On August 16, 2011, the John Howard Association (JHA) visited the Dwight Reception and Classification (DRC), which serves as the intake, classification and processing center for all adult female offenders in Illinois. The facility is housed within Dwight Correctional Center (Dwight), a maximum security adult female correctional center. One Warden administers both Dwight and DRC and the two facilities share staff.
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- New inmates are sent to DRC Monday through Friday. On average, DRC receives five to 25 inmates per day. Inmates from Cook County jail arrive every Wednesday, and average about 20 to 40 inmates per week.
- DRC must rely upon inmates self-reporting their mental health and medical conditions because the state lacks a reliable system to pass information between county jails, mental health facilities, and the prison system.
- DRC screens all inmates for tuberculosis, but does not routinely screen inmates for other serious infectious diseases, including as Hepatitis C and HIV.
- The average length of stay for an inmate at DRC is 90 days, with the exception that inmates sent to DRC for parole violations are generally there for about 60 days.