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Using The Illinois IDOC Inmate Search

This is a brief explaination of how to use the Illinois Department Of Corrections inmate search with a video demonstration. From the official IDOC inmate search page you're able to search by Last Name, IDOC# or birth date. Type your search term to match the examples given such as typing in the numeric date and not words for months. To search by name, enter the last name of the inmate then press the button below.

What You Might Find With An Inmate Search

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County
Local authority within state boundaries that governs smaller communities.
Jail
Detention facility with criminal detainees awaiting trial or serving shorter sentences.
Inmate
Person in the custody of law enforcement for alleged illegal activity. Prisoner or convict.
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IDOC Inmate Search Demonstration

If you're unsure of the complete spelling, you can use the first few letters of a last name to get as many matches as possible in the initial results. Initial results include the inmate ID numbers, date of birth and full name of inmates matching your search request. Select a name then press the "Query a highlighted inmate" button to get complete details for that individual.

Individual offender records display mugshots and details of their current location. Below this is a link to allows visitors to sign up to Vinelink notifications when there is a change in status for this inmate. Next is a physical description that includes date of birth, weight, hair color, gender, height, race, eye color, and identifying features like scars marks and tattoos.

The next sections shows historical information including the inmate's admission date, projected parole date, last paroled date if it applies and a projected discharge date. Sentencing information includes a MITTIMUS, or commitment number, the CLASS of the offense, number of counts, the actual offense title, total length of the sentence in years, months and days, the date the prisoner was taken into custody, the sentencing county, and if the sentence has been discharged which indicates if an inmate has completed their prison term.

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Regional designations for the nouns "county" or "state" include "parish" and "commonwealth", confusing for non-residents. Localized terminology is indicated using headings to match users, not operators, like a phone book. Regional designations for the nouns "county" or "state" include "parish" and "commonwealth", confusing for non-residents. Localized terminology is indicated using headings to match users, not operators, like a phone book.

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Terminology can get confusing, especially if the location has a different vocabulary when talking about confinement. After looking at every possible agency website, we note the most common expressions used locally with synonyms. New features are being designed and tested improving search ability to your experience easier.