Study: Illinois Women's Prison Treats Inmates Too HarshlyInmates at Illinois' major women's prison have been called "crazy" and "worthless" by corrections officers, are sometimes placed in an unpadded open-bar "crisis cage" and receive harsher discipline than men for similar offenses, a study released Friday says.
Illinois Agrees To $450,000 Settlement In Prison Rape LawsuitThe Illinois Department of Corrections has agreed to pay $450,000 to a man who says he was punished and humiliated by prison officials after he reported that his cellmate raped him.
State Hosts Resources Fair To Help Ex-Cons Stay On Positive TrackDozens of ex-convicts showed up at a Chicago Park Districrt fieldhouse on the Northwest Side on Thursday to take advantage of resources to help them make a good life for themselves outside of prison.
Chicago Man Gets Two Years In Prison For Selling Fake Cubs Playoff TicketsA South Side man was sentenced to two years in prison Monday after he pleaded guilty to selling counterfeit Cubs tickets during their playoff run last fall.
Lawsuit Seeking To Give Deaf Prisoners Access To Interpreters Granted Class Action StatusThe lawsuit, originally filed on behalf of 11 plaintiffs in 2011, claimed deaf and partially deaf prisoners have been denied the help they need to communicate.
Prisoners’ Rights Group Hopes New IDOC Director Tackles Overcrowding, Treatment Of Mentally IllThe head of a prisoners’ rights group weighs in on the revolving door at the Illinois Department of Corrections, reports WBBM's Nancy Harty.
IDOC Says Personal Data Of At Least 1,000 Employees Released More than 1,000 Social Security numbers belonging to Illinois Department of Corrections employees were inadvertently released in a response to a Freedom of Information Act request.
Prison Inmate Diagnosed With Legionnaire's DiseaseThe Illinois Department of Corrections said an inmate at Stateville Correctional Center, located in Crest Hill, has been transferred to an outside hospital for treatment of Legionnaire's Disease.
Inmates Sue State Over Use Of Solitary ConfinementAccording to the federal lawsuit, on any given day, 2,300 of the state’s 48,000 inmates are held in isolation, some for years.
Expert Panel Criticizes Medical Care At Illinois PrisonsA scathing new report by court-approved researchers paints a bleak picture of medical care in Illinois prisons, describing treatment delays, haphazard follow-up care, chaotic record keeping and a litany of other problems that may have cut short the lives of some inmates.
Lawmakers, Rauner Trying To Negotiate Fix For Budget GapsA day after outlining an ambitious agenda for his first year in office, Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner Thursday was confronted with a state budget that is millions of dollars short for programs such as subsidized day care that are rapidly running out of money.
Illinois Pays More Than $60 Million In Overtime For PrisonsThe Illinois Department of Corrections paid $60 million in overtime for the second year in the row.