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« on: March 04, 2006, 08:10:30 PM »

These are photos of Pontiac Correctional Center (nicknamed "Thunderdome"):

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« Reply #1 on: March 06, 2006, 08:41:43 AM »

Pontiac Correctional Center 

Randy Pfister, Acting Warden 

Facility Data

Pontiac Correctional Center
 Opened: June 1871
 *Operational Capacity: 2,152
 Maximum Security Adult Male
 *Population Pontiac Correctional Center: 1,256
 *Population Pontiac Medium Security Unit: 474
 *Total Current Population: 1,730
 Average Age: 37
 FY2010 Average Annual Cost Per Inmate: $31,712.00
*As of 5/31/2012. Reflects bed space capacity analysis as outlined in the July 1, 2012 Quarterly Report to the Legislature.
Pontiac Correctional Center is the parent institution for Pontiac Medium Security Unit

Visiting Hours


IDOC Visitation Rules and Information
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.
The visiting days for offenders in Segregation and Protective Custody/Segregation Release alternate monthly between even days and odd days. Therefore, individuals planning to visit the facility should call the facility prior to traveling to the Pontiac to ensure that the date on which they intend to visit is an authorized visiting day for the offender. Monthly visiting schedules are also available at the gatehouse.

Administrative Detention Re-entry Management Program (ADRMP) offender visitors may visit on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturdays from 8:00am to 2:00pm, with a two (2) hour duration per visit.  Visits for these offenders must first be reviewed and approved by the facility’s Intelligence Unit with the request being received at the facility five (5) days prior to the requested visit date.

Attorney request for a private interview room must be submitted and approved in advance by the Record Office.
8:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. daily. Call ahead to ensure authorized visiting day. Visitors must arrive by 1:30 p.m. to be processed.

Facility Address

Physical Address:
 700 West Lincoln Street
 Pontiac, IL 61764
Business Mail:
P.O. Box 99
 Pontiac, IL 61764

Inmate Mail:
Inmate Name & IDOC#
 P.O. Box 99
 Pontiac, IL 61764

Phone: (815) 842-2816
 Fax: (815) 842-3420

Facility Information

The mission of the Pontiac Correctional Center is to protect the general public through incarceration, supervision, programs and services designated to return offenders to the community with the skills to be useful and productive citizens.
The facility consists of a total of 63 buildings, which comprise of more than 744,000 square feet. The facility sits on a 37-acre site, with 32 acres being enclosed by fencing. Pontiac Correctional Center houses the following offenders: segregation, protective custody, mental health, administrative detention reintegration management and medium security.
Inmate Programs
•ABE (Adult Basic Education)
•GED (General Education Development)

•Reentry Summit
•Lifestyle Redirection
•Substance Abuse
•Leisure Time Activity
•Narcotics Anonymous
•Anger Management (Segregation Offenders)
•Trained Reformed and Capable (TRAC I)
•Library Services
•Parole School
•Inside Out Dads
•Mental Health Development
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« Reply #2 on: April 25, 2014, 07:01:32 PM »

I read that Pontiac is an all seg prison, and all visits will be behind glass, if that is so how will you be able to purchase food/drinks from vending machines if we're on opposite sides of glass? Also is there away to find out the visiting schedule before May, whether seg visits are on even or odd days?

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« Reply #3 on: April 26, 2014, 03:51:24 AM »

Yes, the visits are behind glass and the answer to your question is that you cannot purchase food/drinks. There are water fountains for getting a drink of water, but that's it. The visiting days in May are odd days for PC inmates and even days for Seg.

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« Reply #4 on: April 26, 2014, 01:30:08 PM »

Pontiac is not all SEG..My husband (well at end of May he'll be YAY!!) is in PC! I will add it's always hot in there..I wore a hooded sweatshirt and was taking it off in about 10 minutes!! Have a happy weekend and visits... wc30

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« Reply #5 on: May 01, 2014, 05:38:37 PM »

Ok...thanks you guys! My l/o was just transferred to pontiac  last week
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« Reply #6 on: September 18, 2015, 11:29:43 AM »

 Hello I'm looking for what it is like for PC inmates....information such as how many days outside a week,, how long is the list for GED classes, is the food good there, how many calls a week ect. I understand the visiting part however I'm fi ding it difficult for specifics.

My l/o wants to transfer there because beside visits behind glass the MPC unit is a good place and he wants classes but a very very long wait where he is at.....anything that pertaining to the P/C unit would help.

Thank you in advance!
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