Champaign County Satellite Jail – Urbana, IL

Champaign County Satellite Jail is in Champaign County, Illinois and is the primary correctional facility for that county. Looking for someone at Champaign County Satellite Jail? This site gives you information about everything related to Champaign County Satellite Jailsuch as the following: How to locate an inmate. Find mugshots and inmate photos. The jail’s phone number and address. Bail and how to get out of jail. Champaign County Satellite Jail intake procedures. Champaign County court information. And lots more.

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The prospect of getting arrested and going to jail is a scary idea, not only for the person who gets arrested, but also that person’s friends and family. The purpose of this guide is to give you all the info that you need to make getting locked up a little less stressful. If you have a specific question, feel free to ask it in the comment section below, and please leave any tips or comments that could be beneficial to other people in the same situation would be much appreciated.

General Information

Address

Champaign County Satellite Jail
502 S Lierman Avenue
Urbana, IL 61802

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: 217-384-1243
Fax Number:

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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a family member or friend that is locked up and need to contact them?

Has someone who’s been arrested and you need to find out what jail they’re in?

To search who’s in jail at Champaign County Satellite Jail you have to click on their web site and perform an inmate lookup.

Inmate Lookup

The Champaign County Satellite Jail Inmate Lookup is an online list of persons who are in jail, which includes custody status, how much their bail is, and times the inmate can have visitors. Also, you are able to find information about anyone who has been arrested or discharged in the last 24 hours. Prisoners are shown in alphabetical order by their last name. You’ll be able to locate their inmate information quicker if you enter your friend or family member’s first and last name, date of birth, or inmate ID.

If the person you’re searching for could possibly be in a different jail you can check our Illinois county jail guide: Other County Jails in Illinois


Mugshots

A mugshot, also known as a booking picture, is a photo that the jail takes when you are booked into jail. They will take one face photo and a profile picture. Your name and intake number will be in the photos, and they’re stored.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of Champaign County Satellite Jail inmates can be searched online, or you can view them at the Champaign County Satellite Jail. When viewing mugshots online you will have to input the inmate’s name, and an arrest date, if you have one.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Are you trying to figure out what to do in order to get your mugshot removed from the Champaign County Satellite Jail site? This may not be possible, since the mugshot is a public record. To get your mugshot removed you must file a ‘Petition to Expunge’. This means that your arrest record will be sealed, and will not be available to the public. It is difficult to do this, and you will most likely need the services of a lawyer.

For a more indepth article about getting your mugshot removed, the various mugshot sites, and the websites that offer to remove your mugshot for you: How To Get Your Mugshot Taken Down


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Naturally, if you are arrested and put in jail, your primary thought is about when and how you will get out. After you’ve gone through the booking process, your bail amount is decided either through a preset bail schedule or a magistrate. In cases where no bail is set this may mean that you will either be free to go until your trial, or you are kept in jail until your court date.

If you are are released you must agree to be in court on your court date, and until that day you are not permitted to leave the county.

Typically, a prisoner at Champaign County Satellite Jail are given time off for good behavior when they don’t break the rules and don’t cause any problems while they are in jail.

If you follow the rules, you may be allowed to do work release. You will have to return to the jail every day when you’re finished with work, or you could get to move to a halfway house when you are not working.

Bail

Your bail is how much money that you have to pay to get out of jail until your trial. The amount you have to pay is determined by how serious your charges are. Someone you know will need to pay 10 percent of the total set so you can get out of jail. If you fail to show up for court, whoever put up your bail money will lose all of the bail money.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

In order to find out how much someon’s bail is, you have to call the Champaign County Satellite Jail or the County Courthouse. If you have all the person’s information, such as name, address and date of birth, they’ll let you know what their bail is set at. Also, you can check their bail amount and status online.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to bail someone out of jail is never a fun thing, but usually, it is easy. To start with, you have to find out if it is a Cash Only Bond. If this is the case, you can’t use the services of a bail bondsman. They only accept cash at the jail, so you have to take cash – the jail won’t accept a personal check. Once you have paid the bond, the person will be discharged. If this person doesn’t violate any of the terms of their release, you will get this money back.

