What rules and regulations does the Madison County Jail have to follow?
The Madison County Jail is operated under the guidelines of the State of Illinois Department of Corrections, located at 1301 Concordia Court, Springfield, IL. 62702. Specifically, the Madison County Jail adheres to the Illinois County Jail Standards. Please note that county jails are different than Illinois Department of Correction (IDOC) run facilities. Available resources, rules, guidelines, and services are different.
Detainees are provided with a detainee handbook which provides the rules and guidelines they must adhere to while incarcerated within the Madison County Jail.
Detainees are still bound by the laws and subject to criminal prosecution if they commit a crime inside of the jail during their incarceration.
How does a detainee know what the rules of the jail are?
All detainees that have been housed in the Madison County Jail have access to video kiosks and jail issued tablets that contain the jail rules and regulations.
Those rules are contained within the detainee handbook. The detainee handbook provides comprehensive information the detainee needs to know to remain complaint with jail rules and operations.
Are there any materials that detainee's are not allowed to have?
Yes. There are many items that a detainee cannot possess in a secured correctional institution. The list is includes but is not limited to,
- Pornographic, sexually suggestive, or explicit materials of any kind are not allowed in the jail.
- Weapons, or anything that could be used as a weapon.
- Tobacco products.
Can I call the jail to have a message given to a detainee?
No. Messages from outside of the jail will not be relayed to a detainee by jail staff unless they are of an emergency nature and can be confirmed.
Can I find out a detainee's charge and bond by calling?
Yes. An automated phone system has been installed to give you that information and more. The number to call is (618) 692-1064.
Can a detainee have a contact visit?
No. Contact visitation is not allowed in this facility with the exception of the lawyer representing the inmate or individuals assigned by the courts.
Lawyers and individuals assigned by the courts wishing to meet with a detainee(s) must adhere to the rules and guidelines of the institution. Appointments must be made and those entering the jail will be searched prior to entry. A failure to comply with the rules and guidelines (which includes the search) will result in a denial of the visitation.
Does a detainee get to make phone calls?
Yes, telephones are provided in the holding areas of the jail where detainees are temporarily housed upon their arrival in the facility. Effective January 1, 2022, those phones will allow a detainee to make three (3) free phone calls within their first three (3) hours of incarceration.
Once a detainee is processed and housed in a cell block he/she will have access to video kiosks which will allow for video visitation.
There are telephones in the cell blocks and jail issued tablets which allow for telephone visitation between 9AM and 9PM seven days a week.
Are there any educational opportunities available for a detainee in the Madison County Jail?
Yes, a GED program is provided within this facility. To be considered for the program a request must be submitted to jail staff. Once a request has been submitted the detainee will be placed on a waiting list. Detainees wishing to partake in the program must provide their last grade completed and the last school they attended (and the city it was located.) This allows the program coordinator to better assess each student to foster the best chance for the detainee to achieve success in the program.
Our GED program is offered through Lewis and Clark Community College (LCCC) and is designed to prepare the detainee for the GED examination.
In addition, Kahn Academy is also available free of charge on the tablets available to our detainees daily.
Are church services available for detainees?
Non-denominational church services are provided within this facility on Saturday and Sunday. Request to attend must be in writing. Other clergy may visit in the public visiting room time permitting.
Can a detainee purchase personal items in the jail?
Yes, items for personal use must be purchased through the jail commissary system. The Madison County Jail utilizes Keefe for their commissary needs.
There are limitations to what can be purchased and those purchases are limited to a pre-authorized list provided to our detainees. The items available include food items, clothing, and personal hygiene items.
Is a commissary available to detainees and how much can they spend?
Yes, commissary is available. Commissary purchases are allowed one (1) time per week with a spending limit of $75.00 per week.
Commissary is a privilege (not a right) and that privilege may be suspended for disciplinary reasons.
How much money can a detainee have on his/her account while in jail?
Total amount of money on detainee books at any given time cannot exceed $1,500.00. Money may be added to the detainee account by visiting www.accesscorrections.com.
Can one detainee give money to another detainee while in jail?
No. Money will not be transferred from one detainees account to another detainee's account.