When a search for criminal records leads you to search for inmate information as regards the details of a criminal’s incarceration, one of the most basic jurisdictions to search for prison inmates is at the federal level. While any inmate search for incarceration time served should include a visit to all jurisdictional sheriff’s offices and prison websites, the best start is at the national level. In this category, we examine the significance of searching for the federal prison inmate: how this type of prison is characterized according to criminal activity, what information can be found in an inmate search of this kind, as well as how to best conduct a federal prison inmate search.
Federal prison institutions are in place to contain, punish, and rehabilitate all criminals convicted of federal crimes. Whereas criminals who have committed most felonies or gross misdemeanors are incarcerated in state and county facilities, and criminals who have committed minor infractions are held in municipal jails; criminals who have committed serious crimes of a this nature are held in federal prisons, and are considered federal prison inmates.
The manner in which the national government classifies crime according to felony, misdemeanor, and infraction categories-and categories within these categories-orders how crime and punishment is handled in the criminal justice system. This said, crimes of this degree are treated much more severely as they are an entirely separate class of offenses that include: drug trafficking, taking a hostage, car jacking, bank robbery, acts of terrorism, etc; as well as any offenses which include federal officials or federal property. The criminal convicted of these crimes are often sentenced to some incarceration time at the least, and most often a longer sentence than most standard felonies and misdemeanors at the other jurisdictional levels.
The best place to start locating information on possible inmates is through a standard review of jurisdictions in which all criminal records information on the individual in question may be located. In these records, you’ll no doubt find information on crimes that they have committed and been convicted of, as well as the details of their sentencing. These details as regards their criminal records will offer you insight as to whether they have done time in a federal prison, as well as the details of the crime, and the location of this inmate information.
Secondly, there is what is called the Bureau of Prisons-which is accessible online-which, not only gives you insight into what the nature and purpose of the correctional system is in place for, but also offers an online inmate locator that you easily search with a first and last name of the person in question. This criminal locator is run through the U.S. government, and is therefore, as accurate and comprehensive as you can get. It will automatically run a search for the name or address of the person you are seeking, and pull up any and all information it may have according to those who have committed federal crimes.
While this is perhaps the easiest jurisdiction to be able to find incarceration information on, it should be noted that a few limitations of information do exist. First, if you do not have the correct spelling of a person’s name or only a variation of said name, the BOP website criminal locator is not adept enough to offer you similar searches, so your search will yield no criminals matching that name. Secondly, the files for convicted criminals is only available to a certain date-meaning the beginning of the database organization in 1982-so any information you are seeking prior to 1982 will not be listed in the system. This said, the BOP will offer you incarceration information on criminals released prior to 1982, if you send a written request for this information, and can furnish the name of the convicted criminal, their age, race, and any other identifying information to help them with their manual search.
This said, a wealth of information is available on persons in the BOP database. After running a successfully researched name into the criminal locator, you will receive the person’s full name, their incarceration number, their age, the federal prison that they are serving or have served time at, its address, and the date that they either were released or are set to be released. It will not, however, tell you what they were incarcerated for. This is where your previous search for their jurisdictional criminal records will come in handy piecing the punishment to the crime committed.