Vandalia Correctional Center – Illinois

Know somebody incarcerated at Vandalia Correctional Center?  Vandalia Correctional Center is a prison in the Illinois Deparment of Corrections.  This guide tells you about everything you might need to know about Vandalia Correctional Center,such as:  Find an inmate at Vandalia Correctional Center.  Visiting an inmate here.  The address and phone number.  Sending money and mail.  And lots more.

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General Prison Information

Official Name: Vandalia Correctional Center
Year Opened: 1921
Type: Male
State: Illinois
County: Fayette County
DOC: Illinois Deparment of Corrections
Security Level: Minimum

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Contact Information

Here you will find the street address and mailing address for Vandalia Correctional Center. Use the mailing address if you are sending a letter or package to a prisoner there, and be sure to use the physical address if you need to know the physical location of the prison.

Mailing Address

You should also read the Inmate Mail and Package Procedures information below if you are going to send something to a prisoner so that you properly address the item, and do the appropriate procedure for sending a letter or package. If you don’t follow the correct steps, the package or letter could get sent back.

Vandalia Correctional Center
P.O. Box 500 
Vandalia IL, 62471

Street Address / Prison Location


Vandalia Correctional Center
Route 51 North P.O. Box 500
Vandalia IL, 62471

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: (618) 283-4170
Fax Number: (618) 283-9147

Map and Directions

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Use the street address if you are visiting an inmate. You should read the Inmate Visitation Procedures and Inmate Visitation Schedule sections on this page before you visit someone in prison at Vandalia Correctional Center.

Vandalia Correctional Center
Route 51 North P.O. Box 500
Vandalia IL, 62471


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Phone Number

Inmates don’t have phones, so you won’t be able to call your inmate, however, there are cases when it may be helpful to have the telephone number to Vandalia Correctional Center.
(618) 283-4170

Prisoners can sometimes make phone calls using:

  • Calling Cards
  • Collect Calls
  • Dedicated Phone Line
  • Prison Calling Plan

Fax Number

Prisoners don’t have access to fax machines, so you won’t get to fax a letter to inmates, but there might be times when it may be useful to have the fax number to the facility.

(618) 283-9147

Email Address

This is the main email address for Vandalia Correctional Center. You won’t be able to contact prisoners using this address. If you want to send an email to a prisoner, read the Inmate Email section on this page.

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Inmate and Staff Statistics

Total Inmates: 1784
Total Staff:

Inmate Email

In order to send email to a prisoner at Vandalia Correctional Center you must use an exact process to make sure that the email is received by your inmate.

Inmate Internet Access

Prison inmates are not allowed to access the web.

Inmate Mail and Package Procedures

There are certain steps that you must follow when sending mail to a prisoner. If you don’t follow these rules then the letters and packages might not be received.

Before you send a package or letter, make sure to read the sections below:

Mail Monitoring

Correctional facility employees open and read all incoming general correspondence. Incoming general packages and mail is read as frequently as is necessary to keep security or monitor any problems having to do with a certain inmate.

How to Address a Letter to an Inmate

Shown here is the proper format for how you have to address a package or letter to an inmate at Vandalia Correctional Center:

Vandalia Correctional Center
P.O. Box 500 
Vandalia IL, 62471

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Inmate Money

Every state correctional institution has a Commissary that was created to provide a bank-like account for prisoner money and for buying items not issued by the correctional facility.

How to Send an Inmate Money

Friends, family, or other people can send money to inmate’s accounts with the U.S. Postal Service and Western Union.

Via U.S. Postal Service: An inmate’s family and friends are able to send inmates money through the mail and must send those funds to the following address and follow the rules listed below:

The money must be in the form of a money order that is made out to the inmate’s full committed name and complete eight-digit register number. You are advised to use a U.S. Postal Service money order, since all non-postal money orders processed through the National Lockbox will be kept for a 15-day holding period, and in this time the inmate will not get the deposit. The Bureau of Prisons will return to the sender any funds that don’t have valid inmate info provided the envelope it was sent it has a return address. Cash and personal checks won’t be accepted so do not send any checks or cash.

