Tazewell County Corrections Center – Pekin, IL

Tazewell County Corrections Center is in Tazewell County, Illinois and is the primary correctional facility for this county. Are you looking for someone locked up in Tazewell County Corrections Center? This guide will tell you information about everything one might want to know about Tazewell County Corrections Center: How to do a jail inmate search. Find mugshots and inmate photos. The jail’s phone number and address. How to post bail. Tazewell County Corrections Center intake procedures. Court records. And more…

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The chance of going to jail is a scary and daunting situation, not only for whoever gets locked up, but also their family and friends. This guide is designed to give you information and advice that you need to make going to jail a little less stressful. If you have a question, just ask it in the comment section below, and please leave any comments or tips that could be beneficial to others would be appreciated.

General Information


Tazewell County Corrections Center
101 S. Capitol Street
Pekin, IL 61554

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 or friend that is incarcerated and need to locate them?

Has somebody who’s been arrested and you want to find out what jail they’re in?

To see who’s in jail at Tazewell County Corrections Center you have to click on their web site and do an inmate lookup.

Inmate Search

The Tazewell County Corrections Center Inmate Locator has information on persons who have been arrested and are in jail, which includes current status, how much their bail is, and visiting schedule. Also, you can find info on anybody arrested and booked or released in the last 24 hours. Jail inmates are listed alphabetically by last name. You will be able to find their arrest information fast if you have the arrestee’s name, date of birth, or arrest number.

If the inmate you are looking for could possibly be incarcerated at a different jail you can look here: Other County Jails in Illinois


A mugshot, also known as a booking picture, is a picture that the police take when you are booked into jail. A mugshot is make of one full face and a side-view photo. Your name and booking number will appear on the photos, and they are on file.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of inmates can be viewed on the Tazewell County Corrections Center website, or you can view them at the Tazewell County Corrections Center. When viewing online you will have to input their first and last name, and an arrest date, if you have one.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Do you want to have your mugshot removed from the Tazewell County Corrections Center site? This can be tricky, as your mugshot is a matter of public record. To get your mugshot removed you must file a Petition to Expunge with the court. What this means is that the record of your arrest would be sealed, so no one will be able to see them. Unfortunately, this happens very rarely.

Read our indepth tutorial about getting your mugshot taken down, the different mugshot sites, and the mugshot removal services: Mugshot Removal

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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

If you’re in jail, your only thought is about when you get out. After booking, bail is set either by bail schedule or magistrate. If there is no bail set this might mean that you will either be released, or you must remain in jail until your trial.

If you are released from jail you are required to promise to go to your court date, and until that day you can’t leave town.

Typically, prisoners at Tazewell County Corrections Center are given an early release in exchange for good behavior when they follow the rules and act right while they’re in jail.

If you prove to be trustworthy, you may be granted work release. You will be required to return to jail every day when you’re finished at your job, or you may be permitted to move into a halfway house instead of the jail.


Bail is the amount of money that you have to pay in order to be released from jail until you go to court. The amount you will have to pay all depends on the seriousness of your crime. Someone you know will need to put up ten percent of the total set in order for you to bail out of jail. If you miss your scheduled court date, whoever posted your bail will lose that money.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

You will need to call the Tazewell County Corrections Center. If you have all the person’s information, including name, address and date of birth, they will let you know how much their bail is. You can also find out how much their bail is on the jail website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to get someone out of jail is no fun, but fortunately, its easy if you have the money. To start with, find out if they have a Cash Only Bond. If it is, you can’t use a bail bondsman. They only accept cash at the jail, so you have to take cash – they won’t take checks. Once the cash bond has been paid, the prisoner will be released to your care. If this person doesn’t violate any of the terms of their release, you will get this money back.

Bail Bondsman

If the amount of bail set is large, or you just can’t afford to pay it, you should try a bail bondsman. Bondsmen will generally charge you a fee of 10-15% of total bail, and usually with a minimum charge of $100. The amount you pay to the bondsman is non-refundable and has to be paid in cash. If the bail is exceptionally high, the bondsman will in these cases use your assets as collateral for the bond in addition to their charges.

To contact a local bail bondsman visit our page about: Find a Bail Bondsman in Tazewell County

Have you ever had to use a Bail Bondsman because you or someone you know got arrested? If you have, leave a comment below and tell your story, and let us know how it worked out for you.

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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

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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The jail intake procedure is made up of each of the following steps:

  • They’ll put you in a holding cell. When the jail is busy, you will have to wait a while to get processed.
  • First, will have to answer some basic questions, such as what is your full name, address, birthdate and an emergency contact person.
  • Also, you will also be asked about your medical and psychological history.
  • You will be issued an inmate ID.
  • You will get fingerprinted.
  • You will have a front and profile photo taken for your mugshot.
  • Any personal property you have will be taken away from you and stored until you get released.
  • You will get to use the phone in order to get in touch with a family member, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If you are expected to be released quickly, you might be allowed to keep wearing street clothes, if not you you will be given a jail uniform – the jumpsuit.

