Kewanee Life Skills Re-Entry Center - Prison Insight (2023)

The Kewanee Life Skills Re-Entry Center is a supervised transitional facility for male inmates who are at the end of their sentence with the Illinois Department of Corrections. The facility opened in 2017 and is located in Kewanee, Illinois. It can house a maximum of 682 inmates who are preparing to re-enter society.

The main objective of the Kewanee Life Skills Re-Entry Center is to help the inmates build valuable life skills and prepare them for re-entry into society, while maintaining safety and security.

The center focuses on offenders who are ready to make needed changes in order to successfully reintegrate into their community. They must have one to four years left on their sentence, and qualify for placement at the facility. Kewanee Life Skills Re-Entry Center offers educational, job readiness, and cognitive behavior therapy courses.

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How Inmates Treat Each Other

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Visiting Hours and Rules

Visiting hours at the Kewanee Life Skills Re-Entry Center are Sunday through Saturday, between 8:30am – 1:30pm and 3:00pm – 8:00pm.

Visitor Approval

All adult visitors must be on the inmate's approved visitation list in order to visit. Inmates are responsible for arranging their visits and notifying their visitors of their visiting status.

Video Visits

As of August 2021, video visitation is available due to COVID-19. All potential visitors must register with GTL (https://ildoc.gtlvisitme.com). The registration process includes completing a Prospective Visitor Interview Form.

All visitors must fully complete this form with GTL -- even if they have completed this form at a facility.

All video visits must be scheduled through the GTL website. Do not call the facility to schedule a video visit. The visitor should check before scheduling the video visit of dates and times that are available for the offender. The facility will inform the offender of the pending visit and arrange for the offender to be present.

  • An offender may only receive one video visit per day.
    • No more than three approved visitors per video visit for offenders confined in general population or protective custody status.
  • An offender may receive only two video visits per week
  • All video visits must be scheduled at least seven days in advance.
  • Visits may be scheduled up to 30 days in advance.
  • Only scheduled visitors may appear in the video visit monitor.
    • One visitor on screen at a time, excluding children who need assistance sitting for the visit.

All video visits are monitored live and recorded. Any violation of visitation rules, inappropriate conduct, or language may be subject to immediate termination of the video visit with or without warning.

In-Person Visits

Due to changes to the CDC's COVID-19 guidelines, Kewanee Life Skills Re-Entry Center is now scheduling visits according to vaccination status. This will allow vaccinated people in IDOC custody and their families (if all participants are vaccinated) to visit with fewer restrictions. Both the incarcerated person and all visitors (including minors) must be fully vaccinated to schedule a vaccinated visiting slot.

Visits must be scheduled a minimum of seven days prior to the visit. To schedule your visit, click here.

General Visiting Rules

Visitation is encouraged to help incarcerated men and women maintain ties with family, friends, and others in the community.

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All adult visitors are required to have a current photo ID, such as a driver’s license, a state identification card or acceptable documentation of non-US citizenship including a current passport, Visa or Matricula, and documentation that includes their date of birth.

Allowed Items

Visitors are not allowed to bring electronic devices (such as cell phones, smartwatches, tablets, or laptops), food, drink, smoking materials, currency, packages, purses, bags, sacks, books, magazines, sunglasses, or personal keys into the Visiting Room. Visitors must put personal items in small lockers that are available at no charge.

Items that a visitor may possess inside the visiting room or in a secured locker, unless otherwise approved by the CAO, shall include:

  • Any item approved for an ADA request for reasonable accommodation.
  • One identification card
  • One key fob or car door key without remote attachment
  • One locker key, if issued
  • One jacket or coat appropriate for the weather
  • Religious headgear, and
  • Lifesaving medication

If visiting with an infant or toddler, the following items may be brought into the visiting room in a clear plastic bag or container:

  • Three diapers and wipes
  • One blanket
  • Two filled clear plastic bottles; two sealed containers of baby food; a combination of one bottle and one sealed container of baby food
  • One change of clothes
  • One bib
  • One pacifier
  • One plastic spoon
  • One clear empty cup with lid
  • One coat or jacket and one hat
  • One pair of gloves or mittens during appropriate weather

Dress Code

All adult visitors must be dressed appropriately for a prison environment or the visit will not be permitted.

