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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 Arizona. Per Arizona public records laws, these records are publicly available from various authorities in charge of these correctional institutions. A typical inmate record will include the inmate’s personal details as well as administrative records regarding inmates’ sentencing, incarceration, prison transfer, release, parole, and incarceration history. Inmate records are generally available to interested persons unless restricted by law or court order, such as records of the inmate’s medical history.
Inmate records are considered public in the United States and therefore are made available by both traditional governmental agencies as well as third-party websites and organizations. Third-party websites may offer an easier search, as these services do not face geographical limitations. However, because third-party sites are not government-sponsored, the information obtained through them may vary from official channels. To find inmate records using third-party aggregate sites, requesting parties must provide:
- The location of the sought-after record, including state, county, and city where the inmate resides.
- The name of the person listed in the record, unless it is a juvenile.
Facilities Operated by the Arizona Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation
The Arizona Department of Corrections (ADC) is the administrative head of state prisons. The agency also oversees the management of privately operated prisons in the state. There are ten (10) of such 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. Interested persons may view the full list of Arizona state and private prisons to perform a prison lookup.
Besides these state correctional facilities, Arizona also has a number of city, town, and county jails. Local police departments are in charge of city and town jails and generally operate as temporary holding facilities. Sheriffs’ Offices run county jails in Arizona.
How Do I Send Money to an Inmate in Arizona Prisons or Jails?
The ADC provides different means of sending money to inmates in state and private prisons in Arizona. Generally, friends and families can send cashier’s checks and money orders directly to the facilities where inmates are incarcerated. The ADC also accepts electronic deposits through these three vendors viz-a-viz 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
- Card deposits online (credit and debit cards only)
- Card deposits by phone calls to designated toll-free numbers (card and debit cards only)
- Money 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 the ADC website to see the various fees charged by these payment processors for fund transfers.
Meanwhile, local correctional facilities have different provisions for sending money to inmates. While some jails allow friends and family to send checks and money orders by mail, others do not. Nevertheless, most local jails allow cash and credit/debit card deposits via designated kiosks in the facility lobby. Certain jails contract payment vendors to process money deposits into inmate accounts — these vendors usually allow online transfers and money deposits via phone calls.
How to Visit Inmates in Arizona Prisons
Persons who intend to visit someone in Arizona prisons must submit a visitor’s application and wait for approval from the prison administrative staff. Once approved, visitors must follow the facility’s visitation rules. Generally, the ADC requires prospective visitors to submit applications to visit inmates incarcerated in state and private prisons in Arizona. This involves completing an online or application form for mail-in requests. Each application attracts a $25 application fee, which the ADC uses to conduct background checks on applicants. On average, it takes thirty (30) days to process an application for inmate visitation. Denied applicants must wait 180 days before re-applying.
Meanwhile, approved applicants must visit per the facility’s visitation rules. A rule of thumb is to use the prison lookup tool to find details of its visitation regulations and schedule. A few Arizona county jails make provisions for video visitations. So, friends and family can opt for onsite or remote video visits. Note that facilities that provide this service also charge for it. Each visitor can only be on the visitor list of one inmate unless they are directly related to more than one inmate. For more details about visiting an inmate in an Arizona state or private prison, read the ADC inmate visitation policy.
How to Perform Arizona Prison Inmate Search
The ADC provides a handy inmate search tool on its website to help members of the public perform a statewide Arizona prison inmate search. Generally, searchers must know the inmate’s full name or ADC number to perform a search and retrieve the applicable inmate records. A name-based inmate search often returns several results, so use the inmate’s gender and current status to narrow down the search results.
Friends and family members inquiring about records of specific inmates may contact the ADC by email at IFFLiaison@azcorrections.gov. Alternatively, these requesters may call (602) 364-3945 or (866) 333-2039 toll-free.
The ADC sends electronic copies of inmate records to requesters by email unless the requester specifies that the agency sends paper copies by mail. The record custodian charges 50 cents per page for paper records and 10 cents per page for electronic records. Paper copies of subpoenas cost 25 cents per page plus a processing fee of $25 per hour. These fees are payable on the ADCPay portal.
How to Perform Arizona Jail Inmate Search
Local police departments and Sheriff’s offices provide specific information on how to find out if someone is in jail. Interested persons may call the law enforcement agency or visit in person to make these inquiries.
However, performing an inmate search in Arizona is the fastest way to find a person in jail. Most local jails in Arizona maintain an official website where interested persons may perform a county jail search. To begin, visit the county, city, or town official website and look for the page listing the Sheriff’s Office or police department — check the website’s navigation bar. Follow the link to the local law enforcement web page, which typically contains an inmate roster or jail log.
Suppose the local law enforcement agency does not maintain such rosters or logs. Then, the searcher must visit or call this agency to enquire about individuals booked into its detention facility.
The Difference between Arizona State Prisons and County Jail
Like most US states, Arizona state prisons and county jails are both state-run and county-run. The state prison system is overseen by the Arizona Department of Corrections, while each county sheriff's office oversees its jail system.
There are 13 state prisons and 67 county and city jails in Arizona, which house more than 40,000 inmates. The largest of these is the Lewis Prison in Buckeye, holding up to 4,000 inmates. Other state prisons include the Florence Correctional Center, the Perryville Prison Complex, and the Arizona State Prison - Kingman.
In addition to these state-run facilities, there are also numerous county jails throughout Arizona. These jails typically house inmates who are awaiting trial or sentencing or who have been sentenced to less than one year of incarceration. The Maricopa County Jail is the largest county jail in Arizona, and one of the largest in the United States, with an inmate capacity of over 10,000.
How Do I Find an Inmate Release Date
Interested persons may use the Arizona inmate data search system to lookup inmates’ projected release dates. The system also contains information on the inmates’ parole hearings and hearing outcomes.
How Do I Find Out Where Someone is Incarcerated in Arizona?
The first place to start the search is online on the Arizona inmate lookup tool. A free inmate search by name will provide information on persons convicted to state prison facilities. For persons incarcerated in county jails, visit the Sheriff’s Office’s website for the inmate roster. But how does one know where exactly to search? First, the interested person must find out the sentence length. Generally, offenders convicted of misdemeanors are incarcerated in county jails where the offender spends less than twelve months. On the other hand, persons convicted of felonies are incarcerated in state prisons facilities, where the offender spends more than one year.
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