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Get a Special Visit If You Live Far From the Jail

The logistics of visiting an inmate who is incarcerated very far from where you live can be tricky. If the jail has very short visits or requires a specific visitation registration processes, it makes it even more difficult. Some jails make exceptions for those who must travel to visit the inmate. How Far is Far? […]

An Inmate Can Meditate to Alleviate Fears in Prison

If someone you know is in prison, you can be sure there is stress involved in that inmate's daily life. Prisons are loud, can be dangerous and there is very little freedom. In addition, simply being sentenced to do time disrupts life with regard to employment, family and other outside obligations. By the time the […]

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

Massachusetts Marijuana Laws

Decriminalizing Marijuana doesn't always mean it is completely legal. In some cases, such as in Massachusetts, possession of less than an ounce is no longer a crime but is now a civil offense. Possession It is a civil offense to possess one ounce or less of Marijuana. If found guilty the fine is $100. In […]

He is a Drug Addict, but he Keeps Passing Drug Tests – How?

The probation department has the ability to send a test off to be examined for tampering, but you don't have those same connections. Understanding how they can be cheated will help you test him more effectively. Related: How do America's drug courts work? The Houdini switch Drug users have this down to a science. Everyone […]

A Bath Salt Addict Describes Why She Gave Them Up

How did you discover bath salts? I was on probation and my probation officer was giving me random drug tests. A friend told me that the current drug screens being used in my county didn't check for bath salts so it would be a high that I couldn't be violated for. I decided to try […]

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 […]

Caring for an Inmate, Even If You Can't Visit the Jail or Prison

Visits are a lifeline for most inmates, but if his jail is very far away, or there are other reasons that make it impossible for you to visit, there are other steps you can take to let him know he is not alone. Lots of mail: Even if you can't write a letter each day […]

4 Good Places to Find Prison Pen Pals

Learn About Them Through friends. If you know someone who is incarcerated or has a family member incarcerated, ask for the name of an inmate who might like having a pen pal. This is an excellent way to meet pen pals because they can give a personal recommendation. Use Pen Pal Sites. There are several […]

Best Days for Inmate Phone Calls

As much as you would like to talk to your inmate each day, the cost of inmate phone calls makes this impossible for most people. If your budget can only handle a couple of calls a week, tell your inmate to call you on Thursdays and Sundays. Thursday Thursday phone calls give you almost the […]

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 […]

What to do if a Family Member Goes Missing

When a family member goes missing, it strikes fear in the heart of loved ones but panicking will not help the situation. The following steps can narrow the search and if authorities become involved will help them streamline the process. Contact authorities. Tell them you do not wish to wait 24 hours because your family […]

What Happens if You Bond Someone Out and That Person Flees?

In the chaos of an arrest it is easy to get caught up in the moment and race to bail someone out of jail. Bonding someone out is not hard to do, but if that person doesn't show up in court when ordered to do so, your life could become very difficult. Be sure you […]

How to Get Your Visitation Suspension Lifted

The hardest part of having your jail visits suspended indefinitely is not having any idea when or if you are going to be able to visit your inmate again. In most cases, visits are suspended due to the visitor violating visitation rules. There are things you can do to try and those visits reinstated. Get […]

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 […]

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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.

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.



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 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 […]

Five Fun Photo Ideas to Send Pictures to Your Inmate

Face it. You can only send so many selfies, family group shots or photos of the dog on the couch to your inmate before it becomes boring for both of you. Try these ideas to spice up the fun! Have a party for the inmate Gather friends and family together and have a party. Choose […]

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 […]

Finding Employment After Prison

Many companies will not interview a felon, much less hire one. While this is true and it can make life on the outside difficult, finding employment after prison can be done if you take the right steps. Career Centers Goodwill has set up a nationwide career center program to help underemployed and unemployed people and […]

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 […]

Solitary Confinement for Teenagers is a Bad Idea. Here's What We Can Do About It.

Inhumane disciplinary isolation for incarcerated children is causing suicides and other harm. All who believe that teenagers deserve special attention at their time of need will be interested in the recommendations in this New York Times piece. Read about it here: End Solitary Confinement for Teenagers

Inmate Mail: How to Get an Envelope or Post Card Pre-Metered

If the facility that your inmate is in will only accept pre-metered mail, it is important to know how to get that done. Sticking a regular stamp on it and sending it will only get it sent back or discarded. Your inmate will never see it. You have several options: Get it Pre-Metered at the […]

Get a Special Visit If You Live Far From the Jail

The logistics of visiting an inmate who is incarcerated very far from where you live can be tricky. If the jail has very short visits or requires a specific visitation registration processes, it makes it even more difficult. Some jails make exceptions for those who must travel to visit the inmate. How Far is Far? […]

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 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. […]

Why and How Drugs Are Divided Into Different Classes and Levels

The class of drug is typically included in the criminal charge for possession, sale or use. For examples, the charge would read, "Possession of a Class I drug for resale," or "Possession of a Class II drug". How They're Classed While each agency determines which drugs fall into each schedule, class or level, they are […]

He Expected Probation, Instead He Went to Jail.

My name is Jonathan. I thought I was going to get probation. Everyone I knew got probation for the same charge, but when I was called in front of the judge, he sentenced me to 30 days in jail. I was handcuffed, taken into custody in front of everyone in the courtroom, and brought to […]

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 […]

When 12-Step Programs Don't Work For You

The 12-Step program is not the only method used in rehabs to assist addicts in getting clean and living sober lifestyles. Some rehabs accomplish the same goals through the following means: Medication Medications are available to assist with addiction. For Opiate addicts, the medication blocks Opiate cravings and in some cases will cause you to […]

Should I Tell My Kids I am an Addict?

If your children are over the age of six or seven they should be told if you are addicted to drugs. Children aren't stupid, and no matter how much you think you are keeping the big secret, they know something is wrong. Their imagination is going to run wild until you give them some information. […]

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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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