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Why The Male Model Doesn't Work for Women Inmates

This is content sponsored by Netflix (producers of Orange Is The New Black) for the New York Times. There are some interesting facts and a few videos worth watching if you are concerned with the incarceration of women and the related issues.   Women serving time in American prisons

With One Free Jail Call, Who Should I Reach Out To When I Get Arrested?

Anyone who has been incarcerated will tell you that once you are booked, given inmate attire, and assigned to a housing unit, your connection with the outside world is greatly reduced. During the booking process most jails will allow you one free phone call before taking you to your unit. Make it count. Very few […]

Consequences of Introducing Contraband

It might be tempting to bring your inmate something from the outside, but doing so can have very serious consequences. If your inmate asks you to bring something illegal into the facility, he or she is not thinking clearly, therefore, it is up to you to be strong and not get the both of you […]

5 Ways to Help an Addict While he is Away at Rehab

Unless your friend is still living at home with parents and has no bills or responsibilities, he/she is going to need some help while at rehab. The five main reasons addicts worry about being gone are: Pets: If you are an animal lover, you might offer to take his pet in and take of him […]

How To Keep an Inmate Involved in the Lives of the Children

One of the hardest things for an inmate to deal with is being removed from his or her children. Not being there for daily routines means missing out on much of the child's development and preparation for life. These easy steps will keep your inmate connected and active in the lives of the children. Phone […]

Helpful Workout Routines if you are in State or Federal Prison

Incarceration is scary. It doesn't matter how old or tough you are, fear is a natural response to being sent to prison. Not showing that fear is one of the most important things you can do to protect yourself while doing your time. Exercise is a perfect tool to alleviate fear. According to Harvard Health […]

5 Steps to Mailing Commissary Money to a Federal Inmate

In addition to these five steps below, keep in mind that when you mail the commissary funds, they must go through the United States Postal Service. You cannot use Federal Express, United Parcel or other similar services. Step 1 Know where to send it. All federal commissary money must be sent to a central post […]

Can a Felon Own a Gun In New Mexico?

Generally speaking, federal law makes it a crime for a convicted felon to own or possess a gun or ammunition. If you were convicted of a federal felony crime, you must receive a presidential pardon if you are to ever own a firearm again. Some states, however, have specifically designed laws regarding felons convicted of […]

Can a Felon Possess a Gun In Colorado?

Colorado law allows certain convicted felons to own or possess guns. Federal law still makes it a crime to do so, and in some cases the feds have pursued prosecution of those who possess guns in states that allow it. Only an attorney should advise you on this matter but the basics of Colorado's laws […]

Pregnant and in Prison – Now What?

Going to prison or jail while you are pregnant sometimes can't be helped, but you will need to be sure you get the proper treatment and medical care while incarcerated. You'll also need to make arrangements for the baby after he or she is born. Banking on the belief you will be released before your […]

Fun Ideas to Mail to Your Inmate

Mail is a great way to communicate with your inmate. In addition to serious letters, here are some fun ways to amuse each other through the mail. These can be done on postcards or letters. Top 10 Each of you make a list of your favorite five things about the other person and also write […]

Restrictions on Greeting Cards for Inmates

Understanding what jails mean by "plain" cards and why they require them helps ensure your inmate's holiday or greeting cards arrive on time. The facility's website might have a vague statement about only sending "plain" cards, or there might be no instruction at all. It is only when your card is returned unopened to you […]

Inmate Care Packages and How They Work

If your inmate is incarcerated in a jail that offers a care package program, you can have some fun surprising your inmate from time to time with a box full of things that you've personally selected for him or her. The Basics Inmate care packages are boxes or bags that are pre-filled with items from […]

Getting a Felon's Voting Rights Restored in Massachusetts

Voting is one of the most fundamental rights given to American citizens, but that right can be lost if you're a convicted felon. It's up to the each state to decide their laws about restoring rights. The laws for Massachusetts include: If You're Charged If you've been charged with a crime, but have not yet […]

