Murphysboro Life Skills Re-Entry Center

The Murphysboro Life Skills Re-Entry Center is a supervised transitional facility for adult male inmates who are within one to four years of the end of their sentence with the Illinois Department of Corrections. This facility is located in Murphysboro, Illinois, and can house a maximum of 240 inmates.

The Murphysboro Life Skills Re-Entry Center opened in 2018, and offers educational, job readiness, and cognitive behavior therapy courses.

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Visiting Hours and Rules

Visiting hours at the Murphysboro Life Skills Re-Entry Center are seven days a week, and currently based on scheduling availability and vaccination status.

Visitor Approval

All adult visitors must be on the inmate's approved visitation list in order to visit. Inmates are responsible for arranging their visits and notifying their visitors of their visiting status. 

Video Visits

Video visitation is available Sunday through Saturday from 8:00 am to 9:00 pm. Do not call the facility to schedule a video visit.

All potential visitors must register with GTL and complete a prospective visitor interview form. All visitors must fully complete this form with GTL -- even if they have completed this form at a facility. 

Visitors should log on to the GTL 15 minutes prior to the scheduled start time. 

  • An offender may only receive one video visit per day.
    • No more than three approved visitors per video visit for offenders confined in general population or protective custody status.
  • An offender may receive only two video visits per week
  • All video visits must be scheduled at least seven days in advance.
  • Visits may be scheduled up to 30 days in advance.
  • Only scheduled visitors may appear in the video visit monitor.
    • One visitor on screen at a time, excluding children who need assistance sitting for the visit.

All video visits are monitored live and recorded. Any violation of visitation rules, inappropriate conduct, or language may be subject to immediate termination of the video visit with or without warning. 

In-Person Visits

The Illinois Department of Corrections is implementing a multi-phase plan to resume in-person visits as safely as possible. The number of visitors per two-hour time slot is limited. 

As of August 2021, they are in phase two of the process. Phase two loosens restrictions for visitors and incarcerated people who are fully vaccinated. At this time, each incarcerated person is permitted three visits per month. To visit an inmate at Murphysboro Life Skills Re-Entry Center, you must sign up at least seven days in advance.

All visitors must be at the facility at least 10 minutes prior to their scheduled visit time.

Visitors who arrive late and miss their scheduled visit will not be penalized and will be allowed to reschedule without the visit being counted against them. 

Please contact the Facility Visit Coordinator at (618) 565-2944 with any questions or concerns.

General Visiting Rules

Visitation is encouraged to help incarcerated men and women maintain ties with family, friends, and others in the community. 

All adult visitors are required to have a current photo ID, such as a driver’s license, a state identification card or acceptable documentation of non-US citizenship including a current passport, Visa or Matricula, and documentation that includes their date of birth. 

Visitors are not allowed to bring electronic devices (such as cell phones, smartwatches, tablets, or laptops), food, drink, smoking materials, currency, packages, purses, bags, sacks, books, magazines, sunglasses, or personal keys into the Visiting Room. Visitors must put personal items in small lockers that are available at no charge. 

Items that a visitor may possess inside the visiting room or in a secured locker, unless otherwise approved by the CAO, shall include: 

  • Any item approved for an ADA request for reasonable accommodation. 
  • One identification card
  • One key fob or car door key without remote attachment
  • One locker key; if issued
  • One jacket or coat appropriate for the weather
  • Religious headgear, and
  • Lifesaving medication

If visiting with an infant or toddler, the following items may be brought into the visiting room in a clear plastic bag or container:

  • Three diapers and wipes
  • One blanket
  • Two filled clear plastic bottles; two sealed containers of baby food; a combination of one bottle and one sealed container of baby food
  • One change of clothes
  • One bib
  • One pacifier
  • One plastic spoon
  • One clear empty cup with lid
  • One coat or jacket and one hat
  • One pair of gloves or mittens during appropriate weather

Dress Code

All adult visitors must be dressed appropriately for a prison environment or the visit will not be permitted.

Clothing must not advertise or suggest any items that signify a Security Threat Group or other illegal activity. Visitors should not wear clothing that is sexually explicit, offensive, or degrading. All visitors must wear underwear and female visitors must wear a bra. 

Visitors should not wear clothing which reveals the buttocks or breasts. Examples of appropriate and inappropriate dress for visitors are: 

  • Dresses, shorts, or skirts must extend to the knee
  • Clothing that compromises the integrity of safety/security such as gang affiliated symbols and communication that may negatively impact ability to control the population
  • No see through/sheer clothing
  • No holes, tears, or “cutouts” in clothing above the knee
  • No tube tops, halter tops, tank tops, swimsuits, or swimsuit tops
  • Loose fitting clothing is encouraged but not required
  • Visitors may be permitted to wear religious headgear if there are no safety or security concerns. Wigs are not considered headgear and will not result in the denial of visits. 
  • Visitors may wear two rings (inclusive of one wedding ring), one pair of earrings, and piercings that cannot be removed.

Physical Address

Murphysboro Life Skills Re-Entry Center
636 Elza Brantley Dr.
Murphysboro, IL 62966

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General Phone Number

(618) 565-2944

Inmate Mailing Address(es)

Murphysboro Life Skills Re-Entry Center
Inmate name and number
636 Elza Brantley Dr.
Murphysboro, IL 62966

How to Call an Inmate

You can't call a resident who is part of the Murphysboro Life Skills Re-Entry Center, but they do have access to phones during certain hours and are allowed to make outgoing calls.

How to Send Money

You can send money to a resident at the Murphysboro Life Skills Re-Entry Center via the following methods. (You must use the inmate's IDOC number and legal name for all electronic transfer of funds.)

Money Orders

Money orders must be sent with a lockbox deposit slip and must be complete with the inmate name, IDOC inmate number, sender’s name, and address. 

Deposit slips are available by clicking here. The money orders should be made payable to JPay and sent with the deposit slip to: 

PO Box 260250
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Programs For Inmates


  • Pre-vocational and re-entry related Life Skills
  • ABE (Adult Basic Education)
  • HSE (High School Equivalency)

Murphysboro offers vocational programs, volunteer opportunities, clinical services, mental health services, recreation, and religious programming.

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Careers at Murphysboro Life Skills Re-Entry Center

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