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Visitation for Inmates

Home > D.O.C. > D.O.C. Visitation for Inmates

The Cook County Department of Corrections encourages inmates to maintain ties with their families and friends through regular visits. Family visiting is scheduled to allow access on a regular basis limited only by staff demands and the visiting facilities in the Department.


Please be advised that the Cook County Department of Corrections (CCDOC) has instituted a new visitation policy. Any individuals wishing to visit an inmate MUST complete and submit a Visitor Application to the CCDOC. Visitor Applications may be obtained and submitted at the following locations:

The application MUST be filled out completely and it is strongly encouraged to submit applications using the official Sheriff’s website. Minors 17 years of age or under DO NOT need to fill out an application; however they MUST be accompanied by a parent or guardian who has been approved according to the new visitation policy at the time of the visit. Also, if the minor is high school age, a current state or school photo ID must be presented. If you have already submitted an application for an individual inmate, you DO NOT need to reapply. You will have to submit a new application if the inmate was discharged and then re-incarcerated.

Once the application is received, a background check will be conducted to determine if the applicant is approved for visiting privileges. Applicants must call the Visitor Information Center at (773) 674-5225 or email: to inquire about the status of their applications.  Please allow three (3) business days after submitting an application to inquire about the status.

Applicants will be DENIED visiting privileges based on the criteria below. If you have been DENIED approval for the reasons noted in points 3 and 4 below, you may reapply, but only if your mandatory waiting period has expired.   

  1. The applicant provided invalid, inaccurate or unverifiable information on the Visitor Application.
  2. The applicant is a minor 17 years of age or under. 
  3. The applicant is:
    • On parole/probation within the last year.
    • On house arrest.
    • On bond awaiting a court date, excluding misdemeanor traffic cases.
  4. The applicant was discharged from CCDOC, Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC) or any other verified correctional facility within the last 60 days.
  5. The applicant has an outstanding warrant, including ICE detainers.
  6. The applicant has a protective order placed on the inmate they are requesting to visit.
  7. Any safety or security reasons as determined by a CCSO supervisor.

Visitors are required to follow Cook County Department of Corrections visitor rules and regulations at ALL times while on facility grounds.  Failure to do so may result in the termination or denial of future visits.


Q:  What are the hours of operation for the Visitor Information Center (VIC) hotline?
A:   Monday-Friday, 10:00am – 9:00pm

Q:  Can I complete an application from my cell phone or tablet?
A:   No. You must use a laptop or desktop computer using Internet Explorer only.

Q:  If an inmate is transferred from one Division to another, do I need to complete another application?
A:  No. Only one application is necessary to visit an inmate regardless if he/she is transferred.  You will have to complete a   new application when an inmate has been discharged and re-incarcerated.

Q:  Do I need to complete a new application for every inmate I visit?
A:   Yes. A new application must be generated for each inmate you wish to visit.

Q:  Do I need to apply if I am from out of town?
A:   Yes. Visitors who travel 150 or more miles away from 2600 S. California Chicago shall be considered an out of town visitor.  All out of town visitors shall follow the visitor application process in order to get approval for visiting privileges. Approved out of town visitors shall be allowed to visit an inmate during normal visiting hours any day of the week but only once per week.    

Q:  Do I need to complete an application for my under age child to visit?
A:   No. Only persons over the age of 17 must complete an application. Visitors 17 years old and under must be accompanied by an approved visitor who is visiting the same inmate.

Q:  Where do I go on line to apply?
A: – The Cook County Sheriff’s Office official website

Q:  Where can I apply if I don't own a computer?
A:   Any public library or any place that has a public computer. You can also get an application at the CCDOC or any Cook County Courthouse.

Q:  What can I bring with me into the Department of Corrections?
A:   To avoid inconveniences, delays in visits, or security problems, all visitors are encouraged to bring only those items you absolutely need, such as your keys and identificationA list of contraband is posted on the sheriff’s website for you to view.

Q:  How do I know if I'm approved to visit?
A:   Applications will be processed within 3 business days of the date they were submitted. Please call the VIC at 773-674-5225 after the 3 business days to inquire if you have been approved.  We also ask that you please call the VIC to inquire about your application prior to coming in to visit.

Q:  How often can I visit?
A:   After you have been approved, you will be allowed to visit once per week during one of the inmate’s scheduled visiting days and times.


Visitors are required to follow Cook County Department of Corrections (CCDOC) visitor rules and regulations at ALL times while on facility grounds.  The rules and regulations are subject to change at any time.

Any visitor who does not comply with the CCDOC visitor rules and regulations shall have his/her visit denied, suspended, or terminated.  A serious violation or continuous violations of visitation rules by the same visitor may result in a Stop Order being placed on that visitor and the visitor being temporarily or permanently removed from the Inmate Approved Visitors List.


All visitors and their belongings entering the CCDOC are subject to a search. Visitors are strictly prohibited from bringing in contraband into the CCDOC. Contraband items include, but are not limited to, the following:

Visitors may also be charged criminally with “BringingContraband into a Penal Institution”, 720 ILCS 5/31A-1.1. as follows:

Visitation Schedules

To find an inmate’s housing location call 773-674-5245 or Click Here

Select a housing facility from the list below:

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Division 6 / Division 8 RTU / Cermak Hospital / Division 9 / Division 10

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