Visitors to any correctional facility will be required to produce photo identification and verification of date of birth. Please be sure to bring 2 forms of identification with you; these would include a current photo ID such as a driver’s license, a state ID card, government ID card, military ID/driver’s license, or acceptable documentation of non-U.S. citizenship including a current Passport, or Visa, documentation must contain the visitor’s date of birth. Expired forms of identification will not be accepted. Visitors will also be required to provide vehicle information and other pertinent data, such as government identification, official credentials, attorney registration, and or law student certification.
Shawnee (General Population) - General Population Offenders may have a total of 5 visits per calendar month. Visitors can attend once per day (once per session on weekend day or holiday) and can attend both sessions on a weekend day or holiday, if desired, as space allows. Each session attended counts towards the Offender’s maximum of 5 visits per calendar month.
9am - 5pm (4 hour visit)
Visitors arriving after 3pm will be processed, however, from 3pm-4pm, Offender movement is stopped and Offenders will not be allowed to move to the visiting room until movement resumes. Visitors must arrive no later than 1 hour prior to the end of the visiting session. Visits limited to 3 adults at one time.
Weekends and Holidays
1st session 9am - 2pm
Visitors must arrive no later than 1 hour prior to the end of the visiting session.
2nd session 4pm - 8pm
Visitors must arrive no later than 1 hour prior to the end of the visiting session.
Shawnee (Segregation) - Offenders in Segregation, designated as Non-Contact Visiting Restriction, or on Room Restriction
7 days a week
9am - 2pm (1 hour only)
(non-contact, limited to 2 adults – immediate family only and only 2 visits per calendar month. Immediate family includes mother, father, child, brother, sister, grandmother or grandfather only. Visit limited to two adults at one time. Small children will be permitted to visit – if a size to be held on the adult’s lap, and not be counted against the two (2) visitor limit. Children of sufficient age/size to reasonably occupy a chair without adult assistance will be counted toward the two (2) visitor limit.)
Hardin County Work Camp - 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily. No visits admitted after 3:00 p.m. Visits limited to four hours in duration. Visits limited to six adults at once. Visits limited to eight per calendar month per offender.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION (ALL VISITS )
Weekday visits limited to one per week. Persons age 17 years of age and older must be on offender's approved visiting list. Persons age 10 through 16 years of age who are not a member of the offender's immediate family may be allowed to visit only with notarized written consent of parent or guardian. (Immediate family defined as offender's child, sibling, and grandchild, whether step, adopted, half, or whole, and spouses.) Persons under age of 17 must be accompanied by an approved visitor who is age 17 or older. Persons under 12 years of age may only be permitted to visit when accompanied by parent or guardian who is an approved visitor or when prior notarized written consent has been given by a parent or guardian who is in the free community for the child to visit when accompanied by a person designated in writing who is an approved visitor and who is at least 17 years of age or older.
Visitors are required to show photo identification such as a driver's license, a state identification card or acceptable documentation of non-US citizenship including a current passport, Visa, or Matricula, and documentation that includes their date of birth.
Any person who has been convicted of a criminal offense or who has criminal charges pending, including but not limited to, an individual on bond, parole, mandatory supervised release, or probation or an ex-offender, may visit an offender only with prior written approval of the Warden. Individuals who require such approval must obtain this written approval for EACH visit.
All visitors, their vehicle, and their property are subject to search.
The dress code will be strictly enforced. Visitors must be appropriately dressed or the visit will not be permitted at the discretion of the Shift Commander. Inappropriate, revealing clothing is not allowed, such as short skirts or dresses, wrap-around skirts, short shorts, see-through or low cut blouses, break-away pants, Spandex bodysuits, clothing that allows underclothing to be visible, clothes with holes in suggestive areas. Clothing must be in good taste and not advertise or suggest anything illegal, gang-related, or of a sexual nature. With the exception of religious headgear, no hats, gloves, scarves or headbands are allowed.
Visitors and offenders may not exchange any item during a visit, absent prior approval of Warden.
Smoking is not permitted at the facility.
Inappropriate behavior of a visitor or possession of contraband may result in a temporary or permanent visiting restriction. Visitors must follow all rules posted in the visiting room. Contraband discovered in the possession.
All visitors 17 years of age and older, excluding children under 17 years of age, government officials and legal visitors, must be on the offender’s approved visitation list in order to be granted a visit. Offenders are responsible for arranging their visits and notifying their visitors of their visiting status. To check if you are on the offender’s visitor list, you should write a letter to the offender to inquire. IDOC staff cannot tell you whether or not you are on an offender’s visitation list if you call the facility. Visiting privileges may be denied if the institution or a portion of the institution is on lockdown.
