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U.S. Department of Justice agency completes review of Illinois prisons 

National Institute of Corrections (NIC)
IDOC Director Michael P. Randle (left) is joined by numerous IDOC staff, including the wardens of Pinckneyville and Big Muddy River Correctional Centers and NIC representatives.

SPRINGFIELD – March 11, 2010 – The National Institute of Corrections (NIC) conducted an evaluation and security review today of the critical incident management system at Big Muddy River and Pinckneyville Correctional Centers in southern Illinois.

Critical incidents in the state’s prison system can range from various crises including disturbances, escapes and natural disasters.  During such an incident, it is important to manage the outcome by following specific protocols designed to contain, secure and deal with the incident in the prison setting.

“We welcome and appreciate NIC assisting us with the review and evaluation of our critical incident management system,” said Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC) Director Michael P. Randle.  “Having another set of eyes is important to our operations in ensuring that IDOC’s protocols are followed and whether there is a need for modifications or additional training in our management of incidents.”

NIC’s visit to the two southern Illinois prisons included reviewing current policies, procedures and emergency responses and sharing information and making recommendations.  According to NIC Specialist Rob Jeffreys, the recent visits have shown that IDOC operations meet some best practices and procedures.  Jeffreys noted that NIC will make a few recommendations to enhance operations.

“NIC has noted that our IDOC employees know what they are doing and are proud of a system that works,” said Randle.  “We look forward to NIC reviewing a number of our facilities up north as well.”

NIC is also slated to evaluate several adult male and female prisons in northern Illinois to review similar security and operational functions.

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 corrections agencies.