IL DOC - Menard Correctional Center is a high security facility, also known as a penitentiary. IL DOC - Menard Correctional Center has a reinforced perimeter. Inmates are either housed on their own or with another inmate. The safety of inmates is closely monitored, with a high number of staff and the movement of inmate movements around the facility closely managed.
Inmates at This Facility
The mission of Menard Correctional Center is to confine adult male offenders in a safe, secure and humane manner; preserve and promote individual rights and responsibilities; and in turn, ensure ultimate protection of society. Inherent within this purpose is the offering of program activities for inmates housed within the institution. Inmates are afforded the opportunity to explore and participate in programs designated to assist them toward a successful reintegration into society. ˜It is essential that these functions be conducted within the realities of the security needs of a maximum-security correctional center.
Menard Correctional Center was established on the banks of the Mississippi River in 1878. The maximum-security facility changes in elevation over 200 feet and includes more than 2,600 acres with 41 acres enclosed by perimeter. The facility is comprised of 155 buildings totaling 1,294,000 square feet. Menard is the state’s largest maximum security adult male facility. The center consists of five housing units, a receiving and orientation unit, segregation unit and a health care unit.
- ABE (Adult Basic Education)
- GED (General Education Development)
- Special Education Services
- Job Preparedness and Correspondence Classes
- Construction Trades
- Meat Processing
- Janitorial and Cleaning Supplies
- Knit and Sewing
- Waste Removal and Recycling
- Anger Management
- Community Work Crews
- Incarcerated Veterans Transition Program
- Leisure Time Activity
- Life Skills
- Sex Offender Program
- Substance Abuse
- Health Care Services
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