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The prisons in the United States are home to thousands of inmates. Locating an inmate is easier in today’s times due to several online websites that provide daily online access. Each website is independently maintained by the states and is updated on a regular basis.

The states provide a free search for offenders within their jurisdiction for use by the public. Variations exist in the design of the site, the search criteria, and the information presented for perusal. State laws determine exactly what information is available for public perusal.

It is important to note that the website may not work properly with certain browsers. In fact, the web pages may partially load onto your computer screen, but integral parts may be missing. If you encounter this difficulty, you may want to consider using a computer at a public library to complete your searches. In some cases, you won’t be able to tell because the missing information is minimal.

Some databases will contain information only on inmates who are currently incarcerated, paroled, or on probation within that state. Other sites also include inmates who are deceased, escaped, or no longer resident in the correctional system.

To acquire access to the database for inmates in the state of Michigan, use the following link:,1607,7-119-1409---,00.html.

This directs you to the Michigan Department of Corrections web page offender search page. On the left-hand side of the page is a menu of links. They include the following categories: disclaimer, victim services, prisons and camps, probation, parole, and CRP, human resources, publications and information, programs and services, Michigan State industries, and prison build program.

On the right-hand side of the page is a menu of links. They include the following categories: departments/agencies, online services, surveys, RSS feeds, and a series of quick links. The quick links include: FYI newsletter, definitions/glossary, Michigan State industries, prison build program, hire a skilled worker, Michigan sentencing guidelines, offender search quick links, MCL online, and Michigan sentencing guidelines.

In the center of the page, several facts are provided under the subheading: “Offender Tracking Information System (OTIS).” You are informed that the site contains information on more than 30,000 prisoners, parolees, and probationers who are or have been under the supervision of Michigan’s Department of Corrections.

Additionally, it also informs you of what you will not find on the site including: information disallowed by the Michigan Freedom of Information Act, photographs of inmates released prior to electronic photographs, information on individuals who have not yet been sentenced, and information on offenders housed within county facilities.

Directly below these lines of text, you will see a link for the disclaimer statement and for the offender search. If you select the offender search, you will be directed to a new page explaining OTIS and providing the terms and conditions of use. You are expected to read the offered information completely and to select the “I agree” selection directly below the information before you will be allowed to continue.

Once you agree, you will be directed to the main search page. Eight search boxes are available for your input including: last name, first name, MDOC (Michigan Department of Corrections) number, sex, race, age, offender status, and marks, scars, or tattoos. The search boxes for sex, race, and offender status include drop down menu boxes for the user’s convenience. For the race and offender status, you are also provided with the option to select “all” in case you are unsure of the correct answer. You can elect to leave the age and the marks, scars, or tattoos search boxes empty. To limit the number of responses to your search query, it is best to select “active offenders” or another term unless you are interested in discharged offenders.

Once you have entered your data and selected to search, your results will be generated. The results to your search are presented in a grid like chart that includes the following headings: offender number, last name, first name, date of birth, sex, race, MCL number, location, status, earliest release date, maximum discharge date, and date paroled. Each of these headings is a live link that will direct you to an explanation of the heading, as well as any words that may appears below the heading.

The offender number is also a live link that will generate a new page of information on the offender. If a photograph is available, it will appear on the left hand side of the page. The following information will be included to the right of the photograph: MDOC number, SID number, name, racial identification, gender, hair, eyes, height, weight, date of birth, and the image date.

Directly below this section, the MDOC status of the inmate is listed including: current status, assigned location, security level, earliest release date, and the maximum discharge date. Next, the aliases and marks, scars or tattoos of the offender are listed.

Directly below this section is a section that lists all of the sentences of the offender, separating them into active and inactive status. The following information is included for each offense: offense description, MCL#, court file #, county, conviction type, minimum sentence, maximum sentence, date of offense, and date of sentence.

Directly below this information, any information on probation or supervision conditions is listed. To the bottom right of the page is a link to select to return to the top of the page, where you can select from among the following options: new offender search, return to search results, contact MDOC, disclaimer, or MDOC home.

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