Will County Jail – Joliet, IL

Will County Jail is located in Will County and is the primary correctional facility for that county. Do you know somebody locked up at Will County Jail? This page will tell you information about anything you might want to know about Will County Jailsuch as the following: How to locate an inmate at Will County Jail. Find mugshots and inmate photos. The jail’s address and phone number. Bailing out of jail. Will County Jail intake procedures. Will County court information. And much more…

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The thought of going to jail is a scary and daunting thought, not only for whoever gets arrested, but also their family and friends. This guide is designed to give you information that you need to make helping someone get out of jail a little less stressful. If you have specific questions, just ask it in the comment section below, and also any comments or tips that would be a benefit to other people in the same situation will be appreciated.

General Information

Address

Will County Jail
20 West Washington Street
Joliet, IL

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: (815) 727-8574
Fax Number:

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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a friend or family member in jail and don’t know how to find them?

Do you know somebody who has been arrested and you don’t know how to locate them?

In order to see who’s in jail at Will County Jail you will need to visit their website and use the inmate lookup.

Inmate Lookup

The Will County Jail Inmate Roster is a list of persons who have been arrested, including custody status, bail amount (if applicable), and visiting hours. Also, you can find information for anybody arrested and processed or discharged within the past 24 hours. Inmates are listed alphabetically by last name. You can get their inmate information more quickly if you enter their full name, birth date, or inmate ID.

If the person you’re searching for is in another county jail you can check our Illinois county jail guide: Other Jails in Illinois


Mugshots

A mugshot, or jail processing picture, is the photograph that the jail takes when you get processed at jail intake. A mugshot is actually two photos one frontal photo and a side-view photo. Your full name and intake number will be in the mugshot, and they are kept on file at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshotes of Will County Jail prisoners can be viewed on the Will County Jail website, or you can go in person to the Will County Jail. When viewing mugshots online you will need to enter the person’s legal name, and a booking date.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Are you trying to figure out what to do in order to have your mugshot taken off of the Will County Jail website? This may not be possible, as your mugshot is public record. You need to file a Petition to Expunge in court. What this means is that the record of your arrest would be sealed, and will not be accessible. Unfortunately, this happens very rarely.

For more information about getting your mugshot removed, the various mugshot websites, 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’re in jail, your primary thought is about getting out. After you’ve gone through the booking process, your bail is decided by a special judge called a magistrate. 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 do bail out of jail you will have to promise to go to your court date, and in the meantime you won’t be permitted to leave the area.

Typically, inmates in the Will County Jail are given early release in exchange for good behavior when they respect the rules and conduct themselves properly while they’re in jail.

If you do exhibit good behavior and the jail believes you can be trusted, you may be allowed to participate in a work release program. Either you will have to stay jail each day when you’re finished with work, or you might be permitted to sleep in a halfway house instead of the jail.

Bail

Bail is how much money that you have to pay to the court system to get out of jail until your court date. Your bail amount is determined by how serious your crime is. You will need to put up ten percent of the total that was set before you can get out of jail. If you don’t go to your scheduled court date, whoever posted your bail won’t get their money back.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

You must call the jail. If you have all the person’s information, like name, address and date of birth, they’ll tell you how much their bail is. Also, you can find out how much their bail is on the Will County Jail website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to bail a friend or family member out of jail is never a fun thing, but in some cases, its really easy if you have the money. To start with, find out if it is a “Cash Bond Only”. If so, you will not be able to use a Bail Bondsman. Bail can only be paid by cash – they won’t accept checks. As soon as you’ve posted (paid) bond, the prisoner will be released into your care. If the conditions of bail are not violated, the bail money you posted will be returned to you.

Bail Bondsman

If their bail has been set too high, or you just can’t afford to pay it, you should use a bail bondsman. They will generally charge a fee of 10-15% of the bail amount, and in most cases charge a minimum charge of $100. This money will not be returned to you and the bondsman only accepts cash. If the bail is exceptionally high, the bail bondsman might request to use assets as collateral for the bond in addition to their charges.

To contact a bail bondsman visit our page about: Find a bail bondsman at Will County Jail

Have you ever used a Bail Bondsman either for yourself, a family member or friend? If so, please share your experience in a comment below, and let us know how it worked out.

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The jail intake process includes the following steps:

  • You will be placed in a waiting area or cell. If the jail is really busy, you will have to wait, sometimes for many hours, before you get processed.
  • The first step is that you have to answer some simple questions, like your full name, home address, date of birth and a contact person.
  • They’ll also ask about your medical and mental history.
  • You will be issued an inmate ID.
  • You will be fingerprinted.
  • You will have your mugshot taken.
  • Any property you have will be taken away from you and stored until you get released from jail.
  • You will be allowed to make a telephone call to contact family, friends, or bail bondsman.
  • If you think you will get released quickly, you might be allowed to wear your own clothes, if not you you will have to wear a jail uniform.

