Jail Exchange, Every Jail, Every Prison, Every Facility in the Country

What Info Can I Get From An Inmate Search?

Nothing is scarier than a missing person. You're frantic to find out what happened. Then it hits you: Maybe your loved one got arrested. Many jails have websites that allow you to look up inmates currently in custody. Some even list those who were booked and recently released. But an inmate search can tell you […]

When Your Online Search Doesn't Find Your Inmate

Many jails have online databases listing those who have been arrested. In some cases, the database is updated every few minutes. If you do a search but nothing comes up, it doesn't necessarily mean your loved one is not incarcerated. There are several reasons an inmate can be in jail but not showing up in […]

Locate an Inmate: They took him from jail to prison and now I can't find him

At least while he was in county jail you knew exactly where he was. Last week they did a "state prison run" and you have no idea where he ended up. You haven't heard from him, and the waiting and worrying can be extremely stressful, but understanding the "prison run" process will help you take […]

VINELink Inmate Searches – The largest Free Integrated Inmate Search in the United States

Other than the complete Directory of every free Inmate Search on JAILexchange.com, the best kept secret for free, nationwide, Inmate Searches is VINELink.com. This Article will explain what VINELink is and it will instruct you on how to use it.

How To Find Someone In Prison

If a friend or family member ends up taking a trip to prison, chances are you will hear about through the grapevine. That isn't always the case, though, and there can be circumstances where you hear rumors that can be hard to verify. This is especially true if it's someone that you have lost touch […]

Where Can I find an APP for Inmate, Jail and Prison Search and Information?

Every day app developers are adding thousands of new apps. There are apps that I find I can use in my daily life that I had no idea I even needed. Actually, I don’t need most, but boy do they come in handy when I need the information quickly! Our new Jail and Prison Inmate […]

Inmate Searches – What is a Jail? A State Prison? A Federal Prison?

Learn the difference between City Jails, County Jails, Detention Centers, State prisons and Federal prisons

Inmate Searches – How to conduct an Inmate Lookup for any State or Federal Prison in America

The bad news is that there is no single integrated Inmate Search for all prisoners in the United States. The good news is that one website has a directory of every free Inmate Search in America for your use. Using a paid search will NOT help you find your inmate as paid searches are NOT […]

Inmate Lookup for any offender in any City or County Jail

The bad news is that there is no single integrated Inmate Search for all prisoners in the United States. The good news is that one website has a directory of every free County Jail Inmate Search in America for your use.

Hundreds more 'Straight Up Answers'...

Skip Navigation LinksCounty Jails > North Carolina > Gaston > Gaston County Jail

Gaston County Jail Inmate Search

How to Search for an Inmate in Gaston County North Carolina

To find out if someone is incarcerated within the Gaston County Jail system in Gastonia, North Carolina, use the Gaston County Inmate Inquiry Tool.

This page offers five search options:

  • Search by Name
  • Search by Booking Number
  • Search by Booking Date
  • Search Today’s Bookings
  • Search Entire Roster


  • Enter the inmate’s first name.
  • Enter the inmate’s last name.
  • Click on “Search”.

TIP: If you are not sure of the name spelling, enter the first letter or two and click search. The system will list all inmates whose names begin with the letters you entered.


  • Enter the inmate’s complete booking number.
  • Click on “Search”.

NOTE: If your search is unsuccessful, you may not be entering the complete or correct number. You can conduct a new search using the search by name feature to see if your inmate appears.


  • Enter a start and end “Booking Date” range.
  • This will list all inmates booked within those dates.

TIP: To avoid listing many inmates at once, try to narrow the booking date range as much as possible. You can always try again using a wider date range if your first attempt is not successful.


  • Click on “Today’s Bookings” to view all inmates booked today. They will be listed in alphabetical order by last name.


  • Click on “Search” without entering any information in any field.
  • All current inmates will be listed in alphabetical order by last name.


Click on the inmate’s mugshot to the left of the listed name to view:

  • Gaston County Mugshot
  • Inmate’s Past Gaston County Mugshots if Available
  • Inmate’s Full Legal Name
  • Residential Address (City, State, Zip)
  • Global Subject Number
  • Date of Birth
  • Gender
  • Race
  • Height
  • Weight
  • Aliases
  • Booking Date
  • Booking Time
  • Release Date
  • Prisoner Type
  • Release Date
  • Housing Location
  • Total Bond Amount
  • Total Bail Amount
  • Original Booking Location
  • Original Arrest Location
  • Bond Number
  • Bond Type
  • Criminal Charges
  • Felony or Misdemeanor
  • Docket Number
  • Court Date
  • Sentence Date
  • Sentence Length
  • Booking Origin Location


You might decide you want to know more about this inmate’s criminal court case. The North Carolina Court Search is the place to start.


