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04-13-2011, 12:52 PM
Pontiac Correctional Center
Opened: June 1871
*Operational Capacity: 2,152
Level 1 Maximum Adult Male
*Current Population: 1,656
Average Age: 34
Average Annual Cost Per Inmate: $33,031.00

*As of 8/31/2010. Reflects bedspace capacity analysis as outlined in the October 1, 2010 Quarterly Report to the Legislature.
Visiting Hours

IDOC Visitation Rules and Information -- please review before visiting

On the first visit to any correctional facility, the visitors will be required to have a photo identification, such as a driver's license, a state identification card, or acceptable documentation of non-US citizen including a current passport, visa, or Matricula, and documentation that includes their date of birth.

Please have two forms of identification; one should be a photo ID for additional visits.

The visiting days for offenders in Segregation and Protective Custody/ West 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.

Attorney request for a private interview room must be submitted and approved in advance by the Assistant Warden of Operations Office.

8:00 a.m. - 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

Business Mail:
700 West Lincoln Street
P.O. Box 99
Pontiac, Il 61764

Phone: (815) 842-2816
Inmate Mail:
P.O. Box 99
Pontiac, Il 61764

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, condemned protective custody, mental health, administrative detention reintegration management and medium security.

Inmate Programs


ABE (Adult Basic Education)
GED (General Education Development)

Culinary Arts Program
CDL Program
Job Preparedness Program

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