Have you ever been arrested and gone through processing at jail? If so, please share your experience. How long did you have to wait in the holding cell? What was you treatment like? Do you know any secrets that might help other people that get arrested make it through the process?

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Discharge Procedures

When you finally post bail, you will get released from jail. The discharge process takes anywhere from 15 minutes to many hours. Or, simply, the quicker you post bail, the sooner you will get discharged from jail. Also, how fast you get released will depend on whether or not you’ve been given a bond amount or if a judge has to figure out your bail amount. For minor offenses, you will be booked and get released without having to post bail. When you get to the end of your sentence and are given a release date, you should expect to be discharged anywhere between the hours of 9am and 12pm.

How To Turn Yourself In

If there is a, or if you need to start a jail sentence, it is highly recommended that you follow the law and turn yourself into the authorities. If it is for a warrant, report to the jail intake center, and tell the intake officer that believe that there could be an outstanding arrest warrant out for you. They will do a record check, and if so, you will be taken into custody. If you have a jail sentence to serve, report at the exact time and date that the sentence order or court paperwork states. Be sure that you are not late to report. Only bring necessary items when you go, for example your drivers license or even state issued ID, any prescription medication you might take, and the copy of the sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

In order to have visitors, inmates must give each visitor’s full name to the jail. Your visitors will be put in a Visiting log as an approved visitor. All visitors is required to provide acceptable photo identification. Anyone that gets to visitation or that is not on the visitation list will not be allowed to visit the inmate.
Jail visitation policies frequently change, so we suggest that you check the official site before you try to go to visitation.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

The only phone calls that inmates are allowed to make are made through a jail approved pre-paid phone account or phone card . Jail phone calls are generally more costly than regular phone calls. There is no limit to when and how often you can use the phone, but inmates should keep in mind that you are just one of many people who want to talk to their loved ones. If you break the jail rules, phone calls might get reduced or cut altogether.

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Sending Mail to Inmates

All mall sent to inmates must be sent via the actual US Postal Service. You can’t use any other method of mail or package delivery. You should write the prisoner’s name, inmate number, and the jail address on the outside of the letter that you send. Don’t send a package or box, envelope with padding or insulation, plastic bag, or an envelope with metal in it. All mail sent to inmates is opened and inspected and read by the staff, and will get returned if the jail decides it is inappropriate.

Mailing Address

The mailing address for Tazewell County Corrections Center is:

Tazewell County Corrections Center
101 S. Capitol Street
Pekin, IL 61554

Here is how you should address the letter:

Tazewell County Corrections Center
101 S. Capitol Street
Pekin, IL 61554

The mail policy at Tazewell County Corrections Center changes, so we suggest that you check the official Tazewell County Corrections Center site when you send a letter to an inmate there.

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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

If you have been arrested, you have rights, one of these is the right to request an attorney. You don’t get to make many phone calls when you get arrested, so it is a good idea to have a friend or relative locate a lawyer when you talk to them. I know you’re probably asking yourself right now ‘do I really need an attorney?’ While you are not required to have one, an attorney will make sure you know your rights, look after your best interests and help you through the criminal justice system in Tazewell County. The sooner you hire a lawyer to represent you and work on your charges, the better.

For more information on the benefits of hiring a lawyer, click here: How to Find an Attorney

Public Defender

If you cannot afford an attorney, you will get a public defender. The Public Defender has a number of staff such as private investigators, forensics experts and social case workers. All Public Defenders are real attorneys, members of the Illinois State Bar and are completely licensed to practice law.

Have you or someone you know had to use the services of a Public Defender? How did they do?

Court Records

Court records are public records. Court records have a file with a sheet called a docket sheet and each of the motions, documents, and evidence in the case. You are able to access your court case records using the website, or at the Tazewell County Clerk of Court where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

The Tazewell County Clerk of Court is an officer of the court that manages court records. They also administer the oath in a court case, and read the verdict when delivered by the jury. All records, documents, and evidence associated with your case are kept at Tazewell County Clerk of Court office.


Court costs and court fees are the costs from your court case, such as filing charges, motion and claim fees, and court appearance fees. If you don’t have the money to pay these fees and have a Public Defender, you may get out of having to pay them.


A Magistrate acts as the judge that presides over your case. Magistrates are judges that do a number of different things, which include setting bail amounts, issuing warrants for arrest, and acting as the presiding judge over preliminary and procedural court proceedings and detention hearings.


A pre-sentencing report is prepared to include the defendant’s background information and information about the defendant’s life history, which the judge will review and take into consideration when decide your sentence. Information and personal details will be solicited from the person on trial, his or her family members, and, if applicable, the victim in the crime. Don’t forget you are allowed to request to get your own copy of your pre-sentencing report before you are sentenced, and correct any inaccurate information.


If you get convicted of a crime during your trial, you will be sentenced. There are several different options for sentencing, which include community service to probation, to even incarceration in jail or prison. Depending on the severity of the crime, you could be taken into custody, right there in court, or you could receive a date that you are supposed to report to jail to serve your sentence.

