YORKVILLE – The Kendall County Sheriff's Office detention facility is in compliance with all state standards and requirements, according to a Thursday, Jan. 9 news release from the sheriff's office.
According to the 2019 inspection report from the Illinois Department of Corrections Office of Jail and Detention Standards, jail improvements that were made since the last inspection include a full body scanner being installed in the booking area, along with a financial literacy course and mental health counselors being available to inmates. There were no noncompliances listed and no recommendations issued following the inspection, the report said.
As part of the state's annual inspection, the state office reviews the corrections facility's policies and procedures, record keeping, management of inmates and their property, medical and dental care, security, use of force, sanitation, equipment and many other areas of jail operations, the release said.
Kendall County Sheriff Dwight Baird said the jail's mission is to operate a facility that meets the highest jail standards for a safe and secure facility. He said he's proud of the sheriff's officials who work every day to make that possible.
"I’m proud of the effort made every day by the members of this office to provide inmates with beneficial services aimed at reducing recidivism all while continuing to work to reduce costs for the taxpayers of Kendall County,” Baird said in the news release.
The jail's total capacity is 203 inmates, including 189 males and 14 females, according to the report. The population listed during the Nov. 11, 2019 inspection date was at 159 inmates, including 151 males and eight females.
There were no male or female juveniles residing in the jail at the time of the inspection, though the jail has housed them before and has been approved to hold detainees who are younger than 18 years old, the report said.
The full report can be found on the Kendall County Sheriff’s Office website, www.co.kendall.il.us/sheriff, by clicking on the "corrections" tab and clicking on the "jail inspections" link.
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