Christian County Correctional Center – Taylorville, IL

Christian County Correctional Center is in Christian County, IL and is the main correctional facility for the region. Are you looking for someone in Christian County Correctional Center? This site gives you all about everything you might want to know about Christian County Correctional Center,such as: How to do a jail inmate search. Find inmate mughsots. The jail’s address and phone number. Bail and bail bondsmen. Christian County Correctional Center intake procedures. Court information. And lots more.

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The thought of going to jail is a scary and daunting idea, not only for the person who is incarcerated, but also that person’s friends and family. This guide is meant to give you all the advice and information you need to make helping someone get out of jail easier. If you have a question, just ask them, and please leave any tips or comments that might be beneficial to other people in the same situation will be much appreciated.

General Information

Address

Christian County Correctional Center
301 W. Franklin Street
Taylorville, IL 62568

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: 217-824-4961
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a family member, loved one, or friend in jail and don’t know how to contact them?

Do you know a family member or friend that has been arrested and you want to find out what jail they’re in?

To see who is in jail at Christian County Correctional Center you have to click on their website and use the inmate search.

Inmate Locator

The Christian County Correctional Center Inmate Lookup is a list of persons who were arrested and are now in jail, which includes custody status, bail amount (if applicable), and times you can visit. You can get info for anybody booked or released in the past 24 hour period. Jail inmates are listed alphabetically by last name. You will be able to find the information more quickly if you enter the arrestee’s name, date of birth, or inmate ID Number.

If your friend or family member may be in another county jail you can check our Illinois county jail guide: List of all jails in Illinois


Mugshots

A mugshot, or booking photograph, is a photo that the police take when you are booked into jail. A mugshot is make of one full face and a side photo. Your name and jail booking number will be in the photos, and they’re stored.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of inmates can be viewed on the Christian County Correctional Center website, or you can go in person to the Christian County Correctional Center. When viewing online you will need to input the person’s full name, and a booking date, if you have one.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Are you trying to figure out what to do in order to have your mugshot taken down from the Christian County Correctional Center website? This will be difficult, since the mugshot is a public record. You will need to file a ‘Petition to Expunge’. Basically, this means that all of your arrest records would be sealed, so no one will be able to see them. Depending on your situation, this may be a longshot.

Read our indepth tutorial about removing your mugshot, the many different mugshot websites, and the websites that offer to remove your mugshot for you: Mugshot Removal


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Obviously, once 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 intake process, bail will be decided using the bail schedule or the magistrate will decide it. If there is no bail set this might mean that you will either be free to go until your court date, or you must remain in jail until your trial.

If you are are released you will have to agree to show up for court, and you won’t be permitted to leave the area.

Usually, a prisoner in the Christian County Correctional Center can earn an early release in exchange for good behavior if they follow the rules and conduct themselves properly while locked up.

If you follow the rules, you might be given work release detail. Either you will have to stay the jail every day when you’re finished working, or you may be allowed to move into a halfway house when you are not working.

Bail

Your bail is how much money that you have to pay to the court system to get out of jail until you go to court. The amount you will be required to pay depends on the crime you are charged with. Someone you know will need to pay 10 percent of the total amount that was determined in order to be released from jail. If you fail to show up for your scheduled court date, the person that paid your bail will lose that money.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

You have to call the jail. If know the person’s info, including name, address and date of birth, they will be able to let you know what their bail is set at. Also, you can find out how much their bail is on the Christian County Correctional Center website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Needing to bail someone out of jail is never fun, but usually, it is easy if you have the money. To start with, figure out if their bail is a Cash Only Bond. If it is, you won’t be able to get a bondsman. Bail can only be paid by cash – the jail won’t take a check. When you’ve paid bail, the inmate will be released into your care. If they don’t violate the terms of their bail, you will get this money back.

Bail Bondsman

If the bail amount is too high, or you can’t afford it, you will need to use a bail bondsman. Bail bondsmen will usually charge you a fee of 10 to 15 percent of the total amount of bail set, and sometimes have a minimum fee of $100. This is non-refundable and is typically cash only. If the bail has been set really high, the bail bondsman will usually ask to use your assets, such as home, property or cars, as collateral for the bond.

To contact a local bail bondsman visit our page about: Find a bail bondsman at Christian County Correctional Center

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

  • Early Release For Good Behavior
  • Get Out on Work Release
  • Get Out For Time Served
  • Pre-Trial Release Programs
  • Get Released on House Arrest
  • Own Recognizance


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The intake process includes each of the following steps:

  • You will be placed in a waiting area or cell. When the jail is busy, you will have to wait a while to get processed.
  • You must answer some simple questions, such as what is your legal name, home address, birthdate and a contact person.
  • Also, you will also be asked about your psychological and medical history.
  • You will be issued an inmate ID.
  • You will be fingerprinted.
  • You will get your mugshot taken.
  • All of your personal property will be taken away from you and stored until you get released.
  • You will be allowed to make a phone call to talk to family, friends, or bail bondsman.
  • If you think you will get released quickly, you might be able to wear your own clothes, but if you are not expected to make bail quickly you you will be given a jail issued jumpsuit.

