Nebraska Inmate Search
Nebraska Inmate Search

Nebraska Inmate Search | NDCS Inmate Lookup | NE Inmate Locator

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  • (402) 471-2654
  • P.O. Box 94661. Lincoln, Nebraska 68509-4661

If you’re trying to figure out where someone is being held, you’ll often have to jump through several hoops to even figure out which prison system they’re being held in. Somewhat confusingly, the United States has a wide range of different kinds of prisons, and they do not share records with each other, meaning that inmate searches will rarely ever be unified.

We’re going to explore how you can use the Nebraska Department of Corrections Inmate Search to find a person that is being held in a Nebraska state prison. We’re also going to explore some other methods you can use to find an inmate in Nebraska if the Nebraska DOC inmate search doesn’t end up working out.

Inmate Search Nebraska

The Inmate Locator NE is hosted by the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services. It was hosted on the internet to make it easier for people to find prisoners that they’re looking for without having to wait on the phone or schedule in-person appointments to figure out where people are held.

While this has certainly made it easier to find inmates in Nebraska, it has a few flaws due to how it has been assembled. The database of inmates used by the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services has been compiled using the data from several different prisons throughout the state.

Since these prisons may have previously used different sorting methods to organize their prisoner lists, this means that data may not be stored the same way from prison to prison. In practice, this means that searching for someone imprisoned in a Nebraska state prison may not be as simple as you think.

This is because simply searching someone’s name may not be enough to find them, especially if they have a relatively common name. While some prisons may catalog their inmates by their first and last name, some will only use initials for the first name, while others may omit the inmate’s middle name.

To find someone using only their name, you may have to search for different combinations of names and aliases until you find the individual that you’re searching for. If you want to simplify the process, you can get your hands on some additional info about the person that you’d like to find.

The second bit of info that can help you find a certain inmate is their birth date. Since prisoners are often organized using their dates of birth, you may be able to find all prisoners who were born on a certain day. You can then use alphabetic sorting to easily find the person that you’re looking for.

Finally, if you’re looking for the most foolproof method to figure out where an inmate is being kept, you’ll want to get your hands on their inmate ID number. If someone is being kept in a state prison, then you’re looking for their Nebraska Department of Correctional Services number.

All of this extra data will allow you to use the inmate locator Nebraska state prisons to find out (or at least narrow down) where the person you’re looking for is being kept. Like we mentioned earlier, state prisons aren’t the only types of prisons that someone may be held at in Nebraska.

For more minor crimes, you may find that the person you’re looking for is being held in a police, city, or county jail. Since these lack a unified search system, you may have to individually get in contact with each of these jails to figure out if the individual is being held at any of them.

In some cases, you may have to resort to an in-person appointment to figure out if someone is at a smaller jail. Some larger city jails may feature an online database of the people who are currently being held in their prison, but this is typically an exception rather than the rule.

Since Nebraska has relatively few correctional facilities compared to more populous states, their online databases tend to be relatively well-maintained. Contrast this with other states that may have missing information in their inmate search databases, making it harder to figure out where a specific inmate may be found.

Nebraska Department of Correctional Services

The state corrections agency that is tasked with managing the Nebraska inmate locator is the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services, sometimes known by the misnomer “Nebraska Department of Corrections.” This agency is headquartered in Lincoln, and they’re responsible for managing all of Nebraska’s state prisons.

Depending on what you count as a correctional institution, there are currently 10 or 11 institutions under the purview of the NDCS. One of the impressive things about the NDCS is that they have all of their adult correctional facilities accredited by the American Correctional Institution.

Does Nebraska Have the Death Penalty?

Like many states, Nebraska traditionally executed criminals through hanging, though it eventually transitioned to the electric chair after 1913. In 2008, death by electrocution was deemed a “cruel and unusual punishment,” and this eventually led to the state adopting lethal injection in 2009.

In 2015, Nebraska’s state legislature attempted to repeal the death penalty, though a public vote in 2016 eventually decided to retain capital punishment. In 2018, Carey Dean Moore was the first person to be executed in Nebraska in 21 years and the first person in the state to be administered a lethal injection.

Other Ways to Find a Nebraska Inmate

If the Nebraska inmate locator hasn’t allowed you to figure out where the person you’re looking for is located, you may need to consult other inmate databases. If you know that the person is being kept in Nebraska, then you may need to search for county or city jail records to determine if they’re being kept in a smaller prison.

In case you still can’t find the person you’re looking for, private investigators sometimes specialize in determining where inmates are being held. While it may be costly, a PI may just be able to determine where someone is incarcerated in Nebraska.

Total Inmates in Nebraska (NE) By Year

We Found a Total Of 232 Incarceration Facilities in The State Of Nebraska (NE):

Total Incarcerated Individuals
8,715 Total Individuals in Prisons & Jails
5,235 Inmates in Prisons
3,480 Inmates in Jails
274 Incarceration Rate in Prisons (per 100,000)
240 Incarceration Rate in Jails (per 100,000)
12,626 Inmates on Probation
1,050 Inmates on Parole
361 (6.7) Life Sentenced (% of Inmates)
265 (4.9) Life Without Parole (% of Inmates)
10 Juvenile Life Sentenced Without Parole
0 Individuals in Private Prisons
Incarceration by Gender
4,825 Men Imprisoned
410 Women Imprisoned
Incarceration by Rate & Ethnicity
201 White Incarceration Rate (per 100,000)
1,680 Black Incarceration Rate (per 100,000)
359 Hispanic Incarceration Rate (per 100,000)
Current Juveniles in Custody
465 Total
330 Committed
129 Detained
3 Diverted
225 Custody Rate for Juveniles (per 100,000)
123 Custody Rate for White (per 100,000)
811 Custody Rate for Black (per 100,000)
335 Custody Rate for Latino (per 100,000)
913 Custody Rate for American Indians (per 100,000)
106 Custody Rate for Asians (per 100,000)
Incarceration Racial & Ethnic Ratios
8.4 Black to White Ratio
1.8 Hispanic to White Ratio
Felony Disenfranchisement
17,564 (1.23%) Disenfranchised Individuals (% of Individuals)
3,540 (5.60%) Disenfranchised African Americans (% of Individuals)
Total Incarceration Facility Expenses
341 In Millions