State and local law enforcement authorities create jail records whenever a person is arrested and taken into custody. Basic jail records consist of arrest logs and booking records, as well as mugshots, previous criminal records and sometimes other court documents too. Jail records may overlap with arrest records and police records. You can find this information through inmate searches online, or by contacting the particular jail or prison where an inmate is held.
An arrest record grows larger if the individual is arrested again in the future for other crimes, and all jail records become part of that person's permanent criminal record. These records often help law enforcement officers identify, locate and capture repeat offenders. Information about current and former inmates, daily arrest logs, and jail booking records are available through county jails, sheriff's departments, court registries, and online searches. Many local departments display this information on their websites, and others provide links to download the information in PDF format.
Yes, there are. The types of records depend on the law enforcement agency which made the initial arrest as well as the jail where the detainee was held. Some facilities keep highly detailed records, while others only record necessary data.