Michigan Inmate Search


About Michigan Department of Correction

Inmate Records Search

Find Arrest & Court records, Mugshots and Contact Info.

The records of inmates that are held in Michigan State Prisons are kept and are updated by the Michigan Department of Corrections.

OTIS database

OTIS is a database with information provided by the department of corrections, the courts, and state police, which is what the department of corrections uses

The OTIS only holds offenders records that have been in jail or under Michigan Department of Corrections supervision in the past 3 years. Inmate's records will not be in this database for those who have was incarcerated or under Michigan Department of Corrections supervision more than 3 years ago.

We ask that you please contact the Michigan Department of Corrections at 517-373-6391 if you see information that you believe to be incorrect.

Basic Information

Department Name Michigan Department of Correction
Official Website http://www.michigan.gov/corrections/
Currently Incarcerated Inmates http://mdocweb.state.mi.us/OTIS2/otis2.aspx
Location 206 East Michigan Avenue Grandview Plaza PO Box 30003 Lansing MI 48909
Phone Number (517) 335-1426

How to Do an Inmate Search in Michigan

Department of Corrections Division

  • An inmate belongs to the Department of Corrections Division when an inmate is held in a state jail. The state jail has its database open to the general public to take advantage of by the Department of Corrections Division.
  • You will be able to find the Michigan Department of Corrections inmate search database on the official Michigan Department of Corrections website.

You can search the inmate list by using the following pieces of information:

  • First Name
  • Last Name
  • Marks, Scars, and Tattoos
  • MDOC Number
  • Offender Status
  • Sex
  • Age
  • Race

MDOC number

While searching the database the MDOC number will be the fastest way to search for an inmate, which is a 6-digit number. All inmates that are held in a state jail are given their own MDOC number. This is done by the Michigan Department of Corrections.

The inmate's first and last name will not be needed if you are going to enter the inmates MDOC number. Keep in mind if there aren't any inmate's that come up after you enter the MDOC number, you will want to make sure you have entered the correct number since the number will need to be exact for the database to match an inmate.

The inmate's first and last name can be entered in the database if you aren't having any luck using the inmate's MDOC number or if you don’t have the inmate’s MDOC number available.  

There will be a list of inmates that matches the information about the inmate you entered.  

The information about these inmates is listed below:

  • First Name
  • Last Name
  • MDOC Number
  • Date Paroled
  • Parole Board Jurisdiction Date
  • Date of Birth
  • Status
  • Sex
  • MCL Number
  • Race
  • Maximum Date

The information below will be shown when you select the inmate's name that you are searching:

  • Inmate's Full Name
  • Mugshots
  • Marks, Scars, and Tattoos
  • MDOC Number
  • Prison Sentences
  • SID Number
  • Aliases
  • Racial Identification
  • MDOC Status
  • Gender
  • Image Date
  • Hair Color
  • Date of Birth
  • Eye Color
  • Weight
  • Height

Who’s in Jail

Prisons operated by the state are the only prisons that can be found in the Michigan database. City and county prisons are kept in a different database.   

There are 60 state prisons located in the state of Michigan. In the roster listed above is where you can see all of these prisons. However only state prisons are in this database, all other prisons will not be shown.

If you are trying to find someone in a state jail, it shouldn't be that difficult since the state jails are a bit bigger and offer more information on their inmates than the smaller jails such as a city or county jails. you will be able to get information in a city or state jail's, you just might have to spend more time getting information and you will need to know where to get the information you are looking for.  

County and city jails

Most of the county's Sheriff's department manages and operates the county jails. You will need to get a hold of the county's Sheriff's department if you are searching for someone that is in a county jail.

There really isn't a whole lot of information on the city jails. The city jails pretty much exist to hold inmates until they will be transported to a more permanent location/jail. The city's corrections division can be contacted if the person you are looking for is being held in a city jail. The city’s official website is where you will be able to find contact information where you can find out the information you are looking for.       

Jail Roster and Mugshots

The Michigan Department of Corrections has updates to their offender search database done often so their information is in real time most of the time. So, keep in mind that this database information changes often, even more so if the inmate is still in the process of being sentenced. The Michigan Department of Corrections updates their database during normal business hours.

You can always call the jail that the inmate is being held in if you would like the most recent information or if you have any questions since the jail will have the most recent information.

