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CORRECTIONS730 ILCS 5/Ch. III Art. 7
(730 ILCS 5/) Unified Code of Corrections.
(730 ILCS 5/Ch. III Art. 7 heading)
730 ILCS 5/3-7-1
(730 ILCS 5/3-7-1)
(from Ch. 38, par. 1003-7-1)
The Department shall promulgate Rules and Regulations in conformity with
(Source: P.A. 77-2097
730 ILCS 5/3-7-2
(730 ILCS 5/3-7-2)
(from Ch. 38, par. 1003-7-2)
(a) All institutions and facilities of the Department shall provide
every committed person with access to toilet facilities, barber
facilities, bathing facilities at least once each week, a library of
legal materials and published materials including newspapers and magazines
approved by the Director. A committed person may not receive any materials
that the Director deems pornographic.
(c) All institutions and facilities of the Department shall provide
facilities for every committed person to leave his cell for at least one
hour each day unless the chief administrative officer determines that it
would be harmful or dangerous to the security or safety of the
institution or facility.
(d) All institutions and facilities of the Department shall provide
every committed person with a wholesome and nutritional diet at
regularly scheduled hours, drinking water, clothing adequate for the
season, bedding, soap and towels and medical and dental care.
(e) All institutions and facilities of the Department shall permit
every committed person to send and receive an unlimited number of
uncensored letters, provided, however, that the Director may order that
mail be inspected and read for reasons of the security, safety or morale
of the institution or facility.
(f) All of the institutions and facilities of the Department shall
permit every committed person to receive in-person visitors and video contact, if available, except in case of
abuse of the visiting privilege or when the chief administrative officer
determines that such visiting would be harmful or dangerous to the
security, safety or morale of the institution or facility.
Each committed person is entitled to 7 visits per month. Every committed person may submit a list of at least 30 persons to the Department that are authorized to visit the committed person. The list shall be kept in an electronic format by the Department beginning on August 1, 2019, as well as available in paper form for Department employees. The chief administrative officer shall have the right to restrict visitation
to non-contact visits, video, or other forms of non-contact visits for reasons of safety, security, and order, including,
but not limited to, restricting contact visits for committed persons engaged in
No committed person in a super maximum security facility or on disciplinary
segregation is allowed contact visits. Any committed person found in
possession of illegal drugs or who fails a drug test shall not be permitted
contact visits for a period of at least 6 months. Any committed person
involved in gang activities or found guilty of assault committed against a
Department employee shall not be permitted contact visits for a period of at
least 6 months. The Department shall offer every visitor appropriate written information concerning HIV and AIDS, including information concerning how to contact the Illinois Department of Public Health for counseling information. The Department shall develop the written materials in consultation with the Department of Public Health. The Department shall ensure that all such information and materials are culturally sensitive and reflect cultural diversity as appropriate. Implementation of the changes made to this Section by Public Act 94-629 is subject to appropriation.
The Department shall seek the lowest possible cost to provide video calling and shall charge to the extent of recovering any demonstrated costs of providing video calling. The Department shall not make a commission or profit from video calling services. Nothing in this Section shall be construed to permit video calling instead of in-person visitation.
(f-10) The Department may not restrict or limit in-person visits to committed persons due to the availability of interactive video conferences.
(f-15)(1) The Department shall issue a standard written policy for each institution and facility of the Department that provides for:
(A) the number of in-person visits each committed
person is entitled to per week and per month including the requirements of subsection (f) of this Section;
(B) the hours of in-person visits;
(C) the type of identification required for visitors
at least 18 years of age; and
(D) the type of identification, if any, required for
visitors under 18 years of age.
(2) This policy shall be posted on the Department website
and at each facility.
(3) The Department shall post on its website daily any
restrictions or denials of visitation for that day and the
succeeding 5 calendar days, including those based on a lockdown
of the facility, to inform family members and other visitors.
(g) All institutions and facilities of the Department shall permit
religious ministrations and sacraments to be available to every
committed person, but attendance at religious services shall not be
(h) Within 90 days after December 31, 1996, the Department shall prohibit
the use of curtains, cell-coverings, or any other matter or object that
obstructs or otherwise impairs the line of vision into a committed person's
(Source: P.A. 99-933, eff. 1-27-17; 100-30, eff. 1-1-18; 100-142, eff. 1-1-18; 100-677, eff. 1-1-19; 100-863, eff. 8-14-18
730 ILCS 5/3-7-2a
(730 ILCS 5/3-7-2a)
(from Ch. 38, par. 1003-7-2a)
If a facility maintains a commissary or commissaries serving inmates, the
selling prices for all goods shall be sufficient to cover the costs of the
goods and an additional charge of up to 35% for tobacco products and up to
25% for non-tobacco products. The amount of the additional charges for goods
sold at commissaries serving inmates shall be based upon the amount necessary to pay for the
wages and benefits of commissary employees who are employed in any
the Department. The Department shall determine the additional charges upon any
changes in wages and benefits of commissary employees as negotiated in the
collective bargaining agreement. If a facility maintains a commissary or commissaries serving employees, the selling price for all goods shall be sufficient to cover the costs of the goods and an additional charge of up to 10%. A compliance
of all commissaries and the distribution of commissary funds shall
be included in the regular compliance audit of the Department conducted
by the Auditor General in accordance with the Illinois State Auditing Act.
Items purchased for sale at any such commissary shall be purchased, wherever
possible, at wholesale costs. If a facility maintains a commissary or
commissaries as of the effective
date of this amendatory Act of the 93rd General Assembly, the Department may
not contract with a private contractor or vendor to operate, manage, or
perform any portion of the commissary services. The Department may not enter
into any such contract for commissary services at a facility that opens
subsequent to the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 93rd General
(Source: P.A. 93-607, eff. 1-1-04; 94-913, eff. 6-23-06.)
