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What Are Alaska Inmate Records?

Inmate records are documents that contain specific information concerning persons confined to a correctional facility. The information available on an inmate record includes a full name, age, race, holding facility, charges, physical description, etc. In Alaska, inmate records are maintained by the Alaska Department of Corrections. In accordance with the Alaska Public Records Act, members of the general public may request and obtain records on any inmate in the state.

How To Find Inmates In Alaska?

The Alaska Department of Corrections website does not provide an inmate locator tool where interested persons may search online. However, a requestor may use the Victim Information and Notification Everyday (VINE) platform to search for inmates. To use this platform, fill the required details, using Alaska as the location. Requestors may then search the platform using the offender’s name or ID number.

To search by name, provide the offender’s first and last names. Requestors are advised to fill out both names in full. If the full details are unknown, check the “partial name” box and provide at least the first two characters of the offender’s last name, along with the first name. 

Interested persons may also search using the inmate’s ID number. Similarly, where the complete offender ID is not known, the requestor must provide at least four characters of the ID, and check the partial ID number box. Requestors should ensure to omit the first “0” at the beginning of an offender’s ID number.

The search result displays details of offenders matching the search criteria. These details include name, gender, race, ID number, location, and custody status. 

Interested persons may also register on the VINE platform to receive notifications when there is a change in the inmate’s status. This includes a change in the inmate’s location or an upcoming release date.” 

To find inmates in county and city jails in Alaska, requestors may visit the county website, or contact the sheriff’s office or police department that operates the jail.

How To Find A Federal Inmate In Alaska?

Records for federal inmates in Alaska are maintained and issued by the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP). Interested persons may also use the BOP’s inmate locator to find records on past and present federal inmates.

Requestors may find inmates either by name or by number. To use the name search, provide information on the inmate, including the first and last names. Other options to narrow the search include the inmate’s middle name, age, race, and sex. Note that the additional options are not mandatory.

Alternatively, requestors may search by providing any of the following numbers:

  • Bureau of Prisons (BOP) Register Number
  • District of Columbia Department of Corrections (DCDC) Number
  • Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) Number
  • Immigration and Naturalization Services (INS) Number

The search result displays the inmate’s details, including the full name, register number, age, race, sex, and current status.

Note that the BOP’s records contain data of inmates who have been in federal custody at any time from 1982 to date. Older records are available at the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). To order copies of older records, provide details of the inmate, including the following:

  • The name which must include a middle name or initials 
  • Date of Birth or the approximate age at the time of incarceration
  • Race
  • Approximate dates in prison

How To Find Inmate Records In Alaska?

To obtain records on an Alaska inmate, requestors may visit the particular facility where the inmate is located. Alternatively, interested persons may send a written request to the facility, with exhaustive details of the inmate record required. Persons may contact the facility by phone, fax, or by mail, using the information listed below:

Department of Corrections-Juneau,

P. O. Box 112000,

Juneau, Alaska 99811–2000

Phone: (907) 465–4652

Fax: (907) 465–3390

Department of Corrections-Anchorage,

550 West 7th Avenue, Suite 1800

Anchorage, Alaska 99501–3570

Phone: (907) 334–2381

Toll-Free: (844) 934–2381

Fax: (907) 269–7390

Palmer Correctional Center

PO. Box 919

Palmer, Alaska 99645

Main: (907) 745–5054

Fax: (907) 746–1574

Anvil Mountain Correctional Center

1810 Center Creek Rd.

PO. Box 730

Nome, Alaska 99762

Main: 907–443–2241

Admin Fax: (907) 443–5195

Booking Fax: (907) 443–5337

Point Mackenzie Correctional Farm

PO. Box 877730

Wasilla, Alaska 99687

Main: (907) 376–2976

Fax: (907) 376–0725

Fairbanks Correctional Center

1931 Eagan Avenue

Fairbanks, Alaska 99701

Main: (907) 458–6700

Fax: (907) 458–6751

Spring Creek Correctional Center

3600 Bette Cato

Seward, Alaska 99664

Main: (907) 224–8200

Fax: (907) 224–8062

Goose Creek Correctional Center

22301 West Alsop Road

Wasilla, AK 99623

Main: (907) 864–8100

Fax: (907) 373–9350

Wildwood Correctional Complex

10 Chugach Avenue

Kenai, Alaska 99611

Main: (907) 260–7200

Fax: (907) 260–7208

Hiland Mountain Correctional Center

9101 Hesterberg Road

Eagle River, Alaska 99577

Main: (907) 694–9511

Fax: (907) 696–9116

Yukon Kuskokwim Correctional Center

1000 Chief Eddie Hoffman Highway

PO. Box 400

Bethel, Alaska 99559

Main: (907) 543–5245

Fax: (907) 543–3097

Ketchikan Correctional Center

1201 Schoenbar Road

Ketchikan, Alaska 99901–6270

Operations: (907) 228–7363

Fax: (907) 225–7031

Lemon Creek Correctional Center

2000 Lemon Creek Road

Juneau, Alaska 99801

Main: (907) 465–6200

Fax: (907) 465–6207

Mat-Su Pretrial

339 East Dogwood Avenue

Palmer, Alaska 99645

Main: (907) 745–0943

Fax: (907) 746–0501

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 a specific or multiple record(s). 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 the 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.

How To Put Money On Inmates Books In Alaska?

Alaska inmates may receive funds from friends and family. Although disallowed from holding cash, inmates may receive funds in their commissary accounts. Interested persons may deposit funds either via mail or by visiting the detention facility.

To send funds via mail, depositors may use a United States postal money order, cashier’s check, or a payroll check. Checks certified or issued by the United States Government or the State of Alaska may also be used. Note that Alaska facilities do not accept personal checks.

Depositors must ensure that each check or money order is correctly filled with the inmate’s full name and ID number. After filling, mail the document directly to the facility where the inmate is held.

For approved checks and money orders, note that a processing period of up to ten days may apply before the funds are deposited into the inmate’s account. Interested persons may also visit the facility to deposit these funds.

Note that other institutions may have several other methods of sending funds to an inmate. For example, the Goose Creek Correctional Centre also allows depositors to send funds online and directly over the phone. Also, note that an inmate may only receive a maximum of $500 a month.

To send money to an inmate in any Alaska county jail, visit the jail’s website for contact details, or specific information on making deposits.