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[IL] REGISTERS OF PRISONERS
Following is the information available (from the State of Illinois
Registers are of prisoners received at the Alton prison (1833-1860) and the Joliet/Stateville site (1860-1975). Registers variously provide the prisoner's registration number and name; date received; names of aliases used; name of the county in which the crime was committed; description of the crime; sentence term; prisoner's plea; his age, height,complexion, hair and eye colors, birthplace, and length of residence in Illinois; indication that his parents are living or dead; their residence; his marital status and, if married, his wife's residence; his religious affiliation, habits (e.g., drinks, smokes, chews), and education; the term of the court which convicted him; and his disposition (e.g., discharged, paroled, escaped, sent to insane asylum,died).
Beginning October 1885 also provided are the prisoner's weight,
For the period February 15, 1854-September 27, 1878; September 14,
For those who might have had an ancestor or relative incarcerated there, this appears to be a gold mine of information. Here's the link to the Illinois Trails History and Genealogy page for more information: