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Offline fritzy

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Kewanee Opening
« on: October 14, 2016, 03:27:07 PM »
My LO just received notice that he's been approved to transfer to kewanee il prison through IDOC it's a reopening of the juvenile facility as an IDOC facility does anyone know anything about this new facility?

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Re: Kewanee
« Reply #1 on: October 14, 2016, 05:36:24 PM »
I found this article and thought it might answer some of your questions.
http://www.starcourier.com/news/20161013/idoc8200announces-plans-for-kewanee-prison

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Re: Kewanee Opening
« Reply #2 on: October 15, 2016, 07:07:08 AM »

IDOC announces plans for Kewanee prison




By Mike Berry
The Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC) is launching a groundbreaking program that aims to help offenders keep from returning to prison after they’re released.

And Kewanee will be one of the two sites for the program.


For months, since the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice abandoned the Illinois Youth Center-Kewanee on Kentville Road, Kewaneeans have wondered will be become of the 15-year-old facility.

The answer came Wednesday in an announcement from IDOC Director John R. Baldwin.

“We are very pleased that we are going to be creating Illinois’ first Life Skills Re-Entry Center at the campus in Kewanee,” Baldwin told the Star Courier.

The program, and a similar women’s program at the Logan Correctional Center in Lincoln, will seek to reduce the number of inmates who return to prison after they’re released, often because they lack the education and job skills they need to make it in the outside world.

“We have a very high recidivism rate,” Baldwin said. In fact, he said, Illinois ranks among the bottom five states in the nation in that category.

“That’s just wrong,” he said. “We have to do better.”

IDOC will meet today in Chicago with lawyers, corrections officers, university professors and other experts in the corrections field to gather their input on the re-entry center idea.


Baldwin said IDOC is making a “five- to eight-year commitment” to the program.

“We hope to really reduce the recidivism rate in Illinois, and just keep people safer,” he said.

Baldwin said the Kewanee facility is “a perfect campus for this type of treatment program.”

He said the re-entry program will have three missions: Education, job skills training and treatment.

IDOC and Black Hawk College officials have been negotiating for a couple of months on getting the college involved in the re-entry program, said Dr. Betsey Morthland, executive dean of the college’s East Campus.

“The East Campus is uniquely positioned to offer the coursework that they’re looking for,” Dr. Morthland said. Specifically, she said, IDOC wants general education and career training courses.

“This program could be a great boon for this campus,” Morthland said. She said she hopes an agreement between the college and IDOC can be worked out before the end of the year.


Offenders in Illinois prisons are being given the opportunity to apply for the re-entry program, Baldwin said, IDOC has received more than 1,000 applications.

Offenders selected for the program won’t necessarily be nearing the end of their sentences, he said. They’ll be in the program for 18 to 36 months.

Some offenders with longer sentences than that will probably be accepted, Baldwin said. They will then be able to return to their facility and train their fellow offenders in the skills they learned in Kewanee.

He said from 30 to 60 offenders should be arriving at the Kewanee facility over the next couple of months. The Kewanee facility was designed to house just over 300 youths in single rooms. Baldwin said the rooms will be double-bunked, doubling the capacity. And he said he expects that over the next few years, there will be 300 to 600 offenders in the program.

Some 200 people worked at the Kewanee facility under the Department of Juvenile Justice, and Baldwin said there will be at least that many staff positions at the new facility, and he expects that workforce to be expanded in the years to come.

IDOC also hopes to work with major employers, such as Caterpillar and Deere, to find employment opportunities for offenders after they’re released.

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Re: Kewanee Opening
« Reply #3 on: October 23, 2016, 06:51:50 PM »
My son is interested in this program even though he has longer than 36 months - he is interested in the aspect of completing the program and returning to his home prison. However, he has some questions (which unsure if anyone can answer):

1.  Are you locked in your cell for long periods of time?
2.  Is commissary adequate?
3.  Can the offenders order stuff via catalog?
4.  Overall how is it?

My son is in a minimum security dorm setting now - Kewanee would be quite a bit closer to us to afford more visiting but we visit 5-7 times/month now so its not that big of a deal.

Any answers or first-hand accounts would be very welcome. Thanks.

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Re: Kewanee Opening
« Reply #4 on: October 24, 2016, 07:39:47 PM »
My husband has been in for 25years now and his out date is in 2020. I wish they would let people like my husband that's a first time offender into programs like this. Don't they too have the right to have help to adjust into Society?  :wc14:

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Re: Kewanee Opening
« Reply #5 on: October 25, 2016, 05:54:04 AM »
@Robin - since your husband is getting closer to his out date he too should be eligible for some type of re-entry program.  From the press release it did appear as though they would be considering those with longer periods of time to come to Kewanee and then return to their home prison to teach the program.  That is what my son is hoping for.

