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Menard Correctional Center

Anthony Wills, Warden

Facility Data

Menard Correctional Center
Opened: March 1878
*Operational Capacity: 2,575
Maximum Security Adult Male
**Population Menard Correctional Center: 1,770
**Population Menard Medium Security Unit: 373
**Population Menard Reception & Classification Center: 49
**Total Population: 2,192
Average Annual Cost Per Offender: $40,012 (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

Menard Correctional Center is the parent institution for Menard Medium Security Unit and Menard Reception and Classification Center.


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

Visitor ADA Accommodations

IDOC Visitation Rules and Information

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-hour time slot are limited to ensure social distancing measures are closely followed. Phase two, which takes effect June 2021, loosens restrictions for visitors and incarcerated people who are fully vaccinated. At this time, each incarcerated person is permitted three visits per month. To visit Menard Correctional Center, you must sign up at least seven days in advance. ​

Video Visitation Hours – General Division
Sunday through Friday 8am - 4 pm
Saturday 8am - 5pm
Video Visitation Hours – Medium Security Unit
Sunday through Saturday 8am - 6pm
Video Visitation Guidelines

Facility Address

Business Mail:
711 Kaskaskia Street
Menard, IL 62259

Inmate Mail:
Inmate Name & IDOC#
P.O. Box 1000
Menard, IL 62259

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

Facility Information

The mission of Menard Correctional Center is to confine adult male offenders in a safe, secure and humane manner; preserve and promote individual rights and responsibilities; and in turn, ensure ultimate protection of society. Inherent within this purpose is the offering of program activities for inmates housed within the institution. Inmates are afforded the opportunity to explore and participate in programs designated to assist them toward a successful reintegration into society. ˜It is essential that these functions be conducted within the realities of the security needs of a maximum-security correctional center.

Menard Correctional Center was established on the banks of the Mississippi River in 1878. The maximum-security facility changes in elevation over 200 feet and includes more than 2,600 acres with 41 acres enclosed by perimeter. The facility is comprised of 155 buildings totaling 1,294,000 square feet. Menard is the state’s largest maximum security adult male facility. The center consists of five housing units, a receiving and orientation unit, segregation unit and a health care unit. Also included is the Menard medium-security unit.

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Inmate Programs


  • ABE (Adult Basic Education)
  • GED (General Education Development)
  • Special Education Services
  • Job Preparedness and Correspondence Classes


  • Construction Trades


  • Meat Processing
  • Janitorial and Cleaning Supplies
  • Knit and Sewing
  • Waste Removal and Recycling

Volunteer Services:

  • Religious


  • Anger Management
  • Chaplaincy
  • Community Work Crews
  • Incarcerated Veterans Transition Program
  • Leisure Time Activity
  • Library
  • Life Skills
  • Substance Abuse
  • Health Care Services