730 ILCS 5/3-7-2b
(730 ILCS 5/3-7-2b)
(from Ch. 38, par. 1003-7-2b)
Prior notice to General Assembly.
Prior to the selection
of any site for the construction of any correctional facility, work release
center, community correctional center or any facility used for such
purposes, the Governor shall provide prior timely notice to the President
of the Senate, Speaker of the House, Senate Minority Leader and House
Minority Leader. Such notice shall precede any public announcement or
announcement to private individuals.
(Source: P.A. 83-942.)
730 ILCS 5/3-7-2.5
(730 ILCS 5/3-7-2.5)
Zero tolerance drug policy.
(a) Any person employed by the Department of Corrections who tests positive
accordance with established Departmental drug testing procedures for any
prohibited by the Illinois Controlled Substances
Act or the Methamphetamine Control and Community Protection Act shall be
discharged from employment. Any person employed by the Department of Corrections who tests positive
accordance with established Departmental drug testing procedures for any
prohibited by the Cannabis Control Act may be
discharged from employment. Refusal to submit to a drug test, ordered in
with Departmental procedures, by any person employed by the Department shall be
construed as a positive test, and the person shall be discharged from
employment. The changes made in this Section by this amendatory Act of the 100th General Assembly shall apply to all pending and future incidents under this Section.
Testing of employees shall be conducted in accordance with established
Departmental drug testing procedures. Changes to established drug testing
that are inconsistent with the federal guidelines specified in the Mandatory
Federal Workplace Drug Testing Program, 59 FR 29908, or that affect
terms and conditions of employment, shall be negotiated with an exclusive
representative in accordance with the Illinois Public Labor Relations Act.
(1) All samples used for the purpose of drug testing
shall be collected by persons who have at least 15 hours of initial training in the proper collection procedures and at least 8 hours of annual follow-up training. Proof of this training shall be available upon request. In order to ensure that these persons possess the necessary knowledge, skills, and experience to carry out their duties, their training must include guidelines and procedures on maintaining the integrity of the collection process, ensuring the privacy of employees being tested, ensuring the security of the specimen, and avoiding conduct or statements that could be viewed as offensive or inappropriate. Proficiency in the proper collection process must be demonstrated prior to certification.
(2) With respect to any bargaining unit employee, the
Department shall not initiate discipline of any employee who authorizes the testing of a split urine sample in accordance with established Departmental drug testing procedures until receipt by the Department of the test results from the split urine sample evidencing a positive test for any substance prohibited by the Cannabis Control Act, the Illinois Controlled Substances Act, or the Methamphetamine Control and Community Protection Act.
(b) Any employee discharged in accordance with the provisions of subsection
shall not be eligible for rehire by the Department.
(Source: P.A. 100-1130, eff. 11-27-18.)
730 ILCS 5/3-7-3
(730 ILCS 5/3-7-3)
(from Ch. 38, par. 1003-7-3)
Institutional Safety and Sanitation.
(a) Standards of sanitation and safety for all institutions and
facilities shall be established and enforced by the Department. All
buildings and facilities shall be cleaned regularly and properly
maintained. Ventilation of air and heat adequate to the climate and season
shall be provided.
(b) All new, remodeled and newly designated institutions or facilities
shall provide at least 50 square feet of cell, room or dormitory floor
(Source: P.A. 83-942.)
730 ILCS 5/3-7-4
(730 ILCS 5/3-7-4)
(from Ch. 38, par. 1003-7-4)
Protection of Persons.
The Department shall establish rules and regulations for the protection
of the person and property of employees of the Department and every
(Source: P.A. 77-2097
730 ILCS 5/3-7-5
(730 ILCS 5/3-7-5)
(from Ch. 38, par. 1003-7-5)
The Department shall implement a comprehensive energy conservation
program at all correctional institutions and facilities in the State, for
the purpose of conserving energy in any and all forms and to ultimately
reduce expenditures in such regard. The Department may request the Capital
Development Board to provide personnel and services in connection with the
inspection of the institutions and facilities and the making of specific
recommendations for current expenditures for improvement and ultimate cost reduction.
(Source: P.A. 81-558.)
730 ILCS 5/3-7-6
(730 ILCS 5/3-7-6)
(from Ch. 38, par. 1003-7-6)
(Source: P.A. 97-697, eff. 6-22-12. Repealed by P.A. 101-235, eff. 1-1-20
730 ILCS 5/3-7-7
(730 ILCS 5/3-7-7)
(from Ch. 38, par. 1003-7-7)
The Department shall establish rules governing
the provision of mental health services to committed persons.
Such rules shall provide, among other matters, that a committed
person who is diagnosed as suffering from a mental illness or
developmental disability shall have access to treatment as
determined necessary by a qualified mental health or developmental
disability professional of the Department, and that mental health
records be disclosed only for purposes authorized by Department
rule or the Unified Code of Corrections or as otherwise authorized by law.
(Source: P.A. 86-1403.)
730 ILCS 5/3-7-8
(730 ILCS 5/3-7-8)
Persons committed to Department of Corrections institutions and facilities; access to job and career building websites.
The Director and the Secretary of Innovation and Technology shall jointly adopt a rule or best practices protocol that permits each committed person in a Department of Corrections institution or facility to access specific and approved job search and career building websites within a specified period before the person's release from the Department of Corrections institution or facility and to access only those job search and career building websites.
(Source: P.A. 101-397, eff. 1-1-20