{{ Illinois Youth Center Joliet }}

2848 West McDonough
Joliet, IL 60436

Opened: April 1959
Capacity: 344
Level 1: Maximum-Security Juvenile Male
Average Daily Population: 292
Total Average Daily Population: 292
Average Age: 18
Average Annual Cost Per Inmate: $56,351.00

{{ Stateville Correctional Center }}

Route 53
P.O. Box 112
Joliet, IL 60434

Opened: March 1925
Capacity: 1,506
Level 1: Maximum-Security Adult Male
Level 7: Low Minimum-Security Male
Average Daily Population: 2,773
Total Average Daily Population: 2,773
Average Age: 34
Average Annual Cost Per Inmate: $33,665.00

The Stateville Correctional Center is a maximum-security facility that houses approximately 2,800 male felons and employs nearly 1,300 employees. It is a Level 1 facility, the highest of eight security level designations. The facility also operates a Minimum-Security Unit, commonly referred to as the Stateville Farm. Inmates confined to this status provide work crews for the main institution when a lockdown is implemented and other outside details such as mowing grass and collecting litter along roads. The Joliet Complex, formerly the Joliet Correctional Center, remains the site for northern reception and classification (R&C) intake processing. The Joliet Complex is also under the supervision of the warden.

Stateville was opened in 1925 with a design capacity of 1,506. The institution processes approximately 2,200 inmates monthly through the R&C center. There are 11 housing units and virtually 100 percent of the general population and segregation status inmates are double celled. The Minimum-Security Unit dormitory was opened in 1930 and relocated to the new Northern R&C Center (NRC) in 2003. The new state-of-the-art R&C will have the capacity to hold 2,200 inmates, actually doubling the size of the old reception center at the former Joliet Correctional Center. The new facility also nearly doubles the size of the current bed space for the Minimum-Security Unit.

The new R&C Center and Stateville proper is located three miles north of Joliet and sits on approximately 2,264 acres of land with 64 acres surrounded by a 33-foot concrete perimeter with 10 wall towers. Two housing units within the concrete exterior are considered historical sites, one being noted as the longest cell house in the world. The panopticon cell house, commonly referred to as the round house, houses mainly R&C inmates and those in writ status with an armed tower in the center. A philosopher named Jeremy Bentham designed this architectural structure and it is said to be one of the only remaining circular-style cell houses still in use in the U.S.

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