Sheriff Downey Closes Detention Facilities to Public

March 13, 2020- Kankakee, IL- In an effort to protect inmates in the Jerome Combs Detention Center & Kankakee County Detention Center, as well as staff and the general public from the current COVID 19 pandemic, Sheriff Mike Downey has announced the following changes in operations at both Kankakee County correctional facilities. Effective at 5:00 p.m. today, there will be no more in-house visitation with inmates. All visitations will need to be conducted from remote locations. Instructions for the general public on visitation can be obtained on our website at:

Inmates being brought in to the Jerome Combs Detention Center will also be subject to more intense medical screening questions. All in-house jail programs that are conducted by outside volunteers have all been suspended as well.

These changes will be in place until further notice. Please check back on our social media and website for updates. Please do NOT call the detention center for updated information.

Again, there are no known cases of COVID 19 in either Kankakee County Correctional Facility. These changes are being made out of an abundance of caution during this pandemic.

Anyone with questions or concerns regarding visitation or programs in the Kankakee County Detention Facilities is asked to contact jail administration at (815) 802-7215 or (815) 802-7223.

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