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									Illinois Department of Corrections                                  Recognizing Professionalism

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 November/December 2001
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                                                                            Volume 2 - Number 5

Joliet Correctional Center inmates to be relocated

Joliet Correctional Center, the state’s oldest maximum-security prison for males, will relocate its
inmates and most of its staff following recent budget cuts announced by Governor Ryan. The
move will save up to $4 million in operating costs in Fiscal Year 2002. The 143-year-old facility,
which has mainly served as a reception and classification center since the early 1970s, houses an
average daily population of 1,200 inmates who spend about 10 days in Joliet before being relocated
to other prisons. The facility also houses a general population of about 200 inmates.

Inside: IYC-Kewanee, Lawrence Correctional Center open
        Joliet inmate relocation
           ON THE INSIDE
•     In Memoriam ......................................6
•     Degrees..............................................6     Shaughnessy places second in U.S. Nationals
•     Retirements .......................................7
•     Letters ...............................................8
•     IYC-Kewanee, Lawrence CC open ..9-10
•     Joliet to relocate inmates ...........11-13
•     Place of Honor.............................14-16

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                  George H. Ryan
             Donald N. Snyder Jr.
                Sergio Molina
    Chief of the Office of Communications
                                                                 Steve Shaughnessy, plant maintenance engineer I at General
                   Nic Howell                                    Headquarters, is shown racing in his ‘27 T-Ford, which can reach
        Chief Public Information Officer                         speeds of up to 142 miles per hour. As a competitor with the
                                                                 National Hot Rod Association, Shaughnessy has been competing
                 Brian Fairchild
          Public Information Officer IV                          since 1985 and recently placed second in the U.S. Nationals held
                                                                 Labor Day weekend.
                     Dede Short
                 Editor/Art Director
                                                                     Traveling up to 142 miles per    Ford Probe for first place.
                DOC Report                                       hour, Steve Shaughnessy, plant          Shaughnessy’s spark for rac-
    encourages responses from its read-                          maintenance engineer I at            ing began at an early age.
    ers. Letters or other submissions                            General Headquarters, placed            “My dad raced when I was a
    should be mailed to: Illinois Department
    of Corrections, 1301 Concordia Court,                        second in his ‘27 T-Ford roadster    kid and I began racing in high
    Springfield, IL 62794-9277. The depart-                      in the National Hot Rod              school,” said Shaughnessy, who
    ment reserves the right to edit all                          Association’s U.S. Nationals on      noted that his natural mechanical
    materials submitted.                                         Labor Day Weekend in                 ability also supports his passion
                    Web site address                             Indianapolis. Promoted as one of     for the sport. “I started racing in
             www.idoc.state.il.us                                the most significant races of the    Havana,” he added. “Soon, I
     Printed by authority of the State of Illinois               year, the elimination process        began to get the hang of it and
     19,085 copies, November/December 2001                       involved 173 cars competing in       decided to race with the big
                                                                 eight rounds of racing spread out    guys.”
                                                                 in four days.                           Shaughnessy, who has been
                                                                     ESPN recently featured           competing in the upper division
                                                                 Shaughnessy in the race as well      since 1985, races about every two
                                                                 as the September issue of National   weeks in events held throughout
                                                                 Dragster and Fox News.               the nation. He is sponsored by
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                                                                 enced engine trouble in the last     and Hoosier Tire. ❚
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          photographs or copies.

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                                     General Office holds blood drive for American Red Cross
                                                                          Brian Walton of Information
                                                                          Services is one of 45 employees
                                                                          who donated blood Nov. 2 at
                                                                          DOC Headquarters for the
                                                                          Central Illinois Blood Bank.
                                                                          Under Director Snyder’s
                                                                          encouragement, the blood drive
                                                                          was held as an expression of
                                                                          support and empathy for the
                                                                          victims of the Sept. 11 attacks.
                                                                          Renee Hatfield coordinated the
                                                                          event with the assistance of
                                                                          Nancy Chamberlain-Jones and
                                                                          Donna Hatfield.

