Prison Watchdog Blames Mandatory Minimum Sentences For Increasing Cost Of Criminal Justice SystemThe head of a prison watchdog group says the prevalence of mandatory minimum sentences for many crimes is driving up the cost of our criminal justice system, and not doing society much good either, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.
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.
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.
Preckwinkle Wants To Reduce $15 Charge For Calls From JailInmates at Cook County Jail are being charged up to $15 per call for local phone calls, and the company that operates the jail’s phones and the county are both raking in huge profits because of it.
Report: Conditions Getting Dangerous At Menard PrisonThe Chicago-based John Howard Association prison watchdog group says the Menard Correctional Center downstate is becoming increasingly dangerous.
Watchdog Group: Prison Inmates Rarely Get To Change UnderwearA prison watchdog group finds that inmate tightie-whities are not so white these days.