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Pontiac Correctional Center

Mindi Nurse, Warden

Facility Data

Pontiac Correctional Center
Opened: June 1871
*Operational Capacity: 1,612
Mental Health Operational Capacity: 66
Maximum Security Adult Male
Population Pontiac Correctional Center: 597
Population Pontiac Mental Health: 33
Population Pontiac Medium Security Unit: 0
Total Population: 630 (as of 6/30/23)
Average Annual Cost Per Individual: $74,539 (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.

Pontiac Correctional Center is the parent institution for Pontiac Medium Security Unit.


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, Visa or Matricula; and documentation that includes 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.

The visiting days for individuals in custody in the Maximum Security Unit alternate monthly between even days and odd days. Therefore, individuals planning to visit the facility should call the facility prior to traveling to the Pontiac to ensure that the date on which they intend to visit is an authorized visiting day for the individual in custody. Monthly visiting schedules are also available at the Gatehouse.

Visits for individuals in custody housed in the Administrative Detention Unit must first be reviewed and approved by the facility's Intelligence Unit with the request being received at the facility ten (10) days prior to the requested visit date.

Attorney request for a private interview room must be submitted and approved in advance by the facility's Legal Services department.

8:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. daily. Call ahead to ensure authorized visiting day. Visitors must arrive by 1:30 p.m. to be processed.

Video Visitation

Video Visitation Guidelines

Facility Address

Physical Address:
700 West Lincoln Street
Pontiac, IL 61764 

Business Mail:
P.O. Box 99
Pontiac, IL 61764

Individual in Custody Mail:
Individual in Custody Name & IDOC#
P.O. Box 99
Pontiac, IL 61764

Phone: (815) 842-2816
Fax: (815) 842-3420


Facility Information

The mission of the Pontiac Correctional Center is to protect the general public through incarceration, supervision, programs and services designated to return individuals in custody to the community with the skills to be useful and productive citizens.

The facility consists of a total of 63 buildings, which comprise of more than 744,000 square feet. The facility sits on a 37-acre site, with 32 acres being enclosed by fencing. Pontiac Correctional Center houses the following individuals in custody : segregation, protective custody, mental health, administrative detention reintegration management and medium security.

Individual in Custody Programs


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


  • Reentry Summit
  • Lifestyle Redirection
  • Substance Abuse
  • Leisure Time Activity
  • Narcotics Anonymous
  • Anger Management (Segregation Individuals in Custody )
  • Trained Reformed and Capable (TRAC I)
  • Library Services
  • Parole School
  • Inside Out Dads
  • Mental Health Development
  • Budgeting