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Illinois Inmate Search

Updated on: April 4, 2024

Use this website for informational purposes only.

Originating in 1970, The Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC)’s “mission of the Illinois Department of Corrections is to serve justice and increase public safety by promoting positive change in offender behavior, operating successful reentry programs and reducing victimization.”

The IDOC is the first place to look when searching for an inmate in Illinois. This website has plenty of information regarding searching for inmates, visiting inmates, communicating with inmates, and more.

Illinois Department of Correction Offender Search

The Illinois Department of Corrections oversees all of the jails and prisons in Illinois. On the Illinois DOC inmate lookup, you can do an inmate search by last name, birthdate, or offender number.

The Illinois Department of Correction offender search database provides information about offenders currently under IDOC jurisdiction: those incarcerated, on probation, or on parole.


VINELink, America’s leading victim notification network, is the online portal to VINE. VINE allows you to search for inmates in Idaho, but you will need to create a free account in order to use VINELink’s services. If needed, you can contact VINELink by calling toll-free 1-800-247-9763.

VINELink provides the most current and reliable information regarding inmate custody status changes and criminal case information. VINELink has recently added new user-friendly features that make the inmate searches easier and more efficient.

Another perk of the VINE service is that they are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and 365 days a year, and they offer information by phone, email, and text message.

Find an Inmate Search Engine

The Federal Bureau of Prison’s Find an Inmate search engine is another resource you can use to search for Illinois inmates. Originating in 1982, this website contains records of all inmates who have been incarcerated from 1982 to present. If you do a release search for inmates who have already been released, their records will be provided.

You can either search by the inmate’s name or the inmate’s number (the DCDC number, FBI number, INS number, or BOP register number of the inmate).

However, it is important to note that this search gives results for inmates who have been sent to federal prisons only. Inmates sent to federal prisons are those who have violated federal laws.

Inmate Records Online Search

Through the Inmate Records Online Search, you can find inmates, mugshots, records, and contact information for inmates. This information comes through law enforcement agencies and courthouses.

To use this resource, you need to search the inmate’s first and last name, and click on “Illinois.” Once the search is complete, you will need to set up a free account to view the full report on the inmate you searched for.

Search Specific Jails in Illinois

Another way you can search for an inmate in Illinois is to search specific Illinois prisons and jails.

Each jail has a website, and each website has a jail roster, so you can find out who’s in jail by searching the jail roster. Go here to search specific jails in Illinois, and search for the jail roster. Then, you can search for the specific inmate.

Search Prisons by Types

You can also find out who’s in jail in Illinois by searching for the specific type of prison or jail that the inmate is serving time in.

  1. City Jail

A city jail is for inmates who are serving short sentences. They are either awaiting trial or have been convicted of a crime that requires their sentence to be a year or less.

  1. County Jail

A county jail serves inmates who are awaiting trial or those convicted of minor crimes —These inmates usually stay in a county jail for a year or less.

  1. State prison

A state prison is a prison operated and maintained by a state and used to confine and rehabilitate criminals who have been convicted of major crimes. Most inmates who are sentenced to prisons are sentenced for a year or more.

When searching for an inmate, go to the inmate search page and search his or her first and last name. You will usually see the inmate’s name, mugshot, birthdate, charges, and other information.

Bottom Line

As you can see, the Illinois Department of Corrections provides many ways to search for inmates in Illinois. By using these resources, you will soon find the inmate you are seeking.

This site is not owned or operated by any state government agency, read more.

Illinois Department of Corrections Offender Lookup

Illinois Department of Corrections manages and operates all the state prison in Illinois.
To search for an inmate in Illinois Department of Corrections follow the steps given below:

Navigate to inmate search page


Enter all valid data in the required fields.


Click on ‘Search’ button.

Illinois Inmate Search DOC Information

Authority Illinois Department of Corrections
Website link
Inmate Search link
Visitor Application link
Address 1301 Concordia Court, P.O. Box 19277, Springfield, IL 62794-9277
Phone (217) 558-2200/ 2008

List of Jails and Prisons in Illinois