Somerset County Jail Inmate Search

To find an inmate who is incarcerated in the Somerset County Jail system, in Somerville, New Jersey, 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 Somerset County Jail.

The site provides two search methods.

  • Search by Offender Number
  • Search by Name

Search by Offender Number

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

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

Search by Name

  • Enter the inmate’s last name.
  • Enter the inmate’s first name.
  • 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:

  • Offender’s Legal Name
  • Offender ID
  • Date of Birth
  • Age
  • Race
  • Gender
  • Custody Status
  • Date
  • Reason


You might be thinking about posting bail for the inmate so he/she can be released from jail to await court dates.

Here is how it works.

Your money will be used as a guarantee that the inmate will appear at all court hearings.

Once the case has reached a conclusion, if the inmate appeared at all court hearings, you can request to have the money returned to you minus any processing fees.

If the inmate does not appear in court, you will lose your money to the court.

Put your receipt for payment in a safe place for the duration of the case because it will speed the process of getting your money returned.

Take the receipt to court when the time comes and make the request.

You can also offer to have the money applied to the inmate’s fines, court costs and assessments.

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

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

If the Somerset County Jail inmate search website is not currently online or up to date, call 908-231-7150 for assistance in locating your inmate.

The Somerset 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 New Jersey 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 Somerset 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 Somerset County County Jail, either look them up here or call 908-231-7150 for assistance.

Recently convicted felons are sometimes held at Somerset County County Jail until transport to a New Jersey 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 Somerset County County Jail system.

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

State Inmates

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 New Jersey. 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 Inmates

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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