The jail in which the inmate is held in will need to be contacted if you see any information on the inmate to be wrong where information can be debated with the inmate.


  • The inmate's mugshots are kept in the database that the general public can access.
  • The inmates have their mugshots taken when they are being processed and booked into a state jail.
  • The only reason an inmate will need to have their mugshots taken again is if they are being taken to a different jail.   


  • The VINELink can be used to get notified if an inmate’s moving within the system.
  • This is where the state of Michigan will need to be selected, then you will choose if you are looking for an offender or a  defendant.
  • You will get notified by email, calls or texts when you choose to get notifications on the inmate's profile.
  • You will get notified immediately when there are any changes in the inmate's Vine account.   

Sex Offender Search

The Michigan prison inmate database does not allow you to search for sex offenders. The database for sex offenders has its own database, that the general public has access to this sex offender database.  

You will be able to find the sex offender database on the official Michigan State Police website.

You will then need the information listed below to continue your search:

  • Last Name
  • First Name
  • City
  • Zip Code
  • County

This database can be searched by using the name and zip code or the address information.

The offenders that are in this database are not behind bars.

You will see the information listed below when you select the offender you are looking for:  

  • Scars, Marks, and Tattoos
  • Mugshots
  • Address
  • Offender's Full Name
  • Charges
  • Registration Number
  • Eye Color
  • Aliases
  • Hair Color
  • Level
  • Weight
  • Status
  • Height
  • Last Verification Date
  • Race
  • Registration Start Date
  • Sex
  • Registration End Date
  • Age
  • Lifetime Registration

Types of Correctional Facilities in Michigan

List of Correctional Facilities in Michigan

There are 116 jails and prisons in Michigan.

Showing 1 – 50 of 116 results
Correctional Facility Name Type County
Alcona County Jail County Jail Alcona County
Allegan County Juvenile Detention Center County Jail Allegan County
Alger County Jail County Jail Alger County
Allegan County Jail County Jail Allegan County
Alpena County Jail County Jail Alpena County
Antrim County Jail County Jail Antrim County
Arenac County Jail County Jail Arenac County
Baraga County Jail County Jail Baraga County
Barry County Jail County Jail Barry County
Bay County Jail County Jail Bay County
Benzie County Jail County Jail Benzie County
Bay County Juvenile Home County Jail Bay County
Berrien County Jail County Jail Berrien County
Branch County Jail County Jail Branch County
Cass County Jail County Jail Cass County
Calhoun County Juvenile Home County Jail Calhoun County
Berrien County Juvenile Center County Jail Berrien County
Charlevoix County Jail County Jail Charlevoix County
Cheboygan County Jail County Jail Cheboygan County
Chippewa County Correctional Facility County Jail Chippewa County
Clare County Jail County Jail Clare County
Clinton County Jail County Jail Clinton County
Crawford County Jail County Jail Crawford County
Delta County Correctional Facility County Jail Delta County
Eaton County Youth Facility County Jail Eaton County
Dickinson County Jail County Jail Dickinson County
Eaton County Jail County Jail Eaton County
Emmet County Jail & Correctional Facility County Jail Emmet County
Gladwin County Jail County Jail Gladwin County
Genesee County Jail County Jail Genesee County
Genesee Valley Regional Center MI County Jail Genesee County
Gogebic County Jail County Jail Gogebic County
Houghton County Jail County Jail Houghton County
Hillsdale County Jail County Jail Hillsdale County
Gratiot County Jail County Jail Gratiot County
Grand Traverse County Correctional Facility County Jail Grand Traverse County
Huron County Jail County Jail Huron County
Ingham County Jail County Jail Ingham County
Ingham County Youth Center County Jail Ingham County
Ionia County Jail County Jail Ionia County
Iosco County Jail County Jail Iosco County
Iron County Correctional Facility County Jail Iron County
Jackson County Jail MI County Jail Jackson County
Jackson County Youth Center County Jail Jackson County
Jackson County Jail County Jail Jackson County
Isabella County Jail County Jail Isabella County
Kalamazoo County Jail County Jail Kalamazoo County
Kalkaska County Jail County Jail Kalkaska County
Kalamazoo County Juvenile Home County Jail Kalamazoo County
Kent County Honor Camp County Jail Kent County
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