Maine Inmate Search

Basic Information

Are Inmate Records Public in Maine?

Yes, inmate records in Maine are considered public records. According to the Maine Freedom of Access Act, which grants access to public records, inmate records are generally accessible to the public. However, there are certain exemptions that may apply to inmate records. These exemptions include personal identifying information, medical records, and security-related information. It is important to note that while most inmate records are public, there may be certain restrictions on accessing specific types of information.

How to Search for Inmate Records in Maine

Members of the public can search for inmate records in Maine by following these steps:

  1. Visit the Maine Department of Corrections website at Maine Department of Corrections.
  2. On the website, click on the "Inmate Search" tab.
  3. Enter the inmate's first and last name, or their Department of Corrections number, if available.
  4. Click the search button to initiate the search.
  5. The search results will provide information about the inmate, including their current location, sentence length, and release date.

Residents may also be able to obtain inmate records by contacting the Maine Department of Corrections directly at:

Maine Department of Corrections 25 Tyson Drive 3rd flr State House Station 111 Augusta, Maine 04333-0111 Phone: (207) 287-2711

How Do I Send Money to an Inmate in Maine?

Sending money to an inmate in Maine is a straightforward process. Here are the steps to follow:

  1. Friends and families can send money to an inmate by using the online deposit service provided by the Maine Department of Corrections. To access the service, visit Maine Department of Corrections Deposit.
  2. On the website, select the inmate's facility from the list provided.
  3. Enter the inmate's name and Department of Corrections number, if available.
  4. Follow the instructions to enter the desired amount and complete the transaction.

It is important to note that there may be a maximum limit on the amount of money that can be sent to an inmate in Maine. The specific limit may vary depending on the facility and the inmate's circumstances.

How do I Find an Inmate in Maine for Free?

To find an inmate in Maine for free, you can conduct an inmate search using publicly available information. This may include the inmate's full name, date of birth, or Department of Corrections number. By using these details, you can search online databases or contact the Maine Department of Corrections for assistance. It is also worth noting that some correctional facilities in Maine may provide inmate search services on their websites. However, it is important to check with the specific facility to determine if there are any fees associated with obtaining inmate records directly.

How to Visit an Inmate in Maine

To visit an inmate in Maine, follow these steps:

  1. Friends and families must first complete an inmate lookup to find the location of the inmate they wish to visit.
  2. Once the location is determined, visitors can download the Adult Facility Visitor Application Form from the Maine Department of Corrections website at Visitor Application Form.
  3. Fill out the application form completely and accurately.
  4. Submit the completed application form to the appropriate correctional facility.
  5. Visitors are required to meet certain rules, such as passing a background check and adhering to the facility's dress code. For example, visitors may be required to dress modestly and avoid wearing revealing clothing.

It is important to note that each correctional facility may have specific visitation rules and regulations. Visitors should contact the facility directly for more information.

Types of Correctional Facilities in Maine

Maine has several types of correctional facilities, including county jails, state prisons, and federal prisons. County jails are operated by county governments and primarily house individuals who are awaiting trial or serving short sentences. State prisons are operated by the Maine Department of Corrections and house individuals who have been convicted of more serious offenses. Federal prisons, on the other hand, are operated by the Federal Bureau of Prisons and house individuals who have been convicted of federal crimes. These different types of facilities serve different purposes and have varying levels of security.