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Databases Updated on Jul 24, 2024

How to Perform Illinois Inmate Lookup

If you know someone who is incarcerated in IL, you can visit them or send money. If you don’t know where they are located, you can check on the state Department of Corrections website and perform an Illinois prison inmate search using just their last name. If you have their prison ID, you can use that to do Illinois inmate 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 state 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.

What are Illinois Jail Records?

Illinois Jail inmate search records are the documentation and files that are recorded on a person who entered the IL 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.

Jail and Inmate Search in Illinois

IL has a jail population of 20,600 and a prison population of 43,657. The majority of the inmate population of IL, 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 the state was in August of 2012 when it hit a whopping 46,077. The state 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, IL supervises another 113,989 people on probation and 29,428 on parole.

Criminal Justice Quick Facts

Illinois Imprisonment Rate
Prison Population
Probation Population
Parole Population
8.8:1 (Black : White Ratio)
1.6:1 (Hispanic : White Ratio)
Racial Disparity in Incarceration Rate
Juvenile Custody Rate (per 100 000)
49,625 (0.50%)
Disenfranchised Population
27,427 (1.98%)
Disenfranchised African Americans
Corrections Expenditures (in millions)

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 (2016)
Parole Total Population in Illinois (2016)
Parole Entries & Exits (2016)
Change in 2016, in Percentage and Number
Number on parole per 100,000 U.S. adult residents
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Adults entering parole, by type of entry
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Term of supervised release

Illinois Prisons

The state 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 IL 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.

Prison Name Prison Type
Big Muddy River Correctional CenterState Prison
Centralia Correctional CenterState Prison
Chicago MCC Federal Prison
Chicago RRM Federal Prison
Clayton Work CampState Prison
Danville Correctional CenterState Prison
Decatur Correctional CenterState Prison
Dixon Correctional CenterState Prison
Dixon Springs Impact Incarceration Program (IIP)State Prison
Du Quoin Impact Incarceration Program (IIP)State Prison
East Moline Correctional CenterState Prison
East Moline Work CampState Prison
Fox Valley Adult Transition CenterState Prison
Graham Correctional CenterState Prison
Graham Reception and Classification CenterState Prison
Greene County Work CampState Prison
Greenville FCI Federal Prison
Hill Correctional CenterState Prison
Illinois River Correctional CenterState Prison
Jacksonville Correctional CenterState Prison
Joliet Treatment CenterState Prison
Kewanee Life Skills Re-Entry CenterState Prison
Lawrence Correctional CenterState Prison
Lincoln Correctional CenterState Prison
Logan Correctional CenterState Prison
Marion USP Federal Prison
Menard Correctional CenterState Prison
Menard Medium Security UnitState Prison
Menard Reception and Classification CenterState Prison
Metropolitan Correctional Center ChicagoState Prison
North Lawndale Adult Transition CenterState Prison
Northern Reception and Classification CenterState Prison
Pekin FCI Federal Prison
Peoria Adult Transition CenterState Prison
Pinckneyville Correctional CenterState Prison
Pittsfield Work CampState Prison
Pontiac Correctional CenterState Prison
Pontiac Medium Security UnitState Prison
Robinson Correctional CenterState Prison
Shawnee Correctional CenterState Prison
Sheridan Correctional CenterState Prison
Southwestern Illinois Correctional CenterState Prison
Southwestern Illinois Work CampState Prison
Stateville Correctional CenterState Prison
Stateville Minimum Security UnitState Prison
Taylorville Correctional CenterState Prison
Thomson AUSPFederal Prison
Vandalia Correctional CenterState Prison
Vienna Correctional CenterState Prison
Western Illinois Correctional CenterState Prison
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