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Washoe County Jail Inmate Search

How to Search for an Inmate in Washoe County Nevada

To find out if someone is in the Washoe County Jail system in Reno, Nevada, use the Washoe County Inmate Search Tool.

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

Note: The system does accept partial name searches, but only if the name is longer than five letters long and you enter the first five letters. Otherwise, the full name is required.

TIP: Information on this page is updated approximately every 15 minutes. If the person you are searching for was recently arrested, wait awhile and try again as processing can take a couple of hours.

If you still cannot locate the inmate, and believe he/she is in the jail, call 775-328-3062 for assistance.


Clicking on the Inmate’s name will allows you to view:

  • Inmate’s Washoe County Mugshot
  • Booking Number
  • JID Number
  • Booking Date
  • Date of Birth
  • Housing Unit
  • Inmate Visiting Info
  • Charges (Number of charges and description of each charge)
  • Bail Amount
  • Court Date and Time
  • Arresting Agency


It is possible you want to know more about this inmate’s criminal court case. You can start by going to the Washoe County Court Case Search page.

Click on “Person Search”.

Enter the last and first name of the defendant/inmate.

All cases matching the name you entered will be listed on the left side of the page.

Select your defendant’s case by clicking on the blue-linked name.

The page will show:

  • Defendant’s Name
  • Case Description
  • Filing Date
  • Case Type (If it doesn’t show CR-CRIMINAL, you are possibly looking at the wrong case)
  • Status-(Guilty Plea etc.)
  • Cross Reference Numbers
  • Judge’s Name
  • Plaintiff’s Name (Typically, the State of Nevada)
  • Parole/Probation Department
  • Event Information (Past hearing dates, purpose and outcomes)

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 Washoe County inmate search, inmate lists, inmate roster, arrest reports and/or booking information for the Washoe County Jail in the city of Reno, Washoe County in the state of Nevada.

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 Washoe County Jail

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

If the Washoe County Jail inmate search website is not currently online or up to date, call (775) 328-2952 for assistance in locating your inmate.

The Washoe 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 Nevada 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 Washoe 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 Washoe County Jail, either look them up here or call (775) 328-2952 for assistance.

Recently convicted felons are sometimes held at Washoe County Jail until transport to a Nevada 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 Washoe County Jail system.

Jailexchange.com has a complete page of all available information to assist families and friends of inmates in Washoe 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 Nevada

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 Nevada. 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.