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IDOC promotes HIV/AIDS awareness at Decatur Correctional Center

IDOC promotes HIV/AIDS awareness at Decatur Correctional Center

A kickoff to World AIDS Day educates offenders to lower risky behavior

Decatur – November 30, 2011 – The Illinois Department of Corrections women’s facility in Decatur will observe World AIDS Day with the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) to promote awareness of HIV/AIDS and the risky behaviors that can lead to infection. The program, which includes a panel discussion with health experts from IDPH, a discussion and a visual media presentation, will reach out to approximately 300 of the female offender population at Decatur Correctional Center. This panel will be led by the Springfield Decatur Area Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

“Many of the women who are incarcerated at Decatur Correctional Center are impacted by the unsafe behaviors that could lead to contracting HIV and/or AIDS. The department appreciates the support of Delta Sigma Theta, the Illinois Department of Public Health and all of the volunteers who provide information and resources that positively affect the reentry of these women back into society,” said Director Salvador “Tony” Godinez.

Ten offenders at the Decatur Correctional Center, who serve as peer educators, will also be on hand to provide resources to participants.

“These offenders are trained by staff and are very knowledgeable regarding how the transmission of HIV/AIDS and other communicable diseases can be prevented. They provide offender education at events within the facility and are available to talk confidentially to offenders whenever requested,” said Warden Shelith Hansbro.

Delta Sigma Theta is an international sorority with more than 250,000 members in over 940 chapters in several countries. The sorority supports the World AIDS Campaign by promoting workshops, programs and distributing information. World AIDS Day is officially observed on December 1st.

IDOC operates 27 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, which will lead to lowering recidivism rates.


Illinois Department of Corrections participates in programs, activities in recognition of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month

October 28, 2011 – October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. In recognizing its importance, all Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC) facilities throughout the state are participating in programs and activities to educate and seek solutions to domestic violence. More Department of Corrections (IDOC) facilities...


Department of Corrections “Mom and Me Camp” Celebrates 10th Anniversary

Unique Program Gives Children an Opportunity to Bond with their Incarcerated Mother

DECATUR- August 5, 2011 - The Illinois Department of Corrections will be hosting the Mom and Me Camp Program at two facilities in Central Illinois next week. This unique program will take place August 7 – 10, 2011 at the Lincoln Correctional Center and the Decatur Correctional Center. This is the 10th year for the program in Lincoln, and the fifth year in Decatur.

Mom and Me Camp is a unique program that brings children ages seven through twelve together with their incarcerated mothers for three days of activities at the correctional centers. More Mom and Me Camp...


Department of Corrections Planting Trees for the Future

Dwight CC Tree Planting

Inmates, staff and community engaged in cost-neutral beautification program

DWIGHT - August 1, 2011 - Dwight Correctional Center will host “Planting for the Future” on August 1st at 10:30 a.m. at the women’s facility located at 23813 E. 3200 N. Road in Dwight, Illinois. This program will include the planting of 100 donated trees to the landscape, which currently boasts Civil War era trees. In another budget neutral move trees that are no longer living have been cut down and shredded to be used as mulch for the planting of these new trees. More Corrections Planting Trees for the Future...



llinois Department of Corrections and Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice recognize Correctional Officers of the Year for 2011

Five front line employees awarded top honors

SPRINGFIELD - May 3, 2011 - The Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC) and the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice (IDJJ) today honored five outstanding front line employees as 2011 Correctional Officers of the Year at a ceremony in Springfield. The winners were chosen from a field of nominees, who were nominated for the award by their colleagues. The overall winners were chosen by the departments' executive staff.

IDOC Acting Director S.A. Godinez and IDJJ Director Arthur D. Bishop commended the efforts of front line staff within their respective agencies. More Correctional Officers of the Year for 2011...


IDOC Inmate Work Crews Part of Flood Stop Operation

Cleaning Up After Devastating Storms Hit Southern Illinois Area

CHICAGO - May 2, 2011 - In an effort to help the storm and flood recovery operations the Illinois Department of Corrections began providing assistance to areas of Southern Illinois on Easter, April 24th. Sandbagging operations began on that Sunday at Dixon Springs IIP and that facility has continued their work along with sending crews out into affected communities. They are not alone in their mission. More Flood Stop Operation...


Governor Quinn Announces Key Appointments

Names Salvador “Tony” Godinez to Lead IDOC

CHICAGO - April 25, 2011 - Governor Pat Quinn today announced appointments to his executive cabinet. Today’s actions are the latest in a series of appointments Governor Quinn is making as he continues to fulfill his commitment to creating jobs, fostering economic development and increasing efficiency and accountability in all areas of state government.

Governor Quinn today named Salvador “Tony” Godinez to lead the Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC). Acting Director Gladyse Taylor will return to her previous position as assistant director. More Key Appointments ...


