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Hardin County Work Camp 

John Mott, Superintendent 

Facility Data

Hardin County Work Camp
Opened:  1980
Minimum Security Adult Male
**Population:  282

**As of 7/1/14

Shawnee Correctional Center is the parent institution for Hardin County Work Camp

Visiting Hours


Visitor ADA Accommodations

IDOC Visitation Rules and Information -- please review before visiting

On the first visit to any correctional facility, the visitors will be required to have a photo identification, such as a driver's license, a state identification card, or acceptable documentation of non-US citizen including a current passport, visa, or Matricula, and documentation that includes their date of birth.  Please have two forms of identification; one should be a photo ID for additional visits.

9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (daily)
Visits limited to four hours in duration.  Visits limited to six adults at once.  Visits limited to eight per calendar month per offender.  Visitors must arrive at least one hour prior to end of visiting session to be admitted.


  • 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 of an offender either during or after a visit will be assumed to have been introduced by the offender's visitor(s).
  • The Warden may further restrict or limit visits at any time due to the availability of space and staff, institutional emergencies, lockdowns and for a reasonable period of time thereafter, or for violations of state or federal law or department rules by the offender or visitor. For additional information, contact the Warden's Office at 618-658-8331.

Facility Address

Business Mail:
Route 1, Box 99
Cave-In-Rock, Illinois  62919

Inmate Mail:
Route 1, Box 99
Cave-In-Rock, Illinois 62919

Phone:  (618) 289-3237

Facility Information

It is the mission of the Shawnee Correctional Center and Hardin County Work Camp to provide for the protection of society through the humane and secure incarceration of adult male offenders, based upon a foundation of legislative and judicial decisions. The administration is committed toward instilling responsibility and mature decision making in its offenders. By providing extensive and high quality education programs, work assignment opportunities, public service, leisure time activities, and religious avenues, the institution is expected to go far beyond the provision of the minimum necessities of food, sanitation, clothing, housing, and medical services to the offenders at this facility. The Hardin County Work Camp is a 200 bed Level 7 work camp facility, a satellite of Shawnee Correctional Center.

The Hardin County Work Camp focuses on community service through work crews and partnering with Habitat for Humanity and the Lutheran Social Services. The Work Camp’s Construction Occupations Class builds several houses each year that are donated to the charities listed above. Various items have been donated for fundraising events. Since 2001, approximately $30,000.00 has been raised. The Work Camp primarily services the Hardin, Saline and Gallatin County area with work crews.

Inmate Programs


  • Construction Occupations


  • Community Work Crews