Missouri State Records

Missouri Inmate Records

Missouri inmate records are official documentations of individuals incarcerated in correctional and detention facilities in the state of Missouri. These facilities include minimum, medium, and maximum state prisons as well as county jails. Prisons and jails in Missouri keep personal and administrative inmate records and make most of these available online and/or on request. Personal inmate records include the names, genders, ages, races, and booking photos of past and current offenders. Administrative records describe inmates’ arrival, incarceration, transfer, and release from correctional and detention centers.

Missouri’s Correctional System

The Missouri Department of Corrections (MDOC) operates state prisons and calls these Correctional Centers. It oversees the operation of 22 adult correctional centers, 59 probation and parole facilities, and eight community supervision/release centers.

Besides these state correctional facilities, there are also county and city jails all over Missouri. City jails are usually holding facilities run by police departments. Missouri county jails are operated by sheriff’s offices. Some counties also have juvenile detention centers in addition to adult detention facilities. Large counties do have Correction Divisions dedicated to managing jail facilities for local law enforcement agencies.

How to Contact an Inmate in Missouri

Inmates in Missouri state prisons can be contacted by mail and email. The MDOC allows offenders to send and receive letters and photos. However, written correspondence and photos must be sent in separate envelopes. When sending a mail to an inmate in a Missouri prison, include the following information on the envelope:

  • Your return address
  • Facility address where the inmate is located
  • Offender's name
  • Offender's DOC number

Note that prison officials open and inspect all incoming and outgoing mail. MDOC contracts JPay to provide email services to offenders in Missouri state prisons. JPay is also the exclusive money transfer provider for MDOC facilities. To send an email to inmate, set up an account with JPay and then sign in to use the service.

Missouri county jails also allow inmates to receive and send letters. Send the correspondence to the facility address and include the inmate’s name and ID number on the envelope. Visit the county page online for more details about contacting inmates.

How to Send Money to an Inmate in Missouri

The Missouri Department of Corrections accepts money orders and cashier’s checks deposited in inmates’ accounts. It also accepts electronic transfers via JPay into inmates’ accounts.

When sending money to an inmate in a Missouri state prison by cashier’s check or money order, make the payment instrument payable to the Missouri Department of Corrections. The money order or check must also be accompanied by a completed deposit slip. Obtain this slip from the offender receiving the funds. Send both check/money order and deposit slip to:

Offender Finance Office
Missouri Department of Corrections
P.O. Box 1609
Jefferson City, MO 65102

JPay provides four options for sending money to inmates in Missouri. You can:

  • Deposit cash at a MoneyGram location using the receive code: 2439
  • Make credit/debit card deposit online at JPay’s website
  • Call JPay’s toll-free line, (800) 574-5729, to speak to a customer service agent
  • Transfer money using JPay Mobile app for iPhones and Android phones

Missouri county jails also provide multiple ways to send money to inmates. Some also contract third-payment payment processors to accept online and phone fund transfers on behalf of inmates. Most county jails have deposit kiosks in their lobbies. While some accept cash and credit/debit cards at such locations, others only accept card transactions at kiosks. For most county jails, sending a check or money order to an inmate by mail is permissible. Visit a county jail’s website to find out the payment methods accepted at the facility.

Visiting Inmates in Missouri Prisons and Jails

The MDOC requires friends and family members to apply for visitation rights before visiting inmates. Complete the Visitor Application online or request for paper application from MDOC or any of its facilities. Submit a paper application to the correctional facility housing the inmate you wish to visit.

Each inmate in an MDOC facility is allowed 20 individuals on their visitor list. Once approved, visitors should check the schedule of visits for the correctional center they wish to visit. Adult visitors and minors aged 13 and above must present photo identifications when visiting. Adults need valid government-issued photo IDs while minors can present school photo identification. Read the Visiting page on MDOC’s website for visitation rules and regulations pertaining to dress code, physical contact, allowed items, and restricted visiting privileges.

Missouri county and city jails set different rules for visitation. While some require prospective visitors to submit visitation requests, others do not require this step. Check the jail’s webpage or call the local law enforcement agency running the facility for specific details such as visitation days and times.

How Do I Find an Inmate in a Missouri Prison or Jail?

The MDOC provides an Offender Search tool on its website for anyone looking for individuals incarcerated in one its facilities. To find an inmate using this tool, simply enter their first and last names or DOC ID. Besides current inmates, the search tool is also useful for finding parolees and probationers. It does not return results including discharged offenders.

Some Missouri county jails also have online inmate locators. You can find these on the corrections, police department, or sheriff’s office page of a county or city website. Some local jails publish lists of inmates currently held in the jails. If you cannot find an inmate search or roster on the jail’s webpage, look for its address and phone number. Alternatively, find the contact information of the local law enforcement agency in charge of the detention facility. Visit or call the jail authority to enquire about inmates booked or incarcerated in their facility.

Missouri State Archives

State Archives

Contact:(314) 310-3833

Results Include

Full Criminal Case Details:

  • Assault
  • Battery
  • Blackmail
  • Conspiracy
  • Domestic Violence
  • Embezzlement
  • Extortion
  • Felonies
  • Firearms
  • Fraud
  • Infractions
  • Kidnapping
  • Larceny
  • Manslaughter
  • Mayhem
  • Misdemeanors
  • Murder
  • Obstruction
  • Perjury
  • Parole Violation
  • Probation Violation
  • Robbery
  • Sexual Assault
  • Solicitation
  • Theft

Results are based upon available information from state, county and municipal databases, and may not include some or all of the above details.

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Missouri State Penitentiary

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