Woodford County Jail – Eureka, IL

Woodford County Jail is in Woodford County, Illinois and is the primary jail for the county. Are you looking for someone locked up in Woodford County Jail? This site will tell you info about everything you might want to know about Woodford County Jail,like: Learn how to locate an inmate. Find mugshots and inmate photos. The jail’s phone number and address. Posting bail. Woodford County Jail intake procedures. Court information. And much, much more.

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The prospect of getting arrested and going to jail is a daunting and scary prospect, not only for whoever goes to jail, but also their family and friends. This guide is meant to give you information and tips you need to make helping a friend or family member get out of jail easier. If you have a question, feel free to ask it in the comment section below, and also any tips or comments that might help others is appreciated.

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Woodford County Jail
111 Court Street
Eureka, IL 61530

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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

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

Do you know someone that has been arrested and you want to locate them?

To see who’s in jail at Woodford County Jail you need to click on their web site and use the inmate search.

Inmate Locator

The Woodford County Jail Inmate Lookup is a list of persons who are in jail, which includes status, bail amount (if applicable), and times the inmate can have visitors. Also, you are able to get info on anybody arrested and processed or discharged within the past 24 hour period. Jail inmates are listed in alphabetical order by last name. You’ll be able to locate their arrest information more quickly if you enter your friend or family member’s name, birth date, or inmate ID.

If the person you are looking for is incarcerated at a different jail you can check our Illinois county jail guide: Illinois County Jails


A mugshot, or jail intake photo, is the picture that the police take during jail intake processing. A mugshot is actually one frontal photo and a side photo. Your full name and booking number will be in the pictures, and they are kept on file.

View Mugshots

Mugshotes of Woodford County Jail prisoners can be found on the Woodford County Jail website, or you can go in person to the Woodford County Jail. When viewing online you will have to enter their full name, and an arrest date, if you have it.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Are you trying to figure out what to do in order to get your mugshot taken off of the Woodford County Jail website? This is difficult, since your mugshot is a matter of public record. To get your mugshot removed you must file a ‘Petition to Expunge’. Basically, this means that the record of your arrest would be sealed, so no one will be able to see them. Unfortunately, this happens very rarely.

For a more indepth article about removing your mugshot, the different websites with mugshots, and the mugshot removal services: How To Remove Your Mugshot from the Internet

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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Obviously, if you are arrested and put in jail, your only thought is when and how to get out. After booking, a bail amount is determined either through a preset bail schedule or a magistrate. If you don’t get a bail set this can mean that you will either be free to go until your court date, or you are kept in jail until your court date.

If you are released from jail you are required to promise to go to your court date, and until then you won’t be permitted to leave the area.

Usually, prisoners will earn early release in exchange for good behavior if they follow the rules and act right while they are in jail.

If you do exhibit good behavior and the jail believes you can be trusted, you might be allowed to participate in work release. You will have to go back to jail each day when you’re finished with work, or you could be permitted to move into a halfway house instead of living at the jail.


Your bail is money that you will be required to pay to be released from jail pending trial. Your bail amount is determined by the crime you are charged with. Someone will have to post ten percent of the total that was determined so you are able to be released from jail. If you miss your scheduled court date, the person that bailed you out of jail won’t get the bail money back.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

To find out someone’s bail amount you have to call the Woodford County Jail. If you have all the person’s information, including name, address and date of birth, they’ll tell you the bail amount. Also, you can check their bail amount and status on the Woodford County Jail website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to bail someone out of jail is never fun, but usually, its really easy. To start with, you need to know if it is a “Cash Bond Only” situation. If it is, you won’t be able to use the services of a bondsman. Take cash only to the jail – they will not accept checks. As soon as you’ve paid the bail bond, the inmate will be discharged. If they don’t violate the terms of their bail, you’ll get your money back.

