Will County Adult Detention Facility

County Jail

Last Updated: March 09, 2024
95 S Chicago St, Joliet, IL 60432

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

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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 Will County Adult Detention Facility so you can stay connected and support your loved one behind bars.

The Will Co Jail is a detention center located at 95 S Chicago St Joliet, IL which is operated locally by the Will 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. Will County accepts inmates from surrounding towns, Joliet 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.

The Detention Facility provides for the safe and humane detention of individuals awaiting trial or serving criminal sentences up to one year. The original 156,000 square foot building was expanded to 318,000 square feet, adding 10 new housing units and increasing capacity of the jail from 322 inmates to over 1000 inmates. The facility is located in the downtown area of the county seat of Will County, which is Joliet Illinois. The facility is constructed in an architectural style called "podular". The podular architecture clusters inmate cells around a common day room, exercise area, and visitation room.

This architectural style is complemented by an inmate management style referred to as direct supervision. Direct Supervision requires that staff closely supervise inmates in the day room of a housing pod that allows staff direct unobstructed contact with the inmates. A staff member assigned the role supervises inmates in an environment that is best described as a " policeman walking a beat". The officer in the housing pod coordinates all pod activities, reinforcing inmates behavior by acting as a role model. In direct supervision jails positive behavior is rewarded by access to privileges such as access to outdoor exercise, television, and dayroom time. Inmates negative behavior is reinforced by the use of negative consequences for not following the rules. Consequences for inmates not abiding by the facility rules may range from short lockdowns in their cells, and limiting access to pod activities to removal to a segregation unit where inmates are allowed out of their cells for only one and a half hours a day.

Inmates find out very quickly that following the rules is in their best interest, and that it is not in their best interest to break the rules. This concept of simple behavior modification has resulted in a facility that has fewer assaults by inmates on staff and other inmates, less stress on staff, and a safer environment for those that live and work in the Will County Adult Detention Facility.


The Will County Adult Detention Facility is a detention facility, not a correctional facility thus rehabilitation is not a mandated function or goal, however; the philosophy of the facility is to encourage inmates to participate in programs that help them avoid re-incarceration. These programs are provided to facility inmates by The Center for Correctional Concerns ( C.C.C. ) a non-profit agency established in 1979 to provide social service and educational programs to inmates confined in the Will County Jail. These programs are funded through various sources that include the United Way.

The Social Service Department provides information, counseling, advocacy, and general assistance to inmates. They will make calls to public defenders and other agencies on behalf of the inmates. The Center for Correctional Concerns also provides a recreational library and performs other program-related services for inmates confined at the Will County Adult Detention Facility.


The Center for Correctional Concerns offers an expanded G.E.D. program that allows inmates to obtain their high school equivalency diploma and improve their chances of securing a job upon their release. In the thirty years since the inception of the G.E.D. program in the old Will County Jail, and now at the Will County Adult Detention Facility over 1800 inmates have successfully completed the program and received their general equivalency degree. The facility also offers literacy training for non-readers, English as a second language, and enrichment classes.


Current statistics from the United States Department of Justice estimates that up to 80 percent of inmates are involved with drugs or alcohol prior to their incarceration. In an effort to address this ongoing problem, The Will County Adult Detention Facility offers drug counseling, substance abuse classes, and recovery lessons.


The Will County Adult Detention Facility has both a full-time chaplain and a part-time chaplain to meet the varied spiritual needs of its inmates. These staff members are supplemented with volunteer clergy members from all denominations within the community. Inmates are provided with opportunities to attend weekly worship services and bible studies, and may also meet with the chaplains on an individual basis.


If you wish to place money on an inmate's commissary trust account, you may do so either by mailing a money order - make payable to: W.C.A.D.F. - ( Inmate's Name ) or depositing cash in person 7 days a week, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Video Visitation Center or 7 days a week, 24 hours a day at the Bond Lobby. Coins are not accepted and change cannot be made. These monies are used for inmates to purchase writing materials, hygiene items, and snack food.

You may also deposit funds through the internet at jailatm.com/


Commissary orders are processed Monday and are delivered to the inmate Tuesday. In the event Monday is a holiday, orders will be processed the Friday before.

Item(s) Sent To Property Or Returned To Sender

  • Unused postage stamps/envelopes
  • Self - addressed / stamped envelopes
  • Unused stationary/greeting cards
  • Nude, semi-nude, or unauthorized pictures
  • Polaroid pictures
  • An excessive amount of pictures
  • Stickers/address label stickers
  • Cardboard, laminated, or plastic covered cards
  • Cash or checks
  • No hardcover books
  • Excessive glitter is prohibited
  • Perfumed stationery, an 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
  • Drawing on envelopes or notes
  • Racist materials
  • Phone cards/credit cards

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 Will County Adult Detention Facility.

The second section features the InmateAid Inmate Search tool, providing a user-generated database of inmates. You can access this resource to utilize any of InmateAid's services. If you require assistance in creating an inmate profile to maintain communication, please contact us at aid@inmateaid.com, and we'll gladly help you locate your loved one.

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.

Visitation Information

Will County Adult Detention Facility - Visitation

Visiting Hours - Everyday

9:00 am until 12:00 pm

1:00 pm until 5:00 pm (Last scheduled time slot - 4:20 pm)

To Schedule A Visit Please Call During the Above Posted Times


We understand how important it is for persons confined at the facility to maintain contact with family and friends during their stay. A liberal visitation schedule has been instituted to facilitate this. Most inmates are allowed two ( 2 ) thirty ( 30 ) minute visits each week.

Persons wishing to visit someone who is confined at the Facility are to go to the Video Visitation Center located at 20 South Chicago Street. The Video Visitation Center is across the street from the Detention Facility.

After checking in at the Visitation Center, you will be placed in front of a visitation screen that will be connected to a visitation screen at the Detention Facility. You will be able to see the person you are visiting on a television screen and they will be able to see you. You will be able to talk with your visitor through a telephone.

  • You must call the Video Visitation Center and schedule an appointment 24 to 48 hours prior to your visit.
  • Inmates are eligible for visits any day of the week based on the availability of visitation booths.
  • Visitation appointments are scheduled on a first come first serve basis.
  • You may not schedule an appointment to visit more than 48 hours in advance.
  • You must be 17 years of age or accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Only two persons may visit an inmate at one time.
  • All visitors must bring a valid ID with your current address on it. If you do not have a valid ID you will not be able to conduct your visit.
  • You must have a recognized government photo identification card that shows your date of birth ( driver's license, state ID, FOID card, military ID, passport, green Matricula Consular ID ).
  • You must arrive at the Video Visitation Center 15 minutes prior to your scheduled visit.
  • You may not visit if you yourself have been incarcerated at the facility within the last 30 days.
  • Inmates will not be allowed a visit until after their first court appearance.
  • Visitors must be properly dressed and abide by posted visiting rules.
  • If you are unable to make your appointment, please call the Video Visitation Center to cancel. Failure to cancel an appointment may result in your visits being restricted

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