How to Locate Someone in Prison

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Locating someone in prison is a relatively easy process, and it helps to know if the person is in federal prison, state prison or a county jail. Search the Web site of the Federal Bureau of Prisons with help from a freelance computer specialist in this free video on the Internet and online research.

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Hi, I'm Noah. And today I'm going to tell you about how you can find someone in prison. This is actually much easier than it sounds. Because of the freedom of information on it. First you'll need to determine as to the person you're searching for is in a Federal prison, in a State prison or a county jail. If the answer is Federal prison, then you can do an inmate search on www.Bop.gov/Iloc2/locateinmate.jsp. This is the website of the Federal Bureau of Prisons. Where you can search by ID number or search by name. If the person is in a State prison, then you'll also need to know which state the prison's in. And then you can search for it on www.ancestorhunt.com/prison_search.htm. Finally, if the person is in a county jail. then you can also use Ancestor Hunt. But there's a different address which is www.ancestorhunt.com/county-jail-inmates-search.htm. Here you'll also need to know what state and what county the person's in. Then you'll be able to search for the jails, in that order. if those search sites don't work for you, though. You can also go to a Prisoner Discussion board. Like the one at www.prisontalk/forums/. Here prisoners have all kinds of on-line discussions. And you'll be able to find a special category for Lost in the System. Here all kinds of people post about people they're searching for in prison. Who they simply can't locate. So if you weren't bale to find a person in on-line searches. You can simply post a message on here. And maybe someone else will know the person. And post back to you.

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