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What are Inmate Records?

Inmate records contain official information and data maintained on persons incarcerated in Montana correctional institutions. Information and data may include the name of the offender, offense committed, facility in which they are located, physical attributes, the term of imprisonment, earliest possible date of probation. In compliance with U.S. law, all or some of this information may be obtained by interested persons depending on the authority of the requestor.

How to visit an inmate in Montana

Prospective visitors are required to complete a visiting questionnaire and mail it to:

Visitation Department
400 Conley Lake Road
Deer Lodge, Montana 59722

Family or victims who are intending visitors are required to tick the box provided at the top of the form. The application review process may take up to 45 to 90 days from the day the application is received. A background check will be conducted on all prospective visitors when considering their application and may determine whether an application is granted or denied.

Intending visitors with questions about the visitation process may call Tel: (406) 846-1320 ext. 2313.

The inmate is responsible for providing an update on the status of the visiting application.

Once visitation is approved, the prospective visitor is required to create an account with CenturyLink to schedule physical or video visits. Scheduling physical or in-person visits are free of charge for family and friends of the inmate and may be scheduled up 30 days prior to the visit. However, reservations must be made within 7 days of the scheduled visit. A 2-hour visit slot may be reserved, for each week. More information on the scheduling process with Centurylink may be found on the visiting brochure.

  • An inmate can only receive a maximum of 5 visitors at a time, including children.
  • Acceptable photo identification such as passport, military ID, driver’s license or a state or federal issued ID must be presented to the entrance post staff.

An adult accompanying a minor must also present the minor’s birth certificate.

  • Visitors may arrive with no more than $20 pocket change or cash with no bills larger than $1. No coins in rolls.
  • All clothing items worn in must not be removed during the visit.

All visitors must strictly abide by the visiting rules and regulations. Prospective visitors are advised to read and familiarize themselves with all applicable rules. Intending visitors can call (888) 739-9122 toll-free for scheduling updates. Visiting hours are provided on the right side corner of the Montana DOC webpage, visiting an inmate section.

How to Send Money to an Inmate In Montana

Persons who may send money to an inmate include

  1. Immediate family members on the inmate’s visiting list
  2. One approved non-family member authorized by the warden of the institution or person designated by the warden.
  3. attorney

An approved person may send money to an inmate by

  • Mailing cashier’s check or U.S. Postal money order containing the full name and address of the sender and the name and DOC number of the inmate to the corrections facility the inmate is being housed. Personal checks are not acceptable. Funds must be received within twenty days of purchasing the money order and the envelope containing the cashiers’ check or money order must be postmarked from the immediate area listed as the approved sender’s residence on the facility’s records.
  • Online deposits may be made into an inmate’s trust account on the Montana inmate online banking service. The maximum amount allowed is $250

To use the online service, the depositor is required

  1. To log in with the epass account information if they have one or create an account. The depositor is required to provide the last 4 digits of their Social Security Number (SSN) or contact the Montana State Prison at or the Montana Women's Prison at if they do not have a social security number.
  2. Choose the inmate they intend to deposit money to from their approved inmate list. If a depositor is approved to send money to a particular inmate whose name does not appear on the list, they may contact the email addresses provided above for the Montana State and women prisons.
  3. Enter amount to send
  4. Review and complete transactions.
  5. A receipt will be issued to the depositor which would reflect the date the inmate will receive the funds. There is a 3-day holding period before funds may appear in the inmate's account.

Note: The Online deposit service is only applicable to

  • Cascade County Regional Prison
  • Montana Women's Prison
  • Dawson County Correctional Facility
  • Montana State Prison
  • Crossroads Correctional Center

Inmates who have remained in the intake unit at the Martz Diagnostic Intake Unit (MDIU) for over 30 days and have no approved persons on their visiting list may make a one time request for money transfer from an immediate family member.

How to Obtain Inmate Records from Counties

Most counties in Montana provide access to an updated jail roster on the Sheriff’s Office webpage. Jail roster or inmate information can also be obtained by visiting the Sheriff’s Office webpage or contacting the local Sheriff’s office.

How to Obtain Inmate Records from State Correctional Facilities

The Montana Department of Corrections has administrative authority over all inmate’s facilities run by the state. It caters to approximately 8500 former inmates who are either on parole or probation in communities all over the state. Information and data on offenders can be obtained online by visiting Montana DOC Correctional Offender Network Search service, which provides records of convicted felons all over the Montana State.

The offender search provides information that may include the offender’s name, date of birth, place of birth, whether or not the offender was resident in Montana, physical descriptions like height, eye color, skin tone, physical build, etc. case information, date of sentence and offense committed. It may also include a picture of the offender. with their service animal if the animal remains focused and well behaved during the visit.

Montana State Archives

State Archives

Contact:(406) 295-8463

Search Includes

  • Arrests & Warrants
  • Criminal Records
  • Driving Violations
  • Police Records
  • Sheriff Records
  • Inmate Records
  • Felonies & Misdemeanors
  • Probation Records
  • Parole Records
  • Bankruptcies
  • Tax & Property Liens
  • Civil Judgements
  • Marriages & Divorces
  • Birth Records
  • Death Records
  • Property Records
  • Personal Assets
  • Business Ownership
  • Professional Licenses
  • Political Contributions
  • Unclaimed State Funds
  • Relatives & Associates
  • Address Registrations
  • Affiliated Phone Numbers
  • Affiliated Email Addresses

Results are based upon available information from state, county and municipal databases, and may not include some or all of the above details.

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