C.O. Marilyn Griffith at Hill
is a four-time first place win-
                                     BIg Muddy River CC, Rend Lake College participate in
ner and Shooter of the Year in       CASA program to help abused, neglected children
midwest archery competition.                                              John Duncan (right), vocation-
                                                                          al instructor at Big Muddy
                                                                          River Correctional Center,
Griffith makes her mark                                                   receives an award from Dave
as an archery champion                                                    Vinyard, CASA board mem-
    Correctional Officer Marilyn                                          ber, for his efforts in the con-
Griffith at Hill Correctional                                             struction of playhouses for
Center is a champion in archery                                           CASA, a program that serves
competition. Griffith has compet-                                         more than 183,000 abused and
ed in the Midwest Archer’s                                                neglected children.
Championship for the past six
years, which includes archery           Through the cooperation of        nized by CASA for his efforts in
clubs in Illinois, Iowa and          Big Muddy River Correctional         the program.
Wisconsin. She won first place in    Center and Rend Lake College,           “We really appreciate John
1997, 1998, 2000 and 2001 and        the building trades class has con-   taking time to do this project for
fifth place in 1996 and 1999. She    structed children’s playhouses       CASA,” said Dave Vinyard,
also has won Shooter of the Year     during the past five years for       CASA board member. “Nearly
for 1997, 1998, 1999 and 2001.       CASA, a program that serves          half of our operating budget is
    Griffith, who has been at Hill   abused and neglected children.       raised during this event. There is
since 1988, is involved in the       With CASA providing building         no way CASA could help as
Crisis Intervention Team and         materials, the class donates its     many people as they do without
Tactical Unit. She was a sniper of   time and skills to build custom      this project.”
DOC and is currently a sniper        playhouses. The playhouses are          CASA volunteers are Court
trainer and firearms range           then raffled during the holiday      Appointed Special Advocates for
instructor trainer.                  season at a local mall. The pro-     children appointed by a judge to
    At the Director’s Combined       ceeds are used to fund CASA’s        speak up for abused and neglect-
Weapons Match this year, she         work in Williamson County            ed children in court. Since 1977,
shot high score for the Hill         throughout the next year.            more than 840 CASA programs
Correctional Center team and the        John Duncan, who serves as        and 47,000 volunteers across the
team placed third in overall com-    vocational instructor for the        nation have helped serve 183,000
petition. ❚                          building trades class, was recog-    children. ❚

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                                       Illinois River Correctional Center donates nearly
                                       125,000 pop can tabs to Ronald McDonald House
                                                                                Warden John C. Battles at
                                                                           Illinois River Correctional Center
                                                                           recently announced that staff and
                                                                           inmates of the Leisure Time
                                                                           Services Department have collect-
                                                                           ed and donated 124,947 individ-
                                                                           ual aluminum pop can tabs to the
Correctional Officer Bob                                                   Ronald McDonald House
Smith of Vandalia                                                          Charities in Springfield.
                                                                               If stretched end to end, the
Correctional Center (left) and
                                                                           tabs would cover nearly two
Assistant Warden Alex Jones
                                                                           miles. The donation weighed 84-
of Graham Correctional
                                                                           1/2 pounds.
Center both placed first and                                                   LTS Supervisor Drew Just
set new national powerlifting                                              presented the donation to Ronald
records in their weight divi-                                              McDonald House staff member
sion.                                                                      Celeste McClintock, who noted
                                                                           that this is the second largest sin-
                                                                           gle can tab donation ever
Smith and Jones win                    LTS Supervisor Drew Just at         received by the charity.
powerlifting championship              Illinois River Correctional             The pop tab program sells the
                                       Center (right) presents 124,947     tabs to raise money to help
    The Illinois Department of                                             defray the expenses of the nation-
                                       individual aluminum pop can
Corrections was recently repre-                                            ally known charity which bene-
                                       tabs to Ronald McDonald
sented at the SLP National                                                 fits families and children from
Powerlifting Championships.            House staff member Celeste          central to southern Illinois. These
Assistant Warden Alex Jones at         McClintock. If stretched, the       families travel to Springfield
Graham Correctional Center and         tab donation would extend           seeking medical care for their
Correctional Officer Bob Smith         nearly two miles and is the         seriously ill children.
at Vandalia Correctional Center        second largest donation                 Since opening its doors 15
competed in the Police and Fire        received by the Ronald              years ago, the Ronald McDonald
Division. Both employees               McDonald House, a charity           House has benefitted more than
received first place in their          that has served more than           6,000 families from 74 counties. ❚
respective weight class and both       6,000 families in Illinois in the
set new national records in their      last 15 years.
division for benchpress. Jones
competed in the 198-pound class
and pressed 425 pounds, while
Smith competed in the 181-
                                       Anthony commended for saving a life
pound division, pressing 340                             Correctional Officer Dale Anthony at East
pounds. This was Smith’s first                           Moline Correctional Center recently received a
powerlifting competition. Jones                          Life Saving Award from Milan Police
is the current Illinois record hold-                     Department Chief Dennis Baraks. Anthony,
er in the same division with a                           who serves as sergeant for Milan Auxiliary
435-pound press. ❚                                       Police, received the commendation for his hon-
                                                         orable actions by not allowing a female to jump
                                                         from a bridge.

