Pontiac Correctional Center – Illinois

Know someone at Pontiac Correctional Center? Pontiac Correctional Center is a state correctional facility in the Illinois state prison system, which is part of the Illinois Deparment of Corrections. This site tells you about everything related to Pontiac Correctional Center,such as: How to do a prison inmate search. How to visit Pontiac Correctional Center inmates. The prison’s address and phone number. How to send mail and money to an inmate. And much much more…

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General Prison Information

Official Name: Pontiac Correctional Center
Year Opened: 1871
Type: MALE
State: Illinois
County: Livingston County
DOC: Illinois Deparment of Corrections
Security Level: Maximum

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Contact Information

Below is the street address and mailing address for Pontiac Correctional Center. Use the mailing address if you are going to send a letter or package to an inmate there, and use the street address if you want to know the physical location of Pontiac Correctional Center.

Mailing Address

Be sure to read the Inmate Mail and Package Procedures heading further down on this page before you mail something to a prisoner to learn how to properly address the item, and use the right protocol for sending a letter or package. If you don’t follow the appropriate steps, the letter or package might get sent back.

Pontiac Correctional Center
P.O. Box 99
Pontiac IL, 61764

Street Address / Prison location


Pontiac Correctional Center
700 West Lincoln Street P.O. Box 99
Pontiac IL, 61764

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number:

Map and Directions

Use the street address if you are visiting a prisoner. Be sure to read over the Inmate Visitation Procedures and Inmate Visitation Schedule sections further down on this page if you are going to go to visit someone in prison at Pontiac Correctional Center.

Pontiac Correctional Center
700 West Lincoln Street P.O. Box 99
Pontiac IL, 61764


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Phone Number

Pontiac Correctional Center inmates can’t take phone calls, so you can’t call inmates, but, there are some times when it is necessary to have the telephone number to Pontiac Correctional Center.

Pontiac Correctional Center prisoners are able to make calls with:

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

Fax Number

State prison inmates don’t have fax machines, so you won’t be able to fax an inmate, but there are some times when it is helpful to know the fax number to the facility.

Email Address

The email address listed below is the main email address for the prison. You cannot reach prisoners using this email. If you are going to send an email to an inmate, read the Inmate Email heading on this page.

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Inmate and Staff Statistics

Total Inmates: 2152
Total Staff:

Inmate Email

To email a letter to an inmate you must use an specific procedure to ensure that the email is received by the inmate.

Inmate Internet Access

Prisoners do not have access to the internet.

Inmate Mail and Package Procedures

There are special steps that you must follow when mailing mail to a state prisoner. If you don’t follow these rules then what you sent might be returned to you.

Before you proceed, be sure to read the sections below:

Mail Monitoring

Institution staff open and inspect and read all received general packages and mail. Incoming general postal correspondence can be read as frequently as is deemed necessary to maintain security or monitor problems confronting any inmates.

How to Address a Letter to an Inmate

Below is the proper format for how you need to address a letter or package to a prisoner at Pontiac Correctional Center:

Pontiac Correctional Center
P.O. Box 99
Pontiac IL, 61764

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Inmate Money

Each state correctional institution has a Commissary that serves to provide inmates a bank-like account for inmate funds and for buying items not issued by the facility.

How to Send an Inmate Money

Family, friends, or other sources may add funds to prisoner’s accounts with the U.S. Postal Service and Western Union.

Via U.S. Postal Service: An inmate’s family and friends can choose to send inmates money in postal mail and must send funds to the following address and follow the policies shows below:

The money must be in the form of a money order that is made out to the inmate’s full committed name and complete eight-digit register number. You are advised to use a post office money order, since all non-postal money orders that are processed through the National Lockbox will be held for a 15-day holding period, and during this hold period the inmate will not get the funds. The Bureau of Prisons will send back funds that don’t have valid prisoner information provided the envelope has an adequate return address. Personal checks and cash won’t be deposited to the prisoner’s account so do not send cash or checks.

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Inmate Locator

State prisoners are from time to time changed to various prison facilities throughout Illinois, so sometimes you might need to locate where an inmate is located using the inmate locator. Click on the link here to locate an Illinois prison inmate.
Inmate Search

To find other Illinois state prisons: Illinois State Prisons

Inmate Visitation

Before you visit Pontiac Correctional Center, be sure that you know the following information:

  • Visitation Schedule
  • Visitation Rules
  • Visitation Application

Inmate Visitation Schedule

Inmate Visitor Procedures

Each Illinois state prison has its own policies for inmate visitation and they are changed often. The procedures below could be changed since this was written, so you should also go to Pontiac Correctional Center’s official website to read the most up to date rules for visitation.

Visitation Sign-In and Check-In

The front entrance guard will make sure each visitor signs the prisoner visitors log upon entering the institution and also when they leave.

Identification Required

Photo ID of visitors is required. The best forms of id are Driver’s License and Social Security Card; although, a state issued picture I.D. is acceptable.

For all of the things shown below, go to the main Pontiac Correctional Center website because this info is changed 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

Information about Pontiac Correctional Center prison records coming.

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

Information about Pontiac Correctional Center death row coming soon.

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


Details about Illinois parole 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.


Information about release procedures coming.

Inmate Programs

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Prison Life

More information about what life is like at Pontiac Correctional Center to be added later.

  • 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.


Pontiac Correctional Center news coming soon.


A photo section will be posted ASAP.

For example, photos of:

  • Cells at Pontiac Correctional Center
  • The yard.
  • What inmates wear at Pontiac Correctional Center.

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

Prison Jobs & Hiring

Trying to find a correctional facility job? Have experience? Have you worked at a correctional facility in the past?

If so, click here:

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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:

  • Victims have the right to protection from the accused.
  • Victims have the right to notification.
  • Victims have the right to attend proceedings.
  • Victims have the right to speak at criminal justice proceedings.
  • Victims have the right to consult with the prosecuting attorney.
  • Victims have the right to restitution.
  • Victims have the right to a speedy trial.
  • Victims 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

Information about Pontiac Correctional Center inmate family resources will be posted ASAP.


A history section to be added later.

Such as:

  • Famous Pontiac 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

Pontiac Correctional Center Links

The official website:

Illinois Deparment of Corrections Links

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Tell Your Story – Write a Review of Pontiac Correctional Center

Have you ever spent any time at Pontiac Correctional Center? Do you know someone there? Have you ever been to visit someone at this prison?

If you have, then please write a review about it. Write about your experience so that other people will know what to expect.

Things you can put in your comment:

  • Facility conditions
  • Prison facility and layout
  • Guards and staff
  • Commissary and food
  • Visitation
  • Inmates
  • Prisoner safety
  • Gangs
  • Prisoner programs and activities

If you are an inmate at this prison, leave your address if you would like people to be able to send you a letter.

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  1. Vivian B says:

    I would like to know how to get a copy of transcripts from a trial of a current inmate at Pontiac Correctional, who’s trial was held in Chicago at Cook County court house. Please contact me with any possible helpful information. Thank you.

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