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U.S. Federal Inmate Locator

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The Federal Inmate Locator includes Federal inmates from 1982 to present.
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If the Federal Inmate Locator does not supply you with your requested information, please try AT LEAST one of the following methods:

Call the Federal Inmate Locator number at:

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Due to the large volume of calls, you may experience delays.

Send an email to: ogc_efoia@bop.gov

Send letters by U.S. postal mail to:

Freedom of Information Act Office
Office of General Counsel
Federal Bureau of Prisons
320 First Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20534

Any of the above inquiries should include the name and ALL identifying information about the inmate. Your own contact information, (name, U.S. postal address, email address, etc) should also be included,.

FOIA requests are processed as quickly as possible! Usually, there is no charge for inmate location requests. However, please be aware that if you request additional information, you may be charged for research time. Read through the FOIA page for a complete discussion of fees (and the mailing address).

For Federal Inmates released before 1982, please write to:

Office of Communications and Archives
Federal Bureau of Prisons
320 First St., N.W., Washington, DC 20534
Attn: Historic Inmate Locator Request.

Please include as much identifying information as possible - name, including middle name/initial if known, aliases, date of birth, race, crime, approximate dates in prison, name of prison, etc. The more information you provide, the more quickly the request can be processed.

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U.S. Department of Justice

U.S. Parole Commission

Contacting the U.S. Department Of Justice

Letters to the D.O.J., including the Attorney General, may be sent to:

U.S. Department of Justice
950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20530-0001

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FAQ About The Federal Parole Commissison

Who issues a warrant or summons if a parolee violates parole or mandatory release?

Only a Parole Commissioner may issue a warrant or a summons for a violation of the conditions of release.

After a warrant or summons is issued, what happens then?

The parolee is either taken into custody or summoned to appear at a hearing. Custody is usually in the nearest government approved jail or detention center. Unless the offender has been convicted of a new offense, a Probation Officer will personally advise the offender of his or her legal rights and conduct a preliminary interview. The Probation Officer will discuss the charges which have been placed against the offender and then submit a report to the Commission. In this report, the Probation Officer will recommend whether there is "probable cause" to believe that a violation has occurred and whether the offender should be held in custody pending a revocation hearing or be reinstated to supervision. The Probation Officer will advise the offender of the recommendation and the basis for it.

After the Probation Officer's report is received, the Regional Commissioner will either order the parolee reinstated to supervision or order him or her held for a revocation hearing by a Hearing Examiner.

If a parolee is convicted of a new offense, they are not entitled to a preliminary interview because the conviction is sufficient evidence that they did violate the conditions of release. In such case, the offender may be transported, without delay, to a federal institution for a revocation hearing.

May a parolee have an attorney at a preliminary interview and revocation hearing?

Yes, parolees are entitled to an attorney of their choice (or have one appointed by the court if one cannot be afforded). It is the responsibility of the parolee to keep his or her attorney advised as to the time and place of the hearing.

Where are the revocation hearings held?

Generally, revocation hearings are held after the offender is returned to a federal institution. Such institutional hearings are held within 90 days from the time the offender was taken into custody on the basis of the Commission's warrant.

If there are sufficient reasons to do so, the Commission may order a parolee’s revocation hearing held in his or her own community or in the community where he or she was arrested. The offender will be entitled to such a hearing only if the offender denies violating the conditions of release, and if the offender was not convicted of a new crime. If a local revocation hearing is requested, the parolee must complete a form. There is a penalty for false answers on this form, and a denial of violation must be honestly made. Local revocation hearings are generally held within 60 days from the date the Regional Commissioner finds "probable cause" that parole or mandatory release was violated.

If the offender’s hearing is held in a Federal institution rather than locally, may he or she also have an attorney and witnesses?

The offender is not entitled to appointed counsel, but may secure an attorney at his own expense. The attorney can act only in the capacity of a representative.

If the Commission revokes parole or mandatory release, does a parolee get any credit on the sentence for the time spent under supervision?

Generally, if an offender is convicted of a new law violation, he or she is not entitled to credit for any of the time spent under supervision unless serving a YCA or NARA commitment. Also, there is no credit given for any time a parolee intentionally failed to respond or report to a Probation Officer or after a parolee has absconded from his or her area and the Probation Officer did not know where he or she was living. For violation of any of the other noncriminal conditions, a parolee generally will be credited for all of the time spent under supervision in the community.

If a parolee is revoked rather than reinstated to supervision, or if he or she is not re-paroled immediately, how long must I serve before the Commission reviews my case again?

The Commission utilizes its guidelines to help in determining the length of time a parolee should serve. The guidelines are the same ones used for inmates who apply for their initial parole hearings. Decisions, of course, can be made above or below the guidelines for good cause.

The general public may have more questions about parole and the U.S. Parole Commission. The Department of Justice would like to answer those questions.

Please send your letters to:

5550 Friendship Boulevard, Suite 420
Chevy Chase, MD 20815-7286
PHONE: 301/492-5990
FAX: 301/492-6694

Currently, there is NO EMAIL address for the U.S. Parole Commission.

The Parole Commission cannot divulge non-public, case-specific information over the telephone. The U.S. Commission is interested in having suitable places to live for parolees. Sometimes this is with family or relatives, but in other cases, the Commission may consider an independent living agreement more suitable. There is no rigid rule which requires the offender to be paroled to his or her home, if there is one, or that the parolee cannot be paroled if he or she does not.

