When it comes to the prospect of locating criminal records information on an individual who may be in your life, you want to make sure that you approach the search as comprehensively as possible-since one little detail could make a background go from positive to negative in a blink of an eye. This said, one of the most commonly overlooked types of searches in this industry that should be included in a background investigation is that of the prisoner search. Prisoner searches are vital to all criminal history checks in that they provide the incarceration location, term, description, and release dates of the person in question. In some cases, even inmate photos are available to the public from these government entities. In the following discussion, we take a closer examination of what information can be found in a comprehensive search for criminal incarceration information, the significance of inmate photos, as well as how to go about locating this information.
Upon beginning this discussion, you may well wonder why you would need any incarceration records, if you already have the person in question’s regular criminal records-gleaned from various jurisdictional courts and repositories. These records offer all sorts of information on the charges the criminal was given, convictions, how they plead, and the nature of their overall criminal past. While all these details are just as invaluable as you may consider them, they are not all you need to have the best overall information on a person for whatever your purposes of search are.
Incarceration information basically refers to the records in the criminal justice penal system that acknowledge that this person served time for a particular crime. So, while you may know that the person in question was convicted of a crime and sentenced to jail time-you may have no idea if they actually were imprisoned, when they were released, etc etc-which is all very crucial information. This is why many private and public entities seeking criminal history information do a follow-up search at prison registry databases to ascertain these details, and know the full story.
This said, what specifically is available in a prisoner search? Depending on how exhaustive your search for this information is-most of this information on the individual is pretty standard, from one jurisdiction to another: full name, age, race, prison term, location, release dates, and sometimes prisoner images. Inmate photos, in particular, are the most significant identifying detail that you can find on a prisoner.
While finding an incarceration database that offers a photo may seem crucial to whether or not the information is valid-meaning tying the subject of your search indubitably to the prisoner of the same name-it is often an ideal, not to be expected in every search location. This is because, while incarceration records are offered at every level: municipal, county, state, and federal (at the Bureau of Prisons site), not all offer images as a part of their online search services. This could be due to a number of reasons, from privacy to technology, but unfortunately it is not as common as one would think.
This said, how is the best way to approach the most complete and accurate of incarceration searches-with or without prisoner images? The beginning of the best approached search should always start with a survey of the various jurisdictional courts and information repositories that would likely have record of the person you are seeking criminal information on-usually due to location. Once all levels of jurisdiction have been scoured, a check into the various jurisdictional prisoner search sites should follow up the first step. Start with the Bureau of Prisons website-which handles all federal prisons and federal crimes, then the respective state of your criminal, county site if there is one, and finally-a view of the local municipal government site to cover all bases. Taking these steps-with or without the privilege of prisoner images will not only piece together a criminal’s process from criminal court processing to the penal system, but also give you the best overall representation of their background as a potential criminal.