Inspection of Facilities


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4. Inspection of Facilities

Inspection of facilities is necessary to ensure an accurate assessment of each facility's classification and record keeping. After initial on-site visits, facilities that hold securely receive an annual inspection. The IDOC inspection includes: 1) A review of the physical accommodations to determine whether it is a secure or non-secure facility and whether adequate sight or sound separation between juvenile and adult offenders exists. 2) A review of the record keeping system to determine whether sufficient data are maintained to determine compliance with the JJDP Act. 3) A review of non-secure facilities "no hold" policies to determine if an exemption are appropriate. 4) Provision of technical assistance to bring facilities into compliance.

IDJJ follows the same process re: sight and sound separation, record keeping and for compliance violations.

In 2006 staff from the IDOC visited 444 full and part-time municipal lockups, 67 county jails and 17 juvenile detention centers. IDOC also conducted approximately 44 on-site technical assistance visits.

In 2007 staff from the IDOC visited 456 full and part-time municipal lockups, 92 county jails and 17 juvenile detention centers. IDHS monitor visited 5 JJ Youth Centers. IDOC also conducted approximately 44 on-site technical assistance visits.

In 2008 staff from the IDOC visited 357 full and part-time municipal lockups and 88 county jails. IDJJ monitor visited 17 juvenile detention centers and 4 youth centers

IJJC will continue to utilize the services and expertise of IDOC and IDJJ to monitor compliance with all three of the core requirements.

The purpose of on-site visits by the compliance monitor is to verify data already collected on eJMIS or by IDJJ and is not intended to be an inspection. For example, the compliance monitor does not look at the size of the detention cells, menus, bed structure, etc. as IDJJ might on an inspection visit. The compliance monitor tours the facility and reviews logs to reconcile them with eJMIS/IDJJ data and tracks how juveniles move through the facility to document sight and sound separation.