Looking for love too soon is likely to cause a lot of chaos — the kind of chaos most were in before they went to prison. A stable person with good judgment would not normally choose to date someone in prison or who just got out of prison.
It’s definitely a red flag if your mentee suddenly tells you he or she has met someone and fallen in love.
For starters you will at the very least need to know where the inmate is incarcerated, or at least the State they are serving their time.
If you search through the state database and cannot find the inmate it is possible that the inmate is in either a Federal facility or they could be in a jail that is not included in the state databases.
For example, if you are looking for John Anthony Smith and get no results you may want to redo your search using less information.