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« on: March 06, 2006, 09:52:29 AM »

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« Reply #1 on: March 06, 2006, 09:55:48 AM »


Robinson Correctional Center 


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Robinson Correctional Center
 Opened: January 1991
 *Operational Capacity: 1,225
 Minimum Security Adult Male
 *Current Population: 1,189
 Average Age: 33
 FY2010 Average Annual Cost Per Inmate: $19,193.00
 
*As of 5/31/2012. Reflects bed space capacity analysis as outlined in the July 1, 2012 Quarterly Report to the Legislature.
 
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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.
 
General Population
 8:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. seven (7) days a week. Offenders are permitted seven (7) visits per month, with no more than three (3) on weekends or holidays.
 
Segregation
 9:00 am to 3:00 pm (daily)
 Segregation Visits limited to two visits per month for only one hour.

Facility Address

Business Mail:
13423 East 1150th Avenue
 Robinson, IL 62454
 
Inmate Mail:
Inmate Name & IDOC#
 13423 East 1150th Avenue
 Robinson, IL 62454
 
Phone: (618) 546-5659
 Fax: (618) 544-2166

Facility Information

Robinson Correctional Center is a minimum security adult male facility, located in southeastern Illinois, just one mile northeast of the City of Robinson in Crawford County. The facility is approximately 6.5 miles from the Indiana border and 230 miles due south of Chicago.
 
The facility is comprised of 23 buildings, which provide more than 200,000 square feet of serviceable space. This includes six housing units, each containing 10 dormitory rooms, an administration building, control center, mailroom, armory and main gate. Also included are an academic/vocation building, a multi-purpose building with a gym and non-denominational chapel, a medical unit, segregation unit, food service building and a building housing identification, personal property, commissary and laundry. Outside the perimeter fence sits a maintenance building, warehouse and a training facility. The entire complex occupies approximately 100 acres.
 
Inmate Programs
 
Academic:
•ABE (Adult Basic Education)
•GED (General Education Development)

Vocational:
•Food Services
•Horticulture
•Commercial Custodial
•Career Technologies
•Two-Year College Degree Program

Volunteer Services:
•Literacy Volunteers

Other:
•Life Skills
•Substance Abuse
•Anger Management
•Incarcerated Veterans Transition Program
•Leisure Time Activity
•Chaplaincy
•Library Services
•Community Work Crews
•Transitions
•Alcoholics Anonymous
•Narcotics Anonymous
•Job Preparation
•Parole School
•Lifestyle Redirection
•Parenting
•Domestic Violence
•Orientation for New Offenders
•Reentry Summit


http://www2.illinois.gov/idoc/facilities/Pages/robinsoncorrectionalcenter.aspx
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« Reply #2 on: March 07, 2006, 08:35:42 PM »

I have made several trips to visit C at Robinson.  fourth prison for him in 3  years!  Robinson said to just ask for extended visits when I got there. I had to choose which day I wanted to get for an extended visit.  I got 6 hours that day,  4 the other days.   No need to write a letter,  call first,  etc. 
You cannot use the rest room in the visit room.  you need to go back to the gatehouse and get patted down all over again.  I swear I was dehydrated when I got home after restricting fluids so much all week!
There were games there you could use,  like dominoes, and chess.  Half the visit room is for smokers,  half for non smokers.  It's pretty relaxed there.  I was just there and the costs of food in the vending machines was outrageous!  There is no juice,  just coffee and pop.  A plastic bottle 20 oz size of pop said $1.50 on the machine but took $2 out of my debit card twice! I complained and supposedly he'll get $1 credited to his account.  All sandwiches were $3.50 even two little white castle burgers.  I think it was two of them. 
I can't report on kissing policies!  C is my son.  I joked with the CO's about it being parent's day,  as when I signed in I saw it was a whole lot of moms with occassionally a dad there also. 
it's kind of weird that they have behind glass visits at Robinson,  right in the same room. 
Twice when I went there I had my vehicle searched.  They were lucky last time I had a rental car.  The time before I had just dropped a truck load of books off in Urbana!  Hey,  it is there problem, not mine,  how much stuff I have in the truck.  I had already taken my money out for the debit machine and my ID's and had them on the seat next to me.  Once the CO was laughing and saying "hey you're already trying to bribe us huh?". I just get out,  try to figure out how to pop the hood on a rental car when asked to, etc.    It doesn't take long at all.  The reason I had the money out and my ID"s is because they do not have lockers there for your use.  Only the poeple who take a van there can use the lockers.  You must lock your purse in the car and then you can take your car keys in.
Oh, and the CO said that the guys can get the information on van services on their units. 
I stayed at the Best Western and liked it.  The continental breakfast is ok.  Once I went and every room was full and I had to stay at a crappy little hotel down the road with stained carpets, etc.  You take the main road through town,  was it highway 31?  and go east maybe 7 miles past the town.  at a stop sign there is a sign for Robinson that tells you to turn left.  You turn right to get to Lawrence. 
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« Reply #3 on: March 12, 2006, 01:19:45 AM »

