Maryland Inmate Search

Maryland Inmate Search

Records of Maryland inmate search include data of offenders who have been detained, booked, or imprisoned in any correctional facilities within the state. The facilities are inclusive of county jails, state prisons, city jails, private prisons, and detention centers. Any inmate record is accessible to the public including personal information such as full name, date of birth, gender, offender ID number, current housing facility, criminal record, arrest warrant, court dates, mugshot bail bond sums, and more.

How do I find an inmate in Maryland?

Inmates searches in the state of Maryland can be done through the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services (DPSCS) inmate locator webtool. This service helps the public to learn the housing location of prisoners sentenced to the care of the Commissioner of Correction and currently held in the Division of Correctional facilities, Patuxent Institution and, temporarily convicted offenders in the division of Pretrial and Detention Services facilities. However, the locator does not have information for anyone in the DPSCS.

Additionally, if an individual is interested to find an inmate in the city jail, county jail, or police department jail, they can check the jail’s website to see if they have an online search option of an inmate locator or a jail roster. If none of these are available, individuals can directly contact the detention center and request the jail records.

Where are Maryland inmates housed?

The responsibility for the care of pretrial inmates, prisoners, and supervised offenders rests with the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Facilities. Individuals who are interested to know the location of the housing facility may visit the Facility Locator provided by the DPSCS on their webpage.

This webpage provides a list of detention facilities and correctional facilities in Maryland. The information on each facility is linked to the webpage to provide users with a more convenient way of acquiring information.

County Jails in Maryland

An offender with a serving time less than 12 months are usually placed in county jail or city jail within the state. These jails are managed by the respective county Sheriff’s Office with supervision from the Sheriff, or from local municipalities. Some of the county jails are well-known in the state, which includes Anne Arundel county jail, Washington county jail, Frederick county jail for housing a large number of inmates, such as:

Montgomery County Jails

The county of Montgomery Maryland has two county jails known as The Montgomery County Detention Center (MCDC) and the Montgomery County Correctional Facility (MCCF). The MCDC is located in Rockville city and has a capacity of 200 inmates. Meanwhile, the MCCF is located in Boyds and has a capacity of 1,028.

Prince George’s County Jail

Located in Upper Marlboro, the Prince George’s County Correctional Center is a county jail supervised by Sheriff Melvin C. High. The facility currently houses a daily jail inmate average of 900 inmates out of a 1,300-bed capacity.

Baltimore County Jail

The Baltimore County of Maryland has its own Department of Corrections that consist of several divisions, which are the Baltimore County Detention Center, the Pre-trial Services Division, the Community Corrections Division, and the Alternative Sentencing Division. Located in the city of Towson, Maryland, this medium-security-level county jail has a capacity of 1,500 inmates and is supervised by Sheriff R. Jay Fisher.

How do you contact an inmate in Maryland?


A sentenced inmate in state prison is allowed to send and receive letters as a method of maintaining communication with family or friends. Incoming letters will be opened, read, and inspected for safety reasons. The content of both incoming and outgoing mail should not contain any sexual or violent content, implications of bodily harm, escape plans, coded messages, and other illegal content that could jeopardize the safety and security of the facility.

Inmates will be required to buy their own stationaries and stamps for any outgoing letters, unless they are regarded as indigent, and will be provided with postages and writing materials. An inmate is considered indigent when they have less than $4.00 in their account within the last 30 days. The facility will then provide them with the materials and will be allowed to send not more than 7 letters in a week.

The following is the address format to follow when sending letters to an inmate in Maryland prison:

Inmate Name, ID number

Facility Name

PO Box or Street Address

City, State, Zipcode

Phone calls

Only inmates are allowed to make outgoing calls to individuals outside of the prison. Offenders can use collect calls and pre-paid calls through a third-party provider called Global Tel* Link (GTL). Three-way calls, forwarding calls, and waiting calls will cause the line to be terminated. The facility will also have access to record and monitor any outgoing calls, with the exception of legal calls.

How to contact the Maryland Department of Corrections?

The following are the contact information of the Maryland DPSCS for Division of Correction:

Division of Correction phone number: 410 585 3300

Division of Correction address: 6776 Reisterstown Road Baltimore, MD 21215

How do you find out the release date of an inmate in Maryland?

Inmate records are accessible through the MDOC inmate locator tool. By utilizing this function, individuals can obtain records about any inmate currently incarcerated in any of the correctional facilities under the department. These records consist of an inmate’s personal record as well as a criminal record and will include the release date if applicable.

