You can request FOIA information online (but this may not work with all computers).
You can search for a Federal inmate online using the Inmate Locator tool.
Where: Federal Bureau of Prisons
When: Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. EST, EXCEPT on Federal holidays. Please call ahead for an appointment.
How: A picture I.D. is REQUIRED for entry.
The Electronic Reading Room is part of this website and contains frequently-requested records, opinions, policies, staff manuals, and instructions to staff created by the BOP after November 1, 1996.
Inmates can get their central or medical files at their institution.
The BOP’s Inmate Locator will give information on where an inmate is located.
For other information about the BOP, call (202) 307-3198.
The BOP puts your FOIA request on one of two tracks, depending on your circumstances.
TRACK ONE is for requests that ask for:
TRACK TWO is generally for requests that need more time to process, such as:
Send a written request to:
The request must specifically describe the records being sought and provide identifying data, such as date
of birth and register number, if known. Also, to ensure that private information is not released to anyone
else, the requester must verify his/her identity either by a notarized original signature or by submitting an original signed Form DOJ-361, Certification of Identity.
Fees for processing FOIA/PA requests are authorized by Department of Justice regulations published at 28 Code of
Federal Regulations Part 16. As a non-commercial requester, you will be charged only for search time that exceeds
two hours and copies in excess of 100 pages. Duplication charges are $.10 per page.
You can appeal the Bureau's decision by submitting your complaint within 60 days to:
Office of Information and Privacy
You may request your information be provided as a hard copy or in electronic format. However, be advised that it is not always possible to convert requested information into electronic format.
If the information you seek is not available on the Inmate Locator, you must submit a request, along with a signed authorization from the person to whom the records pertain. That authorization must be an original document (not a copy), and must be notarized or signed under penalty of perjury. You may also use a DOJ-361 form.
You may be charged fees in relation to your request. By submitting a request, you are agreeing to pay up to $25.00. If the estimated amount of fees is over $25.00, you will be notified of the actual or estimated amount.
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