BLOOMINGTON - According to a report released by the Illinois Department of Corrections, the state's prison system is ready to help improve conditions for mentally ill inmates by creating four treatment units and adding 350 clinical staff members.
The report addresses renovation plans at Pontiac, Logan, and Dixon correctional centers, as well as the reopening of a former Joliet youth home as a mental health campus. The changes as the correctional centers would house 900 inmates with serious mental illnesses, and the reopening of the home could increase that number to 1,235.
The report is part of recently-filed civil litigation that's currently working its way through federal court in Peoria. IDOC officials say the filing comes after a recent hearing in which inmates' lawyers asked for updates on the department's progress in improving mentally ill inmates' treatment.