IYC-Warrenville is Illinois' medium and maximum-security girls facility. The facility is located approximately 45 minutes from downtown Chicago, in Dupage County.
Read JHA's 2012 report here.
Average Age: 16.9
Average Cost Per Inmate: $153,731
Population by Race: 18 White (41%), 21 Black (48%), and 5 Hispanic (11%)
(Source: IDJJ, 2011)
- Unlike many IDJJ facilities, Warrenville diligently collects and tracks data on the use of confinement at the facility. JHA commends Warrenville’s administration for this practice, and strongly urges other IDJJ facilities to do the same.
- JHA notes that Warrenville’s staff and administration has made admirable efforts to soften the facility’s austere penal environment by using murals, painting, and posters for decoration. However, absent money for significant renovation, cells, housing units, and the facility as a whole largely remain in a state of ill repair, and feel shabby, depressing, and institutional.
- Warrenville has a number of highly innovative arts programs aimed at reducing violence and disciplinary issues, increasing academic achievement and problem-solving skills, promoting positive socialization and communication skills, and decreasing recidivism.
- Warrenville has made significant improvements to its mental health program that are largely attributable to the hiring of an experienced correctional mental health professional to fill the position of Treatment Unit Administrator — a critical post that had been vacant for about eight years.
Read the latest JHA report here.
Read JHA's 2011 report here. (PDF)
JHA's Juvenile Justice Project is supported by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation’s Illinois Models for Change Initiative.