Shawnee Correctional Center

Shawnee Correctional Center is a medium-security male population facility. It is located approximately six hours south of Chicago and four hours south of Springfield near the southern border of Illinois in Vienna.

Read JHA 2012 report here. (PDF)
Vital Statistics
Population: 1841
Design Capacity: 896
Average Annual Cost Per Inmate: $16,325
Average Age: 33
Population by Race: 59% Black, 26%White, and 15% Hispanic
Committed from Cook County: 50%
Committing Offense: 5% Murder, 27% Class X, 23% Class 1, 26% Class 2, 9% Class 3, and 10% Class 4 felonies.
Source IDOC

Key Observations:

  • While Shawnee benefits from leadership dedicated to providing a rehabilitative environment and inmate programming, overcrowding and staffing issues threaten to undermine administrators’ efforts.
  • Inmates at Shawnee report excessive time in cells, infrequent access to counselors, and concerns about cleanliness and staff conduct. Since JHA’s visit, Shawnee has implemented a new cell cleaning regime.
  • Shawnee, like other facilities, has significant facility repair needs.
  • The facility had substantial waitlists for healthcare services and programming.
  • Shawnee is to be commended for the quality and innovation of programming offered, including a new recycling program, a sophisticated metal shop, and programs that utilize inmate mentors as peer educators.

Read JHA 2012 report here. (PDF)