To locate someone who is currently in custody or incarcerated in a federal prison, or has been anytime since 1982, visit the Federal Bureau of Prisons inmate locator. You can look up inmates in two ways:
First and last name (required) and middle name, age, race, and sex (optional)
Inmate number from the:
Bureau of Prisons (BOP) Register
D.C. Department of Corrections (DCDC)
Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
Immigration and Naturalization Services (INS)
Locate a Person Held for an Immigration Violation
You can locate someone who is currently detained for possible violation of immigration laws or who was released within the last 60 days from an ICE detention facility by using the Online Detainee Locator System or by contacting the field offices of the Office of Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO).
For information about the status of a particular court case, contact the immigration court.
Visit a Federal Inmate
Each prison sets its own visiting hours. By law, an inmate gets at least four hours of visiting time per month. If you have a question about a particular prison, contact that facility directly. Review information on visiting a federal inmate to ensure your visit is a success.
State or local correctional systems may have different procedures for visiting an inmate.
Send Money to an Inmate
Federal Correctional Facilities
Inmates held at a Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) facility have bank-type accounts called commissary accounts that they can use to purchase items. You can deposit money into a federal inmate's account by one of the following three funding methods:
Western Union (electronically)
United States Postal Service (money order through the mail)
If the inmate is at a private contract facility, please contact that facility or contract operator for instructions on how to send funds.
The Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) is the agency in charge of ensuring federal correctional facilities are safe, humane, cost-efficient, and appropriately secure. It is responsible for more than 200,000 inmates and nearly 40,000 employees.
In addition to maintaining the federal correctional facilities, the BOP provides resources for:
Victims and witnesses
Complaints about Federal, State, and Local Correctional Facilities
Local, County, or State Correctional Facilities
Follow the process below to file a complaint about local, county, or state correctional facilities. This includes complaints about a particular facility, policy, or procedure, or allegations of abuse.