Jail and Inmate Search in New York
Currently, New York State has 50,717 people in prison and 749 inmates on parole. 95.5% of New York inmates are male and the rest female. The average age of prisoners is 38.6. 48.1% of New York inmates are African-American, 24.4% are White, and the remainder is Hispanic. 66.1% of inmates have never been married. The average time in prison is 72 months. Violent crimes account for 64.6% of offenses, 12.9% are for drug offenses, and the rest are property-related or other. 59.6% of inmates have graduated high school. 46.4% of New York inmates come from Upstate and 43.2 from New York City.
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What are New York Jail Records?
New York jail records are the documents and forms kept on every prison inmate. They begin when someone is arrested and continue through parole. Every time an event or change occurs, new paperwork is filled out and entered into the system. A lot of what is documented is public record such as court documents, arrest records, charges, sentencing and mug shots. Other things like mental health screenings are kept in the file but private and only shared among law enforcement agencies.
How to Search for Inmates in New York
You only need someone’s name to search for him or her in a New York prison. New York’s Department of Corrections offers an inmate locator tool on their website. You can search with name, birth year, department or criminal ID. You can view extra details by clicking on their name. You will see all their crimes, convictions and sentencing. You will also see their prison ID, full name, gender, date of birth, race, status, facility information, date of admission and possible release. You may also use an online search portal to find someone incarcerated in a New York prison.
Creating Public Jail Records
New York creates jail records for each inmate in their prison system. A lot of people are processed through the New York prison system and to keep everything straight, every item must be updated within the online system. Each inmate has their own trust account where friends and family can donate money for purchases. These too are records created and maintained by the administrators for the Department of Corrections. Other things recorded are court-related items, additional charges, sentencing and moves to a new facility.
Criminal Justice Quick Facts
New York Prisoner Statistics by Gender
The number of New York prisoners at the year-end of 2016 was 50,716, that saw a 2% decrease compared to the previous year. Females made up 4.5% of prison population while the number of male prisoners counted 48,442 in 2016.
The Prisoner Change by Gender in % for the Last 10 Years
|Number of Male Prisoners||Number of Female Prisoners|
|Change in Number of Male Prisoners||Change in Number of Female Prisoners|
The Timeline of Total Prisoners from 2007-2016
The prison population of New York is 50,716 inmates, that is 19% lower than it was 10 years ago. The highest number of prison population in New York was in 2007, when the number of prisoners was 62,620 inmates.
New York Parole Population
New York parole population as of the beginning of 2016 counted 44,562 people, 285 paroles per 100.000 population. That’s by 136 people less compared to the previous year, which has decreased by -0.3%.
Paroles per 100.000 population
Parole Total Population in New York
Parole Entries & Exits
Change in 2016, in Percentage and Number
Number on parole per 100,000 U.S. adult residents
Adults entering parole, by type of entry
|Type of Parole Entry||Number of Parolees|
|Term of supervised release:||7,867|
|Unknown or not reported:||0|
New York Prisons
New York’s Department of Corrections operates and maintains 73 jails over 58 counties and another 53 prisons. They currently house about 26,950 inmates in jail and 50,717 people in prison. New York has an annual budget of $3.2 billion and a staff of 19,308 employees. New York prides itself on running safe, secure and humane correctional facilities and has won dozens of awards for excellence. Based on one hundred thousand residents, New York has an incarceration rate of 256, a property crime rate 1,546 and a violent crime rate of 376. It costs New York $60,076 to house and care for each inmate per year.