Most people tend to think of jail as a place that criminals are put so that society as a whole will be safe. We want to think that every person who is put in the county jail is guilty of some kind of crime. What so many of us lose sight of is that when you have a large number of people living in cramped quarters, there are bound to be problems. Since the average county jail is currently over crowded or near its capacity to house prisoners, more and more concerns about inmate safety are being raised.
A federal inmate search can be done through the Bureau of Prisons (BOP) website. At this site you can find the current location of any federal prisoner. Some people think that this site allows you to find prisoners in any prison across United States which is not true. The BOP site allows you to find the location of a prisoner who has been convicted of a federal crime, instead of local or state laws.
Free inmate search services are offered by most states. What these services allow you to do is type in the name of the inmate that you're looking for, and they will tell you which prison the inmate is in, as well as their prisoner ID number and the date of release.
The problem with free inmate search services is that they don't offer very much information, usually only giving the name and location of the prisoner, and also that you will usually need to search in several different sites to find an inmate. The reason why you need to search different sites is because there is no one official central website where you can do this search. Instead each state, and sometimes each county, have their own website to cover the prisoners in their area.
Public access records are made available by the government, and by other official organisations, concerning a great many different matters. These records are published in the public interest, and concern things like court cases, tax records, local history, documents concerning land ownership, and many many more besides.
It's an extremely broad category, and really refers to any kind of official document which you are allowed to read as a citizen - essentially everything except the top-secret stuff!
The problem with being the victim, particularly of a violent crime, is that you find yourself constantly wondering what the perpetrator of the crime is doing. Being able to watch them go to trial and eventually get sentenced for their crimes is the first step towards healing, but most people find that they still have a very difficult time relaxing. An inmate search is one way to help you make sure that the person who wronged you is still locked away and V.I.N.E., the commonly used acronym for Victim Information Notification Everyday, is an optional but official service that informs victims about the criminal(s) involved in their cases.
By Andrew Keel
One of the alarming things that jail records reveal is that a huge number of individuals who have been released in prison end up going back in; this is referred to as recidivism. In a perfect world, the jail records would indicate that most prisoners got locked up, learned their lesson, and never committed another crime but instead they indicate that at least 2/3rds of the individuals who have spent time in state and/or federal prisons will end up back in the system again.
Sheriff's Special Victims Bureau detectives arrested 61-year old Mark Berndt, a teacher with over 30 years’ experience at a South Los Angeles elementary school, on child molestation charges after conducting an extensive sex crimes investigation.
For over 30 years the suspect was a teacher at Miramonte Elementary School, Los Angeles. Shortly after the investigation began, in March 2011, the suspect was terminated by the Los Angeles Unified School District. The investigation began over a year ago when over 40 photographs depicting children in a school classroom, with their eyes blindfolded and mouths covered with tape, were turned in to law enforcement by a film processor. Film processors are mandated to report suspected child abuse under California law. Over 80 current and former students and school employees were interviewed during the extensive investigation. 23 boys and girls between the ages of 7 - 10 years old, have been identified as victims for crimes that were committed between 2008 - 2010.
What most people see on television about jail and arrests usually only shows the public what the "booking in" process looks like. "Booking" is the period of time from when an inmate is brought to a jail or local prison to the time they make it to either a classification cell where they have to wait a certain period of time to be cleared by the medical department or general population where they will probably be staying for the duration of their stay. After being classified and put into general population, the inmates don't have much to do to pass the time; an average day for an inmate is not what some people might imagine, it's much more boring. Some jails have television and cable, but watching TV all day isn't as much fun as it sounds, not when you can't leave during commercials.