Welcome to the Michigan Department of Corrections searchable database, which we
call OTIS - the Offender Tracking Information System. This advisory is intended
to help you use OTIS, understand how the information is presented and what it
means. The advisory will also offer some useful hints about finding information.
HISTORY OF ELECTRONIC DATA COLLECTION IN THE MDOC:
CMIS and OMNI
The MDOC has
been collecting offender data electronically and into one database since 1980.
The primary system used since that time is known as CMIS – the Corrections
Management Information System, which holds information about current and past
prisoners and parolees.
Starting in 1997, the MDOC began to implement a new database, known as OMNI - the
Offender Management Network Information System. OMNI will eventually replace
CMIS as well as several other databases within the department. OMNI also
includes information about probationers, a group of offenders who are NOT under
the jurisdiction of the MDOC but who are merely supervised by the department.
OTIS SEARCH RULES:
designed such that users must at a minimum enter either an offender's last name
or an offender’s number in order to query the database. (NOTE:
An offender’s name is listed as identified at the time of commitment to
the MDOC. This name is not
necessarily the offender’s legal name.)
If you are
searching for parole or probation absconders, the offender’s name and MDOC
number fields may be left blank and instead, select the appropriate category
under the offender status field to list all offenders of either category.
(*) may be used as a special character in the last name field to broaden the
search, provided that at least 3 leading characters are also supplied. For
example, entering "Smi*" in the last name field will return a results set which
will include all last names that begin with the letters "Smi". If less than 3
characters are entered with a special character (ex: "Sm*"), OTIS will conduct
the search using only the leading characters entered ("Sm"), and will likely
return no matching records.
also enter additional information to refine the search process. Available search
fields include: gender, offender’s age (plus or minus 3 years), race and
offender status. Users may enter information in any or none of these fields as
desired. Generally, the more information entered, the faster OTIS will return
search results. If an offender number is entered, OTIS will ignore any
additional search criteria entered and perform the search on offender number
additionally allows an offender search by scars, marks or tattoos. To utilize
this feature, enter a word or two-word phrase in the Scars, Marks or Tattoos
field for which you wish OTIS to search. OTIS will perform an exact match text
search. For example, if “blue diamond” is entered in this field, OTIS will
return only those offenders who have the text “blue diamond” in their
identification information. Offenders with the text 'diamond - blue' would not
be included in the results, as it is not an EXACT match. Special characters are not recognized
in the scars, marks or tattoos search.
MDOC number is unique. Searching by the number will return information on one
prisoner and is the most accurate way to find a particular offender.
Legislature allows removal of offenders from the website after three years has
elapsed from the discharge date. This holds true even if the offender dies.
If an offender resumes supervision with
the MDOC, all public records will be available on the website until the three
years has again elapsed from the discharge date of the most recent MDOC
jurisdiction or supervision date.
WHAT THE HEADINGS MEAN:
Listed below are explanations for each title heading found on the return information
about an offender or list of offenders who fit the search criteria. To accommodate
as much information as possible, some headings may be abbreviated.
DO NOT RELY
ON THIS INFORMATION FOR EMPLOYMENT VERIFICATION, CRIMINAL HISTORY OR PROOF OF
NUMBER: This number is unique to every offender whose pre-sentence investigation
(PSI) is handled by the MDOC (all dispositions in circuit court). The number is
generated when the PSI is created or it remains the same for offenders who are about
to be re-sentenced.
An offender’s name as identified at the time of commitment to the MDOC. (NOTE:
This name is not necessarily the offender’s legal name. This information may not
be accurate. Do not rely on this information as proof of identity.)
- DATE of BIRTH:
An offender’s date of birth.
An offender’s gender.
An offender’s race or ethnicity.
- MCL NUMBER:
The number listed for the Michigan Compiled Law (MCL) is for the crime of the
controlling sentence (the sentence used to determine when an offender is
eligible for parole or discharge) of the most recent conviction. By clicking on
the number, users will be taken to an excerpt of the statute.
