We at Prison Education News are thrilled to announce our new Inmate Locator service.

For much too long families and friends of state and federal prisoners have had a very challenging time locating their loved ones in prison.  By not knowing where their loved ones and friends are incarcerated, they have been unable to visit, write, or otherwise connect.  But that is now all in the past with our new Inmate Locator service which helps connect those outside of prison with those on the inside.

If you know anyone in state or federal prison, simply head over to our Inmate Locator page, click on the link for the prison system in question, and you will be taken directly to that prison system’s inmate locator page, where you can input the prisoner’s name and receive instant results on where they are incarcerated.  It’s just that simple, and if you have any questions about how this works, we explain everything on the new page.  Detailed instructions are provided there.

For some time, we at Prison Education News have wanted to do something to help connect children, spouses, parents, and siblings with their incarcerated loved ones.  For a period, we explored building an app to help.  Unfortunately, this isn’t as easy as one would hope, mainly due to us not being able to connect internally into the various prison system’s inmate locator pages.  So we dug into the scattered pile of resources, and what we found was not good.

For the most part, the other, private, online prisoner locator services appear to be more focused on advertising than anything else.  They make you click on link after link after link in the pursuit of contact information.  Then, just when you think that you’ve found what you’re looking for, they either try to sell you a product or provide you with incorrect, outdated information.  Frankly, I was angered to see companies taking advantage of prisoners’ families and friends like this.

The only surefire, simple way of fixing this was to make our own Inmate Locator service.  So, we worked hard, located all available department of corrections and Federal Bureau of Prisons inmate locator pages, and have now provided links to all of them on a single page.  This way you will have the information you need the first time and in short order.

While we at Prison Education News can’t take away the pain of being separated from your incarcerated family members and friends, we certainly can help you find their contact and location information.  And we can do so in as straightforward — and as free — of a manner as possible.  This I feel we have done and resoundingly so.

If you know of anyone who has an incarcerated loved one or friend, please tell them about our Inmate Locator service.  Puffery aside, this is the best such service currently available.  And if you find it to be of use, we ask that you link to it from your blog or website, share about it on Facebook, and tweet about it on Twitter.  This will greatly help us to spread the word and help those who could use this prisoner locator service the most.

About Christopher Zoukis, MBA

Christopher Zoukis, MBA, is the Managing Director of the Zoukis Consulting Group, a federal prison consultancy that assists attorneys, federal criminal defendants, and federal prisoners with prison preparation, in-prison matters, and reentry. His books include Directory of Federal Prisons (Middle Street Publishing, 2020), Federal Prison Handbook (Middle Street Publishing, 2017), Prison Education Guide (PLN Publishing, 2016), and College for Convicts: The Case for Higher Education in American Prisons (McFarland & Company, 2014).

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