District of Columbia Inmates and
The Revitalization Act

Under the new law, the power to grant and deny parole for all D.C. inmates convicted of felony crimes was transferred from the D.C. Board of Parole to the U.S. Parole Commission on August 5, 1998.

The new law does not change an offender’s eligibility for parole. The parole eligibility date, mandatory release date, and full term date will continue to be determined according to D.C. law. You will receive a parole hearing form the U.S. Parole Commission if your hearing date is on or after August 5, 1998.

U.S. Parole Commission application forms will be available at the offender’s institution. Offenders must apply to receive an initial parole hearing!

What if the D.C. Board of Parole has made a decision in an offender’s case before August 5, 1998?

The U.S. Parole Commission will adopt any decision by the D.C. Board of Parole prior to August 5, 1998. If parole was denied and the Board ordered a reconsideration date, a rehearing will be held by the Commission during the month specified by the Board. A reconsideration date is not a promise of parole, but gives inmates the chance to improve their point scores through positive program achievement.

The offender should ask his or her Case Manager for placement on the next docket at the institution. Re-application is not necessary.

Does the U.S. Parole Commission apply federal parole procedures and guidelines at parole hearings for D.C. Code inmates?

No. The U.S. Parole Commission applies D.C. parole laws and regulations in making its parole decisions. The Parole Commission amended the rules of the D.C. Board of Parole in 1998 to improve the quality of parole hearings, to include in the point score many of the predictive factors that were formerly used to go above the guidelines, and to establish specific rehearing schedules. However, the amended "point score" will be used only at initial hearings conducted after August 5, 1998. At rehearings for applicants who were denied parole by the D.C. Board of Parole, the 1987 point score will continue to be used.

The revised rules are still out for public comment, but will be published very soon.

Will parole eligibility and good time rules change if an offender is transferred to a federal prison?

No. Parole eligibility and good time credits will continue to be determined under current D.C. laws. Youth Rehabilitation Act sentences will be carried out as before, regardless of where the inmate is housed.

The Revitalization Act
requires that all D.C. Code sentenced felons be transferred to facilities operated or contracted for by the Bureau of Prisons no later than December 31, 2000.

The D.C. Revitalization Act requires the District to abolish parole for some types of crimes, but this will only apply to defendants who commit crimes on or after August 5, 2000. If a prisoner is serving a parolable sentence, it will not be affected.

The D.C. Board of Parole will continue to supervise and have the authority to revoke parole for all D.C. Code parolees and mandatory releasees until August 5, 2000. On that date, the Board’s authority will be transferred to the U.S. Parole Commission and the D.C. Board of Parole will be abolished.

D.C. Code offenders on parole will be supervised by a new agency, the Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency for the District of Columbia (CSOSA). The U.S. Parole Commission will be responsible for making decisions to grant, deny, or revoke parole for D.C. parolees and mandatory releasees.

The offender will be supervised by the D.C. Board of Parole which has the power to revoke parole.

Information should be sent at least 60 days prior to an offender’s hearing. The information should contain the offender’s name and DCDC number.

Case Managers should be available to assist prisoners. However, questions may be sent – in writing – to:

U.S. Parole Commission
5550 Friendship Boulevard
Suite 420
Chevy Chase, MD 20815-7286


Victims or witnesses who have been subpoenaed to testify at a federal parole revocation hearing are an important part of the parole revocation process.

Hearings conducted by the Parole Commission rely greatly on the testimony of victims and witnesses; the Parole Commission appreciates the participation of witnesses.

If a witness or victim has been subpoenaed to testify at a hearing, they are entitled to reimbursement for reasonable travel expenses and the regular fee for a government witness. At the hearing, the Hearing Examiner will provide the witness with a Fact Witness Voucher Form, on which expenses must be reported. The form can be returned to the U.S. Marshal's Office for reimbursement.


Confidentiality is one of the highest priorities of the U.S. Parole Commission.

By law, most materials in a case are available to the offender and his or her counsel, with a few exceptions where needed to prevent harm to a victim or witness. However, in every case, the victim or witness' address, telephone number, and other locator identifying information (such as place of work) is confidential and not disclosed.

The Results of a Hearing

Victims and witnesses will be notified, upon request, of the outcome of the hearing. A Victim/Witness Notification Request Form is sent to witnesses along with the subpoena.

The Parole Commission notifies witnesses of the official Parole Commission decision when it is made. Generally, it takes three weeks to one month after the hearing to receive the notification.

Victim Assistance Services

There are over 9,000 local, state and national organizations that provide assistance and support to victims of crime. The U.S. Parole Commission Victim/Witness Coordinator has more information about referrals to counseling, or other support services for victims.

The Rights of a Victim or Witness in a U.S. Parole Commission Hearing

Victims and witnesses have certain rights in U.S. Parole Commission hearings, including:

To be treated with dignity and respect throughout the process;

To receive timely information about their participation in the process;

To be informed of the charges against the alleged parole violator related to their participation at a local revocation hearing;

To testify at a local revocation hearing;

To an interpreter, if required;

To be reimbursed for reasonable travel costs and paid the regular government witness fee for attendance, pursuant to a subpoena, at a local revocation hearing;

To confidentiality of personal information, such as address and telephone number and any other locator information;

To request an order from the U.S. Parole Commission prohibiting the offender from seeking contact during any time the offender is under the jurisdiction of the U.S. Parole Commission; and

To be notified in a timely manner, upon request, of the outcome of the parole hearing.

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