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.
IDOC work crews, facilities and staff have continued to build and place sandbags in hard hit areas to stop flood waters and clean up storm debris after devastating thunderstorms and tornadoes hit the southern portion of the state. More than 414 offenders from Tamms Correctional Center, DuQuoin IIP, Dixon Springs IIP, Hardin County Work Camp, Menard Correctional Center and Vienna Correctional Center have filled more than 468,000 sandbags and logged almost 30,000 man-hours in sandbagging and storm cleanup operations.
“I am so proud of the great work that our team has done to help those hit so hard by these major storms and flooding," Illinois Department of Corrections Acting Director S.A. Godinez said. "Our staff, facilities and the inmate work crews have been out on the front lines doing cleanup and protecting communities from flood waters.”
IDOC teams have worked in numerous counties across Southern Illinois including: Alexander, Pulaski, Union, Jackson, Massac, Pope, Hardin, Gallatin and White. Offender work crews have assisted Jackson County Highway Department, Alexander County Highway Department, Rosiclaire, Elkville, Old Shawneetown, Equality, Cairo, Olive Branch and Junction in their clean-up operations and flood protection. In addition, the agency has sent over 280 life jackets from the Pittsfield Work Camp to personnel actively involved in the fight against flood waters and has provided laundry service for the Illinois National Guard Troops in the flood fighting mission.
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.