A 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.
Saying he wants the state to do more to keep people out of prison, Gov. Bruce Rauner has formed a commission to study possible changes to the state’s criminal justice system.
As of 2012, for every 100,000 Illinois residents, 381 of them were in prison.
Guards at Illinois state prisons worked overtime last year to the tune of $62 million but that won’t be the case this year.