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Discharge Procedures

Once bail has been posted, you will be allowed to go home after you get discharged. The discharge process will take anywhere between 30 minutes to many hours. In simple terms, the faster you can pay your bail, the sooner you can get released from jail. It also depends on whether or not you have a cash bond or if a judge needs to decide on the amount of bail to be set. For a minor offense, you will simply be booked and then released on your recognizance without having to pay bail. When you get to the end of your sentence and know the release date, expect to get released anywhere between the hours of 9am and 12pm.

How To Turn Yourself In

for your arrest, or if you have to report to start a sentence, you should follow the law and turn yourself into the authorities. In the case of an outstanding warrant, go to the jail, and tell someone that you think there is an outstanding warrant for your arrest. They will check to see if you have a warrant, and if they find one, you will be taken into custody. When reporting to serve a sentence, go down to the jail at the exact time and date that the sentence order states. Be very careful that you don’t show up late. Only bring approved items when you go to jail, such as a driver’s license or ID, any prescription medication you might take, as well as a official sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

To have visitors, you must give each visitor’s full name to the jail in advance of the visit. This information will go into a log of visitors for the inmate. Each and every visitor will have to provide identification. Anyone that arrives for visitation late or without a visiting order will not be allowed to attend visitation.
Visitation procedures can change, so make sure that you visit the official jail site before you go.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

Phone calls that inmates are allowed to make from jail are collect calls or through a pre-paid phone account . Jail phone calls are generally more costly than phone calls made at home. 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 lots of people want to use the phone – so you have to share. If you break the rules and are disciplined, your ability to use the phone might get cut back or eliminated completely.

Phone Number: 217-824-4961

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mail has to be sent using the US Postal Service. You must not use any other form of delivery. You should write the inmate’s name, inmate ID, and the address of the jail on the envelope. Don’t mail a box, padded envelope, plastic or paper bag, or an envelope with metal in it. Any mail sent to inmates is opened and reviewed by the staff, and will be sent back if deemed inappropriate.

Mailing Address

Use this address when sending a letter to someone incarcerated at Christian County Correctional Center:

Christian County Correctional Center
301 W. Franklin Street
Taylorville, IL 62568

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Christian County Correctional Center
301 W. Franklin Street
Taylorville, IL 62568


The inmate mail policy at Christian County Correctional Center changes frequently, so you should visit the the Christian County Correctional Center website when you send a letter to an inmate.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

If you have been arrested, you still have rights, one of these is that you have the right to request an attorney. Remember that you may be limited to the amount of phone calls you can make, so you would be wise to get a friend or family member to find an attorney when you talk to them. You may be thinking ‘why do I need a lawyer?’ You are not required to have an attorney for some criminal charges, an attorney can advise you of your rights, look after your best interests and help you navigate through the court system that you are now faced with. The sooner you get an attorney working on your charges, the better your chances.

To read more about the benefits of and how to hire an attorney, go to: How to Find an Attorney in Christian County

Public Defender

If you cannot afford a lawyer, the courts will assign you a public defender, which is a free lawyer. In addition, the Public Defender Office has a number of staff such as private investigators, crime scene and forensics experts as well as social case workers. All Public Defenders are real attorneys, members of the State Bar and are licensed to handle your case.

Have you ever had to use a Public Defender? How did they do?

Court Records

Court records are a matter of public record. Court records have a court case file with a docket and all of the documents and motions filed during your court case. You can access the records and documents in your court case using the internet service, or by going to the Clerk of Court’s office.

Clerk of Court

The Christian County Clerk of Court is a member of the court who maintains the records. They also administer the oath for all court participants, and read the verdict when the jury makes their final decision. All records and documents relating to your case are maintained at Clerk of Court’s office.

Fees

Court fees are the charges and fees associated with your case, which include filing charges, motion and claim fees, and court appearance fees. If you can’t afford to pay these fees and have a Public Defender, you may not have to pay them.

Magistrate

The Christian County court magistrate is the type of judge who presides on your case in court. Magistrate judges do a number of different things, which include deciding a bail amount, issuing arrest warrants, and overseeing initial court appearances and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

A defendant’s pre-sentencing report is prepared to include background information and information about the arrestee’s life and public history, which the magistrate judge will take into consideration when decide your sentence. Information, details, and character witnesses will be solicited from the person on trial, their family, and in some circumstances the victim of the crime. Don’t forget that you should request to see a copy of this report before you are sentenced, so you can correct any mistakes that it contains.

