|THE KNOX COUNTY JAIL
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:
- Money Orders
- Cashiers Check
- Credit/Debit Cards
- Personal checks are NOT accepted.
CREDIT CARD BOND:
The Knox County Sheriff's Department utilizes the services of GovPayNet to accept credit/debit payments for Inmate Bond.
A 7% non-refundable GovPayNet service fee is added to ALL transactions.
GovPayNet accepts the following credit/debit cards:
- American Express
- Discover Card
Card statements will reflect a charge to: Government Payment Services, Inc.
Credit/Debit cards may be used to post bond:
- In person at the Knox County Jail
- By telephone (toll free)
The following information is needed when using a credit/debit card for bond payment:
- Inmate's Name
- Inmate's Date of Birth
- Inmate #, Case # or Warrant #
- Bond Type (10% or full amount)
- Cash Bail Amount (including $15.00 Jail Processing Fee)
Use the appropriate Pay Location Code:
- 2665 - In County Charges/Warrants
- 2666 - Out of County Charges/Warrants
TO PAY BY TELEPHONE:
Inmates will NOT be allowed to receive items from visitors.
The only exceptions are eye glasses & money orders.
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.
Thursdays: 6:00 P.M. - 10:00 P.M.
Sundays: 11:00 A.M. - 3:00 P.M.
VISITATION RULES & REGULATIONS:
All visitors are subject to search upon entering this facility.
Inmates must submit a request for visitors as outlined in the Inmate Handbook.
All persons under the age of eighteen (18) must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian to visit an inmate. No other person may escort an underage person to visitation. Inmates must request permission for underage visitors.
All visits are conducted by video and last approximately 20 minutes.
The inmate will be advised by the Correctional Staff when their time is up.
There are NO Personal Contact or Private Visits at the Knox County Jail.
Visitors must present a valid Photo ID (Drivers License, State Issued ID, United States Military ID, School ID or FOID Cards) at the time of the visitation.
Visitors must check-in with the Correctional Staff and sign the Visitor Log in the Lobby of the Knox County Law Enforcement Center.
No person who has been arrested in the last six (6) months will be allowed to visit.
Appropriate dress attire is required and strictly enforced.
Children must be supervised at ALL times and are NOT allowed to play in the parking lot for their safety.
No Food, Drinks (liquids) or Cell Phones are allowed in the visiting room.
Profanity by inmates or visitors will NOT be tolerated and may result in the termination of the your visit.
Lewd or Disruptive Behavior will NOT be tolerated and will result in permanent loss of visitation privileges.
Failure to follow instructions or disobedience to the Correctional Staff may result in permanent loss of visitation privileges.
Inmates must request any property they wish to have brought to them. Visitors may not leave any item unless it has been pre-approved by the Jail Administrator.
All other items that the inmate needs can be bought through the commissary and will not be accepted at visitation.
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:
(2) stamped envelopes
A list of available Commissary items is posted in the Visitation Room, along with the above Rules and Regulations. Correctional Staff cannot dictate what an inmate purchases from the commissary.
INMATE COMMISSARY ACCOUNTS:
The Knox County Sheriff's Department has implemented the Cobra Cashier Machine 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 Cobra Cashier Machine is located in the lobby of the Knox County Sheriff's Department and is available 7:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M., Monday through Friday (excluding holidays) and during visiting hours.
Money Orders are not accepted by the Cobra Cashier Machine but are still accepted during visiting hours or via US Mail at the address below
C/O Knox County Jail
152 S. Kellogg St.
Galesburg, IL 61401
CASH FOR AN INMATE’S ACCOUNT IS NOT ACCEPTED DURING VISITING HOURS OR VIA MAIL.
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 a Phone Calling Card 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 Administer:
Monday through Friday, 8:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M. call (309) 345-3737
After 4:00 P.M., or on Holidays and weekends call (309) 345-3739 and request to talk to a supervisor.
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.
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.
Veteran's Justice Outreach Program
A Final Word
If you are reviewing this portion of the Knox County Sheriff Department Web Site then most likely you have a loved one, who may be a family member, a friend, or a co-worker at the Knox County Jail as an Inmate.
We understand that this is a very stressful time both for you and your loved ones, 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.
There are many programs available to your loved ones while in the jail, to help him or her adjust to the jail.
The primary program is the Knox County Chaplain Program that is administered in the jail. For more information regarding this visit the "Chaplain's Corner”.
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.
Lt. Craig Carpenter
Knox County Jail
Sgt. Brad Abernathy
Chief of Operations
Knox County Jail
Knox County Law Enforcement Center
2011 IL Dept of Corrections Jail Inspection Report
2010 IL Dept of Corrections Jail Inspection Report