For inmates in county jails and city jails, individuals can check out the counties’ website and look for a similar offender search tool or a jail roster. If information is still unavailable, interested individuals can directly contact the institution to inquire about the records.

Can I send a care package to an inmate in Maryland?

The care packages system is not uncommon in prisons and jails. State prisons in Maryland accept care-packages sent to an inmate as long as the vendor providing the packages is approved by the facility. A different facility may have different third-party vendors due to distance, therefore individuals should check with the county before confirming any order from a vendor.

What can you send inmates in Maryland prisons?

Sending mails to an inmate in Maryland

Families are able to send letters and photos to inmates through mails. The letters should follow the standard provided by the Maryland DPSCS, such as all letters should be written in white plain paper and sent using plain envelopes with no decoration. For photos, inmates are only allowed to have five pictures in possession. The standard size of the photo should not exceed 4”x6” and cannot be Polaroid or instant. Aside from this, other items such as money, tools, and other items will not be approved by the facility.

Sending money to an inmate in Maryland

There are two forms of accounts for prisoners imprisoned in Maryland, a reserve account and an active account. The reserve account contains funds that the inmate is not supposed to use and the active account contains money that the inmate can use to buy items from the commissioner.

Family members can send money to an inmate’s account as long as they have the inmate’s full name and ID number.  The methods for sending money is depending on the facility housing the inmate. The first method is via Lockbox, which is limited to the following institution:

  1. BCBIC – Baltimore Central Booking & Intake Center
  2. BCCC – Baltimore City Correctional Center
  3. BCF – Brockbridge Correctional Facility
  4. CDF – Chesapeake Detention Facility
  5. CMCF – Central Maryland Correctional Facility
  6. DRCF – Dorsey Run Correctional Facility
  7. ECI – Eastern Correctional Institution
  8. ECI-A – Eastern Correctional Institution Annex
  9. EPRU – Eastern Pre-Release Unit
  10. HDU – Home Detention Unit
  11. JCI – Jessup Correctional Institution
  12. MCIH – Maryland Correctional Institution-Hagerstown
  13. MCIJ – Maryland Correctional Institution-Jessup
  14. MCIW – Maryland Correctional Institution for Women
  15. MCTC – Maryland Correctional Training Center
  16. MRDCC – Maryland Reception, Diagnostic and Classification Center
  17. MTC – Metropolitan Transition Center
  18. NBCI – North Branch Correctional Institution
  19. PATX – Patuxent Institution
  20. RCI – Roxbury Correctional Institution
  21. SMPRU – Southern Maryland Pre-release Unit
  22. WCI – Western Correctional Institution
  23. YDC – Youth Detention Center

Aside from the listed facilities, individuals can send money via Money Order directly to the institution. The Lockbox address used is:

P.O. Box 17111

Baltimore, MD 21297-1111

How do I apply for Visitation of an inmate in Maryland?

To apply for a visitation of an inmate in Maryland, a potential visitor must be listed in the prisoner’s visiting list. To get on the list, the inmate will have to complete a visitor card stating the names and addresses of anyone they would like to get a visit from. This card is firstly introduced during their initial reception process when they came to the facility, however, the list can be adjusted through the facility’s case management specialist. Inmates are only allowed to have a maximum of 15 people on their visiting list.

After an individual is successfully listed on a prisoner’s visiting list, they will need to fill out a visitor application form which is only available directly from the inmate. It is the inmate’s responsibility to mail the visiting form to the interested individual. If a person receives approval for the visitation, they need to check the inmate’s facility for visiting time and rules, as each facility will have different regulations.

Minors are also allowed to visit an inmate as long as they are accompanied by a parent or legal guardian listed in the inmate’s visitation list. Depending on the facility, some might require additional written permission for minors. Therefore, it is best that individuals contact the facility directly to prevent any misinformation.

What are the Visitation rules?

Most of Maryland’s correctional facilities have specific visiting hours and different visit-related protocols that can be read on the DPSCS webpage. There are, however, some general guidelines required to be followed by visitors such as:

  1. Upon arrival, the visitor will need to sign in at the facility and provide valid photo identification.
  2. Minors need to provide a birth certificate as proof of their age. They also need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times during the visit.
  3. Visitors will need to follow the dress code established by the facility.
  4. Visitors may also be subjected to several security searches by the correctional officer, including a metal detector test, an electronic drug detection test and if available, a canine test.
  5. The number of visits permitted, as well as the length of the visits, varies according to the level of protection of each center.