The New York City Department of Corrections is responsible for keeping and maintaining an updated database on inmates serving out their time on New York City state prisons.
The database only has inmates under the New York City Department of Corrections supervision. You can search the database by their case number, NYSID, book number, or their first and last name. Unlike the state of New York, New York city and county prisons along with their federal prisons keep databases separate from the states.
If you are looking for an inmate in a city or county jail, you will need to contact the proper authorities. If you are looking for an inmate in federal prison, you will need to go to the FBOP website.
|Department Name||New York City Department of Corrections|
|Currently Incarcerated Inmates||http://nysdoccslookup.doccs.ny.gov/GCA00P00/WIQ1/WINQ000|
|Location||75-20 Astoria Blvd. East Elmhurst, NY 11370|
When an offender is housed in state prison, they are the property of the Department of Corrections Division. As stated above every state’s Department of Corrections Division has their own jail roster or database that the general public may use.
The New York Department of Corrections offender search database can be found on the official New York Department of Corrections website.
You can search the inmate list by using the following pieces of information:
The NYSID number will take precedence during all searches. The NYSID is a six-digit number. All incoming inmates will be assigned their NYSID number by the New York Department of Corrections. This will be the easiest and quickest way to locate an inmate.
If you decide to enter their NYSID number in the field provided, you will NOT need to enter their first and last name. However, the NYSID field will only show results for the EXACT number you have entered, so you will want to double check, if no results pop up.
If you don’t know the inmate’s NYSID number or there are no search results for the NYSID number you plugged in, the next thing you can do is search by the inmate’s first and last name.
When you finally get some search results, you will see a list of all inmates that fit the criteria you plugged in. This is not a release search. All inmates are currently sitting behind bars.
You will see the following pieces of information in the New York jails inmate search:
You can click on the inmate’s name to bring up their own personal file. When you do this, you will see the following information:
As we stated above, the only prisons you will be able to find in the New York inmate search are state-operated facilities. All city and county jails are NOT in this database whatsoever.
In the state of New York, there are 110 state prisons. These prisons are available in the above database. All other prisons that are not listed below will NOT come up in the roster. Keep this in mind when searching for an inmate in the New York prison inmate lookup database brought to you by the New York Department of Corrections.
Looking for who’s in jail in city and county jails will be more difficult than trying to find out who’s in jail in a state or a federal prison. There is typically not much information on these smaller jails. A lot of city jails do not even supply an inmate database to the general public. However, it is not impossible to locate an inmate in one of those facilities, if you know exactly who to seek out with your questions.
As far as county jails, majority of county jails will be managed and operated by that county’s Sheriff’s department. They will be the agency, you should reach out to if you believe the person you are looking for is in a county jail.
As far as city jails, majority of city jails do not have much information about them. They are typically just holding pens for inmates to be transferred out to their “permanent” jail. If you believe the person you are looking for is in a city jail, it is best to contact that cities corrections division. You can typically find all department information on the city’s official website.
The New York Department of Corrections offender search database is updated regularly. It is typically updated during normal business hours. You will notice that inmate’s information can change quite frequently. Especially, if they have court proceedings and such.
If you have any questions or want to have the updated information, you will be required to contact the facility that the inmate is in. They will have the utmost updated information available on the inmate.
If you believe the information on an inmate is incorrect, you will want to contact the facility in which the inmate is held to dispute the information.
In the jail roster, you will also find the inmate’s mugshot. This mugshot is taken when an inmate is being booked and processed into a state prison. The mugshots typically do not change unless an inmate is getting transferred into another state prison facility.
You can also use the VINELink (VINE) to get notifications on inmate’s moving throughout the system. You will need to select the state of New York. You will then want to select that you are searching for an offender or a defendant.
You will need to click the notification section of the inmate’s profile to get notified through text, calls, or email. When they make any changes to their VINE account, you’ll get notified in real-time.
You may notice that there is not a way to search for sex offenders in the New York inmate search. That’s because the sex offender search is in a whole different database. Just like the DOC inmate locator, this database is available to the general public to use also.
