Vienna Correctional Center

Vienna Correctional Center (Vienna) is minimum-security male facility, located approximately five hours south of Chicago, adjacent to medium-security Shawnee Correctional Center (Shawnee). Vienna operates one of the two boot camp programs within the Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC), Dixon Springs Impact Incarceration Program (IIP), which is the only IDOC facility that houses both male and female populations. The first part of this report focuses on changes and continued challenges since JHA's 2011 monitoring report for Vienna; the second part discusses Dixon Springs IIP.

Read the JHA's 2014 report here. (PDF)

Vital Statistics
Population: 1,672
Rated Capacity: 685
Average Age: 36
Average Annual Cost Per Inmate: $18,231
Population by Race: 65% Black, 24% White, and 10% Hispanic
Committing Offense: 14% Class X, 22% Class 1, 31% Class 2, 12% Class 3, and 21% Class 4 felonies.
Source: IDOC, October 2014

Key Observations

  • Since JHA's prior report, Vienna has made some improvements to staffing and physical plant, although major projects remain ongoing and crowding continues.
  • JHA received many of the same complaints regarding Building 19 housing as three years prior; administrators report continued efforts to address these issues.
  • JHA continues to recommend that healthcare be audited by an outside entity to ensure appropriate treatment and that Illinois reconsider the legislated correctional copay.
  • 250 inmates who tested at less than a sixth grade level waited to partake in educational programming at Vienna. Many will leave without the opportunity to increase their skills.
  • Illinois must invest additional resources in helping inmates make positive changes while incarcerated, particularly targeting programming appropriate for inmates with short stays.
  • Boot camp represents one of the best cost savings programs available for Illinois and appears successful. It is a program that could be expanded, particularly for women. However, as with all IDOC programs, outcomes for boot camp programs must be objectively evaluated so that Illinois can rationally decide where to invest resources to maximize returns on investments.
  • Illinois must be more proactive in facility maintenance and repair.

    Read the JHA's 2014 report here. (PDF)
    Read the JHA's 2011 report here. (PDF)

    JHA's work on healthcare in the Illinois Department of Correction is supported by a generous grant from the Michael Reese Health Trust