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How to Find if Someone is in Jail in Ohio


Needing to know if someone is in jail is important for several reasons: 

  • To know if someone arrested in the past is still incarcerated.
  • To do a search of sex offenders for your family’s safety if you’ve moved to a new area.
  • To check if relatives you haven’t heard from for a long time have been convicted of any crimes.

Before the search, it’s important to know where to look and knowing the difference between county jails, state prisons, and federal prisons are vital for an accurate search to be conducted. Most offenders awaiting their date of trial or hearing for sentencing are sent to the county jail and will remain here if their sentence is less than 1 or 2 years. State prisons, on the other hand, have inmates who have to serve a sentence of more than 1 or 2 years after being found guilty of the crime they’ve been charged with. Offenders who are charged with federal crimes and have been found guilty for the same are sent to federal prisons. Being aware of these differences can help you ensure you’re looking in the right jurisdiction and ensure the accuracy of search results. 

Searching for Ohio state prison inmates online

The U.S State Inmate Finder is a website that eases the process of finding inmates online in the state concerned by selecting the date and state prison, following which, you will be directed to the state’s inmate finder to look up details of those incarcerated, on probation or on parole.

How to Find if Someone is in Jail in Ohio

The Ohio Inmate Finder, created by the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections is the official inmate search finder for Ohio that displays information about currently imprisoned inmates, those released via judicial process or those who have died because of natural causes during the incarceration period. The following information needs to be provided on the official Ohio Government website to conduct an inmate search: inmate’s first name, county of commitment, residential county, status, next parole board hearing, zip code, and inmate number. Once you provide the necessary data, Ohio offender tracking will begin and you can get information about the inmate you are searching for.

If you do not know the details for all areas needed to perform the offender tracking on Ohio Inmate Finder, you can make use of other search engines and even third party sites to get access to the information you require.

Using third party sites

Apart from using the website of the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections, online third-party sites can help you to access information about an inmate. For this, you will need to know at least the person’s first and last name, whether or not the person is in a state or federal prison, and other information that can improve the accuracy of search results include the person’s gender, birth date, and race. Working with a credible third-party vendor will not only provide you with accurate information but will also ensure you don’t get cheated in the process.

How to Find if Someone is in Jail in Ohio

How to find if someone is in jail via phone or fax

You can even contact the Ohio Department of Corrections directly if you’re unable to access the necessary information online or even if you simply prefer not to search for public records online. If you’re seeking information about your offender as the victim of a crime, you can contact your local state police department, local congressman or the prosecutor in charge of your case to know where your offender is at present and put in a request to be updated in case of their release. A phone call, fax communication, or even mail can provide you with the information you need. To find out this information, contact the Ohio Department of Corrections on any of the following:

Phone number:

  • 614-387-0588
  • 614-752-1076

Fax number:

  • 614-752-1086

Mailing address:
Department of Rehabilitation and Correction

770 West Broad Street
Columbus, OH 43222

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