About the Inmate Locator

The Bureau is responsible for the custody and care of sentenced Federal inmates, as well as a significant number of pretrial detainees and pre-sentenced offenders for the U.S. Marshals Service and Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The Bureau also has custodial responsibility for District of Columbia felons sentenced to terms of imprisonment.

Use the Inmate Locator tool on the left to locate a Federal inmate incarcerated from 1982 to present. (Note: some inmates incarcerated prior to 1982 may be present in the system but the BOP's full population was not present until 1982.)

The links on the left also provide visiting information; an explanation of the differences between Federal, state, and local inmates; and instructions for locating an inmate released before 1982. More general and historical information about inmates, such as the weekly population report, can be found in the About and News/Information areas of our website.

Please note: It is possible that a record may exist for an individual who was in BOP custody but never served a sentence of incarceration (e.g., a person was detained pre-trial but criminal charges were dismissed, held as a material witness, held for civil contempt).