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IDOC encourages parolees to participate in the 2010 U.S. Census questionnaire 

Springfield – March 24, 2010 – The Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC) is committed to promoting U.S. Census awareness regarding populations under its management and supervision.

Parolees are encouraged to participate in the 2010 U.S. Census questionnaire.  Parolees will be notified with a voice message when they call into the Automated Management Services (AMS), which is a central communication center that documents and provides 24-hour information management to IDOC on all parolees.  IDOC parole agents will also be reminding parolees about the importance of participating in the U.S. Census when meeting with them in the community.

The Census counts every resident in the U.S. and is required by the constitution to take place every 10 years.  Being counted helps determine the amount of dollars awarded to community programs.  The 2010 Census will help communities throughout the U.S. receive more than $400 billion in federal funds each year for numerous programs, including those that help ex-offenders get an even footing, such as public transportation, job training and placement, affordable housing, substance abuse treatment, reentry services, healthcare services and education.

The Census is confidential and is easy and quick to complete the 10 questions.  Residents can request help in completing the questionnaires at numerous community organizations, including libraries.  Telephone assistance in completing questionnaires is available by calling a Telephone Questionnaire Assistance Center at 866-872-6868 (English), 866-928-2010 (Spanish), between 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. local time, seven days a week through July 30, 2010.  For more information, visit www.2010.census.gov.