Whiteside County Jail – Morrison, IL

Whiteside County Jail is located in Whiteside County, IL and is the jail for this region. Are you looking for somebody locked up in Whiteside County Jail? This guide tells you all about everything a person needs to know about Whiteside County Jail,like the following: How to locate an inmate at Whiteside County Jail. How to view Whiteside County Jail mugshots. The jail’s address and phone number. How to post bail. Intake procedures and booking. Court records. And lots more.

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The chance of going to jail is a scary and stressfull situation, not only for the person who is incarcerated, but also their family and friends. The goal of this guide is to offer advice and information that you’ll need to make getting locked up a lot easier. If you have questions, feel free to ask it in the comment section below, and any tips or comments that could be beneficial to other people in the same situation would be much appreciated.

General Information


Whiteside County Jail
400 North Cherry Street
Morrison, IL 61270

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Map and Directions

Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a friend or family member that has gone to jail and want to find out where they are?

Has a friend or family member that’s been arrested and you don’t know how to locate them?

In order to find out who’s in jail at Whiteside County Jail you should click on their link and use the inmate search.

Inmate Lookup

The Whiteside County Jail Inmate Search is a list of persons currently in custody, including current status, bail amount (if applicable), and schedule for visitation. Also, you are able to find info about anyone booked or released in the past 24 hour period. Prisoners are listed in alphabetical order by last name. You’ll be able to find the information more quickly if you enter their name, date of birth, or inmate ID.

If your friend or family member is at a different jail you should look here: Illinois County Jails


A mugshot, also called a jail booking picture, is a photo that the police take when you get processed at jail intake. A mugshot is make of one full face and a side photo. Your name and jail booking number will be in the photos, and they are on file at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of people who have been arrested can be searched on the website, or you can go in person to the Whiteside County Jail. When you search for mugshots online you have to put in the person’s legal name, and the booking date.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Do you want to get your mugshot taken off of the Whiteside County Jail site? This is difficult, because your mugshot is a public record. To get your mugshot taken down you have to file a ‘Petition to Expunge’. What this means is that the record of your arrest would be sealed, and unavailable to the public. Depending on your situation, this may be a longshot.

For a more indepth article about getting your mugshot removed, the different mugshot websites, and the websites that offer to remove your mugshot for you: How To Get Your Mugshot Taken Down

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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Of course, once you’re incarcerated, your primary thought is about getting out. After you’ve been booked, bail will be decided using the bail schedule or the magistrate will decide it. In cases where no bail is set this can mean that you will either be free to go until your trial, or you have to stay in jail until your trial.

If you do bail out of jail you are required to promise to go to your court date, and until then you are not allowed to leave the county.

Usually, an inmate will be given early release in exchange for good behavior when they respect the rules and conduct themselves properly while they are in jail.

If you do exhibit good behavior and the jail believes you can be trusted, you may be allowed to do work release. You will either have to return to jail every day when you’re finished with work, or you might have the chance to sleep in a halfway house when you are not working.


Bail is money that you are required to pay to be released from jail until your court date. Your bail amount is dictated by how serious your charges are. You or someone you know will have to post ten percent of the total that was determined so you can be released from jail. If you don’t show up for court, whoever paid your bail won’t get their money back.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

To find out how much bail money you will need to bail someone out of jail will need to call the jail or the county courthouse. If you’ve got the person’s info, like name, address and date of birth, they’ll be able to let you know the bail amount. You can also check their bail amount and status online.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to get someone out of jail is no fun, but most of the time, it’s simple to do if you have the money. First, you have to find out if it is a “Cash Bond Only”. If this is the case, you won’t be able to use a bondsman. Take cash only to the jail – they can’t take a personal check. As soon as you’ve paid the bail bond, the prisoner will be released into your care. If this person doesn’t violate any of the terms of their release, you’ll get your money back.

Bail Bondsman

If bail is set too high, or you can’t afford it yourself, you you should hire a bail bondsman. Bail bondsmen usually charge you a fee of 10-15% of the total amount of bail set, and sometimes with a minimum of $100. This money will not be returned to you and bondsmen usually only accept cash. If the bail is extremely high, the bondsman will in these cases require that they use your assets, such as home, property or cars, as collateral for the bond in addition to their charges.

