An inmate’s scheduled release date is accessible to the public and can be obtained with a phone call or internet search. Whether you are a family member planning a homecoming – or you’re a victim of a crime committed by the inmate – knowing when he or she will be released is valuable information. To do so, follow these quick and easy tips on how to find an inmate’s release date:
To make the search for an inmate’s release date as easy as possible, you will need to know a few key details about the person. Aside from his or her name, you should obtain the name of the prison or jail – and whether it is a federal, state, or county facility. It is also helpful to know the prisoner ID number, as well as his or her age, gender, and race. If the inmate’s name is a common one, these details can help you narrow down the search results.
If you don’t know where the inmate is located, or any other pertinent information about him or her, you can start by looking it up. As long as you know the state where the inmate is incarcerated, you can use a website called vinelink.com (Victim Information and Notification Everyday) to uncover the other details like inmate/offender ID, date of birth (DOB), race, gender, custody status, location – and sometimes, even the scheduled release date.
Once you have the inmate’s information, you can move on to the next step to find out his or her release date.
Visit the Department of Corrections Website
If the inmate you are looking for is incarcerated in a state facility, visit that state’s Department of Corrections website and look for the online search function. It varies by state, but some Department of Corrections sites have advanced search functions, allowing you to input a thorough physical description of the inmate and the offense for which he or she was incarcerated. Rather than sifting through a long list of inmates – especially in states with large prison populations – a detailed search query can quickly narrow down the results.
And if the state’s website does not have an online search feature, there will be a phone number to call and find out the release date or other prisoner information.
County and City Jails
If the inmate is incarcerated in a smaller facility – like a county or city jail – your best bet is to give the location a phone call and request the person’s scheduled release date. However, some county and city jails have online search functions, as well. These search queries are similar to the Department of Corrections functions, but there will be fewer results to sift through.
Federal Prison Inmates
The Federal Bureau of Prisons hosts a website at www.bop.gov. Their “Find an Inmate” page makes it easy to locate an inmate in any federal prison. With fairly limited functionality, users can search by the inmate’s Bureau of Prisons number, FBI number, or name. The name search provides opportunities to enter information about the prisoner’s race, age, and sex to make the search more efficient.
Note: Any inmates incarcerated after 1982 are entered into this system.
How To Be Notified of an Inmate’s Release
Even if you know when an inmate’s scheduled release date is, it is subject to change. Sometimes the inmate’s charges are dropped, he or she is released from the facility into a program, or the inmate is released on bond.
Rather than constantly checking to see if the release date has changed, you may want to be notified. Just as you can search for information about an inmate through vinelink.com, you can also sign up to receive notifications if an incarcerated person’s status ever changes.
Another way to be notified about a prisoner’s release is to go through The Department of Corrections Victim Services. You will be contacted over the phone or by mail. Generally, to be eligible to receive these notifications, you must be the victim of a crime the inmate committed – or an immediate family member of the victim.
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