Local jail offering an inside look

PEORIA COUNTY - You can get a behind-the-scenes look at what goes on at the Peoria County Jail.

The Sheriff's Office is now offering free, weekly tours to the public. Sheriff Brian Asbell says he wants to educate the community about the role of law enforcement, provide transparency, and engage the community on the local criminal system.

"We will see a lot of parents bringing their children out here, or their teens who might be looking at this as a profession," says Sheriff Asbell. "This could be more of a job shadow event, or adversely this could be used as a deterrent from criminal behavior." 

The tours are offered every Monday at 6:00 and will last up to 90 minutes. Reservations are required, and Sheriff Asbell says the first month is already booked full. You can book your tour by emailing or calling Ellen Balagna at (309) 697-7858.


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