Dane County Public Safety Building Jail Inmates

Dane County Public Safety Building Jail Inmate Search

To find an inmate who is incarcerated in the Dane County Jail system, 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 Dane 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:

  • Offender ID
  • Date of Birth
  • Age
  • Race
  • Gender
  • Custody Status
  • Location of Offender

For additional information call: (877) 418-8463.


If you would like to learn more about this or other Dane County Criminal Court cases, you can go to the Dane County’s Circuit Court Lookup.

This page allows you to search by:

  • Name
  • Birthdate
  • Case Number
  • Instructions


  • Enter the last name and first name (Include the middle name if you have it)
  • Use the dropdown menu to highlight Dane County.
  • Click on “Search”.

TIP: If unsure of the name spelling, enter the first three letters of the last name with an * after it. This will list all cases with defendants whose last name begins with the information you entered. 


  • Enter the exact case number. (Partial case numbers will not be accepted)
  • Use the county dropdown menu to highlight Dane County.
  • Click on “Search”.


Enter the defendant’s birthdate using mm/dd/yyyy (Example-04/09/1986)

Click on “Search”.

NOTE – In addition to defendants who have your entered birthdate, defendants who do not have birthdates listed will be displayed.


Click on the defendant’s name to view:

  • Dane County Case Number
  • Filing Date
  • Case Type
  • Case Status
  • A link to view specifics about charges, disposition, sentence, etc.             
  • Disposition
  • Defendant Name
  • Date of Birth
  • Sex
  • Race
  • Address
  • Charge(s) Count No.
  • Statute
  • Description
  • Severity
  • Disposition
  • Responsible Official
  • Prosecuting Agency
  • Prosecuting Attorney
  • Defense Attorney
  • Commissioner, Initial Appearance
  • Finger Print ID
  • Bond Amount
  • Deposit Type
  • Appearance Date and Time
  • Officer Name
  • Violation Date
  • Plaintiff Agency
  • Total Receivables
  • Court Assessments
  • Paid to the Court
  • Probation/Other Agency Amount
  • Balance Due to Court
  • Due Date

Recent Arrests and/or Pre-trial Inmates in Dane County Public Safety Building Jail

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

If the Dane County Public Safety Building Jail inmate search website is not currently online or up to date, call (608) 284-6100 for assistance in locating your inmate.

The Dane County Public Safety Building 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 Wisconsin 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 Dane 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 Dane County County Jail, either look them up here or call (608) 284-6100 for assistance.

Recently convicted felons are sometimes held at Dane County County Jail until transport to a Wisconsin 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 Dane County County Jail system.

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

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 Wisconsin. 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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