Ohio Inmate Search

What are Ohio Inmate Records?

Ohio inmate records are all the documentation that follows someone through the criminal justice system. These records begin when someone is arrested and charged with a crime. They continue as the offender shows up in court, is convicted, sentenced, and then moved to jail or prison.

Typically, inmate records include the person’s name, date of birth, hair and eye color, gender, race, and defining marks. Some have a mugshot, fingerprints, DNA sample, other evidence, and even audio and videotape clips. Sometimes these records include the details of court cases and convictions, incarcerations, and more.

The Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction is the government agency in charge of inmates, facilities, and inmate records. Some records are easy to find, others more difficult.

Ohio Prison and Jail System

The state of Ohio has 30 correctional facilities. These locations are split into three regions, North Region, Specialty Region, and South Region. They hold different security level inmates, and some only have women prisoners. The entire operation is overseen and managed by The Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction.

There are about 51,000 people imprisoned in state prison in Ohio. Another 19,000 reside in local county jails and 5,500 in federal prisons.

The state has many local county jails that hold pretrial inmates and those serving short sentences. These facilities are run and managed by the county and local law enforcement.

How to Search for Inmates in Ohio

The Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction has an offender locator tool on its website where the public can find someone incarcerated in the state.

There are a few options for searching, such as by name, county, facility, status, parole or hearing date, or ID, and you can sort the results. The results are public records, and show a clean grid with the inmate’s mugshot, name, number, date of birth, status, and offenses.

You can click on any row to see further details. The extra information shows where they are held, their admission date, details regarding their crimes, and their potential parole or release date.

How to Contact, Send Money to or Visit an Inmate in Ohio

Anyone wanting to visit an inmate in Ohio state prison must apply first. Once approved, you must follow all the rules and guidelines when visiting on designated days/times.

Only approved visitors can send money to Ohio inmates, and they must use the JPay system. You can only send a maximum of $200 per issue and $400 per month.

Family and friends can send mail to an Ohio inmate using the instructions on this page.

Ohio also uses the JPay system for inmate phone calls. Friends and family can prepay for phone minutes so they can stay in touch with incarcerated individuals.

Ohio state prisons also allow inmates to receive email through the JPay email system as well. Only approved content will be allowed through.

Federal Jails

  • Cincinnati RRM
    Address: 36 E. 7th St., Suite 2107-a, Cincinnati, OH 45202
    Phone: 513-684-2603
  • Elkton FCI
    Address: 8730 Scroggs Road, Lisbon, OH 44432
    Phone: 330-420-6200

Sheriff Offices in Ohio

Police Departments in Ohio