How To Find An Inmate’s Release Date


If you have a friend, family member or are a victim of someone who will soon be released from being incarcerated, it’s important to know their release date so that you can plan their homecoming or protect yourself from them. Typically, finding the release date for an inmate is usually easy due to databases that can be found on the internet.

Gathering Inmate Release Date Information

If you need to find the release date for an inmate, it will require you to use specific information related to the following:

– Name of the inmate
– Identification number of the inmate
– The facility where the inmate is currently being held
– Other identifying information as needed

The first piece of pertinent information that you will need is the name of the jail or prison where the offender is currently serving his or her time. This facility is probably associated with a county, state or federal website.

You should also know the inmate’s name and identification number. If you don’t have an ID for them, it may be helpful to know their race, gender and age if you have a search option that allows you to narrow down your qualifiers.

County Or City Facilities

For example, if you know that the inmate is currently serving their sentence at a county jail, you would enter the name of that county on a search engine like Google and include that keyword phrase “jail.” Typically, you will find that the detention services for that county will include an inmate roster on their website. It will usually list current inmates, recent bookings and recent releases. If you are unable to locate the release date for an inmate on the website, there should be a contact number that you can use to call the facility.

State Department Of Corrections

If you’re searching for the release date of an individual who is being incarcerated in a state facility, you can find information about them by searching for the name of the state and the keyword phrase “department of corrections.” Many of these state-affiliated websites have an inmate search function where you can browse for a specific inmate’s name if you know their last name or their DOC Number. Some states supply a SAVIN Notification that stands for “Statewide Automated Victim Information & Notification” service that allows you to register and be notified of all custodial status changes for current inmates.

Information For Federal Prisons

If you know that the inmate is serving time in a federal prison, you can go to They have a “Find an Inmate” area where you can easily locate an inmate that is currently being held in a federal prison. You will be able to search using an inmate’s BOP number, FBI number or name. You will also have the option to enter information regarding the sex, age and race of a prisoner.