Hill Correctional Center

On May 31, 2011, John Howard Association (JHA) visited Hill Correctional Center (Hill), a Level 2 Secure Medium adult male facility. Hill is located in northwest Illinois in the city of Galesburg, about three and a half hours away from Chicago and two hours away from Springfield.

Read JHA's 2011 monitoring report. (PDF)

Vital Statistics
Population: 1,830
Rated Capacity: 896
Operational Capacity: 1,866
Average Annual Cost Per Inmate: $16,321
Average Length of Stay: 10 months, 28 days
Average Age: 35
(Source: IDOC 5/31/2011)

Key Observations

  • Shortages in security staff raise safety concerns. Medical and correctional staff members indicate that inadequate security presence has created heightened pressure and instability for inmates and staff alike, and increased opportunities for violence. The Department of Corrections quarterly report of April 1, 2011, confirms that ratio of inmates to security staff at Hill is higher than at other Level 2 Secure Medium facilities in the state.
  • Hill operates a successful on-site industries program that employs 76 inmates in processing milk, juice, and meat for use in correctional facilities across Illinois. Hill’s industries allow inmates to earn a wage, increase their self-sufficiency and obtain essential work skills for reentry, while minimizing costs to the State.
  • Hill, in line with other Illinois facilities, charges inmates in excess of the 25 percent markup that is authorized by statute for some of its commissary items.
  • The racial makeup of Hill’s population is 62 percent African-American; 20 percent White; 17 percent Hispanic; less than 1 percent Asian; and less than 1 percent American Indian. The majority of Hill inmates were convicted in Cook County.