The Lake County Sheriff’s Office received the results of an audit of the Lake County Jail conducted by the Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC). The detailed inspection of the Lake County Jail took place on June 27, 2017.
The IDOC inspection is conducted on an annual basis. During the inspection, IDOC auditors thoroughly inspect more than 330 different categories. For over a decade, the Lake County Jail has passed the annual IDOC audit.
Several achievements were recognized over the past year and documented by auditors:
•In late 2016, the Lake County Jail received accredited by the National Commission on Correctional Health Care. This affirmed compliance with medical standards for inmates.
•Recipient of a grant from MacArthur Foundation to reduce recidivism in county jails.
•Programming Unit recently commenced Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (Thinking for a Change).
•Programming Unit increasing instructors to expand current G.E.D. programs.
•New Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) installed throughout the jail and in all transport vehicles.
•Improved technology to streamline inmate movement and record keeping.
•Installation of new cameras to increase the safety of correctional officers and inmates.
This year from January through August, the Lake County Jail housed an average 627 inmates per day, conducted over 9,500 inmate transports for various court hearings, and served over 560,000 inmate meals.
Sheriff Mark Curran said, “The Lake County Jail is nationally accredited by the American Correctional Association (ACA) and the National Commission on Correctional Health Care. Holding both accreditations along with passing our annual inspection in each category demonstrate our continued commitment to the people of Lake County. This inspection is another independent validation showing the Lake County Jail is utilizing improved policies, procedures, and best practices.”