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« on: March 06, 2006, 08:45:48 AM »

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« Reply #1 on: March 06, 2006, 08:58:53 AM »



Western Illinois Correctional Center 


Tarry Williams, Warden

 Opened: April 1989
 *Operational Capacity: 2,123
 Medium Security Adult Male
 *Western Illinois Correctional Center Population: 1,882
 *Clayton County Work Camp Population: 149
 *Total Current Population: 2,031
 Average Age: 33
 FY2010 Average Annual Cost Per Inmate: $16,056.00
 
*As of 5/31/2012. Reflects bed space capacity analysis as outlined in the July 1, 2012 Quarterly Report to the Legislature.
 Western Illinois Correctional Center is the parent institution for Clayton Work Camp
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IDOC Visitation Rules and Information
 Visitors to any correctional facility will be required to produce photo identification and verification of date of birth. Please be sure to bring 2 forms of identification with you; these would include a current photo ID such as a driver’s license, a state ID card, government ID card, military ID/driver’s license, or acceptable documentation of non-U.S. citizenship including a current Passport, or Visa, documentation must contain the visitor’s date of birth. Expired forms of identification will not be accepted. Visitors will also be required to provide vehicle information and other pertinent data, such as government identification, official credentials, attorney registration, and or law student certification.
 
Western Illinois Correctional Center
 8:30 a.m. to 5:30p.m. seven (7) days a week.  Offenders are permitted six (6) visits per month, with no more than two (2) on weekends or holidays.
 
All visitors must be checked in 1 hour before end of visiting hours
 
Facility Address

Business Mail:
2500 Rt. 99 South
 Mount Sterling, IL 62353
 
Inmate Mail:
Inmate Name & IDOC#
 2500 Rt. 99 South
 Mount Sterling, IL 62353
 
Phone: (217) 773-4441
 Fax: (217) 773-2202

Facility Information

Western Illinois Correctional Center adheres to the mission of the Illinois Department of Corrections, which is to protect the public from criminal offenders through a system of incarceration and supervision, which securely segregates offenders from society, assures offenders of their constitutional rights and maintains programs to enhance the success of offenders' reentry into society.
 
The Western Illinois Correctional Center houses general population inmates. The center has 21 buildings inside a perimeter fence surrounding 32 acres. The buildings include four housing units, administration building, health care unit, a receiving and segregation unit, dietary department, a warehouse and maintenance complex, a multi-purpose building housing academic, vocational and gymnasium, and a Correctional Industry meat processing plant.
 
Inmate Programs
 
Academic:
•ABE (Adult Basic Education)
•Pre-GED (Pre-General Education Development)
•GED (General Education Development)

Vocational:
•Automotive Technology
•Construction Occupations
•Horticulture
•Career Technology
•College Academic

Industries:
•Meat Processing

Volunteer Services:
•Religious

Other:
•Life Style Redirections
•Substance Abuse Education
•Anger Management
•Leisure Time Activity
•Chaplaincy
•Library
•Community Work Crews
•Parole School
•Individual Counseling


http://www2.illinois.gov/idoc/facilities/Pages/westernillinoiscorrectionalcenter.aspx
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« Reply #2 on: April 07, 2014, 12:11:56 AM »

Does anyone know who is the Warden now at Western?
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« Reply #3 on: April 07, 2014, 02:11:16 PM »

This is the new Warden at Western:

Jeff Korte, Warden 
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« Reply #4 on: April 07, 2014, 08:02:23 PM »

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This is the new Warden at Western:

Jeff Korte, Warden 

Oh. That makes more sense.  When I saw earlier it said Tarry Williams I thought it sounded familiar and now I know it was the old one. 

