Randolph County Jail Inmate Search Hack

Some jails are no longer publicizing a list of incarcerated inmates, but there's a way to find an inmate in Randolph County Jail if their jail roster is not available.

Here's how you find them: 


Randolph County Jail uses a service called jailfunds.com (VendEngine) for ‘inmate money deposits’ (and other communication services) which allows you to look up an inmate on their website if this jail’s Inmate Search feature is not available.

The steps to look up an inmate in Randolph County Jail on jailfunds.com is simple:

  • Choose Illinois.
  • Choose Randolph County Jail.
  • Select one of the Services.
  • Select the letter of the inmate’s last name.

If your inmate is in this jail, you will find their name on the list.

Randolph County Jail Inmate Search

Randolph County Jail

200 West Buena Vista
Chester, IL 62233

This is the most up-to-date Randolph County inmate search, inmate list, inmate roster, arrest reports, bail bond and booking information for the Randolph County Jail in the city of Chester, Randolph County in the state of Illinois.

RECENT ARRESTS AND/OR PRE-TRIAL INMATES IN Randolph County Jail

If you are certain your inmate is in Randolph County Jail, or at the very least in Randolph County County, go to this page to search for them.

If the Randolph County Jail inmate search website is not currently online or up to date, call 618-826-5484 for assistance in locating your inmate.

The Randolph County Jail is "open" 24-hours-a-day. When you call, give the staff member the name of who you are looking for and a birthdate or age if you have it. That person will let you know if your inmate is there.

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Free and Simple ‘Inmate Search’ Hack

Randolph County Jail either:

  • Does NOT have their own Inmate Search App.
  • They have an App, but it is not functioning, or
  • This is just an additional Inmate Search App 

Because Randolph County Jail contracts with Tiger Commissary Online Services, you can use Tiger’s App to look up an Inmate in this jail.

Using this App is FREE and does not commit you to Sending Money or Purchasing Commissary.

All it will do is help you confirm that the inmate you are searching for is in the jail. There are no mugshots, criminal charges or any other information.

Here’s how it works:

Step 1 - Clicking here will take you to a page where you choose the State. Click on the State where the jail is located.
Step 2 - Next Click on the County.
Step 3 - Next Click on either ‘Web Deposits’ or ‘Order Commissary’.
Step 4 - Next, In the box provided, type in the first letter of the inmate’s last name. (Example: If the Inmate’s last name is Jones, enter the letter ‘J’ and then click ‘Search’).
Step 5 - Next, Review Randolph County Jail Inmate's Names that are listed.

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Searching for an Inmate when all else fails

At a minimum you will need a first and last name. If you can provide the middle name or initial that is even better. In a perfect world you will also have the inmate's birthdate, but if not, an estimated age will help.

If you are not sure what county jail the inmate is located in, it helps to at least know the geographic area. Knowing what state the inmate is in is good; knowing which county is even better.

In some cases, there will be more than one possibility. Use patience and check them all. Go here to get started on a search for any jail in the state of Illinois or go to this page to begin a search for all jails in the United States.

If your inmate has been charged but not yet convicted of a misdemeanor or a felony, he or she will most likely be held in the county where the crime occurred. If you only have the city name, look up the city's police department, call and ask them if they keep inmates at a local jail or send them to the county jail. If they are sent to the Randolph County Jail, either look them up here or call 618-826-5484 for assistance.

Recently convicted felons are sometimes held at Randolph County Jail until transport to a Illinois State Prison is available. Inmates sentenced to less than one year incarceration or those convicted to serve time for misdemeanors will do their time in the Randolph County County Jail system.

How to find an Inmate already convicted of a felony and sentenced in the state of Illinois

State Inmates

Most states have Department of Corrections websites that allow you to type in a felon's first and last name and pull up inmates in that state. Go to this page for inmates in Illinois. If you need to find an inmate in another state prison system, go here.

When you click next to the inmate's name or on a link, it will show you which jail or prison the inmate is housed in. If the inmate is no longer incarcerated, but is on parole/probation or discharged, it will tell you that as well. In addition, many state prison inmate pages show recent mug shots.

Federal Inmates

The federal prison system has its own inmate locator called the Bureau of Prisons Inmate Locator.

Type in the inmate's name and it will tell you where he or she is incarcerated and their projected release date. It also lists released federal prison inmates and the date they were released.

Federal inmates who are moved from one prison to another will show as "No longer in federal custody" on the system until they reach their next federal prison destination. This movement can take a few days to several months to complete, so keep checking back to find out where the inmate was taken.

ICE Inmates

The ICE Detainee Lookup allows friends, family members and interested parties to locate illegal and/or undocumented immigrants that are in the United States without permission.

They are held in detention centers approved by Immigration Custody and Enforcement until their hearing or date they are deported back to their home country.

To look up the detainee, users need the full legal name the person used upon their arrest and the country the person claimed they originated from. It helps to also have the "A-number", which is the number that ICE assigned to them upon their detention, which you can use instead of attempting to type the detainee's name.

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