Made my first trip to Robinson last week.  Took 74 to Danville and then Rt.1 right straight down. Rt. 1 goes right to the prison.  Since it was my first time, they were very nice, explained things to me and showed me how to do things, like put money on card for vending machines.  My car was not searched, but I was patted down.  Guard in the visiting room was nice, explained to us that Jay had to sit in the chair with the x on it, also helped me out with the vending machines.  I did not have to remove any of my jewelry, 5 rings, two bracelets, 4 necklaces.  I did need to use the rest room once and had to be escorted back out and patted down again when I retured.  I did notice that when the second shift came on, they were not as nice as the first shifters.  I was allowed to sit next to him before they came on, but once the shift changed we were told that I had to sit across from him.  I really didn't notice the prices in the vending machine, was just to busy getting him something and wanting to get back to the table to sit with him.  I did notice that there was games and cards on a table to use.  I also saw the glass booths in the visiting room.  I was allowed to take in 1 unopened pack of cigerettes, 2 pks of matches, my keys, coat, and a hankie.  I'll make sure I make more mental notes next week when I go back and let everyone know.
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« Reply #4 on: April 08, 2006, 12:07:44 PM »


It is tops as far as I'm concerned. Even folks within the DOC call Robinson it's best kept little secret. It's about 180 miles straight south down Route 1. The I  57-interstate goes there. It's seven miles from the Indiana border. Robinson is a series of one-story dorm buildings in a circle with a common courtyard. If not for the razor wirt around the perimeter it looks like an office park.  Next door to the prison is a community college which totally funds college courses for Robinson inmates. Vocational certificates are available for I/M's taking various courses. The college comes to the prison. There are even cap and gown graduation ceremonies.   Inmates are assigned to  dormatories, I think it's ten to a room. Only non-violent offenders are sent to Robinson and there is NO trouble at Robinson. It's like a summer camp.   I/M's move around freely in selected areas going to work, visiting, school, counseling, etc.  Visiting is eight visits per month for four hours each visit. The visiting room is comfortable with great vending machines, fresh salads, fruit bowls, pizza, White Castles, just about anything you could want. They are one of the few prisons that takes pictures for $3. You buy a coupon on your vending card in the food machine and an I/M will take your picure with your I/M.  Mail is delivered promptly - not a bit of trouble there. The food is excellent - they even have a salad bar at the chow hall.  An inmate can eat all he wants.  All I/M's must work their first 30-days in the kitchen. Then they can enroll in school or some other programs or take a job. Robinson has  an outside running track, handball courts, baseball diamonds, weight equipment...it's like summer camp. I think Robinson is used for I/M's that have very mild non-violent crimes...like driving charges, blue-collar crime and minor sex offenses. It's a piece of cake. All the staff requires is respect...and keep shirts tucked in when outside...The staff was wonderful to myself and my I/M. We had relaxing, fun visits. He could go to the vending machines there and find his own food and microwave it. Now this is from 2004 but I don't think things have changed much there...except the warden is now a former county sheriff.  I've heard good things about him.  You can bring five books each visit and there is not limit through the mail.  Money orders are the same as elsewhere in the state - $50 increments.  He may have a TV, stereo, electric razor, lamp, clock, watch, a lot of items are available in their commissary.  He may purchase a hot pot and cook in his dorm. What else can I tell you?

