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Hamilton County Juvenile Detention Ctr Inmate Search

How to Search for an Inmate in Hamilton County Tennessee

If you want to find out if someone you know is in the Hamilton County Jail system in Chattanooga, Tennessee, you can do so by clicking here.

This page offers three ways to search:

  • Search by Name
  • Search by SPN # (System Person Number)
  • View All Inmates

Search by SPN # (System Person Number)

  • Each inmate is assigned an SPN# that no other inmate has ever had.
  • If you have the inmate’s SPN#, you can narrow your search to only your inmate, which can be faster than searching by name.
  • Enter the inmate’s SPN #.
  • Click on “Submit”.

Search by Name

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

Search by Viewing Complete Jail Roster

  • Click on “Full List of Inmates”.
  • All currently incarcerated inmates will be listed in alphabetical order by last name.


Once you locate your inmate’s name, click on it to open a new page that provides:

  • Hamilton County Mugshot
  • Inmate Name
  • Date of Birth
  • Bond Amount
  • Judge’s Name
  • Court Room
  • Court Date
  • Court Time
  • Visitation Schedule


It is possible you will want to find out more about the inmate’s criminal case. If so, you can do so by going to the Hamilton County Criminal Court Case Search tool.

This tool provides four methods to search criminal cases:

Search by Defendant

  • Enter the defendant’s last name and first name. (If you have the middle name you may enter it as well)
  • NOTE: This system does not accept partial names, but you can search using only the last name as long as it is complete)
  • Click on “Search by Defendant”.

Search by Case Number

  • Enter exact case number.
  • Click on “Search by Case Number”.

Search by Judge with Dates

  • Use the dropdown menu to select the judge who is hearing the defendant’s case.
  • You must enter a “begin filing date”. To narrow your search you can also enter an “end filing date”

Search by Officer

  • Enter the arresting officer’s last name.
  • Enter the arresting officer’s first name.

Once you locate the case/defendant, click on “View” to the left of the name to see:

  • Defendant’s Full Name
  • Birth Date
  • Hamilton County Case Number
  • Charge Filing Date
  • Disposition Date
  • Docket Type
  • Hamilton County Court Date
  • Hamilton County Judge Name

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 Hamilton County inmate search, inmate lists, inmate roster, arrest reports and/or booking information for the Hamilton County Juvenile Detention Ctr in the city of Chattanooga, Hamilton County in the state of Tennessee.

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 Hamilton County Juvenile Detention Ctr

If you are certain your inmate is in Hamilton County Juvenile Detention Ctr, or at the very least in Hamilton County, go to this page to search for them.

If the Hamilton County Juvenile Detention Ctr inmate search website is not currently online or up to date, call (423) 209-5100 for assistance in locating your inmate.

The Hamilton County Juvenile Detention Ctr 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 Tennessee 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 Hamilton 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 Hamilton County Jail, either look them up here or call (423) 209-5100 for assistance.

Recently convicted felons are sometimes held at Hamilton County Jail until transport to a Tennessee 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 Hamilton County Jail system.

Jailexchange.com has a complete page of all available information to assist families and friends of inmates in Hamilton County Juvenile Detention Ctr 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 Tennessee

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 Tennessee. 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.