How to find the release date for a prisoner

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You can discover the release date for any prisoner with minimal research. Follow these steps.

Skill level:
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Things you need

  • Internet or phone access
  • Prisoner's full name or inmate number

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Visit the Correction Connections Web site (see Resources below) to find links to state correction agencies .

  2. 2

    Roll your mouse over the "Resources" link and click on the "Links" selection from the drop-down menu.

  3. 3

    Click the "Correctional Facilities" link and choose the relevant department of corrections or facility from the list.

  4. 4

    Look for a link to prisoner information on the correctional facility's Web site. If no such link exists, call to request the prisoner's release date from a corrections representative.

  5. 5

    Check the inmate's release date periodically to stay abreast of changes.

  1. 1

    Go to the Federal Bureau of Prisons Web site (see Resources below).

  2. 2

    Click on the "Inmate Locator" link.

  3. 3

    Enter the inmate's first and last name in the appropriate form fields.

  4. 4

    If possible, enter the race, age and sex of the prisoner using the drop-down menus.

  5. 5

    Click on the "Start Name Search" link.

  6. 6

    Review the list of inmates to find release dates and other information about federal prisoners.

  1. 1

    Go to the Correction Connections Web site (see Resources below) to find links to county prisons.

  2. 2

    Roll your mouse over the "Resources" link and select "Links" from the drop-down menu.

  3. 3

    Choose "County Links" from the available choices.

  4. 4

    Click the link for the sheriff's office, correctional facility or department of corrections in the appropriate county.

  5. 5

    Search by name for the prisoner's release date on the department or facility's Web site. If a release date is not posted, call the facility.

Tips and warnings

  • Be aware that release dates are subject to change at any time. It is possible that an inmate will be released later or earlier than the posted release date.

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