SafetyNet was created by five Correctional Professionals to address the ongoing problems and concerns related to the inappropriate and erroneous release of offenders.
The Expectation for Excellence required for all levels of custody is 100% accuracy! However, we continue to find areas where agencies are falling short. Erroneous releases occur for a myriad of reasons, including but not limited to inaccurate/incomplete court documents; overburdened or improper staff assignments; policies and procedures that are poorly written and even more poorly communicated to staff; inaccurate data entry; and improperly trained staff. We have even been witness to offenders who provided altered or fictitious court documents in an effort to escape custody. Regardless of the cause of an erroneous release, public safety is jeopardized, and the agency is subject to costly litigation and unwanted publicity.
SafetyNet has a unique blend of correctional professionals whose roles included executive level management in the area of records, auditing, prison management and were also responsible for policy and procedure decision making and succession training.
The team is familiar with the challenges and responsibilities of ensuring offender records are received, processed, and managed properly, thereby ensuring offenders are released in an accurate and timely manner. We have years of experience identifying and resolving problems within the corrections field. Utilizing their assessment tools and their experience they will work with your agency to identify areas of concern and correct them.
At SafetyNet perfection is not just expected, it is required.
A veteran of the United States Army, Glenn M. Jackson is a graduate of Illinois State University where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice. Employed by the Illinois Department of Corrections for over twenty-five years, he worked himself up through the ranks to become a Warden and Chief Record Officer before he retired in December of 2017. As the Chief Record Officer (over fourteen years), he worked with state legislators on sentencing guidelines, created policies and procedures related to sentence computations and conducted Continuing Legal Education (CLE) training to various law organizations. Glenn was also the founder and first president of the National Association of Chief Record Administrator’s and Supervisors. The organizations focus was to educate and strengthen release protocols for administrators in charge of sentence computations and release of offenders from jails and prisons.
Since 2008, Glenn has worked as an independent and special consultant for the National Institute of Corrections to investigate erroneous releases and conduct training seminars. Based on his administrative background with the courts, judges, law enforcement agencies as well as jails and prisons, Glenn’s experience gives him a unique insight into the detailed work of each component of the judicial system and how each is interrelated to the other.
Steve Wright has extensive management and auditing experience with the Illinois Department of Corrections. Beginning as a Correctional Officer he continued to work for IDOC in various positions, ultimately serving as Warden at an adult institution. In addition to fulfilling institutional responsibilities numerous projects for IDOC Central Office were completed to improve individual institutions and IDOC overall. Experience includes participating in, directing, and coordinating teams for special projects identified by IDOC Central Office. These projects included identifying discrepancies in policies and procedures, making recommendations to resolve the discrepancies and follow up to ensure institutional compliance with standards and Departmental policy and procedure.
As an IDOC Record Retention Committee member responsibilities included identifying the quantity, locations, and conditions of offender records located at IDOC facilities, inspecting locations for centralized records storage, and preparing written assessments for the Chief Record Officer of the IDOC. As an American Correctional Association regional institutional review committee coordinator reviews of other IDOC facilities were completed to ensure compliance with ACA standards. Other responsibilities included coordinator for the IDOC Security Staffing Review Committee and a member of the IDOC Overtime Committee. This included reviewing facilities, identifying and preparing recommendations to reduce overtime, and completing follow up to ensure institutional compliance with those recommendations.
As institutional Audit Liaison and ACA Standards Coordinator responsibilities included coordinating and completing internal institutional audits, annual audits of other institutions, and special audits of other institutions identified by the Director and Deputy Directors of IDOC to identify system weaknesses, provide recommendations to improve operations, and follow up to ensure compliance with IDOC policy and procedure. As an adjunct instructor for the IDOC Training Academy for over 15 years, curriculum development and instruction for Roster Management (deployment of Security Personnel), Overtime Equalization, and Ethics was provided to departmental, institutional, and security supervisors. Direction and assistance in the revision of departmental policy and directives regarding Roster Management, Overtime Equalization, and development of the IDOC automated overtime equalization procedures of IDOC was also provided.
Steve attained a bachelors degree from Iowa Wesleyan University with a double major in Sociology and Criminal Justice.
Steve has been an active volunteer for most of his life, serving as a board member, director, or committee chairman for a variety of organizations. As a member of the Orion United Methodist Church he is currently a member of the Permanent Endowment Committee. He also volunteers with the Orion Area Food Pantry. Since 2012 he has been the Operations and Inventory Coordinator, an executive board member, and a member of the food pantry’s board of directors.
Julia's experience comes from 25 years at the Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC) where she excelled in many areas.
Julia mastered the very technically difficult and continually changing area of sentence computation. The IDOC has over 10 methods of computing prisoner release dates depending on many factors and Julia mastered this function and was able to teach the function to many in the institutions and audit their work.
As a record manager, she identified record management processes for IDOC including record review and placement in addition to implementing an electronic master file for all IDOC offenders and providing proper security profiles for the entire IDOC staff.
Julia assisted with creating and building release protocols and workflows for all IDOC institutions and record office staff within those institutions, following up on those protocols using audit functions and subsequent training.
Julia drafted policy and procedures for the IDOC Department as a whole and record office functions individually and then deployed those new policies and procedures, further following up on those changes to ensure compliance.
As a Litigation Coordinator, Julia identified litigation functions and needs, writing policies and procedures for records, both paper and electronic, for offenders who entered into Litigation with IDOC. She also taught staff to identify which records are needed from offender and facility records to defend pending litigation.
Zachary Wilson is currently Of Counsel with the Law Firm of Nigro, Westfall & Gryska in Glendale Heights, Illinois. His primary focus is Criminal Defense and Family Law but he also handles a myriad of other legal matters for a diverse clientele. Previously, Zack was Deputy Chief Legal Counsel for the Illinois Department of Corrections. He endeavored to make sure the decisions made by the Department were within both the State and Federal statutory requirements.
Prior to his tenure with the Department of Corrections, Zack had a 21 year career in Law Enforcement, the last 27 months of which he served as the Chief of Police for the Illinois Commerce Commission.
Zachary received his Juris Doctor from Loyola University School of Law (Chicago) in 2002. He received his undergraduate degree at Loyola University (Chicago) graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications, Cum Laude in 1994. Zack was also the Class President and Valedictorian when he graduated from the Illinois State Police Academy in Springfield Illinois. He then went on to complete the School of Police Staff and Command, a police leadership program as part of Northwestern University's Center for Public Safety.
In addition to his Of Counsel duties, Zack is also a Hearing Officer for the Illinois State Toll Highway Authority where he adjudicates alleged violations of the ISTHA Law. He is also the Coach for Glenbard South High School's (Glen Ellyn, IL) Mock Trial team and a Member of the Advisory Council for Lincoln’s ChalleNGe, Illinois.
Zachary served one term as Trustee on the Lombard Village Board from 2009-2013. During his tenure with the Board he was the Chairman of the Finance Committee and the Transportation and Safety Committee.
Zack is a United States Army Veteran serving three years on active duty and 10 additional years in the Army Reserves/Illinois National Guard. He also served as a Trustee on the Lombard Village Board where he was Chairman of the Finance Committee and the Transportation and Safety Committee.