Lee County Jail – Dixon, IL

Lee County Jail is in Lee County, IL and is the main jail for that area. Know someone in Lee County Jail? This guide will tell you info about everything a person needs to know about Lee County Jailsuch as the following: Find out who’s in jail at Lee County Jail? Find mugshots. The jail’s phone number and address. Bail and bail bondsmen. Booking and intake procedures. Lee County court information. And much more…

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The prospect of getting arrested and going to jail is a scary and daunting situation, not only for the person who is incarcerated, but also their friends and family. This guide is designed to give you all the advice and information that you need to make getting locked up easier. If you have a question, please feel free to ask it, and also any tips or comments that would be beneficial to other people in the same situation is welcome.

General Information


Lee County Jail
306 South Hennepin Avenue
Dixon, IL 61021

Phone Number and Fax Number

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Map and Directions

Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a family member, loved one, or friend in jail and need to contact them?

Do you know a friend or family member that’s been arrested and you don’t know how to find out what jail they’re in?

To find out who is in jail at Lee County Jail you need to navigate to their link and perform an inmate lookup.

Inmate Locator

The Lee County Jail Inmate Search is an online list of people who have been arrested and are in custody, including status, how much their bail is, and times you can visit. Also, you can get info on anybody booked or discharged within the past 24 hour period. Inmates are listed alphabetically by last name. You will be able to locate the information more quickly if you have your friend or family member’s full name, date of birth, or arrest number.

If the inmate you are looking for may be at another jail you will want to check our guide to other Illinois jails: Other Jails in Illinois


A mugshot, or intake picture, is the photo that the jail takes during jail intake processing. A mugshot is actually two photos one frontal photo and a profile picture. Your name and booking number will be on the photos, and they will be stored at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of people who have been arrested can be searched on the Lee County Jail website, or you can see them in person at the Lee County Jail. When viewing mugshots online you need to put in their full name, and the booking date, if you know it.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Need to know how to have your mugshot taken off of the Lee County Jail website? This can be tricky, as your mugshot is a public record. To get your mugshot taken down you must file a Petition to Expunge in court. What this means is that your arrest record will be sealed, so no one will be able to see them. Depending on your situation, this may be a longshot.

Read our indepth tutorial about getting your mugshot taken down, the many different mugshot websites, and the websites that offer to remove your mugshot for you: How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Of course, once you’re locked up, your primary thought is about when you get out. After booking, your bail amount is determined by a special judge called a magistrate. In cases where no bail is set this can mean that you will either be released on your ‘own recognizance’ until your court date, or you have to stay in jail until your trial.

If you do bail out of jail you are required to agree to be in court on your court date, and until that date you are required not to travel out of the county.

Typically, inmates in the Lee County Jail are given time off in exchange for good behavior when they respect the rules and area a good inmate while incarcerated.

If you follow the rules, you might be allowed to do work release. You will be required to go back to the jail every day when you’re finished at your job, or you could get to sleep in a halfway house instead of living at the jail.


Bail is money that you have to pay to the courts in order to be released from jail until your court date. The amount you have to pay depends on the crime you are charged with. You will have to post 10 percent of the total that was determined in order for you to be released from jail. If you don’t go to court, whoever put up your bail money won’t get the bail money back.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

You will have to call the Lee County Jail. If you have all the pertinent information, like name, address and date of birth, they’ll tell you how much their bail is. Also, you can find out how much their bail is on the jail website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Bailing out of jail is never a fun thing, but in some cases, it’s very simple to do. To start with, figure out if it is a Cash Only Bond situation. If so, you can’t get a bail bondsman. Take cash only to the jail – they won’t accept a personal check. As soon as you’ve posted (paid) bond, the inmate will be released into your care. If they don’t violate the terms of their bail, you’ll get your money back.

Bail Bondsman

If bail is set too high, of if you can’t pay it, you might need to use a bail bondsman. Bail bondsmen will generally charge you a fee of 10 to 15 percent of the total bail amount, and sometimes have a minimum fee of $100. This is non-refundable and has to be paid in cash. If the bail has been set really high, the bondsman will usually request to use assets as collateral for the bond.

