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Databases Updated on May 21, 2024

How to Perform Louisiana Inmate Lookup

LA does not have an online system for looking up inmates. However, they do have a 24-hour offender locator phone number that you can call 225-383-4580. You must have the offender’s DOC number when calling, or at least the person’s name and birth date. The state Department of Corrections updates this information daily. You may also use VINELink or another Louisiana inmate records search tool to locate an inmate incarcerated in the state.

Creating Public Jail Records

When local law enforcement arrests someone in the state, Louisiana inmate search record is created. The first document is called a RAP sheet. After that if they are sent to jail, get released on bond or bail or attend a hearing, it’s all documented into their file. Each inmate has a jail record that follows him or her throughout their time within the system. If they end up in prison, that record is further updated with new events, such as a move to a new facility, participation in a work-release program or visitation. Anything that occurs in the inmate's prison life is noted in the record. Most jail records are updated daily.

What are Louisiana Jail Records?

Louisiana jail inmate search records are all the forms and documents filled out on an inmate in the state prison system. From the time of arrest, this information is kept and updated within the computerized system. To keep track of all inmates, events that happen to them and the things they do, this system is crucial to keeping things organized. The system of Louisiana prison inmate search records is shared by all law enforcement agencies in the state and frequently updated whenever something new occurs. Everything from medical exams, to fights with other inmates and meetings with their lawyer, are all documented in the record.

Jail and Inmate Search in Louisiana

Currently, LA has an inmate population of 33,739. 47% of those are held in jail and the rest in prison or work-release programs. 66.6% of LA inmates are Black, 32.9% are White and the rest a variety of other races. 94.3% are male with the remainder being female. The average age of inmates in LA is 37.2 years old. The state also has 71 inmates on death row awaiting execution. 4,824 of the prison inmates are “lifers” sentenced to life in prison without parole. The state also cares for 293 youths in detention centers around the state.

Criminal Justice Quick Facts

Louisiana Imprisonment Rate
Prison Population
Probation Population
Parole Population
4.0:1 (Black : White Ratio)
0.1:1 (Hispanic : White Ratio)
Racial Disparity in Incarceration Rate
Juvenile Custody Rate (per 100 000)
108,035 (3.04%)
Disenfranchised Population
68,065 (6.27%)
Disenfranchised African Americans
Corrections Expenditures (in millions)

Louisiana Parole Population

Louisiana parole population as of the beginning of 2016 counted 31,187 people, 864 paroles per 100.000 population. That’s by 280 people less compared to the previous year, which has decreased by 0.9%.

Paroles per 100.000 population (2016)
Parole Total Population in Louisiana (2016)
Parole Entries & Exits (2016)
Change in 2016, in Percentage and Number
Number on parole per 100,000 U.S. adult residents
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Adults entering parole, by type of entry
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Term of supervised release

Louisiana Prisons

The southern state of Louisiana has 111 jails and nine prisons. The jails are spread over 64 counties. The state Department of Corrections agency employs 4,831 staff members and manages and operates all inmates and facilities on a budget of $692 million. It costs $17,486 to house and care for an inmate for the year. Along with the prison population, LA’s community corrections system oversees 40,174 people on probation and 30,907 inmates currently on parole. Based on one hundred thousand residents, The state has an incarceration rate of 760, with a property crime rate of 3,298 and a violent crime rate of 566.