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Big Muddy River Correctional Center

Christel Crow, Warden

Facility Data

Big Muddy River Correctional Center
Opened: March 1993
*Operational Capacity: 1,961
Medium Security Adult Male
Population: 1,148 (as of 6/30/23)
Average Annual Cost Per Individual: $30,629 (FY22)

*Operational capacity is the maximum number of beds a facility has; to include all health care, crisis, restricted housing, protective custody, isolation, R&Cs, and future beds that are down for repair. Data reflects a bed space capacity census that was conducted in August 2022.


Visitor ADA Accommodations

IDOC Visitation Rules and Information please review before visiting

To visit Big Muddy River Correctional Center, you must sign up in advance.

Video Visitation

Video visitation hours are Sunday through Saturday 8:30a to 2:30p and 4:30p to 5:30p. Visitors should log on 15 minutes prior to the scheduled start time.

Video Visitation Guidelines

Facility Address

Business Mail:
251 N. Illinois Highway 37
Ina, IL 62846

Individual in Custody Mail:
Individual in Custody Name & IDOC#
251 N. Illinois Highway 37
Ina, IL 62846

Phone: (618) 437-5300
Fax: (618) 437-5627

Facility Information

The Big Muddy River Correctional Center's most important goal is to ensure that the employees have a safe and secure environment in which to work, while at the same time, ensuring that individuals in custody housed at the facility are afforded the opportunity to live in a safe and humane environment that is conducive to programming opportunities. The various programming opportunities are designed to assist individuals in custody in bettering themselves so that they may become prepared for life in the community upon release.

The Big Muddy River Correctional Center is a medium security adult male facility, located one mile south of Ina in Jefferson County. The facility consists of a total of 20 buildings, which comprise more than 39,000 square feet. The living units consist of four X-type housing units, one receiving and orientation unit, one segregation unit and a 15-bed health care unit. The facility sits on a 78-acre site, with 38 acres enclosed by fencing.

Individual in Custody Programs


  • Adult Basic Education (ABE)
  • Advanced Adult Basic Education (ADV ABE)
  • Adult Secondary Education (ASE/GED)

Career and Technical Education:

  • Automotive
  • Construction Occupations
  • Horticulture
  • Culinary Arts
  • Career Technologies


  • Thinking for a Change
  • Reentry Summit
  • Substance Abuse
  • Sex Offender Program
  • SDP (Sexually Dangerous Persons) Treatment Program
  • Anger Management
  • Leisure Time Activity
  • Chaplaincy
  • Library