To talk to a local bail bondsman go to: Find a Bail Bondsman in Lee County

Have you ever had to find a bail bondsman either for yourself, a family member or friend? If so, post a comment below and tell about it, and let us know how things turned out.

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

  • Get Time Off For Good Behavior
  • Work Release
  • Time Served
  • Be Released on a Pre-Trial Release Program
  • Released On House Arrest
  • Be Released on Your Own Recognizance

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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The intake process includes the following steps:

  • You will be placed in a waiting area or cell. If the jail is busy, you may not be processed immediately.
  • First, have to answer a number of questions, such as what is your full legal name, address, birthdate and an emergency contact person.
  • Also, you will also be asked about your psychological and medical history.
  • You will be given an inmate ID.
  • You will get fingerprinted.
  • You will have your mugshot taken.
  • Any property you have will be taken from you and will be stored until you are released.
  • They will allow you to make a telephone call in order to contact a member of your family, friend, or bondsman to arrange bail.
  • If you are expected to be released shortly, you might get to keep wearing your own clothes, but if you are not expected to make bail quickly you you will have to change into a jumpsuit.

Have you ever been arrested and gone through the jail intake procedure? If so, please tell us what happened. How long did it take to get processed? Were you treated fairly? Can you tell us tips that could help other people that get arrested to get through the process?

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Discharge Procedures

Once bail has been posted, you will get discharged from jail. This process may take anywhere from 30 minutes to all day long. In other words the quicker bail is posted, the quicker you can get out of jail. It also can depend on whether you’ve got a cash bond amount or if a judge still needs to determine how much your bail will be. For minor charges, you will be booked and released on your own recognizance. When you get to the end of your sentence and know the discharge date, you should expect to get discharged between 9am and noon.

How To Turn Yourself In

for your arrest, or if you have to begin your jail sentence, it is highly recommended that you follow the rules and turn yourself in. If you have a warrant, report to the jail processing area, and tell an officer that you think they might have a warrant for your arrest. They will do a check to find out if there is an arrest warrant for you, and if they find one, they will take you into custody. If it is for a jail sentence, report at the time and date that the sentence order requires you to. Be very careful that you don’t show up late. Just bring things that are allowed when you turn yourself in, like your drivers license or photo ID, any prescription medication you might take, along with your doctor’s prescription, and a sentencing order from court.

Visitation Procedures

In order to have visitors, inmates need to provide each visitor’s name and date of birth to the jail before anyone can visit them. Your visitors will go into a log of approved visitors as an authorized visitor. Every visitor must provide acceptable photo identification when visiting an inmate. Anyone showing up late or without a visiting order will not be allowed to attend visitation.
Visitation procedures at Lee County Jail can change, so it would be wise to check the official Lee County Jail jail site before you go to visitation.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

The only phone calls that inmates are allowed to make are with a pre-paid phone card or account, or are collect calls . Phone calls made in jail are usually more expensive than regular phone calls. There are certain restrictions about when and how often you can use the phone, but inmates must keep in mind that a long line can form at the phones, because everyone wants to use the phone, too. If you break the jail rules, phone privileges may be limited or forbidden completely.

The Lee County Jail phone number is:

Sending Mail to Inmates

All inmate mail is required to be mailed using the actual US Postal Service, and not courier or delivery, or hand delivered. You cannot use any other type of delivery. You have to write or type the name, inmate ID, and the jail address on the outside of the letter that you send. Don’t send anything in a package or box, envelope with padding or insulation, plastic or paper bag, or an envelope with any metal in it. All mail that you send to inmates will be opened and inspected and read by the officers at the jail, and the mail will get returned if they decide it is inappropriate.

Mailing Address

Use this address when sending a letter to someone incarcerated at Lee County Jail:

Lee County Jail
306 South Hennepin Avenue
Dixon, IL 61021

Here is how you should address the letter:

Lee County Jail
306 South Hennepin Avenue
Dixon, IL 61021

The Lee County Jail mail policy changes often, so you should check the the Lee County Jail website when you send a letter.