Sentencing

If you get convicted of a crime during your trial, you will be sentenced. There are several different options for sentencing, ranging from community service to probation, to even incarceration in jail or prison. Depending on the severity of the crime, you might get taken into custody, right there in court, or given a date that you are supposed to go to jail to do your time.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Are you trying to find out if someone is in jail, or has ever been in jail?

To do so, you need to access the Christian County jail website and do an inmate search lookup, and do a search using:

  • The inmate’s name.
  • Date of birth.
  • Their booking date if you know it.
  • or inmate ID.

If you think this person is in jail, you can also call the jail to find out.

Warrant Inquiry

If you think you have an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you can access arrest warrants on the Christian County jail website or call the jail. This requires a first and last name. Or, you can just go down to the jail and inquire at the information desk. Keep in mind that if there is a warrant for your arrest, they will take you into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know the person’s name, and the date of their arrest, contact the jail, by phone, in person, or find out online. An arrest is public record and the information is accessible to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when when you get served with legal papers, which can be , subpoenas, and arrest warrants. You can access civil process orders by contacting the Christian County Sheriff’s office, on their website or by phone.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All people registered as sex offenders have to be listed and registered on a sex offender database. The people on these databases have been convicted in a court of law of a sex crime. You can access this information online, but keep in mind that you will not get the precise address, but rather the block of the address that they registered.

Court Records

Court Records are public records. Court Records include a case file that includes a court docket and any of the documents and filings filed in your court case. You are able to access your court records on the website, or at Clerk of Court where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each and every state maintains records of people’s criminal history. These databases are all linked so you can track criminal convictions from other states. You are able to go to courthouse and inquire, or check online. It is helpful to know the county, and if it was in a different state entirely, you may have to pay a fee for a more complete search.

When you look up someone’s criminal record you will be able to find out if a person has ever been arrested, charged or convicted for any of the following crimes:

  • DWI or DUI.
  • Drug crimes.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Rape or other sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes including assault, battery and murder.
  • Theft.

But, when you do a criminal records check, usually will not learn if someone has had any infractions like moving violations:

  • Speeding.
  • Drivers license suspended or revoked.
  • Accidents.
  • Other moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To search for driving records, you have to do a driving history search.

    Have you ever needed to find criminal records? Was it a difficult process? Was your search online or did you call the jail? was the information you recieved correct? There are plenty of reasons that folks look up criminal records and backgrounds, and your feedback may make it easier for others.

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    Most Wanted

    Everyone knows that the FBI has their list of the Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Christian County,the Christian County Sheriff’s Department keeps their own list of most wanted criminals and fugitives.

    FBI Ten Most Wanted List

    Christian County Top Ten Most Wanted List: Link


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    While the prospect of getting locked up in the Christian County jail is very scary, soon you will get accustomed to the daily routine there. You will get an alarm for wake-up at about 6:00 AM, and next they’ll do roll call. After roll call you will get breakfast. After breakfast, you will work in the program that has been assigned to you. 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 Christian County Correctional Center, 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 Christian County Correctional Center 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 procedure to send funds to inmates at Christian County Correctional Center could change, so we suggest that you double check the site when you send money 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

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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Christian County Correctional Center

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Christian County Correctional Center, 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 Christian County Correctional Center

    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:

    • You have the right to protection from the accused.
    • You have the right to notification.
    • You have the right to attend proceedings.
    • You have the right to speak at criminal justice proceedings.
    • You have the right to consult with the prosecuting attorney.
    • You have the right to restitution.
    • You have the right to a speedy trial.
    • You have 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 an inmate in this jail? Do you know someone that is an inmate there? Have you ever visited an inmate at this jail?

    If so, then we would like you to write your review about it. Tell us about what you experienced so other people can learn what to expect.

    Things you might want to include in your review:

    • Conditions in Christian County Correctional Center.
    • Jail and pod layout and facility
    • Guards and jail staff
    • Food and commissary
    • Visitation Days
    • The other inmates – what are they like?
    • Safety
    • Gang activity
    • Activities and programs


    Click here to write your review of Christian County Correctional Center

    Tell Your Story

    Everbody that’s been incarcerated has at least one story to tell about it. Why were you locked up? Did you get fair treatment? What was your daily routine in jail? Were the other inmates cool? 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? Are you trying to say wassup to a person you met in jail? Throw a shout out to them here.

    Post a message to people locked up at Christian County Correctional Center

    Links and Resources

    Main Christian County Correctional Center Website
    Christian County Correctional Center Inmate Search
    Christian County Correctional Center Mugshots
    Christian County Correctional Center Bail Link

    Christian County Correctional Center Visitation Policy Link
    Christian County Correctional Center Mail Policy
    Find an inmate at Christian County Correctional Center
    Christian County Correctional Center Warrant Inquiry
    Christian County Correctional Center Arrest Lookup
    Christian County Correctional Center Send Money Procedure
    Jobs at Christian County Correctional Center


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