Have you ever been arrested and gone through the jail intake procedure? If you have, please tell your story. How long did you have to wait? How were you treated? Do you have any tips that could help other people that get arrested get through the process?

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Discharge Procedures

Once you are able to post bail, you will be allowed to leave jail. This process can take from 10 minutes to many hours. In other words the faster you can pay your bail, the faster you will get let go. Also, how fast you get released might depend on if you have a bond amount or if a judge needs to figure out your bail amount. For a minor offense, you will get booked and then released on your recognizance without having to pay bail. When you have served out your jail sentence and know the date of your release, plan to get discharged that morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

If there is a, or if you need to begin your sentence in jail, it is highly recommended that you follow the law and turn yourself into the authorities. If it is for a warrant, go to the jail, and let them know that believe that there could be an outstanding warrant for your arrest. They will check their system to see if there are any outstanding local, state or federal arrest warrants out for you, and if you do, they will take you into custody. If you have a jail sentence to serve, go to the jail at the time and date that the sentence order states. Make sure that you don’t show up late. Make sure that you only bring necessary items with you, for example your drivers license or even your ID, any prescription medication you might take, along with your doctor’s prescription, as well as the copy of the sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

In order to have visitors, inmates must list each visitor’s name to the jail. This information will be entered into a Visiting log for the inmate that requested the visitor. Every visitor must provide proof of identification. Any visitors arriving late or any visitors that are not approved to visit will not be allowed to visit the inmate.
Jail visitation policies change often, so you should visit the jail site before go to the jail to visit an inmate.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

All phone calls from jail are collect calls or through a pre-paid phone account . These phone calls are usually pricier than phone calls made outside of jail. There is no limit to how often you can use the phone, but bear in mind that every inmate wants to use the phone too, so they can call their family. If you are disciplined for an infraction, an inmate’s ability to use the phone might get reduced or eliminated altogether.

The Will County Jail phone number is: (815) 727-8574

Sending Mail to Inmates

All inmate mail has to be sent using the actual US Postal Service, and not courier or delivery, or hand delivered. You shouldn’t use any other type of delivery. Clearly print the person’s name, prisoner number, and the jail address on the envelope. Don’t send anything in a package, envelope with padding or insulation, plastic bag, or an envelope containing metal parts. All mail sent to inmates will be opened and reviewed by the staff, and will get returned if it can’t be delivered.

Mailing Address

The mailing address for Will County Jail is:

Will County Jail
20 West Washington Street
Joliet, IL

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Will County Jail
20 West Washington Street
Joliet, IL


The inmate mail policy at Will County Jail changes, so we suggest that you check the official website when you send a letter to an inmate.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

If you have been arrested, you have particular rights, one of these is that you have the right to request an attorney. You only get so many phone calls when you get arrested, so it is a good idea to get a friend or family member to find a lawyer when you talk to them. You might be thinking ‘do I really need a lawyer?’ You can represent yourself if you reall want to, but, a criminal lawyer can advise you of your rights, look after your best interests and guide you through the court system that you are now faced with. The faster you get an attorney working on your situation, the better off you’ll be.

For more information about how to find a lawyer, click here: How to Find a Lawyer

Public Defender

If you need an attorney, but can’t afford an attorney, you will be assigned a public defender. The Public Defender’s Office is staffed by investigators, forensics experts and social workers. You will be reassured to know that Public Defenders are bona-fide lawyers that are members of the State Bar and are fully licensed to represent you in court and practice law.

Have you ever had to use a court appointed attorney or Public Defender? Do you think that they did a good job of defending you?

Court Records

Court records are are public and available to anyone who requests them. They have a case file containing a docket sheet and all motions, documents, and evidence that have been filed in the case. You, and anyone else, can access your court case records with the internet service, or at the Clerk of Court’s office where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

The Clerk of Court is an officer of the court who manages court records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath during court cases, and also read the verdict when decided by the jury. All records and documents associated with your case are held at Clerk of Court’s office.

Fees

Court fees and costs are the charges from your court case, for example 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 the fees.

Magistrate

A Magistrate acts as the judge that will preside on your case. They do a number of different things, like setting bail, writing arrest warrants, and acting as the presiding judge over preliminary court appearances and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

Your pre-sentencing report is prepared to include your background information and details of the arrestee’s life and history, which the magistrate will take into account when decide your sentence. Information and personal details will be solicited from the person on trial, their family, and, if applicable, the victim. Bear in mind you are allowed to ask to receive your own copy of the report prior to sentencing, and review it for accuracy and completeness, and correct any mistakes.

