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Big Muddy River Correctional Center

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Greg Morgenthaler, Warden

Facility Data

Big Muddy River Correctional Center
Opened: March 1993
*Operational Capacity: 1,962
Medium Security Adult Male
**Population: 1,084
Average Annual Cost Per Offender: $30,380 (FY20) 

*Operational capacity is the maximum amount of beds a facility has; to include all health care, crisis, segregation, protective custody, isolation, R&Cs, and future beds that are down for repair. Data reflects a bed space capacity census that was conducted in CY19.

**As of 1/1/21



Visitor ADA Accommodations

IDOC Visitation Rules and Information—please review before visiting

The Illinois Department of Corrections is implementing a multi-phase plan to resume in-person visits as safely as possible. The number of visitors per two and a half-hour time slot are limited to ensure social distancing measures are closely followed. Phase 3, which takes effect January 31, 2022, requires proof of vaccination, an approved vaccination exemption, or a vaccination exemption under review by IDOC to enter an Illinois Department of Corrections facility. To visit Big Muddy River Correctional Center, you must sign up at least seven days in advance.

Video Visitation

Video visitation hours are Sunday through Saturday 8:30a to 2:30p and 4:30p to 5:30p. Visitors should log on 15 minutes prior to the scheduled start time.

Video Visitation Guidelines

Facility Address

Business Mail:
251 N. Illinois Highway 37
Ina, IL 62846

Inmate Mail:
Inmate Name & IDOC#
251 N. Illinois Highway 37
Ina, IL 62846

Phone: (618) 437-5300
Fax: (618) 437-5627

Facility Information

The Big Muddy River Correctional Center's most important goal is to ensure that the employees have a safe and secure environment in which to work, while at the same time, ensuring that offenders housed at the facility are afforded the opportunity to live in a safe and humane environment that is conducive to programming opportunities. The various programming opportunities are designed to assist inmates in bettering themselves so that they may become prepared for life in the community upon release.

The Big Muddy River Correctional Center is a medium security adult male facility, located one mile south of Ina in Jefferson County. The facility consists of a total of 20 buildings, which comprise more than 39,000 square feet. The living units consist of four X-type housing units, one receiving and orientation unit, one segregation unit and a 15-bed health care unit. The facility sits on a 78-acre site, with 38 acres enclosed by fencing.

Inmate Programs


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


  • Automotive
  • Construction Occupations
  • Horticulture
  • Culinary Arts
  • Youthful Offenders Educational Program for offenders 21 and under


  • Thinking for a Change
  • Career Technology
  • Reentry Summit
  • Substance Abuse
  • Sex Offender Program
  • SDP (Sexually Dangerous Persons) Treatment Program
  • Anger Management
  • Leisure Time Activity
  • Chaplaincy
  • Library