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What Are Florida Inmate Records?

In line with Florida Public Records Policy, under chapter 119 of the state’s statutes, inmate records in Florida are public that are accessible to interested persons upon request. The Florida Department of Corrections (FDC) and the sheriff’s offices across the state are the central repositories of inmate records. The FDC serves as the administrator of all state prisons, while county jails are under the supervision of the sheriff’s office in that county.

Florida inmate records contain information derived from the court and arrest records of persons incarcerated in state prisons or state supervision, county or city jails, county probation, and other correctional facilities in the state. Typically, the following details are found on an inmate record:

  • Prison of jail Identification number (known as DC number for those in state prisons)
  • First and last names of the inmate, with known aliases
  • The bio-data of the inmate, including the date of birth, sex, mugshot, and fingerprints
  • The details of the criminal offense the inmate committed and any other prior offenses
  • Prison term of the inmate including the date of imprisonment and when the inmate will be released
  • The location of the prison or correctional facility where the inmate is being detained
  • Bail requirements, if acceptable

Interested persons may request copies of a Florida inmate record by contacting the relevant prison or jail authority. Such requests may be in writing or in-person at the location of the facility.

Records that are considered public may be accessible from some third-party websites. These websites often make searching simpler, as they are not limited by geographic location, and search engines on these sites may help when starting a search for a specific or multiple records. To begin using such a search engine on a third-party or government website, interested parties usually must provide:

  • The name of the person involved in the record, unless said person is a juvenile
  • The location or assumed location of the record or person involved. This includes information such as the city, county, or state that person resides in or was accused in.

Third-party sites are independent from government sources, and are not sponsored by these government agencies. Because of this, record availability on third-party sites may vary.

How To Find An Inmate In Florida?

In Florida, an inmate in state prison or under state supervision can be located via the Florida Department of Corrections (FDC) website using the Offenders Information Search portal. The FDC collates and provides all records of inmates sentenced on felony charges in the state. Users applying the Offender Information Search portal on the FDC website to locate an inmate are required to provide the following data on the inmate:

  • First name
  • Last name
  • Florida Department of Corrections number (DC number)

The search result may be filtered further by the following criteria; inmate population, inmate release, supervised population, and absconder/fugitive. Select the inmate population to view a record an inmate currently in custody and inmate release to view records of persons who were formerly in custody. The final result page provides a list of names matching the search criteria where a user may select the relevant subject. Note, the search result shows biographical, arrest, imprisonment, and release details of the inmate.

Where the inmate is known to be in county jail, contact the sheriff’s office in that jurisdiction to locate the inmate. Typically, sheriff’s offices in larger counties provide an inmate search tool on their websites. For example, interested persons will find an Arrest Search tool on the Broward County Sheriff’s Office website to locate inmates in its custody. For Miami-Dade County, the inmate search engine is found on the county’s website. To facilitate the search for inmate locators on sheriff’s offices’ websites, use the Florida county or city jails provided here. Generally, the information required to complete the search includes the first and last name of the inmate.

How To Find A Federal Inmate In Florida?

There are eight federal detentions in Florida, and interested persons may find inmates locked in these facilities by using the inmate locator on the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) website. The records provided on the website include information on federal inmates that were imprisoned from 1982 to date. Records for inmates prior to 1982 can be found with the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). NARA provides information on federal inmates that were incarcerated between 1870 and 1981.

There are two options to find an inmate on the BOP’s search tool. These include a search by name or a search by registration number. When conducting an inmate search by name, the inmate’s first, middle, and last name is required. Other information that may be filled on the search form includes the sex, race, and age of the inmate. This additional information helps filter the search results.

In conducting a search by number, interested persons will be required to provide one of the following numbers:

  • Immigration and Naturalization Services (INS) number
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) number
  • Bureau of Prisons (BOP) register number
  • Department of Corrections (DCDC) number

Generally, a search by number option yields a more specific result because the number used is unique to each inmate; there are no two inmates with the same number.

How Do I Find Inmate Records In Florida?

While the Florida Department of Corrections (FDC) provides online access to non-confidential and non-exempted information on felony convicts in its custody, interested persons are allowed to request official copies of an inmate record. FDC provides this certified copy on request following the state’s public records law and s.945.10 of the state’s statute. However, in line with the same statutes, only redacted Florida inmate records are provided based on a review of confidential and exempted information. Note, FDC furnishes the requestor with a cost estimate before fulfilling the order. Typically, it costs 15 cents per one-sided page and 20 cents for each two-sided page while copies are certified at $1 per page. Other costs may be added depending on the type and volume of requests.

When the request is of an active inmate, the interested person must submit the written order to the facility where the person is currently housed. Alternatively and for other types of inmate records, requestors may use the electronic public records request center on the FDC website. Requestors for inmate records may create a registered account on the webpage before completing a request. Equally, a request may be submitted via the center anonymously. Ensure to provide relevant information on the subject as much as possible to facilitate timely completion of the request.

To obtain certified records for inmates held in county jails in Florida, address the request to the sheriff’s office or correctional institution operating such facilities. For example, requests for Broward County jail inmates are to the Sheriff’s Office at 2601 West Broward Boulevard or the Main Jail Bureau at 555 SouthEast 1st Avenue, both in Fort Lauderdale. For Miami-Dade inmate records, requests may be completed online or addressed to the director of Corrections and Rehabilitation at:

Dr. Martin Luther King Office Plaza
2525 NW 62nd Street
Miami, FL 33147
(786) 263–7000

Find a directory here to facilitate the search for a Florida Sheriff’s Office.

How To Put Money On Jail Inmates Book In Florida?

Florida Department of Correction (FDC) allows family and friends to send money to an inmate’s account electronically via JPay. As the sole provider of money transfer services to the agency, JPAY affords relations five different means of completing a transaction. The quickest and easiest means to fund an inmate’s account is via online deposit with a credit or debit card at JPay.com. Deposits are also made via the JPAY mobile app on Google Play or Apple APP Store. Alternatively, depositors can make an electronic payment using a credit or debit card by calling JPay call center toll-free on (800) 574–5729.

JPay also allows cash deposits via MoneyGram at any agent location. Use the ‘receive code’ 5188 when making a MoneyGram deposit. The deposit is made available to the inmate within 1–3 days. As a fifth option, deposits are permitted by money orders made payable to JPay. Deposit slip (Spanish copy) for money orders must be forwarded to:

P. O. Box 260010
Hollywood, FL 33026

Deposits by money orders are still subject to 50 cents banking processing fee payable to the DOC. Note, to fund an account of a state inmate housed in a private facility or county jail, contact the facility directly for deposit information. For further inquiries on funding an inmate’s account, call the FDC toll free on (866) 209–7250 or email central.accounting@fdc.myflorida.com.

For inmates serving terms for misdemeanors in county jails, contact the facility operator to determine the appropriate means of funding an inmate account. Payment methods vary from county to county. Typically, it includes deposits at a kiosk in the jail lobby, electronic payments, and deposits by cash, phone, or mail. For example, Broward county jails afford multiple deposit options while Miami-Dade county jails permit cash deposits at a lobby kiosk, online deposits, and deposits via telephone.

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