Glen Austin | Deputy Director Central District
Glen Austin was named deputy director of the Central District for the Illinois Department of Corrections on June 10, 2013. In this position, Austin will be responsible for overseeing the operations of all adult correctional centers within the central region, which includes the Central District Reception and Classification Center.
Austin has been employed with the IDOC since October 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 April 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 October 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, but were not limited to, 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.
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.