The Illinois Department of Corrections, IDOC, operates the adult state prison system. The IDOC is led by a director appointed by the governor and the headquarters are in Springfield. The IDOC was established in 1970 to combine the state’s prisons, juvenile centers, and parole services. In 2006 the juvenile corrections was split off into the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice.

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The death penalty was established in Illinois until it was formally abolished In 2011. The last execution was Andrew Kokoraleis on March 17, 1999. The Pontiac Correctional Center housed the male death row before January 11, 2003, and the execution chamber was located at Tamms Correctional Center. Now, there is no death penalty in Illinois.

The adult inmate population in Illinois on June 30, 2020, in the prison system was 29,729 located in 28 state prisons or private prisons. The jail population for 92 jails in 102 counts in 2020 was 19,110.

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Inmate and Jail Roster Search

Illinois inmate records provide information about individuals who served or are currently serving prison or jail sentences in the state. Records confirm that the individuals were arrested or found guilty of a crime which results in prison or jail terms. Record searches contain the following information:

  • Full Name and aliases
  • Biodate including birthday and year, mugshots, height, weight, and gender.
  • Physical description includes race, eye color, hair color marks, tattoos, scars, and glasses.
  • Offenses committed.
  • Length of sentences
  • Charges and where the sentencing took place.
  • Current status
  • Date of admission
  • Parole date
  • Discharge date

The Illinois Uniform Conviction Information Act provides that all Illinois inmate records are public information and should be made available to the public. However, if the records are sealed by court order, you are unable to search for or receive those records. You can find the proper forms at
Some third-party websites provide inmate information. To begin a third-party or Illinois search you will need to provide:

  • Name of the person involved.
  • Location or assumed location of the record.

To find a Federal Inmate in Illinois you will need to go to the Federal Bureau of Prisons, BOP, online database on the website. The database holds records of inmates incarcerated in federal facilities since 1982.
If website searches do not return information on inmates in Illinois, you will need to contact the IDOC in person or by mail. Use the following details:

Illinois Department of Corrections – Springfield
1301 Concordia Court
PO Box 19277
Springfield, IL 62974
217-558-2200 x 2008

Illinois Department of Corrections – Chicago
James R. Thompson Center
100 West Randolph
Chicago, IL 60601
Put as much information in your letter as possible. Include the inmate’s full name, aliases, nature of the crimes, county charge, known booking or release dates, registration numbers, and other available details.

Visiting Guidelines and Hours

To visit an inmate in the Illinois Department of Corrections, you must be on the incarcerated individual’s approved visitation. You need to write the inmate a letter to verify if you are on the list. IDOC staff cannot verify if you are on the visiting list.
Schedule your visit online. Make sure you schedule your visit within 30 minutes, or the signup sheet will expire. Arrive at the facility at least 10 minutes before your scheduled visit.
Search through the Illinois Department of Corrections schedule page at Visitation Rules & Information to make an appointment. Examples of what you will see include:

Centralia Correction Center Visitor
Family and Friends
19976 of 6300 slots filled.

Big Muddy River Correctional Center
Family and Friends
270 of 1860 slots filled.

Lawrence Correctional Center Visitor Signup
Family and Friends
189 of 2372 slots filled.

  • You must call the facility for guidance. The staff will tell you when it is safe to enter.
  • Bring two forms of ID (one must be a state-issued photo ID)
  • Provide vehicle information.
  • You will undergo COVID-19 symptoms and temperature screening.
  • You must wear a surgical mask if you are over the age of two.
  • No electronic devices such as cell phones, tablets, smartwatches, food, drink, smoking materials, currency, purses, bags, books magazines, sunglasses, or personal keys. Lockers are available.
  • No pills or medications unless it is heart medication or asthma pumps prescribed by a physician.
  • Clothing must be in good taste.
  • All persons, vehicles and inmates are subject to search.
  • You can be denied entry if you are disruptive, abuse the visiting privilege, or violate state or federal laws or departmental rules.

Video Visitation can be done using an iPhone or iPad and Safari. You can also use an Android phone or tablet. iMac Computers and Windows computers are also accepted. Visits will be 20 minutes and cost $3.25. Visit the Video Visitation webpage for the proper information and website.

Inmates can receive only 1 video visit per day.
No more than three approved visitors per video visit
Video visitation hours are Monday – Friday, 8:00 am to 2:00 pm
Video visits must be scheduled 7 days in advance.
Only scheduled visitors can appear on the video visit monitor.

All visits are subject to monitoring and recording.

Additional Information for All Visits:

  • The general population of inmates may have a total of 7 visits per calendar month. Visits can be up to 4 hours per visit.
  • Only one visit per day
  • Visitors who travel can request extended visits. Make these requests in advance to the Chief Administrative Officer.
  • Must be on the approved visiting list.
  • Persons under 18 must be accompanied by an approved visitor who is 18 or older. Visitors under 12 years of age are only permitted when accompanied by a parent or guardian who is on the approved visitor list.

For additional information and a complete list of approved items, contact

Direct Inmate Communication
Phone Calls
Inmates can make outgoing collect calls to those who are on their approved call list. You need to write to the inmate and request to be added to their list. Once you are on the list, they can call you collect or utilize the third-party inmate call provider Securus. You have to use Securus if you only have a cell phone. All calls are subject to recording and monitoring unless the call is from an attorney. Call 1-800-844-6391 to set up a phone account or visit the website at Fees for each call plus a rate per minute are charged.

