Indiana Corrections System

An overview of the corrections system in the state. How many jails are there? State corrections facilities? Is it a death penalty state? Who are some of the wardens? Who oversees the prison system. Do privatized prisons exist? How many people are incarcerated per year on avg, etc?

Inmate Search

Arrests, Warrant, Docket, Mugshot

Indiana Inmate and Roster Search

Information on current inmates in Indiana can be obtained by searching for specific inmates through a database. You have the option to search by the inmate’s identification number or SSN, last name only or last name and first name, or last name and date of birth. A jail may have a full roster that’s listed online, but most only have a search feature. Some jails may offer Inmate Information phone numbers to find information about an inmate.

The searchable databases are typically located within a sheriff’s office website or a city police website. Inmate information that can be viewed includes date of birth, ID number, specific jail, booking date and charges, bond amount, case number, any fines and fees, and upcoming court dates.

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Most local Indiana jails are under the control of the county or city in which they’re located. County sheriff offices are often in charge of county jails. Sometimes a Warden or Jailer is the person in chargeThe state is in charge of actual prisons in Indiana. Indiana is a death penalty state. An estimated 20,000 – 25,000 people are incarcerated in Indiana.

There are 92 local jails in Indiana, while there are 18 state prisons. There is at least one private prison in Indiana.


Indiana Visitation Guidelines and Hours

Inmates are usually allowed 1-2 visits per week. Some jails allow onsite visits where the inmate and visitor can physically see each other, while others only offer video visitation. Most jails have the option of remote visitation, meaning that you don’t have to travel to the jail. Onsite visits are typically free, while remote visitation may have a fee.

Visits are usually limited to 1-2 people and may last 20-30 minutes. Visits often must be scheduled in advance. For onsite visits, the visitor must arrive at least 30 minutes in advance and have a government ID.

Onsite visits are usually restricted to certain days and hours, but typically include at least one weekend day. Remote visits offer more flexibility, with extended hours.

There are many visitation rules.

  • Visitors must leave all belongings in storage lockers in the lobby.
  • No food or drinks.
  • No weapons are allowed.
  • Visitors may not leave packages, mail, or photos for inmates.
  • No see-through or revealing clothing.
  • Sleeves can’t be shorter than halfway down the upper arm.
  • No leggings.
  • Dresses, skirts, and shorts must be longer than mid-thigh.
  • No clothing that has offensive language, gang affiliations, or drawings.

Indiana Direct Inmate Communication

Inmates in Indiana jails typically do not have the ability to receive phone calls, but they can make calls. Those calls are either made collect or through a prepaid program offered by a phone service provider.

Once the account is established, the inmate can dial the phone number. When a prepaid account is verified, the call will go through, and the receiving person can accept the phone call.

Some of the phone service providers used in Indiana jails include Securus, Combined Public Communications, and Connect Network. Video calls may be allowed if remote online visitation is allowed.Some calls made from the jail may be blocked, and all calls may be monitored and/or recorded.

Indiana Inmate Mail

All mail to inmates must include a complete return address and the sender’s name, the inmate’s full name and identification number, and the inmate’s jail name and housing location. If any of that information is missing, the mail will be returned to sender or back to the post office.

All mail is inspected. Mail with perfume, lipstick, or other substances will be returned to sender. Newspapers must be mailed directly from the publisher. Only newspapers and letter correspondence are allowed. Some jails may allow photographs to be sent in the mail, but others may not.

The following are considered contraband and will be disposed of:

  • Envelopes and greeting cards
  • Pens and pencils
  • Obscene photo
  • Markers, stickers
  • Stamps
  • Cash or money orders

Indiana Sending Money to Inmates

There are accounts that money can be deposited into for inmates at Indiana jails. Funds can be deposited and then used by the inmate for commissary purchases. Funds can be sent through an app, online deposits, kiosk locations, over the phone, and at certain retailers. Access Corrections is a common provider used for money deposits.

Money orders and online deposits are the preferred methods to send money to inmates. Cash may be allowed at a jail kiosk. Some jails have a monetary limit of how much you can deposit in cash at one time.

Indiana Inmate Records, Bookings, and Mugshots

Information about active warrants can often be found at county sheriff’s offices’ websites.
Civil court records include civil cases, probate court records, marriage licenses, and real property deeds and transactions. These usually can be viewed online or requested through the County Clerk’s Office or the Recorder’s Office..

Court records can be obtained from the Clerk of Courts’ office. In some counties, the County Clerk and the Clerk of Courts may be one and the same.

The booking process takes place after a person is arrested. The person is then taken to a police station or jail, where they are searched, and information is recorded. The person is fingerprinted and turns over any personal possessions to be held until they are released. A health history will be taken, and a check for any active warrants on the person will be conducted. The entire process can take anywhere from 1-2 hours to possibly a day.

In 2010, there were more than 220,257 crimes reported in Indiana, and the overall crime rate in Indiana was 3,393.5 per 100,000 people. The murder rate was 4.1 per 100,000 people, and the forcible rape crime rate was 27.1 per 100,000 people. The robbery crime rate was 101.1 per 100,000 people, with an aggravated assault crime rate of 191.0 per 100,000 people. The property crime rate was 3,070.0 per 100,000 people.