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ILLINOIS RIVER Correctional Center
« on: March 06, 2006, 09:37:30 AM »

Illinois River Correctional Center 

Walter Nicholson, Warden 

Facility Data

Illinois River Correctional Center
 Opened: October 1989
 *Operational Capacity: 2,096
 Medium Security Adult Male
 *Current Population: 2,027
 Average Age: 36
 FY2010 Average Annual Cost Per Inmate: $15,885.00
*As of 5/31/2012. Reflects bed space capacity analysis as outlined in the July 1, 2012 Quarterly Report to the Legislature.
Visiting Hours


IDOC Visitation Rules and Information—please review before visiting

Visitors to any correctional facility will be required to produce photo identification and verification of date of birth. Please be sure to bring 2 forms of identification with you; these would include a current photo ID such as a driver’s license, a state ID card, government ID card, military ID/driver’s license, or acceptable documentation of non-U.S. citizenship including a current Passport, or Visa, documentation must contain the visitor’s date of birth. Expired forms of identification will not be accepted. Visitors will also be required to provide vehicle information and other pertinent data, such as government identification, official credentials, attorney registration, and or law student certification.
General population
 8:30 a.m. to 5:30p.m. seven (7) days a week.  Offenders are permitted six (6) visits per month, with no more than two (2) on weekends or holidays.  All visitors must arrive by 2:30p.m.
Segregation and diagnostic program inmates
 10:00am to 2:00pm, Monday through Friday
 Visitors must arrive by 12:00pm

Facility Address

Physical Address:
 1300 W. Locust Street
 Canton, IL 61520
Business Mail:
P.O. Box 999
 Canton, IL 61520
Inmate Mail:
Inmate Name & IDOC#
 P.O. Box 999
 Canton, IL 61520
Phone: (309) 647-7030
 Fax: (309) 647-0353

Facility Information

The primary mission of Illinois River Correctional Center is to protect the public from criminal offenders through a system of incarceration, supervision, programs and services designed to return appropriate offenders to the community with skills and attitudes that will help them become useful and productive citizens.
Illinois River Correctional Center is a medium security adult male correctional facility consisting of a total of 29 buildings, which comprise more than 409,000 square feet. The living units consist of four X-type housing units, one receiving and orientation unit, one segregation unit and a 15-bed health care unit. In addition, the center has a special management unit, which provides special security for inmates housed there. The facility sits on a 100-acre site, with 40 acres enclosed by fencing. The facility also houses general population inmates.
Inmate Programs
•ABE (Adult Basic Education)
•GED (General Education Development)

•Construction Technology
•Automotive Technology
•Career Technology
•Culinary Arts
•Electronics Technology


•Life Skills
•Substance Abuse
•Anger Management
•Leisure Time Activity
•Volunteer Services
•Sex Offender Program
•Community Work Crews


Offline Jodiewodie32

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Re: ILLINOIS RIVER Correctional Center
« Reply #1 on: March 02, 2017, 04:07:07 PM »
Hi..I'm hoping someone can help me out. My guy has just found out he's being transferred to Illinois river, but I can't seem to find out much info..I've heard they don't have mp3 players, but are they getting them anytime soon? He would like to know what tv channels are available and what are the vocational/job possibilities like? and what is the general environment of the prison like.
Thank you.. first transfer and I'm clueless!

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Re: ILLINOIS RIVER Correctional Center
« Reply #2 on: September 13, 2018, 01:55:26 PM »
They have had the MP3 Players onsite for a long time.  They were supposed to be distributed August/September however the Warden put it on hold.  There are also new phones supposed to be put in,but no progress for months.  There are supposed to be 2 day rooms per 24 hours but they are only getting 1, due to the 'new phones'  How convenient!  This is not the worst place but they are exceptionally good at giving the inmates the very bare minimum of what they should be getting in medium security.

They do have video visits and emails at the kiosks on the unit through GTL. 
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