Okay, does anybody know anything about Jeff Korte?
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« Reply #5 on: April 08, 2014, 03:41:23 AM »

 
This is the new Warden at Western:

Jeff Korte, Warden 
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« Reply #6 on: May 11, 2014, 07:30:04 AM »

Just wanted to update everyone on the new warden. He is changing a lot of things. Hes already taken the new style mattresses that they gave out last year and gave everyone the clear plastic ones again. He took all the spring beds out of 1 house and gave them solid bunks. He's taking away regular size toothbrushes June 5th. Also when Orange Crush came through there they broke everyone's old style lamps and or lightbulbs. They are wanting them to use the new LED book clamp lamps that they now sale. He is going to take ink pens away and replace them with seg pens. He's wanting to put a $75 limit on commissary and take everyone's hot pots from them.  Sounds like he's trying to turn it into a Max style facility to me.
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« Reply #7 on: May 11, 2014, 08:57:18 AM »

Just wanted to update everyone on the new warden. He is changing a lot of things. Hes already taken the new style mattresses that they gave out last year and gave everyone the clear plastic ones again. He took all the spring beds out of 1 house and gave them solid bunks. He's taking away regular size toothbrushes June 5th. Also when Orange Crush came through there they broke everyone's old style lamps and or lightbulbs. They are wanting them to use the new LED book clamp lamps that they now sale. He is going to take ink pens away and replace them with seg pens. He's wanting to put a $75 limit on commissary and take everyone's hot pots from them.  Sounds like he's trying to turn it into a Max style facility to me.

Oh my, that doesn't sound good.  Sad to hear this. 
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« Reply #8 on: January 05, 2015, 12:44:17 AM »

Hey everyone,

I've only posted on here a couple of times before. But on December 17, my boyfriend took a plea deal for 6 years. He was transferred to NRC December 18, and that was the last time he was able to call. After reading a few posts, I expected him to be at Stateville a lot longer than 13 days, but he was transferred to Western Illinois on New Year's Eve. I've seen several posts on Western, but they were from a few years ago. Does anyone know how things are there now? About how long does it take for phone and visiting lists to be approved? What are the visits like there? Are they still 22 hours in and 2 hours out?
Thank you all!!
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« Reply #9 on: January 05, 2015, 07:58:31 AM »

It took about 2-3 days for the visit list to be approved. My number was already on his list so he was able to call me the next day.Visits are ok, they are strict on dress code most of the time. As far as their time out. They get an hour and a half day room everyday, also gym and yard.Everything is on a 4 day schedule there.My L/o has been in for 11 years,he's been to quite a few different prisons. He said he likes Western the least. Its pretty easy to get a job there, not sure about schooling. Anything other questions you have let me know.
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« Reply #10 on: January 05, 2015, 08:04:26 AM »


Do a search on the front page of IPT for Western, all the topics with information will come up, there are alot.


Rather than people sending people personal messages with information, the reason IPT was set up, was for information to be posted on these boards, passed forward, so others like you, coming here can read that information.

Thank you GizGirl for sharing on the boards !

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« Reply #11 on: January 05, 2015, 09:19:48 PM »

Thanks GizGirl! I was looking for updated information, since most of the things on the other boards are from several years ago.
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« Reply #12 on: January 14, 2015, 06:14:31 PM »

Hi, my husband just got sent to Western yesterday.  What do you mean they are on a four day schedule? Only able to use the phone for a period of an hour and a half per day?
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« Reply #13 on: January 14, 2015, 06:19:28 PM »

They have dayroom at different times everyday. Like today my l/o had 1230 to 2pm. Tomorrow is 8pm to 930 pm Friday is 745 am to 915 am  Saturday its 630pm-8pm. Then starts over. Those will always be their dayroom times,just depends on what house he is in to know what order it goes in.
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« Reply #14 on: January 14, 2015, 06:23:37 PM »

How long did you take for him to be able to call you?  Securus says my number is approved but not verified through the facility and thank you:)
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« Reply #15 on: January 15, 2015, 11:58:29 AM »

mlb,

I know it took a few weeks for my number to be approved for my l/o to call. I was one of 'those' wives and kept calling up there to his counselor asking if he had submitted his phone list and if the numbers had been updated in their computer. Thankfully the counselor(s) were understanding (as I tried to be super polite) and told me that I was welcome to call back the following day or following week to see if anything had changed.
I just always found it odd how Securus has our numbers (because we have to set up an account with them to receive the calls) and my l/o would try to call me even before his list was approved by IDOC and Securus would be able to confirm that a 'call was attempted' to such and such a number BUT the number was not approved on IDOCs end. So it appears that it is on IDOC and the counselors to process the phone lists in a timely manner which is on determinate on facility and counselor handling the information. *sigh*
Stay strong, stay positive, and write, write, write!! He will call you SOON :)
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« Reply #16 on: January 15, 2015, 11:59:54 AM »

