Rules & Regulations


Visitors are required to follow Cook County Department of Corrections (CCDOC) visitor rules and regulations at ALL times while on facility grounds. The rules and regulations are subject to change at any time.

  • It is a criminal offense to bring contraband into the CCDOC compound. Visitors who bring, attempt to bring or leave an item of contraband in the CCDOC shall be charged criminally with “Bringing Contraband into a Penal Institution”, 720 ILCS 5/31A-1.1. A list of contraband items will be posted throughout the CCDOC and a list of contraband is available HERE.

  • All visitors to the CCDOC must be in possession of CURRENT/valid photo identification showing address (e.g., State ID, State driver’s license, passport/visa, recognized foreign consulate documentation, other government ID). The ID presented MUST match the ID used for your application.

  • Minors 17 years of age or under entering the CCDOC to visit an inmate must be accompanied by a parent or guardian who has been approved visiting privileges and who is visiting the same inmate as the minors. One approved (1) adult shall be allowed to bring up to three (3) minors into the CCDOC. If the minor is high school age, a current state or school photo ID must be presented.

  • Minors shall be supervised and under the direct supervision of the accompanying adult(s) at all times.

  • All visitors shall be searched by scanning devices and/or a pat-down search. If reasonable suspicion of contraband exists, the visit may be denied with the approval of the watch commander.

  • Visitors must present and maintain appropriate attire and behavior at all times while on the grounds of the CCDOC.

  • Clothing worn by visitors shall not be provocative, suggestive or revealing as to warrant unwanted attention. The following types of clothing are prohibited:

    1. Short dresses, miniskirts or unduly revealing shorts;
    2. Low cut shirts and/or blouses;
    3. Sheer, transparent, net/mesh material pants and/or tops;
    4. Sleeveless t-shirts (no tank tops, “spaghetti” strap tops, halter tops or “tube tops”);
    5. Hats or caps worn in the facility;
    6. Clothing that unduly exposes the stomach, back, shoulders, chest, buttocks, midriff or undergarments ;
    7. Any article that displays gang symbols, obscene or distracting messages, shapes or designs;
    8. Clothing resembling law enforcement/security uniforms or inmate uniforms;
    9. Pants that are worn below the waist and/or hips exposing undergarments (i.e. saggy pants).

  • Loud, disruptive or argumentative behavior shall be cause for termination of a visit.

  • Profanity shall not be tolerated under any circumstances and shall be cause for termination of a visit.

  • Visitors shall not have any communication with any inmate they are not visiting. Doing so shall be cause for termination of the visit.

  • Visitors shall not be allowed to leave and re-enter the visiting area unless authorized by the assigned officer.

  • Any safety or security reasons as determined by a CCSO supervisor.

Any visitor who does not comply with the CCDOC visitor rules and regulations shall have his/her visit denied, suspended, or terminated. A serious violation or continuous violations of visitation rules by the same visitor may result in a Stop Order being placed on that visitor and the visitor being temporarily or permanently removed from the Inmate Approved Visitors List.


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