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Ryman featured as an Illinois artisan in gallery publication
    Deb Ryman, graphic arts           artisans of Illinois and their
technician at General                 works. Through a multi-level
Headquarters, is highlighted as       jury process, Ryman’s glasswork
an Illinois artisan in the publica-   artistry emerged as one of the
tion, Made in Illinois, an artisan    outstanding works of art in
gallery, published by the Illinois    Illinois.
Department of Commerce and                Ryman’s handmade glass
Community Affairs.                    beaded jewelry and beads are
   Through the invitation of First    featured in artisan shops at Rend
Lady Lura Lynn Ryan, represen-        Lake and Chicago and at muse-
tatives of the Illinois Department    um shops at Dixon Mounds and
of Commerce and Community             Springfield as well as in bead          Featured above is a design of
Affairs, Illinois Arts Council,       shops nationwide. Throughout            handmade glass beads by Deb
Capital Development Board,            the year, she also participates         Ryman, who is featured as an
Department of Natural                 locally in fine craft shows.
                                                                              Illinois artisan in the Made in
Resources, Illinois Artisans              To order a free copy of Made in
                                                                              Illinois, an artisan gallery,
Program, Illinois State Museum        Illinois, an artisan gallery, call 1-
and the Office of the Governor        800-2connect or order online at
                                                                              published by the Illinois
joined together to develop a          www.enjoyillinois.com. ❚                Department of Commerce and
unique catalogue to highlight                                                 Community Affairs.

Roper provides assistance to traffic                                          Yargus, Yingst win in
                                                                              weightlifting competition
accident victim, emergency personnel
                       Correctional   responded that she was alone.                                 Two correc-
                   Captain            He described the scene to the dis-                        tional officers
                   Charles Roper      patcher.                                                  from Robinson
                   of Tamms               Suspecting that she was going                         Correctional
                   Correctional       into shock, he reached into the                           Center recently
                   Center recently    window in an attempt to calm                              won in their
                   provided           her and told her to hold and                              respective
                   invaluable         squeeze his hand. She did so                              weight divi-
                   assistance to an   every few seconds. He kept reas-                          sions at the SLP
                   accident victim.   suring her that help was on the         Josh Yargus       Fall Benchpress
   Roper was on I-57 when he          way and that she would be out of                          Classic in
observed a vehicle lying on its       the vehicle soon. He continued                            Mattoon. Josh
side in the southbound passing        to talk to her to keep her con-                           Yargus won the
lane. He immediately called           scious by asking her questions                            181-pound
District 12 State Police in           and even obtaining her name.                              open class with
Effingham and then approached             Roper continued to talk to the                        a lift of 310
the female in the vehicle, who        victim as emergency equipment                             pounds. Earl
was suspended upside down by          was used to cut the top off the                           Yingst set a
her seatbelt.                         vehicle. He also provided assis-                          new Illinois
   Roper observed the victim’s        tance in freeing her from the                             state record in
visible injuries and asked if any-    wreckage. ❚                                               SHW Division,
                                                                              Earl Yingst
one else was in the car. She                                                                    men’s 35-40
                                                                              year old, with a 500-pound lift
                                                                              and a near 520-pounder. ❚

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Dwight Record Office                  Clements named superintendent
receives team award                   at Pittsfield Work Camp                  IN MEMORIAM
                                                              Jerry              Gad Buckhalter, correctional
                                                          Clements, chief    counselor II at IYC-Joliet since
                                                          of security at     1979, died Oct. 19. Buckhalter
                                                          Western Illinois   joined DOC as a social service
                                                          Correctional       career trainee at Sheridan
                                                          Center since       Correctional Center in 1977. He
                                                          June 16, 2001,     became a correctional counselor I
                                                          was named          there in 1978 and later that year
                                                          superintendent     was promoted to a correctional
                                                          at Pittsfield      counselor II. Funeral services
Pat Seep, Fran Landers, Vicki         Work Camp Aug. 1. Clements             were held at the Apostolic House
                                      joined the department at Western       of Prayer in Chicago. ❚
Thomas, Dianne Neal, Carole
Koedyker and Janet Jordan             Illinois Correctional Center as a
were recently recognized with
a Team Effort Ward. The
                                      correctional officer trainee in
                                      January 1989. He became a cor-
                                      rectional officer in April 1989, a
Record Office has been work-          correctional lieutenant in                                    LaDia
ing diligently through an             February 1990 and a correctional                           Jones, correc-
increasing number of parole           captain in June 1990. He trans-                            tional officer at
violators and intake. These           ferred to Pittsfield Work Camp in                          Centralia
employees have shown a true           August 1996. Clements earned a                             Correctional
commitment of completing              bachelor’s degree in sociology                             Center, recently
the job and cross-training each       from Eastern Illinois University                           earned a mas-
other.                                in 1988. ❚                                                 ter’s degree in
                                                                                                 social work
                                      Lee celebrates 25                                          from Southern
                                                                             Illinois University at Carbondale.
Smith helps to save                   years of service                       She graduated in 1995 with a
life of accident victim                                      Phillip Lee,
                                                                             bachelor’s degree in psychology
                                                                             and sociology from Western
                       Sgt. Melvin                       corrections sup-    Illinois University at Macomb.
                   Smith of                              ply supervisor      She joined DOC in 1995 as a cor-
                   Danville                              II at Graham        rectional officer at Southwestern
                   Correctional                          Correctional        Illinois Correctional Center. ❚
                   Center was                            Center, recently
                   instrumental in                       completed 25
                   saving the life                       years of service      Joining ICEMA is easy
                   of a 16-year-old                      with DOC. Lee            Employees can become
                   male following                        began his             members of the Illinois
                   a four-vehicle     career as a correctional officer at      Correctional Employees
pileup on Interstate 74 this year.    Stateville in 1976. He was pro-          Memorial Association
Prior to being extricated from the    moted there in 1978 to supply            through payroll deduction by
vehicle, Smith held a seat up off     supervisor II in charge of the           completing authorization
the youth’s chest for nearly two      inmate commissary. He trans-             card DC198 available in their
hours, allowing him to breath.        ferred to Graham in 1980 in that         payroll office. Membership
The accident, which occurred in a     position and became supply               dues are $24 a year. The
construction zone, sent 10 people     supervisor II responsible for the        deduction amount is $1 per
to the hospital. ❚                    warehouse there in 1990. ❚               pay period.

