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How To Find a MIN Number In NSW?

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The criminal justice system involves a complex web of information that is critical for various processes, such as identifying inmates, tracking their movements, and ensuring public safety. One of the key elements in this system is the MIN number, particularly in the context of New South Wales jails.

What Is a MIN Number?

The term “MIN” stands for “Master Index Number,” which is a unique identification number assigned to every inmate within the corrections system in New South Wales. This number serves as a crucial identifier for inmates throughout their interactions with the correctional facilities, court systems, and other related processes. The MIN number system was implemented to streamline data management and enhance the efficiency of inmate tracking within the NSW justice system.


The MIN number is generated when an individual enters the correctional system for the first time. It remains consistent throughout the inmate’s incarceration journey, from arrest to release. The number is linked to the inmate’s personal information, including their name, date of birth, and other relevant details. This allows for accurate and efficient record-keeping, reducing the chances of confusion or errors in the system.


What Is a MIN VIN Number?


The MIN number plays a pivotal role within the correctional system of New South Wales. It is used for various purposes, including:


Inmate Identification


The MIN number ensures that each inmate is uniquely identified, preventing mix-ups or mistaken identities during various stages of the criminal justice process.


Record Keeping


Every interaction an inmate has with the justice system is linked to their MIN number. This includes court appearances, medical records, disciplinary actions, and more. This comprehensive record-keeping helps authorities track an inmate’s history and behaviour.


Efficient Data Management


The use of MIN numbers simplifies data management for correctional facilities, courts, and law enforcement agencies. It allows for quicker access to relevant information, which is crucial for making informed decisions.




Inmates’ families, legal representatives, and friends can use the MIN number to inquire about an inmate’s status, location, and other pertinent details.




Proper identification through the MIN number ensures the security of both inmates and the public by reducing the likelihood of unauthorised access or mistaken releases.

Locating an inmate within the NSW corrections system involves a simple step of contacting the Facility. If you require further information or have specific questions, you can contact the relevant correctional facility or Corrective Services NSW directly. They can provide assistance and answer any inquiries you may have.


You can find a list of jails in NSW, that our criminal defence lawyers attend in NSW here.

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Transferring Funds for Inmates

Incarcerated individuals require funds to cover essential expenses like phone calls or to make purchases such as personal hygiene products, supplementary food, attire, tobacco, writing materials, and personal items. However, inmates are not permitted to possess money or items like stamps. All expenditures are directly deducted from their prison account.


When you intend to visit a detainee, you have the option to deposit money personally at the facility’s Prisoner’s Account Department, facilitated by the jail. Cash or money orders can be used for the deposit.


To ensure a smooth process, it’s advisable to contact the facility in advance and confirm whether money deposits can be made on the day of your visit, considering that this department may not operate daily. For the deposit, you must possess details including the prisoner’s full name, their MIN (Master Index Number), or their date of birth. Additionally, you’ll need to provide your own identification with your address and your designated visitor information number. Don’t overlook the importance of requesting a receipt for your transaction.


Another avenue for sending funds is to dispatch a money order through postal mail to the correctional institution where the inmate is held. It’s crucial to refrain from sending cash or checks. Enclose a letter that clearly states the prisoner’s complete name and either their MIN or date of birth.


Always remember to include your own name and address and make sure to request a receipt. The facility will dispatch a receipt to you. Failure to provide sufficient details to the facility might lead to withholding of the funds until the prisoner’s release.


It’s essential to be aware that inmates can receive a maximum of $100 per week for personal use, and their account cannot exceed $100. Should you exceed this limit in your deposit, the surplus will be allocated to a separate account, inaccessible to the inmate until their release from incarceration.


The MIN number plays a crucial role in the New South Wales corrections system, serving as a unique identifier for inmates and facilitating efficient data management. It ensures accurate record-keeping, inmate identification, and enhances the overall security of the justice system. The concept of the MIN VIN number adds an extra layer of security for visitations.


If you have a family member in custody and require legal assistance, contact our drug lawyers in Parramatta. We can provide 24/7 legal assistance and advise you of your legal options, including making a bail application on the inmates behalf.

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