North Carolina Inmate Search

North Carolina

About North Carolina Department of Public Safety

The records of inmates of inmates in North Carolina state prisons are kept by the North Carolina Department of Public Safety since 1972. 

You can search for inmates in this database by the information listed below:

  • First Name
  • Last Name 
  • Inmate ID
  • Gender
  • Date of Birth
  • Race 
  • Other Identifying Information

This database contains the information listed below:

  • Inmates 
  • Parolees
  • Probationers 
  • Where you can locate escapees 
  • Captured
  • Inmate Releases
  • Absconders

The county and city jails have their information in different databases so you will need to use the correct site to search their databases for an inmate in any of these facilities. Looking for an inmate out of a North Carolina city and county jails, you will need to seek out the correct authorities.

Basic Information

Department Name North Carolina Department of Public Safety
Official Website https://www.ncdps.gov/
Currently Incarcerated Inmates http://webapps6.doc.state.nc.us/opi/offendersearch.do?method=view
Location 512 North Salisbury StreetRaleigh, NC 27604
Phone Number 919-733-2126, 800-368-1985
Fax (919) 733-8272

How to Do an Inmate Search in North Carolina

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 North Carolina Department of Corrections inmate search database on the official North Carolina Department of Public Safety website.

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

  • Birth Date
  • First Name
  • Ethnic Group
  • Middle Initial
  • Last Name
  • Age
  • Offender Number
  • Race
  • Gender

The information about these inmates in the Noth Carolina database will be listed below:

  • Birth Date
  • Offender Number
  • Age
  • Middle Name
  • Last Name
  • Gender
  • Name Suffix
  • Race
  • First Name

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

  • Inmate's Full Name
  • Most Recent Incarceration Summary
  • Mugshots
  • Offender Sentence History
  • Offender Number
  • Names of Record
  • Probation Status
  • Probation Officer
  • Gender
  • Age
  • Race
  • Date of Birth
  • Ethnic Group

Who’s in Jail

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

There are 98 state prisons located in the state of North Carolina. 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 North Carolina 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 North Carolina 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.

Mugshots

  • 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.   

VINELink

  • The VINELink can be used to get notified if an inmate’s moving within the system.
  • This is where the state of Minnesota 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 North Carolina 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 North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation.

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

  • Last Name
  • First Name
  • Offender Status
  • Zip Code
  • City
  • Sex Registration Number
  • 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:  

  • Address
  • Mugshots
  • Conviction Information
  • Race
  • Violations
  • Gender
  • Registration Date
  • Height
  • Registration Status
  • Weight
  • Last Address Verified
  • Hair Color
  • Scars, Marks, and Tattoos
  • Eye Color
  • Alias
  • Birth Date
  • Minimum Registration Period
  • Registration Type

Types of Correctional Facilities in North Carolina

List of Correctional Facilities in North Carolina

There are 115 jails and prisons in North Carolina.

Showing 1 – 50 of 115 results
Correctional Facility Name Type County
Alamance County Detention Center County Jail Alamance County
Alamance County Detention Center County Jail Alamance County
Albemarle District Jail County Jail Albemarle County
Alleghany County Detention Center County Jail Alleghany County
Beaufort County Jail County Jail Beaufort County
Ashe County Detention Center County Jail Ashe County
Bertie-Martin Regional Jail County Jail Bertie County
Anson County Jail County Jail Anson County
Alexander County Detention Center County Jail Alexander County
Bladen County Jail County Jail Bladen County
Avery County Jail County Jail Avery County
Brunswick County Detention Center County Jail Brunswick County
Buncombe County Jail County Jail Buncombe County
Buncombe County Jail Annex County Jail Buncombe County
Cabarrus County Jail Annex County Jail Cabarrus County
Burke-Catawba District Confinement Facility County Jail Burke County
Burke County Jail County Jail Burke County
Cabarrus County Detention Center County Jail Cabarrus County
Caldwell County Detention Facility County Jail Caldwell County
Catawba County Detention Facility County Jail Catawba County
Carteret County Detention Facility County Jail Carteret County
Camden County Jail County Jail Camden County
Caswell County Detention Center County Jail Caswell County
Catawba Juvenile Detention Center County Jail Catawba County
Chatham County Detention Center County Jail Chatham County
Clay County Detention County Jail Clay County
Cherokee County Detention Center County Jail Cherokee County
Chowan County Detention Facility County Jail Gates County
Craven County Detention Center County Jail Craven County
Cumberland County Detention Center County Jail Cumberland County
Columbus County Detention Center County Jail Columbus County
Currituck County Detention Center County Jail Currituck County
Cleveland County Detention Center County Jail Cleveland County
Dare County Detention Center County Jail Dare County
Davidson County Jail County Jail Davidson County
Duplin County Detention Center County Jail Duplin County
Davie County Detention Center County Jail Davie County
Edgecombe County Detention Center County Jail Edgecombe County
Durham County Detention Facility County Jail Durham County
Edgecombe County Detention Center Annex County Jail Edgecombe County
Forsyth County Detention Center County Jail Forsyth County
Gates County Jail County Jail Gates County
Franklin County Jail County Jail Franklin County
Gaston County Jail County Jail Gaston County
Graham County Jail County Jail Graham County
Granville County Jail County Jail Graham County
Greene County Jail County Jail Greene County
Guilford County High Point Detention Center County Jail Guilford County
Guilford County - Greensboro Detention Center County Jail Guilford County
Guilford County Sheriff's Prison Farm County Jail Guilford County
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