West Virginia Inmate Search

West Virginia

About West Virginia Division of Corrections

The West Virginia Division of Correction is the agency responsible for keeping and maintaining an updated database on those individuals who are serving out their time in West Virginia state prisons.
The database is open to the public to use and is located on the West Virginia Division of Corrections official website. The database only contains those currently sitting behind bars, those on probation, and those who are on parole in West Virginia. The offenders that completed their time under the West Virginia Division of Corrections will not be in the database. You can search the database by the offender's ID number or their first and last name. 

Unlike the state of West Virginia, West Virginia city and county jails are not included in the state's database. They keep their records separate. You will need to contact the proper authorities, if you are looking for someone in a city or county jail.

Basic Information

Department Name West Virginia Division of Corrections
Official Website http://www.wvdoc.com/
Currently Incarcerated Inmates http://www.wvdoc.com/wvdoc/OISOffenderSearch/tabid/200/Default.aspx
Location WVDOC Central Office 1409 Greenbrier Street Charleston, WV 25311
Phone Number (304) 558-2036
Fax (304) 558-5934

How to Do an Inmate Search in West Virginia

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 Florida Department of Corrections offender search database can be found on the official West Virginia Division 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 West Virginia Division 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 West Virginia 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 West Virginia inmate search are state-operated facilities. All city and county jails are NOT in this database whatsoever. 

In the state of West Virginia, there are 28 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 Florida prison inmate lookup database brought to you by the West Virginia Division 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 West Virginia 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 West Virginia. 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 West Virginia 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 West Virginia State Police official 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:

Types of Correctional Facilities in West Virginia

List of Correctional Facilities in West Virginia

There are 52 jails and prisons in West Virginia.
Showing 1 – 50 of 52 results
Correctional Facility Name Type County
Tygart Valley Regional Jail Regional Facility Barbour County
Southwestern Regional Jail Regional Facility Boone County
Central Regional Jail Regional Facility Braxton County
North Central Regional Jail Regional Facility Doddridge County
Northern Regional Jail & Correctional Facility Regional Facility Marshall County
Eastern Regional Jail Regional Facility Berkeley County
Southern Regional Jail Regional Facility Fayette County
Pendleton County Jail County Jail Pendleton County
Potomac Highlands Regional Jail Regional Facility Grant County
South Central Regional Jail Regional Facility Jackson County
Western Regional Jail Regional Facility Lincoln County
Wood County Jail County Jail Wood County
Monroe County Jail County Jail Monroe County
Anthony Correctional Center State Prison Greenbrier County
Beckley Correctional Center State Prison Raleigh County
Charleston Work Release Center State Prison Kanawha County
Huntington Work Release Center State Prison Cabell County
Denmar Correctional Center State Prison Pocahontas County
Huttonsville Correctional Center State Prison Randolph County
Martinsburg Correctional Center State Prison Berkeley County
Lakin Correctional Center State Prison Mason County
Mount Olive Correctional Complex State Prison Fayette County
Ohio County Correctional Complex State Prison Ohio County
Saint Marys Correctional Center State Prison Pleasants County
Pruntytown Correctional Center State Prison Taylor County
West Virginia Corrections Academy State Prison Gilmer County
Slayton Work Camp State Prison Fayette County
Gene Spadaro Juvenile Center State Prison Fayette County
J.M. "Chick" Buckbee Juvenile Center State Prison Hampshire County
Kenneth Honey Rubenstein Juvenile Center State Prison Tucker County
James H. "Tiger" Morton Juvenile Center State Prison Kanawha County
Donald R. Kuhn Juvenile Diagnostic & Detention State Prison Boone County
Lorrie Yeager Jr. Juvenile Center State Prison Wood County
Northern West Virginia Youth Diagnostic Center State Prison Harrison County
Northern Regional Juvenile Detention Center State Prison Ohio County
Robert L. Shell Juvenile Center State Prison Cabell County
Sam Perdue Juvenile Center State Prison Mercer County
Vicki V. Douglas Juvenile Center State Prison Jefferson County
West Virginia Industrial Home for Youth State Prison Doddridge County
McDowell County Stevens Correctional Center County Jail McDowell County
McDowell County Welch Correctional Center County Jail McDowell County
West Virginia Regional Jail and Correctional Authority State Prison Kanawha County
Northern Correctional Facility State Prison Marshall County
Bluefield Jail City Jail Mercer County
Princeton Jail City Jail Mercer County
FPC Alderson Federal Prison Greenbrier
FCI Beckley Federal Prison Raleigh
FCI Gilmer Federal Prison Gilmer
FCI Hazelton Federal Prison Preston
USP Hazelton Federal Prison Preston
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