Sangamon County Jail – Springfield, IL

Sangamon County Jail is located in Sangamon County, IL and is the jail for the region. Do you know someone in Sangamon County Jail? This guide will tell you all about everything you might want to know about Sangamon County Jail,such as: How to do a jail inmate search. Find mugshots and inmate photos. The jail’s address and phone number. Bail and bail bondsmen. Booking and intake procedures. Sangamon County court information. And much much more…

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The prospect of going to jail is a scary thought, not only for the person who is incarcerated, but also their family and friends. The purpose of this guide is to give information and advice that you’ll need to make getting locked up less stressfull. If you have a question, just ask them, and any comments or feedback that could help other people in the same situation will be welcome.

General Information

Address

Sangamon County Jail
#1 Sheriff’S Plaza
Springfield, IL 62701

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: 217-753-6886
Fax Number:

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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you know someone that has gone to jail and don’t know how to locate them?

Do you know a family member or friend who’s been arrested and you don’t know how to find out where they are?

In order to see who’s in jail at Sangamon County Jail you have to go to their website and perform an inmate lookup.

Inmate Search

The Sangamon County Jail Inmate Locator has information on people who were arrested and are now in jail, which includes status, bail amount (if applicable), and schedule for visitation. Also, you can get information about anyone arrested and booked or released in the past 24 hours. Jail inmates are shown in alphabetical order by their last name. You can locate their arrest information faster if you enter the arrestee’s full name, birth date, or arrest number.

If your friend or loved one could possibly be incarcerated at a different jail you will want to look here, too: Other Jails in Illinois


Mugshots

A mugshot, or jail processing photo, is the photograph that the jail takes when you get booked into jail. They take one and a side picture. Your full name and jail ID number will be in the pictures, and they’re on file.

View Mugshots

Mugshotes of Sangamon County Jail prisoners can be viewed on the website, or you can go in person to the Sangamon County Jail. When viewing mugshots online you need to put in the prisoner’s full name, and the arrest date.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Want to get your mugshot taken down from the Sangamon County Jail website? This will be difficult, as the mugshot is a matter of public record. To get your mugshot removed you will need to file a ‘Petition to Expunge’. Basically, this means that your arrest record would 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 more information about getting your mugshot taken down, the different websites with mugshots, and the websites that offer to remove your mugshot for you: How To Get Your Mugshot Removed


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Naturally, if you are incarcerated, your primary thought is about how to get out. After you’ve been booked, your bail amount is set using the bail schedule or the magistrate will decide it. In cases where no bail is set this might mean that you will either be released, or you must remain in jail until your trial.

If you are are released you must agree to show up for court, and in the meantime you can’t travel out of the county.

In most cases, a prisoner at Sangamon County Jail can earn time off in exchange for good behavior when they follow the rules and area a good inmate while in jail.

If you follow the rules, you might be given work release detail. You will either have to return to the jail each day when you’re finished with work, or you could have the chance to move to a halfway house instead of living at the jail.

Bail

Bail is money that you have to pay to the court system to get out of jail until your trial. The amount you will be required to pay depends on what crime you are charged with and how serious it is. Someone you know will need to pay 10% of the amount that was determined in order to be released from jail. If you miss your scheduled court date, that person will not get their money back.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

You must call the jail. If you’ve got the person’s information, including name, address and date of birth, they’ll let you know the bail amount. Also, you can find out how much their bail is online.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to bail a friend or family member out of jail is no fun, but fortunately, its easy if you have the money. First of all, find out if it is a Cash Only Bond. If it is, you will not be able to use a bail bondsman. Take cash only to the jail – the jail will not take checks. When you’ve paid bail, the person will get released. If they don’t violate the terms of their bail, the bail money you posted will be returned to you.

Bail Bondsman

If the bail amount is too high, or you just can’t afford to pay it, you should look into the services of a bail bondsman. Bail bondsmen generally charge you a fee of 10 to 15 percent of total bail, and in most cases charge a minimum fee of $100. This money is non-refundable and is typically cash only. If the bail is extremely high, the bondsman may request to use your personal assets as collateral in addition to the fee they charge.

To contact a bail bondsman visit our page about: Find a bail bondsman

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

  • Get Time Off For Good Behavior
  • Work Release
  • Released For Time Served
  • Get Out on a Pre-Trial Release Program
  • Released On House Arrest
  • Own Recognizance


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The jail intake procedure takes you through the following steps:

  • They’ll put you in a holding cell. If the jail is really busy, it will take a while to get processed.
  • Firstly, you must answer a bunch of questions, like what is your legal name, your address, birth date and an emergency contact person.
  • Also, you will also be asked about your mental and medical history.
  • You’ll be given an inmate ID number.
  • Your fingerprints will be taken.
  • You will have a front and profile photo taken for your mugshot.
  • All personal property will get taken away from you and stored until you get released from jail.
  • They will allow you to make a telephone call so you can talk to family, friends, or bail bondsman.
  • If you are expected to be released shortly, you might be allowed to keep wearing your own clothes, otherwise you will be issued a jail jumpsuit.

