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What are Missouri Inmate Records?

Missouri inmate records are official documents that detail information on individuals incarcerated in correctional and detention facilities in 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 to interested persons upon request per the Missouri Sunshine Law.

Persons who inspect or obtain Missouri inmate records can expect to see the inmate's personal information, including name, age, race, and recent mugshot. The administrative section of the inmate records also describes the inmates' arrival, incarceration, transfer, and release from the correctional facility.

Inmate records are considered public in the United States and therefore are made available by both traditional governmental agencies as well as third-party websites and organizations. Third-party websites may offer an easier search, as these services do not face geographical limitations. However, because third-party sites are not government-sponsored, the information obtained through them may vary from official channels. To find inmate records using third-party aggregate sites, requesting parties must provide:

  • The location of the sought-after record, including state, county, and city where the inmate resides.
  • The name of the person listed in the record, unless it is a juvenile.

Facilities Operated by the Missouri Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation

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 8 community supervision or release centers. Besides these state facilities, there are also county and city jails all over Missouri. Municipality jails are usually operated by local police departments and sheriff's offices.

How Do I Send Money to an Inmate in Missouri Prisons or Jails?

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. Individuals 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. 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.

How Do I Visit Inmates in Missouri Prisons and Jails?

The MDOC requires friends and family members to apply for visitation rights before visiting inmates. For starters, the visitor must complete an application online or request an application form from the facility where the inmate is serving time. Next, the individual must submit the paper application to the correctional facility housing the inmate.

Inmates in Missouri correctional facilities are only allowed to have 20 visitors in all. Visitations are scheduled, and adult visitors and minors aged 13 and above must present a valid photo ID when visiting. Adults need valid government-issued photo IDs, while minors can present school photo identification. The Missouri Department of Corrections provides more information on visitation rules, especially regarding dress code, physical contact, allowed items, and restricted visiting privileges. Note that visitation schedules and rules are different for Missouri county and city jails. So, intending visitors must contact the jail administrative staff for specific visit rules and schedules.

How Do I Contact Inmates in Missouri Prisons and Jails

Inmates in Missouri state prisons can be contacted by mail and email. The MDOC also allows inmates 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:

A return address
Facility address where the inmate is located
Offender's name
The 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 an 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 Do I Perform a Missouri Prison Inmate Search?

The MDOC provides a free inmates search by name on its website for anyone looking for individuals incarcerated in one of its facilities. To conduct a Missouri prison inmate search using this tool, simply enter the person's first and last name or DOC ID. Besides current inmates, the Missouri inmate lookup is also useful for finding parolees and probationers. It does not return results, including discharged offenders.

How to Perform a Missouri Jail Inmate Search

Some Missouri county jails also have an online inmate lookup with instructions on how to find out if someone is in jail. Interested persons can also visit the police department or sheriff's office official website. Some local law enforcement have web pages dedicated to jails and publish lists of inmates currently held in these jails. If an inquirer cannot find a person in jail, the requester can look up the jail’s contact address and visit or call the jail administrative staff to enquire about current inmates.

The Difference between Missouri State Prisons and County Jail

There are a total of 21 state prisons and 117 county jails in Missouri. The average daily population of the state prisons is 12,717, while the average daily population of the county jails is 5,192. Missouri state prisons and county jails are overseen by the state department of corrections.

The largest prison in Missouri is the Crossroads Correctional Center, which has a capacity of 2,176 inmates. The second-largest prison is the Eastern Reception, Diagnostic and Correctional Center, which has a capacity of 1,936 inmates.

Missouri's county jails are operated by the sheriff's office of each county. The largest county jail in Missouri is the Jackson County Detention Center, which can hold up to 2,200 inmates. The average length of stay in a Missouri state prison is 24.6 months, while the average length of stay in a county jail is 12.5 days.

Approximately 70% of Missouri state prisoners are incarcerated for violent offenses, while 30% are incarcerated for non-violent offenses. The majority of Missouri county jail inmates are incarcerated for non-violent offenses.

The recidivism rate in Missouri is 28.7%. This means that approximately 1 in 3 prisoners will be rearrested within 3 years of their release. Approximately half of all prisoners in Missouri are serving sentences of 10 years or less. The average sentence length for violent offenders is 14.8 years, while the average sentence length for non-violent offenders is 5.6 years.

How Do I Find Out an Inmate Release Date?

Inmate release dates are generally public information available when a requester performs an inmate record search online. Often, the search results will only display the month and year of release if the criminal justice system determines that releasing the specific release date exposes the inmate to danger. In such cases, only the inmate's immediate family members, crime victims, attorneys, and authorized law enforcement officers will have access to the exact release date.

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  • Arrests & Warrants
  • Criminal Records
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  • Inmate Records
  • Felonies & Misdemeanors
  • Bankruptcies
  • Tax & Property Liens
  • Civil Judgements
  • Marriages & Divorces
  • Death Records
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  • Business Ownership
  • Professional Licenses
  • Unclaimed State Funds
  • Relatives & Associates
  • Address Registrations
  • Affiliated Phone Numbers
  • Affiliated Email Addresses

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

Wall of Missouri State Penitentiary

Missouri State Penitentiary, which opened in 1836, was the oldest continuously operating penal facility west of the Mississippi River until decommissioned in 2004. It was also Missouri's main maximum security facility.

  • There were over 1,240,000 reported violent crimes in the United States in 2017.
  • Between 2006 and 2010, approximately 3.4 million violent crimes went unreported.
  • Around 73 million (29.5%) of Americans have criminal records, many of which are eligible for sealing or expungement.
  • There were nearly 7.7 million property crimes in the United States in 2017. This represents a 3.6% decrease from the previous year.
  • Some newspapers have reported the cost of a public record can cost between $5 and $399,000.
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