Champaign County IL Jail

County Jail

Last Updated: January 13, 2023
204 E Main St, Urbana, IL 61801

Champaign Co Jail is for County Jail offenders sentenced up to twenty four months.

All prisons and jails have Security or Custody levels depending on the inmate’s classification, sentence, and criminal history. Please review the rules and regulations for County - medium facility.

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Champaign County IL Jail basic information to help guide you through what you can do for your inmate while they are incarcerated. The facility's direct contact number: 217-384-1243

The Champaign County IL Jail is a medium-security detention center located at 204 E Main St Urbana, IL which is operated locally by the Champaign County Sheriff's Office and holds inmates awaiting trial or sentencing or both. Most of the sentenced inmates are here for less than two years. Champaign County accepts inmates from surrounding towns, municipalities, the US Marshal's Service and the Urbana Police Department who do not have their own long-term lock-up.

The Corrections Division consists of 2 facilities - the Satellite Jail on Lierman Ave in Urbana and the Downtown Jail across from the Champaign County Courthouse on Main St. in Urbana. The division employs 50 officers, 8 Sergeants, 3 Lieutenants and 1 Captain. There are 6 full-time and 6 part-time Master Controllers who help in maintaining security and communications in the Correctional Centers. There are 3 support staff to assist in clerical duties and coordinating inmate programs. Outside contractors provide meal preparation, medical and mental health services. Meal preparation is supervised by 1 full-time and 2 part-time managers. Medical services consist of 1 part-time doctor, 1 full-time registered nurse, 2 full-time LPN’s, 1 part-time LPN and 2 on-call registered nurses. Mental health services are provided by 1 part-time psychiatrist, 1 full-time mental health professional, 2 part-time mental health professionals and 2 on-call mental health professionals.

The jail processes between 500-600 intakes per month. Daily, 20-25 inmates are transported to court hearings that range from the first arraignment appearance to sentencing. On average staff transport inmates to 4 medical appointments per week and 5-25 inmates are transported to the Illinois Department of Corrections. The division also monitors an average of 31 Electronic Home Detention (EHD) inmates daily. Those on EHD live in the community, but wear an ankle bracelet which utilizes GPS technology and is monitored by correctional staff.

The following are unacceptable items for mail delivery:

  • Unused postage stamps / envelopes
  • Self - addressed / stamped envelopes
  • Unused stationary / greeting cards
  • Nude, semi - nude, or unauthorized pictures
  • Polaroid pictures
  • Excessive amount of pictures
  • Stickers / address label stickers
  • Cardboard, laminated, audio or plastic covered cards
  • Cash or checks
  • Perfumed stationary, inappropriate substance in / on mail
  • Unapproved inmate to inmate mail
  • Pens / pencils / markers
  • Drivers license/ ID cards
  • Gang related correspondence, gang symbols / signs
  • Local newspaper articles
  • Books / magazines not directly sent from a publisher
  • Dried flowers / weeds
  • Glued / taped items
  • Staples
  • Racist materials
  • Phone cards / credit card

Inmate Locator

Champaign County IL Jail publishes the names of their inmates currently in their facility in Illinois. Your search should start with this locator first to see if your loved one is there.

The second box is the InmateAid Inmate Search. This database of inmates is user-generated content for the purpose of accessing and utilizing any or all of the InmateAid services. If you need our assistance creating your own inmate profile to keep in touch, email us at and we will assist you in locating your inmate.

As a last resort, you might have to pay for that information if we do not have it. The Arrest Record Search will cost you a small amount, but their data is the freshest available and for that reason they charge to access it.

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Covid Visitation Information

As of March 18, 2020, registration and visitation rules have changed to protect inmates at Champaign County IL Jail and their loved ones during the COVID-19 outbreak. At this time, there are no in-person visits for family and friends due to the COVID-19 situation. Video visitation is available; details can be found below or call 217-384-1243.


  • All visits through the video visitation system require the visitor to establish a user account.

Visitation Information

Champaign County Corrections Division - Visitation

We understand how important it is for persons confined at the facility to maintain contact with family and friends during their stay. Most Inmates are allowed two twenty minutes of visits each week.

Champaign County Sheriff's Office Video Visitation Rules - Please read all of the rules completely prior to moving forward. Not knowing the rules will not be accepted as an excuse for not following them. Disobeying any rule may result in you being banned from visiting detainees or criminal charges being pursued when applicable.

Video visitation will be held 7 days a week.

  • Sunday-Friday: 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM 5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Saturday: 5:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Each inmate is allowed one 20 minute visit per day.

A Supervisor can deny, change or cancel a visit at any time at their discretion.

The visitation schedule may be cancelled or altered on county appointed holidays or for safety/security reasons.

All visits are subject to monitoring and recording.

Any inappropriate activity that will jeopardize the good order, safety and security of the Champaign County Correctional Center will result in termination of your session.

Visits must be scheduled 24 hours prior to the appointment. Visits are able to be scheduled up to 7 days in advance. Walk-in video visits will be accepted provided there are available time slots and open video visitation booths.

Friends and Family video visitation booths are provided at the satellite jail and no more than 1 adult and 1 child will be allowed in the booth at one time. From these booths, you can visit inmates who are housed at either the satellite or downtown jail. Do not engage in activity that disturbs the other visits in progress.

If you use the visitor booths at the Satellite Jail it is free of charge.

  • All visitors older than 14 y/o coming to the Satellite Jail must possess a valid government-issued photo ID, such as a driver’s license, Student ID, State ID card, or Military Issued ID.
  • Children (14 y/o or younger) must be accompanied by a responsible adult.
  • Visitors and inmates must remain seated at all times during the visitation session. Small children, five (5) years old and younger, must remain on the visitor's lap at all times.

Remote visits from your home will cost $10 and to do so you will need to have at least $10.00 in your ICSolutions prepaid account. If you need to set up an account or add funds, please go to or call 866-558-2323.

The visit charge will be applied to your prepaid account as soon as your visit is scheduled.

If your visit is cancelled by the facility for a rule violation, your money will not be refunded.

Remote visitors should test their connection prior to scheduling a visit. Please go to for instructions.

If you do not show for a remote visit no refund will be issued.

Remote visitors should connect 15 minutes prior to the scheduled visit to check-in.

If you attempt to connect after the scheduled visit start time you will not be able to visit.

Persons named in an order of protection or no-contact order cannot visit the inmate listed on the order of protection.

  • Please be advised if an inmate is in ANY program (at court, on trustee assignments, GED, church, attorney visits, etc.), they are NOT eligible to receive the visit at that time. Please schedule your visits around the inmate's program schedule.

After your visit has ended your connection will be terminated.

Appropriate dress is required at all times. This applies to remote and Satellite Jail visitors.

  • Skintight / Form-fitting clothes are not allowed.
  • No Cleavage showing, no bellies or bottoms showing, no provocative clothing.
  • Any clothing or other items displaying gang-related symbols, themes or colors are prohibited.
  • Any clothing containing vulgar or objectionable language or images are prohibited.
  • All visitors must wear undergarments at all times.
  • No hats are allowed.
  • No see-through clothing allowed.

Visitors involved in the following will be placed on permanent visiting restrictions:

  • Visitors that create a disturbance or disruption of the visiting process.
  • Visitors under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
  • Visitors that refuse to show sufficient identification.

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