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What are Hawaii Inmate Records?

Hawaii inmate records are the documentation that follows someone through the justice system. It begins with the arrest or warrant, extends to police reports, mugshots, fingerprints, and other basic information. Then it continues with court records, charges, sentencing, and finally jail or prison records as the offender carries out their sentence.

Typically, all the records will contain the offender's name, date of birth, weight, height, hair, and eye color, as well as any defining marks, scars, or tattoos. The details may continue with race, sentences, and locations where they were being held or are currently incarcerated.

Some Hawaii inmate records are publicly accessible and easy to find, and others may be private and harder to locate.


Hawaii Prison and Jail System

The state of Hawaii has four state prisons: Halawa Correctional FacilityWaiawa Correctional FacilityKulani Correctional Facility and the Women’s Community Correctional Center. These prisons hold felons who have committed serious crimes.

The state also has four jails: Hawaii Community Correctional Center, Kauai Community Correctional Center, Maui Community Correctional Center, and Oahu Community Correctional Center. Jails hold inmates before their trial and those serving very short-term sentences for misdemeanors. There is one jail per major island. Sometimes these jails temporarily hold felons who are being moved to another facility or completing their sentences. Jails hold a mix of female and male offenders.

All prisons and jails are overseen and managed by the State of Hawaii Department of Public Safety, Corrections Division.

How to Search for Inmates in Hawaii

The state of Hawaii does not have an inmate locator on its website. The website posts rosters of inmates and sometimes news items about an inmate that will show a mugshot. However, you can use the VINELink system online to find someone incarcerated in the state. They also provide notifications for victims of inmates to be notified if their attacker is about to be released.

How to Contact, Send Money to or Visit an Inmate in Hawaii

Inmates in Hawaii are allowed visitors; however, anyone wanting to visit must proceed through the approval process first. You must fill out an application and wait to be approved before visiting. You also have to follow the prison's rules when visiting and can only visit during designated times.

Inmates are allowed to make calls out to friends and family members during specified permitted times. Family can purchase pre-paid phone cards for inmates to use. All calls are monitored.

The state provides specific guidelines here as to how to send mail to someone incarcerated in prison or jail.

You can send money to inmates by sending a cashier's check made out to the inmate's first/last name, Business Office/Inmate Account, 60 Punahele St., Hilo, HI 96720.