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Corrections Division

Jail Superintendent Larry Beck
Assistant Superintendant Terry Durr
Jail Administrative Asst. Lt.William Strayer

The Sangamon County Detention Facility was opened in October of 1991 after nearly four years of planning and construction. It is a state of the art facility utilizing a podular indirect supervision design, with the capability of direct supervision in four of the major cellblocks. The facility is capable of housing a maximum of 314 inmates. These inmates are housed, based on security level, from a dormitory type area for work release and trustees to single cells for maximum-security inmates.

The detention facility houses three basic types of persons, those who are awaiting bond or trial, those who have been sentenced to serve time, and those who are being held for other agencies, such as federal inmates. The average daily population in this facility is around 350 inmates of which about 10% are female.

Inmates in the facility are provided with the essentials of life, including clothing, meals, hygiene items, and medical services. In addition, extra services, such as a facility barber, psychiatric examination, the ability to purchase items from commissary, and numerous programs offer the inmates outlets to minimize problems between the inmate population and staff.

Many services, such as the barber and commissary, inmates pay for themselves. Inmates are allowed to have unlimited funds on their account. Family and friends may place money on an inmate account daily.  This is done using the deposit kiosk in the main lobby area of the facility. Additionally money, in the form of a money order, may be sent through the mail.  You can also visit the Jail Info tab to access other ways to send money from home.

Virtually all of the inmate’s needs are supplied by the facility. Therefore, very few items are allowed to come into the facility from the outside. The only clothing items that are allowed to be brought in, without special permission, are clothes that would be used in a trial appearance. All other items, such as educational material, medicines, etc., must have the approval of the facility administration.
When an inmate is transferred from pre-arraignment to general population items of bedding, facility clothing and a hygiene kit are issued. This includes a toothbrush, toothpaste, comb, and washcloth. To supplement these basics inmates may purchase a host of items off the facility commissary. These items include snacks, stationary, undergarments, games, and a large list of personal hygiene and grooming supplies. In addition, the facility barber performs weekly haircuts, which is charged to the inmate's account.

Inmates are allowed to receive and send mail to family, friends and legal representatives. Incoming mail must have the facility address and the inmate’s name clearly shown. This mail may be subject to inspection for contraband prior to delivery to the inmate. Inmates may send as many letters out as they wish, providing they have the funds to do so.
Medical services are not denied any inmate in the facility. There is a medical screening performed as the person enters the facility, and a full physical completed by medical staff within the first fourteen days of incarceration. Sick call is performed daily by qualified medical personnel and treatment provided. If the inmate is deemed too ill to be housed in general population, the facility has a six-bed medical ward to accommodate their needs.

A number of facility programs have been made available to the inmates. These include, but are not limited to, Alcoholics Anonymous, PORA, Gateway, GED testing as funding allows, recreation, library services, and church services.

Telephones are placed in every cellblock in the facility. Inmates are allowed to make as many calls daily as they wish.  Visit the Jail Info tab for information on how to fund inmate phone calls.
Visitation for inmates in the facility is held daily from 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. through our video visitation system. The visits run 25 minutes in length and are monitored. Each inmate may have up to four visits per week.  To get more information on how to register and schedule visits, refer to the Jail Info tab. 

The inmates of the facility are supervised by a staff of 72 Correctional Officers and 27 Control Room Operators. The staff is thoroughly trained in the handling of inmates and in response to emergency situations. Officers must undergo a basic training course of five weeks, which is supplemented by ongoing training.

The Sangamon County Detention Facility, in conjunction with the Police Training Institute is a satellite training facility for the state mandated Basic Correctional Officer Training. This mandated, five week training course is held two to three times yearly and candidates from all over the state attend. The facility utilizes instructors from the ranks of the correctional staff to provide this training

The Sangamon County Detention Facility is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The official address is One Sheriffs Plaza, Springfield, Illinois, 62701. The facility may be entered by entering the county complex off of Adams Street just east of Ninth Street. Once inside turn left and enter the facility lobby. For general information concerning inmates, the Main Control booth is directly ahead. For other questions and concerns, the administrative offices are to the left. The administrative office number is (217) 753-6763 and the office is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 4:30 p.m. For general information, day or night, call (217) 753-6886 or (217) 753-6887.


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