Franklin County Jail

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Franklin County Jail Information

The Franklin County Jail is a 101 bed jail in the city of Benton, Franklin County, Illinois. Offenders arrested for misdemeanors and felonies in this county are brought here for booking and processing, and if their crime requires it, are incarcerated until they either get bail or are released from custody on their own recognizance.

Those who are found guilty and sentenced to a term of less than one year, will do their time in this county. Those sentenced to longer terms will be sent to either the Illinois State Prison System or the Federal Bureau of Prisons.

This page provides information on how to search for an inmate in the official jail roster, or by calling the facility at 618-438-8211, directions to the facility, and inmate services such as the visitation schedule and policies, funding an inmate's account, mailing them a letter, receiving phone calls from an inmate, voicemail, emailing and texting, tablet rentals, bail bond instructions, and commissary purchases.

It's always a good idea to find out and save the inmate's jail ID number or booking number as you may need this for sending mail or other communication needs. If you can't locate it online, you can call the Franklin County Jail at 618-438-8211 to get it.

Phone: 618-438-8211

Physical Address:
403 East Main Street
Benton, IL 62812

Mailing Address (personal mail):
Inmate's first and last name
Franklin County Jail
403 East Main Street
Benton, IL 62812

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How Do You Find Someone in the Franklin County Jail?

To search for an inmate in the Franklin County Jail, review their criminal charges, the amount of their bond, when they can get visits, or even view their mugshot, go to the Official Jail Inmate Roster, or call the jail at 618-438-8211 for the information you are looking for. You can also look up the  Franklin County Criminal Court or any court in Illinois, as well as criminal court case information regarding an offender.

Franklin County Jail Inmate Search

The Franklin County Jail maintains an average of 101 offenders in custody on any given day. The Franklin County Jail has a monthly turnover of 40% of their inmate population, another 30% turnover every 90 days, another 20% every six months, and approximately 10% stay incarcerated between six and twelve months. Every year Franklin County law enforcement agencies arrest and detain approximately 2,500 offenders.

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About the Franklin County Jail
The Franklin County Jail in Illinois has a capacity of 101 inmates. The address and contact number for the Franklin County Jail in Illinois are as follows. Address: 403 East Main Street, Benton, IL 62812. Phone Number: 618-438-8211. The Franklin County Jail in Illinois has different visitation hours depending on the day. According to, visits are allowed on Mondays at 3:15 pm and 4:00 pm, Wednesdays at 3:30 pm and 4:15 pm, and Saturdays at 9:00 am, 10:00 am, 1:00 pm, and 2:00 pm. Visitors must arrive on time as late visitors will not be allowed to visit. On the other hand, states that visitation is held on Saturdays from either 8:00 am to 11:00 am or from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Visitors must be signed in by either 10:30 am or 3:30 pm. It is best to call the jail directly at (618)438-8211 for more information about visitation rules and hours. There have been complaints about the conditions at Franklin County Jail in Illinois from both deputies and inmates. In 2022, there was an inmate death and falsified logs that led to a deputy's resignation. However, there is no recent information available on the current state of inmate issues and conditions at the jail. You can find general information about the jail and its visitation rules on their official website. The Franklin County Jail in Illinois is unique because it was built in 1905-06 to replace the county's previous jail, which was built in the 1840s after the county seat moved to Benton. Inmates at this jail can work to earn a G.E.D., which will ultimately help them be better prepared to reenter society. The jail is also the biggest prison office in Franklin County and is situated on 17 sections of land in metropolitan Benton.
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Recent Bookings & Arrests

How do I find out if someone has been arrested and booked into the Franklin County Jail?

To find out if someone you know has been recently arrested and booked into the Franklin County Jail, call the jail’s booking line at 618-438-8211.

There may be an automated method of looking them up by their name over the phone, or you may be directed to speak to someone at the jail. Sometimes the jail staff may ask you the offender’s date of birth to ensure privacy of the offender’s status.

Keep in mind that after an arrest, the information on an offender may not be publicly available for several hours.

If you don’t want to check up on an offender by calling the jail, you can also try looking up people recently booked online.

Franklin County Jail Booking Roster

What happens during booking in Franklin County?

After being arrested and taken into custody, and after being read their Miranda Rights, an offender will next be transported to the local police or department or the Sheriff’s Department in Franklin County for booking.