Bail Bondsman

If the amount of bail set is large, or you can’t afford it, you should use a bail bondsman. Bondsmen usually charge you a fee of 10 to 15 percent of total bail, and in most cases have a minimum of $100. The amount you pay to the bondsman will not be returned to you and must be paid in cash. If the bail is exceptionally high, the bail bondsman may ask to use your assets as collateral for the bond in addition to whatever their charges are.

To contact a bail bondsman click here: Find a bail bondsman at Champaign County Satellite Jail

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

  • Time Off For Good Behavior
  • Work Release Programs
  • Released For Time Served
  • Pre-Trial Release Programs
  • Released On House Arrest
  • Be Released on Your Own Recognizance


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The intake procedure is made up of the following steps:

  • You will be placed in a waiting area or cell. If there are a lot of arrests, you may not be processed immediately.
  • First, will have to answer a bunch of questions, such as what is your legal name, street address, date of birth and contact person.
  • Also, you will also be asked about your medical and mental history.
  • You’ll be given an inmate number.
  • You will be fingerprinted.
  • You will have a front and profile photo taken for your mugshot.
  • All personal property will be taken from you and stored until you get released.
  • You will get to use the telephone in order to talk to a member of your family, friend, or bondsman to arrange bail.
  • If they expect that you will make bail and be released quickly, you might get to skip the jumpsuit and keep wearing your own clothes, otherwise you you will be given a jail uniform.

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Discharge Procedures

Once bail has been posted, you will be discharged from jail. The discharge process may take between 30 minutes to all day. So, the faster you can pay your bail, the quicker you can get out of jail. Also, how fast you get released can depend on whether or not you’ve been given a cash bond or if the magistrate has to decide on the bail amount. For a minor charge, you will get booked and then released on your recognizance without having to pay bail. If you have served a sentence in jail and are given a date of your release, expect to get discharged at any time that day – but usually in the morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

for your arrest, or if you have to start your sentence, you should follow the rules and turn yourself in. If you have a warrant, go down to the jail reception area, and tell the intake officer that believe that there could be a warrant for your arrest. They will do a record check, and if they find one, you will be taken into jail custody. If you have a jail sentence to serve, go to the jail at the exact time and date that the sentence order states. Make sure that you are not late. Be sure to only bring approved items with you, for example a driver’s license or even ID, prescription medication, and a sentencing order from court.

Visitation Procedures

In order to have visitors, inmates need to give the name and date of birth of each visitor to the jail in advance. This information will be put in the log for the requesting inmate. All visitors will be required to provide proof of identification. Visitors arriving late or that is not an approved visitor will not be able to attend visitation.
Jail visitation policies can change, so you should visit the official jail site before go to the jail to visit an inmate.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

The only phone calls that inmates are allowed to make are collect calls or through a pre-paid phone account . These phone calls are much pricier than regular phone calls. Inmates are able to make phone calls, with restrictions on when you can make phone calls, how long you can talk, and how often you can make calls, but inmates must keep in mind that a long line can form at the phones, because everyone wants to use the phone, too. If you break the rules and are disciplined, an inmate’s phone privileges might get reduced or cut altogether.

The Champaign County Satellite Jail phone number is: 217-384-1243

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mall sent to inmates must be sent using the US Postal Service. You shouldn’t use any other form of mail delivery. Clearly print the person’s name, prisoner number, and the address of the jail on the envelope. Do not send a box, padded envelope, plastic bag, or an envelope containing metal parts. All mail sent to inmates is opened and examined and read by the officers at the jail, and will be returned to the sender if they decide it is inappropriate.

