The Illinois Department of Corrections is launching the first life skills re-entry center in Kewanee.
It’s part of Ill. Gov. Bruce Rauner’s plan to reduce the prison population and restructure the state’s criminal justice system
The facility will offer educational courses as well as job readiness and therapy classes to offenders who have one to four years left on their sentence.
They will also learn skills to help them re-enter society, like how to manage a bank account, use the latest technology and schedule medical appointments.
The program will be available to offenders as early as February 16th
“We’re focusing on the whole individual not just one particular track. We’re trying to really get them to re-enter society after being in custody for a significant amount of time,” said Warden Anthony Williams.
Kewanne is one of three life skills re-entry centers slated to open in Illinois.