Rockford crime, jail presentation available on Web

Crime expert and Western Illinois University Professor Dr. Michael Hazlett’s Feb. 16 presentation at Memorial Hall is available on the Web at

Included on the site is the audio portion of Hazlett’s message that county officials and community members should re-examine efforts to reduce jail overcrowding and high crime rates.

In addition, the print version of Hazlett’s informational handout from the meeting is also available on the Web site. The presentation was divided into the informational session and the question and answer session. The presentation is available in two formats: QuickTime and Windows Media.

Hazlett said the community should address crime and jail problems from many angles. For example, Hazlett recommended implementing and increasing community policing; updating community corrections; emphasizing drug, alcohol, and mental health treatment; and increasing efficiency in the criminal justice system.

Hazlett said leaders should consider reducing the size of the proposed $93-$130 million, 900- to 1,500-bed jail for a variety of reasons, such as dispersing “criminal subcultures” that teach crime techniques, motives and behaviors. Hazlett said larger jails equal larger opportunities to pass the criminal subculture to other inmates.

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