Skip to Main Content

Southwestern Illinois Correctional Center 

Jeff Parker, Warden 

Facility Data

Southwestern Illinois Correctional Center
Opened: August 1995
*Operational Capacity: 731
Minimum Security Adult Male
**Southwestern Illinois Correctional Center Population: 594
**Southwestern Illinois Work Camp Population: 97
**Total Population: 691
Average Annual Cost Per Inmate: $36,838 (FY13) 

*As of 5/31/2014. Reflects bed space capacity analysis as outlined in the July 1, 2014 Quarterly Report to the Legislature.

**As of 7/1/14
Southwestern Illinois Correctional Center is the parent institution for Southwestern Illinois Work Camp.

Visiting Hours


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.

9:00 a.m. to 6:00p.m. on Saturdays, Sundays, and official State holidays only.
No visits will be processed after 5:00 p.m.

Facility Address

Business Mail:
950 Kingshighway Street
East St. Louis, IL 62203

Inmate Mail:
Inmate Name & IDOC#
P.O. Box 129
East St. Louis, IL 62203 

Phone: (618) 394-2200
Fax: (618) 394-2228

Facility Information

The Mission of Southwestern Illinois Correctional Center (SWICC) is to protect the public from criminal offenders through a system of incarceration, while providing a safe and secure environment for offenders, as well as programs and services which are designed to assist them in successful re-entry into the free community. SWICC is a totally dedicated substance abuse treatment community. Each department participates in the offender recovery process by evaluating and assessing the performance of the offenders under its direction. All offenders housed at SWICC attend substance abuse treatment groups five days per week for a minimum of 15 hours per week.

SWICC has a 91-bed Work Camp on-site, which provides community service to government and non-profit groups within a 45-mile radius of the institution. The Work Camp offenders also actively participate in substance abuse treatment groups. 

SWICC consists of a total of 19 buildings, which comprise more than 195,214 square feet. The living units consist of four dorm-style housing units, the Work Camp, one 8-bed segregation unit and a 6-bed health care unit. The facility sits on a 24-acre site, with 22 acres being enclosed by fencing.

Click here for information about Southwestern Illinois Correctional Center's Sustainability Efforts.

Inmate Programs


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


  • Commercial Custodial
  • Horticulture
  • Vocational Business
  • Construction
  • Warehousing
  • Remedial Skills
  • Career Technology 

 Volunteer Services:

  • Alcoholics Anonymous
  • Narcotics Anonymous
  • Storybook Project
  • Pell Grant Seminars
  • Vocational Seminars
  • Salvation Army  


  • Life Skills
  • Substance Abuse
  • Family Reunification Program
  • Inside Out Dad
  • Fatherhood Initiative
  • Anger Management/Domestic Violence
  • Parenting
  • Interpersonal Relationships
  • 12-Step Group
  • Incarcerated Veterans Transition Program
  • Leisure Time Activity
  • Chaplaincy
  • Library
  • Community Work Crews