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« Reply #5 on: May 21, 2006, 01:02:22 PM »

Robinson is off lockdown now and should be back to four hour visits.  Robinson used to have a very small play area for children.  There are books, some small toys and I think there were puzzles also.  There are decks of cards and UNO cards at the guard's desk for adults.  They'll even give you paper and a pencil to keep score.  They have great vending machines...White castles, fresh fruits bowls, everything imaginable....and french vanilla coffee...LOL  They have a small grassy courtyard off the visiting room but I never saw it used...I did visit in the summer...they have a lot of inmate artwork for sale on display on the walls also.  I bought a wonderful painting while I was on a visit.  The visiting room staff were very pleasant and it's seldom crowded.  It's a nice clean place...almost looks like an office park, one story, all the buildings are in a circle around a big grassy yard...lots of ball fields and running track...except for the barbed wire it looks like a college dorm...
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« Reply #6 on: May 21, 2006, 01:17:09 PM »

One thing I'd like to add, be sure before you start out Brandy, that you have a signed permission slip for your niece from her guardian.  Otherwise, they will turn you away.   I saw it happen, after the grandparents had traveled a great distance to see their son and boy, they were NOT happy!

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« Reply #7 on: May 21, 2006, 01:20:31 PM »

thanks for the advise sweetie but my sister my nieces mother will also be going

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« Reply #8 on: May 23, 2006, 05:55:39 AM »

When I was at Robinson last month I don't recall seeing any toys to play with. But there were games and you can get cards and pencil and paper from the guard. Children were seated at the tables with the adults.  I have seen on two separate visits where the inmate received a ticket for children who were misbehaving and one for safety of the child.  The girlfriend left the baby (1 or 2 years old) sitting on the edge of the table across from the inmate while she went to the vending machine.  Sat. are the busiest, Sun. isn't to bad but during the week is great. 

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« Reply #9 on: June 27, 2006, 09:21:57 PM »

I have brought my step kids to visit their Dad and also took my foster daughter to visit her brother.  In the first case I had to have a notarized letter from their mother and they still questioned me about it at the gate house.  Luckily I could tell who I had already spoken to about it.
In the second case I had to get a notarized letter from a judge. It is always best to call the inmates counselor and check it out if you bring a child that is not your own.
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« Reply #10 on: October 28, 2006, 12:27:16 AM »

does anyone know of a bus that may go from around the st louis area to robinson & know of hotels close to the prison?
I am thinking about trying to take a bus but for all the bus companys i always see things about chicago

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« Reply #11 on: October 28, 2006, 06:38:48 AM »

Brandy, I always drove to Robinson from the Chicago area so I'm not familiar with any busses...but I did stay at the Best Western hotel every time I went...it was about $50 a night...however, there is a smaller, family-run motel right on the main street in Robinson that was cheaper...I was told it was really clean and nice.  I can't remember the name but it's easy to find and it's never full....I've found that calling the prisons is the best way to find out about bus services.  They usually have a list of what companies service that particular prison and how to contact them.  Oftentimes it's posted in the visiting centers....maybe someone from you area will come along and provide that information...if there is bus service.
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« Reply #12 on: October 28, 2006, 10:26:41 AM »

I stayed at the Arvin Motel once and did not like it at all.  I checked out and went to Best Western after all the kids travelling with parents for a sports event checked out. Brandy,  look under bus services,  and call each one of them.  Don't assume they are all just from Chicago.  The other thing you can do is ask him to ask his counselor about bus services.  A lot of times they have information on them but it isn't posted in the visiting area.
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« Reply #13 on: October 28, 2006, 10:55:53 AM »

ok ladies thanks for all the info


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« Reply #14 on: October 30, 2006, 09:54:36 AM »

