Jail and Inmate Search in Illinois
Illinois has a jail population of 20,600 and a prison population of 43,657. The majority of the inmate population of Illinois, more than 57% is black males. 29.2% are white males, and the remaining 13% are Hispanic or other race. The average age of inmates incarcerated in Illinois is 37.7 years old. The highest recorded inmate population in Illinois was in August of 2012 when it hit a whopping 46,077. Illinois jail and prisons operate on an annual budget of $1,300,000,000 with a staff of 11,600 employees. Along with those in prison, Illinois supervises another 113,989 people on probation and 29,428 on parole.
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What are Jail Records?
Jail records are the documentation and files that are recorded on a person who entered the Illinois correctional system. Each person’s criminal record begins when they are arrested, and a RAP sheet is introduced into the system. From there, everything that happens is documented and updated as he or she progresses through the system. Each law enforcement agency is responsible for keeping up those records and adding to them once they take over supervision of the prisoner. Other things that are noted are visitors, moves from facility to facility and other issues that arise during their stay.
How to Search for Inmates in Illinois
If you know someone who is incarcerated in Illinois, you can visit them or send money. If you don’t know where they are located, you can check on the Illinois Department of Corrections website and perform an inmate search using just their last name. If you have their prison ID, you can use that to search. The query results will show you a list of inmates and you can narrow down the search by clicking on each one to see details like mug shots, physical description, their offenses, sentencing, release date and links so you can get directions to the facility or send money through the prison system to their commissary account.
Creating Public Jail Records
Each prisoner has a complete criminal history in the Illinois database system. These jail records are created from the time someone enters the system all the way through until they complete the conditions of their parole. The system of jail records is shared by all law enforcement agencies so that each one who takes responsibility for the inmate can update them as things change or new events occur. Stuff like work-release programs, visitors, new charges, court rulings of anything else that pertains to them will be noted in the jail record and kept permanently.
Criminal Justice Quick Facts
Illinois Prisoner Statistics by Gender
The number of Illinois prisoners at the year-end of 2016 was 43,657, that stayed the same compared to the previous year. Females made up 6.0% of prison population while the number of male prisoners counted 41,044 in 2016.
The Prisoner Change by Gender in % for the Last 10 Years
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The Timeline of Total Prisoners from 2007-2016
The prison population of Illinois is 43,657 inmates, that is 3.4% lower than it was 10 years ago. The highest number of prison population in Illinois was in 2012, when the number of prisoners was 49,348 inmates.
Illinois Parole Population
Illinois parole population as of the beginning of 2016 counted 29,629 people, 298 paroles per 100.000 population. That’s by 201 people less compared to the previous year, which has decreased by -0.7%.
Paroles per 100.000 population
Parole Total Population in Illinois
Parole Entries & Exits
Change in 2016, in Percentage and Number
Number on parole per 100,000 U.S. adult residents
Adults entering parole, by type of entry
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|Unknown or not reported:||216|
The state of Illinois has 28 prisons and 92 jails spread across 102 counties. They operate off a budget of $1.3 billion with a staff of over 11,500. The Illinois community corrections system also manages 113,989 inmates on parole and another 29,428 on probation. The cost to care for one inmate annually is $38,268. Based on a rate of one hundred thousand residents, Illinois violent crime rate is 436, their property crime rate is 2,049, and their rate of incarceration is 341.