How Do You Search for an Inmate in the Cook County Jail?


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Those who wish to find the location or booking status of an inmate in Cook County, Illinois can use the local Sheriff's Department's inmate locator at CookCountrySheriff.org. Users can search the system by first and last name or booking number.

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How Do You Search for an Inmate in the Cook County Jail?
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The Cook Country Sheriff's Department makes available the location, booking information and court case status for all inmates taken into custody in the Illinois county of which Chicago is the major city. To reach the inmate locator, visit the department's website, and then click through the link reading "Search for an inmate."

Users need the inmate's first and last name, or his booking number, an 11-digit number with a hyphen after the first four digits. If more than one inmate is booked under the same name, the system displays the race and date of birth of the inmates to help users find the correct person.

Provided information includes the inmate's photograph, booking number, birth date, race and gender. Height, weight, booking date, bond amount and charges are also available. The website lists the scheduled court appearance dates and available visiting hours so website users can locate inmates. As of 2015, website users can also send money to an inmate for use in the jail's commissary via MoneyGram.

Those who wish to visit an inmate at one of Cook County's 11 individual jail housing divisions need to submit to a background check and bring photo identification. The sheriff's department recommends making a visitation appointment in advance through its website to streamline the experience. Each adult visitor may bring up to three minors to an appointment.

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