Outgoing Mail

Inmates have the right to send mail while incarcerated, protected by the First Amendment. Freedom of speech includes the right to read books and magazines, and the right to call or write to your family and friends.
Mail can be opened and censored for security reasons. Privileged mail includes attorney-client communication and must be marked. Non-privileged mail includes commercial mail, and letters from family, and this type of mail will be opened and censored.

Incoming Mail

Inmates in Illinois are allowed to receive letters from anyone as long as the mail does not have anything else like jewelry or contraband. Put the inmate’s name and ID number on the envelope. Make sure you do not place stickers on the envelopes or letters. If you do, your mail will be rejected. Correspondence is opened, inspected, and read to ensure nothing presents a danger. Legal mail can only be opened to check for contraband in the presence of the inmate.
Inmates can receive books and photographs. Photos must be no larger than 4×6 and may not contain nudity. The photos cannot be instant or Polaroid. You can only use plain envelopes or envelopes padded with clear bubble wrap.

Make sure you send your inmate mail as follows:

  • Inmate Name (full name) ID Number
  • Facility Name
  • PO Box or street address
  • City, State, Zip Code

Sending Money to Inmates

The IDOC allows family and friends to send funds to an inmate’s account. You can do this through electronic payments and money orders. Paying via electronic means can be wired through one of these four platforms:

  • Global Tel Link (GTL)
  • JPAY – The money order must be made out to JPAY’s money order webpage and sent to JPAY PO Box 260250 Hollywood FL 33026 To make deposits via phone call JAPY at 1-800-574-5729.
  • Money Gram – has a limit of $3,000. Use Blue Money Gram Express Payment form #7364 Fees vary.
  • Western Union – Western Union payments need to be processed using the Quick Collect From with ILDOCIL as the payment Code.

Inmate Records

You can find inmate records in the Illinois Department of Corrections by searching In the form, use the information you have like last name, IDOC number, or birthdate to find the inmate. The information will populate, choose the first name and last name of the inmate you are searching for. You Will see a mugshot – from and side view, Institution status, and location. The information that populates includes:

  • Physical profile
  • DOB
  • Height
  • Hair
  • Sex
  • Height
  • Race
  • Eyes
  • Marks Scars & Tattoos Admission/Release/Discharge Info
  • Tattoo, Forearm Right – Inner Cross “RIP De’ante
  • Admission/Release/Discharge Info
  • Admission: 03/21/19
  • Parole Date: 09/26/2034
  • Discharge Date: 09/26/2037
  • Sentencing Information
  • MIGGIMUS: 14CR….
  • Class: M
  • Count: 1
  • Offense: Murder/forcible felony
  • Date: 09/26/2014
  • Sentence: 20 years
  • County: Cook
  • Sentence Discharged: NO

Booking Procedures

Criminals who are arrested and taken to jail are booked shortly upon arrival. Booking records give information about the people who ae incarcerated. Book creates an official arrest record, arrested suspect who can post bail immediate and those who can’t be released. Booking may take hours to complete. How long it takes depends on how many booking procedures are in front of you plus the number of arrestees being booked.

The steps to booking are:

  • Recording the suspect’s name and crime
  • Taking a mug shot
  • Taking the suspect’s clothing and personal property into custody
  • Taking Fingerprints
  • Conducting a Full Body Search
  • Checking for Warrants
  • Health Screen
  • Background information
  • Taking a DNA sample
  • Mugshots
  • Yes. Front full face, side view

Information about Illinois

Illinois is a state in the Midwestern United States, and the Great Lakes are to its northeast, the Mississippi River to the West and the Wabash and Ohio rivers to the south. The largest metropolitan area is Chicago, and the capital is Springfield. Illinois is the sixth largest state in population (2020 – 12,812,508) and 25th largest in land area.

Various American Indian tribes lived along the waterways of Illinois for thousands of years. Burial sites have been found near Collinsville, and Monk Mound is the largest pre-Columbian structure north of the Valley of Mexico. After depleting the area of resources, the indigenous tribes moved on but continued to engage in constant warfare with other tribes.

In 1839, the Latter Day Saints founded a utopian city named Nauvoo, and by 1844 it briefly surpassed Chicago for the position of the state’s largest city However, that same year, the Latter Day Saint movement founder Joseph Smith was killed in the Carthage Jail, and the Saints were led out of Illinois in a mass exodus to Utah.

Illinois is rich in history and during the Civil War, Illinois ranked fourth in soldiers who served In the Union Army. Illinois was technically a “free” state, but there was some slavery.
Moving into the 21st century, Republican Governor Geoge Ryan commuted all death sentences and Illinois now has no death sentence.
In 2017, the Republic governor signed a bill into law that prohibited state and local police from arresting those solely due to their immigration status This bill essentially made Illinois a sanctuary state.

Chicago, Illinois is the nation’s third largest city and 23.3% of the population of Illinois live in Chicago. Illinois is still one of the nation’s manufacturing leaders with a manufacturing of over $107 billion in 2006. Illinois’ economy also carries on with high value-added services, such as financial trading, higher education, law, logistics, and medicine.

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