I meant to include that -- even though he attempted to call to my number, it would not go through since IDOC had not updated/approved his phone list.
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« Reply #17 on: January 15, 2015, 05:39:15 PM »

OnOurOwn16,
Thank you for your advice. I'm glad you had the same situation because the same thing is happening to me.  He is attempting to make calls and they are not going through.  I called today and didn't have the same luck with friendly counselors:-/  it'd hard to stay positive but it's nice to have someone to talk to who went though and knows what it's like.  Thanks
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« Reply #18 on: January 15, 2015, 05:47:15 PM »

Also are they able to have tvs?
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« Reply #19 on: January 15, 2015, 07:04:11 PM »

Yes they can buy TV's.
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« Reply #20 on: January 16, 2015, 07:03:08 AM »

OnOurOwn16,
Thank you for your advice. I'm glad you had the same situation because the same thing is happening to me.  He is attempting to make calls and they are not going through.  I called today and didn't have the same luck with friendly counselors:-/  it'd hard to stay positive but it's nice to have someone to talk to who went though and knows what it's like.  Thanks

No problem! :)  wc11
Feel free to PM me if you ever need someone to chat with about anything! I have my days when positive can go right out the window but I try and definitely utilize IPT for support, comfort and advice.
I've noticed that Western is its own beast -- my l/o has been frustrated there and I've spoken with families during visits that also speak about the lack of friendliness/helpfulness of staff/COs. Just remember not to take it personal or let it get to you - sometimes I think that is the intention; to make you angry, sad or upset. *sigh*
And always remember - this is temporary, soon your l/o will be able to call and it will be as if there was never a lag in calls. I know my l/o has often told me that if he can't call it isn't because he does not want to but he can not; so remember that he is thinking about you as much as you are of him. <3
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« Reply #21 on: January 16, 2015, 07:58:48 AM »

We have found some very nice, helpful CO's at Western and some not so nice.  We've also seen plenty of visitors who would make it difficult to remain cheery too, though.  :)   What frustrates me is that they don't all pat us down the same, yet they seem to get frustrated that we don't know their routine.

My LO says on the inside about 90% of the CO's are regular, decent people but 10% are not.  But of course everyone has their days, too.
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« Reply #22 on: January 16, 2015, 06:42:55 PM »

I tried to call today to see if his lists were approved and, it was the same rude lady, who tried to tell me she had no way of checking if their lists were approved and "they" recommend waiting 7-10 days before trying.  So she wants me to drive 4 and a half hours and hope his list is approved???? Ugh, I'm already go frustrated with this facility!
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« Reply #23 on: February 26, 2015, 09:35:09 AM »

Hey guys if you have a loved one at WCC i have a vending machine card available not sure how much is on it. maybe 10 dollars. inbox  me and i will mail to you or reply to this message. my boyfriend transfered to another prison.
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« Reply #24 on: March 24, 2015, 08:13:21 AM »

Anyone have any idea if Western Illinois (Mt. Sterling) does photos at visits??
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« Reply #25 on: March 24, 2015, 08:30:31 AM »

No not at Western or any other IDOC facility.
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« Reply #26 on: April 03, 2015, 01:10:18 PM »

Does anyone know how long it takes a visiting list to be approved? My lo is a transfer.
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« Reply #27 on: April 03, 2015, 01:15:36 PM »

My lo got there on a Wednesday and I visited that Saturday. Its pretty quick at Western,at least 2 years ago it was.
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« Reply #28 on: April 03, 2015, 01:44:24 PM »

 wc38 awesome news!!
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« Reply #29 on: July 12, 2015, 01:26:17 PM »

Does anyone know when visitors can go see their LO? I called up there and they only told me when the visitors list gets approved. My brother was moved there from statesville reception on 7/8/15 and we haven't heard from him via letter or phone. Also, when do they have access to their commissary because myself and other family members have sent him money so he can buy the things he needs.