Click on the District & Superior Court by Defendant Name link listed under Criminal & District Court Calendars.

  • Use the “County” dropdown menu to choose “Gaston”.
  • Click on “District” or “Superior” court. If unsure, check “Both”.
  • Enter the defendant’s last name, comma, and first initial.
  • Click on “Submit Query”.

Click the case number to the right of the defendant’s name to open and view:

  • Defendant’s Full Name
  • Arraigned Offenses for this Case Number
  • County
  • Court Date
  • Session (AM or PM)
  • Courtroom
  • Offense Code
  • Criminal Charge (Offense) Description

With more than 9,000 jails and prisons across the country, trying to locate an inmate can feel like searching for a needle in a haystack. On this page, you will find the Gaston County inmate search, inmate lists, inmate roster, arrest reports and/or booking information for the Gaston County Jail in the city of Gastonia, Gaston County in the state of North Carolina.

With a minimal amount of information about the inmate and some patience, on jailexchange.com you can:

Recent Arrests and/or Pre-trial Inmates in Gaston County Jail

If you are certain your inmate is in Gaston County Jail, or at the very least in Gaston County, go to this page to search for them.

If the Gaston County Jail inmate search website is not currently online or up to date, call (704) 869-6869 for assistance in locating your inmate.

The Gaston County Jail is "open" 24-hours-a-day. When you call, give the staff member the name of who you are looking for and a birthdate or age if you have it. That person will let you know if your inmate is there.

At minimum you will need a first and last name. If you can provide the middle name or initial that is even better. In a perfect world you will also have the inmate's birthdate, but if not, an estimated age will help.

If you are not sure what county jail the inmate is located in, it helps to at least know the geographic area. Knowing what state the inmate is in is good; knowing which county is even better.

In some cases, there will be more than one possibility. Use patience and check them all. Go here to get started on a search for any jail in the state of North Carolina or go to this page to begin a search for all jails in the United States.

If your inmate has been charged but not yet convicted of a misdemeanor or a felony, he or she will most likely be held in Gaston County within the county where the crime occurred. If you only have the city name, look up the city's police department, call and ask them if they keep inmates at a local jail or send them to the county jail. If they are sent to the Gaston County Jail, either look them up here or call (704) 869-6869 for assistance.

Recently convicted felons are sometimes held at Gaston County Jail until transport to a North Carolina State Prison is available. Inmates sentenced to less than one year incarceration or those convicted to serve time for misdemeanors will do their time in the Gaston County Jail system.

Jailexchange.com has a complete page of all available information to assist families and friends of inmates in Gaston County Jail and every other jail, prison and juvenile detention center in America.

How to find an Inmate already convicted of a felony and sentenced in the state of North Carolina

State Inmate

Most states have Department of Corrections websites that allow you to type in a felon's first and last name and pull up inmates in that state. Go to this page for inmates in North Carolina. If you need to find an inmate in another state prison system, go here.

When you click next to the inmate's name or on a link, it will show you which jail or prison the inmate is housed in. If the inmate is no longer incarcerated, but is on parole/probation or discharged, it will tell you that as well. In addition, many state prison inmate pages show recent mug shots.

Federal Inmate

The federal prison system has its own inmate locator called the Bureau of Prisons Inmate Locator.

Type in the inmate's name and it will tell you where he or she is incarcerated and their projected release date. It also lists released federal prison inmates and the date they were released.

Federal inmates who are moved from one prison to another will show as "No longer in federal custody" on the system until they reach their next federal prison destination. This movement can take a few days to several months to complete, so keep checking back to find out where the inmate was taken.

ICE Inmates

The ICE Detainee Lookup allows friends, family members and interested parties to locate illegal and/or undocumented immigrants that are in the United States without permission.

They are held in detention centers approved by Immigration Custody and Enforcement until their hearing or date they are deported back to their home country.

To look up the detainee, users need the full legal name the person used upon their arrest and the country the person claimed they originated from. It helps to also have the "A-number", which is the number that ICE assigned to them upon their detention, which you can use instead of attempting to type the detainee's name.

Buttons will be added here