IDOC Receives Microsoft Dynamics Award

Illinois Department of Corrections Recognized for Outstanding Business Achievements

Microsoft Dynamics® Award “Excellence in Extending CRM”

CHICAGO - April 29, 2011 – Tribridge was pleased to announce that their client The Illinois Department of Corrections was recognized by Microsoft® with a 2011 Microsoft Dynamics Customer Excellence Award for excellence in extending Microsoft Dynamics CRM (xRM). They were honored by Microsoft executives at an awards luncheon on Monday, April 11, at Convergence 2011 Atlanta, the premier Microsoft Dynamics user conference.

IDOC was recognized for its Offender 360 management system. More Outstanding Business Achievements...



Pontiac Correctional Center raises funds for Save the Children-Japan

Pontiac’s incarcerated reach out to help the children

PONTIAC - April 20, 2011 – It was over one month ago since a massive 9.0 earthquake and tsunami struck parts of Japan including the coastal communities north of Tokyo. The men incarcerated at Pontiac Correctional Center wanted to do something to help the estimated 74,000 children which have been devastated by the disasters.

Warden Guy Pierce announced today that $1071.00 in donations was collected at Pontiac CC, to be given to “Save the Children”- Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Children in Emergency relief fund. “Our offenders are willing to give back - they volunteered to donate their own funds to those that are in need.” More Save the Children-Japan...


Rebecca Ginsburg IDOC Volunteer of the Year

Rebecca Ginsburg at Danville Correctional Center named
recipient of the Illinois Department of Corrections 2011
Volunteer of the Year Award

SPRINGFIELD - April 19, 2011 – Rebecca Ginsburg at Danville Correctional Center was named the recipient of the Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC) 2011 Volunteer of the Year Award at a recognition ceremony held today in Springfield. Ginsburg was among volunteers of the state's 27 adult correctional centers and its adult transition centers, who were being honored for their outstanding leadership and dedicated efforts in providing positive change in the lives of inmates.

“I commend all of the agency’s volunteers for their commitment in making a significant impact on the incarcerated men and women at IDOC,” said Acting Director Gladyse Taylor. More Corrections 2011 Volunteer of the Year Award...


Jacksonville Correctional Center Recognized for SECA Contributions

SPRINGFIELD - April 18, 2011 – The Illinois Department of Corrections held a banquet for all adult facilities who participated in the State and University Employees Combined Appeal (SECA) Campaign for 2010. SECA allows employees to have the opportunity to donate to nationwide and local charities of their choice.

Jacksonville Correctional Center was recognized throughout the state as the second highest in contributions, donating $33,325.00 to SECA. More SECA Contributions...


IDOC “Moms and Babies” Celebrates 4th Anniversary

Zero Percent Recidivism in A Program That Strengthens Family and Enhances Successful Reentry to the Community

IDOC Moms  and Babies 4th Anniversary

DECATUR – March 29, 2011 – The Illinois Department of Corrections will celebrate the fourth year of its successful “Moms and Babies” Program on March 30th, 2011 at the Decatur Correctional Center. This program allows offenders to keep their babies after giving birth during their incarceration and no offender who has been part of this program has returned to prison on new charges since the program’s inception.

Giving the mother and child the ability to bond, teaching mothers parenting skills in a supportive environment and working on how to overcome obstacles that offenders may encounter upon release from prison are just a few of the goals of the program. More “Moms and Babies” Celebrates 4th Anniversary...



Illinois Department of Corrections Proudly Honors Top Contributor Centralia Correctional Center

SECA Gratefully Accepts Donations That Will Save Lives and Help Communities in Illinois

SPRINGFIELD - Thursday, March 17, 2011 - The Illinois Department of Corrections Acting Director Gladyse C. Taylor is proud to announce the contribution of the Centralia Correctional Center's voluntary donations made by employees to the State Employees Combined Appeal campaign (SECA). Centralia employees have donated both charitable contributions and blood donor contributions and taken top honors once again for their giving spirit in the recent SECA campaign. More Top Contributor Centralia Correctional Center...


IDOC Works to Help Protect Southern Illinois Community from Ohio River Flood Waters

IDOC Works to Help Protect Southern Illinois Community from Ohio  River Flood Waters

IDOC staff and inmate work crews help install floodgates at Rosiclare

SPRINGFIELD – March 16, 2011 – Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC) inmates from Hardin County Work Camp helped install floodgates on March 7, at Rosiclare to protect the community from the cresting Ohio River. Eight inmates along with IDOC staff worked tirelessly to stop floodwaters from entering the community. More Ohio River Flood Waters...


CO Graduating Class February 2011

CO Graduation Ceremony February 2011

Illinois Department of Corrections Holds its First Correctional Officer Cadet Graduation of 2011

New Correctional Cadets Will Continue the IDOC Mission of Security and Public Safety

SPRINGFIELD – Feb. 18, 2011 - Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC) Acting Director Gladyse Taylor announced that 144 correctional officer cadets graduated today at a ceremony held at IDOC’s Concordia Campus in Springfield.

