BOP now provides an Internet site that contains released inmate information. SSA can
use this Internet site to verify official BOP released inmate documents for accuracy
and completeness, if the BOP documents are missing information or need additional
clarification. Also, if the beneficiary's official BOP release papers are not available,
you may use information found on the BOP Internet site to represent proof of an inmate's
release from a BOP correctional facility.
Ask the beneficiary at what BOP facility was he/she last incarcerated and the approximate
date of his/her release from BOP custody.
Compare this information with the PUPS record to see if the beneficiary's report of
his/her last incarceration at a BOP facility matches SSA's PUPS record. Use the information
on the PUPS record (Inmate Identification Code) to query the BOP Inmate Locator Directory.
Using the BOP Inmate Locator Internet site:
Use the Internet and locate BOP's Internet site. You will use this site to locate and verify the released date information
for an inmate.
Select "Inmate Locator" from the BOP main page.
On the “Search Our Inmate Database” page, "Search by Identification Number" heading,
you will then continue your search by using:
Number Type: Register Number Number: XXXXX-XXX (This will be the first eight digits of the ID number from the PUPS record)
Type the inmate ID number off the PUPS record in the “Number” field. (Type in the
first 5 digits of the number from the PUPS ID field then add a "-" and then type in
the last 3 digits from the ID field on the PUPS Record. This is the SSN that BOP used
to report the inmate to SSA and the number they use in the BOP inmate system to locate
Example: ID number on PUPS record: 9999999900 Number on BOP Number field: 99999-999.
The search of the directory will provide a response similar to the following:
Search Results for JANE DOE:
Inmate Register Number: 99999-999
Name: JANE DOE
Date Released: 3/31/2001
After verifying the released date information from the BOP Internet site, document
the PUPS records with your evidence review per SI 02310.092E.5.c.
NOTE (1) If the beneficiary cannot provide a copy of his/her official release papers from
BOP, you can use the released date information from the BOP Internet site as proof
of the inmate's release from BOP custody. Document the PUPS record with the released
inmate information as indicated in SI 02310.092E.5.c.
NOTE (2) Do not use the BOP Internet site for any purpose other than obtaining released date
information for a beneficiary or for obtaining information on filing FOIA requests
with BOP. Using this website to access inmate information for any other reason than
specifically stipulated in this procedure will violate SSA's matching agreement with
the Federal Bureau of Prisons.