The Madison County Jail was recently paid a visit by the Illinois Department of Corrections. The state regularly conducts inspections to make sure the facility and staff are performing up to expectations. The inspection on November 29 turned up no concerns by the investigators, which has become the standard in recent years.
Madison County Sheriff Bob Hertz says the inmate population numbers can change on an hourly basis, running about 6,000 bookings a year, so it is imperative to run a tight ship.
Improvements to the facility since the last inspection include the appointment of a female officer as a disciplinary review officer due to the increased female population; new detainee food trays to serve hot meals were purchased, along with washing racks to accommodate the new trays; and a new TV/DVD player was purchased for attorney/client review of case files.