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Franklin County Jail I Inmate Search

How to Search for an Inmate in Franklin County Ohio

The way to search for an inmate within the Franklin County Jail system depends on whether the inmate is:  

  • Not Yet Sentenced
  • Already Sentenced

NOT YET SENTENCED (Or for misdemeanor convictions)

If the inmate has not been sentenced, or was convicted of a misdemeanor) he/she will not appear in the county court records online, however, you can call (614) 525-3650 and get information.


If the inmate was convicted of a felony and transported to prison, you can get information by going to the Ohio Department of Corrections Offender Search site.  

How to Search

Search by Name

Enter the inmate’s first and last name. (Partial names will list all inmates with names that begin with the entered letters. To narrow your search, enter entire first and last name when possible).

Use the drop down menu to choose “Franklin County”. This narrows the results to only inmates who were convicted in Franklin County. You can search other counties as well by choosing them.

Select “Incarcerated” under “Status”.

Click on “Search”.

All inmates fitting your selections will be displayed.

Scroll down to find your inmate.

Search by County

Use the dropdown menu to select Franklin County. (You can select other counties if you wish to search them as well).

Click on “Search”.

Search by Offender Number

Enter the offender number. (It must be exact or your search results will be wrong).

Click on “Search”.


After finding your inmate, click on the mugshot or inmate number to view:

  • Mugshot
  • Inmate Number
  • Birthdate
  • Gender
  • Race
  • Admission Date
  • Institution – Where housed
  • Status – Incarcerated, Released, Parole, etc.
  • Victim Definition - Click on the blue link to see what each victim code means.
  • Degree of Felony
  • Sentencing Chart
  • Offense Information
  • Committing County
  • Sentence Information
  • Stated Prison Term
  • Expiration Stated Term
  • Gun Specification – Additional sentencing if the inmate used a gun to commit the crime. (For example, three additional years in prison)


In addition to information about the inmate, you might be interested in learning about the case. This can be done by going to the Clerk of Court Case Search page.


  • Enter the defendant’s last name.
  • Enter the defendant’s first name.

Note: Partial names will list all inmates with names that begin with the entered letters. To narrow your search, enter entire first and last name when possible.

  • Use the dropdown menu to choose the Court: “Criminal”.
  • Click on “Search”.


  • Enter the case number using the format - 13 CR 007795

(13 is the year the case was filed (2013)

(CR indicates a criminal case.)

(009821 is the sequence number of the case.)


  • Choose “CR” from the dropdown menu for “Criminal” or “AP” for Appeals.
  • Click on “Search”.

When you locate the defendant/inmate’s name from the displayed cases, click on the case number on the far left of the defendant’s name.


  • Case Number
  • How Filed- Indictment etc.
  • Date Filed
  • Mun. (Which Court)
  • Which Courtroom
  • Judge’s Name
  • Defendant’s Name
  • Name of Defendant’s Attorney
  • Co-Defendant’s Name (If Applicable)
  • Criminal Charges against the Defendant(s)
  • Docket List –Detailing each court date/hearing/ etc. What happened, plea deals, sentences, etc.

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 Franklin County inmate search, inmate lists, inmate roster, arrest reports and/or booking information for the Franklin County Jail I in the city of Columbus, Franklin County in the state of Ohio.

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 Franklin County Jail I

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

If the Franklin County Jail I inmate search website is not currently online or up to date, call 614-525-3340 for assistance in locating your inmate.

The Franklin County Jail I 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 Ohio 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 Franklin 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 Franklin County Jail, either look them up here or call 614-525-3340 for assistance.

Recently convicted felons are sometimes held at Franklin County Jail until transport to a Ohio 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 Franklin County Jail system.

Jailexchange.com has a complete page of all available information to assist families and friends of inmates in Franklin County Jail I 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 Ohio

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 Ohio. 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.