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VISITOR FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q: What are the hours of operation for the Visitor Information Center (VIC) hotline?
A: Monday-Friday, 10:00am – 9:00pm
Q: If an inmate is transferred from one Division to another, do I need to complete another application?
A: No. Only one application is necessary to visit an inmate regardless if he/she is transferred. You will have to complete a new application when an inmate has been discharged and re-incarcerated.
Q: Do I need to complete a new application for every inmate I visit?
A: Yes. A new application must be generated for each inmate you wish to visit.
Q: Do I need to apply if I am from out of town?
A: Yes. Visitors who travel 150 or more miles away from 2600 S. California Chicago shall be considered an out of town visitor. All out of town visitors shall follow the visitor application process in order to get approval for visiting privileges. Approved out of town visitors may be allowed a one-time courtesy visit during normal visiting hours and days. Any visit after your courtesy visit MUST be on the inmates regularly scheduled visiting days.
Q: Do I need to complete an application for my under age child to visit?
A: No. Only persons over the age of 17 must complete an application. Visitors 17 years old and under must be accompanied by an approved visitor who is visiting the same inmate.
Q: Where do I go on line to apply?
A: Apply by searching for the inmate above. A "Register online" link is provided to the right of the inmate's photo.
Q: What can I bring with me into the Department of Corrections?
A: To avoid inconveniences, delays in visits, or security problems, all visitors are encouraged to bring only those items you absolutely need, such as your keys and identification. A list of contraband is posted below
Q: How do I know if I'm approved to visit?
A: Applications will be processed within 7 business days of the date they were submitted. Please call the VIC at 773-674-8225 after the 7 business days to inquire if you have been approved. We also ask that you please call the VIC to inquire about your application prior to coming in to visit or email email@example.com.
Q: How often can I visit?
A: After you have been approved, you will be allowed to visit once per week during one of the inmate’s scheduled visiting days and times.
VISITOR RULES AND REGULATIONS
Visitors are required to follow Cook County Department of Corrections (CCDOC) visitor rules and regulations at ALL times while on facility grounds. The rules and regulations are subject to change at any time.
- It is a criminal offense to bring contraband into the CCDOC compound. Visitors who bring, attempt to bring or leave an item of contraband in the CCDOC shall be charged criminally with “Bringing Contraband into a Penal Institution”, 720 ILCS 5/31A-1.1. A list of contraband items will be posted throughout the CCDOC and a list of contraband is posted below.
- All visitors to the CCDOC must be in possession of CURRENT/valid photo identification showing address (e.g., State ID, State driver’s license, passport/visa, recognized foreign consulate documentation, other government ID). The ID presented MUST match the ID used for your application.
- Minors 17 years of age or under entering the CCDOC to visit an inmate must be accompanied by a parent or guardian who has been approved visiting privileges and who is visiting the same inmate as the minors. One approved (1) adult shall be allowed to bring up to three (3) minors into the CCDOC. If the minor is high school age, a current state or school photo ID must be presented.
- Minors shall be supervised and under the direct supervision of the accompanying adult(s) at all times.
- All visitors shall be searched by scanning devices and/or a pat-down search. If reasonable suspicion of contraband exists, the visit may be denied with the approval of the watch commander.
- Visitors must present and maintain appropriate attire and behavior at all times while on the grounds of the CCDOC.
- Clothing worn by visitors shall not be provocative, suggestive or revealing as to warrant unwanted attention. The following types of clothing are prohibited:
- Short dresses, miniskirts or unduly revealing shorts;
- Low cut shirts and/or blouses;
- Sheer, transparent, net/mesh material pants and/or tops;
- Sleeveless t-shirts (no tank tops, “spaghetti” strap tops, halter tops or “tube tops”);
- Hats or caps worn in the facility;
- Clothing that unduly exposes the stomach, back, shoulders, chest, buttocks, midriff or undergarments ;
- Any article that displays gang symbols, obscene or distracting messages, shapes or designs;
- Clothing resembling law enforcement/security uniforms or inmate uniforms;
- Pants that are worn below the waist and/or hips exposing undergarments (i.e. saggy pants).
- Loud, disruptive or argumentative behavior shall be cause for termination of a visit.
- Profanity shall not be tolerated under any circumstances and shall be cause for termination of a visit.
- Visitors shall not have any communication with any inmate they are not visiting. Doing so shall be cause for termination of the visit.
- Visitors shall not be allowed to leave and re-enter the visiting area unless authorized by the assigned officer.
- Any safety or security reasons as determined by a CCSO supervisor.
Visitors may also be charged criminally with “Bringing Contraband into a Penal Institution”, 720 ILCS 5/31A-1.1. as follows:
- Bringing into or possessing alcohol liquor in a penal institution is a Class 4 felony.
- Bringing into or possessing cannabis in a penal institution is a Class 3 felony.
- Bringing into or possessing any amount of a controlled substance classified in Schedules III, IV or V of the Illinois Controlled Substance Act in a penal institution is a Class 2 felony.
- Bringing into or possessing any amount of a controlled substance classified in Schedules I or II of Article II of the Illinois Controlled Substance Act in a penal institution is a Class 1 felony.
- Bringing into or possessing a hypodermic syringe in a penal institution is a Class 1 felony.
- Bringing into or possessing a weapon, tool to defeat security mechanisms, cutting tool, or electronic contraband into a penal institution is a Class 1 felony.
- Bringing into or possessing a firearm, firearm ammunition, or explosive in a penal institution is a Class X felony.
Any visitor who does not comply with the CCDOC visitor rules and regulations shall have his/her visit denied, suspended, or terminated. A serious violation or continuous violations of visitation rules by the same visitor may result in a Stop Order being placed on that visitor and the visitor being temporarily or permanently removed from the Inmate Approved Visitors List.
All visitors and their belongings entering the CCDOC are subject to a search. Visitors are strictly prohibited from bringing in contraband into the CCDOC. Contraband items include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Any item deemed to be a safety or security risk by the CCDOC.
- Pocket Knives
- Cell Phones
- Tobacco Products
- Music Players