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Ill. sheriff wants to bring state prisoners back to county jail to prepare them for life on the outs

Nate Lanthrum, clinical director of Lighthouse Recovery, leads a group session for recovering addicts living in the recovery pod at the Kane County Jail on April 20, 2021. Looking on is Kane County Sheriff Ron Hain, right. (Stacey Wescott/Chicago Tribune/TNS)

A proposed program would see inmates from the area transferred about six months before their parole date

March 8, 2023

By Megan Jones The Beacon-News ST. CHARLES, Ill. — Kane County Sheriff Ron Hain hopes to implement a new program that would bring inmates from state prison back to the county jail about six months before their parole date to help keep them from turning back to crime.

Since he took office three years ago, Hain has brought an addiction-recovery program through Lighthouse Recovery, OSHA-certified classes and vocational training courses into the jail. He believes the programs help prepare people for life after prison better than what the Illinois Department of Corrections offers.

In line with Hain's statements, the recently released 2021 annual report from the sheriff's office shows the average rate at which released prisoners return to crime has decreased from 49% to 18% in the last six years in the county.

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