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Menard Reception and Classification Center

Frank Lawrence, Acting Warden

Facility Data

Menard Reception & Classification Center
Opened: July 2004

Menard Correctional Center is the parent institution for Menard Reception & Classification Center.


Individuals in Custody housed at the Menard Reception and Classification Center are not allowed regular visits, except legal when working on a current legal case.

Facility Address

Business Mail:
711 Kaskaskia Street
Menard, IL  62259

Individual in Custody Mail:
Individual in Custody Name & IDOC#
P.O. Box 1000
Menard, IL  62259

Phone:  (618) 826-5071
Fax:  (618) 826-1141

Facility Information

Menard Reception and Classification Center is located in Randolph County and is on the grounds of Menard Correctional Center.

It is the policy of the Department of Corrections and Menard Correctional Center that all individuals in custody will be provided with a thorough orientation in their own language. The program shall include all aspects of the correctional center’s expectations of them, and what they may expect to derive from institutional programs. Upon transfer from any facility, including a Reception Center, all individuals in custody will be placed into orientation status and will be housed separately from general population until completion of the orientation process.

Individuals in custody that are newly admitted into IDOC shall be placed into reception status (this includes parole violators and ATC violators that are returned to IDOC). All individuals in custody in reception status will be housed in the designated Reception and Classification unit. Reception status is terminated once the individual in custody is transferred to an assigned correctional facility.

During the reception process, various tools are used to determine appropriate placement for the newly received individual in custody . These tools include, but are not limited to; counselor, mental health, medical, substance abuse screener interviews, and criminal history. Every effort is made by Reception staff to place an individual in custody into a facility that best suits that individuals in custody programming needs.

While in reception status, the individual in custody may expect the following:

  • Access to medical services, mental health services and the chaplain.
  • Will be allowed to send and receive mail. Will not be allowed visits except legal. Will not be allowed telephone calls, except legal, court ordered or in case of an emergency.
  • Will not receive any state pay.
  • Will be given commissary privileges, up to a maximum of $15, one time per month, limited to basic hygiene items, writing supplies, gym shoes and a cup. Clothing (adequate for the season), towels, bedding, and soap shall be provided. Audio visual equipment will not be allowed.
  • Will be granted access to reading materials and shall have access to materials from the facility Law Library.
  • Any movement shall be escorted. All meals will be served in the individual in custody’s cell. Out of cell movement shall be limited to recreation, showers, legal visits, medical, mental health services and classification interviews.