Illinois Arrest Records and Inmate SearchYou may have a friend or relative in state prison. The person may have been incarcerated many years back, and you may want to know if he has been released or is still in prison. There is another scenario where you are searching for someone in prison but are not sure where he is being housed. In all such situations, there are different ways to find out if someone is in jail in Illinois.
Like in all other states, in Illinois, prisoners are sent to the county jail for minor offenses where imprisonment is less than a year. For all major offenses, they are sent to the state prison. The state prisons are maintained by the Department of Corrections. The county jails are maintained by the Sheriff or police chief of the respective county.
Searching for Illinois State Prison Inmates
This is how the inmate locator works:
Using Third-Party Sites
How to Find out if Someone is in Jail by Phone or Fax
In case of any problems using the online inmate search utility, it is possible to get information about offenders in prison by calling the Illinois department of corrections. Members of the public and private organizations who need this information can call the number (217) 558-2200. Members of Governmental organizations can call 1-888-446-9103. There is no fax number to contact the department.
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