Pennsylvania Inmate Search

Pennsylvania

About Pennsylvania Department of Corrections

The Pennsylvania Department of Corrections is responsible for keeping an updated database on all inmates serving out their sentences in Pennsylvania state prisons. 

The public database is located on the official Pennsylvania Department of Corrections website. The public database only contains inmates that are currently under the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections supervision, whether they are in prison, on parole, or on probation. The public database is updated daily. You can search by their inmate number, first and last name, gender, date of birth, age, and other identifying information.

 Unlike the state of Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania city and county jails keep their records separate. If you are looking for information on an inmate serving out time in a city or county jail, you will need to get in touch with the correct agency. 

Basic Information

Department Name Pennsylvania Department of Corrections
Official Website http://www.cor.pa.gov/
Currently Incarcerated Inmates http://inmatelocator.cor.pa.gov/
Location 1920 Technology Parkway, Mechanicsburg, PA 17050
Phone Number (717) 728-2573

How to Do an Inmate Search in Pennsylvania

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 Pennsylvania Department of Corrections offender search database can be found on the official Pennsylvania Department of Corrections website.

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

The DOC number will take precedence during all searches. The DOC is a six-digit number. All incoming inmates will be assigned their DOC number by the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections. This will be the easiest and quickest way to locate an inmate.

If you decide to enter their DOC number in the field provided, you will NOT need to enter their first and last name. However, the DOC 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 DOC number or there are no search results for the DOC 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 Pennsylvania 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 Pennsylvania inmate search are state-operated facilities. All city and county jails are NOT in this database whatsoever. 

In the state of Pennsylvania, there are 100 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 Pennsylvania prison inmate lookup database brought to you by the Pennsylvania 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.

Jail Roster and Mugshots

The Pennsylvania 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 Pennsylvania. 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 Pennsylvania 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 U.S. Department of Justice 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 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 Pennsylvania

List of Correctional Facilities in Pennsylvania

There are 219 jails and prisons in Pennsylvania.
Showing 1 – 50 of 219 results
Correctional Facility Name Type County
Adams County Correctional Complex County Jail Adams County
Allegheny County Jail - 2nd Avenue County Jail Allegheny County
Allegheny County Jail - 5th Avenue County Jail Allegheny County
Shuman Juvenile Detention Center State Prison Allegheny County
Armstrong County Jail County Jail Armstrong County
Beaver County Jail County Jail Beaver County
Beaver County Juvenile Detention County Jail Beaver County
Berks County Prison County Jail Berks County
Bedford County Correctional Facility County Jail Bedford County
Berks County Youth Center County Jail Berks County
Blair County Juvenile Detention County Jail Blair County
Blair County Prison County Jail Blair County
Bradford County Correctional Facility County Jail Bradford County
Bucks County Correctional Facility County Jail Bucks County
Bucks County Community Corrections Center County Jail Bucks County
Bucks County Youth Center County Jail Bucks County
Butler County Prison County Jail Butler County
Bucks County Department of Corrections County Jail Bucks County
Cambria County Prison County Jail Cambria County
Cameron County Jail County Jail Cameron County
Chester County Prison County Jail Chester County
Centre County Correctional Facility County Jail Centre County
Carbon County Correctional Facility County Jail Carbon County
Chester County Youth Center County Jail Chester County
Clarion County Corrections County Jail Clarion County
Clearfield County Prison County Jail Clearfield County
Columbia County Prison County Jail Columbia County
Clinton County Correctional Facility County Jail Clinton County
Dauphin County Woodside Family Center County Jail Dauphin County
Crawford County Correctional Facility County Jail Crawford County
Cumberland County Prison County Jail Cumberland County
Dauphin County Prison County Jail Dauphin County
Delaware County Juvenile Detention Center State Prison Lima County
Elk County Prison County Jail Elk County
Delaware County George W. Hill Correctional Facility County Jail Delaware County
Erie County Prison County Jail Erie County
Erie County Juvenile Detention County Jail Erie County
Erie County Sheriff's Holding Facility County Jail Erie County
Fayette County Prison County Jail Fayette County
Forest County Jail County Jail Forest County
Fulton County Jail County Jail Fulton County
Franklin County Jail County Jail Franklin County
Greene County Prison County Jail Greene County
Huntingdon County Prison County Jail Huntingdon County
Indiana County Jail County Jail Indiana County
Juaniata County Prison County Jail Juniata County
Lackawanna County Prison County Jail Lackawanna County
Jefferson County Jail County Jail Jefferson County
Lancaster County Jail County Jail Lancaster County
Lawrence County Jail County Jail Lawrence County
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