The Truth about Prison Phone Calls

Your inmate needs to stay connected to friends and family. While lots of information can be shared on the phone, precautions must be taken so that everyone involved can avoid having future problems. Phone Calls are Recorded If your inmate wants to discuss the case with you by phone, use extreme caution going forward. The […]

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The Cook County Jail in Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, like all jails is a maximum security facility. Because the inmates in this jail range from low level offenders to those being held for violent crimes like robbery, rape and murder, the security level is as high as is it is in any maximum security state prison. Some of the security features in this facility include security cameras, electronic detection and reinforced fencing topped with razor wire. Correctional officers in Cook County Jail are armed with mace and trained to use physical force to protect themselves and other inmates from violence.

The men, women and juveniles being held in the Cook County Jail are either awaiting trial or have been sentenced in the Cook County Court System already and been sentenced to a period of time of one year or less. When an inmate is sentenced to a year or more, they are admitted into the Illinois Prison or Federal Prison System. Inmates in the Cook County Jail are fed three meals a day totaling 2,500 calories, are allowed access to phones to contact friends and family members, are allowed at least one hour a day for exercise, have access to books, bathroom and shower facilities. The inmates are allowed mail to be delivered to them as well as newspapers and magazine from trusted outside publishers.

The other jail facilities in Cook County, Illinois are: Cook County Boot Camp, Cook County Jail - Women's Justice Services. In addition, Cook County houses the following juvenile facilities: Cook County Jail - Mom's Program, Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center.

On this page you will find direct links to specific information that friends and family members of inmates will find useful: Cook County Inmate Search, Inmate Phone use, Visitation Rules and Schedules, Commissary Deposits and Information about the Cook County Jail Inmate Mail Guidelines. In addition, you will find information on how to contact the facility, directions to the jail, Cook County recent arrests, Most Wanted, outstanding Arrest Warrants and much more.



Cook County Jail Inmate Search

STATE COUNTY BEDS
Illinois Cook 10,000
PHYSICAL ADDRESS
2700 South California
Chicago, IL 60608
INMATE MAIL
Inmate Full Name, Jail ID#
'Division name' or 'number', Cook County Jail
2700 S. California Ave
Chicago, IL 60608

Cook County Jail holds up to 10,000 inmates, admits over 100,000 offenders every year and sits on a property that is almost 100 acres in size.

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Call 773-674-5245 to find an inmate's housing location so you set up a visit or click the appropriate link in the directory to the left, or below if you are on mobile. 

The Cook County online inmate search will list your inmate's housing.

You must be on the approved visitor list in order to be allowed to visit with an inmate. Go here for the form.

Jail Exchange has visitation schedules and important information for every Division and sector of the entire jail. 

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To add money to inmate's trust account, go here.


Please browse our Cook County Most Wanted, wanted statewide and the thousands of people hunted by the Justice Department. This page will direct you to the Chicago Courts, Illinois Laws, public defender assistance, federal courts, probation, mandatory minimums, sentencing guidelines and much more.


 

The First Few Days of Life after Imprisonment

Society has an expectation that once an inmate is set free he or she can just jump right back into life, but that isn't the way it works. The best way to get back into normal life after incarceration is to take a few baby steps the first few days. Delay the Party Friends and […]

5 Things Not to Talk About During Jail Calls

When he calls, it is a natural instinct to talk to him about what's going on in your life, but be careful. Never lie to him, but be smart about what topics you bring up to speak about. These 5 things should probably wait for an in person visit or for when he comes home. […]

Checking In To Prison – Aaron's Story

When the judge sentenced me to six months in the county jail, my first thought was about my family. Without me there to work and pay the bills, my wife and kids would lose the apartment. My attorney spoke up right away and asked the judge to allow me to check in at a later […]

How Does a Bail Bond Process Work?

Many states allow defendants to be released from jail to wait for court by paying a percentage of the total bond amount. Percentages range from 10 to 20 percent depending on state law. Understand how the process works to help someone who's been arrested. What is a Bond? A bond is an amount of money […]

Inmate Voting Rights: Can I Vote After Being Convicted of a Misdemeanor Offense?

