Illinois Inmate Search


About Illinois Department of Corrections

Illinois Department of Corrections is the agency responsible for keeping and maintaining up-to-date records on all inmates serving time in Illinois state prisons.

You can search the Illinois department of corrections database by the IDOC number, birthdate, or their first and last name. While the information of offenders is public information, you can also contact the department of corrections directly at 217-558-2200.

Unlike the state of Illinois, city and county jails throughout Illinois keep their databases separate. You will need to find the correct authorities. The same goes for federal prisons, but you need to search on the BOP website.

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

When an offender is housed in a state prison, they are the property of the Department of Corrections Division. As stated above every state’s Department of Corrections Division has their own jail roster or database that the general public may use.

The Illinois Department of Corrections offender search database can be found on the official Illinois Department of Corrections website.

You can search the inmate list by using the following pieces of information:

The IDOC number will take precedence during all searches. The IDOC is a six-digit number. All incoming inmates will be assigned their IDOC number by the Illinois Department of Corrections. This will be the easiest and quickest way to locate an inmate.

If you decide to enter their IDOC number in the field provided, you will NOT need to enter their first and last name. However, the IDOC field will only show results for the EXACT number you have entered, so you will want to double check, if no results pop up.

If you don’t know the inmate’s IDOC number or there is no search results for the IDOC number you plugged in, the next thing you can do is search by the inmate’s first and last name.

When you finally get some search results, you will see a list of all inmates that fit the criteria you plugged in. This is not a release search. All inmates are currently sitting behind bars.

You will see the following pieces of information in the Illinois jails inmate search:

You can click on the inmate’s name to bring up their own personal file. When you do this, you will see the following information:

Who’s in Jail

As we stated above, the only prisons you will be able to find in the Illinois inmate search are state-operated facilities. All city and county jails are NOT in this database whatsoever. 

In the state of Illinois, there is 57 state prisons. These prisons are available in the above database. All other prisons that are not listed below will NOT come up in the roster. Keep this in mind when searching for an inmate in the Illinois prison inmate lookup database brought to you by the Illinois Department of Corrections. 

Looking for who’s in jail in city and county jails will be more difficult than trying to find out who’s in jail in a state or a federal prison. There is typically not much information on these smaller jails. A lot of city jails do not even supply an inmate database to the general public. However, it is not impossible to locate an inmate in one of those facilities, if you know exactly who to seek out with your questions. 

As far as county jails, majority of county jails will be managed and operated by that county’s Sheriff’s department. They will be the agency, you should reach out to if you believe the person you are looking for is in a county jail. 

As far as city jails, majority of city jails do not have much information about them. They are typically just holding pens for inmates to be transferred out to their “permanent” jail. If you believe the person you are looking for is in a city jail, it is best to contact that cities corrections division. You can typically find all department information on the city’s official website.

Jail Roster and Mugshots

The Illinois Department of Corrections offender search database is updated regularly. It is typically updated during normal business hours. You will notice that the inmate’s information can change quite frequently. Especially, if they have court proceedings and such. 

If you have any questions or want to have the updated information, you will be required to contact the facility that the inmate is in. They will have the utmost updated information available on the inmate. 

If you believe the information on an inmate is incorrect, you will want to contact the facility in which the inmate is held to dispute the information. 

In the jail roster, you will also find the inmate’s mugshot. This mugshot is taken when an inmate is being booked and processed into a state prison. The mugshots typically do not change unless an inmate is getting transferred into another state prison facility. 

You can also use the VINELink (VINE) to get notifications on the inmate’s moving throughout the system. You will need to select the state of Illinois. You will then want to select that you are searching for an offender or a defendant.

You will need to click the notification section of the inmate’s profile to get notified through text, calls, or email. When they make any changes to their VINE account, you’ll get notified in real-time.

Sex Offender Search

You may notice that there is not a way to search for sex offenders in the Illinois inmate search. That’s because the sex offender search is in a whole different database. Just like the Illinois DOC inmate look up this database is available to the general public to use also.

The sex offender database can be found on the Illinois State Police official website.

You can search this database by the following pieces of information:

Keep in mind that you will be able to search the database by either the offender's name or the address fields.

This offender search is strictly for offenders that are NOT in a state prison. These offenders are out on their own in the community.

When you do a successful search, you will see the following information:

Types of Correctional Facilities in Illinois

List of Correctional Facilities in Illinois

There are 429 jails and prisons in Illinois.
Showing 1 – 50 of 429 results
Correctional Facility Name Type County
Thomson Correctional Center State Prison Carroll 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
Naperville Jail City Jail Dupage County
DuPage County Juvenile Detention Center County Jail Dupage County
Oak Lawn Jail Facility City 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
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