Big Muddy River Correctional Center

Big Muddy River Correctional Center Illinois

Big Muddy River Correctional Center

Physical Address:
Big Muddy River Correctional Center
251 N. Illinois Highway 37
Ina, IL 62846

Administrator:  Ty Bates

(618) 437-5300

Inmate Mailing Address:
Inmate Name, ID
Big Muddy River Correctional Center
251 N. Illinois Highway 37
Ina, IL 62846

Big Muddy River Correctional Center Inmate Mail

Inmates may receive letters,  and photos.  Include the inmates name and ID just as the mailing address above shows. Do not send stamps, pencils, or any other items to an inmate.  Be sure you do not mark the envelope or letter in any way, lipstick, perfume, crayon art, drawings or markings of any kind will result in the correspondence being returned.  Inmates may also receive New paperback books, magazines, newspapers or other printed matter mailed directly from (Be sure to include the inmate name and ID number and send to the inmate mailing address above).

Sending Money to an inmate in Illinois

Family and friends of an inmate may send a United States Postal Money order by mail to the inmate mailing address listed above.   Inmates may receive no more than $200 by money order.  Money orders should be made payable to the inmates full name and ID number and should have the senders complete name and address on it.  Mail the completed Postal Money order to the inmate's mailing address above.

Family and friends may also send money online using a bank account through Western Union Quick Collect. 

Visit or at locations using the Quick Collect Form – code city and state are ILDOC  IL

For all electronic transfer of funds, the inmate IDOC number and incarcerated last name must be used. Funds will be creditted in 24-48 hours business hours.  Funds sent during an inmate transfer between facilities may take longer than 24 – 48 business hours.

Visiting an Inmate at Big Muddy River Correctional Center

The department of correction and rehabilitation encourages family and friends who have positive influences and serve as good role models to communicate and visit with an inmate. This can help the inmate reintegrate with society when they are released.

Bring two forms of identification with you.  Acceptable forms of identification 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. Expired forms of identification are not valid. Visitors will also be required to provide vehicle information.

Visiting Hours are as follows:
General Population Offenders: 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m., seven (7) days a week. All visitors must arrive by 4:00 p.m. as no visits will be allowed after that time due to the notification time and time delay in the visit processing.

Segregation Offenders: 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., seven (7) days a week. Offenders are only allowed to visit for one (1) hour. All visitors must arrive no later then 12:30 p.m. as no visits will be allowed after that time.

For more information or answers to any questions you may have contact the facility at the telephone number above or click here to read the Visiting Rules and Regulations.

How to do an inmate search in Illinois

To find an inmate identification number of an offender in Illinois, or to get other useful information you may want to do an inmate search.


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Calling an inmate in Illinois

Telephone Calls for Inmates in Illinois

Inmates in Illinois are  only allowed to make calls to someone on their approved call list, they cannot receive any incoming telephone calls.  Three way telephone calls are strictly prohibited.  All calls can be monitored and recorded with the exception of legal calls which must be setup separately through the prison.

The only service provider for inmate calls in Illinois is through a company called Securus Technologies.  You can visit the Securus website here.  Inmates can make collect calls only to a land line, which means if you only have a cell phone or cannot receive collect calls on your landline then your only option will be to setup a pre-paid account through Securus.

When the inmate calls you the number that will read on your caller ID will be 1-866-718-4777.  The telephone number for Securus technologies is 1-800-844-6591.  This company is also who you would contact to block a call from an inmate.

For more information on calling an inmate you can visit the Illinois Department of Corrections website here.