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Where to Find Florida Inmate Records

Florida inmate records are official documents containing all information on offenders incarcerated in correctional facilities in Florida. Upon incarceration, the incarcerating agency creates, maintains, and disseminates information about an inmate's conviction, location, and incarceration status. These records may also contain personal identifying information, including the inmate's name, date of birth, fingerprints, race, gender, ethnicity, and identification numbers. The Florida Department of Corrections (FDC) is the central custodian of inmate records in the state.

Are Incarceration Records Public Information in Florida?

Yes, inmate records are public in Florida per Chapter 119 and Section 945.10 of Florida Statutes and Florida's Sunshine Law. Therefore, incarcerating agencies must make non-sensitive inmate records accessible to the public upon request. However, individual records that contain sensitive information are restricted from public access by law or court order. These include medical and educational records on an inmate. Likewise, records of juvenile offenders are not accessible to the public.

What information is contained in a Florida Inmate Record?

Inmate records contain information collected from the point of conviction until the release of the incarcerated person as well as parole status. Apart from identifying information, inmate records may also contain details of criminal history, such as conviction information. Typically, inmate records contain such information as:

  • Name & Aliases
  • Date of birth
  • Gender
  • Race
  • Ethnicity
  • Current Prison Sentence History
  • Current Correctional Facility
  • Incarceration History (jail time served)
  • Prior Sentence History (including all offenses)
  • Department of Corrections Identification number

Where do I Look up an Inmate in Florida?

Offenders sentenced to less than one year typically serve time in county jails. The Sheriff's Office or local Department of Corrections maintains records of persons incarcerated in local jails. On the other hand, offenders sentenced to more than one year serve time in state prisons. The Florida Department of Corrections (FDC) is the official custodian of records on offenders incarcerated in state prisons.

How Do I Conduct an Inmate Search in Florida?

To look up inmate records in-person or by mail locally, requesters must contact the County Sheriff Office in person or send a written request in a self-addressed stamped envelope. Also, the requester must contact the Sheriff's Office to get an estimate of the associated costs. For example, to conduct an inmate search in Nassau County, visit or send a mail request to:

Nassau County Jail
76212 Nicholas Cutinha Road
Yulee, FL 32097
(904) 548-4002

At the state level, the Florida Department of Corrections (FDC) is the central custodian of records on offenders incarcerated in state prisons. The Department will provide an estimate for costs to conduct an inmate search. Direct requests to:

Florida Department of Corrections
501 South Calhoun Street, Tallahassee, FL 32399-2500
Phone: (850) 717-3605
Fax: (850) 922-4316

FDCCitizenServices@fdc.myflorida.com

Information obtained online will contain the booking information on the inmates as well as mugshots. At the local level, requesters may obtain inmates' information on the local sheriff or jail website. For example, Nassau County maintains information on inmates on its website. At the state level, requestors may look up information on inmates using the Offender Search tool provided by the Florida Department of Correction. E.g., information on inmates incarcerated in Cross City Correctional Institution.

Likewise, a requester may access publicly available inmate records on CourtRecords.us. To query the search engine, provide the record's location and the name of the individual involved. However, sensitive information and juvenile records are not available.

How Can I Find an Inmate for Free in Florida?

Generally, the only option to find inmate information at no cost is by conducting an online search of the public database maintained on jail websites. Other means (in-person and mail requests) will typically incur the cost of copying the records and conducting the search.

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 Old Inmate Records in Florida

The Florida Department of Corrections maintains archived information on released inmates on its online portal. To find old inmates' records in Florida, visit the FDC portal, and query the database with the inmate's name and ID number.

How do I Find Inmate Death Records in Florida?

The Florida Department of Corrections (FDC) maintains an extensive data and information on inmate mortality and in-custody deaths. The district Medical Examiner determines the cause of death and maintains death records on inmates in all prisons, whether natural (cancer, respiratory issues, or other conditions) or non-natural (suicide, homicide, or accidental).

Under section 945.10(1)(a) of Florida Statutes, inmate and offender death records are confidential and exempt from the open records provisions of Chapter 119 of Florida Statutes. However, the district Medical Examiner Autopsy has the discretion to release results, cause, and manner of death of Florida inmates. The state maintains an official list and contact information of all Florida District Medical Examiners.

How long does it take for an Inmate's Information to Be Published in Florida Inmate Locator?

The time it takes to publish information of a newly incarcerated offender differs with the jail and jurisdiction. While some jails may publish information on inmates after they complete booking, other jails update information about current inmates at intervals, usually at midnight.

How do I Conduct a Federal Prison Inmate Search?

Generally, Federal Prisons in Florida are under the jurisdiction of the federal government and house offenders who have violated federal laws. Requesters may visit or contact the Federal Prison directly to request information on an inmate of interest. Likewise, information on inmates currently housed at Florida Federal Prisons is accessible on the inmate locator. Either way, the searcher must know the inmate's ID and full name. To narrow down the search, the requester may also provide information such as approximate age, sex, and birth date.

Visitors to Florida Federal Prisons must be fully and appropriately dressed. Furthermore, visitors must be the inmate's visitation list and pre-approved by the Bureau of Prisons. Likewise, all visitors must carry a government-issued photo ID and know the visiting schedule for the prison. However, requesters may contact the particular prison for any other specific questions and inquires.

List of Federal Prisons in Florida

A list of the address and contact information of Federal Prisons in Florida is as follows:

Federal Correctional Institute (FCI) Mariana
3625 FCI Road, Marianna, Jackson County, FL 32446
Phone: (850) 526-2313
Fax: (850) 718-2014
Email: MNA/ExecAssistant@bop.gov

Federal Correctional Institute (FCI) Pensacola
110 Raby Avenue, Pensacola, Escambia County, FL 32509
Phone: (850) 457-1911
Fax: (850) 458-7291
Email: PEN/ExecAssistant@bop.gov

Federal Correctional Institute (FCI) Tallahassee
501 Capital Circle, North East, Tallahassee, Leon County, FL 32301
Phone: (850) 878-2173
Fax: (850) 671-6105
Email: TAL/ExecAssistant@bop.gov

Federal Correctional Institute (FCI) Miami
15801 South West, 137th Avenue, Miami, Miami-Dade County, FL 33177
Phone: (305) 259-2100
Fax: (305) 259-2160
Email: MIA/ExecAssistant@bop.gov

United States Penitentiary (USP) Coleman I
846 North East, 54th Terrace, Sumterville, FL 33521
Phone: (352) 689-6000
Fax: (352) 689-6012
Email: COA/PublicInformation@bop.gov

United States Penitentiary (USP) Coleman II
846 North East, 54th Terrace, Sumterville, FL 33521
Phone: (352) 689-7000
Fax: (352) 689-7012
Email: COA/PublicInformation@bop.gov

Federal Correctional Institute (FCI) Coleman - Low
846 North East, 54th Terrace, Sumterville, FL 33521
Phone: (352) 689-4000
Fax: (352) 689-4008
Email: COA/PublicInformation@bop.gov

Federal Correction Institute (FCI) Coleman - Medium
846 North East, 54th Terrace, Sumterville, FL 33521
Phone: (352) 689-5000
Fax: (352) 689-5027
Email: COA/PublicInformation@bop.gov

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