Taylorville Correctional Center

Taylorville Correctional Center

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Taylorville Correctional Center is a male minimum-security prison. It is located about a half hour southeast of Springfield or four hours southwest of Chicago.

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Executive Summary

On May 24, 2011, John Howard Association (JHA) visited Taylorville Correctional Center (Taylorville), a male minimum-security prison. Taylorville is located about a half hour southeast of Springfield or four hours southwest of Chicago.

Taylorville opened in November 1990. The facility was designed for 600 inmates, but within its first five years, the Department of Corrections (DOC) had begun double bunking people. Today, the facility has 1,200 general population beds, with a total operational capacity of 1,221. On the day of JHA’s visit, the population was 1,203. This makes Taylorville the most overpopulated prison JHA has visited in recent years.

Despite the fact that Taylorville is significantly overcrowded, four different inmates who have previously spent time in other facilities in Illinois told JHA staff that Taylorville is the best prison that they have been to in terms of quality of life. Quality of life is of utmost importance, and the inmates’ comments speak volumes about the programming and staff.


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