The following web sites have useful information about the boot camp or “Vocational Rehabilitation Impact Center” . The boot camp is for non-violent male offenders between the age of 17 and 35, mostly drug offenders. The boot camp is run like in the military with vigorous physical exercise starting at 5:30 am and a very regimented day with classes and work. There is strict discipline from waking to sleeping and the detainees must do every little thing exactly as told including how they hold their trays in meal lines.
The V.R.I.C. is located on a 10.2 acre complex at 2801 South Rockwell Avenue in Chicago Illinois.
The one year program is split into two phases, the Residential and Post Release Phase. The Residential Phase consists of eighteen weeks of intense military discipline and education. The Post Release Phase lasts for a total of eight months and consists of daily interaction with an assigned case manager.
The inmates live in platoon style dormitories with 48 inmates in each platoon.
There are a total of 10 buildings on the compound, including two educational buildings, four dormitories, a mess hall, an intake dormitory containing medical and counseling offices, an administration building, a gatehouse, and a gymnasium. The gymnasium is utilized for graduation ceremonies and s a physical training area in inclement weather only. All of the inmates time is focused on training and education towards the goal of graduating the program, there is no recreational free time for the inmates. (from the Sheriff’s web site)
You can read about it on these web sites.
The Cook County Sheriff’s Vocational Rehabilitation Impact Center or V.R.I.C. is designed to provide court-ordered non-violent offenders [first] a 4-month strict detention program based on basic discipline, educational skills, counseling and alcohol/substance abuse treatment. In addition, the V.R.I.C. provides training in vocational skills in computer recycling, gardening and carpentry with external resources provided by the Chicago Botanic Garden and Chicago Prison Outreach. The V.R.I.C. also features an 8-month long post-release supervision program where participants receive follow on counseling and preparation in job skills and placement. [Therefore the program is a year long] The Participant returns to the V.R.I.C. on a daily basis for the duration of the 8-months to continue the life skills program. (quotation from the Sheriff’s web site) [The detainees wear an ackle bracelet and are on home detention during the 8 month follow up program.]
Visitation in the Boot Camp is NOT ALLOWED for the FIRST 30 days.
Visits are assigned a day and time, either Saturday or Sunday, after the inmate’s first 30 days in camp. The inmate is responsible for notifying his family and friends of his address.Matt JaekyDeputy Director of IntakeCook County Boot CampPhone 1 773 674 6317