ST. CHARLES, Ill. (AP) — A suburban Chicago sheriff is spending time locked up in the jail he oversees to evaluate detainees' complaints about conditions there.

Kane County Sheriff Ron Hain changed into a county jail uniform Wednesday for an overnight stay at the Kane County Adult Correctional Center in St. Charles.

The Daily Herald reports that Hain says he's planning several other stays at the jail in Chicago's far west suburbs in the coming months to assess the validity of detainees' complaints.

A recent survey of the corrections staff suggested that the jail's food, clothing and temperature may need improving.

Hain says he's particularly interested in the jail's food quality and whether the cells are too cold.

He says that "as sheriff and keeper of the house, it is important to experience it myself."


Information from: Daily Herald,