Cook County Sheriff's Office (CCDOC) - Main Facility

County Jail

Last Updated: May 07, 2024
50 W Washington St, Chicago, IL 60602

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When someone you care about gets locked up, it's tough to figure out all the ins and outs of jail life. From sending mail to visiting, there are a lot of things to sort out. And getting info about the arrest? Not always easy. That's where this webpage comes in handy. It's here to help you get a handle on how things work at Cook County Sheriff's Office (CCDOC) - Main Facility so you can stay connected and support your loved one behind bars.

The Cook County Sheriff's Office (CCDOC) - Main Facility is a detention center located at 50 W Washington St Chicago, IL which is operated locally by the Cook 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. Cook County accepts inmates from surrounding towns, Chicago Police Department, and the US Marshal's Service.

New detainees arrive at the jail regularly, with some being released on bail, placed under pretrial services caseloads, supervised by probation agencies, or released on recognizance with a court appearance agreement. Those who are not released await their court appearances at the jail, receiving accommodations including bedding and meals. You can see all the arrest records for Illinois here.

About the Cook County Department of Corrections
The Cook County Department of Corrections (CCDOC), expanding ninety-six acres and 8 city blocks, is the largest single-site jail in the country. Approximately 100,000 individuals circulate through the jail annually. The daily jail population averages 7,500 mainly pre-trial detainees not yet convicted of their charges.
The Cook County Department of Corrections has:
• Ten divisions
• A health services facility
• Two education departments
• Privatized food service and commissary
• Four onsite Sheriff’s Departments
• A dayroom on each living unit for eating and watching television
Mission Statement
The mission of the Cook County Department of Corrections is to ensure the safety of the citizens, correctional staff, and inmates of Cook County. We provide a central location for screening and classification of all defendants and a safe, secure, humane, positive, efficient and constitutionally-operated corrections department with a highly qualified, well-trained and dedicated staff.

I would like to visit an inmate, how can I find out the inmate’s housing location?
Use our automated system 773-674-5245 or click here.
Are money orders accepted for bonding purposes?
No, we do not accept money orders for bonding purposes; only cash, certified checks and credit cards (in person at the Division 5 lobby) are accepted.
Certified checks must be used during normal banking hours.
If you’re posting a bond by credit card, you must go in-person to Division 5 located at 2700 S. California Ave. Chicago, IL 60608.
For more information on posting bond, click here.
What is the address to send mail to an inmate?
The mailing address for sending letters to detainees is:
P.O. Box 089002
Chicago, Illinois 60608