Clothing must not advertise or suggest any items that signify a Security Threat Group or other illegal activity. Visitors should not wear clothing that is sexually explicit, offensive, or degrading. All visitors must wear underwear and female visitors must wear a bra.

Visitors should not wear clothing which reveals the buttocks or breasts. Examples of appropriate and inappropriate dress for visitors are:

  • Dresses, shorts, or skirts must extend to the knee
  • Clothing that compromises the integrity of safety/security such as gang affiliated symbols and communication that may negatively impact ability to control the population
  • No see through/sheer clothing
  • No holes, tears, or “cutouts” in clothing above the knee
  • No tube tops, halter tops, tank tops, swimsuits, or swimsuit tops
  • Loose fitting clothing is encouraged but not required
  • Visitors may be permitted to wear religious headgear if there are no safety or security concerns. Wigs are not considered headgear and will not result in the denial of visits.
  • Visitors may wear two rings (inclusive of one wedding ring), one pair of earrings, and piercings that cannot be removed.

How to Call an Inmate

You can't call a resident who is part of the Kewanee Life Skills Re-Entry Center, but they do have access to phones during certain hours and are allowed to make outgoing calls.

How to Send Money

You can send money to a resident at the Kewanee Life Skills Re-Entry Center via the following methods. (You must use the inmate's IDOC number and legal name for all electronic transfer of funds.)

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Money Orders

Money orders must be sent with a lockbox deposit slip and must be complete with the inmate name, IDOC inmate number, sender’s name, and address.

Deposit slips are available by clicking here. The money orders should be made payable to JPay and sent with the deposit slip to:

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Programs For Inmates

Academic:

  • Pre-vocational and re-entry related Life Skills
  • ABE (Adult Basic Education)
  • HSE (High School Equivalency)

Vocational:

  • Welding
  • Manufacturing
  • Restaurant Management
  • Custodial Maintenance

Volunteer Services:

  • Alcoholics Anonymous
  • Worship Services
  • Religious Studies
  • Day With Dad
  • Job Partnership

Clinical Services:

  • Thinking 4 a Change (NIC)
  • Criminal and Addictive Thinking (Hazelden)
  • Socialization (Hazelden)
  • Cultural Self Awareness (Hazelden)
  • Impact of Crimes (US Dept. of Justice/Office of the Victim Advocate-Penn. Dept. of Corrections)
  • Brief Intervention (TCU)
  • 12 Step Mapping (TCU)
  • Drug & Alcohol Education (Hazelden)
  • Substance Abuse Therapy Sessions

Mental Health Services:

  • Trauma (SPARCS)
  • Veteran’s Trauma Group (Veteran’s Administration)
  • Applied Anger Management (TCU)
  • Wellness Workshop I-Depression (UC San Francisco)
  • Wellness Workshop II-Anxiety
  • Responding to Grief (University of Texas)
  • Critical Thinking Workshop
  • Survivor’s Support Group (SAMSA)
  • Overcoming Domestic Violence (National Training Project)
  • Abused Boys, Wounded Men (Hazeldon)
  • Exploring Relationships and Marriage with Fragile Families (CFWD Center for Families)
  • My Emotional Life-Mindfulness
  • Stepping Up and Stepping Out-De-Institutionalization Group
  • Therapeutic Enrichment Programs
    • Art as Coping (presented with Education, LTS)
    • Creative Writing (presented with Education)
    • Two Roads Literary/Art Program (presented with Education, LTS)
    • Inside Out Dads (presented with Clinical)

Other Services:

  • Chaplaincy

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FAQs

What is Kewanee life skills Reentry Center? ›

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The main objective of the Kewanee Life Skills Re-Entry Center is to build valuable life skills and prepare individuals in custody for reentry into society while maintaining safety and security.

