Oregon Inmate and Arrest Records Search
It is very important to know if someone is in jail because of the awareness such information can create among the public. Searching for sex offenders as well as other local offenders can ensure your own and your family’s safety whenever you shift houses and enter a new neighborhood. Through a search, you can find out whether or not someone who was arrested in the past is still incarcerated. Even information about the offender status of relatives can be checked via an inmate search to determine if they have been convicted of any crimes.
In order to make sure you’re looking in the right place, you need to know the difference between a county, state, and federal prison. State prisons are different from the county and federal prisons mainly in terms of inmate population and crimes/convictions that resulted in inmates reaching there.
- Criminal offenses that have been tried and convicted in a state court will land a person in a state prison where sentences are usually more than 1 or 2 years.
- A person is placed in county jail prior to court proceedings and sentencing, or if the sentence is given is less than 1 or 2 years.
- Federal prisons hold offenders charged with and found guilty of federal crimes.
The Oregon Department of Corrections provides information about offenders in its Oregon Offender Search (OOS) system which is the official government website to access information about inmates in the state of Oregon. First, visit the Oregon Offender Search (OOS) from the Oregon Department of Corrections and enter the required information. Information to be entered on the website to access inmate information includes:
- The first, middle, or last name of the inmate.
- The inmate’s SID number.
- Age, gender, and date of birth (if known) as this can provide you with more accurate search results.
You also have the option of entering partial names if you don’t know the offender’s full name, by using an asterisk (*). The use of an asterisk will yield search results of all inmates with that first, middle, or last name.
The record obtained upon search will give you access to the most recent mugshot, name, date of birth, age, gender, race, height, weight, eye color, hair color, status, as well as the possible release date. Details of the offenses they’ve committed and the facility they’re currently being held in will also be made available in their record.
Using third party sites
Apart from using the Oregon Offender Search of the Oregon Department of Corrections, you can make use of online third-party sites to access inmate information by providing details such as the first and last name of the person, and state or federal prison location. Other information that can provide you with more accurate search results includes gender, date of birth, and race. Ensuring the reliability of the third-party vendor you’re using is necessary as this will ensure you get accurate information without being cheated in the running of an inmate search.
How to find if someone is in jail via phone or fax
Approaching the Oregon Department of Corrections directly is also an option for those who do not or cannot access inmate information online. If you’re a victim looking for an update about your offender’s current status, you can get the information by contacting your local state police department, local congressman or the prosecutor in charge of the case. You can also request to receive an update if your offender’s release is ordered. A phone call, fax communication, or mail on the following details to the Oregon Department of Corrections will give you access to the information you need:
Oregon Department of Corrections
2575 Center Street NE
Salem, OR 97301
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