Mailing Address

If you would like to send a letter to an inmate at Champaign County Satellite Jail, use this address:

Champaign County Satellite Jail
502 S Lierman Avenue
Urbana, IL 61802

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Champaign County Satellite Jail
502 S Lierman Avenue
Urbana, IL 61802


The mail policy changes often, so it would be best to review the site before send a letter to someone in jail there.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

When you get arrested, you should know you still have rights, one of these is the right to request a lawyer. You are only allowed to make so many phone calls in jail, so you would be wise to have a friend or relative find a lawyer when you talk to them. You may be thinking ‘why do I need an attorney?’ You can represent yourself if you reall want to, but, a lawyer will make sure you know your rights, protect your interests and help you navigate through the complicated legal system that you are now faced with. The quicker you get an attorney working on your situation, the better off you’ll be.

To read more about how to find a lawyer, read our guide: Find an Attorney

Public Defender

If you can’t afford an attorney, a Public Defender will be assigned to you. In addition, the Public Defender Office has access to private investigators, forensics experts and social workers. You will be reassured to know that Public Defenders are real lawyers, admitted to the Illinois State Bar Association and are licensed to handle your case.

Have you ever had to use the services of a Public Defender? Are you happy with how they handled your case?

Court Records

Court records are are public record and are available upon request to anyone who requests them – not just the person who they pertain to. They include a case file containing a docket and every documents and motions filed in the case. You can access your court case records with the website, or by going to the Clerk of Court’s office where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

The Clerk of Court is a member of the court that manages the records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath during court cases, and read the verdict when the jury makes their final decision. All court records from your court case are maintained at the Champaign County Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court costs and court fees are all costs associated with your case, for example filing fees, motion fees and various court charges. If you are low income and have a court appointed attorney, you may not have to pay them.

Magistrate

A Magistrate is the judge that will preside over your case. They do a number of things, such as determing how much your bail will be, writing arrest warrants, and acting as the presiding judge over preliminary court hearings and detention hearings.

Pre-Sentencing

Your pre-sentencing report is completed to include information about your background and details of the arrestee’s life and history, which the magistrate judge will review and take into consideration when determining the sentence. Information and personal details will be gathered from the defendant, their family, and in some circumstances the victim. Keep in mind you are able to ask to see a copy of the pre-sentencing report before you are sentenced, and correct any inaccurate information.

Sentencing

After you are convicted of a crime, you will be sentenced. The presiding judge in your case will weigh several options when determining your sentence, including community service and probation, to incarceration in jail or prison. Depending on the severity of the crime, you will either be immediately taken into custody, or you could get a date that you are supposed to report to jail to serve your jail term according to your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Want to find out if someone is incarcerated, or has ever been in jail?

To find this out you will have to access the Champaign County jail website, and search by:

  • The inmate’s name.
  • Birthdate.
  • Approximate booking date.
  • or inmate ID.

If you’re not sure if your friend or family member is in jail, you can call the jail find out if they’ve been arrested.

Warrant Inquiry

If you believe you have a warrant out for your arrest, you can access arrest warrants on the Champaign County court website or call the court directly. You have to have their first and last name. You can also go to the local jail and ask the officer in charge. Keep in mind that if you do have an outstanding warrant, you should be prepared to get taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you have a first and last name, as well as the date of their arrest, contact the Champaign County jail, by phone, go there in person, or you can check online. An arrest is in the public record and this is available to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when when you are served with legal papers, which can be a court order. You can find these civil process orders by getting in touch with the Sheriff’s office, by phone or online.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All registered sex offenders have to be listed and registered on either a national or state sex offender database. The people on these databases have been tried by jury and convicted in a court of law of a sex crime. You are able to see this information online, but remember that you can’t see the street address, rather the address block they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are public records. Court Records include a case file containing a docket and all documents and filings filed in your court case. You are able to access court records on the internet, or at the Champaign County Clerk of Court office where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each state maintains a record of someone’s criminal background. These state databases are all linked so you are able to track criminal convictions from another state. You are able to go to courthouse and check in person, or check the website. You must know which county the crime occured in, and if the crime was in a completely different state, you may have to pay for a more complete search.

