ST. CHARLES – Following several cases of inmate behavioral issues and assaults on officers, Sheriff Ron Hain on Dec. 31 conducted a unified operation with the Sheriff’s Office Corrections Response Team and Kane County SWAT team for a cell block shakedown in two of the nine jail pods.
These two housing units had been experiencing problems with disciplinary rule violations by the inmates, inmates attempting to make “hooch” – a process of mixing juice with fermenting fruit – and culminated with the assault of an officer in one of the housing units on Dec. 30, according to a news release from the Kane County Sheriff's Office.
The operation took place during the morning of Dec. 31 and utilized officers from the Huntley, South Elgin, St Charles, Geneva, Batavia, and North Aurora police departments, who are participating members of the Kane County SWAT team, the release stated.
The entire operation took approximately two hours and consisted of removing inmates from each cell in the housing unit, searching the cell, replacing basic linens, and a count of personal items, according to the release. The inmates were then returned to their cell if no contraband was located.
In all, several bottles of hooch were seized and some graffiti was discovered in several cells, the release stated. A total of six inmates were moved to disciplinary status and will be denied privileges for a several days, according to the release.
Hain then allowed all of the cooperative inmates out of their cells for a short time to talk. He explained to the inmates that enhanced programs will be coming to the jail within the next three months with the intention of directing everyone in the facility down a successful path in life when they re-enter the community, according to the release.
He called for today’s operation to be “ground zero” toward better behavior in the facility and an opportunity for the inmates and staff to build strong, cooperative relationships, the release stated.
“Today’s operation was a great success in that no officers or inmates were injured, some minor contraband was removed, and supportive direction was given for our inmate population," Hain said in the release. "I would like to thank all of our local municipal police partners who allowed their SWAT officers to join us today. Together, we build a stronger and safer Kane County."
Charges are pending against the inmate who assaulted the officer the night before.