UIC ICA Student wins ICA logo competition

We are pleased to announce that Justin Escamilla of the ICA student chapter at University Illinois/Chicago, was the winner of the student competition to design a new ICA logo. Justin is currently a PhD candidate in the Criminology, Law, and Justice department at the University of Illinois/Chicago and a member of the UIC student chapter of the ICA. He has been active in ICA student activities, including event-planning and UIC prison tours, including the ICA student workshop at Louisiana State Penitentiary (Angola) in 2013. We congratulate Jason and thanks him for his entry. Here are the two logs selected:


Congratulations to the 2013 Samuel L. Sublett Jr. award winners

The Illinois Correctional Association is pleased to announce the two winners of the Samuel L. Sublett, Jr., award for 2013. Sam Sublett passed away in 2012, but he
left behind a legacy of correctional reform, both in Illinois and nationally. The Award was created in 1993 to recognize the professional accomplishments of professionals working in the field of corrections and criminal justice. His contributions extended to all areas of criminal justice, and he was instrumental in developing national standards for both adult and juvenile corrections, parole, probation, and community-based jails.

Each year, the award has traditionally gone to one line officer and one staff member or administrator employed in corrections or a related field.  The 2013 winners are Deputy Mark Kretovic, Accreditation Manager at DuPage County Sheriff's Corrections Bureau, and Deputy Warden Charles Fasano, at Dixon Correctional Center.




Deputy began his career as a deputy sheriff in Florida with the Lee County (FL) Sheriff's Office in 1989. While there, he also contracted part time with the United States Marshals Service from 1990 to 1995, responsible for the transportation of Federal inmates to and from the Lee County Jail and the Ft. Myers Federal Magistrate. Deputy Kretovic joined the DuPage County Sheriff's office in 1996, and was assigned as the Accreditation Manager in 2009. He successfully refined and implemented accreditation preparation by compiling the electronic files into a detailed "tree structure" for presenting the documentation. Through his efforts, the American Correctional Association re-accredited the facility with a rare 100 percent compliance rating for all mandatory and non-mandatory ACA standards. Deputy Kretovic continues to work closely with surrounding Sheriffs Offices and accreditation managers to assist them with developing policy and
procedures concerning the complex issues facing county jails and comply with ACA standards.


Deputy Warden Fasano began his career in corrections as a Cook County Deputy Sheriff in 1972. While working with the Cook County Department of Corrections, he designed and implemented an inmate grievance system, established a referral network with community agencies to assist special populations, and initiated staff training and internship programs with local universities. As chairperson of the jail's Program Oversight Committee, he had extensive involvement in federal individual and class-action litigation, and in enhancing professional standards, which he emphasized as an instructor at the Cook County Correctional Training Academy. His efforts led to his appointment as Director of Accreditation for the National Commission on Correctional
Health Care from 1986-1988.

From 1988-2010, Deputy Warden Fasano as the Director of the John Howard Association’s Prison and Jails project, the independent monitor of Illinois correctional facilities, and he was the court-appointed compliance monitor for federal civil rights litigation at Cook County Jail. He has authored numerous memos and articles identifying areas for needed reforms.  After retiring from the John Howard Association in 2010, he
accepted the position of Agency Medical Coordinator for the Illinois Department of Corrections, in which he applied his commitment to standards to oversee the development and revision of IDOC policies and procedures to ensure compliance with
federal laws and existing protocols for medical treatment of prisoners. In 2013, he was appointed Assistant Warden of Programs at Dixon Correctional Center, where he currently oversees all medical and mental health services, and other program areas.

The current recipients of the Award exemplify a commitment to and advocacy for the highest standards of professionalism that Sam Sublett represented, and the ICA is proud to honor their career-long achievements.


The ICA is proud to announce that the American Correctional Association has chosen Sherie Arriazola, a graduate of the University of  Illinois/Chicago's Criminology, Law, and Justice program and currently a  graduate student at Northwestern University, as the recipient of the ACA's  Martin Luther King Scholarship for 2014.

The scholarship is an annual national competition that goes to a student  in the United States who best exemplifies Dr. King's belief that progress  should be achieved through cooperation rather than conflict, participation  rather than partisanship, and compassion and understanding rather than hatred  or conflict. Sherie will be awarded the scholarship in January, 2014 at the  ACA's winter conference.

Sherie has been a member of ACA/ICA for over five years. As an undergraduate, she single-handedly established a student chapter of  the American  Correctional Association at the University of Illinois/Chicago in 2008, and  was chapter's first president. She was
instrumental in making the UIC chapter the largest and most dynamic student  chapter in the country. The activities she organized centered on community involvement an mentoring at-risk juveniles, and she was an emphatic advocate  for promoting social justice in as a way of life, both at UIC and in the community.

At UIC, Sherie's studies focused on the  relationship between poverty and the impact it has on juveniles.  After graduation from UIC,  she received a highly competitive internship in the Illinois House of Representatives, where she was eventually given a
full-time position. Both her personal and professional experiences in the House made her realize that, to fight injustice, she would need a stronger background.  Realizing that her career goals would be best served by continuing her education, Sherie enrolled in graduate school at Northwestern University, and continues her efforts as a bridge-builder between diverse cultural and ethnic groups.

Sherie will use the scholarship as she works toward completion of her graduate degree. After graduation, she intends to pursue a career in public service, working especially with the disadvantaged.

The ICA congratulates Sherie for this prestigious honor, and we know that  it will encourage and motivate other Illinois students as they pursue careers in criminal justice.