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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

When you get arrested, you have certain rights, the first of which is your right to request an attorney. Remember that you may be limited to the amount of phone calls you can make, so it is important to get a friend or relative to find an attorney when you talk to them. You might be thinking ‘but do I really need a lawyer’ You’re not required to have an attorney in all cases, a criminal defense lawyer will make sure you know your rights, help protect your best interests and help you understand the court system in Lee County. The faster you get an attorney working on your charges, the better.

For more information on the benefits of hiring a lawyer, click here: Find a Lawyer

Public Defender

If you cannot afford an attorney, you will get a public defender. In addition, the Public Defender has access to private investigators, experts in forensics and social workers. You should be reassured that Public Defenders are actual lawyers who are members of the State Bar and are fully licensed to represent you in court and practice law.

Have you or someone you know used a court appointed attorney? Do you think that they did a good job of defending you?

Court Records

Lee County court records are public records. They have a court case file containing a docket and each of the documents and motions filed in the course of your case. You, and anyone else, can access your court case records using the Lee County website, or by going to the Clerk of Court’s office where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

The Clerk of Court is an officer of the court that maintains court records and controls access to them. They also administer the oath for all court participants, and also read the verdict when delivered by the jury. All records and documents related to your case are available at Lee County Clerk of Court office.


Court costs and court fees are the charges associated with your case, such as for example filing fees, motion and claim fees, and court charges. If you are low income and have been assigned a Public Defender, you may not have to pay them.


The magistrate acts as the judge that rules over your case. Magistrates do several different things, like setting your bail amount, writing arrest warrants, and overseeing preliminary court hearings and detention proceedings.


Your pre-sentencing report is prepared with information about your background and details of the defendant’s life and public history, which the magistrate judge will review when determining the sentence. Information will be gathered from the defendant, his or her family members, and if necessary the victim in the crime. Bear in mind you can request to get your own copy of your pre-sentencing report before your sentencing, so you get the chance to go over it and correct any mistakes in it.


When you are convicted of a crime, you will be sentenced. The judge will have several different options when sentencing you, including community service, house arrest, and probation, to prison or jail time. Depending on sentencing guidelines and the severity of your crime, you will either be taken into custody, right there in court, or you could be given a date to to surrender and report to jail to serve your term.

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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Are you trying to find out if some you know is incarcerated, or has been an inmate in the past?

To do so, you should visit the jail’s website, and do a search using:

  • The inmate’s name.
  • Birthdate.
  • Approximate booking date.
  • and their jail ID.

If you think this person is in jail, you should call the jail confirm whether they’ve been arrested or not.

Warrant Inquiry

If you think you might have an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you can check the arrest warrants inquiry on the Lee County jail website or you are able to call the court. This requires a first and last name. You can also go to the local jail and ask one of the officers. You should be clear that if there is a warrant for your arrest, they will take you into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know a person’s name, and possibly an arrest date, contact the jail, by phone, go there in person, or find out online. An arrest is public record and this is freely available.

Civil Inquiry

Civil processes are when when you are served with legal papers, which can be a court order. You can find these by contacting the Lee County Sheriff’s office, on their website or by phone.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All convicted sex offenders must be registered on either a national or state sex offender database. The people on these databases have been convicted of a sex or kidnapping crime. You are able to view sex offenders on the internet, but bear in mind that you won’t see the street address, but rather the neighborhood block of the address that they registered.

Court Records

Court Records are public records and available to anyone. They include a court case file containing a docket and all filings and documents filed in the court case. You are able to access the court records on the website, or at Clerk of Court in the jurisdiction where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Every state keeps a record of someone’s criminal background. These databases are linked together so you are able to track criminal histories from another state. Go to courthouse and check in person, or check online. You must know which county the crime occured in, and in the event that it was in a different state entirely, you may have to pay a fee for a more comprehensive search.

When you look up someone’s criminal record you are able to get a report detailing any arrests, charges, or convictions that may be on a person’s record for the following crimes:

  • DWI or DUI.
  • Drug offenses such as possession or trafficking.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Rape or other sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes like assault or murder.
  • Breaking and entering, theft, larceny.

