The information below provides complete instructions regarding the Cook County Jail Division 17 (Women's Justice Programs) Visitation Process, Schedule, Hours, Rules, and Video Visits in Chicago, Illinois.
Following these instructions exactly will enhance your chances of getting official approval to visit an inmate.
It is highly recommended that prior to an inmate visit you call the Visitor Information Center at 773-674-5225 from 2pm to 10pm or you can call the jail at 773-869-7100 to confirm that visits have not been cancelled.
Anyone who has been approved to visit an inmate and can present a valid, current, government-issued ID can schedule an inmate visit.
Cook County Jail requires all visitors to fill out an application prior to your visiting an inmate.
Carefully fill out the application. Incomplete paperwork is cause for denial.
Honesty, especially regarding past criminal convictions, probation etc., is important. These things will most likely show up on the background check – which if lied about on the application, will cause visits to be denied.
Call 773-869-7100 to ask specific questions about the application.
Click here to go to the jail's website for more information about the application process.
Entrance Directions: Visitation for Division 17 must enter in the Main Gate, located at 27th and California, just south of the Criminal Courts Buildings.
Inmate Visitation Schedule: Please contact the Visitor Information Center at 773-674-5225 from 2pm to 10pm for visiting schedule as visits vary.
Jail staff will turn anyone away who is not dressed appropriately for a visit. The best way to be sure the visit takes place is to dress as if you are meeting someone’s grandmother for the first time.
Don’t wear revealing clothing
Don’t wear clothing that depict drugs, weapons or alcohol.
Don’t wear clothing that reflect gang affiliation.
The guards can turn you away from the visit if they believe your clothing is not appropriate.
All visitors aged 17 and older must apply and be approved before visiting an inmate. Visitors who are in high school must show a photo school ID.
You could be denied approval for if you are on parole, probation for less than a year from release, house arrest, recently released from incarceration or have a warrant for your arrest.
If there is a current order of protection in place between you and the inmate you will not be allowed to visit.
Once approved, you may visit the inmate for 15 minutes once a week. You and the inmate will be separated plexi-glass.
You must use the same ID to sign in that you used on the application. If you bring an alternate form of ID you will be turned away.
Be aware that the jail routinely conducts nationwide warrant checks on those who are visiting inmates and it is done while you are visiting. If a warrant pops up, you will be arrested before you leave the visiting area.
Call 773.674.5225 to speak with jail staff regarding visitation. Click here to view jail website.
Many jails are implementing video visits. These visits are conducted via the Internet on computers, IPADS and Smart phones.
Video visits allow the visit to take place in the privacy of your own home. Some family members 'take their inmate with them' to church, the park, the doctor or anywhere else simply by signing in and bringing the device along.
Video visits save you from having to get your children ready, drive to the jail, wait in long lines and go through security checkpoints just to see the inmate.
Video visitation is slowly gaining favor with all jails in America as jail management realizes the financial savings and reduced security risks involved with remote visitation.
Click here to see if video visitation is now available at Cook County Jail Division 17 – as well as to view the complete set of rules, the cost to you and how to get set up online.