Ottawa County Jail Inmate Search

If you want to find someone who Is in the Ottawa County Jail system in Grand Haven, Michigan, go to the Ottawa County Inmate Search page.

In case the primary inmate search is not working properly, you can also use VineLINK.

VineLINK instructions are below the primary search instructions.


There are two methods available:

  • Search by Inmate Name
  • Search by Booking Date


  • Enter the inmate’s last name.
  • Enter the inmate’s first name.
  • Choose a gender (below the booking date search field).
  • Click on “Search”.

TIP: If unsure of the inmate’s name, you can also do a partial name search. Enter the first two letters of the inmate’s last name and click on “Search”. All inmates whose last names begin with the letters you entered will be listed.


  • Enter the booking date.
  • Click on “Search”.
  • All inmates booked on the date you entered will be listed.

NOTE: If your search is not successful, try another booking date, or clear the field and use the Search by Name feature. Sometimes, booking dates are off because midnight passes from the time of arrest to the time processing the inmate is completed.


Click on your inmate’s name to view the following:

  • Ottawa County Mugshot
  • Full Name
  • Date of Birth
  • Eye Color
  • Hair Color
  • Height
  • Weight
  • Booking Number
  • Booking Date
  • Status
  • Facility


  • Charges – To view what crimes the inmate is charged with
  • Visitation – To view this inmate’s visitation availability and to schedule a visit and submit visitation request.

NOTE- Inmates cannot have visits until they are moved into their housing units.


If the county primary search is not working correctly, you can use VineLINK to search for your inmate. The information provided will be more limited, but you will know if the inmate is at this jail.

Go to VineLINK.

Click on the blue “Offender” tab on the upper left side of the page.

Select “Choose Agency” and use the dropdown menu to highlight and click on Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office.

The site provides two search methods.

  1. Search by Offender Number
  2. Search by Name

Search by Offender Number

  1. Enter the offender number into the search box.
  2. Click on “Search”.

*NOTE*- The number must be accurate or your search results will be wrong.

Search by Name

  1. Enter the inmate’s last name.
  2. Enter the inmate’s first name.
  3. Click on “Search”.

*TIP* - If you are unsure of the inmate’s full name or the spelling of the name, click on the “Partial Last Name Search” box before clicking on “Search”.

Enter the first three letters of the last name and the first letter of the first name.

The system will list all inmates whose names begin with those letters. If you have the exact birthdate of the inmate, you can narrow your search by entering it in the appropriate box.

Inmate Information Available for Viewing

Click on the inmate’s name to view:

  • Full First and Last Name
  • Offender ID
  • Gender
  • Custody Status
  • Reason (In Custody, Out of Custody, etc.)


You can check to find out which judge is hearing the case as well as what the next hearing purpose will be if you know the court date.
Click here the day before the court date.

Locate and click on “District Court Schedule”.

  • The docket for each judge is listed on the page.
  • The cases are listed alphabetically by the defendant’s last name.

Scroll through the judge’s dockets to find your defendant and also to view:

  • Case Number
  • Case Description (Reason for this hearing).

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

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

If the Ottawa County Jail inmate search website is not currently online or up to date, call 616-786-4140 for assistance in locating your inmate.

The Ottawa 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 Michigan 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 Ottawa County 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 Ottawa County County Jail, either look them up here or call 616-786-4140 for assistance.

Recently convicted felons are sometimes held at Ottawa County County Jail until transport to a Michigan 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 Ottawa County County Jail system.

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

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 Michigan. 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.

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