But, when you do a criminal records check, you generally won’t learn if that person has had any infractions like moving violations:

  • Speeding or wreckless driving.
  • Lost their drivers license or license revoked or suspended.
  • Been in a traffic accident.
  • Other moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To find this information, you must do a search for their driving record.

    Have you ever had to look for criminal records online? Was it a difficult process? Did you search online or did you call the courthouse? Did you get information that was correct? There are lots of reasons that people look up criminal backgrounds and records, and your account could make it easier for others.

    Click here to tell about all about it

    Most Wanted

    The FBI has their list of the Ten Most Wanted Fugitives. In Lee County,the Lee County Sheriff has a list of most wanted criminals, too.

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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Just the thought of being incarcerated in Lee County Jail is something you wish you could avoid, you will soon become accustomed to the daily routine there. All inmates get a wake-up alarm each morning at 6:00 AM, and next you’ll have roll call. Then you will get breakfast. When you finish breakfast you will have to work in the work program that you’ve been assigned to. This could be working in the kitchen, laundry, or some sort of manufacturing job. While this may seem tedious, it may help you when you leave jail, as you are gaining experience in a certain field of work. Other inmates go to school, while some take part in mandated treatment programs. After lunch, there will be another roll call, then back to work. Your evening will be spent either in your cell or a common room. During this time dinner is served and you will be expected to take a shower. After another roll call, it’s lights out. Even though you will be confined to your cell, there may be enough light to read or write letters. Then again, most inmates welcome lights out, and try to get as much sleep as they can.

    Most people are frightened at the idea of jail because they don’t know what to expect. If you have spent any time in Lee County Jail, your experiences would be welcomed, if it can help another person to deal with it.

    Dress Code

    When incarcerated, all inmates are expected to wear the Lee County Jail uniform. This is normally a jumpsuit or scrubs. Of note to anyone visiting an inmate – you must be properly dressed. Any clothing considered inappropriate will not be permitted.

    How To Send Money to an Inmate

    You will have your own ‘bank account’ while in jail. This money is used to purchase items from the Commissary. Family and friends can deposit money into this account for you, and any money you earn while in prison will also be deposited into your account. Outside money can be paid in to your account via a money order, cash or check. If someone sends a check or money order, make sure that they write your inmate ID on it. The maximum amount you are allowed in your account is $290 per month.

    The rules for sending money to inmates at Lee County Jail can change, so you should double check the the Lee County Jail website when you send money to an inmate.


    The commissary is the jail store. You can purchase a number of things here, such as toiletries, snacks and writing supplies. Bear in mind that you will probably want to use the commissary daily, and any infractions will get that privilege taken away from you.

    Inmate Medications

    If you are on any type of prescription medication, you will be allowed to continue taking it while in jail. When you are first processed, you will be asked what medication you take. You will then be referred to the jail nurse or doctor who will be in charge of monitoring your health and prescribing your medication.


    You will get three meals a day: breakfast, lunch and dinner. As expected, they are very basic, but healthy. A typical breakfast might be cereal, toast, coffee and fruit. Lunch might be spaghetti, salad, bread and milk. Dinner could be chicken casserole, rice, vegetables, dessert and milk. Contrary to popular belief, prison food has greatly improved over the years, and you might find that it’s not much different from what you would eat at home.

    Pods / The Yard

    The jail is designed in a ‘pod’ layout, with self contained housing arranged around an outdoor yard. Each pod has a central control station and a common room, and the inmates take turns in using the yard. The jail is designed this way to keep certain inmates together, and others away from the general population.


    As with life in general, gangs are a part of prison life. Obviously it is best to avoid becoming a part of this environment as it will only lead to trouble. When you first enter prison, you might find yourself being ‘primed’ to join a gang, or worse, you might get their attention in a negative way. The best thing to do is keep your head down and don’t get involved.