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Re: Kewanee Opening
« Reply #6 on: November 27, 2016, 05:49:40 AM »
My loved one has been approved but still not transferred so we don't know how the program will work they didn't tell him much about the program but that it was to help in reentry he had to apply and write a paper as to why he should be accepted

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Re: Kewanee Opening
« Reply #7 on: November 27, 2016, 07:56:20 AM »
Fritzy - I haven't been able to find out much either.  I know it was a cell-environment when it was under IJJ.  My son has questions too.

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Re: Kewanee Opening
« Reply #8 on: November 27, 2016, 09:07:53 AM »
I spoke with Mrs. Butler personally. Originally the program was supposed to start October 1 but was pushed back to January 2017. Must be less than 5 years and have some certifications. The 1st 50 selected will be automatically given jobs. It will hold 300 inmates.

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Re: Kewanee Opening
« Reply #9 on: November 27, 2016, 09:33:16 AM »
Thanks very much for the info....

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Re: Kewanee Opening
« Reply #10 on: November 29, 2016, 01:27:51 PM »
does anyone have contact info for Kimberly Butler; my son's counselor is blocking his request for admission as he is at green county work camp and he has outside clearance and is an excellent worker and the CO's fight over having him on their crew.  He has been gone almost 11 years and truly needs the re-entry training to help him!! Thanks for any suggestions. griz
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Re: Kewanee Opening
« Reply #11 on: November 30, 2016, 05:08:11 PM »
If you call Kewanee they can give you her contact info. She is still the acting warden at Menard.

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Re: Kewanee Opening
« Reply #12 on: January 04, 2017, 12:23:57 PM »
Has anyone heard anything new I heard some time between now and march the program will begin?

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Re: Kewanee Opening
« Reply #13 on: January 05, 2017, 09:16:23 AM »
I called today and was told that will open as soon as the budget is approved. I hope its soon!

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Re: Kewanee Opening
« Reply #14 on: January 19, 2017, 06:00:39 PM »
Has anyone heard anything else about Kewanee I have tried to contact Kim butler but with no success and was told today from someone at Menard that they aren't giving the public that info

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Re: Kewanee Opening
« Reply #15 on: January 20, 2017, 06:28:46 PM »
The last person I spoke with stated that until they pass a budget. It won't be opening.

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Re: Kewanee Opening
« Reply #16 on: January 27, 2017, 06:27:18 AM »
A state budget or just idoc budget so you know?

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Re: Kewanee Opening
« Reply #17 on: January 27, 2017, 07:04:08 AM »
They go hand in hand. IDOC won't have a true budget until the state does. Right now every expenditure has to be approved on a case by case circumstance.  For example Logan has had a building running on a generator for almost a year they just now started laying g wire for the new transformer to remedy the situation.

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Re: Kewanee Opening
« Reply #18 on: February 07, 2017, 06:58:58 PM »
Kewanee is opening February 16Th - yippee.....


The Illinois Department of Corrections today announced the launch of its first Life Skills
Reentry Center in Kewanee, where offenders who are nearing the end of their sentences will
learn skills that are critical to their success in the community. Kewanee is one of three Life
Skills Reentry Centers slated to open in Illinois, as part of Governor Rauner’s plan to safely
reduce the prison population and restructure the state’s criminal justice system. Kewanee will
begin receiving offenders as early as February 16th
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http://www.iml.org/cms/files/pages/IDOC_2017-02-06.pdf

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Re: Kewanee Opening
« Reply #19 on: February 18, 2017, 03:20:21 PM »
Does anyone have a LO that has been approved AND transferred to Kewanee yet?  My husbands counselor suggested that he apply but Im not sure.  Im just wondering will the programs be any different from those that he has already taken.  We would like him to take some more advance construction and carpentry classess that will get him employment when he is released.  He has already taken several classes but he said that they have been very basic and introductory. 

Does anyone know any specifics about the programming at Kewanee?

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Re: Kewanee Opening
« Reply #20 on: February 18, 2017, 08:41:54 PM »
Our son applied a couple of weeks ago but still waiting to hear.

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Re: Kewanee Opening
« Reply #21 on: February 22, 2017, 11:19:03 AM »
My LO has been accepted but is currently still waiting on transfer I will let you know what I find out after he has transferred from what he has been told they are transferring a small number of inmates each week.

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Re: Kewanee Opening
« Reply #22 on: February 22, 2017, 08:29:15 PM »
My LO has been accepted but is currently still waiting on transfer I will let you know what I find out after he has transferred from what he has been told they are transferring a small number of inmates each week.

So happy this is happening! Can't wait to hear feedback from loved ones!

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Re: Kewanee Opening
« Reply #23 on: March 24, 2017, 10:18:49 PM »
Any updates about your LOs at Kewanee or from those that have applied???? My husband has been waiting a month and getting anxious.  I dont know if "no news is good news" when it comes to this.

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Re: Kewanee Opening
« Reply #24 on: March 28, 2017, 01:02:18 AM »
Son still hasn't heard anything.  But he has less than 6 months in the system with a little over 3 years left. 

