jail-floor.08Main Number 815-319-6600

 Inmate Rules / Handbook


Mail must be of normal size and not contain any contraband as outlined in the rules and regulations of the Winnebago County Corrections Bureau. The inmate number (MID) is not necessary, but is helpful in directing mail to inmate. To find an inmate's MID number visit http://inmates.winnebagosheriff.com/.

All inmate mail must be sent to the following address:

Inmate’s full name & MID Number
Winnebago County Jail
650 West State Street
Rockford, Illinois 61102

Inmate Funds

The jail maintains a commissary system to provide detainees with approved items that are not supplied by the jail. Funds for the purchase of these items may be added to an inmate's account in the following ways:


  1.  Cobra Lobby Cashier - located in the lobby of the Criminal Justice Center. Cash, pin debit, or credit card accepted.  Applicable fees will apply.

  2. By Telephone or Internet - deposits to inmate accounts can be made through Government Payment Services 1-888-277-2535 or https://www.govpaynow.com/gps/user/.

    The Facility Code is RFD
    The Pay Location Code for Commissary Deposits is 5500
    The Pay Location Coded for Accounts Receivable (Nurse visits, etc) is 3500

    Mimimum Deposit = $25.00 - Maximum Deposit = $100
    Phone Service Fee = $6.75
    Internet Service Fee = $5.25
    Maximum transaction amount per week = $200
    Maximum of 5 transactions per week 

                 To deposit funds for inmate calls see the Phone Calls section below.

NOTE: Once funds are placed on an inmate's account they become the property of that inmate.

Questions or problems with the Cobra Lobby Cashier should be directed to Swanson's at 1-608-221-7651. 

Inmate Costs

Persons lodged in the Winnebago County Jail are expected to pay for services while incarcerated. These charges include:

Medical Visit

Dental Visit       $10.00


If an inmate does not have money on the books for medical or dental services, it can be taken from their commissary account when a deposit is made or the balance owed can be collected upon their next incarceration. No inmate is refused medical or dental services for an inability to pay, but inmates pay, if able, prior to receiving commissary items.

Commissary Items

View the  Commissary List  for items and prices available for purchase. PRICES AND AVAILABILITY ARE NOT GUARANTEED AND MAY BE CHANGED AT ANY TIME.

Phone Calls

Global Tel Link or GTL uses Offenderconnect to process payments for inmate phone accounts.

          Debit        Collect           Prepaid
Connection Fee + 1st Minute         $1.25         $3.25            $2.25
Usage Fee $.25 for each additional minute plus tax for up to 15 minutes      

Debit uses the inmate's commissary money allowing inmate to call anyone. Prepaid are funds set up to allow inmate to only call a designated number.

Please use the link below or log onto http://www.offenderconnect.com/ for more information regarding the inmate telephone account system. You may also telephone 1-800-483-8314.

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The Global Tel Link customer service number is 1-877-650-4249. 

To Block Inmate Calls

Inmate calls can be blocked by calling Global Tel Link toll free at 1-877-650-4249 and speaking to a Customer Service Representative.

 Visitation Hours
Visits are scheduled by the First Letter of the Inmate's Last Name.

Last names that start with letter A-M
Monday & Wednesday 7pm, 8pm, 9pm
Saturday 8-9am AND 1pm, 2pm, 3pm

Last names that start with letters N-Z
Tuesday & Thursday 7pm, 8pm, 9pm
Sunday 8-9am, AND 1pm, 2pm, 3pm 

Saturday and Sunday Morning: 8am and 9am Segregation Visiting Hours

Inmates are responsible for scheduling their own visits.

Visits are limited to one adult and one child at a time and last 30 minutes for inmates in general population, and 15 minutes for inmates in segregation. All personal visits will be conducted via video visitation and take place at the Winnebago County Justice Center, 650 West State Street, Rockford, IL 61102, in the video visitation room.

Visitors should report 15 minutes before the scheduled visits.

Attorneys, pre-trial and probation shall be permitted to visit inmates at reasonable hours. An area for interview shall be provided in either video visitation or the housing unit interview rooms to ensure privacy. Proper identification must be provided.

Clergy from recognized religious groups shall be permitted to visit detainees at reasonable hours in the private video visitation booths.

With all visits, proper identification must be provided, and all property is subject to a search.

For additional information on visits such as inmate's visit list and scheduled visits contact Video Visitation at 815-319-6162.

Inmate Release 

A Bond Out fee of $30.00 is charged in addition to the required bond amount.

Funds remaining on an  inmate's account are deposited onto a debit card and issued to the inmate at the time of release. Once the debit card is issued the carholder must contact Release Pay for any questions or concerns at http://www.releasepay.com/ or Customer Service Toll Free 877-592-1118
24-hour Automated Support - Live Agent 7 a.m. - 7 p.m. MST.