Booking is very involved and requires multiple steps in the process, however, keep in mind that most attorneys will advise that an offender remain silent and not offer any additional information about the crime they have been arrested for because anything they do say may be recorded and may very well be used against them in court.

What is the booking process like at the Franklin County Jail?

Booking includes having their photo (mugshot) and fingerprints taken, as well as being asked a lot of questions about their personal history and state of mind. If it’s a serious felony, their DNA may also be taken. They will also be checked for warrants in Franklin County and other Illinois and USA jurisdictions.

If the offender was arrested for a DUI offense, and has refused a breathalyzer test, they may also be forced to have blood drawn by a doctor or nurse.

It is also very likely that the offender will undergo a humiliating full body search while in the nude. This includes bending over, spreading their cheeks in the direction of an officer, and coughing. They will also be walked through a metal detector or x-ray machine, like those used at an airport.

What kind of questions are asked during booking?

The arresting jurisdiction will ask about gang affiliations, tattoos, medical conditions, prescribed medication they are taking, recreational drugs they are on or addicted to, allergies, if they are suicidal, and other relevant information that will help with determining their cell assignment and special needs.

What happens to an offender’s personal property during booking?

During the arrest and booking process an offender will also have all their personal property confiscated and held for either their release from jail, or with the offender’s approval, released to a friend or family member.

Personal property includes the clothing they are wearing, money, wallets, purses, cell phones, jewelry, body rings, earrings, watches, and even glasses if they are deemed a security risk. If they are allowed to keep their shoes or sneakers, the laces are removed.

What happens after booking?

At this point the offender will be allowed to make a free phone call to a person of their choice to notify them of their arrest, and/or arrange a bond or bail for their release.

If the offender is being detained and housed while awaiting arraignment, the Franklin County Jail will provide a jail garment and slip-on shoes, a blanket, sheets, soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, and a towel.

Often, before they are dressed in the jail outfit and brought to their housing location, they will be forced to take a shower and undergo a disinfectant treatment for body and hair lice, scabies or other pests that may be residing on their person.

How long does the Franklin County Jail Booking process take?

Booking can take anywhere from an hour to 24 hours or more. It all depends on the number of people that are awaiting processing, the number of staff on duty at the time, and the behavior of the offender.

If the offender is heavily intoxicated and/or violent, the Booking Officer may decide to stick the offender in a holding cell for several hours until they become more manageable.

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Directions / Map to the Franklin County Jail
Inmate Visitation

How Do You Visit an Inmate in the Franklin County Jail? What is the Schedule?

Franklin County Jail uses the services of Inmate Sales, also known as Combined Public Communication (CPC) for visitation communication between inmates and their friends and family members.

In order to have a successful video visit, these are the steps to follow:

  1. Make sure you have a device a speaker, a camera and a connection to the internet.
  2. Register with Inmate Sales.
  3. Find Franklin County Jail
  4. Select 'New Purchase'
  5. Choose this facility and a product ('Remote' or 'Onsite' Visit)
  6. Enter your personal information and purchase minutes.
  7. Schedule a visit.

Call 877-998-5678 if you have any questions.
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We’ve compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions and Answers for everything you need to know about Franklin County Jail’s Inmate Visitation Policies, Rules and Guidelines. If you still have questions after reviewing these FAQs, call 618-438-8211 for further assistance.

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Remote Video Visitation

Can I Use My Computer or Phone to Have a Remote Video Visit with an Inmate in the Franklin County Jail?

Franklin County Jail uses the services of Inmate Sales, also known as Combined Public Communication (CPC) for visitation communication between inmates and their friends and family members.

In order to have a successful video visit, these are the steps to follow:

  1. Make sure you have a device a speaker, a camera and a connection to the internet.
  2. Register with Inmate Sales.
  3. Find Franklin County Jail
  4. Select 'New Purchase'
  5. Choose this facility and a product ('Remote' or 'Onsite' Visit)
  6. Enter your personal information and purchase minutes.
  7. Schedule a visit.

Call 877-998-5678 if you have any questions.
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We’ve compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions and Answers for everything you need to know about Franklin County Jail’s Video Remote Visitation Policies, Rules and Guidelines. If you still have questions after reviewing these FAQs, call 618-438-8211 for further assistance.

