Missouri Jails & Prisons

See Missouri Jails & Prisons and search free public jail and prison records. Jails and prisons are correctional institutions which hold individuals who have been arrested, convicted of a misdemeanor, sentenced to prison, or incarcerated for a felony.

Jails & Prisons by County

Adair County Andrew County Atchison County Audrain County Barry County Barton County Bates County Benton County Bollinger County Boone County Buchanan County Butler County Caldwell County Callaway County Camden County Cape Girardeau County Carroll County Carter County Cass County Cedar County Chariton County Christian County Clark County Clay County Clinton County Cole County Cooper County Crawford County Dade County Dallas County Daviess County DeKalb County Dent County Douglas County Dunklin County Franklin County Gasconade County Gentry County Greene County Grundy County Harrison County Henry County Hickory County Holt County Howard County Howell County Iron County Jackson County Jasper County Jefferson County Johnson County Knox County Laclede County Lafayette County Lawrence County Lewis County Lincoln County Linn County Livingston County Macon County Madison County Maries County Marion County McDonald County Mercer County Miller County Mississippi County Moniteau County Monroe County Montgomery County Morgan County New Madrid County Newton County Nodaway County Oregon County Osage County Ozark County Pemiscot County Perry County Pettis County Phelps County Pike County Platte County Polk County Pulaski County Ralls County Randolph County Ray County Reynolds County Ripley County Saline County Schuyler County Scotland County Scott County Shannon County Shelby County St. Charles County St. Clair County St. Francois County St. Louis County St. Louis Ste. Genevieve County Stoddard County Stone County Sullivan County Taney County Texas County Vernon County Warren County Washington County Wayne County Webster County Worth County Wright County

About Jails and Prisons

Jails and prisons house people who are awaiting trial and inmates who have been convicted of a crime. These facilities are divided into county jails, state prisons, and federal prisons.

Jails and prisons maintain records on every person who is currently or was formerly incarcerated at their facility. These records are open to the public and are often available through online databases.

Records available from Jails and Prisons

Jails and prisons keep records on the prisoners in their custody. This includes current inmates as well as former inmates. These records contain a wealth of information on the inmate's history.

Jail and prison records contain important information, including:

  • The prisoner's date of birth
  • The prisoner's identification number
  • The specific facility where the prisoner is in custody

In some cases, jail and prison records also contain additional details, including:

  • The penal code section the person allegedly violated or was convicted of violating
  • The scheduled release date of the prisoner
  • The court that charged the prisoner
  • The date when the prisoner was first incarcerated
  • Prior incarcerations for other offenses

People who have been charged with a crime but have not yet been convicted will have a jail or prison record if they were housed at a jail or prison while awaiting trial. In most jurisdictions, the county jail holds people while their cases are pending.

Jails and prisons also keep records on people who have been convicted of a crime and sentenced to prison, either by a local, state, or federal court.

Online databases are the best way to obtain jail and prison records. If you know the individual's name and the location of the person's trial, you can obtain a jail or prison record from the local, state, or federal corrections agency that has the individual in custody.

For individuals in custody at a county jail, many counties provide an online database of their inmates. In some cases, you may have to contact the local sheriff's department, which may run the county jail.

For inmates at a state prison, the state's Department of Corrections may provide an online inmate locator. In some cases, you can contact the Department of Corrections directly by phone or email to obtain prison records.

For inmates at a federal prison, start with the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) Inmate Locator. This is an online database of current and former inmates that dates back to 1881. The BOP Inmate Locator will give you the age, race, sex, and registration number of the inmate, as well as the projected release date and the prison where the inmate is incarcerated.