Be sure to include with the address the detainees name and I.D. number (also known as booking number).
(I.D. numbers can be retrieved from our automated system 773-674-5245 or click here).
What items CANNOT be mailed to an inmate?
Click here to view the list of items that cannot be mailed to an inmate
Some of these items will be made available to the inmate through commissary.
How do I wire an inmate funds for Commissary?
You can wire money to an inmate using WESTERN UNION, Money Gram or via
You personally deposit inmate funds 24 hours a day at the automated kiosk found in the lobby of Division 5 at 2700 S. California Ave. Chicago, IL 60608.
For other inquiries related to the jail, you can call the customer service line at 773-674-1945 from 8 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. 7 days a week.
Inmate Trust Account
Contacting the Trust and Finance Offices
For Family and Friends who wish to obtain information on how to add money to a detainee’s Inmate Trust Fund account or to inquire about monies you have sent to a detainee, please contact:
Trust Office: 773-674-6864
Hours: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
If you are a former detainee, or currently on Electronic Monitoring, and would like to collect your funds:
Finance Office: 773-674-6860
Hours 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Each inmate at the Cook County Department of Corrections has an Inmate Trust Fund account, which allows an inmate to receive funds to use in on commissary, among other items.
Each week, an inmate can purchase up to $100 worth of clothing and supplies and $100 worth of food items.
Commissary offers:
• Clothing
• Stamped envelopes
• Toiletries
• Phone cards
• Food items (supplementary to the meals provided)
Adding money to a detainee’s trust fund account (books)
You can add money to a detainee’s books by
• Online or Telephone deposits
• Currency Exchange facilities
• Cash Pay Today locations
• United States Postal Service
• Jail’s lobby kiosks
• Collecting or Forwarding Funds
• Online and Telephone Deposits
• Currency Exchange Facilities
• United States Postal Service
• Jail's Lobby Kiosks
Collecting or forwarding funds
If you were discharged and want to cash out your funds, visit the Division 5 Lobby front desk, present a valid government issued photo identification (e.g. State Driver’s License, State ID) and informing the front desk officer that you are collecting your funds.
Division 5
2700 S. California Ave.
Chicago, IL 60608
Hours: 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
If you wish to have your funds mailed or a relative’s funds forwarded to their current correctional or mental health housing facility, please contact the Finance Office at 773-674-6860.
The Finance Office (Inmate Trust Fund) can only mail out funds to the current address on file. Detainees who are currently on Electronic Monitoring [EM] will have their funds mailed to the current EM address, upon telephone or detainee letter request. Detainees who are currently housed at another facility will have their funds mailed to that facility upon the respective facility’s staff telephone or detainee letter request.
Letters can be mailed to:
Cook County Department of Corrections
Finance Office – Inmate Trust Fund
Division 5 Second Floor
2700 S California Avenue
Chicago, IL 60608
Inmate Services
Inmate Services is made up of Correctional Rehabilitation Workers (CRW’s) who serve as the human service liaisons to the detainees assisting them with needs as it relates to their confinement as well as ongoing needs they may have within the community. The CRW’s serve as a bridge to the detainee’s families and loved ones assisting with property, legal documentation, etc. CRW’s process all detainee requests and grievances, pertaining to their needs and any challenges they may have while in our custody.
The Law and Public Librarians also serve within Inmate Services. They assist detainees with legal research as it relates to their cases and with finding books they wish to read for literacy advancement, general interest, inspiration or leisure.
The Chicago Board of Education offers high school classes to detainees ages 17-21 through their onsite facility, Consuela B. York Alternative High School.
The PACE Institute is another onsite organization that offers Adult Basic Education and General Education Diploma (GED) preparation.
Literary Services
• Book Club
• ConTextos
ConTextos is “An intensive writing program that incorporates peaceful conflict resolution and trauma-informed practices to develop pro-social behaviors” and therapeutic interventions.
College Courses
DePaul University is currently offering 3-hour college course credits to detainees by providing classroom instruction onsite at CCDOC. The Inside Out Model utilized by DePaul University’s Irwin W. Steans Center for Community-Based Service Learning & Community Service Studies allows individuals in custody to study in a classroom alongside non-incarcerated DePaul University students.
Enrichment Programs
The practice of yoga imparts skills which increase participants’ sense of self-awareness, personal responsibility, and problem-solving abilities. The increased capacity for mindfulness fostered by yoga is a benefit to participants during their time in custody, and continues to serve them after their return to the community. The majority of yoga instruction at CCDOC is trauma-informed, taking the specific needs of this population into account.
Established in 2012, the chess program is believed to be the first of its kind nationally. Detainees are given weekly chess lessons and participate regularly in chess tournaments. More recently, players were challenged to compete online; they participated in three international online chess matches. Detainees learn to apply critical thinking skills, patience, impulse control, and positive pro-social interactions. Individuals must demonstrate good behavior during their time in CCDOC custody in order to be considered for acceptance into the program. The program is available to inmates throughout the entire jail, and is facilitated by CCDOC programming staff and volunteers.
Recipe for Change
Recipe for Change was founded by Italian Chef Bruno Abate. Five days a week, detainees are immersed in culinary skills training in a state-of-the-art industrial-grade kitchen.
The students are not only taught food preparation and recipes, but also receive instruction on nutrition, safety and sanitation and proper serving etiquette.
Participants who complete the program gain knowledge in the following skills:
• Culinary arts
• Food sanitation
• Artistic painting

Inmate Locator

To utilize the Inmate Search page on InmateAid, begin by selecting the relevant prison facility in Illinois. This allows you to view the current list of inmates housed at Cook County Sheriff's Office (CCDOC) - Main Facility.

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Visitation Information

Cook County Department of Corrections (CCDOC) - Visitation

Please be advised that the Cook County Department of Corrections (CCDOC) has instituted a new visitation policy. Any individuals wishing to visit an inmate MUST complete and submit a Visitor Application to the CCDOC. Visitor Applications may be obtained and submitted at the following locations:
Divisional lobby where the inmate is being housed
Entrance of any Cook County courthouse
The application MUST be filled out completely and it is strongly encouraged to submit applications using the official Sheriff’s website. Minors 17 years of age or under DO NOT need to fill out an application; however they MUST be accompanied by a parent or guardian who has been approved according to the new visitation policy at the time of the visit. Also, if the minor is high school age, a current state or school photo ID must be presented. Up to three children can be accompanied by one adult. If you have already submitted an application for an individual inmate, you DO NOT need to reapply. You will have to submit a new application if the inmate was discharged and then re-incarcerated.
Once the application is received, a background check will be conducted to determine if the applicant is approved for visiting privileges. Applicants must call the Visitor Information Center at (773) 674-8225 or email: to inquire about the status of their applications. Please allow seven (7) business days after submitting an application to inquire about the status.

