Chain O'Lakes Correctional Facility

The Chain O’ Lakes Correctional Facility is a medium-security prison for men located in Noble County Inside the Chain O’ Lakes State Park.

The facility was established in 1967 and consisted of one building with a population of 54 offenders. Chain O’ Lakes now consists of six buildings and houses, 154 adult male offenders, offering a wide variety of educational and treatment programs to aid each offender with his transition back into the community

The facility also provides a variety of work crews throughout North East Indiana. Work crews help maintain Pokagon State Park as well as Chain O’ Lakes State Park. Crews work closely with the Noble County Surveyor's office, Indiana Department of Transportation, and the local community on special projects that range from helping sandbagging when it floods to planting and maintaining flowers around the community.

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Visiting Hours and Rules

The visiting hours at Chain O’Lakes Correctional Facility are as follows:

East Dorm: Saturday from 8:30 am to 10:30 am
South Dorm: Saturday from 12:45 pm to 2:45 pm
North Dorm:Sunday from 8:30 am to 10:30 am
East Dorm:Sunday from 12:45 pm to 2:45 pm

** Work Release Residents can visit on either day/hours (Saturday/Sunday)**

Please remember to always contact the facility before coming to visit. For the latest visit updates, call (260) 636-3114.

Visitors List

In order to visit an inmate, you must be on their visitors’ list. The inmate has been given information on how to put someone on their visitors list. If you are uncertain as to whether you are on the offender’s visitors list, please contact the inmate via mail. Do not call the facility for this information. It cannot be given over the phone. 


All visitors entering Chain O’Lakes Correctional Facility are subjected to a frisk search by staff which includes the breast and groin area being physically searched. With the visitor’s consent, this search may be conducted by staff of either gender. 

Additionally, visitors entering visiting areas are subject to additional searches using metal detectors and ion scanning equipment. Specially trained search dogs (K-9s) may be used as a part of the search process both prior to a visitor entering the visiting area and in the actual visiting room during visits. 

If a visitor does not wish to be searched either by hand or by using other means, they should not attempt to enter a Department of Correction facility. 


Visitors must register with staff prior to entering the visiting area. You will be required to sign the entry log and be approved for the visit before you are allowed to enter the visiting area. 

Everyone 16 years old or older is required to show a picture identification. All visitors must present valid identification each time they visit. The only forms of identification accepted by the DOC are: valid driver’s license from the state of residence, valid state photo identification card from the state of residence, valid photo military identification card (active duty only), or a valid passport. 


Visitors under the age of 18 years of age must be accompanied by their parent or legal guardian at all times while on facility grounds. 

Dress Code

Visitors must wear clothing that poses no threat to the security, custody, or maintenance of order at the facility. The following standards are to be met: 

  • Undergarments must be worn at all times
  • Shoes must be worn, except for infants who are carried
  • Tight fitting pants, such as stirrup, lycra pants, or leggings, aren’t allowed 
  • Dresses, skirts, or shorts must be no shorter than two inches above the knee and not have deep slits
  • Halter or tank tops, tube tops, sheer, see-through, or low-cut clothing is not permitted 
  • All visitors must wear a shirt/blouse with sleeves 
  • No jewelry, except a wedding band or set, may be worn in the visitation area 
  • Hats or other head coverings are not permitted, except as required by religious beliefs 
  • No heavy coats, hooded sweatshirts, or sweaters will be permitted in the visiting area

What you can and can’t bring to a visit

Visitors are not permitted to possess or carry the following items into the visiting area: 

Firearms, weapons, knives, ammunition, narcotics, medication (unless the medication is life-saving or life-sustaining), controlled substances, alcoholic beverages, marijuana, tobacco and tobacco related items, cameras, video, and audio recording equipment and electronic devices, including, but not limited to: cameras, cellular telephones, pagers, blackberries, radios, tape recorders, etc. 

Visitors may not carry anything into the visiting area except one clear, plastic baby bottle and/or pacifier and one diaper.

Each adult visitor is allowed to bring up to $ 20.00 (coins only) into the visiting area to be used to purchase items from vending machines. Visitors are not allowed to give any money to an offender. Giving money to an offender is considered trafficking and will cause the visit to be stopped and the visitor restricted from visiting the offender in the future. 

Physical Address

Chain O'Lakes Correctional Facility
3516 E 75 South
Albion, IN 46701

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Inmate Mailing Address(es)

Inmate Name and DOC Number
Chain O'Lakes Correctional Facility
3516 E 75 South
Albion, IN 46701

How to Call an Inmate

You can’t call an inmate at the Chain O'Lakes Correctional Facility. Inmates do have access to a phone during assigned times, and they can make outgoing calls. For complete details on how to call an inmate in Indiana, please click here.

How to Send Money

You can send money to an inmate at Chain O’Lakes Correctional Facility by using JPAY money orders.

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

Deposit slips can be obtained at The money orders should be sent with a deposit slip, be made payable to JPay, and sent to the following address:

PO Box 260250
Hollywood, FL 33026

​Programs For ​Inmates

Upon arrival at Chain O’Lakes Correctional Facility, the inmate meets with Case Management staff to begin building their Case Plan. The Case Plan is developed from the results of the Indiana Risk Assessment System (IRAS), which is based on the following criminogenic risk domains:

  • Criminal History
  • School and Employment
  • Family and Social Support
  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health
  • Criminal Lifestyle

By focusing on these risk domains, Case Management staff can identify solution-based programming that helps break down barriers to successful Re-Entry.

The Indiana Department of Correction offers a wide selection of programming, courses, and activities based on both facility and offender need as well as available resources. 

Listed below are a number of current programming opportunities available at the facility. While some are led by staff, many are volunteer-driven. 

  • Inside Out Dads
  • Substance Abuse
  • Purdue Master Gardener
  • All Pro Dad’s
  • Thinking for a Change

The Department utilizes Thinking for a Change version 4.0 is an innovative, evidence-based cognitive behavioral curriculum from the National Institute of Corrections (NIC) that has broadly influenced the correctional field and the way correctional facilitators work with offenders. Studies have shown that, when implemented with integrity, it can reduce recidivism among offenders. Lessons focus on the development of social and problem solving skills.

  • Anger Management

The course helps participants to understand anger, making a plan for anger, cognitive restructuring, alternatives to expressing anger, and related training.

  • Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace University

The Dave Ramsey Financial Peace University course (FPU) is a nine-week course that helps people dump their debt, get control of their money and learn new financial behaviors that are founded on commitment and accountability.

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