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  RETIREMENTS                         1974 and was appointed assistant        Labor Relations Unit in
                                      superintendent for operations at        September 1999. Burger joined
                                      IYC-Joliet in 1976. He was              DOC as an educator at Sheridan
                       Lynn C.        named assistant warden for oper-        Correctional Center in 1970 and
                   Avery, assistant   ations at Vandalia in 1977, assis-      became a leisure activity spe-
                   superintendent     tant warden for operations at           cialist V at Joliet in 1977 where
                   for programs at    Graham in 1987 and warden at            he also served as dietary man-
                   IYC-Chicago        Vandalia in 1993. Baker was             ager from 1980 to 1981. He
                   since Feb. 2000,   named assistant deputy director         became an executive III at Joliet
                   retired Oct. 31.   of District 4 in 1999. He earned a      in 1988, supervising the person-
                   Avery joined       master of science degree in edu-        nel office and worker’s compen-
                   DOC in 1971 as     cation from Northern Illinois           sation as well as serving as chief
                   a correctional     University in 1972 and a bachelor       employee review hearing officer
counselor II at the former Giant      of science degree in education          and litigation coordinator. He
City Boys Camp and became clin-       from the same institution in 1970.      was named assistant deputy
ical services supervisor. She                                                 director of District 1 in March
entered private business in 1978                            Sue A.            1999. Burger earned a bachelor
and rejoined DOC in 1984 as                               Brigham,            of science degree in education
supervisor at Jessie “Ma”                                 superintendent      from Northern Illinois
Houston Community                                         at IYC-Valley       University in 1970.
Correctional Center. She became                           View since
Metro CCC supervisor in 1992.                             March 16, 2000,                             Roger D.
Avery was named administrator                             retired Sept. 28                        Cowan, war-
of operations for the Community                           after 30 years of                       den at Menard
Services Division in 1993 and                             service. She                            Correctional
appointed superintendent of                               joined DOC in                           Center since
Community Services Region 1 in        1971 as a social worker at IYC-                             1999, retired
1997. She was named supervisor        Valley View, was promoted to                                July 31 after
of Dixmoor CCC in 1999. Avery         casework supervisor in 1974 and                             nearly 30
earned a master of science degree     to clinical services supervisor in                          years of ser-
in rehabilitation counseling from     1978. She was named assistant                               vice. He
Southern Illinois University at       superintendent for programs at          joined DOC in 1972 as a correc-
Carbondale in 1975 and a bache-       IYC-Valley View in 1997.                tional officer at the former
lor of arts degree in sociology       Brigham earned a master of sci-         Menard Psychiatric Center
from the same institution in 1969.    ence degree in corrections from         where he was promoted to cor-
                                      Chicago State University in 1975        rectional sergeant in 1975 and
                       Mike           and a bachelor of science degree        correctional lieutenant in 1976.
                   Baker, deputy      in social welfare from Ohio State       Cowan was promoted to correc-
                   director of        University in 1967. She served in       tional captain at Menard in 1981
                   District 4 since   the Peace Corps in the Republic         and was appointed chief of
                   Jan. 2, 2001,      of Korea.                               security at Menard Psychiatric
                   retired Sept. 28                                           in January 1986. He transferred
                   after more than                          Bruce             to Menard as chief of security in
                   30 years of ser-                      Burger, chief of     August 1986 and was named
                   vice. He joined                       Labor Relations      unit superintendent in 1987. He
                   DOC in 1970 as                        since Jan. 4,        was named assistant warden for
an educator at the former Illinois                       2000, retired        operations at Menard in 1994. ❚
Industrial School for Boys and                           Aug. 17 after
became an educational adminis-                           more than 30
trator I in 1973. He was named                           years of service.
educational administrator II at                          He was
Sheridan Correctional Center in                          assigned to the