What is Kewanee Illinois known for? ›

Located in Henry County in Northwest Illinois is Kewanee, known as the Hog Capital of the World. A gigantic celebration is held every Labor Day weekend where 50 thousand pork chops are grilled and sold to the public.

What county is Illinois River Correctional Center in? ›

The Illinois River Correctional Institution is a medium-security state prison for men located in Canton, Fulton County, Illinois, owned and operated by the Illinois Department of Corrections. The facility was first opened in 1989, and has a working capacity of 2094.

What are the 3 phases of reentry? ›

While the current approach makes the offender accountable for transition in reentry and stabilization in the community, it is built on three basic assumptions: 1) the offender can return to his/her place of residence with ease; 2) the offender can make meaningful arrangements in prison; and 3) the offender can make the ...

What are the keys to successful reentry? ›

After closely examining these studies, the team identified the 5 Key Ingredients likely to best promote successful reentry. These 5 Key Ingredients include Healthy thinking patterns, Meaningful work trajectories, Effective coping strategies, Positive social engagement, and Positive interpersonal relationships.

When did Kewanee go out of business? ›

What Happened to Kewanee Boiler? Kewanee began manufacturing boilers in 1868. Over the next 133 years, until production ceased in 2002, tens of thousands of Kewanee boilers were sold to residential, commercial, and industrial customers in the US and abroad.

Is Kewanee IL a good place to live? ›

It is a very safe town with a low crime rate.

What is Mattoon IL famous for? ›

In 1944, the town of Mattoon, Illinois was plagued by reports of a madman using toxic gas to target residents. He came to be known as The Mad Gasser and by the time his gassing spree ended, over 20 people had been attacked.

What is the biggest jail in Illinois? ›

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.

Who is the oldest inmate in Illinois? ›

Jailed in November 1899 for the murder of a former school friend, Honeck was paroled from Southern Illinois Penitentiary in Chester, Illinois on 20 December 1963, having completed 64 years and one month of his life sentence, and served a total of 23,418 days in jail.
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Richard Honeck
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Do Illinois prisons have air conditioning? ›

Eight out of the state's 33 prison facilities have air conditioning in inmate housing areas, according to Illinois Department of Corrections spokesperson Naomi Puzzello. The department provides ice, water and fans in extreme temperatures.

What are the 3 biggest challenges that inmates face when returning back to the community? ›

The 4 Biggest Challenges Facing Those Newly Released From Prison
  • Challenge #1: Not Knowing Where to Begin.
  • Challenge #2: Family Strain.
  • Challenge #3: Finding Employment.
  • Challenge #4: Mental Health Issues.

What are the barriers for prisoner reentry? ›

1 Individuals returning to their communities after a term of imprisonment face a number of barriers to success, including housing insecurity, inability to access health care, food insecurity, and barriers to education and employment.

Why is reentry difficult? ›

Once released, formerly incarcerated people face a myriad of barriers to successfully re-entering society. They are not allowed to vote, have little access to education, face scant job opportunities, and are ineligible for public benefits, public housing and student loans.

What things may assist an inmate with successfully re entering into society? ›

Providing access to affordable housing options and lenient policies can help support an individual's transition back into their respective communities and is an important factor in recidivism prevention. Returning individuals also face barriers in accessing public assistance.

Why is it important to start the reentry process early? ›

It doesn't matter how long a person is in prison, whether it's a few months or ten years. Reentry should start as early as possible. Doing anything they can to better themselves will give inmates the best chance possible when their release date comes.

What is the goal of prisoner reentry programs? ›

Reentry programs are designed to assist incarcerated individuals with a successful transition to their community after they are released.

Where are Kewanee Boilers made? ›

Kewanee Boiler was a manufacturer of firetube boilers located in Kewanee, Illinois from 1891 until they ceased operations in 2002. The original facility used by Valerius D. Anderson, c. 1868.