When you look up a person’s crminal records you will get a report detailing any arrests, charges, or convictions that may be on a person’s record for any crimes they may have committed, which could include:

  • DUI.
  • Drug crimes like possession or trafficking.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Rape or other sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes like assault or murder.
  • Theft, breaking and entering.

During a criminal records search, you won’t learn if that person has had:

  • Tickets for speeding.
  • Drivers license suspended or revoked.
  • Been in a traffic accident.
  • Minor infractions or moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To get driving histories, you will have to do a search for their driving history.

    Have you ever tried to search for someone’s criminal records? How easy was it? Did you search online or did you have to make a phone call to the courthouse? was the information you recieved correct? There are many reasons that people search for criminal records, and your feedback may make it easier for others.

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    Most Wanted

    For Federal crimes, the FBI has their list of the Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Champaign County,the Champaign County Sheriff keeps their own list of most wanted criminals and fugitives.

    FBI Top Ten Most Wanted List

    Champaign County Sheriff’s Department Ten Most Wanted List: External Link


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Just the thought of serving a jail sentence in the Champaign County jail is very scary, in time you will get accustomed to the daily routine there. You should expect an alarm to wake up each morning at 6am, and then you’ll have roll call. Next, you will get breakfast. Following breakfast participate in the work program or other activity that you are assigned. This could be working in the kitchen, laundry, or some sort of manufacturing job. While this may seem tedious, it may help you when you leave jail, as you are gaining experience in a certain field of work. Other inmates go to school, while some take part in mandated treatment programs. After lunch, there will be another roll call, then back to work. Your evening will be spent either in your cell or a common room. During this time dinner is served and you will be expected to take a shower. After another roll call, it’s lights out. Even though you will be confined to your cell, there may be enough light to read or write letters. Then again, most inmates welcome lights out, and try to get as much sleep as they can.

    Most people are frightened at the idea of jail because they don’t know what to expect. If you have spent any time in Champaign County Satellite Jail, your experiences would be welcomed, if it can help another person to deal with it.

    Dress Code

    When incarcerated, all inmates are expected to wear the Champaign County Satellite Jail uniform. This is normally a jumpsuit or scrubs. Of note to anyone visiting an inmate – you must be properly dressed. Any clothing considered inappropriate will not be permitted.

    How To Send Money to an Inmate

    You will have your own ‘bank account’ while in jail. This money is used to purchase items from the Commissary. Family and friends can deposit money into this account for you, and any money you earn while in prison will also be deposited into your account. Outside money can be paid in to your account via a money order, cash or check. If someone sends a check or money order, make sure that they write your inmate ID on it. The maximum amount you are allowed in your account is $290 per month.

    The process for sending funds to inmates at Champaign County Satellite Jail might change, so be sure to review the official Champaign County Satellite Jail site when you send funds to an inmate there.

    Commissary

    The commissary is the jail store. You can purchase a number of things here, such as toiletries, snacks and writing supplies. Bear in mind that you will probably want to use the commissary daily, and any infractions will get that privilege taken away from you.

    Inmate Medications

    If you are on any type of prescription medication, you will be allowed to continue taking it while in jail. When you are first processed, you will be asked what medication you take. You will then be referred to the jail nurse or doctor who will be in charge of monitoring your health and prescribing your medication.

    Meals

    You will get three meals a day: breakfast, lunch and dinner. As expected, they are very basic, but healthy. A typical breakfast might be cereal, toast, coffee and fruit. Lunch might be spaghetti, salad, bread and milk. Dinner could be chicken casserole, rice, vegetables, dessert and milk. Contrary to popular belief, prison food has greatly improved over the years, and you might find that it’s not much different from what you would eat at home.

    Pods / The Yard

    The jail is designed in a ‘pod’ layout, with self contained housing arranged around an outdoor yard. Each pod has a central control station and a common room, and the inmates take turns in using the yard. The jail is designed this way to keep certain inmates together, and others away from the general population.

