Wisconsin Inmate Search

Wisconsin

About Wisconsin Department of Corrections

The Wisconsin Department of Corrections is responsible for keeping and maintaining an updated database of all individuals who are serving out their time in Wisconsin state prisons. 

The database is for the public to use and is located on the Wisconsin Department of Corrections official website. The database is updated regularly. The database only contains those offenders that are incarcerated and those who are on probation. You can search the database by their inmate number, first and last name, gender, and other identifying information. 

Unlike the state of Wisconsin, Wisconsin city and county jail inmates, are not in the Wisconsin Department of Corrections database. The city and county jails keep their databases and records separate. 

Basic Information

Department Name Wisconsin Department of Corrections
Official Website http://www.doc.wi.gov
Currently Incarcerated Inmates http://offender.doc.state.wi.us/lop/home.do
Location 3099 E. Washington Ave. P.O. Box 7969. Madison, WI 53707-7969
Phone Number 608-240-5000

How to Do an Inmate Search in Wisconsin

When an offender is housed in 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 Wisconsin Department of Corrections offender search database can be found on the official Wisconsin 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 Wisconsin 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 Wisconsin 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 Wisconsin inmate search are state-operated facilities. All city and county jails are NOT in this database whatsoever.

In the state of Wisconsin, there are 41 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 Wisconsin prison inmate lookup database brought to you by the Wisconsin 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 Wisconsin 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 Wisconsin. 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 Wisconsin 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 Wisconsin Department of Corrections Sex Offender Registry 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 Wisconsin

List of Correctional Facilities in Wisconsin

There are 190 jails and prisons in Wisconsin.
Showing 1 – 50 of 190 results
Correctional Facility Name Type County
Chippewa County Jail County Jail Chippewa County
Adams County Jail County Jail Adams County
Ashland County Juvenile Detention County Jail Ashland County
Adams County Juvenile Detention County Jail Adams County
Ashland County Jail County Jail Ashland County
Barron County Jail County Jail Barron County
Barron County Juvenile Detention County Jail Barron County
Bayfield County Jail County Jail Bayfield County
Bayfield County Juvenile Detention County Jail Bayfield County
Brown County Jail County Jail Brown County
Buffalo County Jail County Jail Buffalo County
Brown County Juvenile Detention Center County Jail Brown County
Buffalo County Juvenile Detention Center County Jail Buffalo County
Burnett County Juvenile Detention Center County Jail Burnett County
Calumet County Jail County Jail Calumet County
Burnett County Jail County Jail Burnett County
Clark County Jail County Jail Clark County
Calumet County Youth Detention Center County Jail Calumet County
Chippewa County Juvenile Detention Center County Jail Chippewa County
Columbia County Jail & Huber Center County Jail Columbia County
Clark County Juvenile Detention County Jail Clark County
Columbia County Juvenile Detention County Jail Columbia County
Crawford County Jail County Jail Crawford County
Dane County Jail County Jail Dane County
Dane County Juvenile Shelter Home County Jail Dane County
Dane County Juvenile Detention Center County Jail Dane County
Dodge County Juvenile Detention County Jail Dodge County
Door County Jail County Jail Door County
Door County Detention Facility County Jail Door County
Dunn County Jail County Jail Dunn County
Douglas County Jail County Jail Douglas County
Douglas County Juvenile Detention County Jail Douglas County
Eau Claire County Jail County Jail Eau Claire County
Eau Claire County Children's Division and Detention County Jail Eau Claire County
Northwest Regional Juvenile Detention Center County Jail Eau Claire County
Florence County Jail County Jail Florence County
Florence County Juvenile Detention County Jail Florence County
Fond du Lac County Secure Detention Facility County Jail Fond Du Lac County
Forest County Jail County Jail Forest County
Grant County Jail County Jail Grant County
Forest County Juvenile Detention County Jail Forest County
Grant County Juvenile Detention County Jail Grant County
Green County Jail County Jail Green County
Green County Juvenile Detention County Jail Green County
Green Lake County Jail County Jail Green Lake County
Green Lake County Juvenile Detention County Jail Green Lake County
Iowa County Jail County Jail Iowa County
Iowa County Juvenile Detention County Jail Iowa County
Iron County Jail County Jail Iron County
Iron County Juvenile Detention County Jail Iron County
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