The sex offender database can be found on the official New York State website.
You can search this database by the following pieces of information:
Keep in mind that you will be able to search the database by either the offender's name or the address fields.
This offender search is strictly for offenders that are NOT in a state prison. These offenders are out on their own in the community.
When you do a successful search, you will see the following information:
|Correctional Facility Name||Type||County|
|Richmond County Jail||County Jail||Richmond County|
|Albany Jail||City Jail||Albany County|
|Albany County Correctional Facility||County Jail||Albany County|
|Allegany County Jail||County Jail||Allegany County|
|NYC DOC - Bellevue Hospital Prison Ward (BHPW)||City Jail||New York County|
|Albany County Juvenile Detention Center||County Jail||Albany County|
|Bronx House of Detention for Men||City Jail||Bronx County|
|New York Department of Correction||City Jail||Queens County|
|NYC DOC - Brooklyn Detention Complex (BKDC)||City Jail||Kings County|
|NYC DOC - Elmhurst Hospital Prison Ward (EHPW)||City Jail||Queens County|
|NYC DOC - Manhattan Detention Complex (MDC)||City Jail||New York County|
|Queens County Jail||City Jail||Queens County|
|Goldwater Memorial Hospital Unit||City Jail||New York County|
|Kings County Hospital Prison Ward||County Jail||Kings County|
|Kings County Jail||County Jail||Kings County|
|NYC DOC - Queens Detention Complex (QDC)||City Jail||Queens County|
|Queens House of Detention for Men||City Jail||Queens County|
|NYC DOC - Rikers Island - George R. Vierno Center (GRVC)||City Jail||Queens County|
|NYC DOC - Rikers Island - Anna M. Kross Center (AMKC)||City Jail||Queens County|
|NYC DOC - Rikers Island - Eric M. Taylor Center (EMFC)||City Jail||Queens County|
|NYC DOC - Rikers Island - Otis Bantum Correctional Center (OBDC)||City Jail||Queens County|
|NYC DOC - Rikers Island - North Infirmary Command (NIC)||City Jail||Queens County|
|NYC DOC - Rikers Island - Robert N. Davoren Complex (RNDC)||City Jail||Queens County|
|NYC DOC - Rikers Island - George Motchan Detention Center (GMDC)||City Jail||Queens County|
|NYC DOC - Rikers Island - James A. Thomas Center (JATC)||City Jail||Queens County|
|NYC DOC - Rikers Island - Rose M. Singer Center (RMSC)||City Jail||Queens County|
|NYC DOC - Rikers Island - West Facility (WF)||City Jail||Queens County|
|NYC DOC - Vernon C. Bain Correctional Center||City Jail||Bronx County|
|Crossroads Juvenile Center||City Jail||Kings County|
|Horizon Juvenile Center||City Jail||Bronx County|
|SEEDS - Non-Secure Detention||City Jail||New York County|
|Bridges Juvenile Center||City Jail||Bronx County|
|Binghamton Jail||City Jail||Broome County|
|Broome County Sheriff's Corrections Division||County Jail||Broome County|
|Cattaraugus County Jail||County Jail||Cattaraugus County|
|Cayuga County Jail||County Jail||Cayuga County|
|Chautauqua County Jail||County Jail||Chautauqua County|
|Poughkeepsie Juvenile Secure Holdover||City Jail||Dutchess County|
|Chenango County Jail||County Jail||Chenango County|
|Cheektowaga Jail||City Jail||Erie County|
|Buffalo Jail||City Jail||Erie County|
|Erie County Correctional Facility||County Jail||Erie County|
|West Seneca Jail||City Jail||Erie County|
|Franklin County Jail||County Jail||Franklin County|
|Erie County Juvenile Detention Center||County Jail||Erie County|
|Fulton County Correctional||County Jail||Fulton County|
|Essex County Jail||County Jail||Essex County|
|Genesee County Jail||County Jail||Genesee County|
|Greene County Jail||County Jail||Greene County|
|Hamilton County Jail||County Jail||Hamilton County|