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Tennessee Jail and Inmate Search

Looking for current and former county jail or state prison inmates in Tennessee can sometimes be challenging. Some examples of people that might want to conduct such a search include but are not limited to crime victims, concerned family members and legal professionals. Once upon a time, such parties had to spend tons of valuable time and funds that mostly went to waste for going on nothing but wild goose chase. Fortunately, nonstop advances in high technologies have turned that historically daunting chore into child’s play nowadays. Following is a summarized partial list of most preferable means to a launch hot pursuit of local or state prison inmates that leads to success.

Take first pit stop at Tennessee’s FOIL webpage

Tennessee’s official Felony Offender Information Locator (FOIL) website is the only place to be for parties with serious ambitions on successfully discovering any desired state inmate’s current location and/or scheduled future destination. Besides these basic vital stats, you may view a subject’s parole eligibility date and present status of incarceration, parole or probation, etc. Even better, FOIL is searchable by a subject’s name, unique Tennessee Bureau of Investigations-assigned State ID, or 8-digit Tennessee Offender Management Information Systems (TOMIS) number. But would-be visitors would be well advised to read and fully heed the boldfaced text the homepage displays that conveys a disclaimer slightly paraphrased as thus:

“[C]onfirmation or elaboration of all information herein should be obtained directly from originating jurisdictions.”

This conspicuous post continues by warning viewers that all data made available via the FOIL application pertains solely to felony offenders currently or previously in Tennessee Dept. of Corrections (TDOC) custody. However, it then goes on to herald the great news that FOIL’s entire online database is publicly accessibly free of charge. Thus, you have nothing to lose but much to gain, so help yourself to your heart’s content with the fullest extent of hot pursuits.  There’s even an embedded icon right below the blue “Search” button to let you instantly download FOIL’s latest mobile app version, which practically installs itself on your Smartphone within seconds. Also, if you need to conduct a full statewide criminal history background check on any search subject, just click an adjacent hyperlink for a quick direct trip to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) official website.

Great ways to locate ‘temporary-stay guests’ of Tennessee County Sheriffs

No known centralized source such as described above yet exists on the entire ‘Net that’s specially designed to assist in localized county jail inmate searches. Nonetheless, a very close next-best substitute is available 24/7/365 that provides freely accessible comprehensive listings of hyperlinks to about 2 dozen inmate lookup sites for larger Tennessee County Sheriff’s Departments. This electronic publication also features a complete appended list of contact data for smaller Tennessee county jails without online inmate locator access. A quick search online for Tennessee county jails will yield what you are looking for.

Before going forth boldly to seek out bad guys lodging in local county jails who frequently don very cunning guises for hide-and-peek games, be advised that victory will require a lot more work than first meets the eye. This is mainly true due to such widely varying search capabilities of various Tennessee County Sheriff’s websites. For instance, Davidson County offers “Active Inmate” searches only, while McMinn County provides “Current & Former Inmate” lookups. Perhaps Tennessee’s most impressive Web-based county inmate locator lies in Wilson County, which proudly advertises “Booking Mugshot Photos & Jail List” searches.