All About the Illinois Correctional Center

Connect With an Inmate All About the Illinois Correctional Center

How to Connect With an Inmate at Illinois River Correctional Center

Illinois River Correctional Center is a medium-security male correctional facility. The facility is located in Canton, Fulton County, Illinois, and is operated by the Illinois Department of Corrections( IDOC).

Opened in 1989, Illinois River Correctional Center has 29 buildings that sit on approximately 409,000 square feet of land. The living units consist of four X-type housing units, one receiving and an orientation unit, a 15-bed health care unit, and a segregation unit.

As of January 1st, 2021, its current population is at 1429, which is likely to increase. With the increasing number of inmates, tracking and monitoring your loved one can be challenging. DoNotPay can help you to easily connect with an inmate at Illinois River Correctional Center.

Illinois River Correctional Center Contact Information

To communicate with an inmate, you can reach them through the facility via mail, fax, in-person visits, or by phone. The table below shows the Illinois River Correctional Center's contact information.

Physical Address1300 W. Locust Street

Canton, IL 61520

Phone Number+1 (309) 647-7030
Fax(309) 647-0353
WebsiteIllinois River Correctional Center website

How Can I Contact an Inmate at Illinois River Correctional Center?

Keeping in touch with a locked-up person is encouraged as it helps maintain family and friendship ties. You must go through the facility to contact an inmate at Illinois River Correctional Center. Use one of the following ways to contact your loved one:

  1. Visit the Facility

All visitors, except government officials, legal representatives, and children aged between 12-17, must be on the inmate’s approved visitation list to be granted a visit. 

Before visiting, you must sign up seven days prior to allow the inmate time to check their visitation list. Also, confirm your eligibility by writing a letter to the individual. The walk-in hours are from Thursday through Sunday, between 8:30 AM to 10:30 AM and 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM.

Upon arrival at the prison facility, the officers will subject you to a mandatory search. Failure to submit will result in suspension, denial, or restriction of visitation privileges. Ensure to carry an identification document with your photo such as:

  • Passport
  • Driver's license
  • State identification card.

Visitors below 18 will be identified verbally without the need for an identification card.

  1. Video Calls 

If you are unable to visit your loved one, you have the option of setting up a video call through the facility. Video visitation hours are as follows:

  • Saturdays from 8:30 AM to 2:30 PM
  • Sundays from  4:00 PM to 5:30 PM

All video visitors should log on 15 minutes before the scheduled start time.

Do not call the facility to schedule a video visit, as all video visits are scheduled through the Global Tel Link (GTL) website. You should check before scheduling a video visit of dates and times available for the inmate.

Only the scheduled visitors appear on the video visit monitor, with one visitor at a time, excluding children. All visits are recorded and monitored. Depending on the device you are using, Android or Apple, you should sign up 30 days to seven days in advance.

  1. Send a Letter to the Inmate

All letters sent to Illinois River Correctional Centers are monitored and recorded. To send a letter, use the following format for the inmate to receive the letter directly.

Inmate Name & IDOC Number

P.O. Box 999

Canton, IL 61520

  1. Phone Calls

An inmate can make a call through collect calls, and the receiver has to pay the charges incurred. However, there is an option for the inmate to make a prepaid call which requires them to have money in their prepaid telephone account for the prepaid calls. The official facility number is +1 (309) 647-7030.

How to Send Money to an Illinois River Correctional Center Inmate

An inmate at Illinois River Correctional Center is allowed to receive money. Before sending your loved one money, you should know their details, like their identification number and full name.

You can use various methods to send money to an inmate at the Illinois River Correctional Center. They are:

  1. Deposit by Walk-In

Deposit money by visiting any MoneyGram location, including Walmart and CVS stores. The deposit will be charged depending on the amount you are sending. Use the received code 7364 when depositing using a debit card or cash.

Another option is using Western Union to deposit the cash. Use the Quick collect form. The maximum amount that you can send through Western Union is $5000.

  1. Deposit the Funds Online

You can directly deposit money to an inmate's account through JPAY, Global Tel Link, or Western Union Online. Depending on the amount sent through a debit or credit card, you will incur some charges. However, the deposit limit is $5000.

  1. Deposit via Mail

Sending funds through a money order system through the mail is the cheapest means but the longest way for an inmate to receive the funds. While sending money through the mail, include the inmate's name and prison ID number.

Difficulties You May Encounter While Contacting Loved One in Illinois River Correctional Center

Communicating with your loved one in prison can be a daunting task. The inmate can be in Illinois while you are in another state, thereby reducing the number of visits per month. In addition, if you are outside of Illinois, video calls or phone call rates can be expensive, limiting the time you can communicate with your loved one.

How to Get in Touch With Your Locked-Up Loved Ones With the Help of DoNotPay

Contacting an inmate through a third party can be frustrating and hectic, with no assurance of reaching them. In addition, the rules governing prison facilities make the process even longer. DoNotPay provides you with a straightforward way of connecting with an inmate in a few simple steps.

  1. Locate the Connect With an Inmate service on DoNotPay.


  2. Choose whether you want to locate a loved one, create a virtual mailbox, or send a personalized letter.


  3. If you want us to find your loved one, provide their personal details and the state they are located in. We'll then conduct a search on the appropriate state database.


  4. If you want to create a virtual mailbox, just provide your full name! We'll set one up for you so you can easily receive incoming mail from your loved one.


  5. If sending a personalized letter, tell us which facility your loved one is located in and what you would like to say to them. You can even include a photo! Your letter will be delivered automatically - just wait 10 days for it to arrive for your loved one!


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