Bail Bondsman

If the amount of bail set is large, or you can’t afford it yourself, you should look into the services of a bail bondsman. Bondsmen will usually charge a fee of 10 to 15 percent of total bail, and usually with a minimum of $100. The money you pay to the bail bondsman will not be returned to you and is typically cash only. If the bail is extremely high, the bail bondsman may ask to use your personal assets as collateral in addition to the fee they charge.

You can find a local bail bondsman go to: Find a bail bondsman at Woodford County Jail

Have you ever hired a bondsman to bail someone out of jail? If so, please share your experience in a comment below, 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
  • Time Served
  • Pre-Trial Release Programs
  • House Arrest
  • Get 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 these steps:

  • You will be placed in a holding cell. If there are a lot of arrests, you will have to wait, sometimes for many hours, before you get processed.
  • Firstly, you will have to answer a number of questions, such as your full name, street address, birth date and contact person.
  • You will also be asked about your psychological and medical history.
  • You will be issued an inmate number.
  • Your fingerprints will be taken.
  • You will get your mugshot taken.
  • All of your personal property will be taken away from you and stored until you are discharged.
  • You will get to use the telephone to get in touch with a family member, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If they expect that you will make bail and be released quickly, you might get to keep wearing street clothes, if not you will be issued a jail issued jumpsuit.

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Discharge Procedures

When you finally post bail, you will be allowed to leave jail. Getting discharged from jail can take from 15 minutes to all day long. So, the faster you can pay your bail, the quicker you will be freed. Also, how fast you get released might depend on whether or not you’ve got a bond amount or if the magistrate must figure out the amount of bail to be set. For minor offenses, you will simply be booked and released on your own recognizance. When you have served your sentence and are given a release date, you should expect to get released in the morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

If you have a, or if you must start your sentence, you should follow the law and turn yourself into the authorities. In the case of an outstanding warrant, go down to the jail reception area, and tell the intake officer that believe that there could be a warrant out for your arrest. A record check will be run, and if they find one, they will ask that you surrender yourself and you will be taken into custody. When reporting to serve a sentence, report to the jail at the time and date that the sentence order or court paperwork states. Be very careful that you get don’t get there late, or they may decide to arrest you. Only bring things that are allowed when you turn yourself in, for example your drivers license or even photo ID, prescription medication, as well as a sentencing order from court.

Visitation Procedures

To have visitors, you need to provide each visitor’s name and date of birth to the jail in advance. Your visitor’s names will be entered in the visitors log as an Authorized visit. All visitors is required to provide acceptable photo identification. Any visitors that arrives for visitation late or that is not an approved visitor will not be allowed to attend visitation.
Visitation procedures change often, so make sure that you check the official site before you go to the jail to visit.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

All phone calls from jail are made through a jail approved pre-paid phone account or phone card . These phone calls are much pricier than phone calls made outside of jail. There is no limit to how often you can use the phone, but you should keep in mind that every inmate wants to use the phone too, so they can call their family. If you break the jail rules, phone calls might get reduced or eliminated completely.

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Sending Mail to Inmates

All inmate mail is required to be sent using US Postal Service. You shouldn’t use any other form of mail delivery. Clearly write the name, inmate ID number, and jail address on the envelope. Do not mail a box, padded envelope, bag, or an envelope with any metal in it. Any mail sent to inmates gets opened and read by the jail administration, and will get sent back if deemed inappropriate.

Mailing Address

Use this address when sending a letter to an inmate at Woodford County Jail:

Woodford County Jail
111 Court Street
Eureka, IL 61530

Here is how you should address the letter:

Woodford County Jail
111 Court Street
Eureka, IL 61530

The Woodford County Jail inmate mail policy changes often, so it would be best to double check the site before you send a letter.

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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

When you get arrested, you have rights, one of these is your right to request an attorney. You only get so many phone calls when you get arrested, so it is important to get a friend or relative to locate an attorney when you call. You might be asking yourself ‘do I really need an attorney?’ You can represent yourself if you reall want to, but, a criminal defense attorney will advise you about your rights, help protect your best interests and help you navigate through the court system that you are now faced with. The sooner you hire an attorney to represent you and work on your situation, the better your chances.

