IYC-St. Charles

IYC-St. Charles is Northern Illinois’ medium-security facility for boys. St. Charles also serves as the northern Reception and Classification facility for Illinois.

Read JHA's 2013 report on St. Charles. (PDF)

Vital Statistics:
Population: 283
Average Age: 17.1
Average Annual cost per youth: $109,000
Population by Race: White (12%), Black (71%), Hispanic (17%)
Committing offense: Murder 1%, 9 Class X felonies 7%, Class 1 felonies 21%, Class 2 felonies 35%, Class 3 felonies 18%, Class 4 felonies 14%, Misdemeanors 4%Source: IDJJ (September 2013)

Key Observations:

  • St. Charles lacks adequate teaching staffing to meet minimum educational requirements for the youth in its care.
  • As St. Charles now houses youth with court writs, staff are needed to escort youth to court, which leads to increased staffing shortages at the facility. As the number of staff needed varies, it creates a lack of predictability in the facility schedule, resulting in youth spending more time in their cells.
  • Following JHA’s 2011 and 2012 reports on IYC-Kewanee, which found a chronic lack of mental staffing for youth suffering from severe mental illness, the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice (IDJJ) created two special treatment units at St. Charles. As of the publication of this report, these units do not provide sufficient treatment to meet the needs of these youth.

JHA's IYC St. Charles reports:

The John D. And Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation’s initiative, Models for Change, has funded the John Howard Association of Illinois (JHA) to monitor IDJJ’s facilities.