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Waukegan Jail, Illinois
Waukegan Jail, IL, Police Department

Waukegan Jail, located in Waukegan city, Lake County, Illinois, is a high-security prison for adult offenders whose crimes are under Illinois state law. This jail is run by the Waukegan Police Department under the management of the Sheriff. Inmates at Waukegan jail are housed in two-leveled single cells. This facility houses inmates incarcerated for offenses considered adult in nature and a huge portion of the inmates are serving jail time of over a year

. The jail maintains tight security at all times. However, it lacks the requisite capacity to house a large number of inmates, hence having an unwarranted aspect attached; there are a lot of transfers and bailing out of inmates.

Waukegan Jail, Illinois Inmate Search

To search for information about inmates held in Waukegan Jail, Illinois, there are several available authorized online sites. Even better, the facility has an easy to use and effective online search engine on their website that helps you search for an inmate. The facility updates all location transfers and any recent information about its inmates for easy navigation by family and friends. A search on this website presents the following information: the charges, bond amounts, jail time, and court dates.

If you are not in a position to use online means, you can directly call the facility to get an inmate's information. But before any inquiry about your loved one, you must have the inmate’s full names, ID, age, date of birth, and any other important details about them:

You can also lookup an inmate through the Illinois Statewide Inmate Search page. Its database contains all inmates' information for the whole of Illinois.

Waukegan Jail permits inmates to receive written letters (in blue or black ink and pencil) and care packages from their families and loved ones. Inmates do not receive mails or packages directly due to security reasons.

Before sending a package, it is always advisable to check with the inmate what they need. The packages also have to be approved by the facility administration. It takes 10 to 21 days for a package to be delivered to the inmate. Providers are not limited, but you can check the Waukegan Jail website for the approved ones by entering the inmate’s ID and where they are housed.

It is advisable to engage the facility’s authorities before sending a package for approval; you can also call a staff member for further direction. Food and Personal hygiene items are generally allowed. Reading material will only be allowed if sent to the inmate directly from the publisher.

Inmates are permitted to receive funds to be deposited into their commissary accounts. Such enable the inmate to purchase snacks, clothes, entertainment, and beverages. Visitors coming to see the inmates are allowed to deposit cash at the Prison's administrative office.

You must include the inmate’s ID, first and last name at the back of the slip if you send money through money order or checks.

Can Inmates Make Calls?

Inmates are only allowed to make calls to people who are on their approved lists. They are permitted a maximum of 30 minutes, which can be reduced to only 10 minutes during rush hours. Calling time is between 7:00 AM and 7:30 PM. An inmate gets one free call when being brought to the facility. The receiver meets the inmate's costs when the inmate is fully booked to the jail facility (collect calls). Inmates can only make calls to landlines and not cell phones.

Visitation Schedule

Waukegan jail allows inmates to receive visitors all the seven days of the week from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM except during meal times and court sessions. The facility does not permit visits on the 31st of every month. Before visiting an inmate, you must know their arrest number and date of birth on the Waukegan Police Department's website.

A visitor is required to provide their government-issued ID upon the visit. The jail allows only three visitors at a time, exempting toddlers/infants. Visitors under 16 years are only allowed if accompanied by a guardian and is an immediate family member of the inmate. Inmates get a maximum of two visits in a week. The facility can deny an inmate visit if they are incarcerated for domestic violence.

The Waukegan Police Department serves the community by protecting citizens and property, preventing crime, enforcing laws, and maintaining order. Our Department's main goal is to contribute to the quality of life in Waukegan.

The Waukegan Police Department is comprised of 148 sworn police officers that cover the residential and commercial areas around our City.


The main goal of the Waukegan Police Department is to create and maintain a safe, secure environment for all Waukegan citizens. We strive to accomplish this goal through proactive community programs designed to prevent crime as well as efficient, thorough investigations of crimes committed.

  • Police Administration 
  • Patrol  
  • Neighborhood Policing 
  • Criminal Investigations 
  • Property/Evidence 
  • Communications 
  • Traffic & Records 
  • Animal Control 
  • Training & Recruitment 

The Waukegan Police Department utilizes the services of to publish crime information in Waukegan.  Please check their website for up-to-date crime information.

Also, visit our Waukegan Police Department Photo Gallery for some historic photographs uncovered in our archives!

Contact Us

Waukegan Police Department
Wayne Walles
Chief of Police

101 N West St.
Waukegan, IL 60085

847-360-9853 (fax)

Administrative Hours:

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday - Friday