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Indiana Inmate Records

Indiana inmate records contain personal and administrative data of individuals incarcerated in Indiana prisons or jails. Personal inmate records provide identifying details like name, sex, race, age, and Indiana inmate mugshots. Administrative records describe inmates' arrival, incarceration, transfer, and release from detention facilities. Per Indiana's Access To Public Records Act, inmate records are publicly available in Indiana. Interested residents may inspect and obtain these records online, in person, or by mail from the designated record custodian at the state and county level.

Inmate records are considered public in the United States and therefore are made available by both traditional governmental agencies and third-party websites and organizations. Third-party websites may offer an easier search, as these services do not face geographical limitations. However, because third-party sites are not government-sponsored, the information obtained through them may vary from official channels. To find inmate records using third-party aggregate sites, requesting parties must provide:

  • The location of the sought-after record, including state, county, and city where the inmate resides.
  • The name of the person listed in the record, unless it is a juvenile.

Facilities Operated by the Indiana Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation

The Indiana Department of Correction (IDOC) operates state-run correctional facilities in Indiana. These include adult prisons, juvenile correctional facilities, and work release centers. IDOC currently manages 18 adult correctional facilities, including three women's prisons, three juvenile correctional facilities, and 13 work release facilities. Interested persons can use these links as a prison lookup tool to gain these correctional institutions' contact details, descriptions, and visitation information.

Besides state prisons, there are also county jails in Indiana. These are run by Sheriff's Offices and primarily house inmates with short sentences. Interested persons who wish to find more information about a county jail may visit the county Sheriff's Office official website.

How Do I Contact Inmates in Indiana Prisons?

IDOC allows offenders serving time in state prisons and juvenile facilities to receive letters sent from outside correctional facilities. Generally, to send a letter to an inmate in Indiana, you need to know the inmate's name and DOC number, the name of the facility where they are incarcerated, and the address of that facility. You can find inmates' DOC numbers using the Indiana prison lookup tool to perform a free inmate search by name. The state agency also has a directory for the address and contact information of persons incarcerated in various correctional facilities in Indiana.

Note that the IDOC no longer accepts inmate letters written on colored paper or sent with colored envelopes. Send written correspondence only with plain white stationery. Address both envelope and letter in this way.

Offender name, DOC number
Facility name
Street Address or P.O. Box
City, IN ZIP code

Furthermore, note that IDOC officials open, examine, and read all incoming and outgoing mail. Anyone may write a letter to an inmate as far as the sender provides the inmate's full name and unique ID if known.

How Do I Send Money to Inmates in Indiana Prisons?

The IDOC contracts inmate fund transfers to GTL, a third-party payment processor. Using this vendor, you can send money to an inmate in an Indiana prison by:

  • Money orders sent by mail to a GTL address
  • Online funds transfer at www.ConnectNetwork.com
  • Calling one of GTL's toll-free lines
  • Fund transfer through ConnectNetwork mobile app

When sending a money order to an inmate, make sure to enclose a completed deposit slip. Make the money order payable to "GTL Financial Services" and provide the inmate's full name and Offender ID. The value of the money order must not exceed $300. Send the money order and deposit slip to:

GTL Financial Services
2603 Northwest 13th Street
P.O. Box 328
Gainesville, FL 32609-2835

You can also make a VISA or MasterCard card deposit into an inmate's account online using GTL's ConnectNetwork service. Visit the IDOC page on GTL's website to sign up for an account. You can send money to any of the six accounts IDOC maintains for each inmate in Indiana state prisons with the service. These accounts are:

  • AdvancePay Phone
  • Pin Debit
  • Trust Fund
  • Messaging
  • Debit Link
  • Video Visitation

GTL also allows friends and family to send money to Indiana inmates by phone. Call the following toll-free lines to send money to these accounts:

  • AdvancePay: (800) 483-8314
  • PIN Debit: (855) 706-2445
  • Trust: (888) 988-4768

Lastly, you can download ConnectNetwork mobile apps for iPhones and Android phones to send money to inmates in IDOC facilities.

Indiana county jails provide multiple options for sending money to inmates and detainees. Most of them allow cash and money order deposits at designated kiosks placed in jail lobbies. Some also accept money orders sent to their addresses. Some county jails contract funds transfer to payment processors. These handle credit/debit card deposits over the phone and online. Visit the website of a county jail to learn the payment methods supported by the facility.

