Illinois Federal Inmate Locator Departament of Corrections

Updated on: June 28, 2020
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 522 jails and prisons in state Illinois

Saint Clair County Jail

700 North 5th StreetBelleville, IL 62220

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

Du Page County Jail

501 North County Farm RoadWheaton, IL 60187

(630) 407-2000 (630) 407-2013

De Kalb County Jail

150 North Main StreetSycamore, IL 60178

(815) 895-5829 (815) 895-7235

Worth City Jail

7112 West 111th Street, Worth, IL, 60482


Woodstock City Jail

656 Lake Avenue, Woodstock, IL, 60098


Woodridge City Jail

One Plaza Drive, Woodridge, IL, 60517


Wood River City Jail

111 North Wood River Avenue, Wood River, IL, 62095


Winthrop Harbor City Jail

830 Sheridan Road, Winthrop Harbor, IL, 60096


Winnetka City Jail

410 Green Bay Road, Winnetka, IL, 60093


Winfield City Jail

27 West 465 Jewell Road, Winfield, IL, 60190


Wilmette City Jail

710 Ridge Road, Wilmette, IL, 60091


Willow Springs City Jail

8255 Willow Springs Road, Willow Springs, IL, 60480

708-839-2732, 708-839-3023

Wheeling City Jail

1 Community Boulevard, Wheeling, IL, 60090


Vernon Hills City Jail

754 Lakeview Parkway, Vernon Hills, IL, 60061


Urbana City Jail

1110 West Springfield Avenue, Urbana, IL, 61801


University Park City Jail

One University Parkway, C1375, University Park, IL, 60484


Tinley Park City Jail

7850 West 183rd Street, Tinley Park, IL, 60477


Thornton City Jail

700 Park Avenue, Thornton, IL, 60476


Tampico City Jail

104 West Market PO Box 219, Tampico, IL, 61283

815-438-2505, 815-537-8813

Summit City Jail

5810 South Archer Road, Summit, IL, 60501