How to Find Out If Someone Went to Prison
- 1). Find your state government's website and click on the link providing you access to the criminal history record page. This database will provide you with knowledge of the conviction and adjudication information for the crimes committed in that state. If you are concerned that someone may have committed crimes on a national level, contact the national government to access their records.
- 2). Enter the possible criminal's full name and date of birth into the required fields on the webpage. There are two possible results that you will receive: "No match was found for your request" or a positive match. A positive match will provide you with the conviction information only. It may take up to two hours for the database to find the information you are looking for. You will be notified via email.
- 3). Contact a local law enforcement official to access additional information regarding the nature of the conviction and details about the case that will help you to further understand what happened to cause the individual to go to prison.