What is the number one safest city in Illinois? ›

Safest Cities in Illinois, 2019
RankCitySafety Index
1Warrenville0.91
2Deerfield0.91
3Elk Grove Village0.75
4Burr Ridge0.75
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What is the nicest neighborhood in Illinois? ›

According to the list, Chicago-area suburbs Long Grove and Clarendon Hills scored in the top 10 places that are best for a family in the U.S. Long Grove ranked as the fourth best place to raise a family nationwide and the best location in Illinois, according to the list.

What is the safest village in Illinois? ›

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  • La Grange Park, IL.
  • Hinsdale, IL.
  • Deerfield, IL.
  • Campton Hills, IL.
  • Barrington Hills, IL.
  • Lindenhurst, IL.
  • South Elgin, IL.
  • Warrenville, IL.
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What's the crime rate in Mattoon Illinois? ›

Mattoon Annual Crimes
ViolentTotal
Number of Crimes56196
Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents)3.3211.62

What is the most southern town in Illinois? ›

Cairo (/ˈkɛəroʊ/ KAIR-oh) is the southernmost city in Illinois and the county seat of Alexander County. The city is located at the confluence of the Ohio and Mississippi rivers.

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Peru is the home of at least three very old companies. It is the national headquarters of American Nickeloid, started in 1898, and the W.H. Maze Co, dealing in lumber and nails, which started the year the Illinois and Michigan Canal opened in 1848. Maze Nails is one of America's last remaining nail makers.

What is Keeplock? ›

(k) "Keeplock confinement" refers to disciplinary confinement that restricts an incarcerated individual to a general population cell or dorm; separate keeplock unit; or special housing unit subject to the provisions herein.

What is a reentry simulation? ›

What is a Reentry Simulation? A Reentry Simulation is an educational outreach event which highlights the struggles and challenges faced by individuals who are transitioning from incarceration back into their communities.

What are the key components of the reentry process? ›

As shown below, interventions must address health, employment, housing, skill development, mentorship, and social networks, as these factors have the most significant impact on reentry success.

What does a pod mean in jail? ›

In short easy to comprehend language, in prison a Pod is the housing set for a prison unit. Picture this: David unit has two sides--A & B, each side has two levels (top and bottom), which is commonly referred to as Pods. Depending on the prison, the size of the pods range from being able to house 60 to 90 prisoners.

What are the rooms in jail called? ›

The individual rooms are called cells. There are prisons where inmates sleep all together in a dormitory. In prison, are prisoners allowed to wear watches, and if not, how do they keep track of time?

What does it mean when an inmate is in SEG? ›

DEFINITIONS. Administrative Segregation (A-Seg). Housing an inmate away from general population due to need or risk.

What speed is reentry? ›

It is usually moving parallel to the ground, at a speed of about 7 km/sec or 17,500 miles per hour. The reentry can occur at any time of the day. These reentries can often look like shooting stars (meteors) with a bright central body followed by a long, dazzling tail and often break into numerous fragments.

What are some of the challenges facing offenders during reentry? ›

experience, low levels of educational or vocational skills, and many health-related issues, ranging from mental health needs to substance abuse histories and high rates of communicable diseases.

What is the goal of the reentry project? ›

Goal: To promote community safety and improve the quality of lives of all people in the community by reducing recidivism as defined as “re‐arrest, re‐conviction or return to incarceration/custody for people with conviction histories, with or without a new sentence”.

What is the purpose of the reentry program? ›

Reentry programs and reentry courts are designed to help returning citizens successfully "reenter" society following their incarceration, thereby reducing recidivism, improving public safety, and saving money.

Are reentry programs effective? ›

Various forms of reentry programs have been found to be an effective tool at reducing future crime and ensuring people become contributing members of their community after paying their debt to society.

How effective or ineffective have reentry programs been? ›

In a nutshell, there are very few employment programs that show promise for reducing recidivism. In particular, employment-focused reentry programs have had little success in reducing recidivism.

Why do reentry programs fail? ›

While some of the blame is attributable to the lack of rehabilitative services in prison settings, a large body of research has concluded that a mix of discrimination, inadequate supports, and legal barriers to opportunities set returning citizens up for failure.

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