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Discharge Procedures

When you finally post bail, you will get discharged from jail. Getting discharged from jail takes from 10 minutes to hours or even all day long. In simple terms, the faster you can post bail, the sooner you can get out of jail. Also, how fast you get released depends on whether or not you’ve been given a cash bond or if a magistrate must determine the bail amount. For a minor charge, you will be booked and then released on your recognizance without having to pay bail. When you have completed your jail sentence and are given a date of your release, you should plan to be discharged that morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

In the event there is a, or if you must begin your jail sentence, it is recommended that you do the right thing and go down to the jail and turn yourself in. For a warrant, go to the jail processing area, and let them know that believe that there could be a warrant for your arrest. A record check will be run, and if so, they will take you into custody. If you have a jail sentence to serve, go down to the jail on the date and time that the sentence order lists. Be very careful that you are not late to report. Only bring allowed items when you go to jail, for example your drivers license or even your ID, any prescription medication you might take, and a official sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

In order to have visitors, inmates have to list each visitor’s name and date of birth to the jail in advance of any visit. This information will be put into the visitation log as an authorized visitor. Every visitor will have to provide proof of identification. Any visitors showing up late or that does not have a visting order will be turned away.
Visitation procedures frequently change, so it would be wise to review the official site before you go to visitation.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

The only phone calls that inmates are allowed to make are with a pre-paid phone card or account, or are collect calls . Jail phone calls are generally pricier than phone calls made outside of jail. Inmates are able to make phone calls, with restrictions on how often you can use the phone, but you should keep in mind that a long line can form at the phones, because everyone wants to use the phone, too. If you are under any sort of disciplinary procedure, an inmate’s ability to use the phone might get cut back or forbidden.

Phone Number: 217-753-6886

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mall sent to inmates must be mailed using the actual US Postal Service. You shouldn’t use any other form of delivery. You should print the prisoner’s name, inmate ID, and the jail address on the letter. Do not send anything in a box or package, envelope with padding, plastic bag, or an envelope with metal in it. All mail will be opened and inspected and read by the jail administration, and the mail will be returned to the sender if deemed inappropriate.

Mailing Address

Use this address when sending a letter to someone incarcerated at Sangamon County Jail:

Sangamon County Jail
#1 Sheriff’S Plaza
Springfield, IL 62701

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Sangamon County Jail
#1 Sheriff’S Plaza
Springfield, IL 62701


The Sangamon County Jail mail policy changes, so be sure to review the the Sangamon County Jail website before you send a letter to an inmate.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

If you have been arrested, you still have certain rights, the first of which is that you have the right to request an attorney. You only get so many phone calls when you get arrested, so it is important to ask a friend or family member to locate a lawyer when you call them. You may be asking yourself ‘I don’t need a lawyer – I can just represent myself’ You are not required to have an attorney for some criminal charges, a criminal defense lawyer will advise you about your rights, help protect your interests and help you navigate through the complicated court system in Sangamon County. The quicker you get an attorney working on your charges, the better.

For more information about the benefits of hiring a lawyer, go to: How to Find an Attorney in Sangamon County

Public Defender

If you need an attorney, but can’t afford a lawyer, you will get a public defender. Also, the Public Defender has access to independent investigators, experts in forensics and case workers. You should be reassured that Public Defenders are full-fledged attorneys who are admitted to the State Bar and are licensed to practice law and represent you in court.

Have you ever had to use a court appointed attorney or Public Defender? How did they do?

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. Court records contain a file containing a docket sheet and all documents and motions filed in the case. You can access court records with the internet service, or by going to the Clerk of Court.

Clerk of Court

The Clerk of Court is an officer and clerk of the court that maintains court records and controls access to them. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath for any court participant who must be under oath, and read the jury’s verdict. All records and documents associated with your court case are kept and available to you at Sangamon County Clerk of Court office.

Fees

Court fees and costs are the costs associated with your case, such as for example filing fees, motion and claim fees, and court charges. If you are low income and have court appointed legal counsel or a Public Defender, you may get out of having to pay them.

Magistrate

The Sangamon County magistrate is the type of judge that presides over your court case. Magistrates are judges that do a number of different things, such as setting bail, issuing warrants, and acting as the presiding judge over preliminary and procedural court proceedings and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

Your pre-sentencing report is completed to include information about the arrestee’s background and as much detail about the defendant’s life history, which the magistrate will take into consideration when determining the sentence. Information and personal details will be requested from the person on trial, his or her family, and in some circumstances the victim. Remember you can request to get a copy of the pre-sentencing report prior to sentencing, so you get the chance to review it and correct any mistakes.