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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Are you trying to find out if somebody you know is currently in jail, or has ever been locked up?

To do this, just visit the Tazewell County jail website and do an inmate search lookup, and search using:

  • Their name.
  • Birthdate.
  • Approximate booking date.
  • and their inmate ID.

If you’re not sure if your friend or family member is in jail, you can also call the jail get confirmation.

Warrant Inquiry

If you believe you have an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you are able to check the arrest warrants on the Tazewell County court website or call the court. This requires a first and last name. Or, you can just go down to the jail and ask one of the officers. Keep in mind that if there is an arrest warrant out for you, they will take you into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know the person’s first and last name, as well as their arrest date, contact the Tazewell County jail, by phone, in person, or look online. Records of arrests are in the public record and these records are freely available.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when someone has been served with papers, like, subpoenas, and arrest warrants. You can access civil process orders by getting in touch with the Sheriff’s office, on their website or by phone.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All registered sex offenders are listed and registered on either a national or state sex offender database. The people listed on these databases have been tried by jury and convicted in a court of law of a sex or kidnapping crime. You are able to view sex offenders on the internet, but keep in mind that you won’t get the street address, just the block that they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are public records. They include a case file containing a court docket and all documents filed in your court case. You can access the court records via the internet service ‘Public Access to Court Electronic Records’, or at Clerk of Court where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each and every state keeps a record of someone’s criminal past. These state databases are linked together and you can track criminal histories from other states. You can go to county courthouse and make an inquiry, or check the website. It is helpful to know the county, and if it was in a different state, you may have to pay a fee for a more comprehensive search.

When you look up a person’s crminal records you are able to find out if a person has ever been arrested, charged or convicted for any crimes, which can include:

  • DUI or DWI.
  • Drug crimes like possession or trafficking.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sex offenses which could include rape, and sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes including assault, battery and murder.
  • Breaking and entering, theft, larceny.

When you do a criminal history search, in most cases won’t learn if someone has had:

  • Tickets for speeding.
  • Drivers license revoked or suspended.
  • Traffic accidents.
  • Other moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To get this kind of information, you must do a driving history search.

    Have you ever searched for criminal records? Was it an easy process? Did you search online or did you have to make a phone call to the jail? was the information you recieved correct? There are many reasons that people search for criminal records, and your story may help other people that are in the same situation.

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    Most Wanted

    For Federal crimes, the FBI maintains a list of the Top Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Tazewell County,the 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 spending time in Tazewell County Corrections Center is quite unpleasant, soon you will become accustomed to the routine that is set for you in jail. Prisoners get a wake-up alarm each morning at 6:00 AM, and next you’ll have roll call. Then you will have breakfast. After breakfast, you will be required to work in the program that has been assigned to you. 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 Tazewell County Corrections Center, 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 Tazewell County Corrections Center 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 procedure to send money to inmates at Tazewell County Corrections Center might change, so double check the official Tazewell County Corrections Center site when send money to someone in jail there.


    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 Tazewell County Corrections Center

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Tazewell County Corrections Center, 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 Tazewell County Corrections Center


    • 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:

    • You have the right to protection from the accused.
    • You have the right to notification.
    • You have the right to attend proceedings.
    • You have the right to speak at criminal justice proceedings.
    • You have the right to consult with the prosecuting attorney.
    • You have the right to restitution.
    • You have the right to a speedy trial.
    • You have 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 incarcerated in Tazewell County Corrections Center? Do you know anybody there? Have you ever visited an inmate there?

    If your answer is yes, then you should write a review about it. Tell us about what you experienced so that others can learn what to expect.

    Things you can put in your review:

    • Conditions at the jail.
    • Jail and pod facility and layout
    • Guards and staff
    • Commissary and food
    • Visitors
    • Other Inmates.
    • Prisoner safety
    • Gangs
    • Activities and programs

    Write a review about Tazewell County Corrections Center

    Tell Your Story

    Anybody that’s ever been locked up has a story about it. Why’d you get arrested? How did the guards treat you? What was it like in jail? Were the other inmates cool? How has this experience impacted your life?

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    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Did you make friends in jail? Need to reconnect with an inmate you met while you were incarcerated? Leave a message for them here.

    Say Hello to someone at Tazewell County Corrections Center

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  1. Lynne says:

    The link to the inmate search for the Tazewell County corrections doesn’t work…I’m trying to find a loved one…PLEASE fix the link!

  2. Lynne says:

    I can’t even FIND the Tazewell County Corrections Center website!!!!!!! How can I click on it if I can’t FIND it??This is SOOO frustrating! Just trying to find someone I love! PLEASE put the website link up for this!!

  3. Sharon S says:

    This is horrible I have an online partner of seven years whom I can not get in touch with as I am international . There is no service for international phone calls . His mum gave me a wrong address to send mail to and now after two weeks of writing I’m sure they are lost . I know it’s not a resort but it’s hurting me being from another country and knowing he thinks I’ve given up on him .

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