Crossroads ATC

Crossroads Adult Transitional Center (ATC) (Crossroads) is located on the west side of Chicago. It is a minimum-security male facility, one of four ATCs remaining within the Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC). Crossroads has been operated contractually by the non-profit Safer Foundation (Safer) for more than 30 years.

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Vital Statistics:

Population: 377
Rated Capacity: 250
Operational Capacity: 380
Cost per Inmate (FY 2012): $21,737
Population by Race: 69% Black, 19% White, 10% Hispanic, 1% Asian, and 1% Other Source: IDOC, February 2014

Key Observations

  • Crossroads focuses residents on goals, most importantly employment, as the key to reentry success.
  • The Safer Foundation (Safer) has exceeded IDOC’s minimum requirements by seeking out community partnerships, particularly with educational entities, as well as additional grant funding to institute effective practices.
  • Younger individuals do not always appreciate the opportunities afforded in the ATC setting.
  • Safer has been successfully aiding ATC residents with enrolling in Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) expansion. However, whether such individuals may be excluded from coverage due to still being IDOC custody, and considered “incarcerated,” may be an open question.