For an individual searching for information about inmates in Illinois, the proper route depends upon exactly where the inmate being searched might be located. If a searcher is attempting to look for an individual but is not sure exactly which county to search in, or if that county does not have the proper tools, then he or she might want to search using the inmate search tool available at the website for the Illinois Department of Corrections.
This inmate search tool will allow individuals to search for inmates based on birth dates, last names, or Illinois Department of Corrections identification numbers. The information available online at the Illinois Department of Corrections website includes photographs, current status of the offender, and information concerning his or her prior history and offenses.
The search tool at the Illinois Department of Corrections can be used to find information concerning inmates who have been put on probation or parole. The Illinois Department of Corrections also has a phone number which can be used to search for inmate information.
If a searcher does know the county in which he or she would like to search for information, and then he or she should do so with the county inmate search tool, assuming there is one. For example, for an individual searching for information concerning an inmate from Chicago, the Cook County inmate search tool is likely the best choice. The Cook County jail inmate search tool is located at the Cook County sheriff's department website. Using the Cook County inmate search tool, one may search based on last name or based on jail number.
The information provided from the Cook County jail inmate search tool is not necessarily as in depth as the search tool for the Illinois Department of Corrections, but the Cook County inmate search tool does still provide important information such as the inmate's current location, times at which the inmate might be visited, and the amount at which bail is set.