The information below provides complete instructions regarding the Cook County Jail Division 8 RTU 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 jail at 773-869-7100 to confirm that visits have not been cancelled.
In general, anyone over the age of 18, who isn't on felony probation and can produce a valid government-issued photo ID, can be approved to visit an inmate in this jail, with the following exceptions:
You are on parole or probation for less than a year following a release from incarceration.
You are on house arrest.
You have open criminal charges for which you are out on bond awaiting court dates.
You were released from Cook County Correctional Facility within the previous 60 days.
You have a warrant for your arrest.
There is an order of protection is in place between you and the inmate regardless of which party has the order.
Your government-issued photo ID is illegally altered.
Visitation applicants in Cook County must sometimes submit to a background check. Those with warrants are denied visitation or if allowed to visit, will be arrested at the jail.
Jails limit the number of people that can visit an inmate to two adults each visit.
Cook County Jail Division 8 RTU 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.
Address: 2800 South Sacramento Avenue, Chicago Illinois 60608
for Division 8 RTU must enter in the Main Gate, located at 27th and
California, just south of the Criminal Courts Buildings.
8:00am to 1:00pm & 3:30pm to 8:30pm
4th Floor, 5th Floor
3:30pm to 8:30pm
3:30pm to 8:30pm
3:30pm to 8:30pm
3:30pm to 8:30pm
8:00am to 1:00pm & 3:30pm to 1:00 pm
2nd Floor, 3rd Floor
Call 773-869-7100 or click here to view normal visiting hours and procedures for scheduling a visit.
The Cook County Jail Division 8 RTU 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.
Wear clothes that are not revealing.
Don't wear see-through material.
Have all undergarments covered (males and females) and avoid a lot of cleavage.
Shorts and skirts should reach mid-thigh.
Sleeves should be at least half-way to your elbow.
The following types of clothing are also prohibited:
Clothing promoting gang affiliation.
Anything displaying drugs, weapons or profanity.
Clothing depicting anything obscene.
Call 773-869-7100 to ask specific questions about the Cook County Jail Division 8 RTU Visitation Dress Code guidelines or click here for complete instructions.
If you traveled from more than 150 miles away, verified by a government-issued ID with an address on it, you will be allowed to visit four times within a 30 day period. Once the 30 days is up, you must be properly processed to have more visits.
A warrant check will be done on you while you are visiting.
Jail visits are conducted in person behind plexi-glass or on a televised screen from another location.
Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian and guardians must provide proof of their guardianship. Visits are limited to two approved adults and four children.
If an inmate wishes to have more than seven people on the approved visitation list, or have more than two adults at a visit, it must be requested and approved through the jail’s social service office.
Leave all personal belongings, except for your state ID in your vehicle or in a locker (if one is provided).
Children must be monitored at all times or jail staff will end the visit early. If needed, bring a friend who may not be on the list, but can watch the children in the lobby while you are visiting.
If an inmate is hospitalized, visits are restricted to immediate family members only. This means parents, step-parents, children, siblings and grandparents. A guard will be present at all times. Exceptions as to who can visit must be requested through social services.
Call 773.674.5225 or click here to go to the jail's official website for additional Rules regarding Cook County Jail Division 8 RTU visitation.
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 8 RTU – as well as to view the complete set of rules, the cost to you and how to get set up online.