For more info on the benefits of hiring a lawyer, visit: How to Find a Lawyer

Public Defender

If you are in trouble, but can’t afford a lawyer, you will be given a public defender for a lawyer. In addition, the Public Defender’s Office has a number of staff such as private investigators, forensics experts as well as social workers. All Public Defenders are full-fledged attorneys that are admitted to the Illinois State Bar Association and are legally licensed to represent you in court and practice law.

Have you or someone you know had to use a court appointed attorney? Do you think they properly handled your case?

Court Records

Woodford County court records are are public record and are available upon request to anyone who requests them – not just the person who they pertain to. They include a court case file with a docket and all of the motions, documents, and evidence filed during your court case. You, and anyone else, can access the records and documents in your court case using the Woodford 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 and clerk of the court that maintains court records and controls access to them. They also administer the oath when court is in session, and read the verdict when delivered by the jury. All court records relating to your case are kept at Clerk of Court.


Court fees and costs are the charges and fees associated with your case, for example filing fees, motion and claim fees, and court charges. If you can’t afford to pay these fees and have court appointed legal counsel or a Public Defender, you may get out of having to pay them.


The magistrate is the type of judge that will preside over your case. They do several different things, which include setting bail, issuing warrants for arrest, and acting as the presiding judge over preliminary and procedural court proceedings and detention hearings.


Your pre-sentencing report is put together to include information about the arrestee’s background and details of the arrestee’s life history, which the magistrate will take into account when decide your sentence. Information and personal details will be solicited from the defendant, their family, and in some cases the victim. Don’t forget that you should request to get a copy of your pre-sentencing report before sentencing, so you have the opportunity to review it and correct any mistakes.


After you are convicted of a crime, you will be sentenced. There are several different options for sentencing, including community service, house arrest, and probation, to even incarceration in jail or prison. Depending on the particulars of your trial, the severity of your crime, and any sentencing guidelines that they judge will use, you will either be locked up immediately, or given a date that you are supposed to to surrender and report to jail to serve out your sentence.

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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Want to find out if some you know is in jail, or has been an inmate in the past?

To find this out just query the Woodford County jail website and do an inmate search lookup, and do a search using:

  • The inmate’s name.
  • Birth date.
  • Their booking date.
  • and their jail ID.

If you’re not sure if this person is in jail, you can also call the jail get confirmation.

Warrant Inquiry

If you think you have a warrant out for your arrest, you can access court records online or you are able to call the jail. This requires a first and last name. Or, you can just go down to the jail and ask them. Bear in mind that if you do have an outstanding warrant, you will be taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know the person’s first and last name, as well as their arrest date, contact the jail, either by phone, go there in person, or look online. Records of arrests are in the public record and the information is accessible to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

Civil processes are when you get served with papers, such as a court order. You can find these civil process orders by going to the Sheriff’s office, by phone or online.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All registered sex offenders have to be registered and listed on the sex offender databases required by the area they live in. Those listed on these databases have been convicted in a court of law of a sex or kidnapping crime. You are able to see sex offenders on the website, but keep in mind that you won’t find the actual address, but only the neighborhood block of the address that they registered.

Court Records

Court Records are considered public records, so they are accessible to anyone who requests them. They include a case file that contains a docket and all filings and documents filed in your case. You are able to access the court records via the internet, or at the clerk’s office of the court in the county where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each and every state keeps a record of someone’s criminal background. These state databases are all linked so you are able to track criminal histories from any other state. You can go to county courthouse and check in person, or you can check online. It is helpful to know the county, and in the event that it was in a totally different state, you may have to pay for a more intensive search.

