North Carolina Inmate Search

North Carolina

About North Carolina Department of Public Safety

The North Carolina Department of Public Safety has been keeping records of inmates in North Carolina state prisons since 1972. 

You can search for inmates by their first and last name, their inmate ID, gender, date of birth, race, and other identifying information. The database contains inmates, parolees, and probationers. The database also includes tools where you can locate escapees, captured, inmate releases, and absconders. 

However, the department of corrections database does not include any city or county jails. If you are needing information on an inmate in either a county or city jails, you will need to contact the proper authorities. 

Basic Information

Department Name North Carolina Department of Public Safety
Official Website https://www.ncdps.gov/
Currently Incarcerated Inmates http://webapps6.doc.state.nc.us/opi/offendersearch.do?method=view
Location 512 North Salisbury StreetRaleigh, NC 27604
Phone Number 919-733-2126, 800-368-1985
Fax (919) 733-8272

How to Do an Inmate Search in North Carolina

When an offender is housed in a state prison, they are 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 North Carolina Department of Corrections offender search database can be found on the official North Carolina Department of Public Safety website.

You can search the inmate list by using the following pieces of information:

You will see the following pieces of information in the North Carolina 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:

Who’s in Jail

As we stated above, the only prisons you will be able to find in the North Carolina inmate search are state-operated facilities. All city and county jails are NOT in this database whatsoever.

In the state of North Carolina, there are 98 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 North Carolina prison inmate lookup database brought to you by the North Carolina Department of Public Safety.

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.

Jail Roster and Mugshots

The North Carolina 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 North Carolina. 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.

Sex Offender Search

You may notice that there is not a way to search for sex offenders in the North Carolina 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 North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation.

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 offenders 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:

Types of Correctional Facilities in North Carolina

List of Correctional Facilities in North Carolina

There are 223 jails and prisons in North Carolina.
Showing 1 – 50 of 223 results
Correctional Facility Name Type County
Alamance County Detention Center County Jail Alamance County
Alamance County Detention Center County Jail Alamance County
Albemarle District Jail County Jail Albemarle County
Alleghany County Detention Center County Jail Alleghany County
Beaufort County Jail County Jail Beaufort County
Ashe County Detention Center County Jail Ashe County
Bertie-Martin Regional Jail County Jail Bertie County
Anson County Jail County Jail Anson County
Alexander County Detention Center County Jail Alexander County
Bladen County Jail County Jail Bladen County
Avery County Jail County Jail Avery County
Brunswick County Detention Center County Jail Brunswick County
Buncombe County Jail County Jail Buncombe County
Buncombe County Jail Annex County Jail Buncombe County
Cabarrus County Jail Annex County Jail Cabarrus County
Burke-Catawba District Confinement Facility County Jail Burke County
Burke County Jail County Jail Burke County
Cabarrus County Detention Center County Jail Cabarrus County
Caldwell County Detention Facility County Jail Caldwell County
Catawba County Detention Facility County Jail Catawba County
Carteret County Detention Facility County Jail Carteret County
Camden County Jail County Jail Camden County
Caswell County Detention Center County Jail Caswell County
Catawba Juvenile Detention Center County Jail Catawba County
Chatham County Detention Center County Jail Chatham County
Chatham Youth Development Center State Prison Chatham County
Clay County Detention County Jail Clay County
Cherokee County Detention Center County Jail Cherokee County
Chowan County Detention Facility County Jail Gates County
Craven County Detention Center County Jail Craven County
Cumberland County Detention Center County Jail Cumberland County
Columbus County Detention Center County Jail Columbus County
Currituck County Detention Center County Jail Currituck County
Cleveland County Detention Center County Jail Cleveland County
Dare County Detention Center County Jail Dare County
Davidson County Jail County Jail Davidson County
Duplin County Detention Center County Jail Duplin County
Davie County Detention Center County Jail Davie County
Edgecombe County Detention Center County Jail Edgecombe County
Durham County Detention Facility County Jail Durham County
Edgecombe County Detention Center Annex County Jail Edgecombe County
Forsyth County Detention Center County Jail Forsyth County
Gates County Jail County Jail Gates County
Franklin County Jail County Jail Franklin County
Gaston County Jail County Jail Gaston County
Graham County Jail County Jail Graham County
Granville County Jail County Jail Graham County
Greene County Jail County Jail Greene County
Guilford County High Point Detention Center County Jail Guilford County
Guilford County - Greensboro Detention Center County Jail Guilford County
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