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Vandalia Correctional Center Profile and Valuable Information

Vandalia Correctional Center is a medium-security prison for adult males situated in Vandalia in Fayette County, Illinois. The state prison has an operational capacity of housing 1700 inmates. The facility is about four and a half hours south of Chicago and one and half hours southeast of Springfield. The center incurs an average cost of $26,187 per inmate annually.

Vandalia Correctional Center has a dorm-type setting with 113 buildings, totaling 412,000 square feet. The facility sits on 1520 acres of land contained within the perimeter fence. The center takes part in correctional industries, letting inmates work jobs in milk and juice production, vegetable oil processing, spice production, and meat processing. The facility is owned and operated by the Illinois Department of Corrections.

Vandalia Correctional Center History and Mission

The Vandalia Correctional Center was first opened in the year 1921. The center’s mission is to promote and assist the criminal offenders in the prison to leave the facility in a good shape and become productive members of society after they are released. The correctional center also aims to provide a safe, secure environment for the inmates, staff and the general public.

With these intentions in mind, the Vandalia Correctional Center offers a wide array of educational and vocational courses to the inmates.

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Vandalia Correctional Center Phone Number

You can easily reach out to the administration of the Vandalia Correctional Center by using the below contact information.

Phone number: (618) 283-4170

Fax number: (618) 283-9147

Vandalia Correctional Center Address

Planning to visit the correctional center? Here is the physical address and the mailing address of the Vandalia Correctional Center.

Physical address:

Route 51 North

Vandalia, IL 62471

Inmate mailing address:

Inmate Name & IDOC#

P.O. Box  500

Vandalia, IL 62471

Business mailing address:

Route 51 North

P.O. Box 500

Vandalia, Il 62471

Vandalia Correctional Center Inmate Programs

Find below the list of programs offered by the center to its inmates.


  • ABE (Adult Basic Education)
  • GED (General Education Development)
  • Pre-GED
  • Computer technology
  • TABE (Test for Adult Basic Education)
  • Vocational technical math
  • College academic classes


  • Building trades
  • Auto body school
  • Horticulture
  • Career technologies


  • Milk production
  • Juice production
  • Turkey processing
  • Vegetable oil processing
  • Spice production

Volunteer Services:

  • Alcoholics anonymous
  • Bible studies
  • religious


  • Chaplaincy
  • Fatherhood initiative
  • Leisure time activity
  • Library
  • Field services
  • TRAC 1
  • Orientation
  • Lifestyle redirection
  • Drug education
  • Parenting
  • Inside out dads
  • Hot topics presentations
  • Parole school
  • Anger management
  • HIV peer groups
  • Anger management
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Vandalia Correctional Center Visiting Hours

General population: General population inmates are permitted 7 visits a month. Of these, 3 visits can be made over the weekends or state holidays. Visiting hours are from 10 am to 7 pm on all days of the week. However, are only processed from 10 am to 1:45 pm and from 3 pm to 7 pm. Visitors must arrive at the facility by 4:45 pm to be processed.

Segregation: Visiting hours for inmates in segregation are from 10 am to 1 pm. Visitors must be presented at the facility by 12 pm.

Video visitation: Video visitations with the inmates can be made Sunday through Saturday from 8:30 am to 1:30 pm and from 3 pm to 7 pm. Visitors must log on to GLT 15 minutes before the start time.

Vandalia Correctional Center Visitation and Mail Rules

Visitors are requested to carry two forms of identification and verification of date of birth with them. ID could include a driver’s license, a state ID or a government ID. Please note that expired ID will not be considered. Visitors must also be present on the offender’s visitor list.

Vandalia Correctional Center Inmate Locator

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