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    Types of Jobs at Lee County Jail

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Lee County Jail, overseeing the day to day operations and administration of the jail. An inmate is unlikely to have much interaction with the Deputy Sheriff, unless they have committed an infraction. Detention Officers are responsible for the custody and care of the inmates. They maintain order in the jail, and handle security. A Detention Officer is assigned to a certain pod, and therefore is responsible for the same inmates each day. They get to know the inmates on a certain level, and are well equipped to handle any problems that may occur.

    Apply for a Job at Lee County Jail


    • You have to be over the age of 21.
    • You have to possess a High School Diploma or GED
    • You have to be a US Citizen.
    • You have to pass a Criminal, Credit and Driving History background check.
    • You have to pass a drug test.
    • You have to have a good level of fitness.
    • You have to be in good health.
    • You have to have a valid Drivers License
    • An applicant for Deputy Sheriff must possess a Law Enforcement Certification.

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    Family Resources

    There are resources for families of both the perpetrator of the crime and the victim. The social and emotional impact of crime is far reaching, affecting many. Families can receive professional counseling, court related assistance, social services assistance and help in navigating the criminal justice system.

    If you are a family member, which resources did you find to be particularly helpful? Please let us know, as this will be helpful to other families in the same situation.

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    Victim Resources

    Important Note: If you, or someone you know, are in immediate danger, call 911.

    Victim’s Rights

    The Victim Rights Act grants victims the following rights:

    • The right to protection from the accused.
    • The right to notification.
    • The right to attend proceedings.
    • The right to speak at criminal justice proceedings.
    • The right to consult with the prosecuting attorney.
    • The right to restitution.
    • The right to a speedy trial.
    • The right to be treated with fairness, dignity and respect.

    The definition of victim includes:

    • Spouses and children of all victims.
    • Parents and guardians of minor victims.
    • Parents, guardians and siblings of mentally or physically incapacitated victims or victims of homicide.
    • Foster parents or other caregivers, under certain circumstances.

    There are a number of services and programs designed to help victims and their families. You can find out about these services by contacting the courthouse, or local law enforcement agency.

    Victim Notification

    The Department of Justice Victim Notification System (VNS) is a system that provides victims with information pertaining to their case and/or any defendants in the case. You will receive a Victim Identification Number (VIN) and a Personal Identification Number (PIN) that will allow you to access VNS via the internet or by phone. Here, you will find information about future court hearings, historical court events, and detailed information about the defendant. This will include criminal charges filed, the outcome of charges, sentence imposed, custody location, projected release date and any other release information. The VNS website is updated daily. You will also receive any ongoing information by mail or email.

    Have you, a family member or friend ever used the Victim Notification System? If so, was it effective? Did you get the information in a timely manner? Was the system difficult to use? We would like to hear from you, so please post any comments here.

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    Sex Offender Information and Search

    All people registered as sex offenders are registered on either a national or state sex offender database. The people on these databases have been convicted of a sex or kidnapping crime. You can access this information online, but bear in mind that you will not get the exact address, rather the block that they live on.

    Domestic Violence

    If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence, there are services to help you. Your county will have a Domestic Violence Services office. They provide free and confidential services, such as emergency shelter information, legal advocacy, support groups and domestic violence education. They will work to help you create a safe and violence-free life, and heal from the trauma of abuse.

    Important Note: If you, or someone you know, are in immediate danger, call 911.

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    Reviews of this Jail

    Have you ever been locked up in this jail? Do you have a friend or family member that spent time there? Have you ever been to visit an inmate at this jail?

    If yes, then you should leave a comment below about it. Write down your jail experience so others can find out what to expect.

    Things you could write in the review:

    • Jail conditions.
    • Jail facility and layout
    • Jail staff and Guards
    • Commissary and food
    • Visitors
    • Inmates.
    • Prisoner safety
    • Gangs
    • Activities and programs

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    Tell Your Story

    Everbody that’s been incarcerated has some stories to tell about the whole experience. How’d you end up in jail? Were you mistreated? What was your daily routine in jail? Were the other inmates cool? How has this experience impacted your life?

    Tell your story about when you did time at Lee County Jail

    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Did you make friends in jail? Trying to say wassup to an inmate you met while you were incarcerated? Throw a shout out to them here.

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