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« Reply #30 on: July 12, 2015, 02:19:54 PM »

Does anyone know when visitors can go see their LO? I called up there and they only told me when the visitors list gets approved. My brother was moved there from statesville reception on 7/8/15 and we haven't heard from him via letter or phone. Also, when do they have access to their commissary because myself and other family members have sent him money so he can buy the things he needs.

Thanks in advance.

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You can call his counselor and ask if his list is approved, they will tell you yes or no, but they won't tell you if you are on it, or wait to hear from him but mail and phone that is is approved. 

If you put money on his books when he got the Western, then whenever his commissary time is, it should be there and he'll be able to use it.  If you put the money on when he was in R&C at Stateville, he may not have that money for awhile.
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« Reply #31 on: July 12, 2015, 02:35:38 PM »

Where did you send the money? If it was to reception, then it will have to be forwarded to him, and that will take weeks. Otherwise, it should be on his books rather quickly, and then it's just a matter of him waiting until it's his houses turn for commissary. As for the visits, call the gate house and ask visiting hrs.
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« Reply #32 on: July 12, 2015, 04:44:16 PM »

I put 100 dollars via Jpay while he was at Statesville. I also sent another 50 via Jpay when I got the vine alert he was moved to Western. I'll send him another 100 tomorrow just so he can stock up on snacks because he is vegan/vegetarian so I know he's not eating the prepared foods there. This is so frustrating. I will also call up there tomorrow morning to see if I can talk to his counselor.

Also, do you know if they can receive hardcover books?

Thanks for the replies  wc1
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« Reply #33 on: July 12, 2015, 04:50:44 PM »

My lo's visiting list took 2 days to be approved. The counselors at Western are not very helpful so they might not tell you about his list. Commissary is 2 times a month and it depends on which house they put him in. There is a $100 limit on store now, not including shoes,clothes or electronics. Yes they allow hardcover books.
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« Reply #34 on: July 14, 2015, 02:56:48 PM »

I've called up there but his counselor was not available of course. So basically I'm just flooding him with letters, pictures, and books lol. I'm sure he will call us as soon as he is available to.
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« Reply #35 on: July 19, 2015, 01:51:58 PM »

My LO is being transferred to Western IL CC this week from Pinckneyville. I know I will go a week to 10 days without hearing from him because that is all part of the process but i was wondering if my phone number has to be approved again or if its automatic?
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« Reply #36 on: July 19, 2015, 02:30:20 PM »

You should not have to wait that long. My LO got there on Tuesday he called Wednesday. His list was approved by Friday. If you have any other questions let me know.
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« Reply #37 on: July 19, 2015, 02:33:31 PM »

Thank you!!  wc38
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« Reply #38 on: July 20, 2015, 08:46:52 AM »

I'm going down to visit my brother tomorrow. What forms of ID did you all bring?
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« Reply #39 on: January 07, 2016, 07:47:02 AM »

This really help me because my love one was just transfer through Western from NrC but I have a few more question once he is there at western how long before he can shop and will he go to normal living room or some kinda look down for 30days or sum like that how is the mail process in western Stateville too for ever for him to get my letters
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« Reply #40 on: January 07, 2016, 07:54:13 AM »

I'm trying to find out as much as I can about Western Correctional Facility this is my first time going through a prison relationship and I'm very concerned and worried about my love one he is a very modest person he won't ask me for help even if he needs it so I just want to know what should I expect
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« Reply #41 on: January 07, 2016, 08:05:38 AM »

This really help me because my love one was just transfer through Western from NrC but I have a few more question once he is there at western how long before he can shop and will he go to normal living room or some kinda look down for 30days or sum like that how is the mail process in western Stateville too for ever for him to get my letters

Welcome to Western!! He will be in receiving for a few days before he is moved to general population. They go to store every two weeks, so it just depends on When he gets moved and if his house has already shopped. The mail is a little behind right now because of the holidays, it should pick up though soon. As far as what to expect, my LO has been at a few different facilities. I have to say Western has been the worst.  If and when you go to visit make sure you bring extra clothes. Depending on who is working the gatehouse depends in what is allowed.
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