Illinois Federal Inmate Locator Departament of Corrections

Updated on: April 21, 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

Pekin Police Jail

111 South Capitol Street, Pekin, IL, 61554


Paxton Jail

145 South Market Street, Paxton, IL, 60957


Princeton Jail

2 South Main Street, Princeton, IL, 61356


Palos Heights Jail

7607 West College Drive, Palos Heights, IL, 60463


O’Fallon Jail

285 North Seven Hills Road, O'Fallon, IL, 62269


Olney Jail

320 South Whittle Avenue, Olney, IL, 62450


Mt. Carroll Jail

302 North Main Street, Mt. Carroll, IL, 61053


Matteson Jail

20500 South Cicero Avenue, Matteson, IL, 60443

708-748-1564, 708-748-4085

Moline Jail

1640 6th Avenue, Moline, IL, 61265


Maywood Jail

125 South 5th Avenue, Maywood, IL, 60153


Kankakee Jail

385 East Oak Street, Kankakee, IL, 60901


Glen Carbon Jail

149 North Main Street, Glen Carbon, IL, 62034

618-288-7226, 618-288-3929

Harrisburg Jail

One North Main Street, Harrisburg, IL, 62946


Flora Jail

123 North Locust Street, Flora, IL, 62839


Dixon Jail

220 South Hennepin Avenue, Dixon, IL, 61021


Effingham Jail

206 East Section Avenue, Effingham, IL, 62401

217-347-0774, 217-342-5331

Champaign Jail

82 East University Avenue, Champaign, IL, 61820


Collinsville Jail

200 West Clay Street, Collinsville, IL, 62234


Harvey Jail

15301 Dixie Highway, Harvey, IL, 60426


Litchfield Jail

120 East Ryder Street, Litchfield, IL, 62056