Queens County Inmate Search
Committing a crime in Queens County, New York, can lead to an individual's arrest, indictment, or prosecution. These events can trigger one's incarceration for a short or long period or even the remainder of their life. Information pertaining to an inmate or arrestee is typically published on Queens County Public Record repositories and made available to interested persons following a county inmate search.
An arrest is the formal application of police restraint on a person until they are released. It ensues when police officers or other law enforcement agencies take a suspect into custody. Police and other law enforcement agencies in Queens County cannot base an arrest on a hunch or a guess. They must have a reasonable basis for believing that someone committed a crime based on facts and circumstances. Therefore, law enforcement agents can arrest someone who commits a crime in their presence or when they have a reasonable conviction that an individual committed a crime. Also, they can arrest an individual when a court issues a warrant.
However, the law does not restrict arrests to law enforcement agents. According to New York Criminal Procedure Law § 140.30 and New York Penal Law § 35.30, anyone can arrest another person for an offense in Queens County.
After an arrest, a suspect is usually taken into police custody and booked. During booking, a police officer typically:
- Documents the suspect's information
- Records details about the alleged crime
- Performs a search of the suspect's criminal background
- Takes the suspect's fingerprints and photographs
- Searches the suspect and confiscates any personal property carried by the suspect (i.e., keys, purse)
- Puts the suspect in a holding cell or local jail.
However, individuals arrested for certain minor offenses may be released after signing a promise to appear in court. Suspects charged with serious crimes, such as felonies, can obtain pre-trial release through bail or personal recognizance release.
Individuals arraigned in Queens County and incarcerated for a year or less are held in city jail facilities managed by the New York City Department of Correction.
Inmate records are considered public in the United States and therefore are made available by both traditional governmental agencies as well as third-party websites and organizations. Third-party websites may offer an easier means to search, as these services do not face geographical limitations. However, because third-party sites are not government-sponsored, the information obtained through them may vary from official channels. To find inmate records using third-party aggregate sites, requesting parties must provide:
- The location of the sought-after record, including state, county, and city where the inmate resides.
- The name of the person listed in the record, unless it is a juvenile.
Queens County Crime and Incarceration Statistics
Crime and incarceration statistics for Queens County, New York, can be pulled from the NYC Department of Correction's Statistics and Compliance page. Based on the agency's Population Demographics Report in the fourth quarter of 2022, the total Average Daily Population of inmates in the New York City jails was 5,520. This number consisted of 5,154 (93.4%) male, 307 (5.6%) female inmates, and 59 (1.1%) TG/IS/NB (transgender, intersex, and gender non-binary) inmates.
Specifically, the number of individuals arraigned in Queens County in that quarter was 908, and the Average Daily Population (ADP) of the people held in custody to await court appearances and the intake process was 906. This number represented 16.4% of the total incarcerated population in New York City.
According to the latest NYC DOC At A Glance report, murder/attempted murder/manslaughter, robbery, and assault are the topmost crimes that get people arrested and charged in New York City. In 2021, about 1,085 individuals were arrested for murder, manslaughter, and attempted murder, 626 were arrested for robbery, and 440 were detained for assault-related crimes.
Queens County Prison System
The Queens Detention Complex (QDC) was one of the four borough jails in New York City managed by the New York City Department of Correction, alongside the ones in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and the Bronx. Presently, three of the four borough jail facilities: the Queens Detention Complex, Brooklyn Detention Complex, and Manhattan Detention Complex, are closed. Only Vernon C. Bain Center in the Bronx is currently active. However, the New York City Department of Correction runs other operational facilities on Rikers Island for the custody of inmates awaiting trial or already convicted and sentenced to a maximum of one-year jail term in Queens County.
Some facilities maintained by New York City DOC include Anna M. Kross Center for detained and sentenced male adults, Robert N. Davoren Center for detained and sentenced males and young adults, and Rose M. Singer Center for female detainees and sentenced women.
How to Find an Inmate in Queens County
Since the borough jail facility in Queens County, New York City, is closed, anyone interested in finding inmates in the county must extend their search to other active jail facilities in New York City by using the inmate locator available on the New York City Department of Corrections website.
How Does a Queens County Inmate Search Work?
The New York Freedom of Information Act enables general access to public records maintained by the five boroughs in New York City. Thus, the public can obtain the following inmate information from the active jail facilities in New York City:
- The inmate's full name
- Physical characteristics like height, weight, eye color, and hair color
- Booking and case number
- Current housing facility
- Arrest data like arrest date, number, and agency
- Next court date and the name of the court
- Bail or bond amount
- Fine amount
Where to Find a Queens County Inmate Locator
An inmate locator is a search engine that helps find information about inmates incarcerated in jails or prison facilities at the county, state, or federal level. Inmate locators are typically provided on the websites of various jail facilities or county, state, or federal websites.
Thus, individuals can find inmates sentenced in Queens County using the New York City Department of Corrections Inmate Lookup Service site. To use the locator, individuals must typically provide an inmate's name (first or last) or NYSID or Book & Case Number.
Aside from the inmate locators provided by government agencies, some third-party businesses offer search tools to assist the public in locating inmates incarcerated in the different jail facilities across the country. To use such search services, individuals must supply the first and last name of the inmate and the U.S. state where the inmate is housed. However, third-party sites often require a fee to provide this service, which differs from business to business.
How to Send Money to a Queens County Inmate
The jail facility in Queens County is closed and no longer receiving inmates. However, the New York City Department of Corrections still runs other active jail facilities on Rikers Island. Possibly, anyone convicted in Queens County will be incarcerated in any of these active jail facilities outside Queens County. To send money to such inmates, individuals can follow these steps:
- Go to the New York City Department of Corrections website.
- Find the inmate lookup link and click on it.
- Enter the NYSID or booking and case number of an inmate, or the inmate's first or last name, to pull up the particular inmate's records.
- From the page of the inmate, click the "Send Money" button.
- An instruction page will pop up where one can choose a money transfer agent.
- Follow the instructions on the agent's webpage to complete the transaction.
How to Visit a Queens County Inmate
Since the jail facility in Queens County is closed, then anyone convicted in Queens County will be incarcerated in any of the active jail facilities in New York City. Therefore, anyone interested in visiting individuals convicted in the county will need to search for the inmate in any of the active jail facilities and learn the visiting rules of the jail facility housing the inmate.
How to Send Jail Mail in Queens County
In general, correspondence with inmates is no longer possible in Queens County Jail. The facility is closed and is no longer receiving inmates.
Queens County Jails and Prisons
The name, physical location, and phone contact of the Queens County jail are listed below.
Queens Detention Complex (QDC)
126-01 82nd Street
Kew Gardens, NY 11415
Phone: (212) 266-1500
Note that this facility is closed and no longer receiving inmates.