The information below provides complete instructions regarding Winnebago County Jail Visiting Hours and Visitation Schedule, Visiting Rules, Inmate Video Visits and Jail Visitation process in Rockford, 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 815-319-6600 to confirm that visits have not been cancelled.
Call 815-319-6162 to schedule the visit.
Arrive at the visitation center Winnebago County Justice Center, 650 West State Street, Rockford, IL 61102 15 minutes prior to your visit.
Show a valid, photo, government-issued ID.
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.
Visitation applicants in Winnebago 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.
Children under age 18 must be accompanied by the parent or legal guardian.
Call 815-319-6600 to ask specific questions about this policy or click here for any updates to this policy.
It is likely that the Winnebago County Jail will deny visitation to anyone with a past felony conviction regardless of probation/parole status. Call 815-319-6600 prior to arriving for the specific jail guideline regarding your legal status.
If you are a co-defendant with the inmate in a pending case, your visit will be denied.
If you and the inmate are under a court order to have no contact with each other, your visit will be denied.
The Winnebago County Jail reserves the right to deny any person the right to enter the jail it chooses and for any reason.
Winnebago County Jail does not have an application process but does require that you be on the inmate’s approved visitor list before scheduling a visit.
Last names that start with letter A-M
Monday & Wednesday 7pm, 8pm, 9pm
Saturday 8-9am AND 1pm, 2pm, 3pm
Last names that start with letters N-Z
Tuesday & Thursday 7pm, 8pm, 9pm
Sunday 8-9am, AND 1pm, 2pm, 3pm
Visits for general population inmates is 30 minutes long.
Saturday and Sunday Morning: 8am and 9am Segregation Visiting Hour
Visits for those in segregation are 15 minutes long.
If you are visiting from another state or travelling a great distance, Winnebago County Jail may allow you an extended visitation. Call 815-319-6600 to ask for special consideration.
Call 815-319-6600 or click here to view normal visiting hours and procedures for scheduling a visit.
The Winnebago County 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.
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 815-319-6600 to ask specific questions about the Winnebago County Jail Visitation Dress Code guidelines or click here for complete instructions.
Jail visits are conducted on a televised screen from another location.
Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian and guardians must provide proof of their guardianship.
Leave all personal belongings, except for your state ID in your vehicle.
Children must be monitored at all times or jail staff will end the visit early.
Call 815-319-6600 or click here to go to the jail's official website for additional Rules regarding Winnebago County Jail 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 Winnebago County Jail – as well as to view the complete set of rules, the cost to you and how to get set up online.