We are still hopeful

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Re: Kewanee Opening
« Reply #25 on: March 28, 2017, 04:04:11 PM »
My L/O heard that he was in the 2nd set of review.     


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Re: Kewanee Opening
« Reply #26 on: May 04, 2017, 04:41:08 PM »
My LO is there but they are still working on programs

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Re: Kewanee Opening
« Reply #27 on: June 15, 2017, 08:28:02 AM »
Updates? My L/O applied about 5 months ago but hasnt heard anything. No interview, denial, communication.....Has anyone had any luck in the last few months?

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Re: Kewanee Opening
« Reply #28 on: July 05, 2017, 12:23:01 PM »
My LO has not heard anything either, he applied about 5 months ago as well. He did tell me that they are still taking inmates in thought. One of his buddies just got approved 2 weeks ago.

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Re: Kewanee Opening
« Reply #29 on: July 10, 2017, 11:50:54 AM »
My LO is at Kewanee he heard once the state passed a budget they want to pack the place so maybe soon?

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Re: Kewanee Opening
« Reply #30 on: July 13, 2017, 10:49:41 AM »
My LO called the other day and said that his counselor informed him that they have started back interviews for Kewanee. He said that they will be at Dixon on Friday. I'm not sure if he means this Friday or next Friday but this news is exciting. We only have less than 36 months left and he really wants to get transferred there. So hopefully, he gets an interview and everything goes well.

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Re: Kewanee Opening
« Reply #31 on: July 29, 2017, 07:26:25 AM »
My LO said they received like 12 new inmates recently so they are bringing people in now

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« Reply #32 on: September 07, 2017, 04:57:23 AM »
Just want to bump this - so how are the programs at Kewanee?  Are goals of the program being met?

I live in the general area and really haven't heard much from the locals....

Anyone?

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« Reply #33 on: September 08, 2017, 06:04:19 PM »
They had a program called day for dads you should look it up on the news it was great for them, they are ready to offer college courses but need to get more people in because there weren't enough for the classes this time around.

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Re: Kewanee Opening
« Reply #34 on: September 09, 2017, 07:19:20 AM »
Our Son still has not heard anything about Kewanee. 

Sickness going Taylorville right now our son has the stomach flu for about a week.

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Re: Kewanee Opening
« Reply #35 on: September 09, 2017, 07:24:59 AM »
@Fritzy - yes I saw that in the news. I live in the general area. Looked like a great program. 

@Father - we are going tomorrow to see our son - he was fine last weekend.  He is a germophobe who washes his hands, his area around his bunk, etc frequently.  I hope he escapes the stomach flu.

Thanks to both of you.

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« Reply #36 on: September 11, 2017, 07:06:51 AM »
Thanks Trauma

I am planning to visit tomorrow.  He has been there almost a year,  time does fly by fast but i still reflect back on the whole process and it gets really frustrating and at times makes me angry about how he was treated thru the ordeal.  Our society really has lost its compassion for young people who make mistakes.  Now I have a completely different perspective when I hear and read crime stories.

Take Care and I hope the best for you and your family and especially your son upon his release. 

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« Reply #37 on: September 11, 2017, 06:16:16 PM »
@Father - we visited yesterday and our son had had the flu bug the day before and still wasn't feeling well.

And oh yes indeed I totally get the feelings you are expressing. Our justice system is incredibly broken.  If my son had committed his crime in a bigger city, he might have gotten 2-3 years. As it is, he has a Class X violent felony and 8.5 years at 85%. We are over halfway done with IDOC. And...I do have to say that the CO's at T'ville are very good.  I recently had major surgery for cancer and when they patted me down they were exceedingly careful.

Also - the dress code is changed. Since you are a guy, probably won't matter for you, but for us ladies it was a big change. 

Best wishes and positive thoughts for you and your son also

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Re: Kewanee Opening
« Reply #38 on: September 11, 2017, 06:53:41 PM »
What is the dress code change?

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Re: Kewanee Opening
« Reply #39 on: September 11, 2017, 08:01:34 PM »
Here you go:

Hoodies are now in.

Jeggings/leggings are okay but your top has to cover your butt.

No tears or rips in your pants.

I am not sure about zippers but you used to not be able to have full length zippers but I think they are allowing that.

NO JEWELRY except earrings and wedding ring. No other rings, necklaces, bracelets, watches. And, you can NOT leave any jewelry in the locker now.

Hope this helps.

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Re: Kewanee Opening
« Reply #40 on: September 11, 2017, 08:05:30 PM »
Zippered tops (sweaters; sweatshirts) are now allowed, provided you have some type of shirt under it; hooded sweatshirts/sweaters are allowed but hoods can't be worn. If I remember correctly, yoga pants/jeggings are now allowed provided your bottom is covered; no necklaces.  There were a few other things posted on the door, but I can't recall what they were.

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Re: Kewanee Opening
« Reply #41 on: September 11, 2017, 08:41:31 PM »
Thanks for the clarification on the zippers - I couldn't remember.