Dwight Correctional Center
Guards at Illinois state prisons worked overtime last year to the tune of $62 million but that won’t be the case this year.
A Chicago woman was back with her family on Monday after seven years behind bars, now that her conviction has been overturned.
Security is being undermined at Illinois’ prisons because of overcrowding and the need for space, a prison watchdog group said Thursday after state officials confirmed that six medium-security prisons would be using gymnasiums to temporarily house extra inmates.
An Illinois judge is barring Gov. Quinn’s plan to close two prisons, at least for now, citing safety concerns.
Gov. Pat Quinn has officially abandoned his hope of shutting down some Illinois prison facilities by the end of the week, according to a Corrections Department letter obtained Monday by The Associated Press.
The state’s largest public employee union has won a short-term victory, with the state agreeing to temporarily stop moving inmates from prisons scheduled to close.
Eight of the state’s more volatile criminals were moved Thursday from the Tamms Superman prison downstate.