Illinois Federal Inmate Locator Departament of Corrections

Updated on: September 26, 2021
Department Name
Illinois Department of Corrections
Official Website
Currently Incarcerated Inmates
1301 Concordia Court, P.O. Box 19277, Springfield, IL 62794-9277
Phone Number
(217) 558-2200/ 2008

Types of Correctional Facilities in Illinois

Those who are serving their sentence in an Illinois state prison are overseen by the Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC). The IDOC has a centralized inmate database that makes it easy to search for inmates in federal prison.

However, if an inmate is serving their time in a county jail, police jail, or a city jail, you will have to visit those sites to find information.

Below you will find information on how to do an inmate search. From there, you will be able to send money and contact an offender.

Illinois Department of Corrections Mission

Every prison throughout the states has a mission. The mission of the Illinois Department of Corrections is to protect the public from those who break the law through a system of incarceration, supervision, and programs to enhance successful reentry into society.

How to Do an Inmate Search

If you would like to talk to an inmate, send money, or visit, you will need to first do an inmate search to get the information you need. You can easily do an inmate search online using the IDOC website.

From the home page, you will find tabs across the top. Click on offender search and from there inmate search. You will be asked how you want to search. You can search by last name, birthdate, or IDOC number.

Once you find the inmate you are looking for, be sure to record their IDOC number as well as other information listed on the site as you may need this information for other things.

If you do not wish to find an inmate, but want to find out sex offender registration or other information in your area, you can do the following searches from the offender search tab:

  • Wanted fugitive search
  • Illinois sex offender registrant search
  • Parole Sex Registrant search
  • Community notification of inmate early release search

How to Talk to an Inmate

Inmates will not be allowed to receive phone calls. However, they will be able to make collect calls to those on their approved list. Offenders have scheduled call times based on their living unit’s schedule.


If you would like to receive collect calls from offenders on a cell phone, you will need to set up a prepaid account with Securus online or via phone: 1-800-844-6591. If you have a landline, you can set up a prepaid account or a direct billing account.

Electronic Messaging

Friends and family are now able to communicate with inmates using an electronic messaging system. This means that if you want to get a message to an inmate you can. However, inmates are not able to send messages back.

You can sign up for an account, here. You will need to know the following information:

  • Inmate ID
  • Inmate name
  • Inmate’s date of birth
  • Site ID:16

Expect to pay about .30 cents per message you send.

Keep in mind that the rules and regulations regarding inmates are set in place to keep everyone safe including the inmate. It is important to follow all rules and regulations.

Correctional Facilities in Illinois

There are 193 jails and prisons in state Illinois

Massac County Jail

Superman Square, Metropolis, IL, 62960


Lawrence Correctional Center

10940 Lawrence Road, Sumner, IL, 62466


Saint Clair County Jail

700 North 5th StreetBelleville, IL 62220

(618) 277-3505 ext. 5722 (618) 277-4213

Worth City Jail

7112 West 111th Street, Worth, IL, 60482


Woodridge City Jail

One Plaza Drive, Woodridge, IL, 60517


Urbana City Jail

1110 West Springfield Avenue, Urbana, IL, 61801


Romeoville City Jail

1050 West Romeo Road, Romeoville, IL, 60446


Rantoul City Jail

109 East Grove Street, Rantoul, IL, 61866


Peoria City Jail

1200 West Main Street - Unit D, Peoria, IL, 61606


Palatine City Jail

595 North Hicks Road, Palatine, IL, 60067


Mt. Prospect City Jail

112 East Northwest Highway, Mt. Prospect, IL, 60056


Metropolis City Jail

1020 Broadway Street, Metropolis, IL, 62960


Joliet City Jail

150 West Washington Street, Joliet, IL, 60432


Granite CIty City Jail

2330 Madison Avenue, Granite CIty, IL, 62040


Fairview Heights City Jail

10027 Bunkum Road, Fairview Heights, IL, 62208

618-489-2100, 618-489-2150

Chicago City Jail

700 East Oakwood Drive, Chicago, IL, 60653


Sycamore Jail

535 DeKalb Avenue, Sycamore, IL, 60178


Rockford Jail

420 West State Street, Rockford, IL, 61101-1288


Rolling Meadows Jail

3600 Kirchoff Road, Rolling Meadows, IL, 60008


Pawnee Jail

617 7th Street PO Box 560, Pawnee, IL, 62558