How Do I Visit Inmates in Indiana Prisons?

Individuals that wish to visit inmates in Indiana state prisons or juvenile correctional facilities must be on their approved visitors' list. Prospective visitors must apply for visitation privileges by completing and submitting visitation applications. Ask the inmate you want to visit for a copy of this application. Send the completed application to the IDOC facility where the offender is held. Minors need to complete a separate application form.

While IDOC provides visitation rules, each facility sets its visiting hours. Click on the link for a facility on the IDOC Visitation page to see their current visiting days and times.

The IDOC also offers video visitation through GTL. You must first register for it online or through the GTL VisMobile Android app to use this service. Then, sign it to schedule a video visit with an inmate from the comfort of your home. GTL charges $3.30 for a 10-minute video visit and $8.25 for a 25-minute visit.

County jails have separate visitation rules, regulations, and schedules. When visiting an inmate in a local prison, first check the prison website to find visitation information for the facility.

How to Perform an Indiana Prison Inmate Search

The public can initiate an Indiana prison inmate search to obtain non-confidential records of IDOC inmates. To request offender records, send an email request to COAOffenderRecordRequest@idoc.in.gov or call IDOC's Records Division at (317) 232-5765. You can also send a written request by mail to:

302 West Washington Street
Room E-334
Indianapolis, IN 46204

Sheriff's Offices provide inmate records for county jails in Indiana. Contact the Sheriff's Office in charge of a local jail by visiting its office or calling its phone number to inquire about inspecting and obtaining the records of individuals held in the facility.

How to Perform an Indiana Jail Inmate Search

Use the Offender Database Search to initiate an Indiana inmate lookup. Individuals that need to know how to find out if someone is in jail can use this search tool, as it makes finding inmates in adult correctional and work-release facilities easy. Simply enter the last name or both last and first names of the inmate into the search tool. Alternatively, provide the inmate's Offender Number.

Some Indiana county jails also provide similar inmate locator tools on their websites. Others publish regularly updated jail rosters of current inmates online. First, look for the Sheriff's Office or county jail contact information if you need to know how to find a person in jail without using the county website. Then, contact either of these facilities to enquire about the location or status of an inmate.

How Do I Find Out an Inmate Release Date?

Inmate release dates are public information unless releasing this information exposes the incarcerated person to danger. In such cases, the record custodian will only provide inmate records to immediate family members and persons with a direct, tangible interest in the release date. These eligible persons include the crime victim and authorized criminal justice officials. These individuals may visit the record custodian in person or call during business hours to find out an inmate's release date.

Indiana State Archives

State Archives

Search Includes

  • Arrests & Warrants
  • Criminal Records
  • Driving Violations
  • Police Records
  • Sheriff Records
  • Inmate Records
  • Felonies & Misdemeanors
  • Probation Records
  • Parole Records
  • Bankruptcies
  • Tax & Property Liens
  • Civil Judgements
  • Marriages & Divorces
  • Birth Records
  • Death Records
  • Property Records
  • Personal Assets
  • Business Ownership
  • Professional Licenses
  • Political Contributions
  • Unclaimed State Funds
  • Relatives & Associates
  • Address Registrations
  • Affiliated Phone Numbers
  • Affiliated Email Addresses

Results are based upon available information from state, county and municipal databases, and may not include some or all of the above details.

Entrance of Michael L. Becher Adult Correctional Complex (Clark County Jail)

The jail was built in 1858 and was named after Michael L. Becher, the former sheriff, in July 2008. The Correctional Facility underwent substantial upgrades in 2007, raising the total bed size to 446.

  • There were over 1,240,000 reported violent crimes in the United States in 2017.
  • Between 2006 and 2010, approximately 3.4 million violent crimes went unreported.
  • Around 73 million (29.5%) of Americans have criminal records, many of which are eligible for sealing or expungement.
  • There were nearly 7.7 million property crimes in the United States in 2017. This represents a 3.6% decrease from the previous year.
  • Some newspapers have reported the cost of a public record can cost between $5 and $399,000.
  • In 2017, there were 1,920 presidential pardon requests. Of those, 142 were granted.