Illinois Inmate Search


About Illinois Department of Corrections

Inmate Records Search

Find Arrest & Court records, Mugshots and Contact Info.

Keeping and maintaining updated records on all inmates that are held in Illinois state prisons is a big responsibility. That is what the Illinois Department of Corrections does.

The Illinois Department of Corrections roster can be searched by the information listed below:

  • First Name
  • Last Name
  • Date of Birth
  • IDOC Number

If you don't have access to a computer and the internet you can always call the Department of Corrections at 217-558-2200.

The county and city jails have their information in different databases so you will need to use the correct site to search their databases for an inmate in any of these facilities. The BOP website will need to be searched for inmates in federal prisons.

Basic Information

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

How to Do an Inmate Search in Illinois

An inmate belongs to the Department of Corrections Division when an inmate is held in a state jail. The state jail has its database open to the general public to take advantage of by the Department of Corrections Division.

You will be able to find the Illinois Department of Corrections offender search roster on the official Illinois Department of Corrections website.

By using the inmate's date of birth first name, last name and the IDOC number you will be able to search the jail roster.

While searching the database the IDIC number will be the fastest way to search for an inmate, which is a six-digit number. All inmates that are held in a state jail are given their own IDIC. This is done by the Connecticut Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

The inmate's first and last name will not be needed if you are going to enter the inmate's IDOC number. Keep in mind if there aren't any inmate's that come up after you enter the IDOC number, you will want to make sure you have entered the correct number since the number will need to be exact for the database to match an inmate.

The inmate's first and last name can be entered in the database if you aren't having any luck using the inmate's IDOC number or if you don’t have the inmate’s IDOC number available.  

There will be a list of inmate's that matches the information about the inmate you entered.

The information about these inmates is listed below:

  • Full Name
  • Date of Birth
  • IDOC Number

The information below will be shown when you select the inmate's name that you are searching:

  • Full Name
  • Marks, Scars, and Tattoos
  • Date of Birth
  • Race
  • Location
  • Offender Status
  • Height
  • Weight
  • Sex
  • Eye Color
  • Hair Color
  • Parent Institution
  • Admission/Release/Discharge Info
  • IDOC Number

Who’s in Jail

Prisons operated by the state are the only prisons that can be found in the Illinois database. City and county prisons are kept in a different database.

There are 57 state prisons located in the state of Illinois. In the roster listed above is where you can see all of these prisons. However only state prisons are in this database, all other prisons will not be shown.

If you are trying to find someone in a state jail, it shouldn't be that difficult since the state jails are a bit bigger and offer more information on their inmates than the smaller jails such as a city or county jails. you will be able to get information in a city or state jail's, you just might have to spend more time getting information and you will need to know where to get the information you are looking for.  

Most of the county's Sheriff's department manages and operates the county jails. You will need to get a hold of the county's Sheriff's department if you are searching for someone that is in a county jail.

There really isn't a whole lot of information on the city jails. The city jails pretty much exist to hold inmates until they will be transported to a more permanent location/jail. The city's corrections division can be contacted if the person you are looking for is being held in a city jail. The city’s official website is where you will be able to find contact information where you can find out the information you are looking for.     

Jail Roster and Mugshots

The Illinois Department of Corrections has updates to their offender search database done often so their information is in real time most of the time. So, keep in mind that this database information changes often, even more so if the inmate is still in the process of being sentenced. The Illinois Department of Corrections updates their database during normal business hours.

You can always call the jail that the inmate is being held in if you would like the most recent information or if you have any questions since the jail will have the most recent information.

The jail in which the inmate is held in will need to be contacted if you see any information on the inmate to be wrong where information can be debated with the inmate.

The inmate's mugshots are kept in the database that the general public can access. The inmates have their mugshots taken when they are being processed and booked into a state jail. The only reason an inmate will need to have their mugshots taken again is if they are being transported to a different jail.   

The VINELink can be used to get notified if an inmate’s moving within the system. This is where the state of Connecticut will need to be selected, then you will choose if you are looking for a defendant or an offender.

You will be able to choose if you want to be notified by emails, texts or phone calls. The vine will notify you immediately when there are changes made. 

Sex Offender Search

The Illinois prison inmate roster does not allow you to search for sex offenders. The database for sex offenders has its own database, which the general public does have access to this sex offender database.  


You will be able to find the sex offender database on the Illinois State Police official website.

You will then need the information listed below to continue your search:  

  • First & Last Name

  • Zip Code

  • Offender Type

  • City

  • State

  • Status


This database can be searched by using the name and zip code or the address information.

The offenders that are in this database are in this database are not behind bars.

You will see the information listed below when you select the offender you are looking for:

  • Full Name
  • Date of Birth
  • Address
  • Weight
  • Height
  • Mugshots
  • County of Conviction
  • Race
  • Crimes
  • Sex
  • Aliases

Types of Correctional Facilities in Illinois

List of Correctional Facilities in Illinois

There are 134 jails and prisons in Illinois.

Showing 1 – 50 of 134 results
Correctional Facility Name Type County
Adams County Juvenile Detention Facility County Jail Adams County
Adams County Jail County Jail Adams County
Alexander County Jail County Jail Alexander County
Bond County Jail County Jail Bond County
Boone County Correctional Facility County Jail Boone County
Brown County Jail County Jail Brown County
Calhoun County Jail County Jail Calhoun County
Cass County Jail County Jail Cass County
Carroll County Jail County Jail Carroll County
Bureau County Jail County Jail Bureau County
Champaign County Jail County Jail Champaign County
Champaign County Satellite Jail County Jail Champaign County
Champaign County Juvenile Detention Center County Jail Champaign County
Clark County Jail County Jail Clark County
Christian County Jail County Jail Christian County
Clay County Jail County Jail Clay County
Cook County Jail - Boot Camp County Jail Cook County
Cook County Jail - Women's Justice Services County Jail Cook County
Clinton County Jail County Jail Clinton County
Coles County Jail County Jail Coles County
Cook County Jail County Jail Cook County
Cook County Jail - Division II & III Annex County Jail Cook County
Cook County Jail - Juvenile Detention Center County Jail Cook County
Crawford County Jail County Jail Crawford County
Cumberland County Jail County Jail Cumberland County
DeWitt County Sheriff County Jail De Witt County
DeKalb County Sheriff's Jail County Jail DeKalb County
Douglas County Jail County Jail Douglas County
DuPage County Jail County Jail Dupage County
DuPage County Juvenile Detention Center County Jail Dupage County
Edgar County Jail County Jail Edgar County
Edwards County Jail County Jail Edwards County
Fayette County Jail County Jail Fayette County
Effingham County Jail County Jail Effingham County
Ford County Jail County Jail Ford County
Franklin County Juvenile Detention Center County Jail Franklin County
Franklin County Jail County Jail Franklin County
Fulton County Jail County Jail Fulton County
Greene County Jail County Jail Greene County
Grundy County Jail County Jail Grundy County
Hamilton County Jail County Jail Hamilton County
Gallatin County Jail County Jail Gallatin County
Hardin County Jail County Jail Hardin County
Hancock County Jail County Jail Hancock County
Henderson County Jail County Jail Henderson County
Henry County Jail County Jail Henry County
Iroquois County Jail County Jail Iroquois County
Jackson County Jail County Jail Jackson County
Jefferson County Jail County Jail Jefferson County
Jersey County Jail County Jail Jersey County
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