In most states, once you are released from jail for your misdemeanor conviction your voting rights are fully restored. In some cases, you are still allowed to vote even while incarcerated. In the states of Idaho, Kentucky, Indiana, South Carolina, Michigan, South Dakota and Missouri, if you are in jail or prison due to a […]

5 Ways to Help an Addict While he is Away at Rehab

Unless your friend is still living at home with parents and has no bills or responsibilities, he/she is going to need some help while at rehab. The five main reasons addicts worry about being gone are: Pets: If you are an animal lover, you might offer to take his pet in and take of him […]

The Three Most Dangerous Prisons in America

There are many factors that go into choosing the most dangerous prisons in the USA. The media spotlights isolated cases of prison violence, which makes that facility seem dangerous. The fact is there is danger in every prison, but some are more notorious for San Quentin State Prison: San Rafael, California There are more death […]

What's the Difference between Jails and Prisons?

Both jails and prisons house inmates but there are some important differences in what the two institutions are used for. Sentenced or Not? People accused of crimes but not yet convicted are held in county or city jails. In some cases, a bond amount is set and if the defendant can pay it he or […]

Your Rights as a Pregnant Inmate

If you are incarcerated and pregnant, you need to be sure you notify the prison staff immediately. You will be given a pregnancy test to be sure you are expecting. If you are, some changes will be made to accommodate your condition. Each state has its own rules about the treatment of pregnant inmates, but […]

Getting a Felon's Voting Rights Restored in Massachusetts

Voting is one of the most fundamental rights given to American citizens, but that right can be lost if you're a convicted felon. It's up to the each state to decide their laws about restoring rights. The laws for Massachusetts include: If You're Charged If you've been charged with a crime, but have not yet […]

Why Commissary is Important

Commissary funds are deposited to an inmate's account so he or she can purchase personal hygiene items, stationery supplies and snacks. Some lists also offer clothing, electronics, books and phone cards, among other things. A Relief from Hunger Inmates are typically fed two to three meals a day. The ingredients are high in calorie and […]

Maine Marijuana Laws: Decriminalized but Still Tricky

Decriminalizing Pot doesn't always mean it is completely legal. Here are some current guidelines. Possession Unlike several other states that chose an ounce as the cutoff for a civil penalty, Maine allows you to possess up to 2.5 ounces and still receive a civil ticket. The fine is a flat $600 regardless of the amount. […]

Parents in Jail: Getting a Preschool-aged Child Ready to Visit

Preschool-aged children are very attached to their parents. If one of them is suddenly arrested and incarcerated it can cause lots of anxiety. Allowing the child to visit the parent can help alleviate those fears but it is important to explain what's coming with age-appropriate discussions. Talk it over immediately Waiting too long to explain […]

Fun Ideas for Inmate Mail

Writing to your inmate is an invaluable way to communicate. You'll have your share of serious life issues letters, but here are some fun ways to entertain each other through letters. These can be done on postcards, too. Top 5 + 5 = 10 Each of you make a list of your favorite five things […]

Time Inmate Visitation So it Works

Many jails provide a variety of visitation options during the week and you should take advantage of this if you can. Though your inmate will be thrilled to see you at any time, strategic scheduling can make a big difference in the quality of the visit. Time of Day Choose a time that he or […]

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  1. Derrick J.N. Wed, Apr 11 2012 10:41 PM

    Totally cool website for Cook County Jail. How come you don't have any criminal lawyer info on your website?

  2. Admin Sun, Apr 22 2012 12:25 PM

    Jail Exchange understands the importance of an effective Criminal Defense Lawyer and is in the process of adding information regarding lawyers and bail bondsman. It will be added to the section below these comments.

  3. Cook County Jail Inmate Search Thu, May 03 2012 3:06 PM

    To view an informative video on how to find an inmate or useful information within Cook County Jail, click on my name.

