Indiana Inmate Search
Indiana Inmate Search

Indiana Inmate Search | IDOC Inmate Lookup | IN Inmate Locator

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Finding someone in prison can usually be difficult due to the varietmatey of prison types that are used throughout the US justice system. If you’ve never dealt with corrections before, then you may not even know that jails are divided into the city, county, state, and federal levels, and this can make it even more difficult to find who you’re looking for.

In this short guide, we’re going to cover how you can conduct an Indiana offender search so that you can find the person that you’re looking for. We’ll discuss how you can use the Indiana DOC (Department of Corrections) official site’s Indiana inmate locator tool, and we’ll also go over a few alternative strategies in case that doesn’t work out.

The best way to find an inmate in this state is to use the Indiana Department of Corrections Inmate Search, which compiles info about all of the people kept in state prisons throughout Indiana. The IDOC has tried to centralize its information on the internet to make it easier for people to find inmates that they’re looking for.

In most cases, this database consists of a patchwork of existing inmate databases, which can make it difficult to find someone, even if you have all of the relevant info about them. This is because some databases may use conflicting information, such as the order of first and last names and even the names used for inmates.

As an example, some Indiana prisons will organize their inmates by an initial for the first name coupled with the last name. On the other hand, some prisons may instead use the full name of a prisoner, including their middle name (which is often included as part of the first name in these databases).

Because of this, it often helps to have more than just the offender’s name if you’d like to conduct a quick search and get it over with. If you’re not a fan of trying out a hundred different combinations of the same name until you strike gold, you’ll also want to have the offender’s birthday available.

This is because the Indiana offender locator will allow you to find all offenders in state prisons through their dates of birth. Finally, the best way to ensure that you find the exact person that you’re looking for is to use their official inmate ID number, which is unique to each inmate.

If all of this info doesn’t help you find the person that you’re looking for, then there are a few reasons why they may not be popping up in the state convict locator. In many cases, this is because the person isn’t actually being held in a state prison. Remember that someone can be held in the state of Indiana without actually being held in an Indiana state prison.

There are several other kinds of facilities that may house inmates in Indiana, including county jails. Since many county jails are small, you may have to call after the inmate you’re looking for, especially if you know the county or part of the state in which they’re being held.

Another type of jail that the offender may be held in is a city jail. These are essentially like county jails but they can house a larger number of prisoners, due to the larger population of most cities. In practice, finding someone in a city jail is similar to finding someone in county jail.

Finally, the person you’re looking for may also be held in a federal prison. If this is the case, you won’t be able to find the person using a state prison search tool like the one provided by the IDOC. Instead, you’ll have to use a federal prison search tool to find the inmate that you’re searching for.

Unlike other states, Indiana has relatively complete records associated with its state convict finder tool. This means that most (if not all) state prisons have provided their information to the IDOC so that it can be incorporated into the search tool, making it much more reliable.

Indiana Department of Corrections

The Indiana Department of Corrections is the state institution that is tasked with managing the prisons throughout the state of Indiana. The institution is headquartered in Indianapolis and it has about 6000 staff that are employed full-time while contracting out work to about 1700 people.

The IDOC is responsible for administering to the needs of about 27,000 adult prisoners as well as 400 juvenile inmates. The IDOC is responsible for most prisons in the state except for the one federal prison in Indiana, which is The United States Penitentiary, Terre Haute, operated by the Federal Bureau of Prisons.

Does Indiana Have the Death Penalty?

Indiana still has the death penalty, but something unique to Indiana is that it’s home to a federal facility that carries out most executions ordered by the federal justice system. This facility is The United States Penitentiary, Terre Haute, which we mentioned in the previous section. It is home to a “Special Confinement Unit,” which is essentially the federal death row for men.

As for the state of Indiana itself, the death penalty must be recommended by a unanimous jury, ensuring that a hung jury can’t lead to someone being sentenced to death. The only circumstance in which the death penalty can be used is when someone commits first-degree murder with aggravating circumstances.

Other Ways to Find an Indiana Inmate

If you’ve exhausted all of the available methods of conducting an Indiana DOC inmate search, then you have a few alternative courses of action that may make them easier to find. If you believe that the inmate you’re searching for is being held in another kind of prison other than a state prison, then you may wish to search the other databases that are available for Indiana prisons.

On the other hand, you can also schedule an in-person appointment with the state department of corrections so that you can find the person you’re looking for. It’s always possible that there is an issue with their file and that it is corrupted, and an appointment or a phone call can help clear these issues up.

Total Inmates in Indiana (IN) By Year

We Found a Total Of 329 Incarceration Facilities in The State Of Indiana (IN):

Total Incarcerated Individuals
42,130 Total Individuals in Prisons & Jails
25,530 Inmates in Prisons
16,600 Inmates in Jails
384 Incarceration Rate in Prisons (per 100,000)
330 Incarceration Rate in Jails (per 100,000)
111,709 Inmates on Probation
9,420 Inmates on Parole
230 (0.9) Life Sentenced (% of Inmates)
123 (0.5) Life Without Parole (% of Inmates)
0b Juvenile Life Sentenced Without Parole
3,927 Individuals in Private Prisons
Incarceration by Gender
23,325 Men Imprisoned
2,205 Women Imprisoned
Incarceration by Rate & Ethnicity
339 White Incarceration Rate (per 100,000)
1,616 Black Incarceration Rate (per 100,000)
302 Hispanic Incarceration Rate (per 100,000)
Current Juveniles in Custody
1,563 Total
1,044 Committed
453 Detained
63 Diverted
217 Custody Rate for Juveniles (per 100,000)
154 Custody Rate for White (per 100,000)
621 Custody Rate for Black (per 100,000)
143 Custody Rate for Latino (per 100,000)
157 Custody Rate for American Indians (per 100,000)
18 Custody Rate for Asians (per 100,000)
Incarceration Racial & Ethnic Ratios
4.8 Black to White Ratio
0.9 Hispanic to White Ratio
Felony Disenfranchisement
29,658 (0.59%) Disenfranchised Individuals (% of Individuals)
10,317 (2.32%) Disenfranchised African Americans (% of Individuals)
Total Incarceration Facility Expenses
796 In Millions