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The Peoria County Jail currently has too many detainees, and the Illinois Department of Corrections has not helped the situation.

“We’re kind of like a water balloon,” said Sheriff Brian Asbell. “It just keeps growing and growing and growing. But at a certain point, we have no more space left.”

During the COVID-19 pandemic, health guidelines established by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have mandated distancing and reduced the maximum populations for detention facilities.

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The COVID-19 outbreak at the Peoria County Jail appears to be abating.

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Three additional detainees at the Peoria County Jail have tested positive for COVID-19.

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Peoria County Sheriff Brian Asbell said an additional eight detainees at the county jail tested positive for COVID-19 overnight, for a grand total of 29 so far.

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The COVID-19 outbreak is worsening at the Peoria County Jail, with 14 new cases confirmed Wednesday.

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The Peoria County Jail is on lockdown after eight detainees tested positive for COVID-19.

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Peoria activist and mayoral candidate Chama St. Louis and the Peoria Community Bond Fund worked to bond four people charged in this week's civil unrest out of the Peoria County Jail.

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Peoria County Sheriff Brian Asbell said he's working to reduce the number of inmates in close quarters at the jail in the wake of the global COVID-19 pandemic.

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A group of men incarcerated at the Peoria County Jail completed the Jobs Partnership Re-Entry Program, which aims to help them find work upon release.

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Peoria County Sheriff Brian Asbell said he has worked over the past year to get the jail into compliance with the Prison Rape Elimination Act for LGBTQ detainees. 

Asbell said he’s worked with Reverend Marcus Fogliano to help better accomodate transgender inmates.

“What we wanted to do, especially for this population, the transgender population, was create a strong policy," he said. 

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PEORIA -- The Black Justice Project is looking to bail some dads out of the Peoria County Jail for Father’s Day.

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PEORIA -- The Peoria Police Department announced an arrest made in a cold case murder from almost a decade ago.

The evening of December 26, 2010, Peoria Police found 20-year-old Michael Malone unresponsive with multiple gunshot wounds in an alley of the 1800 block of West Howett. 

During the investigation, Breon N. Augusta was identified as a suspect. Early this morning, Augusta showed up at the department to turn himself in, and was arrested on a warrant for murder.

Follwing the arrest, Augusta was transported to the Peoria County jail.

PEORIA -- A coalition of Peoria social justice groups are proposing the end of cash bonds for people awaiting trial in Illinois.

The Peoria County Sheriff’s Office is ending its daily jail report effective Friday.

A jury has been seated in the trial of an Illinois man who is charged with killing his sister-in-law and burying her body in a shallow grave.

Man Arrested For Security Breach at PIA

Feb 17, 2018
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Peoria International Airport was closed early Saturday morning for commercial flights. The terminal building was closed and various police agencies swept the airport and restored the secured environment after a man breached security about 3 a.m. while it was closed.


28-year-old Justin Deemie has been arrested and is hospitalized after the security breach and disruption at PIA.


Peoria County Jail Has A New Superintendent

Aug 15, 2017
Tanya Koonce / Peoria Public Radio

Peoria County Sheriff Brian Asbell received his official appointment with the Peoria County Board’s approval late last week. He’s filling out the remainder of the Sheriff's term vacated by Mike McCoy earlier this summer. And Asbell has been quick to make his first official appointments.

The former Jail Superintendent made his first appointment naming his replacement. He named Peoria County Sheriff’s Department veteran Ronda Guyton to post.

Cleve Heidelberg Released After 47 Years

May 22, 2017
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When Cleve Heidelberg woke up in his jail cell Monday morning, he didn’t know he’d be stepping outside hours later in civilian clothing. In fact, Heidelberg was notified just minutes before that he’d be released, for the first time in 47 years.

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Cleve Heidelberg could just be days away from stepping outside Peoria County Jail, for the first time since 1970.

Toxicology Results: Meningitis is COD for McLeod

Jan 20, 2017

Toxicology tests confirm bacterial meningitis was the cause of death for 36-year-old Rodrico McLeod on Jan. 2.

Rodrico McLeod's Family Seeks Answers

Jan 12, 2017
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The NAACP and Rodrico "Ricco" McLeod’s family are asking for a full investigation into his death. McLeod died of Bacterial Meningitis in the Peoria County Jail sometime overnight, between January first and second.

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Preliminary autopsy results for a man found dead at Peoria County Jail Monday indicate he died of bacterial meningitis.

Peoria County Jail Tours Offered

Apr 18, 2016
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The Peoria County Sheriff corrections staff is offering an inside look at the Peoria County Jail. It’s part of ICC Adult Community Programs. Sheriff Mike McCoy and corrections staff are hosting dinner and tour of the jail Thursday. Limited seating space means pre-registration is required.

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The Peoria County Jail is honing in on treatment of mental health and drug addiction in 2016.

In 2015, the jail changed its medical contract to a new provider that works with the Human Service Center of Peoria.

Jail Superintendent Brian Asbell says the new agreement with local ties has helped keep inmates on a treatment track, post-release. Asbell says it’s like a patient leaving the doctor’s office and arranging the next appointment on the way out.

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Peoria County’s jail facilities are overdue for major upgrades. Its security software and basic infrastructure haven’t been updated since it opened in 1985. 

The first item on the jail’s long list of upgrades is the Central Control. It’s a room paneled with monitors and flashing buttons. Superintendent Brian Asbell calls it the “communication hub.”

“Our officer that’s stationed up here, he monitors all inmate movement through cameras, we have right now 112 cameras throughout the campus,” Asbell said.

Peoria County Jail seeing fewer inmates

Aug 19, 2015

Despite an uptick in fatal shootings this summer, the Peoria County Sheriff’s office says crime is at its lowest levels in 15 years. 

The Jail population has hovered below 400 during the past few months, compared to around 600 a year ago. County Sheriff Mike McCoy says the decreasing jail census is consistent with the local and national trends of an overall decline in crime.

Jail being named for George Shadid

Nov 7, 2014

The Peoria County Jail will bear the name of a well-known former state senator. Members of the Peoria County Board Friday are renaming the jail the George P. Shadid Corrections Center.