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Southwestern Illinois Correctional Center

Jeffrey Higgins, Warden

Facility Data

Southwestern Illinois Correctional Center
Opened: August 1995
*Operational Capacity: 733
Minimum Security Adult Male
Southwestern Illinois Correctional Center Population: 605
Southwestern Illinois Work Camp Population: 0
Total Population: 605 (as of 6/30/23)
Average Annual Cost Per Individual: $131,164 (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.

Southwestern Illinois Correctional Center is the parent institution for Southwestern Illinois Work Camp.


Visitor ADA Accommodations

IDOC Visitation Rules and Information

To visit Southwestern Illinois Correctional Center, you must sign up in advance.

Video Visitation

Video visitation hours are Sunday through Saturday 8:00a to 11:30a, 12:30p to 2:30p and 5:30p to 9:00p. Visitors should log on 15 minutes prior to the scheduled start time.

Video Visitation Guidelines

Facility Address

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

Individual in Custody Mail:
Individual in Custody 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 individuals in custody through a system of incarceration, while providing a safe and secure environment for individuals in custody , 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 individual in custody recovery process by evaluating and assessing the performance of the individuals in custody under its direction. All individuals in custody 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 individuals in custody 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.

Individual in Custody Programs


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

Career and Technical Education:

  • Commercial Custodial
  • Horticulture
  • Construction
  • Warehousing
  • Remedial Skills
  • Career Technologies

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