Joliet Seeks To Shed Prison Image Despite Nearby Lockup


For the first time in nearly 150 years, Joliet, Il., is not a prison town, reports the Chicago Tribune. The last violent sex offenders housed at the former Joliet Correctional Center Annex left last week. Mayor Arthur Schultz, long a promoter of his city as an entertainment center, hailed the departure of the last imprisoned cons, discounting about 292 boys the state houses at the maximum-security Illinois Youth Center on Joliet’s west side. “The city of Joliet’s image is one of entertainment and a great place to live, work and play,” he said. “The City Council and I understand the prison’s importance in Joliet’s history but are happy to move in another direction.”

Illinois operates a Stateville Correctional Center in Crest Hill, a small-but-growing town just north of Joliet. Said Robert Sterling, a Joliet Junior College history professor who wrote “Joliet Prisons: Images in Time,” “Even though Stateville is not in the city limits of Joliet, it will continue to be associated with Joliet.”


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