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Feds complete review of Illinois prisons 

National Institute of Corrections Team
IDOC Director Michael P. Randle (front row, second right) is joined by numerous IDOC staff, including the wardens of Pontiac, Dwight, Sheridan and Stateville Correctional Centers as well as representatives of the National Institute of Corrections.

Springfield – March 19, 2010 – The National Institute of Corrections (NIC) conducted an audit of security practices at Pontiac, Dwight and Sheridan Correctional Centers in Northern Illinois today.  This security audit determines the extent to which policy, procedure, standards and practices combine to provide a safe and secure institutional environment.

The function of this security audit is to determine the risk of a significant security problem in the event of injury, escape, disruption or destruction of property.  These assessments are the process of determining the risk remaining after all of the normal management safeguards have been applied.  Those safeguards include clarity of policy, procedure, training and daily supervisory activities.

According to NIC Specialist Rob Jeffreys, major aspects of an institution’s security program are detailed in this evaluation.  NIC team members also said that they have found morale to be high and were impressed with the leadership at Pontiac, Dwight and Sheridan Correctional Centers.

Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC) Director Michael P. Randle said, “We are pleased to have this opportunity to work with NIC on security practices at our prisons.  Gaining a fresh perspective on our security operations is an invaluable tool we can use to reassess our action plan and tweak the system.  Our goal is always the safety of the public, our staff and the inmates.  This comprehensive security audit program is a major step in reducing the risks in prison operations.”

IDOC operates 28 prisons throughout Illinois in addition to work camps, boot camps and adult transition centers.  The agency is committed to operating a safe and secure prison system as well as enhancing prison-based treatment, prevention programs and the successful reentry of inmates into society.

NIC is an agency within the U.S. Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Prisons.  NIC provides training, technical assistance, information services and policy and program development assistance to federal, state and local correctional agencies.