmate searches. Some are more trustworthy while others are a bit more questionable. A good option is CheckPeople, a service that can help you find an inmate without as much work on your part.
Why Choose CheckPeople?
Out of all your options, CheckPeople has got to be one of the easiest. All you need to do is put the information you have about the inmate into the search prompt on the CheckPeople website. You'll pay one flat fee and have access to whatever information is available within minutes of clicking the search button. If you're not successful, you can perform as many other searches as you want within the month that you've paid for service.
It's a low-price option that's convenient and user-friendly. You're not going to be bombarded by ads the whole time or hustled into paying extra just to view the information that came up in the search results. CheckPeople makes it incredibly easy to find what you need to about a particular inmate in any state, including New Jersey.
Get started on your first search today to find out just how easy CheckPeople makes the process.