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Acting Director of the Illinois Department of Corrections - Gladyse C. Taylor

Gladyse C. Taylor | Assistant Director

Gladyse C. Taylor was confirmed by the Illinois Senate as Illinois Department of Corrections assistant director on May 12, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn first appointed Assistant Director Taylor to the post on May 21, 2010, where she actively participated in the implementation of the 2009 Crime Reduction Act through Risk, Assets and Needs Assessment Task Force (RANA), Adult Redeploy Illinois Oversight Board (ARIOB) and Sentencing Policy Advisory Council (SPAC). Taylor also served as acting director for IDOC from Sept. 17, 2010, to May 2, 2011.

Taylor spent 1-1/2 years at Corrections starting in 2005 where she played a key role in the planning and funding for many of the department’s treatment programs, including program expansion for the Sheridan National Model Drug Treatment and Reentry Program, the Methamphetamine Treatment and Reentry Program at Southwestern Illinois Correctional Center and other key reentry initiatives, including the Statewide Job Preparation programs and Halfway-Back. She also helped to create transitional jobs programs aimed at reducing recidivism and work-to-release programming.

Taylor transitioned from the Governor's Office of Management and Budget where she served as deputy director before returning to IDOC in February 2010 as chief fiscal officer and director of the Public Safety Shared Services Center. In her former roles as chief fiscal officer for IDOC and director of the Public Safety Shared Services Center, Taylor was responsible for formulating fiscal and budgeting policies and plans, developing and coordinating fiscal operations, capital budgeting, procurement, federal and state grant formulation, human resources as well as serving as the liaison for public safety agencies, including Corrections, Juvenile Justice, State Fire Marshall, State Police, Emergency Management and the Prisoner Review Board.

Taylor has a bachelor of science degree in business from DePaul University and has worked in the private sector for divisions of PepsiCo and L’Oreal for over 25 years prior to joining the State of Illinois.

IDOC operates 25 prisons throughout Illinois in addition to work camps, boot camps and adult transition centers. The agency is committed to reducing recidivism, operating a safe and secure prison system as well as enhancing prison-based treatment, prevention programs and the successful reentry of inmates into society.