Officer assault prompts 'shakedown' of 2 Kane County jail pods

Updated 12/31/2018 5:36 PM

The Kane County SWAT team and corrections officers conducted a "shakedown" search of two Kane County jail pods Monday morning after a corrections officer was assaulted Sunday.

Sheriff Ron Hain announced the move in a news release Monday afternoon.


Detainees in the two units had been violating jail rules, according to Hain, including trying to make an alcoholic beverage called "hooch," by fermenting juice and fruit.

During the two-hour search, inmates were removed from their cells. The cells were searched, personal items counted and linens replaced.

Several bottles of alcohol were seized and graffiti was found in several cells.

Six inmates are being disciplined, including being denied some privileges. The detainee accused of attacking the officer is facing criminal charges, according to Hain. The inmate's name was not released.

The release said Hain also spoke to cooperative detainees about programs he intends to institute at the jail to help detainees improve their lives to avoid returning to jail.

In December, Hain told county board members he is trying to create four new jail-diversion programs and increasing aid available for those with mental illnesses and drug addiction. He has hired an administrator to oversee educational programs at the jail and to connect local businesses to detainees for job training and apprenticeships.

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