Sentencing

When you are convicted of a crime, you will be sentenced. There are several different options for sentencing, which include community service and probation, to incarceration in jail or prison. Depending on the severity of the crime, you will either be taken into custody immediately, or given a date that you are required to to surrender and report to jail to serve out your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Want to find out if a family member of friend is incarcerated, or has gone to jail in the past?

You can you need to query the Will County jail website and do an inmate search lookup, and search by:

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

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

Warrant Inquiry

If you believe you have a warrant out for your arrest, you can check court records on the Will County court website or you can call the court directly. You have to have their first and last name. You can also go to the local jail and inquire at the information desk. Keep in mind that there is an outstanding warrant for your arrest, they will take you into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you have a first and last name, and the date of their arrest, contact the Will County jail, on the phone, go there in person, or check online. Arrest records are a matter of public record and the information is freely available.

Civil Inquiry

Civil processes are when you get served with papers, such as court orders. You can find these by going to the Sheriff’s office, on their website or by phone.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All registered sex offenders are registered on a sex offender database. The people on these databases have been convicted of a sex or kidnapping crime. You are able to view this information on the website, but bear in mind that you will not find the precise address, just the address block that they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are public records and available to anyone. Court Records include a case file that includes a docket sheet and all documents and filings filed in the case. You are able to access your court records online, or at the Will County Clerk of Court where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each and every state maintains a record of someone’s criminal background. These databases are connected and you can track criminal convictions from any other state. Go to the Will County Courthouse and check in person, or check the website. You must know which county the crime occured in, and if it was in a totally different state, you might have to pay a fee for a more intensive search.

A search of someone’s criminal history you can get a report detailing any arrests, charges, or convictions that may be on a person’s record for any of the following crimes:

  • DUI or DWI.
  • Drug offenses such as possession or trafficking.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sex offenses which could include rape, and sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes.
  • Theft, breaking and entering.

During a criminal records search, you generally will not learn if someone has had:

  • Speeding or wreckless driving.
  • Drivers license revoked or suspended.
  • Accidents.
  • Other moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To find this kind of information, you will have to do a search for their driving history.

    Have you ever searched for criminal records? Was it a difficult process? Did you search online or did you call the courthouse? Did you get information that was correct? There are many reasons that folks search for criminal records and backgrounds, and your feedback could help other people.

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    Most Wanted

    The FBI has their list of the Ten Most Wanted Fugitives. In Will County,the Will County Sheriff’s Department keeps their own list of most wanted criminals and fugitives.

    FBI Ten Most Wanted List: Link

    Will County Sheriff’s Department Ten Most Wanted List: Link


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    While the prospect of being incarcerated in Will County Jail is something you wish you could avoid, soon you will settle into the routine that is set for you in jail. Prisoners get an alarm for wake-up each morning at 6:00 AM, and then roll call. After roll call you will get breakfast. When you finish breakfast participate 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 Will County 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 Will County 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 rules for sending funds to someone in jail can change, so we suggest that you double check the official Will County Jail site before you send any money.

    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 Will County Jail

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Will County 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 Will County Jail

    Requirements:

    • You must be over the age of 21.
    • You must possess a High School Diploma or GED
    • You must be a US Citizen.
    • You must pass a Criminal, Credit and Driving History background check.
    • You must pass a drug test.
    • You must have a good level of fitness.
    • You must be in good health.
    • You must 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 an inmate at this jail? Do you have a family member or friend that is a prisoner there? Have you ever been to visit someone in this jail?

    If so, then we would like you to write a review about it. Tell us about your jail experience so that others will know what to expect.

    Things you could put in what you write:

    • Conditions at the jail.
    • Jail and pod layout and facility
    • Guards and staff
    • Jail food and commissary
    • Having Visitors
    • The other inmates – what are they like?
    • Inmate safety
    • Gang activity
    • Inmate programs and activities


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    Tell Your Story

    Everyone’s who has been put in jail has a story to tell. How’d you get locked up? Were you fairly treated? What happened to you while you were locked up? What about the other inmates? Did going to jail affect your life? How?

    Tell Your Story

    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Did you make friends in jail? Do you need to talk to somebody you met when you were locked up? Post a message to them below.

    Post a message to people still locked up at Will County Jail

    Links and Resources

    Main Will County Jail Link
    Will County Jail Inmate Search
    Will County Jail Mugshots
    Will County Jail Bail Link

    Will County Jail Visitation Policy Link
    Will County Jail Jail Mail Link
    Find an inmate at Will County Jail
    Will County Jail Warrant Inquiry
    Will County Jail Arrest Inquiry
    Send Money to an Inmate at Will County Jail
    Will County Jail Jobs


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