  4. Michelle Obama Sun, Sep 23 2012 10:23 AM

    Our jails and prisons are 'over represented' by African-Americans. Never stop talking about it!

  5. Ryan G. Fri, Feb 08 2013 2:11 AM

    I need to search for a criminal warrant in Cook County Illinois. Can I do that on Jail Exchange? I need to find out if someone is wanted right now on a felony warrant here in Cook County.

  6. Cait B. Sat, Feb 09 2013 1:45 AM

    Jail Exchange is awesome! I need to find some information about an inmate in Cook County Jail and it was great to have all the information here in one place so I could do an inmate search and find out all the contact information for Cook County Jail. Thanks guys, you're a lifesaver!

  7. Linda Sun, Feb 10 2013 9:32 AM

    Is there any limit on how much mail I can send to someone at Cook County Jail? My boyfriend is there and I miss him a lot. I want to write him a letter everyday.

  8. Paula Desmond Sat, Feb 16 2013 5:12 AM

    What was the visiting environment like at Cook County Jail? TIA

  9. LoveTheVisit Wed, Feb 12 2014 10:04 PM

    As you would expect. But stay focused on your visit and all will be good.

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Visiting an Inmate in the Cook County Jail Facility in Illinois

The Cook County Jail Facility in Illinois (aka the Cook County Department of Corrections or CCDOC) allows inmates to have visits with their family and friends through personal visitations. Visitation is a great way for inmates and their friends and family to stay connected while the inmate is still incarcerated. This opportunity can lift the spirits of the inmate and give him something to look forward to. It also allows the inmate's friends and family keep a relationship with the inmate.

Visitation between inmates and their friends or relatives is allowed; however, there are some guidelines that must be followed in order for this visitation to take place.

  • Before anyone can visit an inmate, they must complete at submit a visitor application to the CCDOC.
  • Minors under the age of 17 don't have to fill out these applications, but when visiting an inmate, they must be accompanied by their approved legal guardian. Also, high school minors under 17 must bear school ID when visiting an inmate.
  • When the application is received, the county will do a background check on the applicant. This could take up to three business days.
  • Once you are approved to make inmate visits, you must have your photo ID ready upon entering the jail.
  • You may be searched for the following items that are not allowed: alcohol, electronics, newspapers, magazines, books, food, pocket knives, cameras, lighters, syringes, cell phones, matches, tobacco products, drinks, music players, tools, drugs, nail clippers, weapons, etc.
  • Bringing the above items into the jail is a felony.
  • To find the visitation schedules, go to http://www.cookcountysheriff.org/doc/doc_visitationmain.html and scroll all the way to the bottom of the page where it says "Visitation Schedules."
  • You can then click on one of the 14 jail divisions to see its visitation times.

The Cook County Jail Facility's website doesn't have any rules listed about behavior and dress code for visitations. Despite this lack of rules, be on your best behavior when visiting an inmate to ensure that you don't do anything to upset the jail supervisors. Don't try to bring purses or backpacks into the visitation rooms, don't wear revealing, inappropriate clothing, refrain from using vulgar language, and try to avoid any other border- line actions.

Stay connected with your friend or family member with personal visits. If you have any questions regarding inmate visitations, call the Sheriff's Office at (312) 603-6444 or stop by at 50 W. Washington in Chicago to obtain the information you're searching for.

http://www.cookcountysheriff.org/doc/doc_main.html

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How to use the Inmate Search for Cook County Jail Facility in Illinois

[Article_Ad_2]The Cook County Jail Facility in Illinois (aka the Cook County Department of Corrections or CCDOC), at ninety- six acres, is one of our nation's largest single- site, county, pre- detention holding facilities. The jail's main focus is to hold pre- trial inmates. This jail facility houses around 100,000 inmates per year and holds around 9,000 inmates per day. This number gives you an idea on how many inmates you may be searching through when searching for a specific inmate.

When searching for a particular inmate in the Cook County Jail Facility, there isn't really an extensive process, as in some jails that include entering last names, DOBs, PINs, etc. The search process is actually quite simple.

