If a friend or family member is incarcerated, you may have a tough time working out where exactly they are and what this means in terms of getting in touch and arranging visits.

Thankfully there are a few ways to pinpoint people within Arizona’s prison population, so here are just three straightforward routes to take to achieve this.

Check official inmate lists

If you know the name of the inmate you want to identify, you can use this roster to look up their publicly available information within Arizona’s official Department of Corrections, Rehabilitation & Reentry database.

It is worth noting that while you can find any inmate with just their first and last names, as well as their gender and expected status, you are not legally allowed to pass any information onto the inmate in question. Doing so could land you with a felony charge and up to 2 and a half years of incarceration yourself.

Get in touch with prisons directly

Knowing that a particular individual is incarcerated in Arizona makes searching for them using the aforementioned method simple, but if you are uncertain of their full personal details then this is obviously a bit tougher.

In this case it may prove more effective to contact prisons directly, and most facilities have a phone line, as well as an address for the purposes of visitation. The official list should provide you with all of the details you need to speak with an administrator and make enquiries.

Once again, it helps to have at least some identifying details of the person you are seeking, although you may be able to make more general enquiries.

Hire an investigator

Depending on your circumstances and those of the inmate you are trying to find, it may be far quicker and less stressful to avoid doing all of the searching yourself and instead recruit a professional to fulfill this role.

There are plenty of private investigators operating in the state of Arizona, and the Department of Public Safety operates a comprehensive licensing scheme which means that those who have been officially accredited will adhere to certain standards in terms of the qualifications they have and the quality of service they offer.

Investigators will be familiar with the databases and services available to assist with inmate identification, and will also have contacts to call upon in order to streamline this process even further.

So there you have it; a combination of modern technology and old school techniques should make it possible to find almost anyone who you think is an inmate in a prison in Arizona. Of course if they are not yet incarcerated, or have been released, this information will also be uncovered by your research, which should cover all the bases in terms of your personal requirements. There are lots of reasons that you might want to carry out such a search, perhaps even if you have been a victim of a crime, and it can be more convenient than you might assume.