Classification of Facilities

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3. Classification of Facilities

Facilities must be classified to determine which ones should be considered as secure. Secure detention is defined as placing a juvenile in a locked room or cell or handcuffing him/her to a stationary object. IDOC performs on-site inspections which include walking through the facilities as a juvenile would while being processed and reviewing facility detention logs in order to determine if a facility is secure or non-secure. If secure, the facility reports to eJMIS. A reporting exemption is made for facilities that have an approved written policy stating that juveniles are not securely detained. Secure facilities policies are checked annually to assure that there have been no changes. When "no hold" facilities securely detain a juvenile they are required to file an unusual incident report to ID0C. IDOC and the IDHS compliance monitors provide technical assistance in developing appropriate no hold policies for facilities when requested.

All IDJJ facilities securely hold juveniles (juvenile detention and IYC youth centers) and technical assistance is provided to them when needed.

The current classification of facilities in Illinois includes:

Facility Type # of
# that Securely
Detain Juveniles
# Reporting
to eJMIS
Jails 94 34 34
Lock-Ups 826 163 163
Detention 17 17 17
Training Centers 8 8 0*

* (reports, but not to eJMIS)