My son just left Robinson and I made that trip regularly. I believe the bus is only from Chicago and is not a very positive experience. It drops you off at the facility, makes the next prison, etc. then turns around to pick people up. You would be on their schedule, not yours. Often saw people either have their visits cut short or have to just sit and wait to they got picked up. Sometimes visits got cut to 2 hrs. due to the large amount of people on the bus. Plus unless you make arrangements to wait at the prison lobby you are s.o.s cuz you have to leave the prison when visit is over. The BestWestern is absolutely the best place to stay. Be sure to ask for their corporate rate. Best to call the 800# to do that though. Then when you get to the hotel they won't give you a hard time about the corporate rate. It will save you $20-25. I tried the Arvin it was only 6 cheaper and a real dump. Truck stop dump or like a place that gets rented by the hour...really that bad. Good luck
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« Reply #15 on: October 30, 2006, 10:04:23 AM »

Sorry...but there is not a bus that will take you from the hotel to the prison. You would have to take a cab. However, chances are you will likely meet other ladies there also going and you make be able to catch a ride. I met some wonderful people and even switched off driving with one lady for about 5 months. If the #800 tells you they are full call the hotel direct they sometimes block all rooms expecting big crouds due to family reunions...but I never saw it full.
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« Reply #16 on: December 27, 2006, 11:15:55 AM »

 frostie2 My brother-in-law just got transferred to Robinson and I am wanting to know about the visiting room. We were told that we could bring him 1 "new"pack of cigs, so I guess its a smoking area. I am interested in cost of food and what all they have to offer. The food @ Pinckneyville was horrid and quite expensive. I also will have to purchase a new vending card. How much are those? $1 like the other place? Any info on the visits there would be great. He says that it is much better than where he came from. He went down 4 levwels in security so I'm assuming that it MUCH better. Do the chairs in the visiting room have backs or are they those tables with the stool type seats attached? That kills his back. I appreciate any/all people can tell us. We are heading down for our fist visit in 2 weeks. Thanks 
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« Reply #17 on: December 27, 2006, 02:30:58 PM »

The visiting room at Robinson is L shaped.  The smaller section toward the vending machines is the best spot to sit.  They have quite a few microwaves and they used to be well stocked with paper plates, napkins, and condiments and silverware.  No roll of paper towels like the Ville...lol
Photos used to be allowed...they are $3.00..You purchase a photo coupon in the vending machines.  They have quite a few machines.  Our favorites were White Castle hamburgers, fresh fruit bowls with melons, cherries. grapes...maybe that's only in season.  They have pastries, burgers, fresh lettuce salads and dressings, chicken, and the other usual items at most of the other prisons.  They are almost always well stocked and fresh.  They have a  coffee machine with hot coffee, cappucino, soup.  I remember Pizza, cold lunchmeat sub sandwiches, and the usual chips and candy bar machines.  I like Robinson the best for visiting.  I was very relaxed...no cameras, not very crowded.  It has windows looking out over the courthyard and you can see your inmate approaching.  He goes to a small room for a search in the visiting room.  There are two washrooms in the visiting room but they aren't used.  If you need to use a restroom during the visit you must be accompanied back to the main gatehouse.  They have to vending machine card machines in the gatehouse.. $1 per card.  I think you can put quite a bit on them...at least $40.  They have lockers also.  The tables are the four seater type and I think I remember they had backs on the chairs.  They swivel.  When I visited two years ago you were still allowed to sit on the corner seats together...we rubbed knees the whole time.  I was able to pet his arm and scratch his back....LOL...he snuggled up to me when we were using the microwaves...except I don't believe inmates can go to the machines anymore..visiting was for four hours and until 9 p.m.  Hugs and kisses were very long...:)  They have Uno cards and regular cards and toys for children.  They gave us pens and paper for keeping score.  You may bring in one sealed pack of cigarettes to share with the inmate if you want and one full pack of matches...no lighters.  The visiting room walls are lined with inmate artwork.  I bought art on two different occasions.  One time I couldn't wait for it to be shipped...it was a gift and the arts/entertainment director wrapped it for me and put it in my car.  Robinson was probably my favorite place to visit.
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« Reply #18 on: January 27, 2007, 06:14:06 PM »

Jo Dawn Motel anyone know if this is an alright one in RObinson Illinois or the prices?


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« Reply #19 on: January 27, 2007, 09:13:39 PM »

I"m  trying to remember,  but I think it was about  $45 a night?   I did not like it at all!   worn stained carpet,  tile needing work in the bathroom, just not nice at all. 
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