Drug Users Benefit from Sheridan Correctional Center Programs
One of the most pressing problems in the criminal justice system is how to end the recidivism cycle for those persons who are drug dependent and commit crimes. As Executive Director of the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority, I was privileged to participate in the Governor’s working group addressing prisoner re-entry issues.
The reopening of the Sheridan Correctional Center, with its wrap-around services within the correctional center and treatment upon inmate release, was the jewel of such programming.
During Sheridan’s inception, the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority provided not only funding but also real-time research data to help the correctional center be a model re-entry prison and adhere to its mission. The Authority recently published an update of Sheridan’s progress at https://www.icjia.state.il.us/public/pdf/ProgEvalSummary/Program_Eval_Sheridan_Year6_072011.pdf.
At this time, I may advocate for individuals but I am proud that so many persons have been helped by Sheridan and have reintegrated into society so successfully.