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Pontiac Correctional Center 

Randy Pfister, Warden 

Facility Data

Pontiac Correctional Center
Opened: June 1871
*Operational Capacity: 2,172
Maximum Security Adult Male
**Population Pontiac Correctional Center: 1,580
**Population Pontiac Medium Security Unit: 492
**Total Population: 2,072
Average Annual Cost Per Inmate: $31,274 (FY13) 

*As of 5/31/2014. Reflects bed space capacity analysis as outlined in the July 1, 2014 Quarterly Report to the Legislature.

**As of 7/1/14

Pontiac Correctional Center is the parent institution for Pontiac Medium Security Unit

Visiting Hours

The facility is on lockdown with limited visits.  Please call the facility for visiting status. 

Visitor ADA Accommodations


IDOC Visitation Rules and Information

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, Visa or Matricula; and documentation that includes 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.

The visiting days for offenders in the Maximum Security Unit alternate monthly between even days and odd days. Therefore, individuals planning to visit the facility should call the facility prior to traveling to the Pontiac to ensure that the date on which they intend to visit is an authorized visiting day for the offender. Monthly visiting schedules are also available at the Gatehouse.

Visits for offenders housed in the Administrative Detention Unit must first be reviewed and approved by the facility’s Intelligence Unit with the request being received at the facility ten (10) days prior to the requested visit date.

Attorney request for a private interview room must be submitted and approved in advance by the facility’s Legal Services department.

8:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. daily.
Call ahead to ensure authorized visiting day. Visitors must arrive by 1:30 p.m. to be processed.

Facility Address

Physical Address:
700 West Lincoln Street
Pontiac, IL 61764
 

Business Mail:
P.O. Box 99
Pontiac, IL 61764


Inmate Mail:
Inmate Name & IDOC#
P.O. Box 99
Pontiac, IL 61764


Phone: (815) 842-2816
Fax: (815) 842-3420


Facility Information

The mission of the Pontiac Correctional Center is to protect the general public through incarceration, supervision, programs and services designated to return offenders to the community with the skills to be useful and productive citizens.

The facility consists of a total of 63 buildings, which comprise of more than 744,000 square feet. The facility sits on a 37-acre site, with 32 acres being enclosed by fencing. Pontiac Correctional Center houses the following offenders: segregation, protective custody, mental health, administrative detention reintegration management and medium security.

Inmate Programs

Academic:

  • ABE (Adult Basic Education)
  • GED (General Education Development)

Other:

  • Reentry Summit
  • Lifestyle Redirection
  • Substance Abuse
  • Leisure Time Activity
  • Narcotics Anonymous
  • Anger Management (Segregation Offenders)
  • Trained Reformed and Capable (TRAC I)
  • Library Services
  • Parole School
  • Inside Out Dads
  • Mental Health Development
  • Budgeting