Most states have a database where you can look for the inmate’s information, for this you will have to know whether the inmate is in pre-trial or has been convicted. To check for this information you will need; the inmate’s full name or partial name, a computer as well as internet access.
Find yourself a computer that has internet access and begin web browsing. If you do not own or have a computer, then go to an internet cafe or the public library as they have computers with internet access.
Next up go enter your local government’s jail website, for example if you stay in Arizona you enter www.azcorrections.gov/inmate_datasearch/index.aspx. If you don’t know the web address, use a search engine such as Google to search.
After the website of that particular jail you opens, you should enter the inmate’s surname and first name initial in the search box provided. Enter their gender and status, if you know them.
Click on "go” and wait for the site to load, this won’t take more than a few seconds and in no time matching records will appear on the screen. Click on that particular inmate’s number to view all information as well as their charge.
With this, you don’t have to worry about visiting the sheriff’s office where you may have to wait long hours before you are told what you want to know.