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Inmate Money Accounts

How Do You Deposit Money for an Inmate in the Franklin County Jail?

There are FOUR options for putting money on an inmate's books:

Option 1 - Dropping Money at the Jail
Bring money to the jail in person. 
Either the jail personnel will process the Inmate Account payment or you will use a Jail ATM self-serve kiosk in the lobbies that accepts cash, debit or credit cards.

Option 2 - Deposit Inmate Money Online
Franklin County Jail uses Jail ATM to process all online deposits to an inmate's account. The company charges you a small fee for doing so, but the fee probably isn't as much as gas and parking would cost to take it to the jail in person.

Option 3 - Mail the Inmate Deposit to the Jail
Mailing a deposit takes more time to process than the other methods but can be done if you live too far away to bring it in person and you don't have a debit/credit card for online deposits. Never send cash. Always send a Money Order from the US Post Office, a reputable bank or Western Union. Call the Franklin County Jail first as they may want you to do this online or at the jail kiosk instead.
Make the Money Order out to the inmate's name and put their Inmate ID# in memo section of the Money Order.
403 East Main Street
Benton, IL 62812


Option 4 - Make an Inmate Deposit with Jail ATM over the Phone by calling 877-810-0914
To do this you will need the inmate's offender # (inmate ID #) and full legal name.

How to Deposit Money Online for an Inmate in Franklin County

To deposit money online for an inmate in Franklin County Jail follow these steps:

  • Register to open an account, or Sign In to JailATM, a service that acts as a bank for inmates in Franklin County.
  • After registering and signing in, select 'Send Money Now'.
  • Choose Illinois, then choose Franklin County Jail
  • Type in your inmate's last name or their Inmate ID.
  • Select your inmate.
  • Input an amount to deposit to your inmate in Franklin County Jail, and then input your payment method. 
  • NOTE: There may be a limit on how much money you can send your inmate in Franklin County at any one time.
  • If you need to phone customer support, call 877-810-0914.

For all information, tips and procedures for sending money to an inmate in Franklin County Jail, or depositing money at the jail, over the phone or by mail, check out our Send Money Page for Franklin County.

We’ve compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions and Answers for everything you need to know about Franklin County Jail’s Inmate Money and Trust Fund Policies, Rules and Guidelines. If you still have questions after reviewing these FAQs, call 618-438-8211 for further assistance.

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Inmate Phone Contact

How Do I Receive Phone Calls from an Inmate in the Franklin County Jail?

How Do Inmates in Franklin County Jail Make Phone Calls?

To receive phone calls from inmates in Franklin County, or to assist them in making phone calls to other people, follow these steps:

  • Franklin County Jail uses the services of a company named Inmate Sales.
  • Register with them online or call them at 877-998-5678
  • Agents are available M-F from 8:00 AM - 12:00 midnight EST, Saturdays from 10:00 AM - 9:00 PM, and speak both English & Spanish.
  • Services for Franklin County inmates and their families and friends include: Collect Calling, PIN Debit, Purchasing Calling Cards, Deposits, Messaging & Video Visitation.

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For all the information regarding phone calls with Franklin County inmates; rules, policies, phone calling times, limits and more visit our Inmate Phone Page.

We’ve compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions and Answers for everything you need to know about Franklin County Jail’s Inmate Phone Policies, Rules and Guidelines. If you still have questions after reviewing these FAQs, call 618-438-8211 for further assistance.

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Mailing an Inmate

How do I Mail an Inmate in the Franklin County Jail, and what can I send them?

We’ve compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions and Answers for everything you need to know about Franklin County Jail’s Inmate Mail Policies, Rules and Guidelines. If you still have questions after reviewing these FAQs, call 618-438-8211 for further assistance.

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Inmate Commissary

Can I purchase Commissary Online for an Inmate in the Franklin County Jail, and what can I purchase?

JailATM – Send Money or Send Commissary Gift Packs to Franklin County Jail

Search for JailATM services for Franklin County Jail.

Make an inmate deposit with JailATM for Franklin County Jail. 

Note: While JailATM offers the following inmate services, Franklin County Jail may not allow all of them. Check on the JailATM website to confirm. Services available through JailATM are subject to change with no notice.

