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.
State Prison Intake Center Is Focus Of Crowding DisputeInside what could be Illinois' most important correctional facility -- its main inmate intake center -- hundreds of newly convicted prisoners are sleeping in a gym, a health care unit, converted common spaces and "staging areas" next to bus garages after they arrive from county jails.
'Summit Of Hope' Expo Aims To Help Ex-Cons Get Lives Back On TrackHundreds of ex-offenders have been turning out in suburban Harvey on Tuesday, to attend a state resources fair designed to help them reintegrate into society.
Lawmaker Pushing For More Oversight Of Health Care For Prison InmatesAn Illinois House committee has held a hearing aimed on a proposal to providing more oversight for the private company that maintains health care in the Illinois prison system.
6 Illinois Prisons To Set Up Temporary HousingSecurity 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.