An offender's location or place from which the offender is being supervised. In cases
of escapees and absconders, the location is the place where the offender was
last being supervised before escape (it does NOT necessarily refer to the place
from which the offender escaped or absconded.
In fact, very few if any escapes actually take place from a prison).
This column indicates whether an offender is currently a prisoner, parolee,
probationer, escapee, or absconder or has discharged from the supervision of the
OTIS Status Codes:
The vast majority of offenders with this designation are in a prison. However, some prisoners
are also in the Special Alternative Incarceration Facility; are on writ to a
county jail; are in another state or the federal government; are housed in a
federal prison or county jail; are out on bond; or have escaped.
A prisoner may be eligible for parole once the minimum portion of the sentence is
satisfied, unless the prisoner is serving a life sentence. Parole is NOT
presumed nor is it guaranteed. It must be earned.
Release of a prisoner on parole shall be granted solely upon the
initiative of the Parole Board. Most
parolees live in a residence, but some do not. Generally, parolees are housed in
the community and live in other states through the Interstate Compact, to which
PROB: Circuit court probationers are NOT
under the jurisdiction of the Michigan Department of Corrections. They are under
county jurisdiction. The department merely supervises these offenders for the county.
As such, probationers who abscond from their sentences are subject to apprehension
by the county, NOT the state.
Prisoners who escaped from a prison, camp, the
Special Alternative Incarceration Facility, a Technical Rule Violation Center or
the Detroit Reentry Center are given this designation. Escapees pose a direct
threat to the health, safety and welfare of any person, household or community.
To report an escapee, please send an email to
Prisoners who escaped from a non-secure or non-prison location, such as a
former corrections center or who broke their electronic tethers, are given this
designation. Escapees pose a direct threat to the health, safety and welfare of
any person, household or community. To report an escapee, please send an email
Offenders with this designation have absconded from parole.
They are being actively sought by the Michigan Department of Corrections.
Absconders have eluded their supervision by failing to report. Absconders pose a
direct threat to the health, safety and welfare of any person, household or
community. To report a parole absconder, please send an email TO
Offenders with this designation have absconded from probation. These offenders
are under the jurisdiction of the county that sentenced them. Absconders have
eluded their supervision by failing to report. Absconders pose a direct threat
to the health, safety and welfare of any person, household or community. Please
report any information about probation absconders to the appropriate county
An offender who has discharged from their sentence is no longer under the jurisdiction of
the Michigan Department of Corrections for that sentence. There are several ways in which offenders
discharge from their sentences: discharge while on parole or probation
(successful completion of parole or probation); discharge on the maximum
(failure to parole from prison before the maximum portion of the sentence is
completed); and death (dies before completion of the sentence).
There are several reasons an offender might appear with this category, including:
incomplete data on paper transferred to
- EARLIEST RELEASE
This is the prisoner's earliest release date (ERD). It should not be considered as
the definite release date. In fact, the vast majority of prisoners do not have a
definite release date, relative to the minimum portions of their sentences. The
ERD refers only to that date at which a prisoner is eligible for parole, if all
appropriate time off for good behavior is earned and if the prisoner is not
serving a life sentence. This date may change if the prisoner accumulates
misconducts for violating prison rules.
For probationers, the “ERD” column represents the supervision release date for
MAXIMUM DISCHARGE DATE:
The date shown represents the potential maximum and assumes that the prisoner receives
any available good time or disciplinary credits, relevant to the controlling
sentence. A prisoner will be released from prison on this date if the Parole
Board declined to parole the offender. The MDOC does not have the legal
authority to imprison an offender beyond their maximum date. Several months
prior to this date, the Warden of the facility in which the person is housed
will determine how much, if any, time for good behavior will be awarded (but
only for those offenders who are eligible to receive good time or disciplinary
credits). The maximum date could be increased based on the amount of time the
Warden does not grant. For probationers,
the maximum discharge date is the expiration date of the probation order with
the greatest calendar date.
The date shown represents the date the offender left prison.