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Indiana Inmate Records

Indiana inmate records contain personal and administrative data of individuals incarcerated in prisons and jails in the State of Indiana. Personal inmate records provide identifying details like name, sex, race, age, and booking photo. Administrative records describe inmates’ arrival, incarceration, transfer, and release from detention facilities. Most inmate records are publicly available in Indiana and citizens can search for them online and request copies from different law enforcement and correctional agencies.

Understanding Indiana’s Correctional System

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. Follow the links provided on those pages to reach facility pages containing contact details, description, and visitation information for these correctional institutions.

Besides state prisons, there are also county jails in Indiana. These are run by Sheriff’s Offices and mostly house inmates with short sentences. To find more information about an Indiana county jail, visit the county website and navigate to its Sheriff’ Office section.

How Do I Contact an Inmate in Indiana?

IDOC allows offenders serving time in state prisons and juvenile facilities to receive letters sent from outside correctional facilities. To send a letter to an inmate in Indiana, you need to know the inmate’s name and DOC number as well as the name of the facility where they are incarcerated and the address of that facility. You can find inmates’ DOC numbers using the Indiana Offender Database Search. Get facility addresses from the Indiana state adult prison and juvenile correctional facility directory.

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#
Facility name
Street Address or P.O. Box
City, IN ZIP code

Note that IDOC officials open, examine, and read all incoming and outgoing mail.

Indiana county jails also allow the public to write letters to inmates. Make sure to provide the inmate’s full name and jail ID, if available. Check the county jail’s address online on the website of its supervising law enforcement agency.

Sending Money to Inmates in Indiana Prisons and Jails

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 order sent by mail to a GTL address
  • Online funds transfer at
  • 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 NW 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. With the service, you can send money to any of the six accounts IDOC maintains for each inmate in Indiana state prisons. 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 app 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.

What to Know Before Visiting an Inmate in Indiana

To visit an inmate in an Indiana state adult or juvenile correctional facility, you 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.

Read IDOC’s Visitation Policy for rules and regulations regarding visiting Indiana state prisons. While IDOC provides visitation rules, each facility sets its own visiting hours. Click on the link for a facility on IDOC Visitation page to see their current visiting days and times.

The IDOC also offers video visitation through GTL. To use this service, you must first register for it online or through GTL VisMobile Android app. 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 planning to visit an inmate in a local jail, first check the jail website to find visitation information for the facility.

How Do I Request Inmate Records in Indiana?

The public can request non-confidential records of inmates in state prisons from IDOC. To request offender records, send an email request to or call IDOC’s Records Division at (317) 232-5765. You can also send a written request by mail to:

302 W. 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 enquire about obtaining the records of individuals held in the facility.

How to Locate an Inmate in Indiana

Use the Indiana Offender Database Search to find inmates in a facility controlled by IDOC. This search tool 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. If you cannot find either resource on the county website, look for the contact information of the Sheriff’s Office or county jail. Contact either of these facilities to enquire about the location or status of an inmate.

Indiana State Archives

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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.
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  • 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.
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