The Crime Lab worked with the Illinois Department of Corrections to create interactive statewide maps. Due to a new IDOC policy allowing for easier access to educational opportunities for people experiencing incarceration, the IDOC expected an influx of interest in in-custody educational opportunities. To facilitate that interest, the Crime Lab created maps that displayed IDOC facilities, nearby institutions of higher education, and facilities that offer other types of supportive services.
The maps are publicly available on the IDOC website and can be used to identify resources near IDOC facilities both for people currently experiencing incarceration and those who have recently reentered the community. The maps will also help IDOC plan for improved coordination of services by allowing each staff at each facility to filter for the nearest educational institutes.