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IL DOC - Menard Medium-Security Unit

State Prison

Last Updated: August 01, 2021
711 Kaskaskia St PO Box 711, Menard, IL 62259
Mailing Address
PO Box 1000, Menard, IL 62259

IL DOC - Menard Medium-Security Unit is for State Prison offenders sentenced up to twelve months.

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IL DOC - Menard Medium-Security Unit basic information to help guide you through what you can do for your inmate while they are incarcerated. The facility's direct contact number: 618-826-5071

The inmates housed at IL DOC - Menard Medium-Security Unit located at 711 Kaskaskia St
PO Box 711 in Menard, IL are placed according to their custody level (determined by a number of factors including the past criminal history and the length of their sentence). There are ample educational and vocational training programs for all inmates, especially ones that show a willingness to learn new things that will prepare them for a better life when they are released. The mission is to promote and prepare the offender to leave in better shape than when they arrived, giving them the best chance to never come back and thus lower the state's recidivism rate.

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About IL DOC - Menard Medium-Security Unit:

Menard Correctional Center
Opened: March 1878
*Operational Capacity: 3,881
Maximum Security Adult Male
**Population Menard Correctional Center: 2,945
**Population Menard Medium Security Unit: 419

The mission of Menard Correctional Center is to confine adult male offenders in a safe, secure and humane manner; preserve and promote individual rights and responsibilities; and in turn, ensure ultimate protection of society. Inherent within this purpose is the offering of program activities for inmates housed within the institution. Inmates are afforded the opportunity to explore and participate in programs designated to assist them toward a successful reintegration into society. ˜It is essential that these functions be conducted within the realities of the security needs of a maximum-security correctional center.

Menard Correctional Center was established on the banks of the Mississippi River in 1878. The maximum-security facility changes in elevation over 200 feet and includes more than 2,600 acres with 41 acres enclosed by perimeter. The facility is comprised of 155 buildings totaling 1,294,000 square feet. Menard is the state’s largest maximum security adult male facility. The center consists of five housing units, a receiving and orientation unit, segregation unit and a health care unit. Also included is the Menard medium-security unit.

Inmate Programs


  • ABE (Adult Basic Education)
  • GED (General Education Development)
  • Special Education Services
  • Job Preparedness and Correspondence Classes


  • Construction Trades


  • Meat Processing
  • Janitorial and Cleaning Supplies
  • Knit and Sewing
  • Waste Removal and Recycling

Volunteer Services:

  • Religious


  • Anger Management
  • Chaplaincy
  • Community Work Crews
  • Incarcerated Veterans Transition Program
  • Leisure Time Activity
  • Library
  • Life Skills
  • Sex Offender Program
  • Substance Abuse
  • Health Care Services


  • Job Preparation
  • Parole School
  • Re-Entry Summits
  • Life Style Redirection
  • Orientation
  • Trac 1
  • Community Work Crews

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IL DOC - Menard Medium-Security Unit is a facility in the Illinois Department of Corrections. The DOC publishes the names of their current inmates and identifies which of their locations the inmate is being held. Your search should start with the first DOC locator to see if your loved one is there. Begin with the first three letters of the offender's first and last name, it does not have to be spelled exactly.

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Covid Visitation Information


To prevent the potential for COVID-19 (coronavirus) exposure, the Illinois Department of Corrections, after consultation with the Illinois Department of Public Health, is temporarily suspending all visits effective March 14 until further notice. We recognize the importance of visitation as an essential component of rehabilitation, family connection and quality of life for those in our care. Our top priority is the health and safety of those who live and work in our facilities, and we are hopeful this policy change will be short-lived. The Department is expanding opportunities for video visits and phone calls. In addition to expanding opportunities for video visits and calls, the Department is providing all people in custody with funds for two 20-minute phone calls and one 15-minute video visit. We also encourage families to write to their incarcerated loved ones as often as possible. Attorneys are still permitted to visit IDOC facilities, but will be screened upon arrival.

