If you know someone incarcerated at the Graham Correctional Center, you can send pictures to them. At Inmate Photos, we specialize in sending pictures to people who are in jail or prison. Graham Correctional Center is one of more than 4,000 state and federal prisons, jails, and youth detention centers where we send pictures.
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Graham Correctional Center was built in 1980 and originally housed 750 inmates. The same grounds house an Illinois Department of Corrections reception and classification center. It houses men.
Graham Correctional Center is an Illinois Level 4 facility, meaning it falls in the middle of the security spectrum from prisons in The Land of Lincoln. Inmates are housed in cells and movement between areas is limited. Inmates are allowed free access to the dayroom areas after breakfast until 10 p.m. each night. Inmates here are ranked medium to minimum security risks.
The reception and classification center houses men for two to three weeks. Other factors like court orders, medical issues, and early release mean an inmate could be held for less time or more time. The men are introduced to the prison system and examined by the medical department. Once cleared, the inmates are moved to a permanent facility within the Illinois state prison system. Movement and privileges are restricted at the intake center. Inmates at the reception center can still receive mail.
The prison also houses a dialysis unit for inmates with kidney problems.
Graham Correctional Center is northeast of St. Louis and is located in the southern part of Illinois. It is just east of Taylor Springs, IL, on Illinois Route 185. It sits on 117 acres and has 50 buildings on the property.
The prison appeared in the 2017 science fiction novel “The Dispatcher,” written by John Scalzi.
If you want to send pictures to a loved one at Graham Correctional Center, you must mail them. The prison will not allow you to take photos into the prison to give to an inmate during a visit.
The prison has rules for sending pictures. The rule starts with the address. You must address the envelope as follows:
Inmate Name & IDOC#
Graham Correctional Center
12078 Illinois Route 185
Hillsboro, IL 62049
You can find the IDOC number through the Illinois Department of Corrections website.
The prison also has rules regarding what the pictures may show. Some of the rules are:
The prison staff opens and inspects all incoming inmate mail. Anything that violates prison rules is discarded or returned to the sender. From time to time, the prison may update these rules. Inmate Photos keeps an updated list of the rules for the Graham Correctional Center. When you send photos through our service, we make sure you get the most current list of rules.
Illinois is rolling out an electronic messaging system for inmates. At present, inmates can only receive messages through the email system indirectly. All email is opened and read by the prison staff. If anything violates prison rules, the inmate will not get the message or pictures.
All messages and pictures are printed on plain copier paper in black and white ink. Your color images are converted to black and white. With Inmate Photos, you can be sure your color pictures are printed in brilliant color inks and delivered to your loved one.
Inmate Photos sends pictures to people behind bars in more than 4,000 facilities across the United States. We make it easy to send photos to someone important to you at Graham Correctional Center. Here is the process.
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We print your pictures on photo paper using the best archival inks we can buy. Your pictures will last for decades. When that important person leaves prison or is transferred to a new facility, they can take the pictures with them.
We put the person’s name and Department of Corrections number on the back of each image. This is often required and highly recommended where it is not a requirement.
We mail the pictures. If the prison has a limit on the number of images a person may receive in one envelope, we sort the photos into more than one envelope. We mail each envelope several days apart to comply with prison system rules.
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