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Knox county detention centerTHE KNOX COUNTY JAIL

Effective 1/15/18
We will no longer accept money orders for inmates. You may still add money using the kiosk in the lobby, or by visiting www.inmatecanteen.com.


Video Visitation

The Knox County Jail has implemented a video visitation system which will allow friends and family members to have video visits with an inmate from their home computer.

For more information on Video Visitation at the the
Knox County Jail, visit:

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For more information on Phone Visitation at the Knox County Jail, visit:

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AUTOMATED INFORMATION SERVICE SYSTEM:

The Knox County Jail utilizes the Securus Automated Information Service (AIS) system as a means to provide information about Jail Inmates via an automated telephone service.
The AIS system provides callers with information on a specific Knox County Jail inmate regarding criminal charges, bond amount, court dates, visitation eligibility, commissary balance and facility location. The AIS system updates itself every 15 minutes.

To access the AIS system, call: (309) 345-3739


POSTING INMATE BOND:

Bond is accepted at the Knox County Jail 24hrs/day, 7 days/week.

A $15.00 Jail Processing Fee is applied to ALL bonds.

Change is limited so please try to have the exact bond amount.

The Knox County Jail accepts the following types of bond payments:

  • Cash
  • Money Orders
  • Cashiers Check
  • Credit/Debit Cards
  • Personal checks are NOT accepted.

CREDIT CARD BOND:

Contact Jail staff at (309)345-3760 for inquires on Credit Card Bond.


EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY:

Inmates will NOT be allowed to receive items from visitors.

The only exception are eye glasses.

All other items may be purchased through the Commissary.

Books, magazines and periodicals are accepted only if they are sent directly to the inmate from the publisher, manufacturer or retail store.


Visitation is Temporarily Suspended Due to Covid Restrictions

VISITING HOURS:


Visitation Is Temporarily Suspended Due to Covid Restrictions

VISITATION RULES & REGULATIONS:

ALL items brought to the Knox County Jail are thoroughly searched prior to be given to an inmate.

 

ANY ATTEMPT TO BRING OR SMUGGLE CONTRABAND INTO THE KNOX COUNTY JAIL WILL RESULT IN ARREST AND/OR PERMANENT LOSS OF VISITATION PRIVILEGES.

If a prisoner has no money or prospects of getting money then he or she is given an indigent kit on a weekly basis consisting of:

  • Soap
  • Toothpaste
  • Toothbrush
  • Comb
  • (2) stamped envelopes

Correctional Staff cannot dictate what an inmate purchases from the commissary.


INMATE COMMISSARY ACCOUNTS:

The Knox County Sheriff's Department has a kiosk in the Lobby as an easy way for money to be deposited into an inmate's account at the Knox County Jail. Family and friends are now able to use Cash, Credit and Debit Cards to deposit funds into an inmate's commissary account. The inmate's name is all that is needed to make the deposit.


The kiosk is located in the lobby of the Knox County Sheriff's Department and is available anytime.

Effective 1/15/18

We will no longer accept money orders for inmates.

Inmates Name
C/O Knox County Jail
152 S. Kellogg St.
Galesburg, IL 61401


CASH FOR AN INMATE'S ACCOUNT IS NOT ACCEPTED OTHER THAN THROUGH THE LOBBY KIOSK.


RECEIVING CALLS FROM INMATES:

An inmate at the Knox County Jail has two options regarding phone calls:

1. An inmate may use an automatic phone system in the jail and call any (land line) phone collect. Inmates may not call cell phones collect. When a collect call is received from the inmate an automatic system will advise you it is a collect call and who it is from. If you do not want to pay for the phone call, the system will give you options on how to reject it. If you wish to accept it, follow the commands from the automatic system. Your phone company will charge you for the collect call. Please keep this in mind as these bills can escalate very quickly.

2. An inmate may purchase telephone minutes through the commissary at which time they will be able to make calls, without calling collect. These calls may be made to a home phone or a cell phone. This is a better option to control the cost of calls to your loved ones that are in the Knox County Jail.


If you receive a call from an inmate that you do not want to talk to:

Follow the instructions on the automated system which will give you an option to block any future calls from the facility. If this does not resolve the issue call the Knox County Jail: (309) 345-3760


Prison Rape Elimination Act of 2003

In accordance with the Prison Rape Elimination Act of 2003 (PREA) and the United States Justice Department's Standards to Combat Sexual Abuse in Confinement Facilities (2012), the Knox County Sheriff's Department has established the following means by which citizens can report allegations of sexual abuse occurring within the Knox County Jail.

Phone: (309) 345-6767
Email: kcsdprea@ci.galesburg.il.us

Inmates within the Knox County Jail can report allegations of sexual abuse by dialing "HELP" (4357) from any Inmate Phone or by making the report directly to any staff member.


A Final Word

If you are reviewing this portion of the Knox County Sheriff's Department Web Site then most likely you have a loved one at the Knox County Jail as an Inmate.

We understand that this is a very stressful time both for you and your loved ones, especially if this is the first time he or she has ever been arrested.

We hope that this web page has provided you most of the information that is necessary to help you cope with this situation.

We at the Knox County Jail are also trying to help your loved ones deal with the situation that they are now in.

The question of guilt or innocence is not determined at the Jail--that is a question for the court system.

It is our responsibility to maintain control of and to provide a safe clean environment for inmates that are located in the Jail.

The Jail also provides a library and several education programs.

If you have a concern regarding your loved one, feel free to call the above numbers for the Jail. If you call, please try to remain calm, so you are better able to discuss the situation that is bothering you. If you use profanity or if you yell while speaking with a Correctional Officer, the call will be terminated.

Please remember that your loved one will want to get out of the jail no matter how well he is taken care of while an inmate here. It is not unusual for an inmate to call a parent or spouse and lie about the conditions of the jail, in the hope that the parent or spouse will immediately do whatever is necessary to come up with his or her bond.

If you have a legitimate concern, do not hesitate to contact the Knox County Jail Administrative Staff.

Louis Glossip
Jail Administrator
Knox County Jail
(309) 345-3737
Sgt. Brad Abernathy
Chief of Operations
Knox County Jail
(309) 345-3742

Knox County Law Enforcement Center
Construction 2002

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Additional Information:

2017 IL Dept. of Corrections Jail Inspection Report
2016 IL Dept. of Corrections Jail Inspection Report

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