                                                     November/December 2001              DOC Report            7
       Hardin County Work Camp          comfort zones, but wanting to             up the good work! We welcome a
                                        make a difference.                        partnership with DOC.
Deputy Director McVicar:                    On behalf of th entire resident
                                        population with the Public                                   Ruby A. Miser
    On behalf of the Golden Circle      Housing and Section 8 programs, I          Director of Resident Services and
Senior Citizens Council and the         want to express our sincere grati-                     Community Relations
senior citizens of southeastern         tude for the excellent example and
Illinois, we want to express our        challenge that you place on all ser-                             East Moline
appreciation to DOC and the             vice providers. You have shown                           Correctional Center
Hardin County Work Camp for its         that it’s not just talk, and your
part in the recently completed          vision has helped to inspire many.        Warden Wyant:
Operation Pride Program.                    There are about 5,000 residents
    Southeastern Illinois is a very     in our Public Housing and Section            I would like to say a big thank
beautiful part of the state and it is   8 programs. We have over 3,000            you to everyone that helped paint
very gratifying to have the road-       youth between the ages of four and        Rock Island County ESDA
ways clean. It helps instill pride in   20. Our statistics also indicate that     (Emergency Services Disaster
all of us to see things looking so      we service over 1,600 adults and          Agency) garage. It was a very
nice. People passing through the        about 600 seniors and disabled res-       large job and we really appreciate
area can see a community that           idents. The majority of our resi-         the help.
works together and takes pride in       dents are in the extremely low-              Also, thank you to the employ-
their area of the state.                income category with incomes              ees and inmates for the help with
                                        ranging from $0-$10,100.                  the cleanup in Barstown. They did
                    Wanda Conley            As welfare reform became the          a great job.
                 Executive Director     catalyst monumental change, so
                                        must our efforts as we move to                                 Gerry Borkhart
Southwestern Illinois Correctional      reduce the statistics within our                      R.I. Co. ESDA Director
                           Center       juvenile and adult prison systems.
                                        I do believe that it takes a village to              Hanna City Work Camp
Warden Laster:                          raise a child, but we must place
                                        emphasis on building character,           Superintendent Campbell:
    I would like to thank you for       self-esteem and confidence in our
allowing your staff to meet with us     future men and women. The at-                 Thanks for the wonderful job
to promote employment opportu-          risk children in our disadvantaged        your workers did refinishing our
nities with the Department of           neighborhoods skyrocket statistics        gymnasium floor. Vickie Herman
Corrections. It was indeed a privi-     as some of us fight to keep them          and her crew did an excellent job
lege and honor to know that peo-        from reaching the streets and other       and we have received many com-
ple, such as yourself and staff, are    negative environments. We must            pliments. Your services have
committed to making a difference        teach life employability skills to        meant a world of difference to our
in economically deprived commu-         increase the possibility of empow-        community center. The gym is
nities, where high crime, drug traf-    ering more people to become pro-          looking great and we are very
ficking, despair, hostility and gang    ductive and responsible adults. As        appreciative for your program. It
activity for at-risk youth permeate.    you lead by example, you and your         is a great service to local communi-
By taking the time to market and        staff must continue to demonstrate        ties and greater society. Please
promote jobs and empower people         the leadership qualities that you         extend our thanks to your employ-
in this community demonstrates          possess. We can’t save them all.          ees and inmates.
your great leadership skills. It        However, someone that manages to
sends a clear message that it’s not     get on the right path is sure to be a                  Director Amy Davis
all about a paycheck and returning      light gleaming for someone else to                  Elmwood Health Club &
home to our families within our         follow a successful journey. Keep                       Community Center

8       DOC Report              November/December 2001
Illinois Youth Center-Kewanee and Lawrence
Correctional Center begin receiving inmates

Director Donald N. Snyder Jr. meets with the press to discuss the opening of the Illinois Youth
Center at Kewanee on Nov. 13, 2001. The $45 million facility will be able to provide behavioral
treatment and educational programs to as many as 360 juvenile offenders. Lawrence Correctional
Center also began receiving inmates on Nov. 8, 2001. The secure-medium security facility, located
east of Olney, received its first 100 inmates from Menard and Pinckneyville Correctional Centers.
The innovative prison construction at Lawrence Correctional Center includes eight T-shaped cell-
houses designed for improved security and control of inmates.

   Two new DOC facilities began       Ground was broken for the       treatment center that will provide
receiving inmates in early         $45 million juvenile facility at   substance abuse, mental health and
November. Illinois Youth Center-   Kewanee in August 1998. The        sex offender counseling as well as
Kewanee began receiving youths     center received 30 juvenile        educational and vocational pro-
Nov. 6 and inmates began arriv-    offenders on Nov. 6 and has a      grams.
ing at Lawrence Correctional       capacity level of 360 youths.
Center Nov. 8.                     IYC-Kewanee is a behavioral-         Receiving ... continued on page 10

