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Glen Austin | Chief of Performance Based Standards

Glen Austin was named chief of Performance Based Standards on May 16, 2014.

Austin joined the Illinois Department of Corrections in 2005. From 2005 – 2010, he oversaw, developed and maintained infectious disease prevention education and training for high-risk offenders within adult correctional centers and adult transitional centers statewide. In addition to working with administrative staff statewide, he also worked closely with the Illinois Department of Public Health and numerous community-based organizations to establish and ensure linkage to care and direct client services for offenders upon release.

In 2010, he was named assistant warden of programs at Jacksonville Correctional Center, where he oversaw all aspects of programming within Jacksonville Correctional Center, Pittsfield Work Camp and Greene County Work Camp. In this capacity, he worked to ensure a sound system of programs for offenders that included re-entry summits, educational services and drug treatment services for offenders in an effort to decrease the facility’s recidivism rate.

In 2011, Austin was named acting warden of Jacksonville Correctional Center and later named warden in 2012. As warden, he was responsible for all aspects of facility operations along with the operations of Pittsfield Work Camp and Greene County Work Camp. His duties included overseeing the safe and secure incarceration of 1,600 offenders at three separate facilities, providing a sound system of programs to help them successfully reenter into society, overseeing the administration of personnel and coordinating emergency responses during crisis situations.

Austin was named deputy director of the Central District for IDOC in 2013. In this position, he oversaw the operations of all adult correctional centers within the central region, which included the Central District Reception and Classification Center.

Prior to joining IDOC, Austin worked as a treatment specialist for Sangamon County Juvenile Probation and Court Services where he was responsible for programming and all aspects of juvenile detention services.

Austin attended the University of Illinois-Chicago, where he received a bachelor’s degree in information and decision sciences from the College of Business in 2003.

Scope of Operations

The agency promotes effective management by systematically reviewing standards and activities of the Illinois Department of Corrections for the purpose of;

  • Analyzing compliance with existing laws, department rules, regulations, directives, standards, or policies;
  • Assessing efficiency and effectiveness in utilization of resources,
  • Determining whether desired results are being achieved; and
  • Providing consultation to encourage compliance and promote greater administrative, operational, and program efficiency and effectiveness.

The Office of Performance Based Standards is responsible for the management of performance-based compliance procedures. Assigned regional auditors serve as audit team leaders in the field as well as providing technical compliance support to assigned facilities and sites. The office also establishes an annual fiscal year audit schedule. All correctional facilities and adult transition centers are audited by the Office of Performance Based Standards on an annual basis unless otherwise directed. All facilities and offices are required to conduct internal audits on a monthly basic according to their respective internal audit schedule. Fundamentally, the internal audit system at each facility and site is audited annually by the Office of Performance Based Standards to ensure compliance with requirements.