A search of someone’s criminal history you will get a listing of all the arrests, charges, or convictions for any of the following crimes:

  • DUI or DWI.
  • Drug offenses such as possession or trafficking.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sexual offenses including rape, assault.
  • Violent crimes including assault, battery and murder.
  • Theft, breaking and entering.

When you do a criminal history search, in most cases will not be able to find out if someone has had:

  • Speeding or wreckless driving.
  • Drivers license suspended or revoked.
  • Traffic accidents.
  • Other moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To search for driving records, you have to do a search for their driving record.

    Have you ever had to search for criminal records of someone you know? Was it a difficult process? Dis you do your search online or did you have to call the local courthouse? was the information you recieved correct? There are lots of reasons that folks 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 has a list of the Ten Most Wanted Fugitives. In Woodford County,the Sheriff maintains their own list of the top most wanted criminals in the county.

    FBI Top Ten Most Wanted List:

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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Just the thought of spending time in the Woodford County jail is very scary, you will soon get used to the daily routine. Expect a wake-up alarm at about six in the morning, and then roll call. After roll call you will have breakfast. After breakfast, you will be required to work in the work program or other activity that you are assigned. 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 Woodford 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 Woodford 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 process for sending funds to people in jail might change, so you should review the official website before 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 Woodford County Jail

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Woodford 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 Woodford County Jail


    • You must be over the age of 21.
    • You must possess a High School Diploma or GED
    • You must be a US Citizen.
    • You must pass a Criminal, Credit and Driving History background check.
    • You must pass a drug test.
    • You must have a good level of fitness.
    • You must be in good health.
    • You must 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 incarcerated at this jail? Do you know anybody there? Have you ever been to visit an inmate there?

    If your answer is yes, then we would like you to write your review about it. Tell us about your jail experience because others can learn what to expect.

    Things you could write in your review:

    • Conditions at the jail.
    • Jail facility and layout
    • Guards and jail staff
    • Commissary and food
    • Visitation
    • Other Inmates.
    • Inmate safety
    • Gang activity
    • Inmate programs and activities

    Click here to write your review of Woodford County Jail

    Tell Your Story

    Everyone’s who has been put in jail has at least one story to tell about it. How’d you end up in jail? Did you experience fair treatment? How was life in jail? What were the other inmates like? How did getting locked up affect your life?

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    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Did you meet some cool folks in jail? Trying to talk to somebody you met when you were locked up? Leave a message for them here.

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  1. Lindsay Hendriks says:

    yes hi my name is lindsay h. i am michael knack fiance. i would like to leave a message for him and i hope that he gets it please and thank you. i am doing everything in my power to get the money to get him out. im even asking mikey if he can help out he said that he would try and get back to me but right now he is at work. so ill know how much and when once he calls back. i am also going to go give plasma tomorrow to help out i really want him released i miss him so much and i hate how somethings are i just wish he had gone to court and started to do right when our daughter was born. but people make mistakes and sometimes forget to go to court. but i just want him to know that i want him to do right when i get him out i mean really do right and get his head out of his ass and start over and do what he needs to do for his family. i need him here with me. i know alot of girls say that about there husbands or fiances but i am a strong woman but im alot stronger when i know that my future husband is there besides me protecting from anything and everything thats around. i wish he was here with his family. i wish we had money and i know i can be there for him through anything and everything. hes just needs to promise that hes going to do the same thing as well. please tell him that i love him so damn much and i want him home with his family. he needs to fix his life and be there for us whenever we need him. his name is michael dean knack. please let him get this message and please let me know what he says. p.s. i am trying everything in my power to help him and get him out and do the right things in life for himself and our family. if he says oh she cant do it tell him to shutup,get his head out of his ass and that i am doing everything that i can and also that his grandpa loves him to death and would really help but bills are piling up and he doesnt have the money that mike thinks he has. he said hes going to think about helping out but by that time i could already have the money to get mike out. i love you baby and i miss you so much and please write to me. it may take a couple of days but i know your strong and just breathe and stay calm im coming to get you.

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