Florida Inmate Search

Whether it’s a relative, a friend or just someone you know that has been incarcerated, there are numerous reasons why people might want to conduct a Florida inmate search.  This article attempts to outline how to do so, and to provide a little background information on the Florida prison system.

How to Carry Out a Florida Inmate Search

Searching for inmates online is a lot easier than offline. Using the online inmate locator services for the state of Florida Department of Corrections, you can get information on either current inmates, or recent inmate releases.  The databases are searchable by name, age, race, sex, and a number of other characteristics.

If the person you’re looking for is not found among Florida prison inmates, it’s possible he or she is being held in a county jail.  These facilities are typically more transient, and therefore not as easily accessible via online search methods.  A list of Florida county jails and their contact information can be found at  http://dos.myflorida.com/library-archives/research/florida-information/government/local-resources/county-jails-and-inmate-searches/.

Alternatively, if you know the county where the person you’re looking for is being held, you can use that particular county’s online searchable database.  For example, to conduct a Duval County inmate search, you should go to this information page and enter the appropriate filters to try and locate the inmate you’re looking for.  Not all counties provide this, however; and if there is no online database, you will have to use the contact information provided in the list above.

What Distinguishes a Jail from a Prison?

Florida is no different from other states in that it operates jails for primarily short term sentences or those awaiting trial, while prison is reserved for sentences longer than 1 year.  An additional difference is that a jail is usually run by local law enforcement, while a state prison is managed by, as the name indicates, the state’s government.  Finally, county jails will often run programs such as substance abuse education and vocational programs designed to avoid recidivism.  State prisons, on the other hand, usually only operate halfway houses or work release programs for inmates who are close to being released.

FL Inmates Statistics

A few facts to keep in mind about the Florida prison system:

  • As of June 30, 2013, there were 100,884 inmates in the prison system.  7,071 of these were women, with the rest being men; and 47.9% of those men were white males.
  • There are 56 state prisons in the Florida Department of Corrections system and 74 county jails around the state.
  • It costs an average of $47.50 per day to keep someone in prison in Florida; that’s $17,338 per year!
  • In the 4th quarter of fiscal year 2013-2014, there were 23 successful escape attempts.  Of these, 19 were recaptured within six months; and more than half (13) of the escapees were captured within 24 hours of escape.