“We are proud of these new correctional officers along with all recent graduates from the academy and we look forward to them joining the professional staff at IDOC,” said Taylor. “Safety and security of the public, staff and inmates are the agency’s top priority and the new recruits will continue their training as they support that mission.” More First Correctional Officer Cadet Graduation of 2011...


Josiah  Moore-Susan M. Hunter Scholarship recipient Brandon Wilson-Susan M. Hunter Scholarship recipient

ASCA awards scholarships to children of IDOC employees

Moore, Wilson commended for their academic success

SPRINGFIELD – Nov. 5, 2010 - The Association of State Correctional Administrators (ASCA) recently awarded a 2010 Susan M. Hunter Scholarship to children of Illinois Department of Corrections employees. A $1,000 scholarship was presented to Josiah Moore, son of Correctional Officer Joseph R. Moore at Western Illinois Correctional Center, Clayton Work Camp, and to Brandon Wilson, son of Correctional Lt. Michael D. Wilson at Sheridan Correctional Center. More ASCA awards scholarships to children of IDOC employees...


Governor Quinn Appoints Acting Director to Lead Illinois Department of Corrections

Gladyse Taylor Brings over 30 Years State Government, Finance and Corrections Experience

CHICAGO – September 3, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn today named Gladyse Taylor as acting director of the Illinois Department of Corrections. Most recently, Taylor was named acting assistant director of the Department of Corrections and has worked to improve efficiency within the department while preserving public safety and working to reduce recidivism rates. She replaces Michael Randle who announced his resignation this week. More Governor Quinn Appoints Acting Director to Lead Illinois Department of Corrections...


IDOC and Richland Community College Join Forces to Lower Recidivism

Public Safety is the Goal when Inmates Graduate

GED  graduates at Decatur CCRichland  College graduates at Decatur CC 

CHICAGO – August 25, 2010 – The Illinois Department of Corrections and Richland Community College stood together on August 20th as 62 female inmates graduated and received their diplomas at Decatur Correctional Center. Thirty-one women in black caps and gowns received their GED certificates and thirty-one women in blue caps and gowns walked away with their college certificates in four Adult Education categories from Richland Community College. More IDOC and Richland Community College Join Forces to Lower Recidivism...


IDOC and Job Partnership Working Together to Lower Recidivism

Public Safety is Targeted When Inmates Learn a New Way to Work

Job Partnership at Dwight CC

CHICAGO – August 23, 2010 – The Illinois Department of Corrections is partnering with a faith based organization “Job Partnership” to teach inmates how to be better citizens upon their release from incarceration. Fifteen currently incarcerated women participated in the current program at Dwight Correctional Center and received their diploma at a graduation ceremony held in the prison last week. More IDOC and Job Partnership Working Together to Lower Recidivism...


Erickson Report Finds Serious Flaws in MGT Push Program,
Offers Guidelines for Improved Corrections Procedures

Quinn Administration Details New Public Safety Initiatives,
System-Wide Reforms Already Accomplished

CHICAGO - August 13, 2010 – Criminal justice expert David Erickson released his review of the Illinois Department of Corrections' Meritorious Good Time Push program Friday, reporting a number of serious flaws in the program, which was terminated in December 2009, and offering detailed recommendations to reform the prison system’s parole procedures. More Erickson Report Finds Serious Flaws in MGT Push Program...


Tamms CC Accreditation

ACA 140th Congress of Corrections Comes to Navy Pier

IDOC is awarded American Correctional Association's top Honor

CHICAGO - August 1, 2010 - As groups of Correctional officers, staff and leaders from across the country descended on Navy Pier they all had one thing in common; to teach and to learn the latest and greatest innovations in the corrections industry. More ACA 140th Congress of Corrections Comes to Navy Pier...


Segregation Issues on Front Burner

IDOC Partners with “Vera” to Map Out a New Direction for Illinois Prisons

CHICAGO – July 30, 2010 - The Illinois Department of Corrections continued on its path to outline a plan for addressing prison segregation issues with the guidance of the nationally recognized experts at the Vera Institute of Justice. The goal is to reduce prisoner isolation and create a “best practices” model for IDOC’s segregation population at no cost to IDOC through the use of grant funding. More Segregation Issues on Front Burner...


Interagency agreement between IDOC & UIC will treat Medical Issues

"Pilot program has successful launch in treatment of HIV and Hepatitis C"

CHICAGO – July 27, 2010 – The Illinois Department of Corrections and University of Illinois at Chicago are partnering on a new Telemedicine Pilot Program designed to bring elaborate and sophisticated healthcare to inmates with HIV and Hepatitis C. This interagency pilot program successfully rolled out at three sites: Danville, Lincoln and Robinson Correctional Centers. More Interagency agreement between IDOC & UIC will treat Medical Issues...


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