To find a bail bondsman visit our page about: Bail bondsman

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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

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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The intake process is made up of the following steps:

  • They’ll put you in a holding cell. If the jail is really busy, you may not be processed immediately.
  • The first step is that you will answer some basic questions, like what is your full legal name, home address, date of birth and a contact person.
  • They’ll also ask 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.
  • All personal property will be taken away from you and stored until you get released.
  • They will let you make a telephone call to contact family, friends, or bail bondsman.
  • If you think you will get released quickly, you might get to keep wearing street clothes, but if you are not expected to make bail quickly you will be issued a jail jumpsuit.

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Discharge Procedures

When you pay your bail, you will be discharged from jail. The discharge process will take anywhere from 30 minutes to all day. Or, simply, the quicker you post bail, the quicker you will get let go. Also, it might depend on if you’ve got a cash bond amount or if the judge needs to determine the bail amount. For a minor charge, you will be booked and then released on your recognizance without having to pay bail. When you have served out your jail sentence and have a release date, you should plan to get released between 9am and noon.

How To Turn Yourself In

In the event there is a, or if you have to report to start a sentence, you really should do the right thing and turn yourself in. If it is for a warrant, report to the jail, and tell them that believe that there could be a warrant out for your arrest. A record check will be run, and if so, you will be taken into jail custody. When reporting to serve a sentence, go to the jail at the time and date that the sentence order or court paperwork states. Be sure that you are not late. Make sure that you only bring approved items when you go to jail, for example your drivers license or even photo ID, any prescription medication you might take, along with your doctor’s prescription, as well as the copy of the sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

The inmate need to give each visitor’s name and date of birth to the jail in advance of the visit. Your visitor’s names will be put in the visitation log as an authorized visitor. All visitors has to provide identification. Anyone that gets to visitation or any visitors that are not approved to visit will not be allowed to visit the inmate.
Visitation procedures at Whiteside County Jail can change, so double-check the official site before you 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 . These phone calls are typically more expensive than phone calls made outside of jail. There is no limit to when you can make phone calls, how long you can talk, and how often you can make calls, but you should keep in mind that every inmate wants to use the phone too, so they can call their family. If you are disciplined for an infraction, phone privileges might get reduced or cut altogether.

The Whiteside County Jail phone number is:

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mail is required to be sent using US Postal Service. You shouldn’t use any other type of delivery. You must write or type the inmate’s name, prisoner number, and the address of the jail on the letter that you send. Don’t send a box or package, padded envelope, plastic or paper bag, or an envelope with metal inside. All mail that you send to inmates will be opened and reviewed by the jail officers, and will get sent back if deemed inappropriate.

Mailing Address

The address that you should use if you are sending a letter to an inmate at Whiteside County Jail is:

Whiteside County Jail
400 North Cherry Street
Morrison, IL 61270

Here is how you should address the letter:

Whiteside County Jail
400 North Cherry Street
Morrison, IL 61270

The mail policy at Whiteside County Jail changes frequently, so you should double check the official website when you send a letter to an inmate.

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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

Even if you’ve been arrested, you should know you still have rights, one of these being the right to request a lawyer. You are only allowed to make so many phone calls in jail, so it is important to have a friend or family member find an attorney for you. I know you’re probably asking yourself right now ‘I don’t have to get a lawyer – I can just represent myself’ While you are not required to have one, a criminal lawyer will advise you about your rights, help protect your best interests and help you navigate the legal system in your county. The sooner you hire an attorney to represent you and work on your charges, the better.

For more detailed information on the benefits of and how to hire an attorney, click here: Find a Lawyer

Public Defender

If you’ve been arrested and don’t have the money to hire a lawyer, you will be assigned a public defender. Also, the Public Defender Office has a number of staff such as investigators, forensics experts as well as social workers. All Public Defenders are bona-fide attorneys, admitted to the Illinois State Bar Association and are legally licensed to handle your case.

Have you or someone you know had to use a court appointed attorney or Public Defender? Do you think that they did a good job of defending you?

Court Records

Whiteside County court records are are public and available to anyone who requests them. They contain a court case file with a docket and all motions, documents, and evidence that have been filed in your case. You can access your court case records with the internet service, or at the Clerk of Court’s office.

Clerk of Court

The Clerk of Court is an officer of the court that manages the records. They also administer the oath during court cases, and read the jury’s verdict. All court records from your case are maintained at the Whiteside County Clerk of Court.


Court fees and costs are all costs from your court case, such as for example filing fees, motion fees and various court charges. If you can’t afford to pay these fees and have court appointed legal counsel or a Public Defender, you may not have to pay them.


