Skip to main content

Rebuild Frequently Asked Questions

1. Why are you rebuilding Stateville and Logan rather than other IDOC facilities?

The Department intentionally chose to focus on rebuilds for Stateville and Logan after considering deferred maintenance needs, the cost-benefit analysis of repairing an existing structure versus building anew, the needs of the current population of individuals in custody, staff vacancies, and the ability to accommodate relocations of individuals in custody and staff, when necessary, at other facilities.

2. What process(es) is/are required to close a state facility?

All closures of state facilities must comply with the State Facilities Closure Act (30 ILCS 608). A summary of the State Facilities Closure Act is available here. The Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability (CGFA) is responsible for the administration of the State Facility Closure Act. IDOC will comply with the CGFA process to close a facility as is required. That process includes notification to CGFA of a proposed closure, filing a recommendation for closure, a public comment period, and one or more public hearings.

 

3. Will individuals in custody at Stateville and Logan be relocated to other facilities during the reconstruction? Where? When?

Individuals in custody at Stateville will be relocated after the CGFA process. The Department will develop a comprehensive plan to safely transfer the individuals in custody at Stateville. The process will include evaluating individual needs to determine the most suitable placement for each individual by identifying facilities capable of providing the necessary security, care, and programing for the population.

 

At this time, the Department anticipates keeping Logan Correctional Center open until completion of the new facility. Upon completion of the new facility within 3 to 5 years, the Department will begin transfers. However, in the event infrastructure needs require IDOC to begin transfers prior to the completion of the new build – we will methodically review each individual for medical, mental health, security, and programmatic needs. 

 

4. What accommodations are being made for staff affected by the reconstruction?

Employees at Logan CC:

IDOC anticipates that the rebuild will take approximately 3 to 5 years. IDOC intends to continue to operate Logan until the rebuild is complete as long as it is safe to do so. As part of the plan to rebuild Logan, all employees will be affected as the current facility will become non-operational upon completing the new facility.

 

The Department intends to take significant measures to minimize the impact of the closure on employees at Logan. The Department estimates that if staffing patterns stay consistent with current trends, there will be more than sufficient vacancies available throughout the Department to ensure all employees of Logan can remain employed within the Department. IDOC will follow the process outlined in the respective collective bargaining agreements and the Personnel Code which includes a process for transfers of the impacted employees. The process ensures the rights of the employees are protected during the transfer and upon arrival at their new facility. Unless an employee voluntarily chooses to be placed in a layoff status, IDOC does not expect that any employees will lose state employment as part of this process.    

 

Employees at Stateville CC:

As part of the temporary closure of Stateville required for its rebuilding, IDOC will follow all of the required steps in the applicable collective bargaining agreements and the Personnel Code which utilizes a process to transfer the impacted employees. The process ensures that the rights of the employees are protected during the transfer and upon arrival at their new facility. Unless an employee voluntarily chooses to be placed in a layoff status, IDOC does not expect that any employee will lose state employment as part of this process. During this process, employees will be offered positions at Stateville’s Northern Reception and Classification Center (NRC) and other IDOC facilities. The Department is committed to implementing the process of offering employees positions at other facilities as effectively as possible.

 

In addition to the NRC, there are three correctional facilities within 65 miles of Stateville, providing potential relocation options. Should current staffing patterns hold, IDOC estimates there will be more than sufficient vacancies available within a 65-mile radius. IDOC will follow the process outlined in the respective collective bargaining agreements to complete the transfer process.

5. Is the decision to rebuild final? Who makes that type of decision?

The Department has the authority to decide to rebuild its facilities. Since the decision to rebuild will result in the eventual closure of each existing facility, the Department will comply with the CGFA process, which includes a public hearing and public comment period. We recognize the importance of engaging impacted stakeholders to help ensure the success of this initiative.

6. Why are you closing Stateville while the new facility is being built?

The Department’s top priority is the physical safety of staff and individuals in custody. Due to the facility conditions, the Department must move forward with this closure to ensure the security and safety of those who work, live, and visit Stateville.

 

IDOC contracted an outside firm, CGL Companies, to assess the physical condition of each of its facilities. IDOC determined it was necessary to have an objective third-party conduct a study to identify the Department’s needs, taking into consideration population projections, staffing levels, and the infrastructure of the facilities. Their report identified eleven of Stateville’s buildings as in a state of “complete degradation, inoperability, and need for replacement.” The report also noted significant visible maintenance and deterioration, such as leaks and water penetration, peeling paint, and floors in such poor condition that could result in injury. Closing the facility during the rebuild will also mitigate the potential impact of environmental concerns of a live construction site on staff and individuals in custody and circumvent additional efforts required to secure a site.  

7. Why are you rebuilding the facilities and not renovating?

The renovation of Stateville and Logan Correctional Center’s existing structures would be cost-prohibitive and not allow for a structural redesign that would benefit our staff and individuals in custody. The current physical structures do not permit modern correctional practices related to programming, treatment, and staff spaces. Due to the age and mechanics of the buildings, renovations could not make necessary structural changes to the layouts and floor plans. New construction will provide an environment that is more efficient and effective in providing operations, and that is essential to ensuring the safety and security of staff and individuals in custody.

8. How are you deciding where the facilities will be located?

The Department is considering many factors when determining the future locations of Logan and Stateville Correctional Centers, including but not limited to workforce availability, proximity to medical facilities, community-based organizations, and educational and program partners, prior residences of individuals in custody and current locations of family and support systems, impact on local communities, geographic distribution of IDOC facilities across the state, environmental impact, and construction costs.  

9. What is the timeline for the rebuilds?

The Department anticipates completion of the rebuilds within 3 to 5 years, but this timeline is subject to change. We will update our page on Key Dates regularly throughout the process as information becomes available.