On the first visit to a correctional facility, adult visitors (age 17 and older), excluding legal visitors and government officials, will be required to complete a Prospective Visitor's Interview (PVI) form, called a DOC 0148. This PVI form can be found on the Forms page on the website, and can be completed and brought in on the first visit.
Facility Procedures and Expectations for Visitors
On your first visit to a facility you will be required to complete a “Prospective Visitor’s Interview” form. If visitors are provide false information on the form, visitation privileges may be restricted or revoked. IDOC staff has the right to interview or request background information from potential visitors to determine whether the individual would pose a threat to the safety or security of the facility or any person or to the order of the facility. Visitors must submit to a body search by officers at the Visitor Center. Visitors who are intoxicated or under the influence of alcohol or drugs will not be permitted entry.
Upon entering the Visiting Room, the Visiting Room Officer will assign a table for seating during the visit. No moves will be permitted once seated unless approved by security staff. Visits are subject to monitoring and recording at any time by departmental staff, unless prior special arrangements have been made for confidential attorney visits or other privileged visits.
Visitors are expected to be courteous and cooperative with IDOC staff. Visitors are expected to comply with staff directives and keep noise down in respect for other visitors and staff.
Visitors choosing to use the restroom during the course of their visit will be subject to search following the usage of the restroom. All offenders choosing to use the restroom during the course of the visit are also subject to search.
Shawnee Correctional Center Additional information:
How can I send money to an inmate?
Inmates may receive money via JPAY, Western Union or money order. (A money order must be sent directly to the lockbox, NOT to the facility; see information below regarding money orders.)
Electronic Payments: Funds up to $5,000 may be sent to inmates via the following methods.
JPAY at www.jpay.com
Money Gram locations using the Blue Money Gram Express Payment Form - receiving code is 7364
Western Union at www.westernunion.com or at locations using the Quick Collect Form – code city and state are ILDOC IL
For all electronic transfer of funds, the inmate IDOC number and incarcerated last name must be used. Funds sent via JPAY and Western Union are anticipated to be applied to the inmate's account within 24-48 business hours. Funds sent via Money Gram are anticipated to be applied to the inmate's account within 72 to 96 business hours. Funds sent during an inmate transfer between facilities may take longer than 24 – 96 business hours.
Money Orders: Inmates may receive money orders not to exceed $999.99. The money orders must be sent with the lockbox deposit slip and must be complete with the inmate name, IDOC inmate number, sender’s name and address. Deposit slips can be obtained at each facility and from the following link: https://www.jpay.com/moneyorder.aspx. The money orders should be made payable to JPay and sent with the deposit slip to: PO Box 260250 Hollywood, FL 33026.
What is the procedure for assigning inmates to facilities when they begin to serve their sentence?
Inmates will be located at an IDOC reception and classification unit until they are processed for appropriate placement. Inmates are assigned to maximum security prisons if they have a sentence of 20 or more years. Inmates with a 19 to 8 year sentence are eligible for assignment within a medium security facility, while inmates with a sentence of 7 years or less may be assigned to minimum security facilities. Inmates who do not abide by the rules at minimum or medium security prisons may be assigned to maximum security prisons regardless as to the length of time to serve. They may not have visits for a month, then two one-hour visits for the next 30-days, then three one-hour visits for the next 30 days. They are not allowed to make collect phone calls for the first 30-days, may make one 15-minute phone call during the next 30-days, and then three 15-minute phone calls the next 30-days. They cannot have commissary during the first 30-days, and then $15 a month for personal hygiene items for the next 60-days. This is all dependent on maintaining proper discipline.
What items can I mail to an inmate?
Inmates are provided food, clothing and healthcare. To ensure safety and security in the prison system, inmates are able to purchase approved items in the commissary.
Inmates can receive correspondence, legal mail and publications, which are reviewed to determine whether they are obscene or constitute a danger to safety and security. The institutional Publication Review Committee reviews all publications that are not on the approved list, and will disapprove materials that do not meet criteria. Inmates can receive publications, including books, periodicals, magazines, newspapers and catalogs in accordance with department regulations. Inmates can receive publications from a vendor, friend or family. There is no limit through the mail. Publications brought to the facility shall be limited to 5 per visit.
Guidelines need to be followed for envelopes and packages.
Envelopes that are padded with clear bubble wrap will be accepted. Envelopes that have this type of padding can be easily scanned.
Envelopes padded with gray diamond dust and corrugated cardboard boxes mailed from family and friends will not be accepted and will be returned to the sender without being opened.
No time limit unless space availability is limited.