Send Gift Packs

Franklin County Jail has an agreement with JailATM, which ships predetermined Gift Packs of candy, snacks and hygiene products to the inmate. Check the JailATM website to see if they allow Gift Packs.

These can be ordered by you online and are delivered directly to the inmate.

How to Send a Carepack Commissary Package Directly to an Inmate in Franklin County

To send a commissary carepack (food, snacks and goods) directly to an inmate in Franklin County Jail follow these steps:

  • Go to JailATM, choose Illinois, then choose Franklin County Jail
  • Type in your inmate's last name or their Inmate ID.
  • Select your inmate, and then you will be prompted to Register with them to open an account.
  • Select the products you want shipped to them at Franklin County Jail, and then input your payment method. 
  • NOTE: There may be a limit on how much product you can send your inmate in Franklin County at any one time.
  • If you need to phone customer support, call 877-810-0914

For all information, tips and available items for shipping Commissary packages or sending money to an inmate in Franklin County Jail check out our Commissary Instructions Page for Franklin County.


 

We’ve compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions and Answers for everything you need to know about Franklin County Jail’s Commissary Policies, Rules and Guidelines. If you still have questions after reviewing these FAQs, call 618-438-8211 for further assistance.

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Texting and Emailing an Inmate

How Can I Communicate with an Inmate in the Franklin County Jail using an Online Messaging Service?

Franklin County Jail uses the services of Inmate Sales to allow text messaging communication between inmates and their friends and family.


Chirping is the product name for inmate texting.  
This product allows inmates to send chirps (texts) to friends and family members.


Here's how it works:

  • First you must register, and then funds are added to the inmate's account. If you want to pay by phone, call 877-998-5678.
  • When an inmate gets the device they may send 5 free automated messages each day for the first three days of possession of the chirping device.  
  • These automated messages will inform the person the inmate Chirped who is sending the Chirps and the facility they are Chirping from.
  • It will then ask them to go to a direct link to the inmate's account on the Inmate Sales website.
  • The website will then instruct them to use a credit card to put money on the inmate's account.  

Cost of Chirping:  

  • Inmates will be charged a monthly service fee of $4.00.  Inbound and Outbound Chirps are $0.10 each.
  • If an inmate has available funds on their chirping device they will be able to chirp any cell phone and that chirp will appear to be a normal text. 
  • If you wish to stop receiving Chirps from an inmate, reply to the Chirp with STOP.

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How to Send a Secure Email Message to an Inmate in Franklin County

To send a secure email message to an inmate in Franklin County Jail follow these steps:

  • Register with Inmate Sales, the company that handles inmate messaging in Franklin County, by creating an account.
  • Select Illinois, then select Franklin County Jail, and then the inmate you want to send your message to.
  • Choose the amount of money you want to spend, and input your payment method. The funds can also be used by the inmate to send a message back to you.
  • If you want to pay by phone, call 877-998-5678.
  • NOTE: All messages between you and your inmate will be permanently recorded and seen by the staff and could be used against your inmate in court.

-  Chirping is the product name for inmate texting.  
-  This product allows Franklin County inmates to send chirps (texts) to friends and family members.
-  Inmates will be charged a monthly service fee of $4.00.
-  Inbound and Outbound Chirps are $0.10 each.

Inmate Sales Apps

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For all information on how to Text/Email an Inmate in Franklin County Jail check out our Secure Messaging Guide for Franklin County.

We’ve compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions and Answers for everything you need to know about Franklin County Jail’s Text and Email Policies, Rules and Guidelines. If you still have questions after reviewing these FAQs, call 618-438-8211 for further assistance.

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Inmate Tablets

Do Inmates in the Franklin County Jail have Access to Tablets or Computers?

We’ve compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions and Answers for everything you need to know about Franklin County Jail’s Tablet Policies, Rules and Guidelines. If you still have questions after reviewing these FAQs, call 618-438-8211 for further assistance.

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Other Jails in Franklin County

What are the other City and County Jails in Franklin County?

Franklin County County Jails
Franklin County Juvenile Facilities
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Other Jails Nearby

What are the other Jails in the Neighboring Counties surrounding Franklin County?

Franklin Saline Williamson Jackson Perry Hamilton Jefferson
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Search for an Inmate in Franklin County

This facility, known as "Franklin County Jail" is also known as Franklin County Jail, Illinois, Franklin.