                                                   November/December 2001          DOC Report           9
Receiving ... from page 9

    Lt. Governor Corrine Wood,
Kewanee Mayor Jim Burns, DOC
Director Donald N. Snyder Jr.
and DOC Juvenile Deputy
Director Rod Ahitow attended a
ribbon cutting ceremony at the
youth center Nov. 13.
    In his remarks, Snyder
expressed appreciation to the
Kewanee community for allow-
ing DOC to be a neighbor and
thanked Lt. Governor Wood for
her support and assistance.
                                                         In the top left photo, juvenile
    Wood emphasized how                                  offenders are processed
important the center’s treatment                         through the Holding Unit at
will be in an effort to reform trou-                     IYC-Kewanee as they arrive.
bled youths. The facility will                           The facility received 30 juve-
employ approximately 270 when                            nile inmates on Nov. 6, the
fully operational.                                       first day it began receiving
    Lawrence Correctional Center,                        inmates. In the top right
a secure-medium security facility                        photo, a juvenile offender is
located east of Olney, received its                      fingerprinted in the Bureau of
first 100 inmates from Menard                            Identification Unit. In the
and Pinckneyville Correctional                           bottom photo, a group of
Centers.                                                 inmates are moved to a cell
    The new center will help take
                                                         house at Lawrence
the load off DOC’s crowded
                                                         Correctional Center.
prison population, which has
been operating at about 160 per-
cent of capacity.
    The innovative prison con-
struction at Lawrence
Correctional Center includes
eight T-shaped cellhouses
designed for improved security
and control of inmates. The T-
shaped houses will hold as many
as 238 inmates per house.
    The philosophy of the center
is to have small containable num-
bers of inmates to move and con-
trol. The facility has been modi-
fied to the point that it has a con-
sistent and logical flow of inmate
movement under direct observa-
tion points. ❚

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Director Snyder announces changes associated
with Joliet Correctional Center inmate relocation

Above is the interior tower that overlooks the North Segregation Unit at Joliet Correctional Center.
The 143-year-old prison serves mainly as a reception and classification center for inmates from the
state’s northern counties. The unit screens about 24,000 new inmates each year.

    After housing inmates for 143      to $4 million in operating costs in   scribing to the Times’ news ser-
years, Joliet Correctional Center is   Fiscal Year 2002, according to        vice. DOC officials were even
moving its operations due to a dip     Director Donald N. Snyder Jr. No      contacted by BBC-London for
in state revenue and budget cuts       layoffs are planned in the move.      information on the closure of
needed to make up for the deficit.        The news about Joliet created      inmate cells at the historic prison.
Joliet, the state’s oldest maximum-    headlines across the country. A          The move came in light of
security prison for males, will        recent New York Times article on      decreasing tax revenues in the
close down cellhouses and relo-        the announcement was published        wake of an economic recession--a
cate staff. The move will save up      nationwide by newspapers sub-
                                                                                 Joliet ... continued on page 12

                                                     November/December 2001             DOC Report             11
Joliet ... from page 11                       "There’s really no                other state or Corrections func-
                                                                                tions. However, Joliet citizens and
recession that is being experi-               other place in the                interested buyers throughout the
enced in Illinois as well as the rest     state where we can place              U.S. have also made inquiries
of the nation. In late November,                                                about the 143-year-old limestone
                                          this combination of cuts
Governor George H. Ryan                                                         fortress. Some have mentioned
announced more than $220 mil-               and accomplish these                the possibility of leasing the old
lion in spending reductions                    positive results."               cellhouses to movie companies
designed to help close the gap in                                               interested in the hard-to-find set
the state’s budget caused by a                                                  locations for prison movies.
slumping national economy and           due to the relocation effort.               Snyder pointed out though
the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11,          "An interim relocation of the       that any future use of the site
2001. According to information          Joliet reception unit to Stateville     would have to be reviewed care-
provided by Ryan’s office, as           makes sense especially since we’re      fully by the Governor’s Office
many as 44 other states in the U.S.     going to move into a brand new          before any decisions are made.
are cutting back on spending            Reception and Classification Unit           "Closing the old cellhouses at
because of the economic slow-           that is currently under construc-       Joliet will really be the end of an
down.                                   tion adjacent to Stateville," said      era. But, we have to deal with the
    A majority of the $4 million        Snyder. "Eliminating the costs at       problems in the current budget,
savings will be realized through        Joliet and adding those staff at        and we have to look to the
the relocation of Joliet operations,    Stateville and other facilities will    future," said Snyder.
such as reduced costs in food, util-    serve as a significant benefit of the       As for the history of Joliet,
ities and building repair. General      realignment. We anticipate the          many will remember that it
population inmates from Joliet          move to be completed in February        housed such felons as Babyface
will be sent to correctional facili-    and look forward to it going            Nelson in 1932. For decades, from
ties throughout the state.              smoothly."                              the depression through present
    The Reception and                       DOC currently employs about         day, any notorious criminal from
Classification Unit at Joliet           935 staff at Stateville and 560 staff   the Chicago area would come to
Correctional Center has been its        at Joliet. After the relocation of      Joliet as the first stop of a state
major function. The unit screens        staff from Joliet, additional posi-     prison sentence.
about 24,000 new inmates enter-         tions will also need to be filled at        Others will remember Joliet for
ing state prisons each year from        the new Reception and                   the 1980 "Blues Brothers" movie
the northern region of Illinois. A      Classification Unit neighboring         featuring John Belushi, who
slight dip in the projected number      Stateville, which is set to open in     starred as Jake Blues, and the infa-
of inmates coming to prison this        Fiscal Year 2003.                       mous scene of him being released
year should also offset the impact          "There’s really no other place      from Joliet prison.
of closing the Joliet cellhouses.       in the state where we can place             The Joliet prison was created
    Other savings will be realized      this combination of cuts and            by a commission put forth by
with the move, said Snyder. For         accomplish these positive results,"
instance, up to $1 million may be       said Snyder.
saved by eliminating the medical            Snyder added that some opera-
care contract at Joliet. Other sav-     tions would continue at Joliet                 “Closing the old
ings mechanisms are on the table        after the inmate relocation. About        cellhouses at Joliet will
as well, including one-day fur-         20 to 25 employees will cover
loughs of all state employees
                                                                                  really be the end of an
                                        three shifts to secure the site 24
announced by Ryan.                      hours each day, preserving the           era. But, we have to deal
    Officials are reviewing options     state property for possible future       with the problems in the
involving the movement of most          use. Use of non-cellhouse build-
Joliet staff to Stateville. The
                                                                                  current budget, and we
                                        ings could provide further savings
Illinois Youth Center at Joliet and     in the coming fiscal year. The              have to look to the
other Corrections operations in         administration building at the site               future.”
Will County could also see benefit      could be used for office space for

