Jail Superintendent Larry Beck
Assistant Superintendent William Smith

Assistant Jail Superintendent William SmithJail Superintendent Larry BeckThe Sangamon County Jail was opened in October 1991 after nearly four years of planning and construction. The facility uses a podular, indirect supervision design, with direct supervision in four of the major cellblocks. The facility is capable of housing a maximum of 314 inmates. Inmates are housed, based on security level, from a dormitory type area for work release and trustees to single cells for maximum-security inmates.  The jail houses three basic types of inmates, those who are awaiting bond or trial, those who have been sentenced to serve county time, and those who are being held for other agencies. 

Inmate Services

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Information for Attorneys

Attorneys may visit at any time, however, there may be extended waits during feeding hours or shift changes.

Attorneys wishing to mail clients legal documentation:

  • Documentation is only accepted that is mailed in through the USPS or checked in directly with Jail Administration. No documentation will be accepted at Main Control.
  • Documentation must be free of staples, paperclips, binder clips, or other such materials. Documentation must be on plain paper only.
  • Privileged mail will be opened in the presence of the inmate, however, it is still subject to search for contraband.
  • Documentation must pertain to the recipient’s current legal case. All other documentation may be rejected or confiscated.
  • No files folders, envelopes, or other such items will be accepted. Inmates can purchase manila envelopes off commissary.
  • Whenever possible, discovery items shall be sent in on a CD/DVD disc or thumb drive for the inmate to view via computer.

Programs for Inmates

A number of facility programs have been made available to the inmates. These include, but are not limited to, Alcoholics Anonymous, PORA, Gateway, GED testing as funding allows, recreation, library services, and church services.

Inmate Visitation

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Officers and Staff

The inmates of the facility are supervised by a staff of 72 Correctional Officers and 27 Control Room Operators. The staff is thoroughly trained in the handling of inmates and in response to emergency situations. Officers must undergo a basic training course of five weeks, which is supplemented by ongoing training.

The Sangamon County Jail, in conjunction with Macon County Law Enforcement Training Center (MCLETC), is a satellite training facility for the state-mandated Basic Correctional Officer Training. This mandated five-week training course is held two to three times yearly and candidates from all over the state attend. The facility utilizes instructors from the ranks of the correctional staff to provide this training.

Hours and Location


The Jail Administration Office is open 8:30 am- 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The Sangamon County Jail is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

One Sheriffs Plaza, Springfield, Illinois, 62701.

Enter through the county complex doors on Adams Street, just east of Ninth Street. Once inside, turn left and enter the facility lobby. For general information concerning inmates, the Main Control booth is directly ahead.


Administration: 217-753-6763

For general information, day or night, call 217-753-6886 or 217-753-6887.

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