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Sheridan Correctional Center

Sherwin Miles, Warden

Facility Data

Sheridan Correctional Center
Opened: (Re-Opened) January 2, 2004
*Operational Capacity: 2,107
Medium Security Adult Male
**Population: 1,249
Average Annual Cost Per Offender: $31,426 (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

Visiting Hours

The facility is on lockdown. No visits are allowed

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, or Visa, documentation must contain the 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.

Effective September 1, 2012, the following will be Sheridan Correctional Center’s visitation policy. The Central Visitation Room (CVR) shall be open 7 days a week and visits shall be limited to no more than two (2) hours in length.

Substance Abuse Program offenders may visit during the following times after they have been at the facility for 30 days:
Monday through Friday: 3:15 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.
Saturday, Sunday, and state holidays: 9:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Admission will not be permitted after 7:00 p.m.


On the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of every month offender visits do not start until 12:00 p.m.

All offenders will be allowed seven (7) visits a month with no more than two (2) taking place on a weekend or State Approved Holiday. A weekend/State Approved Holiday visit is defined as a visit which takes place on a Saturday, Sunday or State Approved Holiday.


Facility Address

Business Mail:
4017 E. 2603 Road
Sheridan, IL 60551

Inmate Mail:
Inmate Name & IDOC#
4017 E. 2603 Road
Sheridan, IL 60551

Phone: (815) 496-2181
Fax: (815) 496-2931

Facility Information

The Sheridan Correctional Center is an adult male medium security prison, totally dedicated to substance abuse treatment and is one of the largest substance abuse treatment programs in the nation. Sheridan Correctional Center was reopened on Jan. 2, 2004, to curb the trend in Illinois' growing prison population to reduce high recidivism rates of released Illinois offenders, providing men with evidenced based substance abuse treatment services, and using the Therapeutic Community approach to equip offenders to return to drug-free, crime-free lives upon release. In the Sheridan Correctional Center nation model program, treatment interventions and access to other services are coordinated from the outset. The substance abuse provider collaborates with a cadre of service providers, the Illinois Department of Corrections and Adult Parole to effect community reintegration of returning offenders and improve public safety. Recovering from addiction requires a wide range of social and psychological interventions to confront old behaviors and instill new ones. Sheridan Correctional Center applies clinical best practices and uses a modified therapeutic community model with cognitive self-change. Sheridan Correctional Center staff collaborates with other organizations to clinical reentry management services and community reintegration, including continuing care provided by community-based substance abuse treatment providers.

Sheridan Correctional Center is located approximately 70 miles west of Chicago in LaSalle County and was originally constructed in 1941 as a juvenile facility. On August 13, 1973, it was converted to an adult facility. Sheridan Correctional Center was closed from August 15, 2002, until it reopened on January 2, 2004. Sheridan Correctional Center consists of a total of 75 buildings, which comprise more than 600,000 square feet. There are 13 housing units and a 9-bed health care unit. The facility sits on 270 acres with 80 acres inside the perimeter fencing. The facility houses general population offenders.

Inmate Programs


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


  • Culinary Arts
  • Barbering
  • Welding
  • Warehousing
  • Horticulture
  • Career Technologies
  • Home Builders Institute (HBI)
  • Electricity
  • Carpentry
  • Plumbing
  • Masonry
  • Building Apartment Maintenance
  • Illinois Manufacturing Foundation (IMF)
  • Machining/CNC Technology


  • Garment Cutting

Volunteer Services:

  • Alcoholics Anonymous
  • Narcotics Anonymous
  • Bible Studies
  • Fathers Read, Too
  • Inside Out Dads


  • Positive Parenting Class
  • Recreational Therapy
  • Peer Education Program
  • Drug Education
  • Healthy Relationships
  • Anger Management
  • Young Men's Aggressive Management Groups
  • Incarcerated Veterans Transition Program
  • Leisure Time Activity
  • Chaplaincy
  • Library
  • Inner Circle Groups