Decatur Correctional Center


Decatur Correctional Center is Illinois’ Minimum-Security women’s prison.

Read JHA's latest report here. (PDF)

Vital Statistics
Population: 704
Rated Capacity: 500
Average Age: 38
Percentage of Population aged 50 or older: 13%
Average Annual Cost per Inmate (FY 2011): $29,798

Source: IDOC, March 2013

Key Observations

  • This facility is to be commended for utilizing volunteers, staff-run additional programming, and focus on family.
  • Decatur no longer has a formal substance abuse treatment program, despite substantial need at the facility.
  • Educational and vocational program waitlists were substantial and women requested more assistance for reentry preparation.
  • JHA continues to receive numerous healthcare complaints.


  • Read JHA's 2013 report here. (PDF)
  • Read JHA's 2012 report here. (PDF)
  • Read JHA's 2011 report here. (PDF)