Sheridan Correctional Center
Sheridan Correctional Center is a medium-security adult male facility located in Sheridan, Illinois, about an hour and a half southwest of Chicago. Among the 27 Illinois Department of Corrections (DOC) facilities, Sheridan is best known as a preeminent substance abuse treatment facility.
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Rated Capacity: 1304
Average Annual Cost Per Inmate: $43,607
Average Age: 32
- Sheridan is the largest prison in the United States wholly dedicated to providing substance abuse treatment.
- A 2011 study by the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority found that inmates from “Sheridan had a 16 percent lower likelihood of being returned to prison after three years in the community than a statistically similar comparison group of inmates released from Illinois’ other prisons during the same time period.”
- From 2010 to 2012, Sheridan’s population has increased by 25 percent, going from 1,275 to about 1,600. Currently, Sheridan’s population is approximately 123 percent over its design capacity.
- Like most DOC facilities, Sheridan suffers from staffing shortages, particularly in teachers, clerical, and security.
- The average age of inmate at Sheridan is 32 years old. Approximately eight percent of the population is age 50 or older. The racial demographics of Sheridan’s population are: 63 percent African American, 24 percent white, and 12 percent Hispanic.