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Assistant warden fired at Dixon prison

DOC cites policy violation in termination

Published: Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014 1:15 a.m. CST

DIXON – An assistant warden at Dixon Correctional Center is no longer employed by the Illinois Department of Corrections after he violated prison rules when he tried to give a released offender some money, a source inside the DOC said.

Charles Fasano’s last day with the prison was July 9.

“Mr. Fasano violated department rules,” said the source, who asked that his name not be used because he was not authorized to release the information. “He did not do so for personal or financial gain. He apparently did not seek or receive anything in return from the released offender, and he apparently did not violate any laws, but he did violate department rules.”

Questioned about Fasano’s departure, Tom Shaer, spokesman for the Illinois Department of Corrections, was able to confirm only that Fasano was no longer employed by the DOC.

“He was escorted off the property, but that is standard procedure anytime a separation occurs – even when someone retires,” Shaer said.

Fasano was one of two 2013 recipients of the Samuel L. Sublett Jr. Award by the Illinois Correctional Association.

According to a blog post on the website of the Illinois Correctional Association, the award is given every year to two employees whose professional accomplishments within the field of corrections and criminal justice are deemed worthy – especially with regard to professionalism in the area of prison reform.

Before being hired in 2010 by the Department of Corrections, Fasano worked for 12 years with the John Howard Association, a group dedicated to promoting prison reform and which conducts yearly audits of IDOC prisons.

According to Fasano’s biography on the Illinois Correctional Association posting, after he retired from his position as director of the John Howard Association’s Prison and Jails Project, the branch that conducts the audits of prisons, he was hired by the Illinois Department of Corrections to serve as the Agency Medical Coordinator, where he oversaw “the development and revision of IDOC policies and procedures to ensure compliance with federal laws and existing protocols for medical treatment of prisoners.”

After 3 years in that role, he was hired as the assistant warden of programs at Dixon Correctional Center, where he oversaw medical and mental health services as well as other programs.

Fasano could not be reached for comment.

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