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What are Inmate Records?

Illinois inmate records contain records of offenders held in state prisons, county jails, correctional inmate facilities, and other penal institutions. They provide general information such as the inmate’s name, registration number, date of birth, and sex. Public inmate records may also include sentencing information, such as the type and class of offense, the county in which the case was tried, and the location of the facility holding the inmate.

Understanding the Difference Illinois Jails and Prisons

Prisons are correctional facilities operated by the State of Illinois or federal government. Prisons managed by the state fall under the purview of the Illinois Department of Corrections. On the other hand, jails are correctional facilities managed by municipalities or counties.

How to Obtain Public Archived Information about Past Inmates

Records of former inmates housed in IDOC facilities may be obtained by completing an online request form or submitting a mail request to:

Illinois Department of Corrections
1301 Concordia Court
P.O. Box 19277
Springfield, IL 62794-9277
(217) 558-2200 x 2008

Illinois Department of Corrections
James R. Thompson Center
100 West Randolph
Chicago, IL 60601

When submitting a request for an archive search, requesters must provide as much relevant information as possible, such as the full name of the former inmate, the dates associated with his/her incarceration, and a registration number if known.

Contacting Inmates

Can Inmate Records be Removed Public Record?

Inmate records may only be removed from the public search database in situations where:

  • A mistrial is ruled in remanded cases
  • The verdict of a case is reversed from guilt to not-guilty by a court
  • Inmates receive a pardon

How to Visit an Inmate

The Illinois Department of Corrections provides general visitation guidelines for each of its correctional facilities. Offenders are permitted to receive visits from friends, family and other members of the community. Individuals held in the general population are permitted a maximum of 7 visits each month, with a maximum of only one visit on any given day. Visit times range from 2 hours on weekdays and 1 hour on weekends for general inmates to one hour for offenders who are designated as a high-escape risk. Extended visits may be permitted for visitors who travel great distances.

To visit an inmate, members of the public must:

  1. Verify the location of the inmate
  2. Review the visitation regulations for the specific correctional facility regarding visiting hours and days
  3. Review the visitation rules governing the behavior of visitors
  4. Provide verification for his/her date of birth as well as a valid photo identification

Note: Specific details such as the visiting times as well as the rules and procedures for visits vary with different facilities depending on the security level. Information on visiting rules and regulations may be obtained from the facility's websites. Members of the public can also direct any questions to the facility’s support desk.

How to Send Money to an Inmate in Illinois

Members of the public can send money to inmates or despite money directly into an offender’s commissary account using any three main methods:

  1. Using Western Union
  2. Using Money Gram
  3. Using GTL, JPAY

All electronic transfers must specify relevant details such as the inmate’s name and IDOC number. Funds transferred via MoneyGram are typically credited within 96 business hours, while transactions made via Western Union or GTL JPA are completed under 48 hours. Transactions made by money order should be sent to P.O. Box 260250 Hollywood, FL 33026 (made payable to JPAy).

Names of IDOC Correctional Inmate Facilities in Illinois

Below are the names of state prisons and correctional inmate facilities managed by the Illinois Department of Correction.

  • Big Muddy River Correctional Center
  • Centralia Correctional Center
  • Clayton Work Camp
  • Crossroads Adult Transition Center
  • Danville Correctional Center
  • Decatur Correctional Center
  • Dixon Correctional Center
  • Dixon Springs Impact Incarceration Program (IIP)
  • Du Quoin Impact Incarceration Program (IIP)
  • East Moline Correctional Center
  • Elgin Treatment Center
  • Fox Valley Adult Transition Center
  • Graham Correctional Center
  • Graham Reception and Classification Center
  • Greene County Work Camp
  • Hill Correctional Center
  • Illinois River Correctional Center
  • Jacksonville Correctional Center
  • Joliet Treatment Center
  • Kewanee Life Skills Re-Entry Center
  • Lawrence Correctional Center
  • Lincoln Correctional Center
  • Logan Correctional Center
  • Logan Reception and Classification Center
  • Menard Correctional Center
  • Menard Medium Security Unit
  • Menard Reception and Classification Center
  • Murphysboro Life Skills Re-Entry Center
  • North Lawndale Adult Transition Center
  • Northern Reception and Classification Center
  • Peoria Adult Transition Center
  • Pinckneyville Correctional Center
  • Pittsfield Work Camp
  • Pontiac Correctional Center
  • Pontiac Medium Security Unit
  • Robinson Correctional Center
  • Shawnee Correctional Center
  • Sheridan Correctional Center
  • Southwestern Illinois Correctional Center
  • Southwestern Illinois Work Camp
  • Stateville Correctional Center
  • Stateville Minimum Security Unit
  • Taylorville Correctional Center
  • Vandalia Correctional Center
  • Vienna Correctional Center
  • Western Illinois Correctional Center

How to Obtain Inmate Records from County and City Jails

The State of Illinois has 92 county jails spread across its 102 counties. Most of these jails provide access to public inmate records via an online web service. For instance, the Cook County Sheriff provides an online inmate locator tool, while the DuPage County Sheriff maintains an online roster of current and recently released inmates. Residents of Lake County can search for inmates online using a name, booking number, or the booking date, while the Will County Sheriff’s Office simplifies record access with an online inquiry database.

In addition to online searches, members of the public can obtain information on individuals held in county jail by signing up for alerts and notices or contacting the support office of the jail.

How to Obtain Inmate Records from Illinois State Prisons

Records of persons held in correctional inmate facilities managed by the state can be obtained by contacting the Illinois Department of Corrections. It provides public access to records and inmate information via several mediums. Interested parties can obtain records by calling the Department of Corrections at 217) 558-2200.

Residents can also search for inmate records using the online inmate search tool. It allows for searches using a known last name, birthday, or IDOC number. Search results include admission, release and discharge info as well as details on the inmate’s physical profile. Members of the public can also obtain sentencing information, such as the inmate’s sentencing status, offense, and custody date. In addition, the Illinois DOC maintains an online roster of most wanted fugitives and outstanding warrants. It includes the name of the fugitive, photo and offender status.

Illinois State Archives

State Archives

Contact:(217) 286-1482

Search Includes

  • Arrests & Warrants
  • Criminal Records
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  • Police Records
  • Sheriff Records
  • Inmate Records
  • Felonies & Misdemeanors
  • Probation Records
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  • Political Contributions
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  • Relatives & Associates
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  • Affiliated Phone Numbers
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Results are based upon available information from state, county and municipal databases, and may not include some or all of the above details.

Aerial view of Metropolitan Correctional Center in Chicago

Metropolitan Correctional Center, Chicago

  • There were over 1,240,000 reported violent crimes in the United States in 2017.
  • Between 2006 and 2010, approximately 3.4 million violent crimes went unreported.
  • Around 73 million (29.5%) of Americans have criminal records, many of which are eligible for sealing or expungement.
  • There were nearly 7.7 million property crimes in the United States in 2017. This represents a 3.6% decrease from the previous year.
  • Some newspapers have reported the cost of a public record can cost between $5 and $399,000.
  • In 2017, there were 1,920 presidential pardon requests. Of those, 142 were granted.