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The Department of Corrections provides a bonding facility controlled by the Clerk of Cook County to accommodate family members of incarcerated detainees to post bond on site by means of credit card, cash or certified check from 9:00AM to 8:30PM.
Instructions for Bonding Out an Inmate:
Where: Division Five, 2700 South California Avenue
Time: 9 AM to 9 PM Sunday through Saturday, including Holidays
Methods of payment: Cash (US currency only); NO Personal Checks, NO Money Orders, Bank or Cashier Checks only. When paying by check, the check is payable to the Clerk of the Circuit Court and must be presented during normal banking hours for verification purposes (the Clerk of the Circuit Court bonding clerk will speak with a bank employee for verification).
You may pay CASH BAIL by Credit or Debit Card. A non-refundable service fee of 2.13% will be charged. The actual payment card used and a valid photo ID are required to process the payment. Posting of Bail Bonds by Credit Card must be transacted in person at the 26th and California facility.
Bonding Procedures and Policies:
Detainees incarcerated overnight or longer.
After the inmate's name is recorded in the logbook it can take approximately 2 hours for the discharge process to be complete. This time frame is based on the conditions that the inmate is NOT in court that day and/or does not have a hold from another agency that requires additional information from the agency and a reply is needed. In those instances more time may be needed. The time needed depends on when the inmate returns from court and/or when the needed information is received from the other agency.
You can now expedite the bonding process by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org before you come to the CCDOC. When we receive the email, we will begin getting the release paperwork together, which could cut down on your wait time. Your email must include the following:
- Your Full Name
- Your contact information (Phone Number and / or email address)
- Inmate’s Full Name
- Booking Number
- Inmate Date of Birth
Detainees coming to the department after being arrested and attending bond court must be processed into the department before bond is posted. The time frame before bond is posted will depend on when the person is brought to the department from court and processed.