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Washington D.C. Inmate Records

Washington D.C. inmate records provide necessary information about persons incarcerated in the correctional and detention centers in the nation’s capital. Most of these records are available to the public either online or upon request. Available information on these records include inmate’s biodata, arresting agency, inmate booking information, and expected date of release.

Structure of Washington D.C. Prison System

Washington D.C. Department of Corrections (DOC) is under the oversight of the Deputy City Administrator/Deputy Mayor for Public Safety and Justice. The agency operates a municipal jail system which comprises of two primary correctional facilities:
  • The Central Detention Facility (also called DC Jail)
  • The Correctional Treatment Facility (CTF).

As one of the nation's largest municipal correctional authorities, the DC DOC manages an average daily population of 1,700 inmates. The DC Jail only houses adult male offenders while female and male offenders as well as juveniles being adjudicated as adults are housed at the CTF. In addition to these facilities, DC DOC has contracts with three privately-operated halfway houses. These independent halfway houses are used for community placement of inmates and offer several educational opportunities as well as programming services. Halfway houses on contract with DC DOC include:

  • Extended House, Inc.
  • Fairview
  • Hope Village

How to Send Money to an Inmate in Washington D.C.

The DC DOC sets up an account for each inmate during the intake process. This account holds funds found in the possession of the inmate at the time of arrest and the fund earned from work details. Also, family and friends can also deposit funds in the inmates’ accounts. The DC DOC provides the following options to funding inmates’ accounts:

  • Western Union
  • Offender Connect

Visitors to the Correctional Treatment Facility (CTF) at 1901 East Street, SE, Washington, DC 20003 can make deposit funds into inmates’ accounts at the Inmate Connector Kiosk in the facility’s lobby.

There are three ways to send money to a DC inmate through Western Union: online, by telephone, or walk-in visit to a Western Union agent.

Make a Western Union telephone deposit by calling (800) 634-3422. To make a walk-in cash payment via Western Union, find an agent location nearby by calling (800) 325-6000 or visiting Western Union.

Phone and walk-in deposits are accepted when sending money to inmates through Offender Connect. When making this deposit, fill out the information below to complete the blue Quick Collection Form:

Code City: DCGOV
State: DC
Sender's Acct#: Include inmate# and inmate last name

Offender Connect allows friends and family to fund inmates’ phone accounts and commissary accounts. This payment processor also accepts money order deposits via mail. Visitors to the jail can also make cash and card deposits by using the Offender Connect Kiosk in the waiting area of the facility. Denominations accepted for cash deposits include $5, $10, $20, $50, and $100 while Master Card and Visa are accepted for credit/debit card payments. Note, payment by credit card may attract an additional cash advance fee by the card issuer. For further information about using the Offender Connect services, contact the customer care by calling (877) 650-4249.

How to Visit Inmates in Washington D.C. Prisons

Scheduled video visits are allowed at the DC jail. Family and friends can schedule video visits online or by calling (888) 906-6394 or (202) 442-6155 (Tuesday through Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.). The Department of Corrections Video Visitation Center (VVC) handles all video visits. The center is located at the DC General Hospital Complex which is adjacent to the jail.

Visitations are conducted from Wednesday through Sunday beginning from 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. The last visitation session for each day starts at 9:00 p.m. Visitors must to arrive no later than fifteen minutes before the commencement of their scheduled visits.

Each inmate is allowed two social visitations taking up no more 45 minutes each per week. Only one adult and up to two minors below 18 years of age are permitted to enter the video visitation room per visit. Minors are always required to visit under the supervision of adults.

Besides the VVC, the DC DOC also has four satellite locations for video visitations. Listed below are the contact addresses and visitation schedules for these locations:

Anacostia Library
1800 Good Hope Road SE
Washington, DC 20020
– Visits are conducted on Thursdays and Sundays from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Bald Eagle Recreation Center
100 Joliet Street SW
Washington, DC 20032
– Visits are conducted Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Martin Luther King Library
901 G Street NW
Washington, DC 20001
– Visits are conducted on Thursdays from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Fridays/Sundays from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Capitol View Neighborhood Library
5001 Central Avenue SE
Washington, DC 20019

As an incentive for good behavior, the DC DOC allows face-to-face visits for eligible inmates. This is a recent privilege initiated on June 22, 2015. Please refer to the visitation schedule dates on the agency's webpage to determine the next face-to-face visiting day.

How to Find Inmates in Washington D.C.

DC DOC maintains the records of all inmates incarcerated in the correctional facilities and housed in private halfway houses listed above. General information on any inmate may be obtained by contacting the Department’s Records Office at (202) 523-7060. Individuals who have been victims of a crime can locate inmates using VINE (Victim Information & Notification Everyday). The following information are required to conduct a search on the VINELink:

  • Inmate ID Number,
  • Metropolitan Police Department identification number (PDID),
  • Inmate’s full name, or
  • Court case number

Members of the public can also search for DC inmates via VINE by calling (877) 329-7894 and providing the information listed above.

Washington D.C. State Archives

State Archives

Search Includes

  • Arrests & Warrants
  • Criminal Records
  • Driving Violations
  • Police Records
  • Sheriff Records
  • Inmate Records
  • Felonies & Misdemeanors
  • Probation Records
  • Parole Records
  • Bankruptcies
  • Tax & Property Liens
  • Civil Judgements
  • Marriages & Divorces
  • Birth Records
  • Death Records
  • Property Records
  • Personal Assets
  • Business Ownership
  • Professional Licenses
  • Political Contributions
  • Unclaimed State Funds
  • Relatives & Associates
  • Address Registrations
  • Affiliated Phone Numbers
  • Affiliated Email Addresses

Results are based upon available information from state, county and municipal databases, and may not include some or all of the above details.

Outer walls of Correctional Treatment Facility in Washington DC

The facility was built by the District of Columbia and opened to the public in May 1992 as a specialized medium-security institution.

  • There were over 1,240,000 reported violent crimes in the United States in 2017.
  • Between 2006 and 2010, approximately 3.4 million violent crimes went unreported.
  • Around 73 million (29.5%) of Americans have criminal records, many of which are eligible for sealing or expungement.
  • There were nearly 7.7 million property crimes in the United States in 2017. This represents a 3.6% decrease from the previous year.
  • Some newspapers have reported the cost of a public record can cost between $5 and $399,000.
  • In 2017, there were 1,920 presidential pardon requests. Of those, 142 were granted.