A Magistrate is the person that will preside on your case in court. Magistrates are judges that do different functions, such as setting bail amounts, issuing warrants for arrest, and overseeing preliminary court appearances and detention hearings.


Your pre-sentencing report is prepared to include your background information and as much detail about the arrestee’s life and history, which the magistrate judge will take into account when decide your sentence. Information, details, and character witnesses will be requested from the defendant, their family, and, if applicable, the victim in the crime. Bear in mind you can ask to have a copy of the report before sentencing, so you can correct the mistakes.


When you are convicted of a crime, you will be sentenced. There are a number of different options, including community service and probation, to prison or jail time. Depending on how serious your crime was, you may be taken into custody, right there in court, or you could get a date that you are required to go to jail to serve your jail term according to your sentence.

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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Do you need to find out if someone is in jail, or has been an inmate in the past?

To do this, just go to the jail website and do an inmate search, and search by:

  • The inmate’s name.
  • Birth date.
  • Their booking date.
  • and their jail 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 think you might have an outstanding warrant, you can check the arrest warrants inquiry on the Whiteside County jail website or you are able to call the jail directly. You have to have their first and last name. Or, you can just go the jail in person and ask one of the officers. You should be clear that if you do have an outstanding warrant, you should be prepared to get taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know a person’s name, and their arrest date, contact the Whiteside County jail, on the phone, in person, or you can check online. An arrest is a matter of public record and these records are accessible by the public.

Civil Inquiry

Civil processes are when when you are served with legal papers, like warrants. You can access civil process orders by contacting the Whiteside County Sheriff’s office, online or by phone.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All convicted sex offenders are required to be listed and registered on both a national and state sex offender database. The people on these databases have been tried by jury and convicted in a court of law of a sex crime. You are able to see sex offenders on the website, but keep in mind that you won’t find the exact address, just the neighborhood block that they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are public, and are accessible by anyone. These records include a court case file that includes a court docket and any documents and filings filed in your case. You are able to access your court records on their website, or at the clerk’s office of the court in the jurisdiction where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each and every state maintains a record of people’s criminal history. These state databases are connected so you can track criminal histories from other states. Go to courthouse and check in person, or you can check online. It helps to know the county, and if it was in a totally different state, you may have to pay a fee for a more intensive search.

A criminal history search you will find out if someone has been arrested, charged, or convicted for these crimes:

  • Driving Under the Influence (DUI).
  • Drug offenses.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sex offenses which could include rape, and sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes like assault or murder.
  • Theft.

If you do a criminal records check, you generally will not find out if someone has had any:

  • Speeding tickets.
  • Lost their drivers license or license revoked or suspended.
  • Any accidents.
  • Other moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To find driving histories, you must do a search for their driving history.

    Have you ever had to look for criminal records online? Was it a difficult process? Dis you do your search online or did you call the jail? Was the information correct? There are many reasons that people look up criminal records, and your story may make it easier for others.

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    Most Wanted

    For Federal crimes, the FBI keeps a list of the Top Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Whiteside County,the Whiteside County Sheriff’s Department has their own list of the most wanted criminals, that you can access online.

    FBI Ten Most Wanted List:

    Whiteside County Top Ten Most Wanted List:

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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Everyone knows that being incarcerated in the Whiteside County jail is very scary, in time you will settle into the daily routine. You should expect an alarm to wake up each morning at six in the morning, and then you’ll have roll call. Next, you will have breakfast. When you finish breakfast participate 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 Whiteside 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 Whiteside 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 funds to inmates at Whiteside County Jail changes, so be sure to double check the official website when you send funds to an inmate 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 Whiteside County Jail

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Whiteside 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 Whiteside 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:

    • 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 a prisoner in Whiteside County Jail? Do you have a friend or family member that is an inmate there? Have you ever visited a prisoner in this jail?

    If you have, then you should write your review about it. Tell us about your experience so others will know what to expect.

    Things you could include in your review:

    • Conditions at the jail.
    • Jail, yard and pod layout and facility
    • Guards and staff
    • Jail food and commissary
    • Visitation Days
    • The other inmates.
    • Inmate safety
    • Gang activity
    • Activities and programs

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    Tell Your Story

    Anybody that’s ever been locked up has at least one story to tell 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 did going to jail affect your life?

    Click here to share your story about when you did time in Whiteside County Jail

    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Make some good friends in jail? Do you want to throw a shout out to an inmate you met while you were incarcerated? Leave a message for them here.

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