Washington Inmate Search


About Washington State Department of Corrections

The Washington State Department of Corrections is responsible for keeping and maintaining an updated database of the offenders serving their time in Washington state prisons. 

The database is available to the public and can be found on the Washington State Department of Corrections official website. The database currently only holds those individuals who are currently sitting behind bars in Washington state prisons. You can search for offenders by their DOC number. The database doesn’t include those individuals who are currently under the supervision of the department of corrections. 

Unlike the state of Washington, Washington city and county jails keep their records and databases separate. Looking for an inmate out of a Washington city and county jails, you will need to seek out the correct authorities. 

Basic Information

Department Name Washington State Department of Corrections
Official Website http://www.doc.wa.gov
Currently Incarcerated Inmates http://www.doc.wa.gov/information/inmate-search/default.aspx
Location PO Box 41100, Olympia, WA 98504-1100
Phone Number (360) 725-8213

How to Do an Inmate Search in Washington

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 Washington State Department of Corrections offender search database can be found on the official Washington State 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 Washington State 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 Washington jails inmate search:

Who’s in Jail

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

In the state of Washington, there are 45 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 Washington prison inmate lookup database brought to you by the Washington 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 Washington 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 Washington. 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 Washington 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 Washington Association of
Sheriffs and Police Chiefs.

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:

Types of Correctional Facilities in Washington

List of Correctional Facilities in Washington

There are 137 jails and prisons in Washington.
Showing 101 – 137 of 137 results
Correctional Facility Name Type County
Progress House Work Release State Prison Pierce County
Reynolds Work Release State Prison King County
Olympia Work Release State Prison Thurston County
Longview Work Release State Prison Clark County
Peninsula Work Release State Prison Kitsap County
Tri-Cities Work Release State Prison Benton County
Pierce County Jail County Jail Pierce County
Pierce County Juvenile Detention Facility County Jail Pierce County
San Juan County Jail County Jail San Juan County
Skagit County Jail County Jail Skagit County
Skamania County Jail County Jail Skamania County
Snohomish County Work Release County Jail Snohomish County
Denney Juvenile Justice Center County Jail Snohomish County
Snohomish County Jail County Jail Snohomish County
Island County Juvenile Detention County Jail Island County
Northwest Joint Regional Correctional Facility (J.R.C.F.) at Fort Lewis Military Prisons Pierce County
Naval Brig - Puget Sound Military Prisons Kitsap County
Whatcom County Jail Work Center County Jail Whatcom County
Mason County Sheriff's Jail County Jail Mason County
Stevens County Jail County Jail Stevens County
Yakima Valley Justice Center County Jail Yakima County
Whitman County Jail County Jail Whitman County
Spokane County Jail County Jail Spokane County
Whatcom County Juvenile Detention Facility County Jail Whatcom|island|san Juan County
Wahkiakum County Jail County Jail Wahkiakum County
Cowlitz County Juvenile Detention Center County Jail Cowlitz County
Thurston County Juvenile Detention Facility County Jail Thurston County
Spokane County Geiger Corrections Center County Jail Spokane County
Yakima County Jail & Annex County Jail Yakima County
Thurston County Corrections Facility County Jail Thurston County
Whatcom County Jail County Jail Whatcom County
Yakima County Juvenile Justice Center County Jail Yakima County
Walla Walla County Jail County Jail Columbia County
Spokane County Juvenile Detention Facility County Jail Spokane County
RRM Seattle Federal RRM King
FDC SeaTac Federal Prison King
Federal Detention Center "SEA-TAC" Immigration Detention Facility
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