Decatur Correctional Center

Coordinates: 39°53′41.3″N 88°55′37.6″W / 39.894806°N 88.927111°W / 39.894806; -88.927111
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Decatur Correctional Center is a prison for women in Decatur, Illinois. It is operated by the Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC). It first opened on January 24, 2000.[1] Sex offenders are not placed in Decatur Correctional.[2]

The prison, which includes the "Moms and Babies" program,[2] has the only nursery for newborn babies in IDOC; it has eight cells in the E-Wing equipped with childcare facilities. Women convicted of nonviolent offenses may care for their newborns while serving time.[3] The cells are video-monitored, and do not have bars. The mothers in this program are separated from the general population, and other prisoners are kept where they are when children are transferred within the prison. Due to a desire to not cause stress on the children, the correctional officers do not handcuff the women in the nursery area. The prison only accepts mothers who will be released in time to continue taking care of their children; therefore each woman has two or fewer years of time remaining.[2] As of 2015 most women in the prison do not qualify and must immediately give up their children after their births occur.[3]

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  1. ^ "Decatur Correctional Center." Illinois Department of Corrections. Retrieved on September 4, 2018. "2310 East Mound Road [...] Decatur, IL 62524"
  2. ^ a b c Jouvenal, Justin (2018-05-11). "This central Illinois prison is allowing mothers to raise their babies behind bars. But is the radical experiment a good idea?". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2018-09-04 – via Chicago Tribune.
  3. ^ a b Mastony, Colleen (2015-05-03). "Bringing up baby while doing time". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2018-09-04.

39°53′41.3″N 88°55′37.6″W / 39.894806°N 88.927111°W / 39.894806; -88.927111