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Arizona Inmate Records

Arizona inmate records are official documents kept on individuals incarcerated or booked into prisons, jails, and other detention facilities in the State of Arizona. These records are available from various authorities in charge of these correctional institutions. They include personal details of offenders as well as administrative records providing inmates’ sentencing, incarceration, prison transfer, release, and remandment histories. Some jail and inmate records are publicly available while access to others are restricted by law.

Understanding Arizona Correctional System

The Arizona Department of Corrections (ADC) is in charge of state prisons and oversees the management of privately-operated prisons in the state. There are 10 state prisons in Arizona and six private prisons. Four of the six private prisons are managed by the GEO Group while Corrections Corporation of America and Management and Training Corporation each run one prison. For a full list of Arizona state and private prisons, check the facility directory page on ADC website.

Besides these correctional facilities, Arizona also has a number of city, town, and county jails. City and town jails are usually operated by local police departments. Most of these are temporary holding facilities. Sheriff’s Offices run county jails in Arizona.

How Do I Request Public Records from the Arizona Department of Corrections?

Arizona law protects the rights of citizens to request inmate records and other public records maintained by the Arizona Department of Corrections. Besides inmate records, the public can also request basic agency and employee records. To submit a request for these records, complete the ADC’s Online Record Request Application)/supporthome.aspx) online. Note that you must first register and then log in on the site to submit a request.

The ADC sends electronic copies of records to requesters by email. Alternatively, they can request for paper copies sent by mail. The Department charges 50 cents per page for paper records and 10 cents per page for electronic records. Paper copies of subpoenas cost 25 cents page plus a processing fee of $25 per hour. The ADC accepts VISA and MasterCard credit card payments on its ADCPay portal.

Friends and family members enquiring about records of specific inmates may contact the ADC by email sent to IFFLiaison@azcorrections.gov. They may also call (602) 364-3945 or in-state toll-free (866) 333-2039 for such requests.

How to Locate Individuals in Arizona Jails

Most local jails in Arizona also have online inmate locators on their websites. To find such search tool, visit the website of the county, city, or town where a jail is located and navigate to its corrections/detention facility page. This page is usually in the section for the county’s Sheriff’s Office or city/town’s police department.

If an online inmate finder is not available on the municipality’s website, look for the contact information of the local law enforcement agency in charge of the local jail. Visit or call this agency to enquire about individuals booked into its detention facility.

How to Visit an Inmate in Arizona

The ADC requires prospective visitors to submit applications to visit inmates incarcerated in state and private prisons in Arizona. Those wishing to receive calls from inmates must also complete this application. The Department provides online and print visitation applications and charges a $25 fee for each application to conduct background checks on applicants. This fee must be paid within 30 days of submitting the application to avoid automatic denial. Denied applicants must wait 180 days before re-applying.

Potential visitors/call recipients opting for print applications must mail completed applications to the Unit Visitation Offices of the facilities holding the inmates they wish to contact. They must also write “Attention Visitation Officer” on the envelopes containing their applications. Write “Attention Visitation Officer – Background Check Fee” on the back of the envelope if the application includes a money order or cashier’s check for this fee.

When paying by a cashier’s check or money order, make it payable to Arizona Department of Corrections – Visitation. Write your name, the inmate’s name, and inmate’s ADC Number in the memo line of the check or money order. The ADC also accepts electronic payments online through JPay, Keefe, and Global Tel-Link.

Minors must also apply for visitation rights and pay a one-time fee. When they turn 18, they must apply for visitation like adults and pay a one-time fee of $25. Each visitor can only be on the visitor list of one inmate unless they are immediate family of more than one inmate. Once approved, visitors can then schedule visits at the facility they want to visit. For more details about visiting an inmate in an Arizona state or private prison, read the ADC Inmate Visitation Policy.

County, city, and town jails in Arizona have varying sets of visitation rules. Visit the jail’s website to find details of its visitation regulations, days, and times. A few Arizona county jails make provisions for video visitations. Friends and family can opt for onsite or remote video visits. Note that facilities that provide this service also charge for it.

How Do I Send Money to an Inmate in Arizona?

The ADC provides different means of sending money into inmates in state and private prisons in Arizona. Friends and family can send cashier’s check and money orders directly to the facilities where inmates are incarcerated. In addition, the ADC also accepts electronic deposits through these three vendors; GTL, Keefe, and JPay.

All three contracted payment processors allow friends and family to deposit money in inmate accounts by:

  • Cash deposits in designated retail locations or other walk-in destinations
  • Credit/debit card deposits online on their websites
  • Credit/debit card deposits by phone calls placed to designated toll-free numbers
  • Funds transfer through mobile apps

Read the brochures provided by JPay, GTL (Spanish), and Keefe to find details of the various inmate account funding options available. Check the Inmate Deposits page on ADC website to see the various fees charged by these payment processors for fund transfers.

Arizona county, city, and town jails have different provisions for sending money to offenders in their facilities. While some jails allow friends and family to send checks and money orders by mail, others do not. Most of them allow cash and credit/debit card deposits and designated kiosks in their lobbies. Some may also contract inmate account deposits to payment processors. These vendors usually allow the public to send money online and by phone to inmates in Arizona jails.

How to Find Inmates in Arizona Prisons

The ADC provides a handy inmate search tool on its website to help members of the public locate offenders currently incarcerated in the prisons it oversees. The ADC Inmate Data Search tool is also useful for finding parolees and individuals under supervised release. Simply enter an inmate’s ADC number or their last name and initial in the search tool to retrieve their records. To narrow down your result, you can also select the inmate’s gender and current jail status. Note that this search tool no longer provides inmate dates of birth as the ADC aims to curtail recent cases of inmates becoming victims of identity fraud and theft.

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