DuPage County Sheriff

John E. Zaruba

 

Corrections/Jail

The DuPage County Jail provides for the custody of individuals awaiting trial, serving sentences up to one year, or sentenced to periodic imprisonment.

In 2004, the jail was re-accredited by the American Correctional Association with one of the highest overall ratings of any corrections facility in the United States. The jail consistently receives high marks from the Illinois Department of Corrections and continues to operate in an efficient, cost-effective manner, despite a rapidly increasing population.

History

In 1868, a $20,000 two-story brick courthouse and jail was built on land donated by Wheaton resident Warren Wheaton. This building in downtown Wheaton served DuPage County until 1896.

In 1896, a new jail and Sheriff's office was erected. The new jail was built to house 8 inmates, but was soon expanded to house 48.

In the late 1940's, the old jail was so inadequate that deputies dug a basement in the building. Shortly thereafter, planning began for a new jail and Sheriff's office. That building, which cost $960,000, opened in 1959 and housed 85 inmates.

By the mid 1970's, tremendous growth in the county's population made the 1959 jail space inadequate. In April of 1981, the County Board accepted a $14,059,000 bid to construct a new facility on County Farm Road in Wheaton. Construction of the three level, 310 bed jail and adjoining Sheriff's Office began in June 1981 and was dedicated in November 1983.

During the 1990's, as DuPage's population continued to grow, it was clear that additional jail space was needed. A 471 bed addition was built onto the existing jail and opened in 1995. With this addition, the total capacity of the jail is 825 beds.

Programs and Services

Meals

Inmates shall be supplied with three (3) well-balanced meals per day.

Medical Services

Medical, Dental, and Mental Health services are provided for the inmates at the jail. The inmates are required to fill out a health request form for all inmate initiated medical requests. The inmates shall be charged a medical fee for certain medical services provided. An inmate may not be denied medical or dental care due to insufficient funds.

Recreation

Gyms are provided for the inmates according to the scheduled times, unless an inmate is restricted.

Televisions

Televisions are provided in each inmate living area, with the exception of the Disciplinary Segregation housing units.

Telephones

Inmates may not receive incoming telephone calls, and messages will not be taken for them. All telephone calls made by the inmates shall be collect call, or by use of a telephone card that has been purchased from the commissary.

Inmate Programs

Inmates are encouraged to participate in programs designed to reduce the rate of recidivism. These programs are provided by JUST (Justice, Understanding, Serving, Teaching) of DuPage, a non-profit agency started in 1986 to provide social service programs to inmates. All programs are funded by the inmates with no cost to taxpayers.

  • Education - A G.E.D. program allows inmate to get their high school diploma and improves their chances to obtain a job. Between 30 and 50 inmates receive their G.E.D. each year. The College of DuPage also offers various college level courses to eligible inmates.
  • Substance Abuse - An estimated 80 percent of inmates are involved with drugs or alcohol prior to incarceration. In an effort to eliminate drug related problems drug counseling and substance abuse classes, such as Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous, are available.
  • Chaplaincy - A full time staff chaplain and several volunteers provide a wide range of programming to meet the spiritual needs of the inmates. Inmates may attend worship services and bible study and can meet with the chaplain on an individual basis.

Commissary

The DuPage County Jail offers the inmates Commissary services, where approved items are available for purchase by the inmate. The cost of the item(s) shall be deducted from the funds within their established account.

Property

All inmates shall be supplied jail clothing, bedding, and linens sufficient to provide comfortable, sanitary, and environmentally suitable conditions during confinement at the jail. The inmates receive clean replacements per the scheduled exchanges. Inmates are allowed to maintain only one (1) complete set of clothing for court. Court clothing may be accepted only with a Court Order.

Public Transportation

Public transit terminal schedules are available to and from the DuPage County Jail. Schedules and fare requirements are available at the Visitation Lobby.

Contact Information

Booking & Bond Info: 630-407-2255

Visiting Info: 630-407-2283

Jail Tours

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