Deanne Benos, assistant director of the Illinois Department of Corrections, said that all state prisons offer adult basic education courses, GED testing, and varying levels of vocational programs.
State law mandates all provide treatment for mental and physical health issues, but not all offer drug treatment.
"Sheridan's different because of the comprehensive nature of the program.It's an entire prison that has a programmatic and rehabilitation focus," Benos
said Sheridan is also the only state prison that budgets money specifically for inmates' reentry into society.
"When they've come to prison in the past, they were systematically warehoused and dropped back into the community.They were troubled people before they arrived.They're troubled people while they're in and they will be troubled people when they're released and that's what gets them back in prison and that's what we're trying to change," Benos