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Inmate Locator

Prisoners are often transported to various prisons throughout the Illinois prison system, so you may have to locate the current location of an inmate using the inmate locator. Click on the link here to look up a state prisoner.
Inmate Search

To find other Illinois state prisons: Illinois State Prisons

Illinois Deparment of Corrections Inmate Search

Inmate Visitation

Before you visit an inmate at Vandalia Correctional Center, make sure you know the following:

  • Visitation Schedule
  • Visitation Rules
  • Visitation Application

Inmate Visitation Schedule

Prison Visitation Procedures

Inmate Visitor Procedures

Every correctional facility in Illinois has its own policies for prison visits and they are changed regularly. The policies listed here might be different now, so make sure to also go to Vandalia Correctional Center’s website to read the latest visitation procedures.

Visitation Sign-In and Check-In

The visitation officer will make sure each visitor signs the prisoner visitors log when they enter the facility and also when they leave.

Identification Required

Photo id of all visitors is required. The best forms of id are Driver’s License and Social Security Card; however, a state issued photo I.D. is acceptable.

For everything listed below, check out the actual prison site because this info changes all the time:

  • Visitation Rules
  • Visitation Dress Code
  • Things You Can and Cannot Take to Visitation
  • Special Rules For Children, Special Visits, Pastoral or Attorney Visits

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Prison Records

Information about Vandalia Correctional Center prison records coming soon.

Such as:

  • Inmate records
  • Health records.

If you have any information on these topics to share, please post a comment using the form below.

Death Row

Information about Vandalia Correctional Center death row to be added later.

If you have any information on these topics to share, please post a comment using the form below.


Information about Illinois parole process coming soon.

For example:

  • Parole hearings.
  • Review boards.
  • Who qualifies for parole.

If you have any information on these topics to share, please post a comment using the form below.


Section about release procedures for Vandalia Correctional Center coming.

Inmate Programs

Vandalia Correctional Center Inmate Programs

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Prison Life

Section about prison life at Vandalia Correctional Center will be posted ASAP.

  • Activities.
  • Daily schedule and routine.
  • Recreational facilities available.
  • What’s allowed, and what’s not allowed.
  • What the food is like.
  • What to expect.
  • Jobs and work release available.

If you have any information on these topics to share, please post a comment using the form below.


A Vandalia Correctional Center news section will be posted ASAP.


A Vandalia Correctional Center photo section will be posted ASAP.

For example, photos of:

  • Cells at Vandalia Correctional Center
  • The yard.
  • What inmates wear at Vandalia Correctional Center.

If you have any photos of Vandalia Correctional Center that you would like to share, please contact us using the ‘Contact’ link at the bottom of the page.

Prison Jobs & Hiring

Looking for a prison job? Do you have experience? Have you worked at a correctional facility in the past?

If so, go to: Vandalia Correctional Center Jobs

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The official website: Vandalia Correctional Center Website

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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Family Resources

Information about resources for family members of inmates at Vandalia Correctional Center coming soon.


A Vandalia Correctional Center history section coming.

Such as:

  • Famous Vandalia Correctional Center inmates.
  • Escapes and prison breaks.
  • Executions.

If you have any information on these topics to share, please post a comment using the form below.


Information About Other Illinois State Prisons: Illinois State Prisons

Vandalia Correctional Center Links

The official website: Vandalia Correctional Center Website
Vandalia Correctional Center Jobs

Programs for Inmates at Vandalia Correctional Center
Inmate Visitation Policy

Illinois Deparment of Corrections Links

Illinois Deparment of Corrections Main Website
Illinois Deparment of Corrections Prison Directory
Illinois Deparment of Corrections Prison Map
Illinois Deparment of Corrections Prison Jobs
Illinois Deparment of Corrections Prison Inmate Search
Illinois Deparment of Corrections Most Wanted

Illinois Deparment of Corrections Victim Services
Illinois Deparment of Corrections Visitation Policies
Sending Money to a Illinois State Prison Inmate
JPay Services for Illinois State Prison Inmates
Sending Mail to Illinois State Prison Inmates
Sending Packages to Illinois State Prison Inmates
Illinois State Prison Inmate Phone Calls

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Tell Your Story – Write a Review of Vandalia Correctional Center

Have you ever spent any time in Vandalia Correctional Center? Do you know anybody that spent time there? Have you ever visited someone at Vandalia Correctional Center?

If your answer is yes, then please tell us about it. Tell us about what you experienced because other people can find out what to expect.

What to write in the review:

  • Facility conditions
  • Prison facility and layout
  • Prison staff and Guards
  • Commissary and food
  • Visitation
  • Inmates
  • Prisoner safety
  • Gangs
  • Programs and activities

If you are currently incarcerated here, post your address if you want to receive letters from people.

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