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Illinois Correctional Facilities

Updated on: June 15, 2023
Department Name
Illinois Department of Corrections
1301 Concordia Court, P.O. Box 19277, Springfield, IL 62794-9277
Phone Number
(217) 558-2200/ 2008
Official Website
Currently Incarcerated Inmates

How to find someone incarcerated in Illinois

Searching for an inmate in Illinois takes various options depending on one convenience. Some of these ways include;

  1. Contacting suspected jail or prison facilities

Mostly, arrestees are taken to the nearest facilities within their location of the arrest. It is much easier to locate them this way. You can either make a call or personally visit the facilities for confirmation. At times, you may find this information online depending on whether the specific facility uploads them on its website or not.

  1. Confirm with your local sheriff

The local sheriff's office keeps an updated list of suspects arrested within their jurisdiction. A quick confirmation through this option would be either via a call or an actual visit.

  1. Consider third-party websites

These are online databases independently owned by anticrime organizations. You can quickly locate an inmate through these websites and find other related information, like parole, bail, bond, etc.

Another alternative is reaching out to the Illinois Department of Correction (IDOC). It is the sole in-charge body that handles matters in jail and prisons. Within its operations, the department keeps an updated list of all inmates across the state. You can call for quicker assistance by physically reaching out to this information.

Note: All these search options require specific information to be successful. These include either the full names of the subject or the IDOC number. In some cases involving third-party options, a city or place of residence is necessary. Click on Illinois Inmate Search to begin.

Illinois Jail Roster

When arrested in Illinois, the procedure is rather typical. Arresting officers will take the suspect to their station for apprehension while awaiting court procedures. Whatever happens between arrest and lock up at the station is often record-taking. Here, they take the mugshots of the suspect, check identification details, record fingerprints, and note physical descriptions. Most importantly, they also include specific crime charges for the suspect for further pursuit.

A jail roster explicitly defines a list of all inmates within its premises. Beyond the names, they also include all those mentioned above physical and incarceration descriptions. A copy of this information is often found at the arresting sheriff's office; however, you will also find it at the Illinois public records office or the jail facility.

If you are trying to locate an inmate, definitely a jail roster would help. Apart from the sheriff's office and office of public records, this information is equally available with the Illinois Department of Correction; they update their list every 24 hours. In case you miss a name, check later; probably it's because they haven't uploaded it yet.

You can access quick assistance with jail roster information by calling IDOC at (217) 558-2200.

Illinois Prison System

All prisons in Illinois exist under IDOC. The department oversees management procedures in every facility and develops relevant policies. From the chief department, there are prison directors. Their role is equally management, however, at a lower level.

Illinois features four types of prisons, minimum, low, medium, high, or administrative. The difference majorly comes based on their capacity and security level. Within this distribution, there is a distinction based on local or federal management. Additional difference rest on age factor. Apart from the adult prisons men or women, there are also some for the underage, the juvenile prisons.

Major activities undertaken by most prisons involve rehabilitation and reentry programs. All drug addicts find professionally guided help, while the rest engage in vocational training and education. Ultimately, IDOC focuses on transforming inmates into viable people in society, law-abiding citizens with economic value.

While each facility has its rules and regulations, the system works as one, balancing the population and coordinating managerial activities.

Types of Correctional Facilities in Illinois

Illinois Prisons and Jails