Here are the steps to searching for and finding someone in the Cook County Jail Facility:

  • Go to http://www.cookcountysheriff.org/doc/doc_main.html. This is the Cook County Sheriff's Office webpage.
  • Look to the left and you will see a series of links. Click the link that is second to the bottom that says "Search for an Inmate."
  • You will then be navigated to a page titled "Inmate Locator."
  • Scroll down this page until you see the subtitle that says "Search by Name."
  • Here you will be able to search for inmates by entering their last and, optionally, first name.
  • If you read down a few more lines, you'll also be able to search for inmates by their booking number.
  • Once you have entered either the inmate's name or booking number, you will be given results that match your search.
  • These results will tell you the inmate's first and last name, jail ID number, date of birth, race, gender, and "view details."
  • "View details" is a link that you can click to find out even more information about the inmate, including, but not limited to inmate booking number, housing location, court dates, bail amount, etc.

If you're not having much luck finding the person you are looking for, it is possible that that person was just recently incarcerated or recently released, and the inmate list hasn't been updated since then. If this is the case, call the Cook County Jail Facility at (312) 603-6444 or stop by at 50 W. Washington in Chicago to obtain the information you're searching for.

The search method in the Cook County Jail Facility is quite simple compared to other jail facilities that make the process much more complicated. However, the list of inmates will always be changing, so keep that in mind when searching for a specific inmate.

http://www.cookcountysheriff.org/doc/doc_main.html

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Communicating with an Inmate Housed at the Cook County Jail Facility in Illinois

Communication is the key to keeping up with your friend or family member while they're incarcerated. This can usually be done through mail and phone calls. This mail and phone calls will not only keep your relationship strong, but it will also give the inmate something to look forward to and give you the feeling that your loved one is still with you.

The Cook County Jail Facility in Illinois allows inmates to send and receive mail. However, there are some strict rules that need to be followed in order for the inmate to be allowed to send and receive this mail.

  • The following items are considered contraband and may not be sent to inmates: tape, aerosol cans, bar soap, batteries, candy, cigarettes and cigars, lighters and matches, clothing, cosmetics, credit cards, dental floss, toothpaste, food,  foreign or illegal substance, glass objects, wood objects, metal objects, glue, hair brushes, combs, picks, ID cards, jewelry, keys, maps, marking pens, medicine or medical supplies, money orders over $100.00, money orders not properly filled out, nail files and clippers, paint, paint brushes, paint solvents, pencils, pens, pencil sharpeners, pictures showing weapons, pictures showing money, pictures showing gang signs, playing cards, puzzles, plastic sentiment, musical cards, very large cards, polaroid instant pictures with double backing, postage stamps, posters, radios, tape players, TVs, rollers, bobby pins, clips, plastic caps, stickers, decals, patches, towels, twine, wire, and any other binding material.
  • This list is a guideline. It does not limit a staff member from confiscating any item that could be considered a threat to the security or safety of the institution.
  • The jail reserves the right to prohibit any other items that could be considered contraband or could threaten the safety and security of the jail, its employees, and visitors.
  • Repeated attempts to send an inmate contraband will constitute disciplinary action against the inmate, and the matter may even be referred to the Cook County State's Attorney for possible criminal charging of the sender and/ or the inmate.
  • Paperback books and magazines are limited to 3 per mailing.
  • Inmates are not allowed to correspond with other inmates of other correctional institutions without pre-approval.

Most jails allow inmates to make phone calls as another way to communicate with their friends and family; however, the Cook County Jail Facility's website currently has no information on inmate calling (09/16/13). If you'd like to receive information on the possibility of inmate calls, contact the Sheriff's Office at (312) 603-6444 to receive the answers you're looking for.

Be sure to follow the rules when sending mail and possibly taking phone calls from inmates. These forms of communication are privileges, not rights. If you have any questions regarding communication with an inmate, contact the Sheriff's Office at (312) 603-6444.

http://www.cookcountysheriff.org/index.html

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