State Prisons in district of columbia

Clicking on any of the District Of Columbia facilities below will direct you to an information page with Inmate Search, Visitation, Mail, Phone, Email, Most Wanted and FAQ for families and friends.


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DC Department of Corrections - Facilities & Inmate Search

Washington DC maintains their own jail and prison system, facilities which consists of every security level; maximum, medium, and minimum, as well as facilities that focus on sober living, and halfway houses that prepare inmates for life outside of jail. In Washington DC, because it is not a state, when an offender is convicted of a felony that requires prison time, they are sent to the Bureau of Prisons, prisons run by the federal government. Look up an inmate there.

The DC Department of Corrections is where offenders are sent that have been accused of misdemeanor crimes, and felony crimes of murder, rape, assault, serious thefts and drug related offenses. Inmates convcted of less serious crimes and sentenced to less than one year will remain here. Those convicted of more serious crimes will be remanded to the Bureau of PrisonsThe Federal Bureau of Prisons also has a death row in USP Terre Haute Indiana with over 40 murderers waiting to be executed at any one time. Many of them are from Washington DC.

The  Washington DC Youth Services oversees one facility for juvenile offenders who have been convicted of serious crimes and sentenced to detention. Some are pre-trial, awaiting their court dates.

To search for an inmate or juvenile offender, or learn how to communicate with an inmate in the DC Department of Corrections or their Youth Services, start by choosing from the list of facilities below.

Each prison you click on below will provide specific, detailed information about the facility's: 

  • inmate search,
  • location,
  • contact information,
  • directions,
  • inmate visitation,
  • mail,
  • phone accounts,
  • money accounts,
  • commissary,
  • texting and emailing where available, and
  • inmate tablet rental where available.