How to Lookup Jail Records
In Bernalillo County, there are two public access to jail records. The first is the County’s Records Office, which is located at Grants, New Mexico State Capitol, Suite 101, Santa Fe, New Mexico. If you have a copy of your arrest warrant, you can visit this office and present your valid identification. Otherwise, you can access records by paying a small fee to have access to the jail records database maintained by the New Mexico State Police and U.S. Marshals Services. There is also a fee for each name request, although this is minimal.
To obtain access to an individual’s public jail records you will need to visit the county’s Records Office. There are various different document forms that can be filled out, or mailed in, and then scanned into your computer system for immediate access. Once on the webpage of the Records Office, you will find a list of names and any criminal offenses for each. You can look up anyone’s name who has been arrested or served time, including the case number if available.
If you need to perform more detailed searches, such as finding out someone’s birth date, you can use the state’s online inmate locator. This service links people who have been in jail, or are scheduled to be, to the public databases of jail and prison records. The results include inmate data, birth records and other information pertinent to the person. This is very useful for people who may be searching for long lost family members.
If you do not have a name, but want to search for a person’s jail records, you can use the name-based inmate locator. The name-based locator is free of charge, while the name based search has a nominal fee. The online database includes all felony and lesser charge arrests and disposition dates. If you need to check someone’s arrest record, this is probably the best resource for you.
Jail records are not just stored in your local jail. If a sex offender has moved across the state, their arrest record is also tracked. This is done by the Texas Department of Public Safety. To access these files, you will need to register for a fee at the DPS website. The database contains felony and lesser charge arrests for every member of the state’s jail system, from the sheriffs’ offices and prison cells, to state agencies and credit unions.
Before starting your search, it is important to keep in mind that these records are considered public information, and are supposed to be made freely accessible. However, in some states, jail records are protected, and not released for free. For example, in California, all jail records are reported to the Department of Justice under the state’s Freedom of Information Act. This helps ensure that the public is kept informed of crimes that occur in the community. While searching through these free sites, keep in mind that most do not provide accurate information.