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Where to Find Alaska Inmate Records

Inmate records in Alaska provide information on a person currently incarcerated in any jail, detention center, or correctional facility in the state. The inmate records normally disclose details such as the individual’s name, age, race, date of birth, mugshots, date of sentence, physical descriptions, etc. As stated in AS 33.30.197 of the Alaska Legislature, the power to manage and record inmate information is given to the Alaska Department of Corrections.

Are Incarceration Records Public Information in Alaska?

Yes. In Alaska, inmate records are regarded as public documents. Therefore, they are available to the public. Pursuant to the Alaska Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), interested individuals are entitled to governmental agency records. This is done to facilitate accountability and transparency from all public entities in the state to the residents. However, this act is not without its limitations as records (or parts of it) that are considered sensitive or confidential are excluded from the public domain (e.g., an inmate’s medical details and juvenile records). Such documents are only accessible if the requester convinces the court to give an order to enable the availability of the records.

Records that are considered public may be accessible from some third-party websites. These websites often make searching simpler, as they are not limited by geographic location, and search engines on these sites may help when starting a search for specific or multiple records. To begin using such a search engine on a third-party or government website, interested parties usually must provide:

● The name of the person involved in the record, unless said person is a juvenile

● The location or assumed location of the record or person involved. This includes information such as the city, county, or state that person resides in or was accused in.

Third-party sites are independent of government sources and are not sponsored by these government agencies. Because of this, record availability on third-party sites may vary.

What Information is Contained in an Alaska Inmate Record

The following are some of the information contained in an Alaskan inmate record:

  • Name
  • Date of birth
  • Gender
  • Race
  • Physical features
  • Address of the correctional facility
  • date of admission to the correctional facility
  • The offense
  • Inmate number

In Alaska, the department of corrections (ADOC) is the government body responsible for the record-keeping and disseminating the state’s inmate records. The various correctional facilities gather the information and send a copy of the documentation to the statewide agency.

Where do I Look Up an Inmate in Alaska?

For interested persons to lookup inmate records in Alaska, the requester should visit any state-authorized third-party websites. These third-party sites, however, store and disseminate these records in varying capacities.

Requesting parties may also call the chief classification officer of the Department of Corrections. Calling the officer is important if the requester wants to obtain complete information on the inmate.

How Do I Conduct an Inmate Search in Alaska?

Interested individuals in Alaska can search for inmate records via online request or in-person/call-in requests. However, it is better to know the particular county jail or correctional facility in which the person is currently being held.

Online Request

Requesters can request Alaska inmate records by sending a mail to the Alaska department of public safety (DPS). Interested persons are required to fill an application form with necessary details such as date of birth, inmate’s first and last name. Interested persons will also need to specify if they are a state, local, or federal requester before sending the application to:

Alaska State Department of Public Safety

5700 East Tudor Road

Anchorage, Alaska 99507

Phone: (907) 269 5511

Email: dps.publicinforequest@alaska.gov

In-person or Call-in Request

Inmate records are obtainable by calling the state’s department of corrections (DOC) on 907–465–3485 or 907–465–3313. This document (or parts of it) can also be requested through the office of the Alaska DOC at:

Alaska Department of Corrections (Juneau)

802 3rd Street

Douglas, Alaska 99824

Phone: (907) 465 4652

Fax: (907) 465 3390

Alaska Department of Corrections (Anchorage)

550 West 7th Avenue Suite 1800

Anchorage, Alaska 99501

Phone: (907) 334 2381

Fax: (907) 269 7390

How Can I Find an Inmate for Free in Alaska?

The U.S Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) enables all interested persons to freely access Alaska inmate records, although the documents are only for persons charged with federal crimes. Alternatively, certain approved third-party sites allow the public to view an inmate’s records, although the disclosed information is very limited.

How to Find Old Inmate Records in Alaska

Interested Alaska residents can access archived inmate records by completing and submitting a request for the state’s DPS documents. Requesters should call the appropriate county jail or state penal facility to confirm that the record-of-interest is publicly available. After completing the form on the Alaska DPS website, a mail will be sent to the requester’s email address containing a number assigned to that particular request. All requesters will be notified of the requested record charges (if applicable) before the agency begins to process it.

How do I Find Inmate Death Records in Alaska?

In Alaska, the ideal way to obtain the record of an inmate that died in incarceration is through the state’s department of corrections. This document can be requested in person or via mail.

Alaska Department of Corrections (Juneau)

802 3rd Street

Douglas, Alaska 99824

Phone: (907) 465 4652

Fax: (907) 465 3390

Alaska Department of Corrections (Anchorage)

550 West 7th Avenue Suite 1800

Anchorage, Alaska 99501

Phone: (907) 334 2381

Fax: (907) 269 7390

The interested party will be required to provide details such as inmate name, age, date of birth, and the address of the correctional facility where the death occurred—the more information provided by the requester, the better the search results. Alternatively, the recorder’s office in the county where the inmate died may also possess these documents in some capacity.

How do I Conduct a Federal Prison Inmate Search?

Documents of federal prison inmates in Alaska are obtainable through the inmate locator. The webpage is maintained by the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP). Interested parties can look up records of inmates charged with a federal crime using the person’s registration number or name. Requesters should enter the inmate’s first, middle, & last name into the website’s appropriate fields. This will help to narrow the search, especially if the person-of-interest is bearing a very common name. The other necessary information to provide is the inmate’s registration number, and regardless of the kind of number entered, this field will show the inmate’s BOP register number. Further details critical in narrowing the search results are the inmate’s age, gender, and race.

How Long Does it Take For An Inmate’s Information to Be Published in Alaska Inmate Locator?

It takes approximately a day after the inmate’s incarceration for that individual’s details to be documented and published publicly in Alaska. Every inmate incarcerated in any county jail or correctional center in the state must go through the facility’s information gathering processes. From these processes, parts of an inmate’s documents such as date of admission, mugshots, projected release date, etc., are recorded.

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