Lookup Inmates in Shelby County, Tennessee. Results May Include: Arrest Records, Mugshot, IDN#, Case #, Document Type, Booked/Served, Charges, Court Date, Case, Division, Court Event, Court Role, DOB, Address, Race.

Shelby County Tennessee Sheriff Overview

Shelby County is located in West Tennessee. Founded in 1819, it was named in honor of Kentucky Governor Isaac Shelby. The county seat is Memphis. The zip codes in Shelby County are 37501, 38103, 38101, 38105, 38104, 38107, 38106, 38109, 38108, 38111, 38112, 38115, 38114, 38117, 38116, 38119, 38118, 38122, 38120, 38125, 38127, 38126, 38128, 38131, 38133, 38132, 38135, 38134, 38139, 38138, 38141, 38148, 38157, 38152, 38193, 38004, 38002, 38014, 38017, 38016, 38018, 38028, 38029, and 38053.

Sheriff Bill Oldham is the head law enforcement officer in Shelby County. Steve Leech is the Chief Administrative Officer in the Sheriff’s Office. He is in charge of the financial operations of the department. Floyd Bonner, Jr. serves as Chief Deputy. As second-in-command to the Sheriff, he is responsible for supervising the day-to-day operations of all the divisions of the Sheriff’s Office such as Patrol/Patrol Support Services; Courts Services/Civil Process/Levy Squad; Detectives including Homicide, Robbery, Sex Crimes, Fugitive, and Narcotics; Homeland Security; the Bureau of Professional Standards & Integrity (“BPSI”); the Training Academy; Volunteer Services; Metro Alarm; Patrol Reserves; Crime Prevention; SWAT/Bomb; RIDD and Internal Audits. Chief Jailer Robert Moore heads the Corrections Division of the Sheriff’s Office.

Shelby County Sheriff’s Office:

Address: 201 Poplar Avenue, Suite 902, Memphis, TN 38103

Phone: 901-222-5500

Inmate Search in Shelby County Jail

The Shelby County Jail maintains an online database of inmates currently booked at the facility. To locate an inmate here, you can search the system using an inmate’s first name, last name, and date of birth. You can also perform a search using the inmate’s booking number, permanent number, or state ID. Once the results are shown, you will be able to see the inmate’s full name, booking number, permanent ID, and date of birth. Clicking on an inmate’s name allows you to view the inmate’s booking photo, physical description, citizenship, ethnicity, current housing information, commitment date, alias information, detainer information, bond information, charge information, and hearing information (i.e. court dates).

You can also download a spreadsheet containing the list of inmates currently in the Shelby County Jail here.

Important Jail Policies and Procedures:

Most inmates at the Shelby County Jail are allowed to have their friends and family visit them while incarcerated. If you wish to find out the visiting hours of an inmate, you can go here. Search for the inmate using his name, booking date, booking number, or date of birth. Click on the “detail” link beside the inmate’s name to view his/her visiting hours. You can also view the visitation schedule in PDF form here.

All adult visitors must have proper photo identification (e.g., State Driver’s License or Federal/State approved identification card, etc.). Children under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Persons who have been arrested and/or in custody within the past year to include felonies and misdemeanors cannot visit. All visitors may be subject to a clothed body search. Some personal items are not allowed inside the jail such as cell phones, cameras, lighters, purses, and umbrellas. Visitors must be dressed appropriately in order to be admitted

To deposit money into an inmate’s account, you will need to drop it off at the Inmate Account offices between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. seven days a week. The offices are located in the visitation lobby at 201 Poplar and for female inmates at the Jail East facility at 6201 Haley Rd. A maximum of $200.00 may be left in a one week period. CURRENCY ONLY. The offices do not accept checks.

To send mail to an inmate at the Shelby County Jail, you can address it as follows:

Inmate’s full name

Booking number

Floor and pod where inmate is housed if known

201 Poplar Ave.

Memphis, TN 38103

All letters sent in to inmates must have a complete return address on them. Books (soft back) or magazines must come directly from the publisher(s).

Sex Offender Search and Lookup:

Federal law states that all sex offenders must register their information with local law enforcement so that it may be included in the state and national sex offender registry in the interest of public safety and awareness. These databases are made available to the public to help increase safety and awareness. Individuals who have been convicted of a sexually oriented offense such as rape, prostitution, and sex trafficking are classified as sex offenders. To locate sex offenders residing in Shelby County, visit https://www.tn.gov/tbi/section/tennessee-sex-offender-registry. Bear in mind that you may get results showing last known addresses of sex offenders. This may be because some offenders do not comply with the law.

Bail and Bondsman

A person charged with a crime in Shelby County can be granted temporary release from custody while awaiting trial through the process of bail. Bail is the money or property set by the court that must be paid to them by the defendant in exchange for his/her release. This helps ensure the presence of the defendant in court when the trial starts. Bail is forfeited when the defendant violates the conditions of his/her release.

Posting bail can be done through a third party – a bondsman – if the defendant is unable to come up with the money on his own. A bondsman typically charges 10% of the bail amount as his fee and it is non-refundable.

Shelby County Jail Statistics
Number of Persons Confined2604
Avg Daily Population2551
Name of new facilitynot applicable
Full time payroll1100
Full time total employees1100
Total salaries and wages63733501
Other operating expenditures9147848
Total construction costs2697175
Equipment, furnishings, etcnot applicable
Year of original construction1981
Year of major renovation2001
Name of new facilitynot applicable


Shelby County Unemployment and Median Household Income
Civilian Labor Force Annual Average, 2016435,626
Number Employed Annual Average, 2016411,862
Number Unemployed Annual Average, 201623,764
Unemployment Rate, 20165.5
Median Household Income Annual Average, 201546,998
Sources: Unemployment – Bureau of Labor Statistics LAUS data, Median Household Income – Census Bureau SAIPE data, Rural Classifications – USDA Economic Research Service
Shelby County Poverty Data
Estimate of People of All Ages In Poverty 2014186,186
Estimate Percentage of People of All Ages In Poverty 201520.2
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Model-based Small Area Income & Poverty Estimates (SAIPE)

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