The Department has not identified any positive cases of coronavirus, but is taking a number of preventative measures, including:

  • The Department modified its Pandemic Influenza and Continuity of Operations plans.
  • Hand sanitizer, antibacterial soap, and cleaning supplies are being made available to all staff and incarcerated individuals.
  • Staff who are presenting symptoms of COVID-19 are being screened by medical personnel.
  • During the intake process, all individuals, including parole violators, are being screened by medical personnel.
  • All correctional facilities and transport vehicles are being routinely cleaned and disinfected.
  • Staff and incarcerated individuals are being encouraged to practice good health habits, including hand-washing.
  • We are communicating regularly with staff and people in custody to ensure they feel safe during this developing situation.

The Department continues to work closely with the Illinois Department of Public Health and Illinois Emergency Management Agency to ensure we are following all guidelines put forth by the Centers for Disease Control. We will continue to monitor this fluid situation and adjust our procedures as necessary.

All visitors, including children under 18 years of age, must be on the offender’s approved visiting list in order to visit. Government officials and legal visitors are excluded and need not be listed on the visiting list to be afforded a visit. Prospective visitors should contact the offender to have them placed on the visiting list.

Visitation Information

General Population Contact/Non-Contact Visits

Sunday through Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Sign in time is from 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Saturday: 8:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Sign in time is from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. No visits are processed on Saturdays from 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. for shift change.

Visits may last as long as time and room allows, not to exceed four hours. Visitors who travel a great distance to visit an offender may request an extended visit Monday through Thursday (no weekends or holidays). The Duty Warden or Shift Supervisor will consider extended visits on a case-by-case basis on the date of the visit.

Contact Visits: Offenders not under visit restriction are allowed five (5) visits per month. Three (3) adult visitors may visit simultaneously. This number includes children three (3) years and older.

Non-Contact Visits: Level "E" offenders are allowed five (5) visits per month. Visits are a maximum of 2 hours.

NOTE: If a child is under the age of three (3) and can be held on an adult visitor’s lap, they will not be counted as one of the three (3) visitors.

Diagnostic orientation status offenders (offenders in reception center status) are not permitted visits with the exception of legal visits.

Segregation/Administrative Detention Non-Contact Visits

8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. daily.
Visitors must be signed in by 12:00p.m. Visits are a maximum of one (1) hour.

Offenders not under visit restriction are allowed two (2) visits per month. Segregation offenders may only visit once per day. Two (2) adult visitors may visit simultaneously. This number includes children three (3) years and older. Each adult may accompany one (1) child less than three (3) years old.

Administrative Detention offenders shall be allowed non-contact visits. The number and length of monthly visits (excluding attorney and chaplain visits) will be based on the offender’s current AD status.

NOTE: If a child is under the age of three (3) and can be held on an adult visitor’s lap, they will not be counted as one of the two (2) visitors.

Infirmary Visits

If an offender’s condition allows, visitation will be done in the Visiting Room. In the case where a patient’s condition does not allow for visitation in the Visiting Room, a visit may be approved in the Infirmary. This must be approved by the Warden or their designee only. Such visits will be one (1) hour or less in duration depending on the offender s condition and treatment program. No vending items are permitted.

Attorney/Clergy/Agency Visits

Legal visitors and government officials who request to visit an offender for the purpose of conducting business on behalf of the Department or other governmental agency shall be exempt from completing the Perspective Visitor’s Information form. Legal visitors and government officials shall be required to list only their names and business address on the Visitor Sign-In Log. Legal visitors and government officials shall be required to show photo identification including government identification, official credentials, attorney registration or law student certification. Legal Visits will be arranged through the Litigation Coordinator at least two days in advance. Attorneys, student lawyers, etc. need not be on the inmates visiting list.

Special Clergy visitation will be approved in advance through the A/W of Programs. The requesting clergy must provide proof of legitimacy prior to entering the facility. Bibles and Korans are allowed during Pastoral Counseling.

Government agencies must coordinate with the A/W Operations prior to visiting.​

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