Illinois Lt. Governor Juliana Stratton, along with State Representatives Barbara Hernandez, Karina Villa, Stephanie Kifowit and Senator Linda Holmes, met with Kane County Sheriff Ron Hain as part of the Lt. Governor’s Justice, Equity, and Opportunity Initiative on Tuesday.

According to a press release, Stratton was introduced to members of the Sheriff’s new Corrections Diversion Team, who are dedicated to working one-on-one with detainees and teaching group classes.

Sheriff Hain then led Stratton and her staff on a tour of the jail, highlighting the sheriff's office’s redesign of cell blocks to classify people who are ready for reform and will be released soon.

In 2019, Sheriff Hain and his staff implemented a myriad of supportive program using community partners to provide vocational training, job connections, medically assisted treatment for the opioid dependent, and intense addiction counseling for detainees in effort to return them to the community as productive citizens.

Stratton was introduced to 14 detainees in Recovery Pod, where medically assisted treatment and addiction counseling takes place, and sat in a roundtable with them to learn how this time in custody was completely different than any other time in custody before.

Stratton and her office committed to partnering with Sheriff Hain and his staff on several initiatives in 2020.