Programs and Services
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The Chicago Board of Education offers high school classes to detainees ages 17-21 through their onsite facility, Consuela B. York Alternative High School. The PACE Institute is another onsite facility that offers Adult Basic Education and General Education Diploma preparation. Physical recreation (gym) is available indoors or outdoors depending on weather. A variety of cultural, musical, theatrical, educational and motivational programs, including the Life Learning Program, are offered through the year.
Physical and mental health needs are evaluated and classified during intake. Medical care is provided by Cook County Health Services. Cermak Hospital is located on-site and employs 600 full and part time employees.
The DOC Program Services Department is responsible for the development, direction and organization of all programs, services and activities that promote detainee welfare and the fair and humane operation of the department this includes Correctional Rehabilitation Workers (CRW). Program Services guides divisional efforts on commissary privileges which are available each week. Religious study and worship services are available with the assistance of numerous volunteers and related initiatives.
The Support Services Department maintains commissary, laundry, sanitation and grounds maintenance and the Central Kitchen facility (which prepares and delivers more than 30,000 meals a day). Annually, the CCDOC prepares and serves 12,045,000 meals and processes 1.6 million pounds of laundry. The approximate average cost per day to house one detainee is $64.00, with an annual cost of $23,400.