Sentencing

After you are convicted of a crime, you will be sentenced. There are several different options for sentencing, including community service to probation, to even prison or jail time. Depending on the severity of the crime, you could be locked up immediately, or you might be given a date that you are supposed to to surrender and report to jail to serve your jail term according to your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Are you trying to find out if some you know is locked up, or has ever been in jail?

This is pretty simple to do, just you need to access the jail website and do an inmate search, and search by:

  • Their name.
  • Birthdate.
  • Their approximate booking date.
  • or jail ID.

If you’re not sure if this person is in jail or not, you should call the jail to find out.

Warrant Inquiry

If you have a warrant out for your arrest, you can check the arrest warrants on the Sangamon County jail website or you are able to call the jail directly. This requires a first and last name. You can also go to the local jail and ask one of the officers. Bear in mind that if there is an arrest warrant out for you, they will take you into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know the person’s name, as well as their arrest date, contact the jail, either by phone, go there in person, or check online. Arrest records are a matter of public record and this is accessible by the public.

Civil Inquiry

Civil processes are when someone has been served with papers, like , subpoenas, and arrest warrants. You can find these civil process orders by contacting the Sheriff’s office, online or by phone.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All convicted sex offenders are required to be registered and listed on both a national and state sex offender database. The people listed on these databases have been convicted in a court of law of a sex offense. You are able to see this information online, but you should know that you will not be able to find the exact address, but only the address block that they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are public, and are accessible by anyone. Court Records include a court case file that contains a docket sheet and all of the documents and filings filed in the case. You are able to access court records on the website, or at the Sangamon County Clerk of Court where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Every state maintains a record of someone’s criminal past. These databases are all linked and you can track criminal backgrounds from another state. You can go to the Sangamon County Courthouse and inquire, or check online. It helps to know which county the crime occurred in, and if the crime was in a completely different state, you may have to pay for a more intensive search.

A search of someone’s criminal history you will find out if someone has been arrested, charged, or convicted for any crimes they may have committed, which could include:

  • DUI.
  • Drug crimes like possession or trafficking.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sex offenses which could include rape, and sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes including assault, battery and murder.
  • Theft.

During a criminal records search, you won’t learn if they has had any infractions like moving violations:

  • Tickets for speeding.
  • Lost their drivers license or license revoked or suspended.
  • Any accidents.
  • Moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To get this information, you will have to do a driving history search.

    Have you ever needed to find criminal records? Was it a difficult process? Did you search online or did you have to call the Sangamon County courthouse? Did you get information that was correct? There are plenty of reasons that folks look up criminal records, and your story might help other people that are in the same situation.

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    Most Wanted

    For Federal crimes, the FBI has a listing of the Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Sangamon County,The Sheriff’s Department has their own list of the most wanted criminals, that you can access online.

    FBI Ten Most Wanted List: External Link

    Sangamon County Top Ten Most Wanted List


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    While the prospect of being incarcerated in Sangamon County Jail is very scary, you will soon get used to the routine that is set for you. Expect an alarm to wake up each morning at 6:00am, and next you’ll have roll call. You will then have breakfast. After breakfast, you will work in the work program that you’ve been assigned to. 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 Sangamon 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 Sangamon 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 process for sending money to someone in jail could change, so visit the official website before send money to someone in jail 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 Sangamon County Jail

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Sangamon 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 Sangamon 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:

    • Victims have the right to protection from the accused.
    • Victims have the right to notification.
    • Victims have the right to attend proceedings.
    • Victims have the right to speak at criminal justice proceedings.
    • Victims have the right to consult with the prosecuting attorney.
    • Victims have the right to restitution.
    • Victims have the right to a speedy trial.
    • Victims 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 spent any time in Sangamon County Jail? Do you have a family member or friend that spent time there? Have you ever been to visit someone in this jail?

    If yes, then you should tell us about it. Write down your experience because others can find out what to expect.

    Things you could put in what you write:

    • Jail conditions.
    • Jail and pod layout and facility
    • Guards and staff
    • Food and commissary
    • Having Visitors
    • Other Inmates.
    • Prisoner safety
    • Gang activity
    • Inmate activities and programs


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    Tell Your Story

    Anyone who’s ever been arrested and sent to jail has some stories about their time ‘inside’. How’d you get locked up? Did you get fair treatment? What was your daily routine in jail? Tell us about the other inmates. How did going to jail affect your life?

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    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Did you make friends in jail? Want to throw a shout out to a person you met in jail? Leave a message for them here.

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    Links and Resources

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

    Sangamon County Jail Visitation Procedures
    Sangamon County Jail Jail Mail Policy Link
    Find an inmate at Sangamon County Jail
    Sangamon County Warrant Inquiry
    Sangamon County Jail Arrest Inquiry
    Send Funds to an Inmate at Sangamon County Jail
    Sangamon County Jail Jobs


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