Applicants will be DENIED visiting privileges based on the criteria below. If you have been DENIED approval for the reasons noted in points 3 and 4 below, you may reapply, but only if your mandatory waiting period has expired.
1. The applicant provided invalid, inaccurate or unverifiable information on the Visitor Application.
2. The applicant is a minor 17 years of age or under.
3. The applicant is:
4. Is within the first year of parole/probation.
5. On house arrest.
6. On bond, has an open criminal case, excluding misdemeanor traffic cases.
7. The applicant was discharged from CCDOC, Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC) or any other verified correctional facility within the last 60 days.
8. The applicant has an outstanding warrant, including ICE detainers or has failed to maintain accurate registration records as required by law (e.g., Sex Offender registry, Violent Offender registry, etc.).
9. The applicant has a protective order placed on the inmate they are requesting to visit.
10. Any safety or security reasons as determined by a CCSO supervisor.
11. Visitors are required to follow Cook County Department of Corrections visitor rules and regulations at ALL times while on facility grounds. Failure to do so may result in the termination or denial of future visits.

To apply for visitation, search for the inmate that you wish to visit below. If you wish to visit more than one inmate, you must submit an application for each inmate. All applicants will be subject to a background check.
Q: What are the hours of operation for the Visitor Information Center (VIC) hotline?
A: Monday-Friday, 10:00am – 9:00pm

Q: If an inmate is transferred from one Division to another, do I need to complete another application?
A: No. Only one application is necessary to visit an inmate regardless if he/she is transferred. You will have to complete a new application when an inmate has been discharged and re-incarcerated.
Q: Do I need to complete a new application for every inmate I visit?
A: Yes. A new application must be generated for each inmate you wish to visit.
Q: Do I need to apply if I am from out of town?
A: Yes. Visitors who travel 150 or more miles away from 2600 S. California Chicago shall be considered an out of town visitor. All out of town visitors shall follow the visitor application process in order to get approval for visiting privileges. Approved out of town visitors may be allowed a one-time courtesy visit during normal visiting hours and days. Any visit after your courtesy visit MUST be on the inmates regularly scheduled visiting days.
Q: Do I need to complete an application for my under age child to visit?
A: No. Only persons over the age of 17 must complete an application. Visitors 17 years old and under must be accompanied by an approved visitor who is visiting the same inmate.
Q: Where do I go on line to apply?
A: Apply by searching for the inmate above. A "Register online" link is provided to the right of the inmate's photo.
Q: How do I know if I'm approved to visit?
A: Applications will be processed within 7 business days of the date they were submitted. Please call the VIC at 773-674-8225 after the 7 business days to inquire if you have been approved. We also ask that you please call the VIC to inquire about your application prior to coming in to visit or email
Q: How often can I visit?
A: After you have been approved, you will be allowed to visit once per week during one of the inmate’s scheduled visiting days and times
Q: What can I bring with me into the Department of Corrections?
A: To avoid inconveniences, delays in visits, or security problems, all visitors are encouraged to bring only those items you absolutely need, such as your keys and identification. A list of contraband is :
All visitors and their belongings entering the CCDOC are subject to a search. Visitors are strictly prohibited from bringing in contraband into the CCDOC. Contraband items include, but are not limited to, the following:
• Any item deemed to be a safety or security risk by the CCDOC.
• Alcohol
• Electronics
• Newspapers/Magazines/Books
• Food
• Pocket Knives
• Cameras
• Lighters
• Syringes
• Cell Phones
• Matches
• Tobacco Products
• Drinks
• Music Players
• Tools
• Drugs
• Nail
• Clippers
• Weapons
Visitors may also be charged criminally with “Bringing Contraband into a Penal Institution”, 720 ILCS 5/31A-1.1. as follows:
• Bringing into or possessing alcohol liquor in a penal institution is a Class 4 felony.
• Bringing into or possessing cannabis in a penal institution is a Class 3 felony.
• Bringing into or possessing any amount of a controlled substance classified in Schedules III, IV or V of the Illinois Controlled Substance Act in a penal institution is a Class 2 felony.
• Bringing into or possessing any amount of a controlled substance classified in Schedules I or II of Article II of the Illinois Controlled Substance Act in a penal institution is a Class 1 felony.
• Bringing into or possessing a hypodermic syringe in a penal institution is a Class 1 felony.
• Bringing into or possessing a weapon, tool to defeat security mechanisms, cutting tool, or electronic contraband into a penal institution is a Class 1 felony.
• Bringing into or possessing a firearm, firearm ammunition, or explosive in a penal institution is a Class X felony.

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