    Gangs

    As with life in general, gangs are a part of prison life. Obviously it is best to avoid becoming a part of this environment as it will only lead to trouble. When you first enter prison, you might find yourself being ‘primed’ to join a gang, or worse, you might get their attention in a negative way. The best thing to do is keep your head down and don’t get involved.


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    News and Media

    News

    Photos / Pictures

    Videos


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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Champaign County Satellite Jail

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Champaign County Satellite Jail, overseeing the day to day operations and administration of the jail. An inmate is unlikely to have much interaction with the Deputy Sheriff, unless they have committed an infraction. Detention Officers are responsible for the custody and care of the inmates. They maintain order in the jail, and handle security. A Detention Officer is assigned to a certain pod, and therefore is responsible for the same inmates each day. They get to know the inmates on a certain level, and are well equipped to handle any problems that may occur.

    Apply for a Job at Champaign County Satellite Jail

    Requirements:

    • You have to be over the age of 21.
    • You have to possess a High School Diploma or GED
    • You have to be a US Citizen.
    • You have to pass a Criminal, Credit and Driving History background check.
    • You have to pass a drug test.
    • You have to have a good level of fitness.
    • You have to be in good health.
    • You have to have a valid Drivers License
    • An applicant for Deputy Sheriff must possess a Law Enforcement Certification.


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    Family Resources

    There are resources for families of both the perpetrator of the crime and the victim. The social and emotional impact of crime is far reaching, affecting many. Families can receive professional counseling, court related assistance, social services assistance and help in navigating the criminal justice system.

    If you are a family member, which resources did you find to be particularly helpful? Please let us know, as this will be helpful to other families in the same situation.

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    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:

    • The right to protection from the accused.
    • The right to notification.
    • The right to attend proceedings.
    • The right to speak at criminal justice proceedings.
    • The right to consult with the prosecuting attorney.
    • The right to restitution.
    • The right to a speedy trial.
    • 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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    Sex Offender Information and Search

    All people registered as sex offenders are registered on either a national or state sex offender database. The people on these databases have been convicted of a sex or kidnapping crime. You can access this information online, but bear in mind that you will not get the exact address, rather the block that they live on.

    Domestic Violence

    If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence, there are services to help you. Your county will have a Domestic Violence Services office. They provide free and confidential services, such as emergency shelter information, legal advocacy, support groups and domestic violence education. They will work to help you create a safe and violence-free life, and heal from the trauma of abuse.

    Important Note: If you, or someone you know, are in immediate danger, call 911.


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    Reviews

    Reviews of this Jail

    Have you ever been incarcerated in this jail? Do you know someone that spent time there? Have you ever been to visit someone at Champaign County Satellite Jail?

    If you have, then please tell us about it. Write down your jail experience so that others will know what to expect.

    Things you can include in the review:

    • Conditions in Champaign County Satellite Jail.
    • Jail and pod facility and layout
    • Guards and staff
    • Food and commissary
    • Visitation Days
    • Inmates.
    • Inmate safety
    • Jail gangs
    • Inmate activities and programs


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    Tell Your Story

    Anybody that’s ever been locked up has a story to tell. How’d you end up in jail? Were you mistreated? How was life in jail? How did you get along with the other inmates? How did getting locked up affect your life?

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    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Make some good friends in jail? Trying to find someone from jail? Write your message below.

    Say wassup to people still locked up at Champaign County Satellite Jail

    Links and Resources

    Main Champaign County Satellite Jail Link
    Champaign County Satellite Jail Inmate Search Link
    Champaign County Satellite Jail Mugshots
    Champaign County Satellite Jail Bail Amount Link

    Champaign County Satellite Jail Visitation Policy Link
    Champaign County Satellite Jail Mail Policy
    Locate an inmate at Champaign County Satellite Jail
    Champaign County Satellite Jail Warrant Inquiry
    Champaign County Satellite Jail Arrest Inquiry
    Champaign County Satellite Jail Send Money Procedure
    Jobs at Champaign County Satellite Jail


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