Illinois River Correctional Center

Looking for somebody locked up in Illinois River Correctional Center? Illinois River Correctional Center is a correctional institution in the Illinois Deparment of Corrections. This site tells you all about everything a person needs to know about Illinois River Correctional Center such as the following: Find an inmate at Illinois River Correctional Center. Visiting an inmate here. The address and phone number. Mailing or sending money to an inmate. And more…

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General Prison Information

Official Name: Illinois River Correctional Center
Year Opened: 1989
Type: MALE
State: Illinois
County: Fulton County
DOC: Illinois Deparment of Corrections
Security Level: Medium

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Contact Information

In this section is the mailing address and street address for Illinois River Correctional Center. Use the mailing address if you are sending a package or letter to an inmate at Illinois River Correctional Center, and use the physical address if you want to know the location of the facility.

Mailing Address

Make sure to read over the Inmate Mail and Package Procedures information further down on this page if you are going to mail something to an inmate so that you properly write the address, and follow the appropriate procedure for mailing a package or letter. If you don’t use the correct steps, the letter or package could not get delivered.

Illinois River Correctional Center
P.O. Box 999
Canton IL, 61520

Street Address / Prison location


Illinois River Correctional Center
P.O. Box 999
Canton IL, 61520

Phone Number and Fax Number


Map and Directions

Use the street address if you are visiting an inmate. You should check the Inmate Visitation Procedures and Inmate Visitation Schedule headings on this page if you are going to visit an inmate here.

Illinois River Correctional Center
P.O. Box 999
Canton IL, 61520


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Phone Number

Illinois River Correctional Center inmates don’t have telephones, so you won’t get to call your inmate, however, there are cases when it is helpful to know the telephone number to the facility.

Prisoners can sometimes call out with:

  • Calling Cards
  • Collect Calls
  • Dedicated Phone Line
  • Prison Calling Plan

Fax Number

Illinois River Correctional Center prisoners don’t have access to fax machines, so you won’t get to send a fax to an inmate, but there are times when it might be useful to have the fax machine number to Illinois River Correctional Center.

Email Address

The email address below is the primary email for the prison. You cannot contact inmates at this email. If you want to find out how to email an inmate, check out the Inmate Email heading on this page.

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Inmate and Staff Statistics

Total Inmates: 2096
Total Staff:

Inmate Email

To email a letter to an inmate at Illinois River Correctional Center you must follow an exact procedure to make sure that the email gets to your inmate.

Inmate Internet Access

Prisoners are not permitted to access the internet.

Inmate Mail and Package Procedures

There are special rules that you must follow when mailing postal mail to a state prisoner. If you don’t follow these rules then what you sent might not make it there.

Before you proceed, read the information below:

Mail Monitoring

Institution guards will open and read and inspect all received general mail. Received general packages and mail is able to be read as frequently as is deemed necessary to maintain safety and security or watch a problem having to do with a certain inmate.

How to Address a Letter to an Inmate

Shown here is the proper format for how you have to address mail to a state prisoner at Illinois River Correctional Center:

Illinois River Correctional Center
P.O. Box 999
Canton IL, 61520

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Inmate Money

Each state prison has a Commissary which was started to provide a bank-like account for prisoner funds and for buying things not issued regularly by the correctional facility.

How to Send an Inmate Money

Anyone can deposit money to inmate’s Commissary accounts with Western Union or by mail.

Via U.S. Postal Service: An inmate’s family and friends can choose to send prisoners funds through postal mail and must send money to this address and follow the steps listed below:

The money must be in the form of a money order that is made out to the prisoner’s full committed name and complete eight-digit register number. It is advisable to use a U.S. Postal Service money order, since all non-postal money orders that are processed through the National Lockbox will be subject to a 15-day holding period, and during this period the inmate will not get the depsoit. The Bureau of Prisons will return any funds that do not have appropriate inmate information provided the envelope it was sent it has a valid return address. Checks and cash cannot be deposited so don’t send checks or cash.

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Inmate Locator

State prisoners are frequently changed to different prisons around the state, so sometimes you may have to look up where an inmate is located using the inmate locator. Click on the link here to locate an state prisoner.
Inmate Search

To find other Illinois state prisons: Illinois State Prisons

Inmate Visitation

Before you visit an inmate at Illinois River Correctional Center, make sure you know this info:

  • Visitation Schedule
  • Visitation Rules
  • Visitation Application

Inmate Visitation Schedule

Inmate Visitor Procedures

Every correctional facility in Illinois has their own policies for prison visits and they are changed regularly. The information discussed here might be out of date now, so make sure to also check Illinois River Correctional Center’s website to get the latest visitation procedures.

Visitation Sign-In and Check-In

The entrance guard ensures all visitors sign the prisoner visitors log when entering the facility and upon departure.

Identification Required

Picture id of all visitors will be required. Acceptable forms of identification are Driver’s License and Social Security Card; although, a state issued picture I.D. is acceptable.

For all of the things shown below, read the actual prison facility site because this information changes all the time:

  • Visitation Rules
  • Visitation Dress Code
  • Things You Can and Cannot Take to Visitation
  • Special Rules For Childred, Special Visits, Pastoral or Attorney Visits

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Prison Records

More information about Illinois River Correctional Center records coming soon.

Such as:

  • Inmate records
  • Health records.

If you have any information on these topics to share, please post a comment using the form below.

Death Row

Details about Illinois River Correctional Center death row will be posted ASAP.

If you have any information on these topics to share, please post a comment using the form below.


Section about Illinois parole procedures coming.

For example:

  • Parole hearings.
  • Review boards.
  • Who qualifies for parole.

If you have any information on these topics to share, please post a comment using the form below.


Section about release procedures coming.

Inmate Programs

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Prison Life

Details about prison life at Illinois River Correctional Center coming soon.

  • Activities.
  • Daily schedule and routine.
  • Recreational facilities available.
  • What’s allowed, and what’s not allowed.
  • What the food is like.
  • What to expect.
  • Jobs and work release available.

If you have any information on these topics to share, please post a comment using the form below.


A Illinois River Correctional Center news section coming.


Illinois River Correctional Center photos will be posted ASAP.

For example, photos of:

  • Cells at Illinois River Correctional Center
  • The yard.
  • What inmates wear at Illinois River Correctional Center.

If you have any photos of Illinois River Correctional Center that you would like to share, please contact us using the ‘Contact’ link at the bottom of the page.

Prison Jobs & Hiring

Are you looking for a job at a correctional facility? Have experience? Have you worked at a prison in the past?

If so, check out:

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The official website:

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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Family Resources

More information about Illinois River Correctional Center inmate family resources coming.


A history section to be added later.

Such as:

  • Famous Illinois River Correctional Center inmates.
  • Escapes and prison breaks.
  • Executions.

If you have any information on these topics to share, please post a comment using the form below.


Information About Other Illinois State Prisons: Illinois State Prisons

Illinois River Correctional Center Links

The official website:

Illinois Deparment of Corrections Links

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Tell Your Story – Write a Review of Illinois River Correctional Center

Have you ever spent any time at Illinois River Correctional Center? Do you know someone that is an inmate there? Have you ever been to visit an inmate at Illinois River Correctional Center?

If so, then you should write your review about it. Tell us about your prison experience so that other people can learn what to expect.

Things you could write in the review:

  • Facility conditions
  • Prison facility and layout
  • Prison staff and Guards
  • Food and commissary
  • Visitation
  • Inmates
  • Inmate safety
  • Gangs
  • Prisoner activities and programs

If you are a prisoner at this prison, leave your address if you want people to be able to mail you.

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