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Vandalia Correctional Center 

Victor A. Dozier, Warden 

Facility Data
Vandalia Correctional Center
 Opened: 1921
 *Operational Capacity: 1,784
 Minimum Security Adult Male
 *Vandalia Correctional Center Population: 1,254
 *Vandalia Work Camp Population: 399
 *Total Current Population: 1,653
 Average Age: 30
 FY2010 Average Annual Cost Per Inmate: $22,560.00

*As of 5/31/2012. Reflects bed space capacity analysis as outlined in the July 1, 2012 Quarterly Report to the Legislature.
 Vandalia Correctional Center is the parent institution for Vandalia Work Camp.
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.
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.  Visitors must be checked in by 5:00p.m.
 Security Building (Segregation)
 Visiting hours for Security Building (segregation) offenders is from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Visitors must arrive at the facility by 12:00 p.m.  Unless specifically ordered by the warden or duty warden, all visits for offenders housed in the Security Building will be conducted in the visiting room and will be terminated by 1:00 p.m.  Visits for offenders housed in the Security Building will not exceed one (1) hour

Facility Address

Business Mail:
Route 51 North
 P.O. Box 500
 Vandalia, Il 62471
Inmate Mail:
Inmate Name & IDOC#
 P.O. Box  500
 Vandalia, IL 62471
Phone: (618) 283-4170
 Fax: (618) 283-9147

Facility Information

The mission of the Vandalia Correctional Center includes maintaining a safe and secure environment for all staff and offenders as well as providing programs designed to assist offenders in their reentry into society. To attain maximum success of these programs, security and accountability of offenders remains the center's main goal.

The Vandalia Correctional Center, located 85 miles southeast of Springfield, was established as the original prison farm operation in Illinois housing entirely misdemeanor offenders. The center has a dorm-type setting with 113 buildings, totaling 412,000 square feet. Total acreage is 1,520 with eight acres contained within the perimeter fence.
Inmate Programs
 •ABE (Adult Basic Education)
•GED (General Education Development)
•Computer Technology
•TABE (Test for Adult Basic Education)
•Vocational Technical Math
•College Academic Classes

 •Building Trades
•Auto Body School
•Career Technologies

 •Milk Production
•Juice Production
•Turkey Processing
•Vegetable Oil Processing
•Spice Production

Volunteer Services:
 •Alcoholics Anonymous
•Bible Studies

•Fatherhood Initiative
•Leisure Time Activity
•Field Services
•Lifestyle Redirection
•Drug Education
•Inside Out Dads
•Hot Topics Presentations
•Parole School
•Anger Management
•HIV Peer Groups
•Anger Management

Hello all!

Can anyone tell me about the conditions at Vandalia? My husband heard it's really strict there. He also heard they don't allow any electronics or hot pots... is that true? He has a year left and has thought about putting in for a transfer, but I guess he'd either go to East Moline or Vandalia. We know East Moline is cool, but it would be just his luck to get sent to Vandalia and if it's bad, that would suck. If anyone has info, please let me know.

Thanks!  ././/

Anyone have any info on visiting Vandalia & staying overnight now?

Just some info. I picked up on my visit here. Feel free to PM me if you need further assistance.

Besides the visiting hours already listed, M-F allows 5 hour visits & W/E & holidays are only 3 hours. They will only guarantee 1 hour if it's busy, but can accomodate about 35 inmate visits in the visiting room.

Lockers are $.50, you can only bring in ID, vending card & car door key or locker key. No restriction on how much jewelry you can wear, only heard a comment that may be a past issue for some females that bras must be worn on females, underwire is allowed.

Vending card & machine is from debitek I think it said, cards have a magnetic strip & I tried a card from another CC with a chip on it & didn't work, so if you had another 1 with the old strip you could try & see if it might work. To buy a card it takes $1, max on card is $30.
No metal detector to go through, pat down search with coat on if you're wearing one, nothing in your pockets, remove your shoes.

I saw one table with 4 adult visitors, so not sure how many they allow max.

Kid friendly: no ID or birth certificate required - not certain of age they would require school ID or something, alot of toys, games & playing cards provided, I saw a baby carrier allowed in, heard powdered formula in a baggie with 1 bottle is allowed, 2 diapers - no wipes.

Vending machines, not positive of all expenses, but this will give you an idea & I stuffed us both in 6 hours over 2 days with about $40: coffee items $.40-.75, soda & juices $1, think all sandwich foods were $3.50, gum, candy & chips $.75 -$1.25

Layout: Prison is 1 mile north of 70 on the right, very close to the road. Visitor parking to the right of gatehouse. As you walk out the gatehouse door in the weather, you are on the grounds with no fences protecting you from the inmates that can be about 100 yards from you walking in groups of military formation from 1 building to the next or individulas without escorts on their way somewhere. The buidings are in horshoe formation with visiting building right behind & left of the gatehouse. Kinda old brick spanish style like the alamo all ground level 1 story high are the majority of buidings.
Visiting building: think 2 double wide trailers put together, guard desk at front door, you give him slip they issued you at gatehouse & he assigns you a table. Visitor & inmate bathrooms are up there as well as the toy section. Aproximately 30 round tables & plastic lawn chairs are moveable line the walls, with main aisle down the middle, table #'s are up on the wall, plaque on table indicates inmates have to sit in the aisle seat. Half way through the building is the vending machine section, water fountain & a guards stoop to watch the back half of the room.

Contact: Inmates enter through the back of the building & have to walk up to the front to check in, you're allowed to hug & kiss on entry & exit, touch hands/arms above the tables, hold hands walking up the aisle to the vending machine & I got a few pecks at the vending machine.

overnight options: Days Inn motel 618-283-4400 ($58), Travelodge 618-283-1922 ($59) these 2 are right off the Vandalia exit, I stayed at Days Inn it was updated & clean, Travelodge & some other little motel looked scary to me. Ramada 618-283-1922 ($66) Holiday Inn express ($84) - these were off beaten path & closer to next exit so I didn't see them, H.I. has indoor pool & is smoke free.

Lots of restaurant choices near exit as well as an IGA & Aldi grocery store.


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