Sangamon County Jail Inmate Search

Sangamon County Jail is a medium security jail which comes under jurisdiction of Sangamon County, IL. The jail is maintained and operated by sheriffs at Sangamon County. Offenders from the Police and City jails are transferred to the jail after the paper work is done. They usually stay in the jail, till they are sentenced, acquitted or released on bail. It houses inmate for short period of time serving less than a year jail term. Most of the inmates in Sangamon County Jail are convicted for misdemeanour offenses like drunk-and-drive, fight/assault, theft etc. It provides basic amenities to the inmates like bathroom facility, 3 times meals, education program and TV facility. It also provides work release program and other specialized services to the inmates.

Jail Name :

Sangamon County Jail

Jail Type :

County Jail


1 Sheriff's Plaza, Springfield, Illinois, 62701



Postal Code:


State :

Illinois (IL)


Sangamon County





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Prison beds:


Phone Carrier:

Lattice - PrePaid Inmate Calls


Sangamon County Jail Inmate Search

Q. How to find if someone is currently detained at Sangamon County Jail?

  • Sangamon County Jail maintains an online inmate roster where one can find the list of detainees. The list is updated usually once a month. To check the inmate roster please visit Sangamon County Jail Sheriff Department website. Usually the best way is to call the Springfield police department at 217-753-6886 and enquire about the inmate directly.

Q. What if you are not able to find the inmate in Sangamon County Jail?

  • It means the inmate is transferred to nearby county jail or state prison facility or is released from jail. Check Illinois inmate search page for more details on how to search for inmate in Illinois.

Q. What are the visitation rules of Sangamon County Jail?

  • Any individual with valid government ID and who isn’t on felony probation is allowed to visit an inmate. Children below 18 years, must be accompanied by a legal guardian. For more information one can call on 217-753-6886.

Sangamon County Jail Visitation Hours:


7:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

12:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.


7:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

12:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.


7:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

12:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.


7:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

12:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.


7:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

12:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.


7:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

12:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.


9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

12:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.


The first Sangamon County jail was built in 1821. The designer was Joseph Thomas, for which he was paid $1. The builder was Robert Hamilton, for which he was paid $84.75. John Taylor, the sheriff of the time, said it was inadequate. The jail was used to hold the insane while they were determined if they should be sent to an asylum. In the early days, there was a whipping post beside the jail. The punishment was used several times for those who were determined to have committed small offenses.

In 1847, the social reformer Dorothea Dix wrote a paper on the conditions of the jail. She said that the jail of the time was externally brick and internally timber. An apartment was made for the keeper of the jail and his family. She complained that the jail was not only used for felons and insane, but also used as a poor house by the county commission. She complained that there was not enough money being spent on the food and upkeep for the prisoners.

The jail saw two of the most famous orators and lawyers of the 1800s. These two men were Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas. There are accounts of the two men trying a case before Stephen Logan, who was not only a judge, but also known as one of the greatest lawyers ever produced by Illinois.

The group the NAACP was founded because of a race riot where whites tried to lynch two black inmates. In the end, several black businesses were burned, two black men were lynched, and five white men were killed. The person who started the chain of events, while innocent, was a black teen by the name of Joe James. He was arrested for loitering after arriving by train. He was given parole to celebrate July fourth and passed out drunk. Another person, of similar description, broke into a house and attacked a teenage girl. The incidents and arrests led to the riots and the aftermath caused the NAACP to be founded in New York.

The current facility was opened in October of 1991. The place was built to hold 314 inmates, but has been overcrowded several times over the years. The jail is part of the Sangamon County Courts complex.