How can you access inmate records in Cook County?


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The Cook County Department of Corrections features a locator tool on its website that provides access to inmate records. Searching by inmate name or booking number brings up a report that includes the inmate's biographical data, photograph, housing location, charges and bail amount.

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The Cook County Department of Corrections provides pre-trial detention for arrestees awaiting trial in the Chicago area. Visitors must apply for visitation privileges. The inmate locator provides visitation instructions and directions for sending mail or money to inmates.

Records of prisoners who have been sentenced are available through the Illinois Department of Corrections. The IDOC allows users to search by inmate name, IDOC number and birth date. Search results include prisoners who are in custody, on parole or discharged. The information available for each prisoner consists of a physical profile including distinguishing features, sentencing details and admission and release dates.

The Victim Information and Notification Everyday service allows users to search for offenders in both the Cook County Department of Corrections and the Illinois Department of Corrections. This service retrieves basic identifying details about inmates and allows victims to register for notifications by telephone or email when an inmate's custody status changes. This service is free to the public.

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