Online Felony Offender Look Up Service Proves Popular

Three Tennessee agencies worked together to develop the new service.

by / December 10, 2002
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Though Tennessee's Felony Offender Information Lookup (FOIL) was just launched at the end of October, state officials said the service has already processed more than 129,000 online searches.

Citizens and businesses can find information on individuals that have been convicted of a felony in Tennessee by using specific search criteria, such as a name or adult offender number. Online searches return a list of possible matches, and users accessing the system can view felony record details -- including supervision status, current location, parole eligibility and hearing dates, and sentence start and completion dates.

FOIL was cooperatively developed and is supported by the Tennessee Department of Corrections, the Board of Probation and Parole, the Department of Finance and Administration, and TennesseeAnytime, which manages the state's official Web site.

"This service benefits anyone searching for people believed to be incarcerated, and we believe it is especially valuable to those who have been victims of crime," said Donal Campbell, commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Corrections.

The Tennessee Department of Corrections receives dozens of inmate record inquiries every day from citizens, businesses, government agencies and law enforcement agencies. Officials said FOIL addresses many of those requests without the need for direct personal contact with the Department of Corrections or the Board of Probation and Parole.

TennesseeAnytime -- a subsidiary of NIC -- built, markets, operates and maintains Tennessee's official Web site, which was ranked as the nation's best government Web site this year by the Taubman Center for Public Policy at Brown University.