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Vocational Rehabilitation Impact Center

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Cook County Sheriffs Vocational Rehabilitation Impact Center

The Cook County Sheriff’s Vocational Rehabilitation Impact Center or V.R.I.C. is designed to provide court-ordered non-violent offenders 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.  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.

Non-Cook County Participation

We are now accepting sentenced inmates from other counties on a trial basis. They will participate in the 4-month residential phase and, after completion of this first phase, will return to their sentencing county for the 8-month post release phase. The cost of participation in the in-camp phase of our program is $19,040; that is a cost of $160 per day for 119 days. Inmates must meet the statutory requirements in 730 ILCS 5/5-8-1.2. and pass a mental health and medical evaluation.

If you would like more information on the V.R.I.C. please contact us at:
(773) 674-7955 or e-mail us at sheriffvric@cookcountyil.gov.

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