Illinois Department of Corrections graduates 54 cadets from the
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[NOV. 18, 2006]
SPRINGFIELD -- On Friday, Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich
announced the graduation of 54 correctional officer cadets, who
completed a six-week, paramilitary training course at the Illinois
Department of Corrections training academy in Springfield. On behalf
of the governor, Department of Corrections Director Roger E. Walker
Jr. congratulated the new correctional officers during a graduation
ceremony at the agency's general headquarters.
"These new officers will
make sure our prisons are safe and secure," Blagojevich said. "I
congratulate these new officers and wish them luck as they begin
their new careers in public safety."
"It's a pleasure and an honor
to see this fine group of cadets graduate today," Walker said. "On
behalf of Governor Blagojevich, I commend their dedication and
achievements. The department's emphasis is placed on front-line
staff to protect and control inmates. These new officers will help
carry [out] our mission of running safe and secure prisons. Safety
is at the forefront of the agency's operations."
The six-week course is a 240-hour Pre-Service Security Training
program. The cadets undergo a regimen of training sessions that
include employee ethics, professionalism, firearms, control tactics,
fire emergency, search procedures, discipline and report-writing,
radio communications, drug awareness, training exercises, and exams.
Another class of 61 cadets graduated in mid-October.
Since the beginning of his administration, the governor has
worked to improve the Illinois prison system, and he is committed to
enhancing prison-based treatment, prevention programs and the
successful re-entry of inmates into society.
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The governor's most recent re-entry initiative is to develop a
national model meth prison and re-entry program. The initiative
includes creating two meth units, one at Southwestern Illinois
Correctional Center and one at Sheridan. In fiscal 2007, the
governor will create a 200-bed meth unit at the 667-bed Southwestern
Illinois Correctional Center and make the entire prison another
fully dedicated drug prison and re-entry program in the model of
Next year, the governor will expand the Sheridan Correctional
Center from 950 offenders to its full capacity of 1,300 offenders,
with 200 of those spaces to be used for another meth unit. As with
the current Sheridan model, inmates in both programs will access
intensive prison-based drug treatment programs, vocational training,
job preparation and mental health services; and upon completion of
their sentence, their treatment will continue under a highly
supervised transition back to their communities.
[News release from the governor's