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An original cell, one of the 900 built in 1858 at Joliet Correctional Center, is featured above. The
cell was reconstructed within the enclosure to preserve the history of the prison used to confine
inmates in the 19th Century. The furniture and furnishings of these cells were quite simple, con-
sisting of an iron bedstead, a straw mattress and pillow, woolen blankets, a stool, a tin cup and a
bucket. There was no interior plumbing in the original cellhouses. Fifty-three inmates were trans-
ferred from Alton--at that time the only prison in Illinois--to the newly built Joliet prison on May
22, 1858. By the end of the summer, there were 194 prisoners at Joliet.

President Abraham Lincoln, who          state’s first prison which closed in   construct a female facility. A
wished to site a territorial peniten-   1860.                                  women’s prison opened in 1896
tiary in Joliet. Construction of            In December 1872, Joliet’s         across the street from the Joliet
Joliet began in 1857 and was            inmate population of 1,239 made        prison and operated as the state’s
designed by William Boyington,          it the largest prison in the U.S.--a   only women’s facility until
who also designed the Chicago           distinction it held for several        Dwight opened in 1930.
Water Tower. Thirty-three               decades. Joliet also once housed          Since 1970, Joliet has served as
inmates were first received at          female inmates. Sixteen female         a northern reception and classifi-
Joliet in May 1858. Joliet was          inmates were housed there in           cation center for processing
built partly due to the overcrowd-      December 1872. This number             DOC’s inmates to be sent to other
ing of the prison at Alton, the         increased, resulting in the need to    state prisons in Illinois. ❚

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    Laura Barnes          Larry Provence         Jeff Rovenstine           Sam Askew               Keith Meyer           Kathy Winkeler           Jody Towell
Big Muddy River CC     Big Muddy River CC         Centralia CC            Centralia CC            Centralia CC            Centralia CC            Danville CC
   Office Associate     Correctional Officer    Correctional Officer     Dietary Manager        Correctional Officer     Exec. Secretary I     Correctional Officer
     September               October                   June                    July                   August               September               September

 Kym Van Vickle             Clint Bays             Glenn Strow            Tony Coleman           Donna Ramsey             Linda Ligon          Deborah Shannon
   Danville CC           Ed Jenison WC           Ed Jenison WC             Decatur CC             Decatur CC              Decatur CC             Decatur CC
  Staff Assistant       Correctional Officer    Correctional Officer    Correctional Officer      Exec. Sec. I         Correctional Officer     Office Adm. III
     October                September                October                    July                 July                    August                 August

 Barbara Bolden          Diana Brumleve           Kathy Janssen          Dale Anderson         Katherine Pickering        Diana Diehl            Dina Garland
   Decatur CC              Decatur CC                Dixon CC              Dixon CC                Dixon CC                Dixon CC                Dixon CC
Correctional Officer      Psychologist            Office Associate      RN, Corr. Nurse I       Corr. Counselor II     Correctional Officer       Acct. Tech. I
    September              September                    May                   June                     July                  August               September

     John Nix            Ida Mae Janssen           John Kinkade          Granville Floyd          Cecil Stewart        Christine Brannon        Roberta Fairburn
    Dixon CC               Dwight CC                Dwight CC              Graham CC               Graham CC                Hill CC             Illinois River CC
Correctional Officer      Office Assistant            Sergeant          Correctional Officer    Maint. Eq. Operator    Correctional Officer   Library Technical Asst.
      October                   July                 September              September              September               September                 August

  Eldon Cooper              Ken Dyke                 Kim Hopp            William Cooper           Jeanne Szostak          Brenda Gale             Robert Kelley
  Lawrence CC             Lawrence CC                Logan CC              Logan CC                 Menard CC           Pinckneyville CC        Pinckneyville CC
Correctional Officer    Correctional Officer     Correctional Officer        CLAS II              Office Assistant            LPN              Correctional Officer
      August                September                September               October                September              September               September

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  Jody Goetting         Carl McFarland          Stacey Brown             Lisa Eaton         Laura Flowers           Victoria Goldman          Debra McCrary
Pinckneyville CC       Pinckneyville CC       Pinckneyville CC        Pinckneyville CC     Pinckneyville CC         Pinckneyville CC         Pinckneyville CC
Corr. Counselor II    Correctional Officer     Office Associate        Office Associate   Correctional Officer       Office Associate         Office Associate
     October               October               November                November             November                  November                November

Donna Piotrowski       Sharon Ragland          James Sandage          Chalene Whitley       James Dietiker           Randy Meister            Will Livingston
Pinckneyville CC      Pinckneyville CC        Pinckneyville CC        Pinckneyville CC        Pontiac CC               Pontiac CC              Pontiac CC
 Office Associate      Office Associate       Office Coordinator       Office Associate   Correctional Officer     Correctional Officer       Corr. Sergeant
   November              November                 November               November             September                 October                 November

Yevette Hamilton          Sue Powell           Melissa Morsch           Steve Swett           Cheryl Nagle            Susie Lepore             Bentley Hite
  Shawnee CC            Shawnee CC              Sheridan CC             Sheridan CC            Sheridan CC            Sheridan CC          Southwestern Ill. CC
     CFSSII           Office Coordinator       Office Specialist         Instructor         Correctional Officer    Corr. Counselor II      Correctional Officer
   September               October             Emp. of the Year           August                September                October                September

   Brian Kreke         William Weidling         Rotell Calmes            Fred Maske       Charles Oposnow            Amy Zernicke             Phillip Tyree
Southwestern Ill.CC      Stateville CC          Stateville CC           Stateville CC       Stateville CC            Stateville CC            Stateville CC
  Corr. Lieutenant      Stationary Eng.       Correctional Officer       Steamfitter       Office Assistant        Correctional Officer     Correctional Officer
     October                 April                   May                    June                 July                    August                 September

  Robert Knottek         Debbie Gura            Carmen Frayser         Mike Caldwell          Rick Nannie            Michelle Barnick       David Shinnebarger
   Stateville CC         Stateville CC             Tamms CC              Tamms CC              Tamms CC               Taylorville CC          Taylorville CC
    Electrician       Correctional Clerk II    Correctional Officer   Supply Supervisor    Correctional Officer     Correctional Officer     Food Serv. Supv. II
     October              November                 September              October              November                 September                 August

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  Lloyd Wagner          William Niepert          Stuart Lakin         Travis Wentworth        Eddie Madison        Rudy Mohlenbruck          Guy Huston
   Vandalia CC            Vandalia CC            Vandalia CC              Vienna CC             Vienna CC          Western Illinois CC    Western Illinois CC
  Business Adm.        Correctional Officer   Correctional Officer    Correctional Officer     Corr. Sergeant      Correctional Officer   Correctional Officer
     August                September               October                September              October                 August               September

    Toby Stout           Jeff Milligan           Tony Sanders             Tom Conley            Dennis Crow           Gerald Hysom        Duane Montgomery
Western Illinois CC     IYC-Harrisburg          IYC-Harrisburg             IYC-Joliet         IYC-Murphysboro       IYC-Murphysboro       IYC-Pere Marquette
Correctional Officer    Maint. Craftsman       Youth Supervisor II          Voc. Inst.         Maint. Craftsman       Youth Supv. III      Youth Supervisor II
     October                October                November                September               October           Emp. of the Year           October

                                                                          Not Pictured
                           Bill Boyer              Gina Otte            Shayne Downen          Brent Klockenga        Don Beekman
                          Danville CC           Ed Jenison WC             Lawrence CC            Lincoln CC            Lincoln CC
                           Carpenter           Correctional Officer    Correctional Officer        CLASII            Maint. Craftsman
                           November                November                 October              September               October

                         Lisa MacDonald           Roland Miles           John Anderson             Jimmy Dye          Phoebe Hayes
                           Lincoln CC             Menard CC             IYC-St. Charles         IYC-St. Charles      IYC-St. Charles
                         Office Associate      Correctional Officer        Carpenter             Youth Supv. III      Off. Admin. III
                            November               September                August                   October           September

         ❆ ❆ ❆ ❆ ❆                                                                                       STATISTICS
                                                                                                      Inmates in adult institutions 42,865
                                                                                                      Inmates in contractual            31

                        Happy                                                                         Work release inmates
                                                                                                      Electronic detention
                                                                                                      Women & Children’s Program

                       New Year                                                                       TOTAL ADULT INMATES
                                                                                                      Adult parole
                                                                                                      Juveniles in residence
                                                                                                      Juvenile parole                1,460
                                                                                                      Department employees          16,625

         ❆ ❆ ❆ ❆ ❆                                                                                      DOC statistics as of December 28, 2001

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